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seeds sprouting 94/365

seeds sprouting 94/365, originally uploaded by laurasjoquist.

The parsley has come up in the greenhouse finally. And I added some lemon balm and rosemary to the potting mix. I like to coat a few chicken breasts with olive oil and then sprinkle with fresh lemon balm, rosemary and thyme and then grill. Simple but fabulous.

I have to admit that I cheated on this photo. I took some shots the night before but the lighting was all wrong and I couldn’t get good focus. So I cheated and re-shot the the picture today with better lighting. The thought was my photo for yesterday. And that’s the story I’m sticking with.

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stairs 93/365

stairs 93/365, originally uploaded by laurasjoquist.

Stairwells make great photos. Lots of pattern.

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picnic table stack 92/365

picnic table stack 92/365, originally uploaded by laurasjoquist.

I took my concussed husband for a short walk today. He’s going crazy sitting around the house all day. We did a quick hike and then went for coffee/tea. I think when he goes back to work, I may go through coffee shop withdrawal.

These table are stacked up at Rock Cut State Park in Rockford, IL.

And hey, did anyone notice I’m only 8 days away from breaking into the triple digits on this project?

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tofu stir fry 91/365

tofu stir fry 91/365, originally uploaded by laurasjoquist.

Wow. What a bad photo. This is my first unintentional horribly blurry shot. But it was the only one I took for the day. It was dark. I was in a hurry. I didn’t take another shot with the flash like I normally would. I have no idea what the camera is focusing on, if anything. The glass in the back maybe?

John requested a fancy dinner. So I made stir fried sesame tofu with beans and carrots on white and wild rices. Garnished with melon and a small salad on the side. And I lit candles too.

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bird houses 90/365

bird houses 90/365, originally uploaded by laurasjoquist.

I forgot to take my camera with me when John and I went out to run errands and hang out at the coffee shop. So this is just a shot of some birdhouses Jack and I have been working on. I originally bought some for the outreach center, but I thought Jack might like to paint a couple too.

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wheat bun 89/365

wheat bun 89/365, originally uploaded by laurasjoquist.

Tonight for dinner we had Morningstar Grillers (that’s meatless) on homemade wheat buns. I know I made them, but I have to say, those were some fine buns. Maybe I should have been a baker.

I could be a vegetarian, if it weren’t for bacon and my family. Oh how I love them both.

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henry villas zoo 88/365

henry villas zoo 88/365, originally uploaded by laurasjoquist.

I don’t usually post this kind of photo for my 365 days of photos project. I have mostly been posting close up shots, trying to capture the details of my every day life. Because I believe that the beauty of life is in the details. But this was such a great opportunity that I couldn’t resist.

I didn’t use the flash on this one. The camera prompted me to use it, but I didn’t want my subjects to know I was photographing them. The lighting was perfect. And the little girl was absolutely entranced by the monkeys.

I like it too that her mom was right there on the ground with her and giving her all the time she needed to explore. I love seeing parents get all hands on and patient. It totally contrasted with the man Jack and I saw later at the grocery store who was yelling at his kids for not using the cross walk. His girl was about 4. She didn’t need to be yelled at, she needed to be shown.

Oh, this was taken in the Primate House at the Henry Villas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin. If anyone is interested in the details. Wink, wink.

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tulip part 3 87/365

tulip part 3 87/365, originally uploaded by laurasjoquist.

A final shot of my Valentine tulips. Time to put the bulbs out to rest and see if they come back up in the garden next year.

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mancala 85/365 and 84/365 and 86/365

mancala 85/365, originally uploaded by laurasjoquist.

I haven’t posted for the 365 photos project in a few days. The PTO Fun Fair really kicked my butt. And I only ran one game. This is a shot of the Mancala game Jack and I played Thursday while we watched the cake walk donation table at conferences. Keegan helped us out when I had to take Jack to hockey practice. John was out of commission due to his recent carbonated beverage induced trip to the emergency room.

The other photos are on Flickr (of course).

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planting seeds 83/365 and 82/365

planting seeds 83/365, originally uploaded by laurasjoquist.

I busted out the potting soil today. It seems a little early to be starting seeds inside, but everything I read tells me celery, parsley and cabbage need to get going now. I saved some seeds, just in case I’m wrong about that.

Photo # 82 is on Flickr. Its just a shot of the vegetable bin in my fridge.

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