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Happenings in My World

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Hello everyone, I hope this post finds all of you happy and healthy. Health is such a wonderful gift. If you have it please cherish it. If you don't have it, remember that you are worth looking after and do what you can to keep it or improve it. I'm learning all this myself. Some of us are slow learners but every one of us can learn. Over the past several weeks I've been back to the grindstone doing everything I can to get my blood sugar levels down. I'm exercising each and every day, taking my medications faithfully, testing my blood glucose levels, going to sleep earlier, trying to make sure only good foods are prepared and served and just generally trying not to get overly stressed.  I have some days where my sugar levels are doing very well and other days where it is very high even though I do all the right things. For example, last night before bed, my blood glucose was 5.7 (normal). This morning it was 7.5 (slightly over normal).  After a breakfast of cold ce

A Trip to Town

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Hello friends, I had to make a trip downtown on Wednesday.  My destination was the Eye Clinic at St. Paul's Hospital in downtown Vancouver.  It was my first time to the clinic and the first time I've been downtown for quite some time. I managed to snap a few photos of the sky and some reflections which I share in this post.  Unfortunately I was running a bit late for my appointment so I didn't get as many photos as I wanted. It got a bit windy before I left the house and a bit cloudy. I thought it was going to rain but it turned out to be a rather warm day; nothing too unbearable and certainly a lot better than I was expecting. We've just come through a long weekend. It is always a long weekend on the last Monday before May 25th in Canada and is called Victoria Day, honouring Queen Victoria's birthday.  It also marks the unofficial beginning of our summer season when camping enthusiasts begin their camping season in the many camps and parks.  In my

Moon View

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Hi friends,  These moon shots were all taken within a few minutes of each other in different locations.  Happy Skywatch Friday . If you haven't read my post about Elvis, please read here . Enjoy your weekend! Note: Dear Bloggers, I've temporarily disabled the mobile device view while I check out some things. If you are on a mobile device and have problems viewing (post and side bars) please let me know.

Around Town on a Small Bus

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These photos were captured as the sun was going down and in a moving vehicle, hence the graininess.  I hope it adds to the atmosphere, lol.  Under the train tracks for the Light Rapid Train system (LRT).  Science World, a great educational centre is the globe on the left. It lights up like a diamond at night. BC Place, venue for concerts, trade shows, sporting events, etc. is seen just under the LRT rails Dramatic shot of the sky   On the outskirts of Chinatown. We are at the backside of the Dr. Sun Yet Sen Garden Entering Yaletown, a newish neighbourhood in Vancouver. This is a southwestern view along Pacific Blvd. One blurry shot of the heart of Yaletown and one of my fav streets. This used to be a warehouse district. A famous breakfast place so named because the original location was so small you rubbed elbows with your neighbour. This isn't the original location and it appears to be bigger tho I haven't yet been inside.

Thoughts on Africa

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Hi friends, Lately, I've been hankering to go to Africa again. I haven't been there for what seems like ages. Mainly it's because I've been helping this young man named Elvis to get a university degree. I'll be honest and say it has been a lot for me to take on in addition to all my other obligations.  But we are so close to the finish line. Elvis has one more term to go and then he is expected to finish his Diploma in Clinical Medicine & Surgery in Kisii, Kenya. His mother is a single parent of several children and though she works it is barely enough to put food on the table for Elvis' siblings. Elvis as a teen Someone who graduates with a diploma in Clinical Medicine & Surgery is the first clinician that a patient or client comes into contact with when they enter a health facility.  In some cases graduates of the program also manage and administer the health programs and hospitals, especially in rural areas. Elvis just starting out as

A Day for Planting

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The weather continues to be a bit unsettled here. After a couple of glorious days I really thought the heavy rains were a thing of the past but i was wrong. Sunday was very gray and the rains came down quite heavily. I couldn't do any of the gardening I planned.  What a difference a day makes. The sky cleared up considerably on Monday and I started planting my container garden. I made some progress but I still have a lot to do. This Solomon's Seal below is one of my favourite plants in the garden and one of the few perennials that I planted and kept for years.  These hostas are a new addition to the garden. I planted 12 bulbs last year. Some in container boxes and some in the garden plot. Only 7 of the hostas sprouted this year. Petunias are something I usually buy in a hanging basket but this year I bought a bunch of starter plants and put them in one of my colourful pots. It was a lot less expensive than purchasing a hanging basket whi

It's Raining, It's Pouring ~ Again

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After my post here , we had one more nice, sunny day.  Perfect weather. Now we are back to rain.  The weather is about 8 degrees cooler today than it was last Wednesday. The forecast ahead sounds pretty good. It is rain mixed with sunny days and temperatures a few degrees warmer than today. I planned to work on the garden this weekend but it was just too wet. I have managed to plant kale and brussels sprouts. My few perennials are also doing well.  There is a lot of work to do even with a small garden and so many containers.  Every year I dread the planting. It isn't easy to get the big bags of soil up into the patio and out into the garden and I have to jump up onto the retaining wall to plant.  I think I would enjoy gardening a lot more if I have a house with street access. I'm not really complaining because I absolutely love having a real garden even though I live in a condo in the middle of the city.  It is nice to see things growing and to have a f

May is Here

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May is here May is here Thank God May is here, lol. The month of May has arrived and with it the beautiful warm temperatures and lovely skies.   I was supposed to go on brief holiday early next week but had to cancel. If the lovely weather keeps up at least I won't feel deprived. I hope you are all having a gorgeous start to your May. Joining up with Skywatch Friday