shells…

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this morning I put all the shells that my kids brought home from their trip to the East coast on the table outside to dry in the sun…

they have been soaking in soapy water for a few days to clean them and get rid of the fishy smell…

when I arrived home they were rather wet from the afternoon rainfall…

I was thinking they would have dried out and been cleansed by the sun…

right now it is pouring out and I am hoping that the shells don’t blow away in the storm…

wish me luck;-)…

appetite…

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this morning I was reminded that six years ago today I had surgery to remove my uterus and repair a large hernia… just a few months after losing my beloved

how my life has changed since then…

I did have cancer, but removing the whole thing meant no further treatment needed to happen, other than frequent checkups for the next five years…

for ten weeks I couldn’t lift anything… friends and family came by to do everything that needed to be done…

since then I have been well, although two years later I was diagnosed with diabetes… I’ve lost weight, been more active and changed my diet… thankfully I do not need to take any meds…

tonight, as I ate rice rolls that a colleague brought me, I was reminded of how little I ate during those first weeks… I had no appetite and a friend who came to stay with me worked very hard to find foods that would temp my taste buds, lol…

one of my fondest memories was the day I was able to walk out of the house and into the garden after being stuck inside on the main floor for over a week because I couldn’t manage stairs…

the garden is such a healing place…

cement…

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started my day watering planters on the deck and getting a shot of the second mandevilla flower…

from there it was off to work, where my colleague replaced the seat on my office chair… so happy and comfortable;-)…

at lunch workers were putting down cement on the Millennium Library ramp and I so wanted to put my footprints into it…

but, I didn’t…

ended the day with the most delicious dinner… summer in a bowl… new potatoes from the local grocery store, with small beets and purple beans from my daughter’s garden… what a wonderful treat… that first meal of fresh vegetables is always memorable… no meat required…

yelling…

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just heard one of the squirrels outside yelling at something or someone…

reminded me of a couple of things…

first was the squirrel on the roof this morning as I was taking a picture of the hibiscus flowers…

it was quite upset that I was standing there and I suggested that it could stop the yelling as it was my roof and I wasn’t doing anything to cause a problem…

got the picture of the hibiscus, the cloudy sky and the pond that is losing water at an alarming rate again… could just be the amount of water falling with the wind and heat… we shall see…

was also thinking of the squirrel that used to holler at my beloved every time he would walk out of the house… or when he came out of the garage… just to taunt him, lol… eventually he caught it and we drove out to a forested area and dropped it off…

so, yelling squirrels bring back many memories, lol…

pelicans…

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a few days ago I received a postcard in the mail from my Ottawa daughter… she had sent it from Kingston and it had a beautiful heron on it…

I love herons and we were recently talking about them as they seem much more common in Ontario than here… either that or I am just not in the places here where they reside… she often sends me photos of them when she’s by the river or paddle boarding…

just last week when the boys and I were on a walk, the pelicans were on the river as we crossed the bridge… first time this year that I’d seen them… got a few pics but mostly from far away…

today as I walked over the bridge to the Park they were on the water again… they are another bird that I find very interesting… often they can be seen in Lockport, but I haven’t made it there yet this year…

I do love it when I spy birds when I am out and about… so blessed to have the opportunity for walks in such a beautiful area…

stones…

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have walked by a shop on Portage a number of times but a couple of weeks ago I stopped in…

picked up some stones

then I was in it a few times last week…

need to be careful that I don’t stop by too often, I do love rocks and stones…

most of the stones (including some I’ve picked up elsewhere) are in a little dish beside my bed… a few live on my desk…

purple;-)…

mandevilla…

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spent quite a while on the phone with my daughter this morning… our conversation started as I was walking home from the Park…

finished the call relaxing in the garden before it got too hot…

and how exciting is this;-)…

finally the first flower on the mandevilla opened today…

there are dozens of buds so it will be interesting to watch them all open…

raging…

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watered the garden this morning before leaving the house…

the plants are all quite happy and there are many flowers…

woke up with a headache which progressed throughout the morning and by lunchtime it was raging

so bad, in fact, that I took pills and lay on the floor in our meeting room with lights out and blinds closed…

thankfully, eventually the headache dulled and I made it through the rest of the day…

quiet dinner and early to bed tonight…

contacts…

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this afternoon I headed over to Graham Avenue to get my contacts checked…

been wearing a few different test lenses for about two weeks and have been very pleased with the improvement in my vision…

with the last contacts I had, I never did get good vision for close up items and long distance wasn’t that great either… I had concluded that glasses were going to be my best option…

she experimented with a different contact and I had to wait a few minutes for it to settle onto my eye…

as I left, got this picture of one of the pop-up parks

looking forward to the new lenses and better vision…

sadly it is back to glasses as I wait for the new ones to arrive…

offset…

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such a boost today… flowers everywhere I was…

quick peek at the pond and as I backed out of the driveway the sky cleared and the flowers in the front garden all smiled at me…

at the office, there were violets, two different orchids and cyclamen

all that flower power certainly helped offset the occasional computer difficulty that I came across throughout the day…