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8/17/16 10:23 A

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I can smell hotdogs a cooking

surely there must be something here for me!

. Someone - anyone have a hotdog for a hungry dog?

thank my lucky stars, I am loved! I have a hotdog finally.



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Just stopping in to say hello



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7/22/16 10:46 P

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. This afternoon I took Noni to the lake for swim.

it was too cold for me to make the plunge today. Yesterday was perfect - hot, calm, and sunny - not today. Today was windy, overcast and a chill in the air.

On a positive note I found my sunglasses laying in the muck where I put the kayak in yesterday.





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7/21/16 9:55 A

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I went on a short hike, to Alice Lake Provincial Park earlier this month, I left Noni in the kitchen to serve our guess after I had prepared the meal. This me time was so needed.
I brought our little MSR camp stove to make tea and heat up some chili down by the river.
All in all I spent three hours just relaxing soaking up some sun and unwinding mentally.







The baby was left home too



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7/19/16 11:37 P

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The season keeps crawling forward.. I do have a good front of the house coordinator now but the dishwasher boys are driving us all crazy. There is hope of improvements- when is October?

I had two days off together with my wife and we left camp and went to our condo. Today is my mothers birthday so we celebrated it with her.
Yesterday we drove to Vancouver and watched Tarzan, I enjoyed it.
Here are a few pictures of our weekend..
mom is 80

family

Noni made this cake

BBQ











Well 165 hungry campers are arriving tomorrow for the next two weeks.. Back to the grind.



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6/27/16 7:32 A

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Morning

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6/22/16 10:22 A

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Spring contract is ending - phew I survived the most stressful season yet at camp for me -- Monday summer season begins - hopefully it is better... But first I must survive a BBQ Thursday for 175+ and another one on Friday for 350+ . There is a weekend off the last one Noni and I have together until --- whom knows when.....




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6/7/16 1:07 A

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I'm still alive, been dealing with so much stress at work this season,,





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5/23/16 11:37 P

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Celebrating Victory Day






















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5/21/16 11:31 A

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I'm off three days - three days ... Yes YES
So far I am up early - laundry started - coffee made - cooked eggs for Noni and me. I wrote two postcards and I'm going to place my food order in for Tuesday delivery.. ( ok that is work - but once I do it I don't have to think about it again - do I ?)

Then the decisions of what to do on this long weekend -- hoping to go on a bike ride in Vancouver area some where..
- not too warm or sunny where I am right now...



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5/17/16 2:57 P

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Sunday was my turn to work - Noni was off... I was to have the whole day off on Saturday but I couldn't leave Noni all alone so I worked in the morning to help her out then I went to the Vancouver area... Sunday after lunch was finished I was off, so Noni and I went to Stanley Park to ride together.. Surprisingly what one can do with your free time if you actually get moving...



















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Part two

















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5/15/16 12:07 A

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I have been out riding whenever I can get away from the kitchen












( part one)



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4/13/16 12:26 A

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Another good day



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4/12/16 3:15 P

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So that was the beef and often I get asked for Yorkshire puddings





Vegetables and potatoes


And cake -Birthday cakes with camp owner's family and my birthday cake that Noni made




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4/9/16 10:51 A

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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 12:31 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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4/4/16 9:12 A

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This was me doing some work on Sunday.
But first I had too begin cleaning the kitchen from the inactivity of the last six months


almost ready to go .. I now will get the toothbrush out and clean those hard to get places - I have a high standard when it comes to the safety and well being of the food and prepping areas - start off the season the best we possible can be because once the two hundred guess begin to arrive - the standard doesn't lessen - but the maintenance is harder to keep. We are a very primitive trailer kitchen yet we are cleaner than many restaurants I have worked in or have peaked in while visiting their establishments. Blame that on the fact I was a military chef and many years in hospital kitchens.





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3/31/16 10:12 A

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Dalhouise is on a Holiday



he wanted to go swim - I had to disappoint him this time

eating chicken and rice with his humans







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3/29/16 10:34 A

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YES - I went and bought yet again another Handheld GPS. I have uploaded several caches.
Today - I'll go walk Dalhouise around our regular route to tire him out.. Then we will load the bikes onto the bike rack on the car drive 75km or so and go geocaching.
I must keep Noni happy so I'll limit my geocaching today.. There is an area she wanted to go back too that we rode two years ago - I can birdwatch, and geocache.
I'm so happy.... However this is my last week of freedom - work begins next Sunday...
Bitter/ sweet



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3/27/16 7:49 A

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. Dark eyed Junco



I think a Western Flowering Dogwood

Skunk Cabbage

a Dalhouise



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3/23/16 5:22 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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Where has this poor team gone?
Have a great day!

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3/18/16 7:42 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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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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Hiking at Brohm Lake - Cheakamus loop Trail, High Trail, Connector Trail, Bridge Trail and the Alder Trail -- 5 hours of ascents and descents - up and down - is there any place level in BC? I am in pain, the pooch is limping, the wife is sore--- I think we took on too much...















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3/3/16 2:24 P

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do I have to go outside?





it wasn't so bad



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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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Saturday Noni and I took a walk around Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Ring Neck Duck - male

Sandhill Crane

Saw Whet Owl. --- ( my first one ever)

. Wood Duck

Lesser Scaup

Mute Swan

Trumpeter Swan

Great Blue Heron

male Bufflehead

Red wing Blackbird

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Going to church then costco so some walking around i need to do a DVD if no time for gym.
did 30 minutes yesterday and 30 minutes walking in walmart
i have a jar i put a dollar in for everytime i exercise and if i want to put one in today i need to exercise
besides scale is up so need to work at bringing down by tuesday also need to work on the journaling and tracking part.

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Today I had a hard time to get started, but once I did it was well worth it. My heart took a pounding as we hiked / climbed up and then down.















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Rime Ice or Hoar Frost
It was a little chilly this morning when I was out walking .





Last night full noon



We are still in the love month - I wonder how many babies we will have nine months from now?



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Not bad for a Monday eh! 12c and sunny
. Note I have an air horn and a whistle.

. I walk the log

can we cross here?











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Good morning! It's Monday and just saying hi!

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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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I want to go outside Dad













So just under two hours later we come home.



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I was sitting here remembering my lament about not having a bike because someone stoled it - that was two years ago now. I have replaced it and I do enjoy getting out exploring. I really need to do more riding - that is the goal for this year.
Anyways here are is a summary of my ride earlier this week

I peddle up this steep - real steep hill and at the top is the hospital - how convient I thought to my self as my heart pounded in my chest.



















One of my highlights was seeing this

I can't wait till the rains stop so I can go out once more..45 days or so before I'm back at camp in the kitchen unable to go for walks and ride so easy



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Today I went walking through memory lane as I took Mom's photo albums to her. I had them in my storage so I looked at them before I brought them over to her. I took sever pictures of the pictures and now I am sharing some with you. These are me



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Good morning it is another beautiful day! Hope ur's is too!

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Good afternoon! It's 60 out today. Been getting up in the 70's.Lot of sunshine! Dogs love going for walks. Been walking everyday! emoticon

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Well I was out walking today - walked Dalhouise when I walk Noni to work.. And I seen this dandelion. I had to take a picture of it to share with my friends on FB and Sparks...
I know I have a sick sense of humour..

I also seen and took pictures of









. This is a house at my corner. I wish I had the means to purchase it... I just love it




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. Let's hook up Dalhouise



So on Monday we celebrated Family Day Holiday by heading north 45 minutes to go see a water falls we heard about. On route we stopped to let Dalhouse out to get some exercise and we ended up snowshoeing. We heard dogs barking just up the road so we went exploring.
( left Dalhouse in the car at this spot - worried he would be dog food for these other working pups..



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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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So after church and lunch we went out the door for an afternoon walk. Another new area for us. There is always an under currant of fear.. Getting lost, meeting a bear or a cougar - these thoughts must be put down or else we would never get out side.. If we give in to these fears where would it stop ? -- fear of driving along the highway ( car accidents) fear of terrorist, fear of gang doings and thuds, all the possibilities are ceaseless.. We now live in perilous times if we listen to the news on the TV.. But then again staying home is not safe either with so many earthquakes and fires happening... Fear is no way to live.. For me I will trust in the Lord Jesus and accept all that comes my way and get outthere and Live.



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Well supper turned out well, --- too bad I couldn't get my self in the picture.. My first time cooking lamb on the BBQ - excellent.. However I put some back into the oven to over cook it because I know Noni doesn't like rare and I was not sure about our guest.
No picture of the cake.. Forgot we were having such a great time talking and then devouring it that it slipped the mind .. it was a simple graham cracker crust cake with pudding and cream cheese filling.




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We have company coming for supper. So I'm cooking a lamb shoulder on the BBQ slowly. Also I am cooking carrots, squash, potatoes, garlic on the BBQ as well.
I am helping Noni clean our condo, so dusty and picking up stuff and hiding in another room - you know what I mean right...
I also went for a morning walk with the Dalhouise...









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Good afternoon! Don't want to do anything. But I did go for a walk. Beautiful day out.

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Sorry I really don't know.

Good Morning. The sun is coming out again and expected to do that through next week! Makes it a lot easier to get out and walk.

Have a great day.

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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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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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Good Morning Morning! No sunshine yet; still dark out; No snow today! I joined a 30-day walk this way challenge.
I use to try to get lost but I never could, I always ended up where I started.

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Today the sun was shining so Dalhouise and I hit the trails hoping to practice my map skills.
Well I almost got lost, on the way back I over shot the turn and walked 15 minutes into a dead end. I was sure I recognized different landmarks as I walked on.. Ok I was lost.. Keeping a clear head I backed tracked and took the first turn that once more led me in the right direction, hoping this was not another dead end. Pew,,,, I began to recognize more landmarks, and ... Finally I'm back at the bridge and then over the knoll my car.



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Wow! U sound like me. I went to Hawaii in Dec and before leaving I got my hair and nails done. It makes you feel special!. Plus it was the first and last real vacation I'll ever take. But I gained 13lbs. on the trip.

HAPPY FEBURARY emoticon It snowed here in Kingman, AZ and looks like it might do more. Didn't go for walk. But, I did move furniture so I'm counting that as my walking.

Have a wonderful day!



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Wow the day to fly is approaching so fast. I leave on thursday. so I am going to work on journaling food February 1. and my water intake. and continue thru February.

I am excited and hope i can continue the enthusiasm and continue what i learn at retreat.
lots to do when i get back. I also plan to join the gym too.

tomorrow will get hair done and maybe nails. then make sure suitcase is packed and ready.

I will work on getting a exercise esp. walking when i return.

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Good Morning! It's Saturday.
Yesterday was a wonderful day. I sat outside with the dogs for a little while with NO sweater on! It was awesome. It's still dark out right now and sounds breezy. Hope not too much. I plan to do even a shorter walk today. Been a little sore from the last 2 days.

In Memory of Baby. Been a year now. She loved to go for walks!


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Good morning.

mkmmarty; your dog is so cute. On the spoon he thinks he's getting a special treat..

My grandmother use to cook up rice & hamburger when we run out of dog food. They loved it!
The sun is shinning again. Already took my dogs for a walk and now they are sleeping.
Have a great Friday!

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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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Good Morning. It's Thursday. I've been back 12 days now. Tracking everything I eat. I hope everyone has a great Thursday.

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Good morning! It's Monday and haven't decided what I am doing today.
Let me introduce u to my family.
Keoni (newest member)
Mitika (old & lazy but Keoni gets her playing)
Scotty (Mitika & him are brother & sister; half)
Wishing u a Happy Monday!


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Ronda - welcome back and I like your pictures. Of course you can chat. The chattery the better. I chat little lately - I almost always go out the door with my camera, and I love to share my pictures with anyone who would look at them.
I been out two or three days taking pictures- oh boy do I have pictures to share...



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Last Winter


This winter

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Good Morning. The title says daily chat; That means I can write too! Right? I love ur pictures. I live in Arizona. Usually snows here around Christmas and New Years. So far none this year. Several years back it didn't snow until May. That was so weird.

I"ve been a member since 2010 on & off. Been gone a long time. So I'm starting over. I need to lose at least 100 lbs. This time I am starting very slow.

Have a great day!

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I think our winter is over... Two weeks of snow is enough.. Don't get me wrong, it is only January still - but now we will have warmer weather and lots of rain to come.
This morning Noni and I went for a walk with Dalhouise to Shannon Falls, about 10km south of our condo.











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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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Today woke with a sore back, sat around for awhile, but finally I ask Noni if she wanted to go out.. Out the door we went. I parked the car at a different entrance to walk around Nexen Beach and some of the Estuary - took longer than I planned but it was a good time out.















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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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River Otter

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Went out for my mandatory walk and Dalhouise met a friend kind of until he decided to pull this stunt...










What away to end a perfect relation that could had been...

Oh Dahlouise




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Dalhouise takes his human out for a walk in his backyard



















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It wasn' t a fast pace hike, however we tramped through the snow up hills, down hills, in the sun enjoying being alive and healthy



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This is what I would consider a very good Sunday afternoon outing.

















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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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Happy Day to all! I actually managed to sleep in this morning after driving back from church last night in Orlando. We opened presents earlier and that was very nice. The biggest was a WII for the household so we have been playing WII bowling and Mario Party for a couple hours. For breakfast, I had a banana, coffee cake and milk. From here on out, choices are healthy. Later on, I'll do some yoga and then take Rexalicious, Dog of Love, out for a walk.

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!
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Christ the Saviour is born



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So we braved the shopping terrors and drove to Vancouver to enter the mall. Traffic was out of this world. Crowds of human bodies filled every available space in every store / shop we entered- but we survived.
I had to buy Noni a gift.. I see this hot pot cooker... I grab it. Noni is with me and does t say a word... Once we get home I tell her this is going to be her Christmas gift.. .. Hey at least it is not a vaccume !
No it doesn't count... I'm informed... It is for both of us.
( next day I take Dalhouise out for a walk - stop in a store again and buy her a few personal things like chocolates and headphones.. That is personnel...)
Anyways we can't wait till Christmas - we open and use our HotPot ....
It was delicious ..









. It sure did taste good and I think very healthy and low in calories

Dalhouise didn't care.. He is just happy we are all home together




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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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Oh what to do.. I was offered a full time job today..
I think I wil accept and try it out for a couple of months .. Then the big issue is should I leave my full time seasonal job..
It has been a very stressful week ...



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Man it is raining cats and dogs out there yet Dalhouise and I went for a 45 minute walk.















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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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he must be getting tired..he is actually sitting





Did a natural workout this day.. Hike 2 km up hobbled 2km down and about 1.5 km around the lake.
The original plan was just to hike around the lake, but once I started on the trail I figured I would take Noni up the "hill" where I was a couple of years ago geocaching. At the top of the hill are towers that you can see for miles around - so I thought i would take Noni there so that whenever she seen these she can say I was up there.
Dalhouise was just happy to be outside on this brisk -2c degree sunny day.













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