A strange find

Whenever I am able to go to the beach, I keep an eye out for interesting things. Especially for things for my daughter’s collection. We sometimes joke about her habit of picking up random things she finds on the ground! 😀

The last time I was at the beach, I made an unusual find that I thought was funny enough to take a picture to send to her.

I wasn’t actually going to pick it up, though…

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I love it!

Yesterday evening, my older daughter told me I needed to go check out my rocks.

After some initial confusion, having already completely forgotten that I’d spray painted some rocks in the yard bright orange, I went and took a look.

Then squealed with glee.

Somewhere in between cleaning the eaves and working on various other things, she took the time to grab some stencils and a can of spray paint from her supplies, and made my day!

😀

The Re-Farmer

An afternoon at the beach

My daughter had a short shift today, so I just stayed in town until she was done. At times like this, weather willing, I like to check out the beach (and play some Pokemon Go… 😉 ).

On a beautiful day like today, lots of people were at the marina, getting their boats out for the summer, while others were already out on the water.

If you click on the first picture, you should be able to see the row of sails at the horizon. 😀

Near the main dock, you could really see where the tide was working away at the beach stones. I like looking in this area for interesting things.

Like this.

This one is much bigger than the last one I found.

When I showed a picture of that one to my older daughter, the first thing she asked was, “did you keep it?”

I hadn’t, and she was quite disappointed, so this time I brought it home.

She was thrilled! 😀

Further down the beach, I found a pile of rocks someone had made. One of them reminded me of a nose.

So I did this with them.

I hope it brings a smile to someone’s day. 😀

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I had quite a laugh while doing my rounds this morning!

Butterscotch, I’m happy to say, is doing much better. She eagerly joined me after I put out all the critter food and water, and went to continue my rounds. She even wanted to be picked up and carried, right away, and was busily trying to rub her face all over me.

Which I still don’t want her doing. Her eye and nose may not be leaking much anymore, but they are still a bit on the damp side. 😉

There is one spot on my path along the spruce grove that the cats tend to catch up with me, and today, Beep Beep was eager for some attention, too. So for a while, I hat two cats on my shoulders and in my arms, trying to rub on me. No surprise that they knocked off my hat. I couldn’t pick it up until after I changed the memory card on the trail came, then got them off my shoulders.

After putting it back on, I found this.

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Too Cute

When I was deboning the turkey and cleaning up from our family dinner the other day, I made sure to label the various containers as I put them away.  Post-it Notes are quite handy for that! One was a bowl of leftovers to go to the outside cats, the next day.  Feeling silly, I also drew a quick picture of a cat on it.

The next morning, it had kittens.

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So many kits!

It seems my husband has made pretty decent progress in socializing the kittens!

He spent some time in the sun room, with the outer doors open, this morning, and got all sorts of visits.  Doom Guy is quite happy with attention now, and even Corvo isn’t immediately running away.

Before I started working on cleaning up the old dog house for the cats, I made a point of sitting in the sun room for a while, so they could get used to me, as well.

Someone else was very interested.

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DahBoy likes to sit at the bathroom window to watch whoever is in the sun room.  Including the outside cats!

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I went in and out to top up the bird seed, and found Doom Guy lolling on the ground in front of the sun room.  He even played with my fingers.

I put a bit of cat food on the floor to tempt the kitties, then sat on my late father’s favorite chair to see who would show up.

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The answer is. all but one of them!  Only one of the calico torties came over.

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Corvo is now willing to at least come close to me while going by, even if he won’t let me touch him.  He was having fun chasing the flies on the window.

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Doom Guy even joined me on the chair.   Such a cutie!

Even the moms came out while I was working on the dog house.

When I finished with the dog house, I went back inside through the sun room, and found this.

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Doom Guy has claimed my butt spot!  He was snoozing when I came in and startled him, but he didn’t leave his spot. 😀

This one, at least, has gone from “semi-feral” to “semi-domesticated.” 😀

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Low Water and meeting people

Yesterday evening, my younger daughter and I were able to take her friend into town for dinner.  When we were told it would be about 20-30 minutes before a table would be open (buffet night is popular, it turns out… 😀 ), we put our name on the list, then headed for the beach, which was basically across the street from the restaurant.

We had been getting thunderstorm warnings for a few hours by then.  While there were no signs of a storm, yet, the winds were incredibly high.  High enough that one of the small trees on the boulevard near where we parked came down while we were in the area!

This late in the day, the tide was very low, and people were taking advantage of it.

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I’m not sure if you can tell, but the kids on the left are lying in the shallow water, waiting for the waves to crash over them. 😀

It didn’t show well in any of the photos I took, but the high winds would, at times, pick up and blow away sand hard enough that walking into the wind meant our faces getting sandblasted as we returned to the restaurant.

The dinner was excellent, and we got a couple of pizzas to take home for my husband and older daughter, too.  I never imagined a chicken and broccoli pizza with Alfredo sauce would be that incredibly delicious!

Since we were in town, we took advantage of being there to play some Pokemon Go.  We ended up joining a group for a legendary raid, at a park near a cove.  While waiting for the rest of the group to show up, I got these photos.

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I usually come by here in the mornings, and this area is, if not completely under water, very close to it.  It looks absolutely dry in the photo, though that would be very misleading.

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Such a pretty little cove.

This evening was an example of one of the reasons I enjoy playing Pokemon Go.  For those who don’t know the game, it uses GPS and real-world maps to get you to different areas to catch Pokemon.  There are “stops” in the game that are at real-world locations (churches, public art, historical buildings, etc.) that can be spun to get things needed in the game.  Some of these stops are also gyms, where you can train your Pokemon by battling the Pokemon from people on other teams that control the gym, and take control of the gym for your own team.  A fairly new feature added to the game has giant, different coloured eggs suddenly appear at gyms, with a countdown to when they will hatch.   Most of the time, it’s a larger version of regular Pokemon, of varying strengths.  Some, a player can battle by themselves.  Others can be defeated within the time frame only when players battle in groups.  The colour of the egg gives players an idea of how powerful the hatchling will be, and how many people will be needed to “raid” the gym and defeat the Pokemon.  This is a way people from normally opposing teams can work together for mutual benefit in the game.

Then there are the Legendary Pokemon.  These hatch out of a particular type of egg, and typically require quite a large group battling together to defeat.  That is what we ended up joining last night, and there ended up 9 players battling together.  I’m part of a chat group that people use to organize this, and it’s rare that we are in town and able to take part, so we took advantage of it.

We got to the location early and just hung out at the park and statue in the area, until others started to arrive.

The first group arrives and I watch as they come out of the vehicle, realizing that I know one of them.  A woman from my home town that I’ve known for pretty much all my life, in fact, and haven’t seen in more than a decade!  It turned out she has been playing the game for less than a week, and she was there with family members who where showing her how to play.

Then, just before we started, a little family group arrives, including a young child.  I recognize the mom and daughter.  They are the daughter and granddaughter of a friend of mine from high school!  It was the dad and daughter that were playing the game. 😀

I also got to attach faces to user names that I have as “friends” in the game.

Since I’ve started playing the game, I’ve found Pokemon Go players to be the friendliest of people, and now the game is bringing me on contact with people I wouldn’t be crossing paths with, otherwise.

It’s really quite awesome!

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I have the best friends!

I had a surprise in the mail today!

A care package from my dear friend, from the city we lived in before our move.  There is a particular grocery store that doesn’t exist here, and I’ve yet to find some of the things they carry, so she sent some of it to me!  All sorts of treats in here!!!

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White truffle honey?  Wow!

And the adorable, itty bitty Nutella.

Also, how did I miss that those bouillon cubes we were running out of were a completely different brand than what I thought they were?  No wonder I couldn’t find them online when I looked.  Funny how, if you use the right brand name, things become much easier to find online… *facepalm*

Oh, and those candies?  Milky Cream Fudge.  They are a Polish candy.  They have this awesome texture and creamy flavour unlike any other kind of fudge.  If you have a chance to try them, I highly recommend them!

So many wonderful things!

I have the best friends. 

The Re-Farmer