beautiful…

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well, today was more like it… second day of my .9 time and a beautiful one…

slept in a bit and had a leisurely breakfast… headed out and got a few errands done… even booked an oil change for the car…

new shoes, bra, swimsuit and groceries…

  
nice haul… once I got home I took a walk around the creek…

saw a wood duck couple and got a few pictures…

  
very exciting because we’ve only seen mallards in the creek… the mallards have been nesting here for the last thirty years…

  
here’s the fella… beautiful

later, spent a bit of time weeding the front flower bed… the rubber mulch isn’t doing quite what I was hoping for… grass is still coming through, sigh…

  
beautiful day… looking forward to many more like it:-)…

trees…

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mainly a sunshiny day but I spent a bit less time in the garden…

made potato salad this morning and cooled it in the fridge… have read a number of articles suggesting that cooking potatoes, rice or pasta and then cooling it, does something that changes the structure to “resistant starch” which reacts like fibre and doesn’t cause a spike in blood sugar…

took out the Japanese Maple and set it behind the waterfall…

  
sadly, had to bring it back in when I noticed that the temperature is going to 2 Celsius tonight… don’t want all those lovely leaves to die back…

not quite as warm as yesterday…

 
needed a blanket while I was reading, but I stayed outside as long as I could…

got this shot of the tree next door as the leaves come out… lots of the seeds are coming down too… 

 
still see a gaping hole in the sky when I look up even though it has been at least seven years since the other elm tree had to be taken down… it had provided shade in our backyard from the time we moved into our house in 1973…

trees are so special…

outside…

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spent a good part of the day outside in the garden…

sun shone for the majority of the time and I got some weeding done and put a few plants back into the pond

  
lots of time thinking about the hours that my beloved put in weeding and maintaining the garden… still amazes me how much I miss him…

between weeding, cause I take lots of breaks, I finished a book I started last weekend… got a few great shots on my camera of a white-throated sparrow as it came to the pond for a drink…

mid afternoon I went in for a nap and the sky looked a bit threatening while big winds tried to knock things over…

  
no rain, and then it cleared up again…

now as I sit on the deck writing this, the sky is very ominous looking but there is no longer much breeze…

  
just over the garage you can see the neighbour’s apricot tree blooming… I’ve been smelling it off and on all day…

I can also smell the barbecue next door as the next door neighbour prepares dinner…

another wonderful day… what a blessing to have this time…

beauty…

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spent the day enjoying the beauty around me…

first thing, I took pictures of all the flowers in the house…

  
between the two purple orchids, the purple mums and the vase of spring flowers, the coffee table looks amazing… 

  
there are tulips on the dining room table as well…

at the office, we had more vases filled with beautiful flowers… shared them amongst the staff who were in…

spent the lunch hour at a wonderful restorative yoga class…

had time throughout the day to reflect on the amazing people I work with, and how lucky I am…

walked from the end of the street tonight and had to stop and take a picture of one of the trees, a Russian olive, I think… it is quite a lovely colour and the leaves are out now…

 

sat on the deck enjoying the sounds of the pond and reading for a while… 

looking forward to a wonderful three day weekend…

I am surrounded by beauty everywhere I look… 

splash…

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I was so excited when I got home tonight…

  
the pond was running…

I knew that someone was coming to look at it, but was so busy that I had completely forgotten…

when I stepped out onto the deck I could hear it… I love the sound of the water running… 

sadly when I got close I could see that the waterfall is leaking… spoke to the pond guy and he is aware and will be checking into it…

hope the water doesn’t drop too low while they are figuring it out…

looking forward to the fish moving back in…

 
can almost hear the splash

the window is open, and even though it is dark, I can hear the water running in the pond…

bliss

snack…

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one of the most difficult things to get sorted out is my late night snack

  
the trick seems to be what time I need to eat it…

supposed to have protein every time I eat and trying to figure out just the right time for the last snack is complicated

  
apparently our pancreas sends out a burst of insulin every morning around three… because mine isn’t quite well behaved, it kind of drips instead of just spewing out a single amount… 

apparently the idea is to eat food that encourages the pancreas to send out a burst of insulin and then stops instead of the drippy business…

one of my favourite snacks is popcorn and almonds… make it in a Tupperware measuring cup with a lid… then add a tiny bit of canola oil and salt…

  
popcorn is always served in a plastic fish bowl… tastes better that way:-)…

appears that eating about ten or ten thirty seems to be the best…

always learning about this new way of being…

gift…

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view out the window during our BS gathering tonight… was compelled to get up and take a few pictures of the sky…

  
had a wonderful time… the five of us haven’t all been together for a couple of months… there have been vacations to California, Florida, Costa Rica, the West Coast and Cuba, work trips to Saskatchewan, and family visits which have affected us…

we have been gathering for many years and continue to enjoy every opportunity we have to spend time together…

tonight we must have spent an hour trying to find a day and time for a birthday celebration… we may have to start having one for everyone at once as we are all so busy…

always feel filled up at the end of Monday evenings…

  
what a gift these women are to me…

money…

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busy day… up fairly early because the birds were singing away before dawn… had a few tough moments missing my beloved… amazing how those moments just materialize and you have to wait them out…

went to Dollarama looking for a small drinking glass but they didn’t have any… I did find a cute tray… looks a bit like the dining room chairs, lol…  on to the grocery store where I loaded up on veggies and some tulips jumped into my cart…  grocery shopping is getting more expensive, but I have tons of healthy food for the next week or so… once everything was put away, had a nap and lunch… 

sat in the garden reading for a few hours and then the kids arrived for dinner… steak and lobster with baked potato, mushrooms. asparagus and Caesar salad… yummy… 

doorbell rang and a fellow was wanting to do some yard work to raise money for his hockey playing son…  while we finished cleaning up the kitchen, he and his family cleaned out the front flower bed and raked the front yard…

ran out to take a picture of the finished product and caught the mallards, who live in our creek, as they flew over…  excellent day…

noisy…

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birdsong and squirrel chatter filled the morning in the garden…

energized by the lovely weather, I worked in the garden and trimmed back the plants beside the pond… so excited to see the new growth starting in most of them… careful not to pull out things that I wasn’t sure about and there were two or three of them…

working in the garden always makes me think of George and today was no exception…

not only was I missing his hard work in the garden, I miss having him to talk to… he would have been excited by the duck flying over and he certainly would have been interested in the squirrel sitting on the garbage can right below the hole they’ve dug in the shed wall… he’d have been over there covering it with a scrap of metal and digging through the shed to find and destroy the nest, lol…

  
put out all the cushions and read a magazine… 
emailed my pond guy to see when they will be coming by to get the pump in and sort out the leaking problem…
the afternoon was a bit more noisy as my neighbours’ were building a planter box by their garage… circular saws, drills and hammers are also signs of better weather, lol…
looking forward to more wonderful days in this little piece of heaven…
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