jacaranda…

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I’ve been looking back at photos from our trip to Maui two years ago… enjoying it a lot…

lovely to have reminders of that special time…

on this day, we visited a lavender farm where we walked through a garden filled wth beautiful flowers, many of which we couldn’t name…

we spent time at Maui Chocolate Coffee tours where we chatted with the farm owners, got to see cacao growing on trees, and tasted a chocolate drink…

and we saw jacaranda trees in bloom… they are purple;-)…

perk…

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it has been snowing off and on since early this morning… very depressing… I had to open the window to get this shot because all the windows were covered in water drops…

and then this box arrived in the mail…

the dahlias I ordered…

that perked me up;-)…

wait…

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this morning I sprinkled poppy seeds in the garden… hope they take… the poppies are always the first flower to bloom… they self-seed and some years there are just one or two and other years there are lots of blooms… it is amazing that they come back, even after the garden bed was completely dug up eight years ago…

I have also been enjoying the morning glory seedlings… I can hardly wait to plant them outside;-)…

I can see morning glories everywhere;-)…

salad…

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made my first potato salad of the season this morning and then spent the rest of the day in the garden…

apparently snow is coming so it just makes sense to be out there while it is nice…

napped in my rocking lounger and sat in one of my repaired chairs…

watched and listened to many birds… saw what might have been a purple finch, which stood on a chair to oversee the garden, but I didn’t take any pictures;-)… the sparrows and juncos were enjoying drinks of water when they weren’t searching for food… the red squirrel hopped all over the deck for some reason… it was fun to watch…

when I wasn’t watching the wildlife, I was reading a new book and eating potato salad;-)..

gunk…

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even though it was chilly and overcast my grandson arrived this morning to clean up the pond… it was filled with a ton of decaying leaves…

our time didn’t start very well… the pump that worked perfectly in the fall when it came out of the water would not work… felt like we tried everything, but no luck… so, he had to run to the store to replace it, sigh…

eventually, after getting most of the water pumped out, he used the shopvac to suck up the majority of leaves from the bottom…

this technique worked well, but took quite some time, and was very smelly… then we rinsed it, and I filled it back up… he plans to come back, we will drain it again, and finish sucking up the gunk

then we will fill it and get the waterfall flowing… I don’t think the fish will go in for another few weeks, when the chorine has dissipated and the water temperature has warmed up a bit;-)…

happy with our progress and looking forward to sitting and enjoying the beautiful sound…

optik…

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spent a wonderful hour this morning watching live bird feeds from Sri Lanka, India, Africa, and Latin America on Facebook via Swarovski Optik Birding…

what a treat…

came across this by accident and not sure how often they do these live feeds…

it appears they sell some very upscale binoculars and likely providing the feeds brings them customers, but it was lovely to watch…

real…

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big day today…

put in my contacts, found my purple sandals and put on real clothes, even a bra;-)… can’t remember the last time I got dressed to go out… searched for my thickest mask and then waited…

ready even before the three hours email reminder came, lol…

my grandson picked me up and we headed downtown to the RBC Convention Centre… this is also the first time since August that I’ve been in a vehicle with another person, yikes…

not thrilled about being around hundreds of people, as I’ve stayed alone in my house for months to protect myself…

we walked in at 5:24 pm and left there at 6:22… had to stay after the shot for thirty minutes as I have some drug allergies…

the process and space were well organized and all of the staff were kind and friendly… those of us in the special chairs were watched over the entire thirty minutes to be sure we were fine;-)…

we stopped and picked up fish, shrimp and chips on our way home… sadly, my fish wasn’t in the bag but there were two orders of shrimp, which again, unfortunately, were over cooked…

thankful to get this first dose and so happy to have the support of my grandson;-)…

envious…

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so, my daughter has been sending photos of her African violet… there are four plants in one pot and currently there are over 50 blooms…

mine has one bloom, and I am trying really hard not to be envious, lol…

pictures on left are my 3 plants and the one bloom… on the right is hers, sigh…

strange…

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seems like a strange Easter… even more so than last year, for some reason…

I hadn’t put out any decorations, but this morning I dug out the Easter box and put out the sign, bunnies and bag that I got last year;-)…

I made everything for tonight’s supper yesterday, as well as packaging some ham and potatoes for a friend and my grandson… really happy to cook for others… this morning I finished up the ham and pea soup…

I set the obelisk into the pot on the deck, put cushions out, and spent the afternoon in the garden, reading and watching the birds…

had a lovely visit with my grandson when he came to pick up his dinner… a friend dropped off some delicious pickerel for my supper, when she picked up her ham and potatoes…

still didn’t feel like Easter, but all in all, a lovely day…