painting…

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at lunch I was collecting Poke balls at the Millennium Park…

okay, okay… the game is fun… well, the bits I know how to play…

rushed home after work as the painting company person was coming to get my signature on the paperwork so they can go ahead with the job…

feeling slightly guilty for having someone come and do this piece of work but also excited that it is actually going to get done…

hoping that the weather cooperates and I can have a freshly painted door and trim early in September

structure…

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been thinking a lot of the beauty around us…

four years ago I was just home from a big surgery and trying to lean through the pain…

I remember looking at my beautiful flowers, in the house and outside in the garden and how they made me feel better… beauty does heal…

the sky this morning was filled with many colours and cloud shapes…

over the last few weeks I’ve taken a few pictures of some other amazing shapes…

the spiral architecture of this datura as it opens is so amazing and beautiful… I look at every one of the blooms as they open, in awe of the breathtaking structure

this mandevilla is blooming like crazy… so many flowers as it spreads out of its container… think we’ve had one on the deck every year for at least a decade… sadly they only last a few years going in and out of the house… it also has a wonderful architecture as the bloom slowly prepares to open…

past its prime, this dahlia is still amazingly beautiful…

spent a while sitting on a bench beside this lovely flower bed on Portage Avenue recently… love the shades of green and pops of colour…

always remind myself to take the time to see the beauty around me…

crawler…

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been missing my beloved recently…

this morning a very big spider was on the kitchen counter… George would have come running when I screamed and dealt with it… he always saved me from bugs and spiders…

now, I don’t bother to scream… just went and got the fly swatter and tried to get it…

this is where it was… but it got away… still somewhere in my kitchen… ugh…

looks like there is only one caterpillar left on the parsley…

tomorrow I will search and see if I can find the chrysalis

tonight a cricket came in as the patio screen door was opened… was able to catch and deal with it…

lots of creepy crawlers today…

collecting…

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maybe, just maybe, I am caught up in the Pokemon Go game…

I have been catching Pokemons from the house for my grandson… apparently there are a few nests around here…

but today I used up the last of the Poke Balls

my oldest grandson came for dinner and then we went to Bruce Park where there were five PokeStops, which is where one collects the Poke Balls, lol…

we walked around collecting things from them until his bus came… 

then I walked around a few more times collecting more before walking home to watch the Olympic Closing Ceremonies…

did take a few pics of the lovely flower beds while I was there…

setting…

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yesterday morning I spent some time taking pictures of the moon as it was setting… it was very early and the sky had lots of clouds when I started…

after checking through the pictures on the computer, this is the one I am most pleased with…

this morning got this picture of the sun rising amidst the clouds

kids were over and did a little work on the siding, trying to waterproof the repaired hydro connection…

and scraping some of the peeling paint…

think I’ve found a company to paint the trim and soon those purple doors are going to have a fresh look;-)…

butterflies…

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had some fun in the garden…

my grandson came over and worked at cleaning out the side garden… already looking much better…

the canna which over wintered in the house and looked rather sad this spring is blooming beautifully…

the Japanese Maple is very happy behind the waterfall…

caught these two butterflies flitting about…

they landed for an instant…

found two caterpillars and put them in the parsley… hope they are still there tomorrow…

late…

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last night I planned to get up around two and take some shots of the full moon for a friend who always knows when the moon is full... took this one on my phone before I headed to bed…

sadly when I woke up around one, it was too late… was overcast and stayed that way all night…

even in the morning the sky was dull and there was no moon visible…

headed out earlier than usual as I had a dentist appointment to have a filling shaved down a bit…

even though I dislike being at the dentist, I don’t like to be late… got there before they had even unlocked the door, lol… should have gone back right after I discovered the filling wasn’t quite right… would have if I’d believed how simple and pain-free the process of smoothing it off was…

on my way home tonight I saw one of the bendy busses along Portage Avenue… I love to see them because they make me smile… always driving when I see them, so never get a picture…

Winnipeg bendy bus photo from the internet…

looking forward to riding on some when I head to Ottawa next month for a short visit with my daughter…

don’t ride the bus here but it is kind of fun there with someone who knows the system…

just last week I bought my grandson one of the peggo cards which are similar to what they use in Ottawa so people don’t need to carry bus tickets or cash…

photo by the proud recipient of the peggo card…


they’re kind of cute too…

queen…

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great day…

looked out the bedroom window first thing to see this little squirrel playing queen of the castle on the peak of the neighbour’s roof…

when I first noticed it, it was eating some fresh pine bits… never spotted one in this particular place before…

always feel so blessed when something serendipitous like this happens… a minute either way and I could have missed this sight…

at noon had lunch with an amazing friend… wonderful time together on the patio at The MET… gorgeous day for a meal outdoors…

tasty and healthy salad… 

besides getting to spend time with her, she brought me an adorable gift

a tiny glass hummingbird from the Butchart Gardens just outside of Victoria, BC… one of my favourite places ever…

a person could spend days wandering around enjoying the beautiful landscape and gorgeous flowers there…

have to find just the right spot to hang it…

what a treat

shade…

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took some lovely flower pictures at the Park on the weekend, so wanted to share a few of them with you…

seems I am drawn to blooms made up of tiny flowers, lol… lovely shade of purple

multi shades of pink… odd I would be drawn to this…

and yellow-y orange…

there is a whole section filled with beautifully coloured foxglove… such a pretty light shade of purple… 

really admire the way the gardeners combine the plants to get such striking beds…

these roses were heavy with the dew…

final view before leaving the English Garden…

flowers do make me happy

stunning…

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been getting up around six so that I can get in a bit of the Olympic coverage before work…

today it was dark enough that I needed to turn on the light in the bedroom, sigh…

then I went down the stairs and saw this

absolutely stunning sky… took out the screen so that I could get a clear picture… 

made me realize that I’d just opened that window and I had to run and close it so no bugs came in, lol…

yesterday I picked up some gladiolas when I was at the grocery store as a special treat…

although they are white, (I love the purple ones) they are stunning… in the process of checking on the correct spelling I discovered some interesting facts about flowers and birth months, lol…

decided to take a few stems to the office to brighten up my space…

so they travelled in the passenger seat…


a number of colleagues asked if they were from my garden… would be amazing if I could grow something like this in the garden…

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