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Of Hummingbirds and Mushrooms and other tales

We’ve been progressing in our idleness. The hummingbird feeder that Thea got for Christmas is now out. It didn’t take very long for hummingbirds to find it. There are at least two that we’ve identified. The smaller one with a green mottled throat is more aggressive and will chase the white-throated one off. Or try to. Some nights there’s a standoff. Originally the feeder pole had a suet bell on it. But that was a bust. The few birds that…
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Cash Cache My Hoard

Thea has often mentioned that there are many ways in which her father and I are alike. It’s scary sometimes. I’ve had a hoard of cash since my early teens. It’s nothing fancy. There’s nothing that would be termed collectible in it. There’s just always been something about the odd coin that I found appealing. Most of this collection I can’t honestly tell you where I found/acquired it. Some of it came from a couple of friends who found out…
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Inherited Money My Father-In-Law's cache

Thea has been going through her mother’s house getting it ready to be estate-sale’d. One of the realizations that we’ve touched upon is that her parents didn’t really have very many keepsakes. What bric-a-brac there is there’s no history behind it. Sure there’s china and silverware but it’s not “Aunt Edna’s China” and “Uncle Andrew’s silverware”. Without any connection, as a collection, it’s just junk. So Leroy had a lot of South Vietnamese money. “Was he in Vietnam War?” “I…
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Pre-Prom Party Pix Lia and Friends

I agreed to take photos of Lia and her friends before they went to the prom knowing that I could royally screw up. As usual for prom night, everything was running behind schedule. I was actually fifteen minutes late and I was one of the first ones there. Or thought I was. I didn’t recognize the people who I was going to be shooting a) because I’d never seen them dressed so well and b) because they were made-up and…
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Silver Star Mountain Resort, B.C. Annual Ski Trip 2017

Last year, we visited Canada for the first time by going to Big White. While there, we experienced a very dense fog on our last day that prevented us from skiing. I learned that day that the resort’s nickname is Big White-Out. This year, we flew back into Kelowna but instead of going south through Kelowna and going 45 minutes east, we went north 45 minutes to Silver Star Ski Resort. After last year’s near collapse of our plans, I…
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Kimbell Art Museum Weekend Get-Away

Thea and her former co-worker, Geoff, had been planning a get-together in Dallas just to chat and catch-up. Fortunately for me, the spouses were invited as well. It was also a good excuse to get new tires for the Civic. (The old ones were nearly slicks.)  So we hopped in the car Friday afternoon and drove down. Google Navigate had us taking exits and following the frontage roads at least three times. I had originally assumed that it would be…
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Casa Loma Part 6 of our Toronto Vacation

Thea was not really excited about Casa Loma.  She said that she would rather spend her last day at Saks Fifth Avenue and rest at the hotel afterwards.  I think that the prospect of climbing the Baldwin Steps was just too much for her.  She charged me to take pictures for her.   At first blush, I kinda thought that this would be a waste of a trip. It doesn’t seem especially big from the outside. But it is. And it’s…
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Art Gallery of Ontario Part 5 of our Toronto Vacation

This was our fifth day in Toronto and I still had some bucket list items that I needed to take care of. Fortunately, they were within walking distance of our hotel, each other, and our next destination. From our hotel, it was only a two block walk to the Old City Hall, New City Hall and a fifteen minute walk to the Art Gallery of Ontario.   After the whirlwind of our previous day, the late-start and slow-pace of a fine art museum was…
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