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    Nuts

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    October 26, 2021. What are these? We found these nuts in the forest where we walked Sunday, near Cornwall and the St. Lawrence River. We still don’t know what they are. Super-tired today. I did some work on the course, including an engaging noon-hour discussion (this course builds from basics…
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    Frost

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    October 23, 2021. This was the first frost of the year, as viewed on my front lawn early morning. I’m still not up to cycling, but we did drive into the city for more bird supplies, including a stand more more bird feeders, a tube feeder, and some seed and…
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    Charlemagne

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    October 22, 2021. This is Charlemagne on the top shelf where I sit in the kitchen. You can tell I’ve been really busy when I fall behind uploading photos and when those photos are mostly cat photos. Today was a better day, though, as I put some of my most…
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    Costco Flower

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    October 20, 2021. I had two long meetings scheduled for the afternoon following my online course presentation so we went to Costco first thing in the morning, where I took this photo of a late fall flower missing a petal. Loved the light, loved the pale pink colour. https://flic.kr/p/2mDAFpe
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    Diced Tomatos

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    October 21. These are tomatos that I diced for supper. I have these in a soup with a serving of tuna, some vegetables, sliced mushrooms, and hot spices. Trying to keep it healthy. Though since I haven’t really moved for the last 10 bays because of my back, I’m still…
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    The Day of Three Presentations

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    October 19, 2021. I started the day with an early morning meeting, then had an hour, then game three presentations back-to-back-to-back, including the one where I am pictured here speaking to the Open Learning 20201 conference about eliminating the need for online course registrations. Then I finished the day with…
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    Grey Monday Geese

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    October 18, 2021. The weather has turned and the geese are flying south in greater numbers. This is a view outside my front door – that was about it for my outside time today as I’ve been setting up the tasks for the course and preparing presentations. https://flic.kr/p/2mDEEwU
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    Winter Flowers

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    October 17, 2021. These flowers in the front yard barely resemble flowers any more as fall weather sets in. I have been *incredibly* busy this week with my online course – most of my work is self-inflicted as I can’t resit trying to add new features to the platform. But…
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    Grey Sky and Condo

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    October 16, 2021. Vis is a view from our seats at the RedBlack game out the west end zone. You can see the condo (which, if I ever have to live in a condo, is where I want to live), the threatening skies, and most importantly, the roof over the…
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    Geese

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    October 14, 2021. Geese in the sky, flying south for the winter. Today was a two-video day for the course, plus a bunch of other odds and ends. Working on this course is taking up a lot of my time – it’s all worth while though. I truly think I’m…
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    Cat ina 4D Box

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    October 15, 2021. This is Charlemagne enjoying his time in a cardboard box. If you look closely you can see the little holes in the cardboard the cats have created while kneading. Two course videos today, including a live session, along with one about course creation, and some nice updates…
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    The 6428

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    October 13, 2021. Waiting at the tracks in Casselman, in the rain, at the end of my bike ride, for the train to go by. Very productive day today – I wrote a blog post, solved a number of technical problems, made a course video, and more. The only downside…
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    Mini Wheats

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    October 12, 2021. This is a look into a box of Mini Wheats. I have a baggie full of these once a day, near the end of the day, mostly for the fibre. Today I was focused almost completely on my first major session of the course – I had…
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    Castor River

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    October 11, 2021. I just stopped to take a photo of the Castor River along rte 650 when this family in a canoe came by. It was perfect timing on a perfect day when I went for an easy 47 km ride to Embrun to visit family for a bit…
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    La Forêt Blanche Ecological Reserve

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    October 10, 2021. This week’s hike took us back to the Forêt Blanche Ecological Reserve, where we were two weeks ago, along a different trail. This sport doesn’t have a name but is right at the junction of the trails to Lac Howard and Lac Robert respectively. Somewhere in there…
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    Geese

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    October 9, 2021. On a leisurely 60 km ride to Maxville today I discovered the secret landing sport for geese! They’re not on the river this year, they’re all here! This is just after I startled then and just before the entire lake of them took off, creating an angry…
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    Spider

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    October 8, 2021. This is a very healthy spider sheltered just outside the downstairs bathroom window. I liked the way just the centre strands of the web were lit up by the sun. Tough day today as I couldn’t figure out why my presentations weren’t displaying properly – and were…
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    St Albert from the Bridge

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    October 7, 2021. This is a view of the flag over the francophone memorial at St. Albert as seen from the bridge over the Nation River. This was another quick 25 km right to keep my mind clear as I continue to work on the course, combining a set of…
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    Fog

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    October 6, 2021. Early this morning we had a think fog covering everything, one of the thickest I’ve seen in some time. I couldn’t linger to enjoy it as I had an early morning meeting and then was back working on the course. It’s really coming together and I’m pleased…
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    Nation River

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    October 5, 2021. This is the Nation River where township road 700 ends up against it. I was getting really tired and found a brisk 25 km bike ride to be the perfect remedy. The day started with a couple of meetings, the recording of a number of videos, and…
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    The 915

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    October 4, 2021. Running way behind uploading these photos of the day. catching up. The reason is that today (Monday) was the start of my online course, which has swallowed most of my time as I whip a 2018 version of the MOOC database into 2021 shape. This meanwhile is…
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    Forest in the Rain

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    October 3, 2021. It was a steady drizzle but a nice day to walk in the forest. Everything looks different when it’s wet. I got some reading done and worked on a literature review for my upcoming presentation to the Open Learning conference. Also watched the Blue Jays game. It…
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    Purple Finch with Rain

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    October 2, 2021. Rain. This female purple finch greeted me first thing this morning. No bike ride because of the rain, but I was able to spend most of the day working on my online course, getting the website sorted out, setting up the Activity Centre, and configuring Zoom and…
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    Sparrow

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    October 1, 2021. Sparrow all fluffed up in fall feathers on the gazebo out back. Worked a bit on the course, and of course on the newsletter, but was pretty tired all day. It’s hard to recover from mid-week football games, as we’re not back until midnight and I don’t…
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    Yellow Flowers

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    September 30, 2021. Today was in theory a day off, but I spent some extra time on my newsletter today looking up proper Indigenous resources, and also worked on the course a bit, to confirm email was sending properly (it is). But we also visited the Costco (which is where…
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    Changing Leaves

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    September 29, 2021. Fall is definitely here, as this view of my back yard attests. The birds are still frequenting the feeder, and we’ll have to put out the tray feeder for the winter birds soon. Meanwhile, I continue to progress on the online course, setting up the email newsletter…
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    Lansdowne Park

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    September 28, 2021. We were back for another RedBlacks game tonight (which we won!) in our usual seats in the north stands, pictured here. I know it has a new name but I spent a *lot* of time in this building in the 1970s working for Versa Foods, I have…
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    Julia

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    September 27, 2021. This is Julia on her shelf in front of the window in the kitchen, right up behind where I sit. She is much more approachable these days and seems to look forward to being up there when I’m in the kitchen. Good productive day today as I…
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    Chicken of the Woods

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    September 29, 2021, bonus photo of the day. Laetiporus is a genus of edible mushrooms found throughout much of the world. Some species, especially Laetiporus sulphureus, are commonly known as sulphur shelf, chicken of the woods, the chicken mushroom, or the chicken fungus because it is often described as tasting…

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