Might I Suggest?

If you ever find the need/desire/whatever? to shuffle off to Buffalo, you must try a La Nova Pizza.

Last night, as we made our way back home, we decided since we were famished  we had not eaten since lunchtime, we would make a special little trip to Williamsville.  Williamsville is north of Buffalo, and if you just stay on Route 5, you will pass through it!

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See what it says in the upper left corner of this box? How many pizzerias can make that claim?  Since we were so hungry, we ordered a large pizza…..half double cheese and half cheese and pepperoni.  If you don’t mind strands of gooey, stringy mozzarella cheese coursing through your veins,  order the double cheese! I never SAW so much cheese on a pizza! And, it was fabulous,delicious, spectacular, mind-boggling!!!! Too bad we gobbled everything down right away….I could have shown you just how delicious it looked!

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All that remains is two plates, a pile of napkins, and memories……

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I really do have one more entry for my blog, but since I have posted FIVE entries just today, I think I will reserve that one last one for tomorrow. I do know that after all the beautiful butterflies and talk of scrumptious food,  you might need to rest now….

(just think if I ever went on a REAL vacation for many days!!! to a REALLY foreign country!!!!!)

Okay, Dear Readers….

I realize that I have already made three (?) entries in my blog thus far, but it is the weekend and I think you should be relaxing at your computer and just enjoying some of the hundreds of photos I took yesterday!

The following are photos I took at the butterfly conservatory yesterday with the Panasonic camera I recently purchased. Some of them were good enough that I just wanted to share them.

The first photo is a butterfly that has emerged from its chrysalis.  As I was taking this photo, a woman called her friend over/ to see the gorgeous butterfly that was just born….Please excuse any glare….this photo was taken through glass. The butterflies emerge and then must find their way through holes drilled in the glass (probably plexiglass) to escape into the green world of the conservatory. Note to self: why did I not photograph the “escape holes”?

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Oh glory….what is the plural of chrysalis? I certainly don’t think I know! Well, this is where the multiple chrysalises (?) hang from a board……As you can observe, many of the butterflies have emerged and are sitting on their empty chrysalis…..

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Mmmmm…this crew is enjoying orange slices and brown bananas! The bananas do seem to be the favorite du jour!

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The Butterfly Conservatory

In my not-so-humble opinion, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, has the most gorgeous gardens to be found in this hemisphere! I cannot imagine many public gardens that can rival the beauty found on the grounds of Ontario parks….they are meticulous and wonderful!

Ever since I was a little child, I remember loving paying visits to the horticultural gardens located near the falls. When Canada added the butterfly conservatory, that was just the icing on the cake!

We arrived here at about 4 pm,  and since the conservatory closes at 6 pm, I wanted to hurry inside to get some butterfly pictures!  I stressed as I hurried along the walkway, hoping that the family wouldn’t grow anxious as I spent time inside. Mark, the kids, and the Scotties all waited in the truck as I went in.  Hey, this was my Mother’s Day present, and since no one else was especially interested, they opted to watch a movie on the laptop while I wandered inside with the flutterbies!!!! (since it was kind of expensive, I didn’t mind going solo….no one to bother me while I had the camera…er, okay, I admit it….I had both cameras…..in my grubby little hands!

Okay, no further words, except to say that the basket of pansies and the horse were seen on my way to the conservatory!

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Leaving the Country

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I stand amazed at how people really seem to dislike “religion”, and yet the Bible is quoted so frequently….We crossed the US/Canadian border via the Rainbow Bridge.  In the above photo,  there is a portion of Scripture written (in concrete!) regarding God’s promise to never again flood the earth.  I guess it was chosen for its referene to the “bow”.  Hey, they could have etched Somewhere Over the Rainbow in that concrete, eh? Nope…it was from the Bible, instead!

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I should get some points for knowing that the language above was Latin! And, being (once again) so clever, I Googled the words and came up with the this .  Once again,interesting that the motto of Canada came from (imagine that!) the Scriptures.

When Mother’s  Day came (and went) almost three weeks ago, Mark was not able to get out and do what he wanted, due to the sore he had.  He and Ben talked together, and decided that since I wanted  to go to Canada, they would take me for a late Mother’s Day.  So, yesterday was “my” day.

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Canadian and US flags….

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Yup, here we are, in a foreign country!

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Complete with the famous Mounties!!! But, all of this tourist “stuff” is NOT what I came for. No, sireeeee……

Shuffling off to Buffalo

Yesterday, we ventured far away from the Bristolwood.  One might say that this was an adventure which  originally began several weeks ago, however!

Several years ago, Mark was working in Henrietta, a suburb of Rochester. Believe it or not, he drove nearly 50 miles to work each day.  He would sometimes shop in the area during his lunch and one day, he came home with a La-Z Boy chair that he came to love. It was a small recliner….nothing fancy, but it soon became his favorite chair.  That chair was inexpensive, and after a few years, the seat began to show its wear…..it first became threadbare, then a rather large hole appeared that really annoyed me!

When Mark’s dad passed away three years ago, we inherited his furniture. One piece was a brand new Pride lift chair that had never even been used.  As I looked at the new chair, I told Mark the threadbare chair had to go! He very reluctantly agreed to let the chair go, but it was no easy decision for him!

After three years, we have come to the conclusion that the vinyl covering on the Pride chair is not good at all!  Mark gets uncomfortable sitting on the chair, oftentimes overheating!

So, after much discussion, we decided to pick up another “disposable” La-Z Boy recliner.  Even though we could get a better chair, Mark insisted that he loves *that* particular chair! I really was displeased with the “strange red” color of the first chair, so I happily agreed to the navy blue cover on the one he located in Buffalo.

Bottom line is, he paid for the chair over the phone, and we were off to downtown Buffalo to pick up the new recliner.  We didn’t leave the house until noon, so it was a rather late start to the day.

We were told we could pick up the new chair downtown at the warehouse, so Mark set the GPS with the address and we were amazed to have found our way through back streets we had not traveled before!

As we passed along buildings in the heart of the city, I wished longed for a chance to photograph  Buffalo. I would love to do one of the Photo A Day blogs for Buffalo, as there is so much to see and do there! Not only are there terrific chances to shoot architecture, but Buffalo sits in Lake Erie.

Here is a teeny-tiny taste of some of the buildings we passed……

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This  “herringbone” building really made my heart throb! I just love the color, texture, construction!!!

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I am not sure what building it is, nor what it is for, but it does have a restaurant located there. I saw it as I zoomed in for a closer look at the detail on the building.

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As you might notice, I am attracted to fancy and multi-colored work on buildings. It seems so unusual and attractive!

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I know that graffiti can be an art form, and this just blew my socks off!

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If I could have gotten out of the truck and walked about some, I am sure I would have filled my SD card with Buffalo photos. (and I have a 4 gig card!) It just seemed like every turn we took only introduced us to another cool building!

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We neared the harbor area and off in the distance, my (keen!!!) eyes spotted WIND GENERATORS!!!! Several of them, looking as though they were located right at the lake’s edge.

At this point, Mark quietly reminded me to calm down. After all….we were leaving the US of A for yet another adventure!!!

Buttercup, Buttercup!

Oh, I know…buttercups are none too out of the ordinary, nor are they extremely wonderful….but I really do love the first photo I took. I took it from the backside of the flower and was rather impressed by its appearance!

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Tis late….nearly midnight….and we have just arrived home from out of the country! Intriguing, isn’t it?

Tomorrow I shall have many photos of our day trip. Until then, I have some catching up on other blogs and some photo editing!!!

Goodness Gracious! Gaggles of Geese!

Today was one of those super beautiful days when my trigger finger was itching, but there were numerous indoor tasks calling out my name.  Michelle’s friend asked her to attend her youth group this evening, and Michelle was excited about it, so Mark told her she could go.

I packed the Nikon camera bag and tucked the Panasonic into my purse. (Okay, so who am I kidding? The little camera LIVES in my purse.)

After dropping Michelle at the church, we were off. First, we went to a burger joint for cheeseburgers…after all, we had coupons! We drove on down the road to a supermarket to eat our burgers and then Ben helped me with returning our soda bottles and cans.

Once again, we were off….this time to Wal Mart, as the camo cargo shorts I picked up for Ben the other day weren’t quite “right”.  He wanted the more durable fabric, after all!  As all these activities were taking place, I saw the sun getting lower and lower in the western sky. And, there seemed to be a direct correlation between that setting sun and my agony from not being able to take pictures today. (carry-over from yesterday, don’t you know?)

The last item on the seemingly never-ending list of tasks included looking under the hood of the truck to see if the fuse for the cigarette lighter was blown. No one smokes in the truck, but with cell phones, laptops, an inverter, as well as GPS and assorted “sundries”, we need that receptacle working!

After discovering that a bonehead  technician had wrongfully placed a size 30 fuse in the fuse box where a 15 was supposed to go, Mark wanted to add a stop at the auto supply store. Ben confidently assured us he could pick up the correct fuses, so I wandered around the building to the back where I had spotted some “goose activity” when we initially pulled into the lot.

As a previous owner of geese, I understand that these birds deserve respect. After all, they can inflict a great deal of damage to anyone or thing that wishes to engage them. As the adult watched me, I could only compare that goose with Clint Eastwood, murmuring the words, “Go ahead and make my day!”

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I never saw little ones eating so heartily!

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Family of three….

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One adult gave marching orders and the goslings began forward movement, save one chubby little gosling who continued plucking bright green strands of tender grass with total abandon. As though suddenly awakened from a deep sleep, the little gosling came to life and began racing after the others. Now, mind you, when I said “racing”, imagine a little bird running with all its might, while flapping its stubby little wings about in the air!

Thus, the “blur” below. No amount of image stablization would warrant a clear shot of this little cherubic wonder! Of course, my hysterical laughter made it nearly impossible to even keep the camera held in my hands!

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Family of five with three large goslings….the parents were much more relaxed!

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Family of eleven!

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And my favorite photo of the day…..

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Nightime Illumination

My previous entry really made me stop and think last night. One picture…I “only” took one picture yesterday. That made me feel so sad! How could I only take one picture in an entire day?

As I thought about it, that little lightbulb that sits atop each of our heads went off above mine! I removed the Nikon from its bag and made sure the flash setting was set to the “off” position. Then I crept down the stairs and out to the strip of garden in front of the house…..

My mother-in-law bought me this adorable little stained-glass “look” solar light for Christmas. It came with a little shepherd’s hook to hang it on, and it has a set of windchimes on the bottom side of it. I made sure the light sat out in the full sun to charge it, but when I turned it on, it just never came on at night. So, clever girl that I am, I took it to Mark who took it apart and removed the little plastic strip in the battery compartment! Oops!

So, here it is, aglow, last night!

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Great Scot(tie~)

When I walked to the door this afternoon, Murphy followed right behind me as he often does.  I tried to explain I was only going to be cleaning the camper up on the inside a bit….not a very fun thing to do! Still, he insisted he wanted to accompany me.

We walked down to the camper and went inside. Since the sun was shining, I left the door open and began working. Murphy jumped up on the couch and watched for awhile. Then, I saw his nose go up in the air, as though “smelling” something. He hopped down from the couch and sat in front of the screen door.  I smiled as I saw him tilt his head back and forth.  Thinking there might be a photo op in the situation, I got down next to him to see a little chipmunk scrambling about on a log on the ground.

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Sad to say, I couldn’t catch that little chipper….he was far too fast for me. And so, this is the one and only photo I took today!  Hard to imagine, say I…..