Friday, December 2, 2016

Wrapping up

Saturday was spend doing more sorting out the condo for our house-sitters. Made room in the hall closet, defrosted the freezer, that was a job! Not to self, do not let it build up again! Cleaned the oven.
Working on reducing the food in the freezer.

Sunday is football for John. But first we went shopping for a new light fixture for our closet as we had replaced a bulb and discovered that shade was really brittle and breaking up. A shame, as I loved that shade.

Then some groceries. It is our wedding anniversary so John requested roast beef with all the trimmings. First time making Yorkshire pudding with gluten free flour.

Monday we had my nephew and wife to dinner as they will be house-sitting for us for the winter.
Dinner was a hit and John said it was my best batch ever of that recipe.

Tuesday after some errands we went to the movies Doctor Strange which John thought I wouldn't enjoy, but I did.

Wednesday was a gorgeous day and the guys golfed while the girls shopped.
Then our annual dinner at The Lord Nelson a fine, old-fashioned establishment in Burlington. We all love it there.
The complimentary platter of pickles, olives and the best ever pate and a strawberry daiquiri.

Appetizers - I had smoked slamon with cream cheese and ions, B had clam chowder, and K and John both had the mussels.

The guys opted for straks.

I had liver.

And K had the seafood pasta.

Thursday was monthly coffee club.

Friday K and I lunched in the Members' Lounge at the AGO with a glass of Prosecco and we both had Eggs Benedict, given the choice of salmon or mushrooms, we bot h chose mushrooms. Delicious.

I took a couple of pictures as we waited for our table.

We were here to see this exhibit. No photography allowed!

The highlights were the Monets for me. We had both been to his home and gardens in Giverny France a couple of years ago.

Monet - Rouen Cathedral, not covered in scaffolding like it was when we were there!

Van Gogh's Starry Night Over The Rhone.

Numerous other artists were also in the exhibit, including Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Piet Mondrian, Edvard Munch, Georgia O'Keeffe and James McNeill Whistler.

I skipped last week so it is included here.

After I Do.

Also finished Praying in Rome. It was a quick read that didn't really give any insights into anything I didn't already know about the process.

Since February 2013, many have asked Cardinal Timothy Dolan to comment about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, his final days in the Vatican, the Conclave, and the excitement and joy of the election of Pope Francis. Those two months--between the time Pope Benedict announced his retirement up until the election of Pope Francis--were a deeply spiritual and important period for the Cardinal. In this eBook original, he reflects on that most exciting of times. By turns, witty, provocative, and inspiring Cardinal Dolan gives a first hand account of what happened during those days and what it means for the future of the Church.

Baking Cakes in Kilgali was a fun good read about women empowerment.

Set in modern-day Rwanda—introduces one of the most singular and engaging characters in recent fiction: Angel Tungaraza—mother, cake baker, keeper of secrets—a woman living on the edge of chaos, finding ways to transform lives, weave magic, and create hope amid the madness swirling all around her.

Kay's Lucky Coin Variety good read set here in Toronto.

This haunting coming-of-age story, told through the eyes of a rebellious young girl, vividly captures the struggles of families caught between two cultures in the 1980s. Family secrets, a lost sister, forbidden loves, domestic assaults—Mary discovers as she grows up that life is much more complicated than she had ever imagined. Her secret passion for her English teacher is filled with problems and with the arrival of a promising Korean suitor, Joon-Ho, events escalate in ways that she could never have imagined, catching the entire family in a web of deceit and violence.


Three Martini Lunch and not sure what the verdict will be on whether I like it or not.

In 1958, Greenwich Village buzzes with beatniks, jazz clubs, and new ideas—the ideal spot for three ambitious young people to meet. Cliff Nelson, the son of a successful book editor, is convinced he’s the next Kerouac, if only his father would notice. Eden Katz dreams of being an editor but is shocked when she encounters roadblocks to that ambition. And Miles Tillman, a talented black writer from Harlem, seeks to learn the truth about his father’s past, finding love in the process. Though different from one another, all three share a common goal: to succeed in the competitive and uncompromising world of book publishing. As they reach for what they want, they come to understand what they must sacrifice, conceal, and betray to achieve their goals, learning they must live with the consequences of their choices. In Three-Martini Lunch, Suzanne Rindell has written both a page-turning morality tale and a captivating look at a stylish, demanding era—and a world steeped in tradition that’s poised for great upheaval.

Saturday -  beef fajitas
Sunday  - roast beef, roast potatoes, brussel sprouts, Yorkshire pudding
Monday - company Spanish chicken thighs
Tuesday - leftover roast beef and gravy
Wednesday - dinner out Lord Nelson - see above
Thursday - hamburger patty, gravy, mashed potatoes and beans
Friday - pate and cheese with crackers


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December City Theme

This month's theme is TRANSITIONS -  Linking up with City Daily Photo.

November 2016 - Toronto ON

This one's for William, yes, Union Station is STILL under renovations!

I took these this week.

Considering the number of people who have passed through Union Station, the edifice has held up well. But the almost century-old facility is showing its age: much of it is in disrepair — peeling paint, cracked, damaged floors, leaky roofs and tired-looking passenger concourses that evoke the 1970s — space is used inefficiently, and the facility no longer meets the needs of today’s commuters.

The original entrance to the train platforms, I'm assuming they will leave this as is.

Union Station's revitalization is a $640-million initiative supported by investments of $164 million from the Government of Canada, $172 million from the Government of Ontario, and $340 million from the City of Toronto.

 Everywhere you look, inside and outside work is being done.

Union Station's revitalization will result in many benefits to commuters, including bigger, brighter transit concourses, more exits and entrances to the station, new PATH connections, repair and rehabilitation of an aging facility, and the introduction of an exciting and revitalized retail presence.

York concourse was finished last summer in time for the Pan Am Games and is a much brighter, more efficient space.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Tuesday Treasures

Tom hosts Tuesday's Treasures.

May 1987 - San Francisco CA

This was our first and only trip to San Francisco, how did that happen? We've been in California many times since then.

The first mural we had even seen! And in googling it, it is still there!
Columbus and Broadway in North Beach by Bill Weber and was painted in 1987.
Featured are three musical legends: Teddy Wilson on the piano, Gene Krupa playing the drums and Benny Goodman with his signature clarinet.

This was also the first time I saw patrons have to get a key to the washroom.

An icon.

Another icon.

Is it any wonder you need signs like above?

The biggest SF icon of all!

A bus tour to Napa Valley.

We took the ferry over to Sausalito for a day.

Yes, you can still see this houseboat!

The Taj Mahal was built by land developer turned winery and vineyard entrepreneur Bill Harlan in the mid-1970’s after he visited India and was fascinated by its architecture. With travertine marble floors, a wine cellar (logically enough), a top-level solarium for meditation, a sauna and a secret elevator, the houseboat’s cost in 1970’s dollars was over $2,000,000, which would be a staggering $9,000,000 today.

We were staying close to City Hall, a rather seedy area at that time.

The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. The building no longer houses the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, which moved their U.S. headquarters to Baltimore, Maryland, but it is still associated with the company and is depicted in the company's logo. Designed by architect William Pereira and built by Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, at 853 ft (260 m), on completion in 1972 it was the eighth tallest building in the world.

And our introduction to Ghirardelli chocolate, which is now a life-long addiction!

Coit Tower on the left.

Coit Tower, also known as the Lillian Coit Memorial Tower, is a 210-foot (64 m) tower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood. The tower, in the city's Pioneer Park, was built in 1933 using Lillie Hitchcock Coit's bequest to beautify the city of San Francisco; at her death in 1929 Coit left one-third of her estate to the city for civic beautification. The tower was proposed in 1931 as an appropriate use of Coit's gift.

Alcatraz. The small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison (1868), and a federal prison from 1933 until 1963.