Not a whole lotta news to report today, and no access to the ‘back door” at the moment so no pictures will be posted today.  I’m also a little “ranty” today, so with tongue firmly planted in cheek, and with public apologies to my husband who has to endure me being a whiney-a&^ baby over the last couple of days, I’m going to let ‘er rip!

  • Today is apparently my lucky day.  I was pooped on by a seemingly giant bird when I was walking to work.  Seriously giant.  On my way to the lottery booth….and the dry cleaner!
  • Speaking of birds, yesterday I posted an, IMHO, pretty cool shot of baby birds in a nest (see yesterday’s post) on my “Wildlife, Nature and Bird” photo group.  Soon after, I was sent a note informing me that my picture had been removed because it went against the rules and regulations which state no photos can jeopardize the safety and comfort of wildlife.  Um….I used a long zoom lens, then I cropped the picture, and I was standing behind a railing and there was a pond between us.  I really need to get a thicker skin, because I was p*sed off…..
  • To the Vancouver media?  Just STOP with the incessant news stories about the price of real estate in this part of the world.  Trust me, we are all WELL aware that buying a home is out of reach for most.  Just shut up!  This is not news that needs to be reported day in and day out.
  • For the record, I personally do not care if the Vancouver Canucks win the Stanley Cup.  I believe I am the only person in Vancouver who feels that way.
  • WHY do cyclist court danger and ride around without a helmet on????  Just WHY???  Technically it is none of my business if they wear a helmet or not, but I don’t want to be called for a first aid emergency and see brain matter on the sidewalk.
  • My lower back hurts.  There, I said it….

On that note, I really should get myself to yoga and attempt to stretch it out.  And dissipate the ranting a little.

Have a good Wednesday everyone.  I’m sure I’ll be back to my sparkly, unicorn loving self tomorrow.  HA!

Happy Monday to all!

Don’t ask how, but I am managing to share a few pics from the last few days, by going in the “back door”.  :)   I really would like my computer back sooner rather than later….however….in the big scheme of life, this is no more than an inconvenience.

Here is the heron who thinks he’s a swan….with bad hair.

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Here is the nest with babies….

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Raccoon drinking….

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Raccoon swimming….

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Egg thieves….

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I’m not yolking….

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Looks like Dennis is proposing to the hedge…

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Random heart…

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Traffic jam…

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Neva is resting comfortably

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Seen in passing…

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My friend Doris and I out for a walk yesterday….

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We saw this tulip field…

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This is her gorgeous dog Milo.

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Closing the back door now.  More when I can.  Happy Week to everyone!!!!

Happy Saturday to all.  And BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our friend Carlo!!

I am typing this from an old and potentially dysfunctional keyboard, so I apologize in advance if I miss any typos that I may make.  I’ve also had two glass of white wine….which may also affect things.  :)

Today has been Roz/Dennis day.  Too often we’ve been ships passing in the night lately, so it was great to just take things easy and spend time together.  Here is our day…

  • I made cinnamon/banana pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast.  Damn, they were good.  #carbsforall #omgiactuallycookedfromscratch #passthesyrup
  • Dennis was in charge of coffee.  I had a little too much.  #boing #boing #boing
  • We went for a nature walk at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park this afternoon.  I was hoping to see ducklings, goslings and signets….but no babies were there.  We did however, see a ton of birds, and racoons (both swimming and walking) and greenery.  #hatchdamnit!  #raccoonslooklikebeaverswhentheyswim #isooooowanttosharesomeofmypictures
  • We went and grabbed a souvlaki for lunch, and we both officially smell like garlic #peeeyew! #goodthingwebothateit #soworthit 
  • We did a little shopping, stopped by Cousin Helen’s, then walked home #feelslikespring #lotsofactivitypoints
  • Now we have opened a bottle of wine and are just hanging out for the night. #familynight #sendoutfordinner? #feelingtipsyaftertwoglasses

Happy Sunday to all!


Happy Friday to all!   Keeping with my newsy updates and hashtags:

  • Those of you who are my facebook friends already know this, but my big news is that I will be going to Costa Rica in September to work with an international team of environmentalists and photojournalists on a project to protect endangered sea turtles.   I have been looking for something that would be an adventure and that I could roll up my sleeves and do a little good.  There will be 12 of us from Canada going.  More on that will follow as the time gets closer.  #doesntseemreal  #sometimesthestarsjustalign #sofreakinlucky
  • Less earth shattering, but equally as exciting (NOT!), today is apparently National Bat Appreciation Day.  Who knew???  #appreciateyourbat #appreciateyourbatmantoo
  • I witnessed the most amazing display of mother’s instinct when I was out for my lunchtime walk today.  A mama finch was feeding her tiny tiny babies.  I’d been watching the nest since last week, seems the eggs have hatched, and it was INCREDIBLE!!!!  For the record though, just hatched baby birds aren’t particularly cute.  #faceonlyamotherfinchcouldlove #willsomehowtryandsharethepics #eatyourbugssoyougrowbigandstrong
  • Happy to report my snail whispering skills are in tact.  At one point today, I had 6 of them on my hand.  #snailsarebeautiful #slimemakesmehappy #whenissnailappreciationday?
  • Also happy to report Neva continues to recover from her backside trauma of earlier this week.  Poor little thing, I HATE to see her less than 100%.   #abscessisgross #poorlittlefurball 
  • And finally, tonight, I am off to pay my yoga dues, and get my a*& back on my mat.  I have truly struggled to get there for the last month, but know I’m happy once I get there.  Time for regular namastes and ohms again.  #yogamojocomeback  #unusedmat 

That in a picture-less nutshell is my day.  I really have to figure out how to transfer my pics to a functioning hard drive…the baby bird pics are priceless.  (thank you Canon Rebel!  Couldn’t do it without you!!)

Have a GREAT weekend everyone!!!!  Don’t forget to appreciate your bat!  :)

Things may look a little different here in the land of weightingfor50 for the next “2-4 weeks”.

It seems that the computer issue we had earlier in the week was just a little prelude to our entire hard drive crashing.  Because the device is covered under the manufacturer’s warranty, it is being sent back to the manufacturer, and they will repair/replace said hard drive and return it to us – eventually.  We will not have a perfectly functioning computer at home until it returns, so I will have less graphics, and more news of the day for a little while.  I have my phone and our non-port functioning laptop to use in the meantime, but for now, here is some news from today.  And just to make things a bit more creative, I have included hashtags.  Because, well, why not?  Truth be told though, I have a bit of an aversion to hashtags….but today, they are relatively appropriate.

  • My love/hate relationship with technology is much more on the hate end today.  #F2this!  
  • Neva seems very comfortable, despite being humiliated and violated (not really) at the vet yesterday.  Though much of her fluffy tail was shaved near the base, she still was swishing it around when she saw the hummingbirds on our deck this morning.  She was also lying on her back, and really likes the pureed salmon we are using to sneak her antibiotics in. #lifeisgoodforNeva
  • I am far less comfortable, given the “at home” treatment that we are having to administer for a couple of days.  It’s gross.  Really gross!  However, we’ve gotta do what we’ve gotta do….  sigh. #dowhatwiththecloth???  #hurtsmemorethanithurtsyou
  • I wish I could post a picture I took today, it is a heron in “body deep” water, and the way he was fluffing himself, he looked like a swan.  The photo is hilarious, and I will post eventually. #itcrackedmeup  #avianidentitycrisis
  • On the walk to the bird pond, I had my camera bag across my body.  It was pretty nice today, so I didn’t have a coat on.  The friction of the bag’s texture and the corduroy of my skirt reacted, pushing my skirt upward, and I quickly realized I was walking down the street with one half of my skirt hiked up around my upper legs.  #alwayswearcleanunderwear  #abitbreezy
  • We are having dinner with Cousin Helen tonight, and we’re looking forward to that!!!  #cousinhelenisgreat  #winewillbeconsumed

I’m sure there is other news, but we’ll leave it at that for tonight.  Have a great Friday everyone…..

It has been a hell of a day here in the land of weightingfor50.  As a result, today’s post will be short….

Things often happen in 3’s.  In the last couple of weeks, we had some “inconveniences”, and today, following our car breaking down and our computer crashing, we had a little “vet emergency” with Neva.  All will be fine, but we’ve had quite the day.   This morning, Neva’s white fluffy back end didn’t look right.  No details needed, but really not right.  She didn’t seem too bothered, but we knew we had to take her to the vet today.  Long story short, but with a little time off work, a cab ride, and a vet bill, our little girl is on the road to recovery.  What was her issue?  Don’t be eating when you read this……she had an impacted/abscessed anal gland.  You’re welcome! She’s however, behaving normally, and is on meds for a week or so.  I think the whole thing was a little harder on me than her, I HATE seeing her uncomfortable.



And following that visual, today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “dinner”.  I haven’t even eaten dinner yet, so I borrowed this picture of sushi from a couple of weeks ago.


This was the picture I posted on the 365 Days in Nature site….


And there is nothing like a dancing seagull in black and white for the Only Shades of Gray site.


Because of all the morning kerfuffle, I didn’t have breakfast at home, so grabbed some yogurt with granola when I stopped on my way to work for coffee.


I had some cheese and melba toast before we went to our appointment…


…and Dennis and I had a glass of wine when we got home.


I haven’t had dinner yet, but will likely just scramble some eggs and make toast in a bit.  Before I go tonight though, I’ll leave you with views from our deck tonight.  Cheers to a calmer Thursday for all!!!




Big yay!  Our computer is back up and running.  Seems there was a hiccup (more like a belch really) when a windows update was trying to load.  Caused a crash, however, all fixed, all covered by the warranty, all good.

Before I get to the day, I really want to share just a few pics from the last couple of days.  The first one was in Victoria on Sunday.  The blossoms are beautiful, and the building with spire at the back was where my mom had her office back in her working days.  The building is a theatre.  And it is lovely.


…someone thought this tree was cold.  HA!  (but the last couple of days have been colder than normal)


This heron in the still water was GORGEOUS!!!  (there seem to be many, many more herons that I remember this year)



A snail for no apparent reason….


And finally, the white dog’s tail makes it look like the dog on the right has a faux hawk.  LOL.


AND….we move on to today.

The Photo A Day Challenge prompt today is “Up”.  I took this shot this morning from our deck, there is no snow in the city, but there is snow UP on the North Shore mountains.


This was my pink picture for the 365 Days in Nature site….


And this was taken today in colour, but the black and white version was my day’s upload on Only Shades of Gray.


Breakfast this morning was a weight watcher’s bagel with almond butter and an apple….


I had a kale salad and banana at my desk for lunch, and didn’t take a picture.  Brain fart!

Dinner was quick, tortellini with light alfredo and sun dried tomatoes, and some multigrain cranberry bread.


I’m a little in love with my new Minion.  I got him at the thrift store I went to with my Mom on Saturday.  :)

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The day’s “blooms and greens gallery”….






Other “non wildlife” shots from today.  A smart car with artwork….


…other artwork….


…where I walked after work….


….love the tree shadows along the sidewalk….


…and yes, sometimes it does.  :)



This made me reflective…




Optical illusion of the day.  A crow that looks like it has a very long beak…but no, it doesn’t….


I saw my first “urban coyote” at lunchtime today.  Must admit, he was a little intimidating….

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Urban seal….


…and a boatload of birds.  :)


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It is good to be back!!!  Happy Wednesday all!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “paper”.  I used this archive picture of paper lanterns at the winter equinox festival last year.


I know this one is a stretch for “pink week” on the 365 Days in Nature site.  I took this picture of a deer (with a pink tongue) in my Mom’s neighborhood yesterday.


I took this photo from the ferry between Victoria and Vancouver last night.  I turned it black and white and posted it on the Only Shades of Gray site.


I didn’t have a good point day yesterday, but today was much better.  I had a toasted weight watchers bagel with cheddar for breakfast….

…I met my friend Carli for lunch today.  I had the lunch “trio”, salad, soup and little turkey buns….

….when I got home from work I had some popcorn….

…and dinner tonight was chicken cooked in curry sauce, with brown rice/quinoa, peas and chutney.

(I also had a cup of frozen yogurt, but my camera battery is charging so I didn’t get a picture)

Grrrr!!!!  Writing this on my phone…… Our stupid computer just crashed…. More tomorrow. I hope. Sometimes technology drives me nuts!


Hi from my Mom’s place in Victoria!

Today’s Photo A Day challenge prompt is “this smells so good…”.  I LOVE the smell of lilac…


The week’s theme on the 365 Days in Nature site is “pink”.  I used this picture of magnolias that I took a couple of weeks ago.


We saw deer hanging out on my Mom’s road this afternoon.  AWWW!!!  And in black and white for posting on Only Shades of Gray?  AWW!


I was rushing around to get to the ferry this morning, and just didn’t think to photograph my toast with honey, and Mom and I had open faces capicolli sandwiches with coleslaw for lunch – which I also didn’t think to photograph.  Oops!  I did however, remember to take a pic of the chinese food we had delivered and a glass of white wine.



I also had two of these….but we’ll talk about that in a sec…..


Here are some pics from my journey from Vancouver to Victoria this morning…..









Here are the three deer….once more…AWWWW!!




My mom and I did some errand running, and we also stopped by a thrift store.  There were TONS of these shoes for sale, all my size, and completely and utterly unwearable.  Well, if one was in the upright position.  I suppose if you were lying down…well….we won’t go there.  (I have to say though, my legs look fairly shapely in them…  :) )  LOL!!!




Speaking of LOL….check out these LP covers.  Doesn’t Mrs. Mills look happy with herself and the Hap-Hap-Happy Album, and LOL at the nude with the wind instrument.



I also stopped by my friends Marion and Carlo’s place for a quick visit.  Marion’s daughter Anna is the baker, and her ginger cookies were freakin’ stellar!  Thanks Anna!!!!!  This is their freakin’ cute dog Lilly!   As you can see, she wore herself out playing with Mr. Squeaky Duck and wanting to go in then out, then in, then out….  Oh Lilly!!!




My mom’s garden has some beautiful blooms, and an active robin’s nest.  :)



I’m not sure if I’ll be posting tomorrow, it’ll depend on what time I get home.  Have a wonderful rest of the weekend all.  From me, and Mrs. Mills.  :)

Like yesterday, its a bit late for blogging, so the post will have fewer words, and more “stories” via photos.

The Photo A Day Challenge prompt today is “dark”.  I used this full moon pic from last week…


I posted this picture, taken on my walk to work this morning on the 365 Days in Nature site.  It is probably the most beautiful tulip I’ve ever seen.


And this heron, seen today at lunchtime was posted on the Only Shades of Gray site.


The day’s menu started out with toasted Little Big Bread with butter and wildflower honey from the farmer’s market….


I had some yogurt during the morning….


Lunch was a turkey sandwich….


…and an apple…..


Tonight I had a glass of white wine and some freezer lasagna and a piece of bread.



Exciting news in the land of weightingfor50!  The kombucha scoby “mother” that I have been growing for the last few weeks is ready to go.  Time to make a batch of kombucha!!!  (and yes, I’m aware it looks a bit gross)


Hi Neva!


Humpty Dumpty came with me on my lunchtime walk.  And yes, at one point he was standing on a wall….but there was no great fall.




And here are the rest of the shots of the day….no words needed.  Have a great weekend everyone!!!!!































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