Monthly Archives: March 2015

Do you feel lucky?

In response to the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

Often, our blogs have taglines. But what if humans did, too? What would your tagline be?

Well, that sort of depends on the situation.  Some days it’s just “Really??”  or  “So long and thanks for all the fish” or “use the force Luke”.  Whatever seems apropos in the moment.  There is often just a lot of eye rolling too, just so you know.

For this morning, however, it’s “And now, here is my yesterday (well, the stuff in between and after work anyway) in review.”

First, a few things on my walk.

It’s not just nature I see when I take my hilly walk out at Interurban campus:



But there are cool things flying around – just a bit far for the point and shoot…


And, of course, new things blooming…




Then, after work, I went for a run down by the ocean.  It’s been awhile since I went out for a run, so I didn’t take a lot of pauses for pics.  Before I started running, I shot what our spring snow fall:


Then, at the end of the run, a few views:





And finally, back in my own yard, a first tulip finally emerging!


Lots of different things to see in my days!

Break a leg…

In response to the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

If you were involved in a movie, would you rather be the director, the producer, or the lead performer? (Note: you can’t be the writer!).

Really?  You ask us to imagine what we would be if we were involved in a movie but it CAN’T be the writer?  Well then, I want to be the best boy.  Although I am not a “boy”, but I do like the idea of being the “best”.  Why is it best “boy” anyway?  I know I should look this up to find out more, but I am just too lazy right now.

Here are some things I saw this weekend:

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And here are some more domestic scenes as we prepared to have friends over for dinner on Saturday:

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That’s some twist…

In response to the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

Tell us a story — fiction or non-fiction — with a twist we can’t see coming.

One day Emily read the Daily Post Prompts and followed it to the letter!

Surprise – that day is NOT today.  Instead, let’s see how the back yard is coming along.  Still some cleaning up to do, but now that things are coming up, I can finish the clean-up, plant some new things, and place pots and other fun things strategically around the yard!










I’m not really hungry right now…

In response to the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

Tell us about your favorite meal, either to eat or to prepare. Does it just taste great, or does it have other associations?

Well, I don’t know.  I love to eat lots of foods and food combinations.  I will often get the same thing every time we go to specific restaurant because I know it will be good.  I think I like to cook, and occasionally cook something I like (and I’ll make it again, but hit and miss if it’s the same more than once in a row).  Right now all I can think about are the comfort foods I used to like, but can’t eat any more.  Like regular fresh baked bread, regular pizza, regular mac and cheese (meaning non-gluten-free).  And of course I love cheese and potato chips.

But enough of these “favourite” thing questions.  I’d rather send you out into the sun for my walk yesterday!

It was a walk in suburbia, near where the other campus I work at sometimes (the one NOT in the country).

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But I was surprised to find some trails too, and bravely explored them.

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Here I had to decide which one to take…the one to the right….


Or the one to the left….I chose left.


See, still houses everywhere – this is one of the ones I saw having a bit of work done.


But then I turned a corner and found chickens!  Gotta love Victoria!


And, of course, lots of flowers blooming

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Even irises – the first I’ve seen this year (VERY early…)

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And trees doing their things

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If I had had time, I would have had a rest, but alas, I had to get back to work…


It’s a secret…

In response to the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

Have you got a code you live by? What are the principles or set of values you actively apply in your life?

Enjoy!  And be nice to kitties.

And post about my walk.

Yesterday I took a walk from work to the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific along the Glendale Trail.



There will be many blackberries along here in the Fall.


Saw a couple of slugs trying to cross the road – there’s probably a joke here, but I can’t think of it right now.



I’m heading over there.  That’s right, to the other side…



The path going the other way


Daffodils abound



Apparently it was important to tell us about the “narrow” bridge coming.



Over the side of the bridge



Many flowers blooming






And a few views


Here is the Hort Centre gate


And a glimpse inside through the fence


One of the trails leading into the trees


And heading back to work (original, antiqued)



Next time I take the trail I will go the other way (away from the Hort Centre) and see where I end up!

Sorry, I don’t smoke.

In response to the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

Tell us about a time things came this close to working out… but didn’t. What happened next? Would you like the chance to try again, or are you happy with how things eventually worked out?

I did not go for a walk yesterday – just didn’t work out.  Everything ran late in the morning with mom and dad (for dad’s appointment), so I got to work late and was also feeling pretty exhausted because of getting up at 4:00 am.  AND it was raining.  So, no walk – close, but no cigar (someday I’ll look up where this expression comes from).  But, I’ll walk today, pending rain, perhaps in a new direction…

Did you like that way I bent today’s prompt to my will (and already composed post)?

Anyway, no walk, but here are some things I saw going on in my back yard yesterday after work (sorry, no bees yet – the cocoons are all still safely unhatched – and no hummers yet…)

In addition to tulips coming up everywhere (when they bloom, are there going to be pics!), here are some hostas returning:


Our cherry trees (Rainier cherries) are just blooming now


Don’t know exactly what this is, but it’s coming up, and it’s NOT a weed!


And here is a cool-looking hellebore leaf.


It’s getting exciting back there!

I know, I’m late…

In response to the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

Head to “Blogs I Follow” in the Reader. Scroll down to the third post in the list. Take the third sentence in the post, and work it into your own.

Would have been great, except that the third post in the list was “Wordless Wednesday”, and therefore had no sentences.  Probably for the best.  Because now I can post pictures of what I saw on my cloudy walk yesterday (of course you know I would have done that anyway…)  I don’t have pictures of mason bees or hummingbirds yet.  Mason bees are still unhatched, and the hummers haven’t discovered the feeders yet.  Soon….soon….

So, pictures.  First, assorted flowers in various stages of bloomedness.  I don’t know what they all are, but they are pretty!



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Then, a cool tree, first the original, and then some fun I had.  Have I mentioned how much I love trees at this time of year?  They will not look nearly so spooky again soon…




Too early….

In response to the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

Draft a post with three parts, each unrelated to the other, but create a common thread between them by including the same item — an object, a symbol, a place — in each part.

3 parts?  Unrelated to each other but including the same item?  But doesn’t that make them related?  What???  That sounds like too much thinking for 6:15 am on a Tuesday morning.

Instead, let’s look back at yesterday.  A cloudy day, but I didn’t get rained on for my walk.


There are still lots of daffodils popping up out there…


And then there are these new flowers popping up…I think these are White Fawn Lilies (  Right on time, from what I’ve read…



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This is Nicholas – he likes to hide under the sofa in the den, but he does love the sun.  Just don’t get too close!



Is it still Monday?

In response to the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

If you could have any author –living or dead – write your biography, who would you choose?

Interesting.  How about Bill Watterson, Scott Adams, or, better yet, Douglas Adams?  Don’t know who they are?  Well, what is Google for anyway??

And to close for this morning, look at what are popping up all over town – definitely a few weeks early this year, like everything else has been!