I’ve used insects for the last two days for the Photo A Day Challenge.  Today’s prompt is “Listening to..”.  When I was taking this picture today, I was listening to the buzz of the bees below.

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This morning, I had toast with home made black currant jam for breakfast, I was completely uninspired to make a lunch today, so just bought some take out sushi.  I had the “Mr. Green Roll” (which is vegetables topped with seaweed) and a “Caterpillar roll” (another vegetable roll, but this one was topped with mango, roe and a very tasty sauce.  Rumour has it, if you leave it long enough, it will morph into a butterfly roll!  HA!  I wonder how many people make that bad joke….)

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Dinner was grilled beef satays with a cob of corn and some steamed nugget potatoes.  We had a frozen greek yogurt bar for dessert.

Extras for the day: green juice, blueberries, iced latte with almond milk

Exercise: walk to work, no walk at lunchtime because I had errands to run, 40 minute-ish walk to yoga, and a 75 minute sweaty yoga class.

There were a bunch of visible spider webs in the sunshine today….

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The sun was also shining through some sap coming out of a tree trunk…

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I liked the way this spikey plant looked from above…

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My snail whispering skills were in use again tonight.  I put my hand out, he crawled on…I took this photo…

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..then I carried him back to the hedge he came from, and went on my way.

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(and yes, I DO seem to have dirt under my nail in this photo.  Time for a manicure!)

I also saw a hovering insect, and a butterfly variety that I haven’t seen before.

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I’m not sure a blue finger is a good thing….maybe the Captain has circulation issues.  Or not..

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Not sure what the name of this rowboat is…maybe Pinky.  Because it is a “small finger”.  OMG, I’m so full of bad jokes tonight.

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Geese seem unafraid any paddlers….

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I call this photo “A Chorus Line”.  There was a whole lot of honking going on.

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To the person who tied this to a vine on the side of a building by my yoga studio, Mission Accomplished!, I did smile.

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There was some performance art going on at the art college I walk by.  There were people sewing in the open room, a drummer, two still people and two other people dressing them.  I don’t really understand what it was all about, but it was interesting to watch.

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I found three random hearts today.  Two are easily seen, but the sap one?  You may have to squint a little…

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Do you see the heart?  Or am I losing it?  :)  Have a wonderful Thursday everyone!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Torn”.  I was watering our little garden at lunchtime, and saw this poor fella with a torn wing.  Didn’t seem to stop him from flying around though.

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Today’s menu was toast with my home made black currant jam for breakfast, a ham sandwich and some cherries for lunch, Dennis was out tonight so I had my “go to” dinner for when I’m on my own, a tuna melt (with leftover steamed potato from last night).  Extras were cantaloupe, green juice, frozen pineapple Popsicle.

I walked to the garden at lunchtime, then met my friend Melisa (and her baby) for an after work walk.  There was a lot of walking today, which of course, gave me a chance to take some nice pictures.

I LOVE the colour of these lilies, as well as the flower centres of the hydrangea….

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I saw quite a few insects today (which included 4 different types of dragonflies.  They are EVERYWHERE at the moment)

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I also saw not one, but TWO turtles!!  :)

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Our little garden is LOVING the heat wave.  Most humans I know don’t.  (we Vancouverites are awful, if its HOT (and right now, it really is) we collectively complain.  However, when it rains we complain too.  And if it gets cold, well, we complain..strange human phenomenon I guess :) ) Anyway, the water droplets looked pretty on the plants.

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…and as you can see, we have achieved “bean”.

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Melisa has two circles in her hands, one is Science World, and the other one is her soon to be met baby.  :)  I’m so excited that her baby will be arriving soon!

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We found a new piece of public art….

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…and another art display at a community centre…with little boats we assume were made in a summer program for kids.

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We stopped at a grocery store to buy some water, and beside the utilitarian bottled water we bought, there were these.  I am really, really trying to live a life of no judgements, but this bugged me.  This “designer water” and the cost, to me, is just obscene.  Can you imagine how many people could be fed at a food bank for the price of these bottles?????  It’s WATER!!!!  However, to each their own…but to me, it just seemed wrong, and a sad reflection on our consuming culture.

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On a much brighter note, I know I’ve posted pictures of one of these pianos that are around the city.  Tonight, for the first time, I saw someone playing.  She was wonderful too!

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We found a second piano further along the seawall, and Melisa sat and played.  We’ve known each other for a few years…how did I not know she could play piano.  And play it well!?  Fun!!

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And on the way back, other musicians were at the piano.  They too were amazing!  Such talent…I love it!

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We walked by a photo shoot.  When this model becomes famous, I’ll sell this picture.  HA!  So kidding!!!!  Peace back to you Ms. Model!!  :)

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…and we saw future models too.  AWW!

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None of the “models” seemed to interested in this hard core race…

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Bikes and yarn bombs were along the railing and fence…

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We saw a number of messages along the way (in words, letters and smiles)….

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…and finally, the one and only random heart from today.

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That was my Tuesday.  I’ll see you back here on Wednesday.  Happy Hump Day to all!

My apologies to Bob Marley for the cheesy title.

Just a quick post tonight….I’m a little behind because I was watching the finale of  “24”.  OOOH!!! :)

Today’s Photo A Day prompt is “Old School”.  I didn’t have anything old school enough today, so I used this picture from the Heritage Museum we went to a couple of months ago.  That phone is DEFINITELY old school.

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Today was the last day of my four day weekend.  And it’s still smokin’ hot by Vancouver standards, so I got up early and grilled then filleted a whole salmon…and found the bones and spine kinda “pretty”…..

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…grilled a bunch of vegetables for the next few days, and generally got all kinds of prep done in the kitchen.  Over the course of the day, I made two batches of jam too.  One blueberry and one blackcurrant.  YAY for jamming, even in a heatwave.

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My menu today was:

And egg white/veggie omelet for breakfast, lunch was a turkey sandwich on Little Big Bread, and dinner was cold salmon (see above) with an arugula salad (arugula from our garden) and steamed nugget potatoes.

Extras: Green juice, ice coffee with almond milk, pineapple/coconut water Popsicle.

Exercise: I went and spent a couple of hours with Cousin Helen this afternoon, and walked back home via the grocery store, so I was walking for about and hour.

Look at the fellow that was outside of Helen’s house.  The body of the squirrel was black, his tail was brown.  Odd!  (though cute)

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A multicoloured spider too…

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I see a face of a man in the bark of a tree I passed.  (as well as the nose of a pig)  Does anyone else see him?

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Another example of “weeds or wishes?”.  (I choose wishes)

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And another example of “he loves me, he loves me not”.  I choose “he loves me”.  (well, I think he does MOST of the time! :) )

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This sign cracked me up.  We didn’t need to buy any wine or beer, but I WAS tempted just to see if I could get the guy who worked there to do it.

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Loved this bench, that is a work in process.  Apparently, the back will be carved.

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The same artist who is carving the bench carved this log, which is a decoration in his garden.  I love this…

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These look like alien antennas.  “Take me to your Leader”!  :)

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Our quirky sand sculpting artist has some new creations.  An “zombie warrior” (I think) and a damsel in distress.

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Today’s random hearts are all courtesy of Mother Nature…

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That’s my day.  Is it hot in your neck of the woods?  Rumour has it we have 2-3 more days of this, then it’ll be back to normal by the end of the week.  Neva will rejoice!  :)

Have a great Tuesday everyone!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is ‘Look up”.  I used this picture that I took at the street festival yesterday, with bubble artist looking up at his creation.

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Speaking of yesterday, here is my attempt at photographing the Supermoon last night.  You’ll have to trust me on this, it really is the moon and not a white circle on a page.  :)

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Our Sunday started with coffee, green juice and birds in a nest (Eggs in Little Big Bread) and fruit.

Lunch was goat cheese, crackers and pepper jelly as well as some watermelon.

We decided to send out for pizza for dinner tonight (it is stinkin’ hot, and we opted not to be int he kitchen)  Dennis’ half was ham/mushroom/pepper and my half was grilled vegetable with 1/2 cheese.

Extras – a coconut water/pineapple Popsicle, and some popcorn.

I walked down to our community garden to give our veggies some water.  On the way, I passed what is left of a building that used to be a hospital.

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Our garden is loving the heat….

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I came home via the duck/gull pond and dog park.  Everyone was trying to stay cool….

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This dog jumped in after a ball….

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…and came out with the ball and a piece of wood.  And was VERY proud of himself.  Aww!

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Other hot dog shenanigans….

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I walked by a very hot cat too.  Neva is being a little flopsy, so being black, it must be really hard for him/her.  Another ‘aww worthy’ kitty.

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There were some birds flying about…

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…and a TON of dragonflies.  There were more of the skimmers, that I saw the other day…

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Clear winged ones….

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…with a little “ding”.  I guess he has a wing ding!  OMG…that is TERRIBLE!!!!  :)

There were some thin blue dragonflies….

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..and a few of the red ones.

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…which from my angle, looked like it was doing the three legged dog pose.  (Thank you yoga journal for the image on the left.  )

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Other insects…..

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…another insect yoga pose.  This one was doing savasana.  (so silly – and again, thank you Yoga Journal)

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There were some pretty blooms….

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I took this one (from a distance) for Dennis.  We don’t often see topless sunbathers in our neck of the woods.

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Finally, I only found ONE random heart in my travels today….

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Have a great week everyone!!!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Interior”.  I tried to take an interior shot today, but I was out for most of the day, and nothing compared to this shot of The Orpheum, where we saw the symphony a couple of months ago.

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Today’s menu was green juice and Little Big Bread with almond butter and a peach for breakfast, I had a smoothie after yoga, we had street snack which you’ll see in a bit (“lunch”?) and we had picnic dinner date night tonight.   Extras – glass of white wine, cherries and popcorn.

Exercise – 75 minute sweaty yoga class (I LOVE my Saturday class!)

Dennis and I went over to our friend Clint’s for a while this afternoon.  The lilies in his garden are GORGEOUS!

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We then ventured down to a HUGE street party that the city puts on every summer.

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I took a boatload of pictures (no surprise there!) so I put some into collages to reduce the numbers in this post….

A main road in the city was closed for many many blocks, there were several stages with bands/musicians playing….

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Buskers o’ plenty…

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There was a whole lotta people watching, and we made some new friends too…..

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Food vendors….

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We had a tayberry/honey/mint frozen fruit bar.  And we went to the beer garden, Dennis had a beer (I KNOW!?  A beer in a beer garden???? :) ) and I had an iced tea/beer combo.

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One block of the street was closed off for skateboard demonstrations….

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Dogs everywhere.  Not only walking but being carried and passengers in bike baskets…

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Vendors of all kinds…..

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Dennis wasn’t too keen on modelling the flower crowns….ha!

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When we left the festival, we had a picnic dinner on the beach.  (we have been ships passing in the night a bit too much lately, so we were looking forward to just hanging out together tonight)

We stopped and bought chicken shawarmas and some tabboulah.

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The beach was really busy (it is VERY hot by Vancouver standards today, so lots of people were trying to escape the heat by the water).

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My feet.  (the water was full of seaweed…ick)

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Some creatures….

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Hard core (and dusty) volleyball….

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And the CUTEST little log jumper ever!!!!

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As you can imagine, I found all kinds of random hearts today.  These were from the street festival….

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…and some subtle hearts at the beach.

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That’s it for me.  I’m off to try and take a picture of the supermoon.  Can you see it in your neck of the woods?

I know I said I’d be trying to take photos for the Photo A Day Challenge on the actual day of the prompt.  I did try, but today, I didn’t find anything that really worked for the prompt “Gold”.  So I used this picture that I took at the Museum of Anthropology a few weeks ago.

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Today’s menu:

Breakfast – Toasted Little Big Bread with almond butter and a peach

Lunch – pita, carrots and spinach/kale dip

Dinner – grilled chicken and peppers on ciabatta (with pesto and mayonnaise) and steamed nugget potatoes

Extras – cherries (MANY cherries), blueberries (quite a few of those too) and white wine

Exercise – Nada.  :)

Before I was even out of my pajamas this morning, I pitted and froze two bags of cherries.  (the local fruit seems very good this year)    For the record, my cherry pitter is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets.  Is that weird?  Yeah..it is.

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This morning, I went out to some farms to get some berries to make some jam.  On the way, I saw this van.  Cracked me up….rude, but struck me funny.

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I got 10 lbs of blueberries (not pictured), black currents, carrots, cherries, nugget potatoes, home made sauerkraut and eggs that were collected yesterday.  I love this season.

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One of the farms I went to is a working commercial farm, and not only grows and sells produce, but have goats (they make/ sell cheese), chickens, roosters and ducks (I ALMOST tried duck eggs.  Have any of you had duck eggs?), horses and donkeys for kids to look at, and rabbits running free.

I was pretty smitten with the roosters, chickens and ducks.  The roosters and chickens followed me around, which was very cute……

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I want a chicken.

Note to self:  You live in an apartment….rethink the chicken idea!  :)   And even though goats are really cute, and you want one…rethink that too.

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Someone left their jeans on some farm equipment.  What IS growing on that farm!?  HA!!

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No clothes were discarded on these wheels….

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A horse with six legs???

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And a donkey with big ears.  Hee haw!

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Six ducklings and mom….

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I liked this sign in the garden area.

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As the title says, most of today’s random hearts are from the farm.  This is a heart faced chicken…

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“Nacho” the donkey has a heart around his shoulder, and a black “heart” on his leg.  Double heart.

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And this goat wears his heart on his back.  Awww…

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The last heart of the day was in the rear window of a car.  (I should point out that my car was stopped when both of the vans in today’s post passed by and I took the shots.)

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is ‘Sharp’.  I admit, I have been a little distracted in the last little while (and maybe will be for a while longer), so I’ve relied a bit too heavily on photos from my archives instead of taking the photo for the prompt on the given day.   Today’s archived pic was this funny one of Neva and her sharp teeth attacking the plastic dinosaur with sharp teeth (that, for a joke, I put in Dennis’ Christmas stocking a couple of years ago. )  For the record, Neva won the battle….

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Going forward though, I will be trying to take the photos on the actual day of the prompt going forward!  We’ll see how I do.

Today’s menu:

Breakfast – greek yogurt with granola

Lunch – ham/provolone on a sandwich thin, as well as celery sticks and cherries

Dinner – A damn good looking (if I don’t say so myself) turkey burger and a salad.  The salad was made with lettuce from our community garden.  I picked it at lunchtime.

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Extras – Almond milk iced latte…..

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…..and plums.  LOTS of plums.  A colleague of mine brought a big bag of them in, she has a tree in her yard.

Exercise – Walk to and from work, and a very easy one hour walk at lunchtime.

Before work, I met up with Michelle and her famous hand for our regular pre-work coffee.  Today, her hand indicated that she was flying.  She will be in a few weeks….

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Here are some pics from my various walks.  I’ll start today with two random hearts. Both are products of shadows.

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There are lots of “bug shots” today…

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Wow!!!  I went on line after work and found that these dragonflies are 12 spotted skimmers.  There were TONS of them flying around, and they are GORGEOUS!!!

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The sunlight looked pretty on this sap on a tree trunk….

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…however, this tree trunk is just “tacky”.  (groan)

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A heron in the bird pond. (where the dragonflies were flying)

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Woman in runners?  Thank you for unknowingly providing me foreground for this shot….

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The gorgeous little kitten waiting to be adopted, and another kitty on the sidewalk.  Double AWWW!

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I watered our little community garden, and created my own “rainbows”.  Some rainbows have a pot of gold at the end.  These had salad.  :)

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Also created via my community garden and pizap.com……two very silly “embellished” photos of a radish and the flower at the end of one of my garlic plants.

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I’m really lucky, I was able to book tomorrow and Monday off of work, so I have a four day weekend ahead.  I look forward to sharing some of that with you…so I’ll be back tomorrow.  Happy Friday to all!!!

Sorry…bad title.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is ‘Alive’.  I used this pic from my archives, the “fountain” is actually alive.

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Today’s menu was:

Breakfast – greek yogurt, fruit and granola

Lunch – the last of the frozen leftover quinoa cakes from Helen’s birthday brunch, with a salad and salsa

Dinner – tortellini with light alfredo, 1 tsp pesto and a multigrain bun.

Extras – cherries and an ice almond milk latte.  I love the pattern when I pour in the milk.

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Exercise: walked to work, didn’t have a chance to have any walk at lunchtime, but after work I walked to yoga and went to my favorite sweaty yoga class.

Because my walking was limited today, I don’t have THAT many photos to share, but here are a few anyway.  Seems like it was a cat kind of day….

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..”nautical cat” is back!

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Someone “flower bombed” the overpass by the marina where nautical cat lives.

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A couple of flora pics, because the blossom and the shape of the leaves caught my eye…

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This water bottle was sitting on the side of a path, and I thought the light produced by the sun shining through was eyecatching.

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The geese were out in full force tonight.  The reflection of sails provided a good background for this one….

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The three on the right just jumped off the edge to the water below….

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…but the one on the left was a big chicken in a goose suit…and ended up walking/running down…poor chicken!!!!  The body language said “omg, omg, omg” all the way to the water. :)

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“Swarm!’

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And there was some SERIOUS “bathing” going on.  Water doesn’t only run off a duck’s back, it runs off geese backs too.

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Just two random hearts today.  One is a floating heart shaped leaf, and the other is a little more ‘subtle’.  Can you see the heart in the sail reflection?

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Have a good Thursday everyone!!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “I’ve Never…”.  I used this picture of little Eiffel Towers.  I’ve never been to Paris, but I’ll definitely go one day!  (and I’ll drive 5 hours from there and visit Fran too!  :) )

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I ate pretty the same breakfast and lunch today that I had yesterday.  A weight watcher’s bagel with light cream cheese and a ham sandwich. (not too inspired to make lunches this week…).  Dinner was whole wheat pasta with sun dried tomato pesto.  Extras: a banana, a non fat iced latte and 1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt.

I walked a lot again today, to work, an hour ramble at lunch (via the community garden which needed watering) and Dennis was out tonight, and it was a gorgeous night so I went for a LONG (2 hour) walk after work.

On the way to work, I saw some very steamy construction….

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…and a rentable van done up to look like the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo.

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As I mentioned, I went and watered our little garden.  It’s doing really well, we’ll be harvesting some more lettuce in the next day or so….

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We have also achieved pea, squash, bean stalks and kohlrabi.  What the hell am I going to do with kohlrabi???  :)   The package said “easy to grow” so I gave it a go.  It’s taking over the back section and I’ll have quite the crop.  I’ll be googling…..I’ve never cooked or even tried it.

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I once again found the resident heron….

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…and bees….

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…and a butterfly who is looking a bit worse for the wear.  Poor little dude!

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..speaking of little dude’s, this little guy is still up for adoption.  All the Mini Nevas, this one’s mom and one of his siblings have found their forever homes.  I’m sure it won’t be long before this one is adopted too.  AWWW!

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…AWWW….hot dogs!

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Mr. Dragonfly, thank you for landing so close to me and holding still for this photo.

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After work, I walked down by the water…and saw a pirate in a little boat….

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…and not long after, this “pirate ship” (which is a family cruise) spun by.  This could explain the “arrrrrr” we heard in my yoga class last week.  It must have sailed by…  ARRR!!!!

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I walked down by the Fisherman’s Wharf.  Or…”Warf” as the sign says.  They must be sold out of “h’s”, but you can get sockeye and spring salmon.

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Not “talk to the hand”, but “talk to the webbed feet”…

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Ducks on road….I was warned..

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..aren’t the feathers of these young ducks GORGEOUS!!!?

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It looks like this goose is skipping….

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I was hoping to see a frog, a turtle or some ducklings in this pond.  No luck, but the lily pads ARE pretty….

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There was a lot of paddling tonight…

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…and a little bit of showing off when someone saw that I had a camera.  I appreciate the splash he produced, it made for interesting photos.  :)

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Striking centers of yellow flowers…

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The moon is getting bigger….only a few days until it is full.

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Two random hearts today, one was a work colleagues necklace, and the second was a shadow on the sidewalk.

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Happy Wednesday to all.  Please send along your recipes for kohlrabi too. :)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “First”.  This was the first pour of the morning.

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Today’s menu was a weight watcher’s bagel with light cream cheese for breakfast, a sandwich with ham, light havarti, basil and tomato for lunch, and dinner was a big salad with the last of the bbq chicken from Saturday night.  Extras were blueberries, almonds and some leftover blueberry crumble.

I walked A LOT today.  To work, an easy hour at lunchtime and I took the LONG way home and was out for another 90 minutes or so after work.  (it was a beautiful day, so I opted out of yoga and went for the long walk instead)

Here are some shots from the neighborhood….

There were LOTS of happy dogs running around….

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I also saw a Neva lookalike in a window sill.  AWWWW!!!!  I don’t think this one is deaf though, because he/she responded to my voice.

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Someone expressed themselves on a pole…..

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The day’s colourful and interesting plants….

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These blooms look like little red lips….

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..and yet another example of nature’s perfect symmetry…

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Some of the blooms and greenery had bugs on….

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Other creatures who fly….

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…and little ducklings who tried, but can’t quite fly yet.  (and look at the little dragonfly in the pic.  Lucky shot!)

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The piano public art is back.  I wish I could play….

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…I wonder if this guy can.  Just kidding…

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All the rain on the weekend brought out TONS of amazing (and huge) mushrooms….

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I walked by an old, old building that is being demolished.  Quite the sight….

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And finally, the day’s random hearts…..a shiny heart…

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…a wingy heart…..

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…a nosey heart (AWWW)……

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…and half a heart, or maybe a question mark.

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That was my Monday.  What is going on in your part of the world???

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