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A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

So, yesterday I went Premium – WordPress Premium.  Basically, I ran out of room for my images (in case you haven’t noticed, I post a lot of images!) and so I upgraded AND also got a Domain Name out of it:  Ok, yes.  Flamingoes is technically spelled wrong, but the correct spelling ( was taken, and, hey, I like the “e”.  I was curious, however, and typed “zombieflamingos” into my browser just to see who had had the audacity to abscond with my domain name.  Sent me here:  Weird (but luckily, not obscene).  The light came on, however, when I read this:

…But it’s the Pink Flamingo — developed in 1957 by the company’s president at the time, Don Featherstone, that truly put the company on the map. The fact that a tropical bird that went on to grace thousands and thousands of yards was actually invented in sometimes-chilly New England merely added to the story’s charm.Today, the Featherstone Pink Flamingo has modern-day companions, such as the Special Edition Caribbean Blue Flamingo, Special Edition Featherstone Snomingo, Zombie Flamingo, and the larger Realmingo. … (

Ah ha!!

Anyway, now, with my own incorrectly spelled domain name in tow, I can start playing with whatever new and wonderful features I get with a premium WP subscription, including lots more room for pictures, pictures, pictures!!

Well, that was a longer post than usual…

And now, for no particular reason, kitties sitting together.



It would still be nice if it were Friday today, but I’m ok with Thursday…

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

I was thinking this morning of how best to avoid today’s writing prompt while I was waiting patiently for it to appear in my in-box, and I’ve decided on a brief tour of what’s blooming in the old garden right now.

As you can see, we still have a few daffodils blooming.  This is because I planted them late.  I am pretty sure that they won’t be blooming this late next year!


We also still have lots of tulips, although sadly many of them are also spent.  I didn’t take pictures of any of those.  They make me too sad…



I’m not sure what this is – I think I planted bulbs, but of course now I can’t remember what I planted.  I like them though!!




Some flowers in pots – gardeners around the world are grimacing as I can never remember what most of the plants in our garden are called…




Roses and marigolds on our deck (those are easy to remember)



There is still much to do in the garden.  There are a few holes to fill where plants did not come back from last year, and a patch that I need to fill with somewhat hardier plants (that like shade) than I tried last year.    Then there is the back lawn which will be replaced with wooly thyme and stepping stones after the house is painted.  Then there is the front which I want to take apart after the house is painted and start from scratch – just gotta get those california lilacs out of there (Kevin, it has to happen – they have taken over the entire front yard.)  I can hardly wait!!

Are you sure it’s not Friday yet?

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

First of all, this prompt’s topic is If you could create a painless, inexpensive cure for a single ailment, what would you cure and why?  May I just point out that a “painless, inexpensive cure” is NOT the same as a placebo?   Now, onto today’s avoidance.

Ok, here’s how the week’s going.   Well, it’s only Wednesday of a week where Monday was a holiday, and I’m ready for the weekend now.  Now.

I will say no more, except to point out that the Daily Thought in my in-box today was:

The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don’t give up.
~ Robert Tew, American business executive

Boy, do I need that thought today.

Oh, and a little kitty cuteness this morning will also be helpful…


Pot(s) for everyone!

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

So, yesterday was our Victoria Day holiday.  And we holiday’d it up by being lazy and sleeping in, and going nowhere until after 3:00pm (yes, missed the parade and any other celebrations which were probably taking place downtown – although, that’s probably for the best since there was also that official start of Tourist Season happening).  To be fair, we completed a few tasks – Kevin sanded down our deck table and chairs in preparation for staining them, and I did laundry and worked on my workshop presentations for this week at work.  But, other than that, lazy.

Around 3:30 or so we headed out to get some hanging pots for the deck.  An adventure!!  Of course, I saw many, many other things at the garden centre I wanted to buy, but I held back.  Mainly because we bought 3 hanging pots and that’s about all we can fit in the trunk of the car.  I’ll be back…

So, here are the deck hanging pots now…

Two on one side…




And one on the other, along with the 2 fushias we moved from the front porch.




But wait!  Th the front porch was now empty.  Can’t have that, so we walked to our local grocery story (right around the corner) and got 3 more pots for the porch.




And now, I can rest knowing that our hanging pot situation is well under control…

Nothing like some tasty BBQ

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

So, today is a holiday – long live the long weekend!  It’s Victoria Day here in Canada, and in Victoria (named for the same person who inspired the holiday) it’s the “official” start of Tourist Season.  There was even a parade this morning, so I understand.  Ok, not for the Tourist Season thing, but for Victoria Day.

Anyway, last evening we had mom and dad over for dinner and Kevin BBQ’ed some yummy pork and potatoes.  And asparagus – I didn’t get a shot of those…



It was all tasty goodness and after mom and dad left, we relaxed a bit on the front porch as the sun set.



Thus endeth my post for today.

Party on dudes…

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

So, yesterday we got the tires on our car replaced.  As a result, we had over an hour to kill just on the edge of downtown.  AND it was lunchtime.  So, we decided to eat at Bin 4, a burger joint we hadn’t had a chance to try yet.


Here is what’s left of what the server brought when we sat down.  Peppery chips – I didn’t think about taking a picture until we were down to one (hey, we were hungry!)


I like a place that leave a huge bottle of water on the table!


I thought the salt and pepper shakers were kind of cool – we didn’t use them, but they had a neat shape.


And here was my lunch, and part of Kevin’s.  He had the wild mushroom burger (beef) on a lettuce stack, and I had the lamb burger on a GF bun.  He thought his was better, but I think he was wrong.  The fries were good too!


It’s my party man!

Let’s be honest here…

A new kind of Daily Post response begins.  A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt.  I mean, if I’m going to avoid it all the time, I may as well be transparent about it!

My friend Darca treated me to dinner last night (at a place caller Rebar – a vegetarian restaurant in town that apparently also serves fish tacos.  They were delicious!)

Anyway, after a great dinner and excellent chat (sorry for talking your ear off Darca), we went for a bit of a stroll through downtown and then ended up walking around (and through) the Empress Hotel (you may remember the Empress from E is for Empress Hotel, one of my A to Z Challenge posts.)  As we started walking around, I remembered the beehives.  So, I made Darca go look at them with me.  There were many more honeybee hives there this time (although I, of course, forgot to take a picture) AND there were bees in the viewing panel.  Here they are!  Pretty cool (especially when there is something between you and them.



As the sun was setting over the water (like it has a choice), we headed off in our separate directions.  It was a nice evening!  Thanks Darca!!


Yeah – I like this new format.  I posted more today than I have for the last week’s worth of Daily Posts combined!

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt you could have a guarantee that one, specific person was reading your blog, who would you want that person to be? Why? What do you want to say to them?

Deja Vu all over again

In response to the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

Write an anonymous letter to someone you’re jealous of.

We just did a jealousy post on May 8th (it’s a “monster” now, not a “lady” I see…).  Didn’t play then, not gonna play now.

Instead, a few pictures from my walk yesterday (there are more to post another day – live in anticipation!)








Consider my button pushed

In response to the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

How important are clothes to you? Describe your style, if you have one, and tell us how appearance impacts how you feel about yourself.

The clothes (may) make the (wo)man?  Why add the (wo) at all?   Why not “the clothes (may) make the person?  And don’t you think it’s sad that what you wear can peg you for life in the eyes of someone else?  In my opinion we worry way to much about “appearance” and not nearly enough on how we live our lives.



Master this!

In response to the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

Which subject in school did you find impossible to master? Did math give you hives? Did English make you scream? Do tell!

Was I “confused” by the subject, or not able to “master” it – we need to talk about the connection between these headlines and topics.  Oh, and, just let me say that no one can “master” anything.  Anyone who thinks they have has a long way to go.




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