July 24th will always be an important day in our family.  It is my Dad’s birthday, and this is the first July 24th that I haven’t had my Dad here in this life.  It is also a year ago today that my Dad fell ill, had multiple and serious seizures, left home in an ambulance, and three weeks later he passed away.  We are always grateful for all the birthdays we had with my Dad, for the amazing care he had last year, and for having those precious weeks to spend with him before he died.  I think of my Dad EVERY day, and sorely miss him.  But today, we celebrate all my Dad was, and his legacy he left us.  Happy Birthday Dad!  You have left a hole in my heart that will never close, and I am forever grateful and proud to be your daughter!  <3!

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Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “reimagine aging”.  I used this photo of a woman well into her 50’s, who can turn cartwheels better than most people half her age.  Who says you can’t be fit and flexible as you get older???

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I posted this feathery cloud, taken yesterday on Only Shades of Gray….

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And this is the last photo for minimalist week on 365 Days in Nature.

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Here are a few catch up shots from yesterday……

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And on to today.  My menu was an egg in a sandwich thin (with hot sauce) for breakfast….

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….cantaloupe….

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…tomato and feta salad, and nugget potatoes and carrots with guacamole for lunch…

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…wine with fish (halibut) and chips (nom!) for dinner.

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The rain finally came back, and any of us breathed a collective sigh of “yuck, but we really need this.  The plants need it, the ecosystems need it…”  Here is a big photo dump from my walks today, my cat, other cats for adoption, and store windows/signs that I saw when Dennis and I ran a couple of errands after work.

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Have a great weekend everyone!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Vision”.  The artist that made this had a vision.  A very big, reflective one…  :)

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My post for 365 Days in Nature…..

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And I had a little fun with the shot for Only Shades of Gray…..

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Here is a photo dump of some of the photos I took on my lunchtime walk today…..

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And the day’s menu was: an egg on a sandwich thin (with hot sauce) for breakfast, some blueberries, a kale salad (with nutritional yeast, blueberries, cranberries and light goat cheese) for lunch, veggies and guacamole…..

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And tonight, we went for dinner at our friends Clint and Tom’s.  Dinner was cheese and pate (with crackers) to start, a caprese salad, grilled pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon, beans from their garden and roasted baby potatoes.  We also had a cherry/rhubarb crumble. And wine.  Can’t forget the wine.  Thanks Guys!!!  What a lovely night, and yes, you are both very muscly.  :)

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That was my Wednesday.  Per normal at the moment, I won’t be posting tomorrow because I’ll be at night school.  Have a good Thursday, will touch base again on Friday!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Multifaceted”.  I REALLY struggled with this prompt, so I took a photo of a ladybug, and used Lunapic to put it into a multifaceted cube.  (such a stretch…)

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I used this shoot on a plant for my minimalist photo on 365 Days in Nature.

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And I put this macro bee picture onto Only Shades of Gray.

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I don’t have too many photos to share, because I had a “double shot” workout and didn’t go for a walk.  I took a zumba class at lunchtime and did a hatha yoga class tonight. (it just worked out that way this week).  I did walk to yoga and took just a few shots along the way….

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And the day’s menu was blueberries, yogurt and granola for breakfast…..

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…cherries…..

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…kale salad with nutritional yeast, peach, blueberries, cranberries and feta…..

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…and dinner tonight was bbq chicken flat out pizza (with peppers, mushrooms, basil, light mozzarella and some goat cheese), and a cob of corn.  The corn is SOOOOOOOO good right now.  :)

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I may have sore muscles tomorrow.  Just saying….   Happy Wednesday everyone!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “In the front yard”.  This guy was in my Mom’s neighbor’s front yard.  AWW!

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Another shot for minimalist week on 365 Days in Nature….

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…and a heron having a “sushi lunch”.  :)  I took this shot today, more on this in a bit….

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Before I get into today, I have a few shots from yesterday to share.  I took my little creature Oakley down to the beach when I went for a walk.  (this park/beach isn’t far from my Mom’s place…)

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This looks like a two headed goose….

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Speaking of two heads……

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…goose yoga poses….

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..other shots of the beach….

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I looked up and saw a bird I don’t usually see there, and a random heart in the trees.

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My Mom and I saw this beautiful hanging basket, complete with legs.  LOL!

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Speaking of beautiful flowers, this tree is in the front yard of my Mom’s neighbor Shirlee.  I can’t remember what type of tree it is, but it is GORGEOUS!

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I liked the red hair and red guitar combo.  (he was playing at the ferry terminal while we were waiting for the boat)

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The crossing back was nice….and we could see Mt. Washington (in Washington state) very clearly….

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Soooo excited to see a pod of Orcas swimming by…..

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And the sunset was vibrant.

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Annnd….we move on to today.  I made a pizap collage with my day’s menu.  Breakfast was blueberries, yogurt and granola.  I also had some cherries.  Lunch was a kale salad with peach, feta and blueberries, I had some carrots and tomato with guacamole later, and dinner was cold chicken with corn, nugget potatoes and beans from our garden.

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Neva was super cute today, and was lounging in my yet to be unpacked suitcase….

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I saw a mangy squirrel on my way to work.  Poor thing….

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I’m going to combine pictures from my two walks today.  I went to our little community garden to water at lunchtime.  I also pulled out the arugula that has gone to seed and is very bitter, and harvested a boatload of beans….

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..and this happens when you don’t thin your carrots properly.

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My friend Laura and I went for a walk after work.  We walked by the vet who works with the cat adoption agency.  OMG…LOOK at these beauties who are all waiting to be adopted.  AWW!!!

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We walked by yoga in the park, and some insects on bright flowers….

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Froggie in the bird pond….

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And LOTS of bird action in the bird pond.  (which, BTW, still has a very low water level)  The most exciting for me was watching this heron fishing for lunch.  He grabbed a little fish, immediately spit it out and let it go, put his head down in the water again, and came out with his HUGE fish.  Sushi anyone?  :)  (nature can be cruel, but it is amazing)

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Here are some other bird shots.  Dennis is right, this pond IS a “happy place” for me.  (not so much for the fish above…)

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All caught up now!  Hope all of your weeks have started out well!!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Good Sport”.  I used this picture of Dennis, being a good sport and posing for silly pictures like this…..

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The theme for the 365 Days in Nature group this week is “minimalist”.  I took this shot from the ferry today.

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And this photo of the ferry terminal this morning, is my day’s upload to Only Shades of Gray.

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Today’s menu?  I had oatmeal to go for breakfast, I made flat out pizzas for Mom and I for lunch, we had ice cream this afternoon (it is smokin’ hot here) and tonight, we kept our tradition going and had chinese food.

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It was quite the donkey show at the ferry terminal this morning.  I was delayed an hour because of high foot traffic.  (me, and about 200 people…..wasn’t pretty….)  BUT…I eventually got on a ferry and got to see my Mom.  Here are some shots from the crossing.

I took Oakley, the little art piece that I found in Stanley Park last weekend.  I have posted this picture on the facebook page of the group started by the artist, and all those who find her creatures are encouraged to join.  So fun.

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Gull watching from the ferry.

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Great people watching opportunities, and it was WINDY.

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You can see a bunch of seals sunning themselves here.

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My Mom and I ran a bunch of errands today, and also went to a thrift store.  This album cover caught my eye.  “Mood Music for Beer and Pretzels???”   Mood music for that???   HA!

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And I also saw this.  I just don’t even know what to say…..and no, I didn’t buy them.

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I did buy this hilarious clip on facinator though.  I have an “event” next month that will require amusing head wear, so it was $2.50 very well spent.  Mom and I both look jaunty, no?  Well…NO!  LOL!  But it will be perfect….

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After dinner, I went for a quick walk.  There were all kinds of critters, some grapes and a cute sign in the neighborhood.

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I likely won’t post tomorrow because I’ll be getting a later ferry home.  Have a wonderful Sunday all.  “See” you on Monday!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is Brick.  I posted this photo taken last year, of a narrow alley with brick buildings on either side.

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Last day of cloud week on 365 Days in Nature….

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And one of the frogs down at my favorite bird pond still looks warty, and was posted on Only Shades of Gray.

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Catching up from yesterday…..

Michelle’s famous hand with my iced coffee….

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…a cute little kitten (with ears that have grown before the rest of him) looking to be adopted into his forever home….

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….insects…..

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…creatures at my favorite bird pond….that aren’t birds…..

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Sadie the dog….

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Rogue feather on a weed…..

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Baby seagulls on the roof over the road from my office….

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And yesterday’s random heart.

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On to today….breakfast was a Roz McMuffin with an egg and prosciutto on a sandwich thin.

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I had some blueberries through the day.

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My lunch was a kale salad with nutritional yeast, blueberries, peach, sun dried tomatoes and feta.

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I had snap peas and some hummus later.

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After work, I had some popcorn.

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And dinner tonight was a flat out flatbread with peppers, spinach, fresh basil, leftover rotisserie chicken, the rest of the peach from the salad from lunch, light gouda and bbq sauce.

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Today, I actually wrote an email to our city’s Park’s Board about my favorite bird pond.  We have severe water restrictions here in Vancouver. Fountains and waterparks have been turned off and city parks do not have ponds replenished.  The pond I walk by most days has a VERY low water level, and I worry that the little self contained ecosystem will be affected.  To his credit, the Park Commissioner got back to me, and told me they have a biologist monitoring the water level daily.  Hmm….  Hopefully this critters are back in a full pond soon!!!  Maybe I should send these pictures to the Park’s Board…  :)

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After work, I walked over the bridge and back, to get an activity point or two.  Here are shots from my walk….

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And one more random heart before I publish….

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I’ll check in from my Mom’s place tomorrow.  Have a great weekend all!!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Begins with T”.  Tug-of-war starts with T.  And for the record, the dog won.

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This was my shot for 365 Days in Nature…

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And my shot for Only Shades of Gray….

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I’m going to skip to lunch to explain today’s title.  I met my friend JenX for lunch today.  We went for sushi, but seems we had another joiner.  Olaf from Frozen showed up.  Table for 2 humans and one key chain please!  (silly…)  I had the lunch special of a salad, two sushi rolls and miso soup.

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Today, I also had a “Roz McMuffin” for breakfast (with ham and arugula from our garden)…

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Blueberries and cherries….

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And dinner tonight was a stuffed chicken breast (with shallots, rosemary and feta), steamed nugget potatoes and beans (just picked tonight), and a half flatbread with 1 tbsp guacamole.

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I got back to walking today.  I really missed it.  I was cranky yesterday, and chocked it up to not walking for 3 days.  Hmm….  These shots are from my walk to work, out of a window at work, and my walk to Granville Island (via the bird pond and our community garden) after work.

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Neva was full of play tonight…..so cute….

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And from our deck tonight.  A hummingbird and a very pink sky.

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I won’t be posting tomorrow because I have spanish class.  But I’ll be back on Friday to catch up.  Happy Thursday to all!!

Yesterday, I got back on my yoga mat, today, I got back in the gym and went to a lunchtime Zumba class.   I may be Latin in my soul (I made that up.  LOL), but my hips are unmistakably Canadian.

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I may be a bit sore tomorrow….

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “A sticky situation”.  I posted this picture of sticky sap.  img_2323

Another picture for cloud week at 365 Days in Nature….

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And this warm and welcoming face was my daily upload on Only Shades of Gray.

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My days menu was “oh, what a surprise!” berries, yogurt and granola for breakfast, with an iced coffee….

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I had a few grapes….

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Kale salad with blueberries, a peach, light feta and nutritional yeast for lunch….

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I had some snap peas and guacamole later this afternoon….

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I didn’t take pictures of dinner.  And by dinner, I mean the large cider and nachos I had with my work friend Angela tonight.  Google images have helped me illustrate though….

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In other shots for the day (and there aren’t many), I saw a mom crow tending and feeding her baby this morning.  I don’t like crows very much, but aww!  And the baby had blue eyes!

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On the way home I saw Sinbad, our neighborhood ginger kitty.  He’s looking VERY skinny, I hope he’s ok.  AWW!

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He was trying to get into my backpack, I wouldn’t let him, so he walked away and snubbed me.  Funny…

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Sinbad may be skinny, Neva is not.  But she does do a good floating otter imitation when she’s watching hummingbirds from the upside down position.  I wonder WHY she feels the need to watch hummingbirds while on her back?  LOL!

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That was my Tuesday.  Busy, but not particularly document-able.  Happy Wednesday to all!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Ink”.  I used this photo of my ohm tattoo, being watched by a snail.  Artsy!

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I posted this picture from our picnic last week on Only Shades of Gray…

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And I posted this shot for cloud week at 365 Days in Nature.

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My breakfasts are boringly predictable…..berries, yogurt and granola.

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I had some cherries as well….

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I met my good friend Jeannie for lunch today.  We used to work together, but sadly, we are now at different locations and rarely get together.  It was great to see her!!  We went for sushi, I had the lunch special with was miso soup, avocado salad, a spicy tuna roll and a California roll.

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Dinner tonight was cold bbq chicken, a salad with blueberries, scallions, walnuts and light feta, and some local corn.  (the corn is SO early this year.  We don’t usually have any until August)

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Dennis whipped out and got us some frozen yogurt cones.  They were a little melty.  And were so good!  Thank you Dennis!!  :)

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Today was a bit of a banner day.  I have had a TERRIBLE time getting motivated to get back onto my yoga mat lately.  I decided to shake it up a little and try a new studio, to see if that helped me get my mojo back.  (I love yoga, but since my favorite teachers all left, somehow it just didn’t seem the same)  So tonight, I signed up for a trial period and a different studio, will try out some classes and teachers and see how it goes.  My friend Melisa and I went together to the hatha class tonight.  Namaste!

Neva approves.  HA!  (Neva doesn’t care!)

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I saw this shocked looking chicken tied to a car antenna on my walk to work.

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Here are a few shots taken on my walk to yoga.  Two signs, one in front of a sporting good store, the other by a hot dog cart.

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Someone showed me her ferret.  Meet Jasper…

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Dr. Who lights in window, a planter, a stained glass window, a spire, a couple of bees and a feather in the sun.

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After class, Dennis picked me up and we went to water our little garden plot.  Turns out there was a yoga class going on right beside our garden.  I was tempted to just give the yogis a little spray with the hose, but held back….  LOL!

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Shadow shot….

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That was my Monday.  Happy Tuesday everyone!!!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “layers”.  This is my first attempt at layering two photos together.  Guitar and piano, hopefully they make nice music together.

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I flipped this dancer from Canada Day into black and white and posted it on Only Shades of Gray…

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..and here is my submission for cloud week on 365 Days in Nature.

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Hi Neva….

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…who is shedding quite a bit.  But if life gives you fur, make a furry face.  :)

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Dennis and I went down to our community garden to join in the work party, where we all chip in and tend common areas of the garden.  Geese were supervising…

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One of our fellow gardeners dog….

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…got bored waiting for us to finish.  Awww….

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I took a couple of other shots, a sunflower and the view from the path from the garden….

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Our beans are doing really well.  First harvest of the yellow beans….

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We saw two cats on the way back to the car.  One was VERY chatty.  So cute…

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Birds at our feeder, and three crows.  We call the crows the “Three Stooges”, we think they’re always together, and they sit on the rails on our deck and squawk.  Much to Neva’s chagrin…

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My day’s menu was a bagel with jalapeno cream cheese….

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Dennis and I split these cookies after our garden work…

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After running errands and visiting Cousin Helen this afternoon, we had a glass of wine and some Boom Chicka Puffs (snack of champions!)

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And dinner tonight was grilled chicken and zucchini, steamed nugget potatoes and a tbsp of hummus to dip them in.

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Have a wonderful week everyone!!!

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