inukshuk…

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wonderful day… up early and walked to the Park Cafe where I met all the kids…

after breakfast we went to visit the polar bears… saw five of them today… although maybe it was all six, because it is difficult to tell them apart…

I am sure that these three were playing ring-around-the-rosy in the pool…

got a good shot of all of the boys with a friend in an inukshuk

and I was very happy to pick up a new keychain, this one made with wood… my last one lost a leg recently… I bought it with George when we were visiting Vancouver Island…

after a great time I walked home and soaked in the hot tub before having a nap…

got a shot of the special tree by the Park bridge… looked a bit cold, lol…

also got some shots of the snow which looked full of diamonds today…

last night I spent a few glorious moments watching the Northern Lights dance across the sky… I was just getting out of the hot tub and could have missed the whole thing but was so lucky to catch it…

tonight I got a picture of the moon and clouds… sadly, not a good one, but it was a beautiful view…


and topped off the day with eleven thousand steps:-)…

solar…

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last night at 11:30 I took this picture out the window…

the dragonfly mobile was lit up… it works on solar power so I am very excited at this example that the sun is getting stronger every day… woo hoo…

had a quiet day… got a few jobs done around the house… watched some tv and had a nap…

brought home my tulips… the white ones are a bit sad about the whole travelling in the cold business… 

probably didn’t help that I left them in the car for fifteen minutes when I ran into Safeway…

lovely sunshine in my eyes when I was watching TV this morning… not even sad that I couldn’t see the show…

Chihuly…

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when we were in Seattle in 2013, I got this amazing calendar which I put away until January 2014, without losing it, lol…



I have enjoyed it every day as I would wander past it… it reminded me of the spectacular day we met Dale Chihuly at Chihuly Garden and Glass… 



this is the last month… I am wondering about whether I can order another one for 2015 on line…

I will never forget the day we spent amongst all of the amazing glass sculptures… he really is a genius… 



still a bit star struck

pink…

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last night I searched through my closet and found this pink shirt to wear today…

actually the only pink piece of clothing I own… but I dug it out to wear to support the PinkShirtDay initiative to fight bullying… last year I forgot until much later in the day… 

amazing how many people commented on the colour…

when I got home tonight I took a picture of the new lamp… I think I like it in this spot…

more beautiful sunshine coming through the window so I took a few pictures of the light on the orchid

hard to get a good shot the way the sunbeams were coming through the window…

it is quite astonishing to me how light and sunshine can raise my spirits…

bright…

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this morning I noticed how bright out it was on my drive to work… yay…

then, part way through the morning the sun came streaming through a colleague’s window and landed on her tulips… just gorgeous…



all of them have perked up since yesterday and look amazing… they have certainly brightened my day…

spent a wonderful few minutes wandering around the office taking pictures… I haven’t had a chance to look the shots over yet, but I had great fun… there were lots of tulips to check out…

flowers do make me happy…  

tulips…

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this morning our delivery of tulips arrived… they are part of the Lung Association campaign…

I love flowers and in the depths of winter really enjoy them… just yesterday I had to toss the daffodils I had purchased the week before…

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some beautiful purple and white ones…

amazing how a little flower can perk me up…

spent time in the living room tonight with my friends and got to admire my gorgeous orchid… it is really stunning…

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took this picture of a macadamia nut dark chocolate which was a treat from Costa Rica… first chocolate I’ve had since November… apparently I was so excited I couldn’t hold still, lol… very tasty…

organized…

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had a wonderful day… got so much done…

my sleepover buddy and I had breakfast at the “A”… we drove because it was minus 45 out there…

then it was home to sort and label the Christmas boxes… emptied two or three and labeled all that remained… great to have the shelves organized

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still didn’t find the sea shells… I can’t believe it…

dropped my helper off at the bus and did a few errands… picked up an extension cord for the car as I will be driving to work for the next few weeks and the temperature isn’t rising anytime soon, lol…

found two pieces of documentation I’ve been looking for, so was happy with that…

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moved the orchid to the coffee table and tried to find a spot for the new lamp I bought a few days ago…

been watching the Oscars for what seems like hours, but I can’t tear myself away…

enjoyed the sunshine

tidy…

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this morning I put stones into the coffee table drawer and then went in search of the sea shells that came out of it just before Christmas…

can’t find them, lol…

in the process I emptied one entire box of angels into the give away collection…

after that, I spent hours in the computer room shredding documents, filing things and filling a couple of boxes with pass me overs

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this might look messy to you, but it is amazingly tidy, with a big pile of recycling just below it…

kids came over for supper with a couple of extras… there is one under the blanket on the floor, lol…

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have a sleepover buddy tonight, and in the morning we are going to label each of the Christmas boxes so I won’t have this problem again, sigh…

fitbit…

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been keeping track of my exercise since last April…

have found that I try to get in my goal of 5000 steps most days and been very proud of myself on the days I have gone way over…

got the Fitbit when we were having one of our stepping contests at work and have found it a great way to pay attention to my activity level…

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it’s only been since mid January that I started to record my caloric intake thanks to a comment from one of my colleagues…

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it is now imperative that I record what I am eating, so having the option to do most of the recording in one place is helpful…

I continue to search for something where I can record the blood sugar readings as well as the food log in a simple manner…

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