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My World Is Turning to Spring

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A few days ago the fresh snow was still falling on the mountain tops. But now the signs of Spring are here. It's even warm enough for windows to be opened to the fresh air. I don't remember planting these flowers last year. I'm not even sure what they are :-) The sakura (cherry) blossoms are gone from my neighbourhood. I think they are still in bloom elsewhere in the city. In my area those pretty blossoms are being replaced by these new buds. It's all good. How is your world? Joining in with Our World Tuesday today and our lovely host, Lady Fi.

Seeing Double

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Seeing Double Hey wait a minute! Now there's only one. And he's off like the wind for his run while his mama gets her exercise on the bike. Joining Saturday's Critters with our host, Eileen.

A Few Brave Souls

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This was the sky around dinner time in Vancouver on Thursday evening. I noticed that there were only a few birds on the wire. Usually the wire is full of birds but today only a few "brave souls" were there. As of 10:10 p.m. it still wasn't raining.  According to the weather forecast we are supposed to get mixed sun and cloud over the Easter weekend except for  Sunday when rain is expected. Next week glorious sunshine and warmer temperatures are expected. Are there any Downtown Abby fans reading my blog? I never did watch it until the very last season and I enjoyed the last season a lot. Are any of you now watching Mr. Selfridge? I was on a television marathon catching up on Seasons 1 & 2. I still have 4 episodes to watch of Season 3 before I'm completely caught up. I'm enjoying it a lot and would like to hear your views in the comments section. Joining in with Skywatch Friday Thank you for visiting. May you have a wonderful Ea

Saturday Fun & a Catch Up

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The dog photos in this post were meant for Saturday and Eileen's Saturday's Critters.  Somehow I saved the post to draft rather than as a "Scheduled" post so I'm sharing them a bit late. I enjoyed watching this dog try to get in on the throw ball action between the two friends. We've continued to have a fair bit of rain since the weekend but life goes on. On Friday night I attended a new to me restaurant in town called "Nuba's", a Lebanese restaurant. The food is fantastic and I can see why there was a line up out the door that night. There are actually 3 restaurants by this name in town and I went to the one on Hastings and Carrell.  The group ordered sharing plates filled with tabbouleh salad, humous, baba ganoush, olives, houlami cheese and shredded beets as well as plates of pita bread. Then we ordered side dishes of chicken, lamb etc. All of the food was delicious but my favourite one is called "Najib's Special&q

Spring Sky

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Corporate Headquarters of the provincial BC Hydro (provincial Crown corporation mandated to deal with issues relating to provincial electricity matters.   I'm not sure what kind of tree this is but the blossoms are lovely. I think it is a variety of cherry tree with very light blossoms.  The sky in my city was lovely today. The temperature was also lot warmer than it has been all week. I'd forgotten that it was St. Patrick's Day today. But if you look closely there are some green items in my first photos (see logo at top of building and the markings on the street). Thank you for your visit.  I'm joining in with Skywatch Friday today.

This n That

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From my archives Hi friends, I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the transition to new season where ever you are in the world. I know my friends in South Africa are enjoying the warmer temperatures and green grasses after experiencing a time of drought. In my corner of the world we've been having an amazingly wet week. I don't carry an umbrella any more because I usually have a shopping cart when I go out and do my errands. If I don't have a shopping cart with me, my hands are otherwise occupied with walking poles to help mobility. It means I don't have an extra hand for an umbrella. I compensate by wearing a rain hat.  Sometimes I just go out and get wet and take breaks when the rain is coming down too hard. Or, I wear a jacket with a hood. The temperature outside dictates what I wear. Things have been rather hectic in my world at the moment.  I continue to read when I can. I do enjoy it so much but find I really don't sit and read for hours an

A Fly By - March 12, 2016

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Earlier this week I spotted this flock of birds. I was on my patio taking shots of the sky when the birds came flying by.  My small canon digital camera doesn't shoot fast enough but I  was lucky enough to get one photo. I can't quite tell the type of birds in flight.  Pigeons perhaps? Maybe crows but some of them look at little too light in colour. Perhaps it is the light falling on them that makes the feathers look lighter than black. Anyway they passed about 3 times and it was wonderful to see how they swoop in flight. Joining in with Eileen at Saturday's Critters and Anni at I'D Rather-B-Birdin' Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for visiting.

Sunset

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These are a variety of sunset shots taken over the past month in diverse places.  And this last photo is from my archives. It was taken on the highway heading south to Edmonton, Alberta in late summer 2011. Alberta and the northern parts of Canada get fantastic sunsets.  Joining in with Skywatch Friday.

Frugal Actions Add Up

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Hi everyone, I hope you are all well and that you had a lovely weekend. I have been quite busy running a lot of errands that had accumulated during my time of convalescence with a cold and just generally trying to catch up to everything I fell behind in.  I am not completely well and haven't caught up yet but I have made very good progress and I've almost gotten rid of my cough. Photo from my archives. I need colour to counterbalance a gray day :-) It has been awhile since I did a frugal post and I wanted to review and share with you some of my recent frugal finds because it astonishes me just how much savings can be had if one is diligent. As always it gives me great pleasure when I can spend less money on something and stretch my dollars as far as they will go.  It not only gives me a sense of accomplishment but it provides me with a little breathing room to help me meet my many obligations. Two friends in Kenya have been so ill and require lots of medical help

Urban Bird

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It's back to rain in my fair city. I had to go out to do errands and not only was it raining but it was rather windy too. These urban birds (pigeons) were taken yesterday with my camera phone. This pigeon was happily picking crumbs or seeds off the pavement. Joining with Saturday's Critters today. Thanks Eileen for hosting this fun  meme. I'm also joining in with Anni at I'd Rather B Birdin'  Thank you Anni for inviting me ;-)

Beautiful Blues and Blossoms

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We had a wonderful break in the weather today. After two days of heavy rainfall the sun came out unexpectedly. The sky was a beautiful blue. The icing on the cake was the beautiful blossoms which I mentioned in this post as being several weeks too early. But I can certainly enjoy them now. We are expecting more heavy rain throughout the next week. I imagine that will destroy a lot of the beautiful blossoms depicted in these photos. Hopefully there are still many trees in other parts of the city that haven't blossomed yet and I can enjoy another week.       {All photos taken with my Android phone camera}  I've got a lot of catch up to do after being sidelined by a bad cold for the past two weeks. I'm not 100% over it but close enough. I'm relieved! I hope you have all a wonderful weekend full of fun things. If you missed my post for Our World Tuesday you can catch it here. The sky was definitely different. I'm linking up with Skywatch