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…and less importantly (just kidding), Happy Birthday to me.  Just a quick few pictures today, and tomorrow, I’ll be back with my own personal “New Year’s Resolutions”.  In the meantime…here is today….

Today’s 365 Days in Nature pic (still on the bees, butterflies and dragonfly theme) was this shot from a couple of months ago.

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I worked for half a day today, and had this afternoon off for a bit of pampering, and to run some errands….

Here is the pampering….note to self:  you have hairy toes and feet!  :)

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There is a story behind this….Not to be elusive, but I’ll share when I can!  :)   Any guesses?

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When I was out and about this afternoon, I saw the Pillsbury Dough Boy pinned to a tree, and with a hook with keys.  Huh???  I get one lost key, but there are quite a few here….

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PG rating….Bees making new bees on a leaf outside our building!  The way I see it, we really need to save the bees, so “give ‘er, but maybe get a room!”

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Mother Nature gave me QUITE the gift today….look what I stumbled on when I was walking home.  Not just one snail, not two, but a colony of snails….of all sizes and colours.  Thank you Mother Nature!!!!!  <3  this is just a leaf full of fantastic!!!

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I walked by a fantastic and very well used bird feeder…awww….

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And I also walked by a couple of squirrels in a tree…which were described as “upscale rats” by the man who owns the tree.  Funny…

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Dennis and I had a really nice birthday dinner tonight….followed by cupcakes…

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…and a glass of bubbly prosseco…..apparently the ability to properly focus a picture is affected by the red wine we had with dinner.  Oops…

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I was able to focus on Dennis drinking water out of a beer glass with a mustache on it though….

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Now, it is time to hit publish and spend the rest of my birthday with Dennis and Neva.  Thanks for all the birthday love sent my way today!  I am blessed!  Back tomorrow….

…this is my 1500th blog post.  1500!!!!  Wow!  When I started this off, I didn’t know how long I’d carry on.  Now, I can’t imagine not posting regularly.  Thank you for visiting everyone!!!  I truly appreciate all your visits, comments and kindness!  And treasure the friendships I’ve made through it!  Cheers to 1500 more.

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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Where I am from”.  I used this photo of Vancouver, taken from an office window in the building I work in.

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And my “bees, butterflies and dragonflies” picture for the 365 Days of Nature group today is this one….

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Fall is moving into the area with a vengeance…..and the fall leaves are gorgeous.

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And with autumn comes mushrooms and fungis in many shapes and forms.

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There are still also spiders EVERYWHERE in all shapes and forms, and some are eating flies.  Creepy….but fascinating….

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I saw a few other insects.  There are less and less around now…but they are still pretty in my eyes.

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This cat in a window that I passed during my quick lunchtime walk was adorable, and really wanted to get through the window for a pat…aww…..

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And another awww worthy dog in the dog park.  (check out the blue eyes)

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Tonight, I had a LOVELY dinner with Cousin Helen and our friend Inge.  Girls nights out are great!

We had wine….

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And thai food….pad thai, green curry with prawns, yellow curry with chicken, rice and vegetables.  For dessert we split a deep fried banana with coconut ice cream.  It was all so good…and I am SO full!  :)

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Thank you Helen and Inge!!!  Bring on another girl’s night soon!  Hugs to both of you!

That is Tuesday, and hard to believe that is September too.  The year is flying by.  Back tomorrow…hope all of you are having a good week.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Wish”.  I used this picture of the “wish stick” that is located in a kid’s community garden.  Cute!

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And this was my “bees, butterflies and dragonflies” picture for my 365 Days in Nature group.

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When I was first up this morning, I looked out onto our deck and saw that one of the two tomatoes (I KNOW!!!!  TWO!!! What a crop!  HA!  Truth be told, my crop is crap) was ready to eat.

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…apparently though, we weren’t the ones to eat it.

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Oh well, maybe next summer…..

When I was out “harvesting”, I saw a really amazing sunrise.  “Red in the morning, sailor’s warning..”

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Yup, sailors were warned, and it turned into a VERY soggy day here in Vancouver.  But it was relatively warm, and there wasn’t much wind, so it was quite pleasant during my lunchtime walk.

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My lens was fogging up, and I like the effect it produced in this shot…..

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Kohlrabi is still growing in our little garden plot….

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What a bedraggled crow….it looked like a young one who was likely shedding it’s baby feathers as well as being out in the rain.  Or he’s just a bad ass.  :)

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“you lookin’ at me?”…..

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Quite the face plant in the back.  (it was a baby gull practicing flying)

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Nuts are being stored for winter….

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When I walked home from work, I found a bunch of mushrooms/fungus that had been brought out by the rain….

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What better way to put the mini sock monkey I found in my purse to use?  :)

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Rain brought out my favorite snails too.  They were all over the hydrangeas….

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And I found some tiny baby snails on another plant.  Cute! They were quite happy to walk on my finger.

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That is the recap of this rainy day.  Now, I’m going to hit “publish” because someone wants to play and I’m very happy to play with her!  Have a great Tuesday everyone!

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VERY quick post tonight, I just got home from Victoria and Dennis is opening a bottle of wine.  :)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Game”.  I used this pic from a few months ago of the outdoor chess set in our neighborhood.

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And my 365 Days in Nature shot (staying with the weekly theme of butterflies, bees and dragonflies) was this one…..

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This was the view from the ferry tonight.  It isn’t gross.  (except in the rain, then, it can be pretty gross)

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Have a GREAT week everyone!!!!!  Look forward to catching up tomorrow.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Celebration”.  I’m over at my Mom’s place, and we were busy running around today, so celebrations weren’t really prominent, but I DID see the word “celebrate” in this display of inspirational rocks/key chains.  Not to sound flaky, but there really is SOMETHING to celebrate every day.

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Today’s 365 Days in Nature theme is “bees, butterflies and dragonflies”.  Fun!  Here is my first offering….

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(tiny because I saved it off of facebook…)

I’ll  be over here most weekends at the moment, and I’d have it no other way.  (and thank God for a supportive and understanding husband and friends who will be there for sure once life gets back to normal.  Love you all!!!)

Here are a couple of pics I took from the bus to the ferry.

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There was very odd fog/low cloud.  At the ferry terminal, it was very “socked in”….

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I had breakfast on the ferry, oatmeal and coffee.  The oatmeal looked “artsy” with the milk on top, and the coffee had a cover with “solo traveler”.  I am certainly that these days, as Dennis stays at home to work and take care of Neva.

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Part way through the crossing, it is usually clear, but not today and the crossing ferry looked almost like a “ghost ship” passing us.  The sun TRIED to get through the clouds, but it was a struggle.  :)   (note to self:  clean sensor on camera.  Yikes, quite the marks on the shots…)

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A dingy did come out of the flog and whipped by the ferry.  Must have been a cold ride for the captain!

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The sun came out when I got to my other home.  My mom and I went out and ran a few errands.  I loved the shadow this bike cast….

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Um…in my world, a toot is not the horn a car makes.  Um.  I’ll think of dogs next time I toot, because I DO like dogs.  LOL!!!!

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Speaking of…I met this dog today.  Poor thing was wearing a shirt that had an arrow pointing to his tail with the words “happy meter”.   No wonder he looks confused.  My tail is a meter?  HUH??  :)

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Mom and I were in an import food store.  I think “unrip” grape juice is unripe without the “e”.  :)   Love the lost in translations…

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Funky graffiti….

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Run kitty run….

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I saw wishes, not weeds.  Make a wish!!!!

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And finally, today’s title is explained.  Regular readers know my Dad died last month, they know he and I were close, and likely knew we shared a sense of humour.  My Dad had always said that when he was gone (it seems so unreal that his IS gone) that I was to take proud possession of his hilarious (albeit not overly classy) ceramic mangy dog and hydrant that he was given many years ago.  Voila…these are hilariously awful, and I will treasure them forever.

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I have also acquired the dreadful Arabian horse sitting cross legged on a magic carpet while holding a genie bottle and wearing a veil.  Again, awful, but to be treasured forever.  :)  Miss you Dad!!!!

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Hope all of you are having a great weekend!!!!  Do any of you have little “somethings” that are “questionable” but meaningful like the things above?  I’d love to hear…

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Best”.  Here is Neva doing her best to hide.  She’s not good at hiding, but she’s very good at being cute.  :)

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And the last picture in the line theme at the 365 Days of Nature group is this….less cute than Neva IMHO, but there are certainly many lines in the feathers.

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And since Neva is so cute, and I haven’t been sharing enough photos of her lately, here is another shot from this morning.

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I haven’t been sharing my meals lately either.  That’ll start up again soon, but in the meantime, I met my friend Carli for lunch today, we went for sushi.  Voila…lunch….

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Fall is in full swing here, the leaves are changing by the day and the rain has returned.  I don’t mind the rain at all, if it is warm (which it is) and the winds aren’t so high that you can’t keep your umbrella up.  It makes the air smell so good, and it’s what makes the city so green.

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The rain also brings out the snails, that I think are so magical.  Imagine the squeal of excitement I felt (bit of an exaggeration) when I saw NINE of them all crawling around on a cement wall.

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Who needs a “dogpile” when you can have snail piles?

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And two others were racing across a rock….poor things, their shells look like they are a little worse for wear.

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Speaking of worse for wear, this broken plant pot looks nice as a garden decoration.

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This is a nice garden decoration too.

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I’m not sure why, but I love this gate and the wall….

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…and I love watching squirrels too.

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On my walk home from work, I saw this wall hanging in a store window….

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..this on a sidewalk….

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…and love on a bike seat.

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And finally today, I think someone must have lost their glasses, or this tree has less than perfect eyesight.  :)

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I’ll check in from my Mom’s place tomorrow.  I’m heading over to spend the weekend with her.  Anyone have any big plans for this last weekend of September?  (HOW can it already be the last weekend in September???  2014 has been a blur)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Angle”.  I took this picture of a very angular fence yesterday.

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The theme for the 365 Days of Nature photos is still “lines”.  (themes change every Saturday).  There are SO many spiders around right now, it’s hard not to see these lines when you are out walking.

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Life (both of our lives) got in the way of Michelle and my visits over the last few weeks, however, today I’m happy to report….THE HAND IS BACK!    And holding some jaunty new glasses!

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It’s good to see you hand!  And Michelle!!!  :)

I also saw some birds today…..

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Some VERY pretty late season flowers (two real, and one sidewalk art)….

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…a bud that looks like a pineapple…..

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…and a smiley vine, that I made VERY smiley.  (silly!)

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…a couple of city views….

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…and a yarn bomb at an aquabus ferry stop.

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I walked by the Police Station as the “Cops for Cancer” team made their stop/press conference there.  Go cyclists!!!!!   And Cancer?  %$& off!!!  Stop taking people I love!!!  (excuse the profanity in disguise)

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I guess now that the rains are arriving, we’ll see all kinds of funky mushrooms around soon.  Cool!

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….as I said, there are TONS and TONS of spiders around right now (more than I ever remember seeing before).  There are also colourful little flying bugs.

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This note was pasted to a fence post.  I think it is complementary.  :)

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Simbad the neighborhood kitty looking very “autumnal” with matching leaves around him.

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And speaking of autumn leaves.  Snails look pretty on them…..IMHO!  :)

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That was my Thursday.  Anyone have any big plans for the weekend?  What is happening in your neck of the woods?

Quick post tonight…..I went to yoga after work (my favorite sweaty power class – it is good to be back), then we had dinner, and then I got hooked on the season premiere of Survivor.  :)  I’ve already picked a couple of favorites, we’ll see how they do.

Today’s Photo A Day challenge prompt is “Loud”.  I used this pic from April of a VERY, VERY loud peacock.  I was amazed at the volume!

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And keeping with the “lines” theme in the 365 Days of Nature group, here is my pic for the day.

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It was POURING with rain on my walk to work this morning.  Rain means snails…..this one looks like it was the centre of the leaves.

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I found a Minion too.

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By lunchtime, the sun was coming through the clouds, so I took a walk down by the park with the bird pond….

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I was in the right place at the right time with the right camera setting, and caught this falling leaf mid air.

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The spider’s shadow against a wall was pretty cool….

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I just love the graduations of colours in this leaf.

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I met this dog, Stella, and her owner in the park.  Apparently, Stella is OBSESSED with large pieces of wood, and drags them all around with her.  AWWW….

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I wasn’t the only one who met Stella.  “Hi, how are you?”

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Speaking of pets, there are two ginger babies in the adoption centre, patiently waiting for their new owners.  AWWW!

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When I walked to yoga, the clouds were rolling in again.   And they looked pretty spectacular.

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Some beams of light did get through the clouds, and lit up parts of the buildings….

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A seagull looks like he was watching the plane.  I’m sure he wasn’t….

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And I got “up close and personal” with another.

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That is all from this autumn day in Vancouver.  Has autumn arrived in YOUR neck of the woods?

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is ‘Triangle”.  I used this archive shot of a bridge on the highway leading out of the city.

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And today’s 365 Days in Nature shot, and staying in the “Lines” weekly theme, I posted this picture from April.  It is the BACK of a peacock.  There are many lines.  :)

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I don’t have too many pictures from the day, but one in particular is pretty special.  Before that, I took this shot of dramatic clouds from our deck this morning….

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The quirky neighbor with the toy infested car caught my eye again this morning.  I don’t remember seeing the shiny gold bike before, it must be a new addition.

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Spider and Daddy Long Leg season is in full swing…

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On the way home from work, snails were out in force due to the day’s rain.  This one was almost ‘gold’.  What a beauty…

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Beauty with stripes….

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“X” marks the spot…..

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Follow the leader…..

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Also after work tonight, Dennis and I went and had a glass of wine with Cousin Helen.  Recently, life has got in the way of our regular visits, and we’ve missed her, so it was really good to catch up and have a “Helen hug”.

AND….earlier today my met my new little Buddy!  Many of you know my good friend Melisa was expecting.  Well, meet “Baby I”!

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(Not “Baby Eye”, he was FAST asleep for most of our visit and I didn’t actually see his eyes….AWWW!!!!)  Timing is really amazing, this little man was born a couple of hours before my Dad died – on August 20th.  Who could have predicted that Melisa and my lives would both change forever – in very different ways –  within hours of each other.    She and I have a ridiculous amount of parallels and similarities in our lives – we were so meant to be friends!  And isn’t Baby I a cutie???  That hair!!!!!    AWWWW! I’m so excited to watch this little guy grow and develop!

It was great to see Helen, Melisa and Baby I today.

That is all I have to share today.  Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is ‘crisp’….and this is what happens when you crush some crisp autumn leaves in your hand.

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This is my day’s offering to the 365 Days in Nature group.  This week’s theme is “lines”….

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I wasn’t able to post last night, I got home from Victoria quite late….here are just a few shots from yesterday I want to share.  This squirrel had his mouth full…awww….

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The biggest fungus I’ve seen in a LONG time….it was about “manhole cover” big….

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My Mom’s neighbor’s cat “Ollie”.  Such beautiful eyes….

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Reflection in a puddle….

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And last night’s sunset from the ferry.

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On to today.  I walked at lunchtime, and had planned on going to yoga.  Unfortunately, I had to work a bit late, so didn’t get to class on time.  I did walk to the studio after work though, to pay my monthly fee, and to get some activity points.  Come for a walk with me….

Bugs, blooms and leaves that looked pretty in the rain….

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And for no apparent reason, there was a fork on a fence.

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The rains over the last couple of days has brought out some little mushrooms in our community garden raised bed.

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After work, the rain had stopped and the sky was clearing (and the leaves are turning colour in force).

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I found a pair of abandoned shoes….hmm….

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Timing was everything with this shot…

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Poser gull….

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Poser duck.

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Sleepy duck (with REALLY beautiful feathers)

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Pond drama.

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A heron in/on a rowboat.  We’ll call him “Gilligan”.  (with and without flash)

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I passed by a couple of little snails.  One did walk on my finger, but the pics weren’t that interesting.  :)

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Finally, a couple of sunset shots.

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Hope the start of everyone’s week has gone well.  And let’s hope this autumn is pretty, crisp and uneventful!!!

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