Hola amigos!  :)  I am posting late tonight since I just got in from Spanish class.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “12 o’clock”.  I took this shot at noon, when I was out for my lunchtime walk today.

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I used another gull shot to post on the Only Shades of Gray site.  This guy was looking into our windows this morning.

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And I thought this was too pretty not to post on the 365 Days in Nature site.  This week’s theme is shadows…but oh well.

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The day’s menu recap:  Breakfast was toasted Little Big Bread with almond butter and banana…

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I had some berries during the morning….

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Lunch was leftover “clean out the fridge pasta” from last night….

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Someone named “Rose” had a non fat cinnamon dolce latte….

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I had a pear after work…..ariba!  :)

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And dinner after class was a grilled cheese sandwich and some blueberries.

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There were some beautiful cloud formations this morning.  I took these shots from our deck.

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As I mentioned above, I went for a lovely walk in the sunshine today.  Our temperatures have dropped, but we are not complaining at ALL.  We are still very, very lucky.  I saw a big magnolia tree in bloom.  But the ends of many of the blooms looked like they were “burnt”.  I wonder if this is a result of the unusual warm weather and early blooms.  Hmmm…..

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On the way down to my favorite bird pond, I saw some other blooms…..

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…some funky fungus…..

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…Namaste….

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…paddlers being “chased” by a police boat. (not really…)

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…and a seal.  (which is VERY unusual in this part of the city)

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I’ve decided the bird pond is one of my “happy places”.  :)  Two gulls showed me their uvulas.  LOL!  (I think they were yawning, because neither of them made a sound when they had their mouths open)

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Incoming ducks…..

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Gulls in flight….

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IMG_0570…and gulls in fight.

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..the geese had a lot to say…..

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…and the crow just watched it all happen.

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This afternoon, I grabbed a quick coffee with my buddy Melisa, and little Baby I.  Isn’t he cute?????   Full of smiles….

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…then unimpressed with my jokes.  Tough crowd!  :)

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Doesn’t get much more “awwww” than that!!!  :)

And finally tonight, I leave you with a clover with heart shaped leaves, and a heart eaten out of one of the leaves.

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Have a wonderful Wednesday all!!!

 

Today’s Photo A  Day Challenge prompt is “Fix”.  I used this picture I took a few months ago, of a pup wearing a “cone of handsome” (as my friend Doris says when her handsome boy Milo has to wear a cone) after being fixed.  He looks pretty happy, given what was cut off the day before.  AWWW!!!

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I posted this pic on the 365 Days in Nature site.  The theme this week is “shadow” and I love the way the bird cast a shadow on my parent’s house.  (I took this last spring)

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This is a fish in a work colleague’s desktop tank turned black and white for Only Shades of Gray.  I see a smile…don’t you?  LOL!

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I just want to share a few “catch up” shots from Victoria, that I took yesterday.  I went for a short morning walk on the beach….

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I saw the first bees of the year.

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My mom and I saw these guys on a back road we were on when we were running errands.  AWWW!!!!!

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Baaaa!

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…and in an odd way, this poor ram has a face only a mother could love.  Yet he’s strangely attractive.

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AWWWW!!!  These were wandering around a couple of blocks away from my Mom’s place.

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Nice views from the ferry on the way home….

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AND…we move on to today.  Breakfast this morning was a toasted english muffin with light provolone.

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I had some fruit and green juice during the morning.

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Lunch was a Little Big Bread sandwich with turkey salami and mustard.  I also had some carrots.

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And dinner was a “use up stuff in the fridge/cupboards” meal.  I had some peppers, mushrooms and a zucchini in the crisper.  We had some leftover cooked chicken, some light cream cheese, some sun dried tomatoes, and the last of some grated parmesan in the fridge, and some dried pasta in the cupboard.  All cooked up together they made a really good meal.

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I went to the post office to pick up a package that was delivered.  It was a box full of stevia samples and products from NuNaturals. They have asked me to try them out and blog about them.  So I will be doing that over the next couple of weeks.  Thank you NuNaturals…I’m happy to give your products a go!

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Maybe I’ll enlist the help of this guy.  :)

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This morning, I caught Neva watching a little bird on our deck, who was definitely looking back at Neva.  Neva won the staring contest, the bird flew off….

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There are more and more blooms popping up.  Apparently, our spring like conditions are winding down far a while, hopefully it doesn’t get so cold that all the blooms and blossoms die back.  Time will tell…..but in the meantime…

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I saw some interesting shapes/patterns/drips in some cut trees.

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To quote Basil Fawlty on Fawlty Towers “is that a piece of your brain on the ground?”  :)  No, I think its just chard.

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No description needed for these two shots….

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And finally, after work Dennis and I ran an errand that took us close to the spot that he proposed to me many years ago.  When we’re in that neighborhood, we stop by….this was once our little community garden plot…and this is where Dennis popped the question.  Aww!

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Hope all of your weeks have started out well.  I can’t believe it is already the last week in February….  Happy Tuesday to all!!

 

Dennis and I are over in Victoria celebrating my Mom’s birthday with her.  Big thanks to “Auntie Anna”, who is looking after Neva while we are away!  :)

I should mention that today was NOT a “point friendly” day.  But was soooo worth it, and we’ll be back to “normal” tomorrow.  We were up really early, and grabbed a toasted bagel and peanut butter at the ferry terminal cafe. We also split an order of these amazing tater tot things they make.  I’m not sure why they are so good….but they are.

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We saw this guy on a lamp post at the terminal.  He is GORGEOUS!!!!!  (and I truly love the lens of my camera)

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Part of the trip was REALLY choppy, but sunny!

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,,,it did calm a little between islands….

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…and this boat has a mustache.  (silly…)

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We got here around lunchtime, so I put out some finger food (hummus, crackers, carrots, dumplings, cheese and crackers)…

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…then we got down to some SERIOUS birthday celebrating.  HA!

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I found these funky candles at the dollar store.  The flames glow the same colour as the candle itself.  OOOH!!!

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Later in the afternoon, we went for High Tea at the Empress Hotel.  We took ourselves very seriously, and got a couple of bow headbands…..because I couldn’t find any true British Fascinators at the dollar store.  :)  “Bow Selfie”.

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We all had a fun time!  And woo hoo!  More finger food.  And this was AMAZING!!!

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The Empress itself, it’s grounds and the surrounding block is full of life and colour.  Here are some shots from a quick walkabout (both inside the hotel, and outside)….

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There were all kinds of characters around too.  This trumpet player was really talented….and also really amazing as he was playing holding a lit cigarette.  He puffed away between songs, and somehow the idea that he needs his lungs to play, and then was smoking, just didn’t quite fit.  However, to each their own….

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These girl’s shoes were pretty eye catching….

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Horse drawn carriage rides were available.

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Um…ok…..

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There are some little retail shops in the Hotel.  I posted this picture on the Photo A Day site.  The prompt is “matching”…

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…and I posted this one on Only Shades of Gray.  Doesn’t every home need a life sized bust of Marilyn Monroe?  :)

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I fell in love with these huge Art Deco vases, and if I had a few extra thousands of dollars….well, I still don’t think I could justify spending the money on vases.  However, they ARE gorgeous.  And these photos don’t truly do them justice.

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I also really liked the colours and the texture of this fabric, which was used to make what looked like a pashmina.

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We drove the really pretty way home, and the sky and sunset were gorgeous.  The first photo below was my daily offering to the 365 Days in Nature group.

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Hope all of you are having a great weekend.  “See” you tomorrow, or “see” you on Monday, depending on what time we get home tomorrow night.  Happy Sunday/Monday to all!!!

Today is officially my Mom’s Birthday.  We’re heading over to Victoria tomorrow to celebrate with her, but WOO HOO Mom!!!  I chose today’s mascot in honor of my Mom, who is a big fan of Shakespeare….

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My William has a removable quill and book too.  I KNOW!!!  Doesn’t get better than that, does it?  LOL!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!!!!!!!

William stood by my mini bagel and light cream cheese at breakfast….

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…and my green juice.

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I just grabbed some lunch at a salad bar today.  I tried all kinds of veggies and some pasta salad.  But the beets were calling me, and I loaded up on them.

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Also important today was meeting my old friend Marion for dinner.  Regular readers have “met” Marion several times, she and I have been close friends since grade 9, and Marion was the maid of honour at our wedding.  We live in different cities now, but Marion was in town for work, and it was great to have some time to catch up.  We went for sushi….it was SOOO good!

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And beer is served in shot glasses.

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YET another thing of importance was the fact I saw my first snail since last fall this morning.  Guess the early spring has brought them out of hibernation (or whatever snails do….) He’s a beauty!!!

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I also saw some cherry blossoms….

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…some funky fungus on a tree trunk….

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Simbad (aka: Ginger), the neighborhood kitty that stays inside in the winter.  This was my first sighting of him in months too.  AWWW!

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I was in a pet store buying some supplies for Neva, and met “Diesel”, who is looking for a new home.  This particular pet store works with a local shelter, and has adoptive pets there for people to see and interact with.  Diesel is about 2, and will make a LOVELY pet for someone!  AWWW again!

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I also saw some beautiful eagles soaring above.  I’m guessing there are some eggs/bird babies that are being watched….

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And I have proof that I unknowingly dodge quite the bullet by standing under the eagles and taking photos.  When I transferred the photo below onto my computer tonight, I realize that the eagle must have pooped when I took the shot.

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Rumour has it that if a bird poops on you, it is lucky.  I think that is an old wives tail, people just say that to make you feel better because you have shit all over yourself.  LOL!  However, I was lucky anyway because I wasn’t hit.  :)

I hope all of you have a great weekend.  I’ll be checking in from the Birthday Girl’s house!  And avoiding more soaring eagles.  :)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “fresh”.  I posted this pic of freshly harvested garlic at the farmer’s market.

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It is still green over at the 365 Days in Nature group.  I saw this fern today, and I like the different greens.

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And I flipped this spiky plant into black and white for Only Shades of Gray.

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This morning, I had a savory breakfast of a mini bagel with light cream cheese and some ham.

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I met Michelle and her hand for our Thursday pre-work coffee.  I didn’t take the little bugs above, but I did find a weasel keychain for a coffee mascot.

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I completely forgot to photograph my green juice.  OOOP….brain fart.  Thanks Google images!!

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I had a very quick walk on my way to an appointment.  I couldn’t resist taking a few shots….

Spring blossoms.  (according to the news, they are about 6 weeks early…)

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Rogue garden tools….

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Alley shot…

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Funky feet!

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Funky fern.

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Funky gnarly tree.

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Shake front…..

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…shake back.

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Looks like a beautiful, natural waterfall.  It is actually just urban run off….

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Some plant/garden decorations….

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Lunchtime!

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Out of season mushrooms…

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Pretty “leaf skeleton”….

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Pretty kitty watching me walk by….

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Pretty bean soup that I had for lunch.  Prettiness IS in the eye of the beholder.  :)

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And pretty Neva waiting for our dinner guest.

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It’s COUSIN HELEN!!!!

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We had some champagne and little butter chicken spring rolls to start….

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I made the Smitten Kitchen’s Dijon and Cognac Beef Stew in the slow cooker, and served it on mashed potatoes.

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And we had little cheesecake bites for dessert.

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It was really nice to have Cousin Helen back to our place.  It had been a few months…..

Hope everyone has a great Friday!  Bring on the weekend!!

Today’s menu isn’t that photogenic….but I promise things will improve soon…..

Breakfast was a little bagel with light cream cheese….

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..I made a fresh batch of green juice this morning.  This has apple, spinach, chard, kale, ginger and lime.

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I didn’t make my lunch today, and just picked up a phylo roll with mushrooms.

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I wanted to save points, because I knew we would be having chicken lasagna for dinner (with a mini breadstick).

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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Bedside”.  This is Neva at our bedside, letting us know she’d like her breakfast.  That, or she’s plotting to kill us….

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Keeping with the green theme on the 365 Days of Nature, I posted this…green head!

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I posted another duck shot on the Only Shades of Gray group….

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There IS a theme here.  I witnessed some pretty aggressive duck behaviour on my lunchtime walk.  From what I can tell, two males were having either a territorial dispute, or they were trying to win the heart of a lone female.  Either way, they were ANGRY BIRDS!   Not this kind (thank you Google images)…..

images…but these – and it was quite the spectacle:

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These ducks were less angry…they were more “strutty”….

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…this one was “honky”…

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..and this one was just thirsty.

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A goose was thirsty too.

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This crow looked a bit angry too, but crows look angry all the time….

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…this one was making quite the racket….

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..and this one couldn’t speak because he had his mouth full.

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This guy was handsome….

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..and these two were reflective.

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Speaking of reflective….

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I met this lovely Westie, Kelsey and his owner Daniela (hi Daniela with 1 L).  I hope our paths cross again soon..

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I framed this man and dog with the fallen tree.  OOOH….artsy!  Not really…

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Well, who knew???

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And finally today, a little bit of spring….

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That was Wednesday.  I’ve been a day ahead of myself all week.  I was sure today was Thursday….  Have a good REAL Thursday everyone!

 

I have a new mascot today.  He was acquired in a thrift store for a whopping $0.25.  He is the Abominable Snowman from the movie “Monsters Inc.”.  I’ve chosen to name him Freddy the Yeti.  And he not only posed with my meals, but also went on a walk with me at lunchtime.  So with tongue firmly planted in cheek, here is my day.

Breakfast was some fruit (mango, kiwi and blueberries) and greek yogurt.

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Lunch was a turkey and cheddar sandwich on Little Big Bread with carrots….

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…and a banana…..

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Dinner, when I got home from Spanish class, was pasta with pesto.

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Before I left for work this morning, I was watching hummingbirds at the feeder on our deck.  I call the first shot “bottoms up!”.

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Neva seems to think that hummingbirds are best viewed from the “on the back” position.  Crazy kitty!

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The light from the sunrise bounced off the windows of the hospital.

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It was sunny, but it was also FROSTY.

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The frost had melted at lunchtime, and some blooms were out in force.

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First (and very early) magnolia blooms and a lone cherry blossom tree.

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Funky clouds….

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..sunlight on a seagull….

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..geese are back.  Goslings can’t be far away.

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..”it’s ok buddy!”…

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…I LOVED this drawing on a poster that was advertising a concert….

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…I really wanted to yell “pull harder” to this guy.  HA!

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…out of season mushrooms….

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And birds in flight, and one conducting a choir.  :)

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And now, my walk with Freddy the Yeti. (with special guest, my friend JenX, who we bumped into down by the bird pond)

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VERY silly…but that’s ok, life is far too short not to be silly sometimes!  :)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “routine”.  I posted this pic of dancers working on their routine, that I took just before Christmas.

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This lone mushroom in a sea of green was my entry for today on the 365 Days in Nature group….

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..and finally, I put a Yeti picture on the Only Shades of Gray site.  Because, well, why not??

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That was my Tuesday.  Happy Wednesday to all!

Sunrise this morning (from our deck) was pretty….

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…and then the sky looked like this.  OOOH!

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The day’s menu following the deck photos started out with a poached egg and light cheese on an english muffin….

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I had some green juice (that I made with apple, kale, spinach, ginger and lime) and some mango/kiwi and blueberries during the morning….

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Lunch was a ham sandwich on Little Big Bread, with carrots from Saturday’s Farmer’s Market.  The carrots were soooo sweet.

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When I got home from work, I had a Guava Kombucha.  (can’t wait to make my own!  My scoby is growing!!!  :) )

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And dinner was pork tenderloin cooked in bbq sauce in the crock pot.  It was very tender so easy to pull.  We had it on buns, with some roasted little fingerling potatoes.  (also from the Farmer’s Market)

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Before I get into the day’s photos, I’d just like to say that they are NOT meant to piss off my friends in other parts of the world who are in a deep freeze. Though it does seem spring has arrived very very early in Vancouver, it is by no means Nirvana here.  Our housing is basically unaffordable, our traffic is gross, our transit isn’t really adequate, and far, far too many of us drink FAR too much coffee because there is a Starbucks on EVERY stinkin’ corner.  Well…almost.  So please don’t hate me, and hate Vancouver when you see the pictures from my walk today.

And see…we have litter!

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..and graffiti.

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And ewww….blooms and buds.  EWWW!!!! :)

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More mushrooms today….some right way up, others upside down….

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New creepy Barbies pinned to a tree have surfaced.  There were a couple of other Barbies there a couple of months ago.  They were removed, but the new girls have arrived.  Creepy!

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I came across a duck standing on a rock….

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….he was displaced by an aggressive female duck who bit his tail….

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…its my rock now!  (what a rock hogging hag!)

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I also witnessed some police training in a vacant lot.  Cue the “chase” music….

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Crows were overturning some turf/dirt.  There must have been some grubs or worms below the surface….and they were fine to fight with each other for them.  (Love the “superhero” stance of the one in the last picture)

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Love the clouds behind this tree….

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..and in that tree…there was some “flirting and fluffing” going on.  Yup…it is spring….

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There were also a TON of tiny sparrows….who seemed unphased by me walking by.  Some just kept on walking themselves….

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…some jumped and looked just a little crazy….

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…some pointed downward…..

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…and others just “posed”.  They ARE cute, aren’t they?

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I used a couple of the birds on the daily photo groups.  The prompt for the Photo A Day Challenge is “from where I stand”.  From where I stood, this crow looked a little crazy….and as creepy as the Barbies.

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I put this sparrow into black and white for the Only Shades of Gray group.

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And I didn’t post a bird on the 365 Days in Nature site.  The theme is green, and I posted this green bud because I thought the shape and the shade of green was pretty.

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The sunset on my walk home was pretty too….

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And now, the sun is setting on this post.  OMG…that is a groaner.  Hope all you have have a happy Tuesday….and Mother Nature…seriously, thaw out the east for my friends!!!  Or I’ll sick the crazy crow on you!!!  :)

There were all kinds of sights in the sky off of our deck this morning.  Gulls and something called a “Photo Blimp”.  No idea what the blimp thing is about….

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..and soaring eagles.

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Neva was in the thick of sky watching too.  :)

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We had birds in a nest, turkey bacon, green juice and coffee for brunch.  We used the fresh eggs that I got at the farmer’s market yesterday.

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“butterfingers” – oops!…

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After lunch I went and had a visit with Cousin Helen.  Look at her lawn.  Yup, spring is here.  And that is ridiculously early! But we’re not complaining.

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Because it was lovely, Dennis and I went for a walk.  On the way to the park, we saw this guy.  AWWW!!!!

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Here are Dennis and I…. :)

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…and just Dennis.

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Here are scenes around the Port of Vancouver.

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And engagement photo shoot in the park…

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..no idea if these two are engaged.  But they made good foreground.

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There was also a fashion photo shoot going on.  We were chatting to the group, and they were happy for me to take shots too.  Fun!

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There were LOTS of dogs….this little guy liked HUGE “sticks”….

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This Vader….

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…AWWW!!!!

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This is not a dog….

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Things that fly…if you are Mary Poppins, this would fly too.

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This is a memorial to woman who have been killed….

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Other shots in the park and on the way back to our car…..

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When we got home, we had a glass of wine, and some wensleydale cheese.

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And dinner tonight was poached halibut with steamed greens, beans and some brown rice.  I topped it with some dijon/mayo sauce.

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We’ll end tonight’s post with the Photo A Day challenge photo.  The prompt is “spot”…and this is a dog we met in the park this afternoon….

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…we found further green evidence that spring is well on its way.  I posted this shot on the 365 Days in Nature group….

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..and with permission, I’m posting this picture of today’s model bundling up (it may be sunny but it’s still a bit chilly) between photos on the Only Shades of Gray site.

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That’s it for the weekend.  Hard to believe.  Hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead!!!

I’m sending love to all on Valentine’s Day!

I’ll start today’s post with the day’s menu recap.  My day started out with a toasted English Muffin with almond butter, maple flakes and kiwi.

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I got my hair “sassified” and took my hairdresser and I a cinnamon dolce non fat latte.  The barrista put a heart sticker on my cup.  Cute.

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Lunch was a few rice crakers and greek yogurt/kale dip.

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Dennis and I decided to have a night in, and had proscecco, Caesar salad and pizza.

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And we split this romantic little cake.  :)

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I used about 20 of my weekly points today, but that’s just fine.  I had them, and that is what they are there for.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Love”.  I just LOVE this shot I took a few months ago.  I was walking behind this elderly couple, and their body language certainly said that they were very much in love.

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I send love on the 365 Days in Nature group.  Which fit perfectly with the weekly “green” theme.

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And I posted yet another “heart” on to the Only Shades of Gray site.

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There was some bird action on our deck, and from our deck this morning.  Love the little red patch on the little hummingbird’s throat.

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I saw an eagle soaring through fog.  OOOH….

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And then a few eagles and hawks swooped down closer and flew away.  Very cool!

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My hairdresser’s salon is VERY close to the Winter Farmer’s market.  I haven’t been there for quite a while, so took a walk around. Here are some of the sights in the area.

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ANNND…I AM a 15 year old boy…I found some “mis-shapen” carrots in the bag I bought.

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On the way back to the car, I passed a snakey thing….

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…birds….

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…a tree stump with a little functioning door…..

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…a gorgeous black and white cat…..

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….who was showing off his scratching skills….

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…a second gorgeous black and white cat…..

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…who gave me the stink eye.  HA!  Maybe this is Vancouver’s answer to “Grumpy Cat”

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A couple of dogs, looking pretty hard for their people…

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I found some hearts on little bird houses…..

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…and another form of art.

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I want to go and sit here.  :)

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…and Neva lives in a stress free zone pretty much every day.   HA!

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Hope all of you have had a happy heart day!  And that your Sunday is a good one too!  Hearts to all!!!!

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