Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “On my plate”.  I used this picture of monkey bread, cooked by our friend Clint at his holiday brunch a couple of weeks ago.

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I used this picture for liquid week at the 365 Days in Nature group.  I took it a few months ago, and though the duck was only diving, I think it looks like it is being sucked into a vortex.

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And I used this picture from last month for the Only Shades of Gray black and white group.  I was so lucky that the sun hit the ice as the same time that the crow’s beak did.

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This morning I was out running errands, then stopped by Cousin Helen’s place for a visit.  Helen’s garden is showing signs of spring.

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We went over to our friends Laurie and Brent’s place to watch the Super Bowl and catch up.  Truth be told, I’m not a football fan, but it was good to see our friends as it had been a while since we’d got together.  I saw this AMAZING pigeon right by the spot we parked the car….

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…and less amazing “pigeons”, but eye catching nonetheless.

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Here is Brent and Laurie….

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And the hummus, veg, chips and dip….

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And we were too busy yacking, so I forgot to take a picture of the chicken wings and spanikopita we had too.  Thank you Google images for filling in the blanks….

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That was our Sunday.  Hope all of you had a good weekend, and have a great first week of February!  I think it’ll be a good month!  :)

Today’s Photo A Day challenge prompt is “On top”.  I spent the bulk of the day on top of our couch, so relied on this archive shot from last summer.  (I’m really looking forward to finding snails and bugs again in the spring! :) )

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The 365 Days of nature theme this week is “liquid”.  I used this shot from last summer….

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And I used this shot from September for the Only Shades of Gray group.

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I have next to no pictures to share today.  It really WAS a lazy Saturday.  Neva and I hung out….

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…we watched birds…..

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We bought a rotisserie chicken, scalloped potatoes, broccoli in cheese sauce, stove top stuffing and cranberry sauce, and had “holiday dinner” tonight.

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Tomorrow, I’ll have more energy and more interesting things to discuss.  Hope you are all having a good weekend!  Now I’m going back to the couch…. :)

Happy Friday to all!!!!  This was a VERY long workweek for me.  I’m so glad the weekend is finally here!

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Fave Food”.  I made a picmonkey collage of my favorite…sushi/sashimi/sunomono.

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It is the last day of the “food” theme on the 365 Days in Nature group.  I used this archive pic of radishes, just picked from our little community garden plot last summer.  For the record, I’m looking forward to planting season!  :)

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And I flipped this photo that I took today into black and white for the Only Shades of Gray group.

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Spring is still in the air, but the weather people are speculating that the warm spell is a bit of a “one off” and it’ll become wintery again next week.  Oh well….hopefully these little early buds survive the next bit of frost and cold.

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I LOVED the way the sun hit this little gray cat that I saw when I was out for my lunchtime walk today.

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Someone has added a little “art” to the big jelly bean public art in a park close to wear I walk. (and if you look closely, I’m in this picture)

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It may be unseasonably springy, but you can still see the dog’s breath condensation in the dog park (and what a mucky but happy dog)…

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..dog photobomb!

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The crows were busy building nests (and being loud and aggressive)

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…one duck was giving another a piece of his mind….

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..”you lookin’ at me?”…..

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…shake it off and fly at the same time….

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…love the detail in the wings….

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…”incoming”…

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…which did NOT impress the bird in the water….

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…Olympic diver wannabe…..

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I watched “crow vs. squirrel”.  Ultimately, the squirrel won, but the crow was being a little jerk and kept poking at the squirrel’s tail. Certainly not something you see every day (nor have I seen anything like this before)

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One tiny feather fell in front of me today.  And it landed on the ground right beside a SECOND tiny feather.  Each with some yellow colouring.  Strange….

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If you look very closely, you can see a random heart in the shadow on this crocus.  :)

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Dennis and I are ships passing in the night again tonight.  I was on my own for the evening, so I just had a glass of wine and some Indian appetizers for dinner.

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Bring on the weekend!!!!!!  Hope all of YOU have a good weekend, no matter what is on your agenda.  I’ll check in again tomorrow.  “See” you then!

Thanks so much for the kind comments left after yesterday’s post.   My blog friends are the BEST!  <3

Today’s Photo a Day Challenge is “Summer/Winter”.  The members in the group who live in the southern hemisphere (most are in Australia) have posted wonderful summer shots, but here, it is winter.  We have had a VERY mild winter so far, so I used this picture from LAST winter.  Snow may be a pain to get around in, but it really is pretty.

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I posted another winter farmer’s market shot for food week on the 365 Days in Nature site.

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I made a new friend on my walk today.  And itchy new friend, who was GORGEOUS!

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As we do most Thursdays, Michelle and her famous hand met me for coffee before work.

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At lunchtime today, I didn’t walk down by the ocean, I walked through a neighborhood with lovely old houses, apartment buildings and huge and gnarly trees….

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…and huge pointy trees…..

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…as I said above, a gorgeous fully cat befriended me, and actually walked with me for a while.

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…this one just watched….

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…and I loved the way this tabby put his face to the sun.  AWWW!!!!

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I liked this sign, and would have loved to have seen the strange dog….maybe next time.

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I have NO idea what this sign means.  None….

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Two lawn decorations that didn’t move, and one that did.  :)

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It is VERY VERY early for spring bulbs to be blooming.  And there is a concern that the mild weather will be followed by another cold snap, but for today, they’re pretty….and we are very lucky to have them around already.

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It is getting MUCH lighter in the evenings too.  I am not walking home in the dark any more.

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As of right now, I haven’t eaten dinner.  I ate my lunch quite late, and still aren’t hungry.  Dennis is out tonight so I may just have some toast or soup in a bit.  So no dinner shot, but I will show you the sushi from lunch.

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Woo Hoo….Friday tomorrow.  Bring on the weekend.

My mojo is officially lost.  Lately I seem to have zero motivation, not a lot of energy, and I need to figure out how to get it back!  I haven’t felt my best for a few months now.  So I’m offering a reward.  If any of you find my mojo, please contact me right away!!!   You will be rewarded with a kombucha scoby, a giant hug, cat hair and photo shoot with the weightingfor50 mascot toy of your choice .

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Strange”.  I used this photo from last summer.  I found this very strange (and deceased) fish on a beach by my parent’s place. Strange indeed!

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Hot chilies at the farmer’s market were my “favorite food” offering on the 365 Days in Nature site….

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And I popped this picture of mini mushrooms on the ground into black and white for Only Shades of Gray.

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The days photos are:

A few more VERY VERY early spring blooms are popping up….

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But some other plants were not so new and fresh….

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It was a lovely day for a walk….

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..but still cold enough that you could see the dog’s breath when it was playing.

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AWWWWW!!!!!

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Shadow selfie….

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..reflection selfie….

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…and just reflection.

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Quite the shoes….

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Quite the stream….

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And of course, birds…..

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Speaking of birds….we had chicken for dinner tonight.  (THAT was quite the segway…).  Breaded baked chicken with scalloped potatoes and peas.  Thanks to Dennis for the “utensil” photo styling.  :)

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There is another day in my live.  Remember, the reward for finding my mojo is HUGE!  Please keep your eyes open!  :)

 

Just in from Spanish class…so this is a very quick, feather filled post.

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Morning”.  I used this photo that I took one morning in Victoria.  Who knew?  The early bird really DOES get the worm!

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It is “favorite food” week over at the 365 Days in Nature site.  This shot from a few days ago shows a little hummingbird visiting our feeder looking for his favorite food.

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I posted this macro shot of a palm leaf on the Only Shades of Gray black and white site.

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As mentioned above, this is a feather filled post.  I went for a quick walk at lunch (hi JenX), but before that, here are a couple more shots of different hummingbirds taken before I left for work today.  I love these little guys!

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These seagulls were “talking” with vigour, until I put my camera lens toward them.  Then….nada.

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There were two huge herons asleep high up in a tree…

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…quite the wide legged stand…..

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…quite the reflection….

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Non bird related pics include the first little crocus’ I’ve seen this year….

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Maybe this dog’s name is Taylor Swift, because he was “shaking it off”.  OMG…that is awful.  Sorry….

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I like this face that was drawn on a tile.

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And this was quick dinner tonight.  Leftover turkey chili with sour cream.

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Not a particularly lovely picture.  It’s tasty though.  So that was my Tuesday.  Hope all of you are having a good week, and to my friends in the North American east….stay safe!  Hopefully the storm of the century didn’t hit you too hard.  <3

Hi everyone!  I hope all of you had a nice weekend!!!  Before I share a few shots, here are the day’s Photo Challenge shots.  The Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Three things”.  I used this shot from the winter farmer’s market….three maple syrup treats on snow.

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The Only Shades of Gray black and white shot is this potter’s hands (taken last summer.  This was one of my Dad’s favorite photos)

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And this week’s 365 Days in Nature theme is “favorite food”.  I used this shot, again from the farmer’s market.  Fresh grapes just cut from the vine.

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I want to share these two pics, of sculptures in a gallery window.  I LOVE the detail.  Such talent!!!

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It was a very foggy ferry crossing over to my Mom’s on the weekend.  Made for some interesting shots though….

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There was also some serious action at my Mom’s birdbath…

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The first snowdrops of the year.  VERY VERY early….

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Today, I photographed my first insect of 2015.

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Raindrops on a plant….

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Blooms, some hanging on to the tree, other’s fell in a big wind….

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Various birds….the first was having a bad hair day.  :)

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A crow in a tree….

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…and another contemplating whether it was time for a manicure.  LOL!

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…and another carrying what looks like a glue stick.  Not something you see every day.

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Bottoms up!

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…heads up….

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..and heads forward.

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Random hearts for the day.  One if fluffy and some are in a pod.

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We had chicken lasagne for dinner tonight.  With ginger kombucha.

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Speaking of kombucha, I’m off to attempt to grow another scoby.  Back to the drawing board.  To all my friends back east, PLEASE stay safe…sounds like mother nature will be giving you quite the blast tomorrow.  I’ll be thinking of you and sending warm wishes to all.

I’m going to take a mini blog break this weekend.  I think it’s time to recharge my blog batteries, and focus elsewhere for a couple of days.

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  “See” you on Monday!

(PS: thank you google images for the graphic above)

 

(or “mold” if your dictionary is from the U.S)

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “Collection”.  I posted this picture from a flea market last year.  Someone was selling their collection of vintage costume jewelry. (to other collectors for their collections. :) )

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I put this picture of a street performer from last summer’s community festival into black and white for the Only Shades of Gray site.

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…and when I was checking out my archives for yesterday’s photo, I found this oldie.  And it made me laugh.  So I posted it on the 365 Days in Nature site.  AHHHHHH!

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I met Michelle for our pre-work Thursday coffee today.  Check out her swanky reusable mug.  (and check out my paper cup.  OK, that isn’t as notable)

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I had an appointment at lunchtime, but on my way there, I snapped a few shots….

This feather didn’t actually fall in front of me, but I liked the way the raindrops collected on it..

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I liked the rain on these plants too….

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Someone lost some glasses….mother nature is cleaning them for the owner

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I wonder if this hedge is being clipped to look like a minion topiary?  No, probably not….

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I always think that these trees should be in the tropics, not in Vancouver in the winter….

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Three in a row….

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…and a rogue mushroom in the moss….

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I like the way the light was shining through the sap, and the peeling bark of this tree….

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VERY VERY premature signs of spring…..

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…and a couple of random signs.

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I found a few random hearts….

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As some of you know, just over a week ago, I attempted to start my own “mother” to make my own kombucha.  Things were going swimmingly, until I came home tonight as saw little circles of mould on the surface.  OH NO!!!  I followed the instructions to a tee, but guess this batch has to be tossed, and I’ll try again.  Bummer….but better to toss it than risk getting sick from it when we are able to consume the fermented tea.

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Dennis as out tonight (so he missed my cursing at the mouldy scoby.  HA!) so I just cooked some tortellini we had in the freezer and tossed it with some pesto and Parmesan.

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I am SOOOOO glad it is Friday tomorrow.  It’s been a “funny” week.  I’ll be heading over to spend the weekend with my Mom.  What are YOUR plans this weekend?  Whatever they are, hope the weekend is great for all!

 

Heh, heh….wonder how many google searches I’ll get because of that title.  :)  Today’s post is a quickie (again).  It was a really busy day and I didn’t take too many photos.  The daily photos are all from my archives…

Today’s Photo A Day Challenge is “In a row”.  I used this picture of wine glasses in a row that I took a few months ago.

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I popped this picture that we took in Bellingham last year into black and white for the Only Shades of Gray group….

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And I posted this shot from last spring on the 365 Days in Nature site.  (it’ll be great when spring is back and babies like this are around)

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Before I left for work, there was an AMAZING sunrise.  I took these pictures from our deck.  (love the way the sun is lighting up the side of the building)

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I didn’t walk at lunchtime because I had a few errands to run.  I DID walk to yoga after work.  OMG…the class seemed BRUTAL tonight.  I’m still getting rid of this lingering cough/cold (though I’m MUCH MUCH better), I felt completely out of shape, inflexible and the class and the walk seems to have worn me out.  Guess I’m still not 100%.  It WAS good to be back on my mat, but uh…not my most shining hour. (well, 75 minutes actually. :) )

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(thank you google images and galleryhip.com)

I did take a couple of evening shots on the way to class.  It was noticeably lighter today.  Yay!  The daylight hours are getting longer!

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Dennis put dinner in the oven before he came and picked me up.  It was chicken cooked with peppers, mushrooms and onions in an asian sauce.  We served it over brown rice.

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That’s it for my quick Wednesday post.  Happy Thursday to all.

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