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Just spun 50 for the team.
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Hi not many one here. Anyway Happy May Day. emoticon
Take care I care and good birding.
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Taxes done and rebate in my bank account already.
I'm at camp now ..







just a tad chilly 14c inside



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4/6/16 12:32 A

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My commute to and from work
turkey vulture

bald eagle

spotted towhee









Then I had to clean and cook lunch





Time for home




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. Dark eyed Junco



I think a Western Flowering Dogwood

Skunk Cabbage

a Dalhouise



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3/23/16 5:24 A

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So yesterday I took Noni up to the highlands where Dalhouise and I had hiked at the beginning of February. We did the same rout s without getting lost this time. What I noticed was it seemed so much shorter to reach the end point then when I did it the first time. Much more comfortable hiking in known territory then going into the unknown.

So these are our signs of Spring bursting upon our beings, and take note of the Dalhouise wallowing in a little creek bed..



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3/18/16 7:46 A

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This days was the first time this year that Noni came out riding with me. I'm sure it won't be the last, but our days are numbered for the freedom to just drop everything and go out to enjoy the sunshine and warmth. Camp season for me begins in about 15 days and 20 days for Noni. I really hope that this year I do get more opportunity and have energy to go out riding / walking / hiking more during the summer then I have had in the last few seasons. Still trying to figure out why my handheld GPS and computer won't work together - haven't geocache in so long now which makes me sad.

do you ever feel like your just an old rusty body of rusted pile of nuts and bolts?



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3/16/16 10:40 P

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spotted Towhee

Long Billed Dowitcher

Wood Ducks

Pigeons

Greater Scaup

Sandhill Crane

Today we took a drive to Vancouver - to do some shopping at Costco and to take a walk at Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Sunny and warm - a perfect day

Skunk cabbage





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Was surprised it wasn't raining this morning- so out the door we went before Mother Nature could change her mind. Well we were lucky because as we returned to the car there was a light rain fall




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2/21/16 11:49 A

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Motivation to get outside







Not sure what the plan is for today yet. First we have church, then there is a church fellowship luncheon - then it is unclear. Was talk about us going to Vancouver- but I think we will do this Tuesday- so we might go explore a trail this afternoon if the rains hold off.



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Finally I can post pictures - been trying for three days.
So in spite of fears, Noni and I have been taking the Dalhouise out to explore and enjoy sunny days.



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I decided to take a peak to see what I have in my daypack. There is a whistle not showing and my hiking stick has a bear bell on it.

Am I missing anything? Or should I remove anything? I do live in the mountains, with Cougars and Bears



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2/2/16 11:29 A

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I kept my opens for owls or other birds - seen and heard nothing but the distant thud of construction











It was a sunny day - get away from the TV, get off the couch, put the iPad on the table - go outside




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I wish I could post a video - it is so adorable Dalhouise eating from the spoon.
My FB and instagram has a video.

Noni wanted to give Dalhouise the left over rice from our restaurant meal ... I say he won't eat it. She mixes it with the beef juice and a couple of beef chunks and we get our doggie container. Well here is the proof - I was wrong - first time in my life honest......
Dalhouise did eat all of it but only after she fed it to him from the spoon. When we offered the container he just turned his nose away in discuss






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I was sitting on the couch.. Enjoying the birds feeding on my balcony watching the morning pass by... It was sunny... Then it became cloudy ... Noni said it was going to rain... I better get my butt out the door. Dalhouise and I bundle up with our rain gear and head out..
We ended up walking the shoreline of the Manquam River down to the Squamish River.















Bald Eagle

Meadow Lark

Great Blue Heron

Sea Gulls

American Dipper







Now I am home back on the couch.. Watching over 40 Pine Siskins feed at my feeders with a few flurries of snow falling.
I hope you enjoyed our little hike



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We have sun, not too cold.. So I asked Noni do you want to walk around the pond or hike around Brohm Lake. Once I was off the couch it was easier for me to make a decision as Noni wasn't giving me any clear directions.






Those stairs were a little tricky going up and down





are you hiking or taking pictures?









. I will be sore tomorrow..



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This day began alittle dreary, I didn't have too much motivation to get outside.. Dalhouise didn't care about this mood - he wanted his walk. After Noni and I did go to the swimming pool - the pool felt cold today. The hot tub seemed extra hot.

Douglas Squirrel



















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This morning went for a quick walk around the block.. It looked like rain was coming.. It began to snow - snowed all day.. There went my idea of driving to Vancouver to go to the movies - Star Wars..
I sat on the couch all day... Noni made bread - I put a pork shoulder in a crock pot ...
Around five I decided I needed to get outdoors so out we went..




Pine Siskin

Fox Sparrow



We went out for an evening walk - lots of snow all day











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Dalhouise takes his human out for a walk in his backyard



















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. Great Blue Heron

Mallard Ducks

Hooded Merganser

Bald Eagle





We are having some snow. I take Dalhouise outside. We walk on lease until we clear civilization - I let him go free and he turns around and head backs home.. I catch up replace the lease and continue on our walk. Half way around the pond walk I let him go free again.. We walk enjoying the snow till we get to the turning point.. One way is a long way home and one is short... Dalhouise takes the short trail..
What a funny dog !



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12/25/15 10:18 A

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Christ the Saviour is born



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Not very cherry out there ..



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So the Dalhouise is a happy puppy once more... He can go walking with Dad again










I have missed my daily walks..




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I am stressed..and Noni occupies her self
She has made this all from scratch - even drawing her own patterns.



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I seen this and I'd it as a Snow Bunting... I posted it on Facebook as such and one of my bird friends said it could be a McKay Bunting. - which is a rare bird




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Forever spring, I am not sure about that but it sure smells that way today. We had -2c degree temperature for a couple of days and now that it is plus 5c the ground smells of life and earthly things. You know that wonderful odours that occur after a rainfall.. Forever spring

















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11/27/15 8:04 P

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Oh Dalhouise
We came back from our walk today and he grabbed his toy out of his toy box and began to roll and roll around on the carpet. I guess he was a happy old dog.

. I thought I was being watched



. A little frozen





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The sunshine makes all the difference in the world. This morning Noni, Dalhouise and I walk for two hours along the Squamish River enjoying our time off together.
Later in the afternoon I go out the door alone to ride a different part of the Squamish River. I think I went too far and too late as it was quite dark when I returned.




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In my mind's eye I am in some far away location on a sandy beach frolicking in the waves.
There is no plans to travel this year, I do wish however I am in some place warm... And just think winter hasn't even began to show its ugly head.. Well maybe a little as it was -2c this morning.




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Come up to Squamish the Eagles are arriving..




So late in the afternoon Noni and I go on a bike ride. I was planning to go myself but all of sudden she has her jacket on and is coming. I didn't mind, but it made me change my route because she is scared to drive on the roads, so with her I need to stay on the bike paths.










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This morning earlier than normal Dalhouise and I went out the door to walk a different route.





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The sun was out.. So out the door Dalhouise and I go for a 90 minute walk.



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Dalhouise and I just came home from a quick morning walk.. 7c out side with a few sprinkles of rain falling. Soon I must go pick up my mother... We are going to drive 65 km to Vancouver to eat lunch at Swiss Chalete to celebrate our 6th year wedding anniversary with Noni.
After we eat we will go to one of the malls so that Mom can do some Christmas shopping. I hope to buy Noni some rain pants and possibly shoes for the both of us.

Terrorist .. I always now have this inner fear / anxiety / concern of being shot or blowup when I go to crowed areas.. Not only terrorist but sick wackos are in the big cities.. I like my smaller towns ... But just like the fear of Cougars , Bears - I gotta go




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11/11/15 9:09 P

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Today - this morning after watching the Remembrance Day Service on TV from Ottawa Ontario, I took Dalhouise out for his morning stroll. If all goes as I plan, I want to hop on my bike later today and go for a cycle while we still have sun shine and warm temperatures .

So come along with Dalhouise and I....























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Together with Noni and Dalhouise we go for a stroll.
But first it was to the bank - visit with Mom - after the stroll to the pool but first Dalhouise was dropped back at home to watch the birds coming to the feeders on our balcony.

So let's do a recap the stroll with the family ...


























So that was yesterday - I wonder where I might go today?



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Dalhouise,is not adjusting to the time change - he can't understand at 9 am I don't take him out.. 10am is his normal time.. Everyday at camp I would go let him out..

Today I will walk with him and then the plan is to go to the swimming pool.
I have been bird watching from my comfortable chair in the living room

Pine Siskin

House Finch

Northern Flicker

Stellar Jay

Darkeye Junco

Spotted Towhee

Blackcap Chickadee. Haven't been able to get a good photo yet of these fast little flighty birds




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So sore, not from hiking but from cleaning the kitchen and packing and unpacking the car.
Yes - today is the last day to cook, the last day of this camp season, and it is Friday...
Been too busy really ro let all this sink in... But Today. This day I begin a six month weekend.
This day is also my last pay cheque also.. Well that doesn't cheer me up to much... Monday I will have to go into the government office and fill out so many forms to apply for employment insurance .. Never like this process... But so thankful it is available to us
Well I better get going, I have hungry staff waiting for breakfast.




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Well this is it, my last five days of working at camp till next year that is if the owner is renewing my contract. I always have some dout if he will or not... I am not the greatest people person, especially working 40 plus hours seven days a week. My meals are always great, on time, enough quantity, guality and variety enough.. But I exspect a high standard of work to be done by the dish crew and this is where all the trouble lies. The clinents are well fed and I am very good at keeping them happy with all their demanding meal requirements and pickiness.
We went from only one dishwasher when I began 7 years ago to 4 this year and they still have issues with doing the job at hand.. I don't have respect for young workers who agree to work but just want to sit around or talk to their peers or go play with the children, Do the job you were hired to do.. And so it well.
Oh well three days of feeding 80 to 100 people and two days of feeding 20 staff as we clean and store - closed down the kitchen ...

Yesterday was not a good walking day.. I did take Dalhouise out in the morning... But after that.. Church... A visit with mom .... Home and a long long nap.... That turned into a movie then a sleep
Now it is Monday morning and I must pack up and return to the camp... One more time ...
-- oh I hear that the Internet at camp might not be working till next week - this sucks ...



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Next day ... The floor has been vacuumed - I was able to repair it.. The couch is useable once more and my car is ready for winter now... To top it off after waking up early.. Going back to bed I had a nice sleep in, only to be woken by Noni with a cup of coffee in hand.

Dahouise and I went out the door for a nice hour and half walk .



















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Today is an off day. I get a three day weekend... Hurray!
Wake up early to take my car to the dealership for the winter tune up and to rotate my winter tires onto the car. A couple of hours later I am phoned and told it is ready. I walk Dalhouse to pick it .. I'm told I have a leaky rear axisle 400 dollars - no it has to wait I want a second opinion.
I also need a 40 dollar inner air filter - OK - replace that. I pick up my keys and return to camp to store my tires. At camp as I reach for the tires in the back - they are my winter tires... They forgot to rotate them on.... I am extremely ticked off.... I phone them from camp... Bring it back and they will fix it now.. This drive to camp and back is 45 minutes each way... Not helping my stress levels on my off day...
Our vaccum belt broke and I am stressing as I take it apart trying to fix it.. I am not good with stuff like that ... I'm a chef ..
Earlier I had to do some repairs to our couch.. Springs were loosen and my wife has been nagging me to fix it since last year.. And so I did it today as well ... I think I fixed it.. So she should be happy now.. The vaccum still needs a new belt ...

Now I get to sit on my chair - watch some TV and try to relax...
Watching Star Trek helps a lot ...
Later I'll have to go and walk Dalhouise some more - looking for birds..



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Today's seen birds while we were out


I managed to almost get an whole afternoon movie in today sitting on the couch, before the Dalhouise demanded an outside walk. I was watching Marley and Me... So sad and looking at my Dalhouise knowing he getting up there in age as well I just had to take him out and enjoy a walk with my wife and Dalhouise.










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Today was a good day to get off the couch and be outside.














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I decide to eat my lunch on the deck next to our camp kitchen, I sit down, ah my water is still on the counter, I go into the kitchen to get it and when I turn around my lunch is being ate by a Stellar Jay



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American Dipper

a Sparrow of some kind

Stellar Jay

Darkeyed Junco



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red breasted sapsucker

rufous humming bird

?

American Crow

future frogs


Bear food








a good way to begin the weekend










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Thank you

Today was a good day to be outside



















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You live in a beautiful place!

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I had some time off, so down the road I went for a bike ride looking for birds, bears, and flowers.
I think a dogwood tree flower
salmon berry flower maybe?

me enjoying some of my 30 for 30 time outside this month partaking in the David Suski challenge




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The great blue herons and the night herons have come back to our campground in Oak Harbor. They were hanging around the fish cleaning stations looking for a handout. Went birding Sat and Sunday at Magee. Still no warblers. Saw gray gnatcatchers and Goldfinches. A few Coots and Mallards. Snowy Egrets, Eagles, and tons of red wing blackbirds were present.

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Went birding at Magee Marsh....Oak Harbor Ohio. The only thing I found was an earache....lol It was cold and super windy. Seriously though I did see one yellow rump warbler, a gnatcatcher, various waterfowl and the usual common birds for the area. a few more weeks the warblers will descend and there will be thousands of people there!

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I don't hear any birds singing yet - I am up before the birds.... No - it is cold here at camp yet I think they are still huddled together some place warmer.
Waking up with sore backs my wife and I. The bed mattress is horrid. I am thinking about placing it on the floor direct get it off the old the old metal frame. Do you think this will help?
Should we use the box spring?




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Singing to the world that it is going to be my birthday soon ...
I collect postcards from far and near.. If you so wish to drop one in the mail to say Happy Birthday - that would be awesome.
Marty Marquette
C/0 Camp Summit
PO Box 48
St Main. Squamish. BC
Canada
V8B 0A1



( don't worry if this is a different address than before - that was home and this is place of employment. I check both places)



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Not a lot of hking done today. walked around the park with Dalhouise. Walked to the plaza and back again pushing a little cart.. I had to go buy a new car battery. When I came back from our bike adventure in Surrey I accidentally left the dome light on and so the next day I had a very dead battery. I called the motor club and got a boost.. Dave around for an hour and let the car idle for about half an hour.. Turned it off and went to bed. Next day I go try to start the car it is a no go.. Battery is dead again. I had inklings that it was going before and I think this was the last straw with the dome light left on. Thus the walk to go buy a new battery.. Once I got the batter home the plumber was just about to leave from doing a job here on site.. ( do you remember my last month plumbing bills) well I asked him if he would help me change the battery as I don't have tools.. He agreed - nice guy...
The car works now and so we drove got some groceries and I bought a new hand held GPS.
Remember my GPS died when I tried to turn it on on the bike trip to Surrey. I need to have a GPS for Mexico in five days from now..
I didn't buy a better one - same brand and company as the one I had because it was on sale. Discontinued .. So I got it for 89 dollars.. Regular I see was 199.$. I just didn't want to spend so much money right now. Need it for our vacation and property taxes and ultiities tax coming due in the nex 60 days.
Hopefully it will work ok for a year or so..




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Today I feel like I accomplished something .. Checking the bank account early I found to my delight that the income tax refund was in.. Hurray... So I was able to pay off the visa and put some money in our RRSP s for next year tax breaks and some into our savings... Then I went and did some banking for my mother at the bank and while I was there I put some money into one of my account to pay for my life insurance policy that is due in April. Next it was a stop at Service Canada to print out the application for my wife's permanent resident card that is due this year and then over to Walmart to get pictures for this application. Did a stop at the drug store to get a copy of Mom's prescriptions tax report receipt and then a drive to the accountants office so that Mom can get her taxes done. Earlier in the day I collectd all her receipts and papers. Now it is out of my hands - hers is more complicated than mine and so I did not want to make mistakes.
I walked Dalhouise to the post office where I mailed a couple of postcards and bought some stamps and postcards already stamped so that I can mail more. (Hint)




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stellar Jay
Do you have any more peanuts?

walking I go





Salmon berry blossom

Bears will be eating well

ah Spring


How do you like these blooms ?


for most this is a sure sign of Spring

come on let's get moving - you take too many pictures ..

northern Flicker came back today

I really do need to cut my lawn








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The rain has startd here.. It was nice while it lasted - sunny weather..
Last night out of character for Noni and I - we met with camp staff to eat out tougher. We met at an Indian restaurant. I have been wanting to check it out for a few years but Noni has always refused as she said she was not too fawn about this style of food.. Well finally we went. She ate her portions.. I ate my fill. I thonk I will take my mom here at some point in the not to far future. The price is average - it cost me fifty dollars for the two of us.. However I am not minding it so much as I did enjoy eating goat curry stew... Rice, Nana bread, lamb k bob, and chicken k bob, and noni had chicken curry. With that I washed it all down with chai tea made with milk.
Talking and listening to the camp younger staff... It was good .. I think we are going to start the year off on a good right foot.. We have a temporary new office girl too and hopefully this will help us start well together - as the office staff and I some times have these little major conflicts. It was a good time of fellowship - and I was able to make them laugh a coule of times by being just me.. I am a strange one at times - I am old enough to be their fathers.. Noni their mothers.



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My body is still sore a day after the scrubbing of the kitchen. I cleaned everything including the ceilings, walls and all table surfaces and shelving.
The hardest part now is knowing I have to go back in and reclean it all before I actually start cooking and serving.
Dalhouise is away at the groomers.. I took him out for an early morning walk and then dropped him off. He was so sad and tried to dart out the door escaping from the hug of the groomer when I approached the door. Poor little guy.. He knows..
Now I am home and the house is so empty without him.. I miss him .. Crazy eh!

After dropping Dalhouse off I walked downtown Squamish to the secondhand flea market. I went in and asked if they had any postcards.. The man behind the counter said maybe and pulled out a bundle over four inches high. What I could see - the date of some postage stamps are 1926
I ask how much.. He was not sure.. We browsed through them and he said I could have them all for 25 dollars - I said I have a twenty .. He said OK and I walked out with a bundle of older postcards..
Not sure yet haven't done due dillgence ... But one quick view on Google is that one set is worth 15 dollars alone. And I have several.. So I may have lucked out big time... Regardless I am happy with my growing collection.



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Yuck!


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Going to work.. I havent said that in awhile. But tomorrow morning I must wake up and get ready to go to work. Over the winter the kitchen has grown a covering of mould to keep warm I guess. So before the fire inspector comes in, before the maintence man can come in and repair broken pipes, before the fridge maintence company comes in to do a cleaning -- I must come in and remove the mould..
Wonderful...
Today I went and bought a safety mask because I am going to wash the kitchen with bleach..
I have a solid day of scrubbing to do.. I am going to be so tired tomorrow night...







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Sounds like a good idea. I'll have to see if I can find a post card from Toledo, OH.!


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Hello.. I did a blog posting - but not everyone reads my blog..
I have started a hobby.... Collecting Postcards.
I would like to eventually have one from every State and Province.
I love getting snail mail and I am sure my postman would love delivering to my address..
So you get to encourage him and me... That sounds like a good thing to do..
Postcards with anything thing that you think is showing off your city... Or anything interesting to you..
My address
Marty Marquette
301 - 40100 Willow Crescent
Squamish BC
Canada
V8B 0L8

I look forward to checking my mail box and seeing some interesting cards... And if you include your return address I would gladly send one back.

Thank you so much




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Made time ths day to take the car into the service center for its spring semi annual maintence and winter tires removal.. Shopping for the supplies to cook Mac and cheese for fifty people at church Sunday and to go for a two and half hour bike ride and a visit with Mom. I guess it was a successful day... I even BBQ supper for Noni and I. I did some birding while riding our bikes and came across this unknown duck.. It looks like a Mallard hybrid cross with either a Green wing Teal or Wigeon..


supper BBQ

almost got stopped

spring is here

must not forget winter



come on

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I'm getting my taxes done on the 20th. I have someone do mine for me. I don't know if I will get out for some more birding this weekend or not. This week at work has been super busy and I am ready for some down time.

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Time ... I had so much of it that it seemly stood still. Now the days are beginning to go faster and faster. Yes there is a bump in the race track.. My trip to Mexico can't come fast enough.
However last night I did my taxes for 2014 - been putting it off ... but last night I filed them.
Last week I had my eye appointment and this week picked up my new glasses.
Today I made the appointment at the garage to have my car receive it's semi annual maintence done and snow tires taken off. Next week Dalhouise will be going to the groomers.
Before the end of the month I need to take Mom to Vancouver....
Once work begins I won't have many opportunities during the day to get away from work. I need to cook breakfast, lunch, supper..
So as we put all our ducks in their row.... there are so many little things that need to be done before we move from thenCondo to the little cabin in the woods and Work.



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I think the purchase of the bike rack might be my best decision in a long time. It is easy to put on and take off the car. More importantly is the fact that it is extremely easy to load the bikes onto it and off.
As I drove down the highway I kept an eye in the rear view mirror making sure the bikes were still with us. Stress.. But no need to be fretting about that.. When we arrived at our designation about 43 miles from home.... All was well - fastened just as I left home.

The day was cold and overcast, but there were no uphills to deal with. Yesterday's ride was more up than down and Noni did not like it at all - I was not too happy either but I took it in stride figuring I was burning more calories going up. However it sure was pleasant driving along flat dikes and seeing the sights.










This day was suppose to be sunny and 17c ... I don't know what happened because it was cold and overcasted and slightly windy. The good thing was I was dressed for it.. I was chided by my wife when we left home from Squamish, that I was overly dressed.. I proved to be the one warm and cozy as we biked today in Steveston. I have been wanting to do this now for a few years and with our new bike rack - this was the day to do so with the false pretences of a hot sunny day getting me going. Of course I had the GPS - I get to geocache and bike and do some birding all in the same day... Can life get any better? I ask myself.
The only thing that made it better.. I actually found some caches, and seen some birds and the riding was not all uphills. Life is so good.





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I went to a state park on Saturday to look for birds. I only saw a few chickadees and crows. I also got a few shots of deer.

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So I bought the bike rack but so far it remains inside my car. But that is ok because I did go for a hour walk with the Dalhouise and then this afternoon went biking riding with my wife for two hours. Man there is a lot of up hills compared to the down hills.
In the sun it was very warm - but the shaded areas sure were cooler.. Should I wear my jacket or not... One moment I was too hot then I was chilled to the core. For awhile I took off my outer heavy jacket and tried to pedal to keep warm but that wind.
Oh that wind howled in my ears... Litteraly howling so loud .. and cold on my chest and stomach.. So back on went my jacket - and it felt so warm and cozy.














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What happened to yesterday? I don't know.. I did go,for a Dalhouise walk, I went to my appointment to the eye doctor for my annual four year check.. Yes I was scolded for that he wants to see me every two years. I went now because I know I needed new reading glasses..no choice. Then the day was gone..
Today I have plans to go to Vancouver .. I was asked by my employer to go pick up at the kitchen supply place the new sink and tables he ordered. My kitchen is getting a face lift.. Hurray! Since I want to get some new pots and other trinkets, I will gladly go especially since he is paying for the gas and items..
I will also stop in at one of the supper stores to buy some food for the men's breakfast I was asked to cook for. I have said no on a couple of occasions ... But the man who was going to do it made other plans and backed out after the church organized this function ... So in desperation they asked me to help -- what can I do? I said yes.. And so now I must shop and prepare this meal. Tomorrow about thirty men will be coming - that is not so bad - but the churches kitchen sucks... That makes it difficult to cook..
I have decided to cook and serve .. Oatmeal - bacon - sausage - hashbrowns - Eggs probably scrambled and pancakes. My wife will make cinnamon buns for me to bring later today.

I need to get ready - gotta go to camp to pick up the camp van as my car is too small for the new tables and sink.. I will bring Dalhouise with me so he can run a it before I bring him back home and pick up Noni. Then into the big city we go..
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this morning went for a quick walk around the beach, then ...



Today the family - Noni and Dalhouise and I went shopping in Vancouver, eating at our now not favorite restaurant and then hiking with a mission to locate a geocache. Lighthouse Park - a beautiful place but our hearts were going thump thump,thump .. Up up up the trail went, then we took this other path that was not a main trail but the GPS said to go that way.. It was up and over bare rock where both Noni and Dalhouise slipped.. Then we had to go down this slippery steep path that almost didn't seem even like a trail.. Eventually we came upon a large trail .. We walked on giving up the idea of finding a cache as the distance now was indicating further away, and we were not going to turn back I that route we just came from. Just hiked on enjoying the sun and wilderness until we came to the shoreline of the coast.
I have been here before so I knew where we had to go to get back to the car ... Off we go.
Once we arrived at the paring lot I give Noni the keys and tell her to rest with Dalhouise as I wanted to go look for this cache one more time. I move at a fast pace back to the General location of cache where we had became disoriented ... I stop to catch my breath... And the GPS begins to settle down - I am about ten feet from it. I look high and low and zap there it is.









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Did you know you can now add pictures to your posts? There is a button to click that says "add an image" above when posting. Hope you post some the birds you have seen.

I just put out some seed, suet, ears of corn, and peanuts for the birds and squirrels. I thought the sparrows would be at the feeds within minutes. No birds yet, but I did get a squirrel or 2.

I am so excited that my best friend that I've known since high school has just gotten bitten by the birding bug! Not sure what made her get into birding all of sudden, except for having a new camera. She has been posting lots of pics on facebook. She is sending me pics to id them for her. I love teaching her about the birds and we plan on having a get together to go birding and to shop for bird supplies. She lives 2.5 hrs from me, but makes for a quick weekend trip to get out of the city for a few days.

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Yesterday I finally went to the George Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta BC. It was a fabulous day birding. The drive getting to it was not the most pleasant but all was forgotten in the joy of seeing so many birds, including three lifers.
I went hoping to see the Sandhill Crane, ( I did) but I also saw the Great Horned Owl and the Black crowned Heron.. Just amazing. My listed bird seen for the day ---- Trumpter Swans, American Coots, American Widgeons, Northern Pintails, Rock Doves, Euraisan Doves, Robins, Starlings, Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks, Spotted Towhees, Song Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Black capped Chickadees, Red wing Blackbirds, Great Blue Heron, Northern Shovelers, Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers , Common Mergansers, Buffleheads, Golden crown Kinglets, Anna Hummingbirds, Cooper Hawk, Bald Eagles, and Greater and Lesser Scaups.
I think that includes my list of the day - like I said it was a fabulous day.




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I contacted my friend who has been posting pictures of the Great Gray Owl. At first he was hesitant of telling me where.. Must have felt guilty because he called me late last night and gave good directions of where he has been seeing it. I wake up several times in the night with anticipation because of this new information. Up at six am - I am out the door just before seven and on the trail by 0710 hr hours. I walk with much hope building and failing as I begin to think I won't see it. I turn my head and there it is... I get two quick pictures before it flies away.. I am so pleased, so full of joy.... I seen it, that is all I needed and a picture as proof.
Later in the morning when walking with my wife we seen it again and Once again I was able to quickly snap a few more photos. I am a happy happy camper...



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If I wasn't on my way to work this morning, I would have stopped as I saw an eagle perched in a tree and then I am assuming it was the mate was flying a little further down the road. I really wish I had time to go birding and that it would be warmer and I also wish I had a great camera.


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Out the door to drive to the Estuary.. I have heard reports that a Great Grey Owl has been spotted in the area. People are being careful not to mention the exact spot.. So I went hiking at dusk last night two trails and then this morning I went out again and rehiked the two and another one. The last trail looked more promising with many ever green trees. No luck..
Nevertheless I enjoyed the hike.
It is a strange feeling last night walking in the woods in darkness. Oh the thoughts of bears, cougars, wolves and other things that go bump in the night..... That entered my mind..
Then I began thinking about the people who are about to through hike the PCT trail or the Appalachian trail. Months of wandering in the wilds - that would be scary..



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Spent several hours walking and sitting in Vancouver. Chinese New Year parade brought us to the big city and then we walked around afterwards looking and investigating different markets. Who needs to travel thousands of miles to get a taste of China when it is right in your backyard. On the other hand... This is only a taste of the real thing thousands of miles away - just wetting the appetite - a tease. Hmmmm I wonder if a future vacation to China should be in the making or not.



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Since I am new to kayaking, I am keeping to calmer water. I have only gone on 1 small river and a creek that is really nice for going through a city. You never would have through you were in the city. I am going to try this year going out to the bigger river, Maumee River, and Maumee Bay, which is part of Lake Erie. I live in Toledo, Ohio. I've been on the lake lots of times, but in bigger boats. Not sure how I will like it in a kayak. I belong to a kayaking group that has equipment that I can use and also have the experienced kayakers be around. Met some nice people through the group.

It is snowing once again, but not near as cold today as it has been the last week. I want to get out and do some birding, but the roads are bad for where I want to go.


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I walk past the calm Waters on the ocean and I wish I could go get my kayak and do a little paddling... But ever since I lost my wife's kayak and endangered my life and dog - I haven't the same love to get back on the water just yet.. I will eventually. But not just yet....

I should had gone for the car ride to Vancouver or Whistler! If saving money was the goal.
We went for our bike ride but that did not prevent a stop to do some shopping... Our tires were a little low so I stopped at them community center that has a little bike repair corner to pump up our deflated tires. The pump was broken - more air went out of the tire than what went in. Still enough to ride further to where we bought them last year... So off we ride tomthen bike shop.
As quick as you can say one two three I have purchased Noni a nice new pink basket, an odometer and a new U lock. Leaving the store 30 minutes later I was two hundred dollars less.
Ouch...
From there we can continued to ride around the village - over and around to the beach area and then eventually back home. From the reading of the new odometer IT said 13.5 km.
I estimate between three and four Km to the bike shop from our place. So this would be about 18 k in total. 10 miles.roughly.


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How I wish I could see long grass and take a bike ride and cannot wait to kayak! Right now we have below zero wind chill temps. Probably hit a record today of -16 or -18 for this date here in Ohio. Down right frigid this morning!! Figure another 2 months and it should be starting to get nice. The only thing I can say for the cold, is that it is bright and sunny, but its looks are very deceptive.

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I have been out for a walk this morning with a couple of friends, now I have to decide what to do this afternoon. It is sunny and warm. I see effects of wind blowing the tree branches and long grass growing in my flower pots - so I am debating whether or not I should go for a bike ride. Noni wants to get out of the house.. I could drive to Whistler or Vancouver but this will cost gas money and most likely money spent shopping as well. I want to save some money so I don't particuly want to do either of those last two options. Noni is pasting around the house so I know she is very bored.
So I thnk it will be a bike ride.. After all it is sunny and warm - the rains will be coming back too soon..



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It has been too cold here in Ohio to go out and birdwatch. Either that or we are having bad weather.

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The sun is shining and it is very warm out. I went for a morning walk with Dalhouse and a friend from church then I came home and suggested to my wife's that we drive to West Vancouver.
My friend told me about Ambleside Park that has a pond with lots of birds. Blue Herons, Swans, Ducks, Teals, Spottd Towhees, House Sparrows and Gulls. He was correct. I brought a container of bird seed and Noni was so happy to feed the hungry flock. Then we went walking and walking and walking along the Seawall.
We had made a quick stop at the mall where I bought a new pair of shoes, lunch and some groceries.
I thnk this will help in breaking the February Blues - cabin fever..



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I need to put some seed out for my birds. It is supposed to be bitterly cold this weekend. -25f windchills.

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Finally went to Wallmart and bought the Niger seed sock. Hung it and now I wait to see if any finches or Siskins come to feed.
And - last night we boiled some sugar and water.. This morning early I hung a hummingbird feeder. I think it is early... But last week I did have a lone hummingbird come and check out my sunflower feeder that is red. So if he came once he might still be around and I would be pleased to feed him.

While buying the sock ... I bought a couple of gifts for my wife .. Don't forget Valentine's Day




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It's Almost Bird Count Time!

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) begins this Friday, February 13! Count birds for just 15 minutes, or count all 96 hours until the end of Monday—just be sure to count!

The GBBC broke records in 2014—with more than 140,000 people from 135 countries counting more than 33 million birds. Help us achieve even bigger numbers this year!

Read the GBBC 2015 preview—including the latest on winter finch movements and international birding expectations—on our All About Birds blog. Then get ready to count later this week. Registration is free and easy. If you've counted in the GBBC since 2013 or if you participate in another Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you're already registered...just count and have fun!



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I went to Lowe's last night and found bird seed on sale, I think they were getting rid of it, and got 20 lbs for $2.74! I ended up buying 4 bags (80 lbs). Should last me a long time.

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Forgot all about it. Won't have time this year.

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Don't forget the Great Backyard bird count starts tomorrow.

You can find more information and how to here.

http://gbbc.birdcount.org

It's fun and easy to do!


"Slow but steady, won the race!!"

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Cute! I like the cuckoo clock!

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Funny bird!
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It is cold and snowy here in Ohio. I put some seed out for the birds and some corn for the squirrels.

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I did, DH helped me...I don't think my count this year was as big as last year, but then last year we walked along Elizabeth lake for about an hour. This year we didn't have time to do that.

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did anyone do the Great Backyard Bird Count? I just didn't have time to do it. Haven't had much time to do anything at all with the new job and it's crazy work schedule and school.

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Some people are just sick. Poor birds!!

A dog wags his tail with his heart.

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