angels…

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on a walk the other day I came across this little angel propped up against a tree in a place where few people would see her…


made me think of the angels among us… whether people who have gone before, or those in our midst who do those special things for us… and maybe we don’t even know they’ve done something…

snuggles…

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another fall day… overcast with rain off and on…

drove to the Formal Gardens at the Park and walked two loops… it was drizzling about half the time I was walking…

needed poke balls and this is a great place to find PokeStops and get in the walking, all at the same time… 

the actual garden always looks lovely and you can see how the wind was blowing…

the trees are starting to change colour and it was hard to decide which picture to put up…

last time I walked in this spot a friend shared that her family had a memorial bench for her husband there, as they would walk this circle and he often needed to stop and take a break… 

the bench says stop and rest awhile so I sat down for a few minutes and listened to the geese flying overhead… a special moment… reminded me of George and my special bench in the Leo Mol Garden and the memories that fill my heart when I sit there, even now…

still haven’t seen the trees turning red in the East so I’m always looking for bright colours here, lol…

when I got home after running a few errands I had the marvellous gift of spending an hour with this lovely baby and her momand my Ottawa daughter via FaceTime… we had a wonderful visit and lots of baby snuggles

snuggled up on the bed, watched tv and read while my dinner was cooking…

variety…

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very fall-looking day… 

spent it indoors and the morning melted away as I worked on a little project…

wasn’t expecting it to take near as much time but working with a variety of technology is sometimes challenging, lol… although I always enjoy every minute when I am making something…

kept at it until it was done before I would let myself have lunch…

each meal today was a bit unusual… for breakfast I made zucchini pancakes to go with a poached egg… very tasty…

at lunch I had a whole wheat pita with lettuce and pâté and radishes alongside…

finally my dinner consisted of smoked goldeye with a stir fry of cauliflower, onion, eggplant and mushrooms…

although when I look at the pictures, there wasn’t much variety in colour except for the radishes… looking rather bland, lol…

took this picture of the house yesterday… looks pretty good, eh… thinking of the variety of looks it has had since September 1973

nap…

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Fridays are becoming quite the busy days, lol…

this morning I walked in Bruce Park so I could collect poke balls and then went out for an appointment with my daughter…

inside the entrance of Bruce Park…

leaves are on the ground everywhere…


then it was downtown for lunch at La Roca after we did a little shopping and Pokemon Go-ing…

delicious fish burrito…


great opportunity to take some pictures at the Millennium Library Park

planters right behind our building…

one of the ponds…


after lunch we picked up my grandson and some teammates and were off to a volleyball tournament…

geese flying over the school…

great shot by my grandson…


home by six and then I had a nap;-)…

road…

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tonight I saw a commercial on tv that had the Willie Nelson song On the Road Again in it… it was about a particular brand of car, although I can’t remember which one…

brought back so many memories… really old ones, lol…

George had made a cassette tape (see how long ago!) that we would put on every time we left on vacation…

the first song was On the Road Again… and when we got into the car and it started playing it was the sign that we were on holidays

I don’t remember any of the other songs, just that both of us enjoyed them… eventually I think the girls even liked the tape…

keeping me steady as I stepped into Goose Spit…


I also remember hearing this song as part of his memorial service… my nephew put together a video using pictures that the girls chose from our many photo albums… this song was one of the two that he used…

supporting me, as always, as I rested on the bench…

this is one of my favourite photos… it was at our younger daughter’s wedding and I was recovering after a six week hospital stay and six weeks at home… 

I continue on the road, but now it is a solo journey… pretty sure he’s proud of me and my big girl pants

orchids…

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this morning before I left home I took some pictures of the October orchid… the one I got from IKEA last October… which has been blooming since I brought it home… except for a few weeks… it has been amazing… 

it almost looked artificial as the blooms stayed perfect for months at a time… when it finally dropped the last blossom, a new branch emerged and these blossoms have been open for months as well…

my beloved brought me orchids on a fairly regular basis… some for home and some for my work space as well…

he also picked them up for some of my colleagues…

one of my colleagues is away this week and I am orchid-sitting… can’t remember if this is one that he picked up for her… anyway it has seven blossoms on it…

have made sure the light is on in the office and the blinds open… even put the heater on for a while…

it has been so long since it bloomed that we can’t remember what colour it is going to be…

very exciting, although I do hope it waits until her return before opening…

Roma…

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my daughter brought me Roma tomatoes from her garden on Sunday and I finally put them on a plate and took some to work to share while they are at their best…

had a few with my lunch… they went well with the zuchinni basil soup… 

my colleagues enjoyed them too…  

sliced some on the mandolinwithout cutting any of my appendages – and added them to the pita pizza for my supper…

included the last of my basil, some pistachios, and Brie cheese… and a few radishes on the side to get my veggie quotient… delicious

have to remember not to eat too many tomatoes… although they are delicious, they are also filled with sugar

the mandevilla still seems very happy… can’t even count the blooms…

sundogs…

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spent some time recently considering what makes things special

an event, a workplace, a person, a view…

and how do we make them special… 

is it being in the right place at the right time… is it an aura they produce… is it just being open to hear/see/feel…

last night I noticed a sundog in the sky which is very odd at this time of the year… usually they are visible when it is very cold, but after a little research I discovered this:

Sundogs can and do occur worldwide and during all seasons, but they are most common during winter months when the sun is low in the sky and ice crystals are more common. All that’s needed for a sun dog to form are cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. Only these clouds are cold enough to be made of the plate-shaped ice crystals we mentioned above. The sun dog occurs when sunlight is refracted off of these crystals…

it is just over the tree canopy to the left of the sun in this picture… 

what made me look out the window at just that moment… and actually see the tiny version of a rainbow…

chance?

dropping…

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had some fun with my camera first thing this morning as I took pictures of the flowers in the house

we will see if they end up dropping the rest of the blossoms or whether they will happily open…

beautiful hibiscus flower…

mandevilla blooms in the hanging basket which I set into the gardenia plant… hope they all make it through the winter…

grocery shopped at Safeway, dropped off the bags, and then went to Costco with my kids…

always find a few things there that I really need… today it was a cute Tommy Hilfiger sweater and some fancy olive oils…

great to have supper together again… and both my son-in-law and grandson did a few jobs around the house for me…

now I am curled up on my bed watching the Emmys and catching the odd Pokemon…

lazy…

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I’ve been using Saturday as my lazy day… 

trying to make time on Fridays to have a meal or visit with friends and book any appointments I may need, so relaxing on Saturday makes sense… 

soccer is over so the kids will be coming again for dinner on Sundays… I try to do grocery shopping and a few chores around the house that day as well…

today I barely got off my butt… it was beautiful outside but couldn’t even get up the energy to go out to sit for a while…

eventually I went out and brought in the six plants that need to overwinter in the house… 

not sure how I feel about the ones I’ve put in front of the living room window… could be blocking the view too much…

think these might be okay, although I may move the one in the dining room…

will see how it goes…

did have some fun with my lunch… read that today was guacamole day so decided to have it as part of my meal…

used roast beef slices as the bread and made a sandwich with guacamole, lettuce and tomatoes… tasty, lol…

even managed to fit in some chips…

rather fun…