Saturday, December 3, 2016

Friday Finds

1. Starts with W
2. Week's Favorite
3. Machine
The first two will be the same, except we’ll work our way through the alphabet. The second can be a favorite image or activity from the week. The third will be different each time.

Friday Finds   ABC Wednesday

December 2016 - Toronto ON

We've done pretty well out of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. Hero of the Penninsula War, Battle of Waterloo and nemesis of Napoleon, Wellesley was also prime minister of the United Kingdom before Earl Grey, of hot bergamot infused beverage fame. Both Wellesley and Wellington Streets are named after the duke.

Week's Favourite - yet another sunset.


an apparatus using or applying mechanical power and having several parts, each with a definite function and together performing a particular task.

inSPIREd Sunday

November 2009 - Honolulu Hawaii


The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (informally known as Punchbowl Cemetery) is a national cemetery located at Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu, Hawaii. It serves as a memorial to honor those men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces, and those who have given their lives in doing so. It is administered by the National Cemetery Administration of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

At the top of the staircase in the Court of Honor is a statue of Lady Columbia, also known as Lady Liberty, or Justice. Here she is reported to represent all grieving mothers. She stands on the bow of a ship holding a laurel branch. The inscription below the statue, taken from Abraham Lincoln's letter to Mrs. Bixby, reads:


The statue is featured in the opening sequence of both the 1970s television series Hawaii Five-O and its 2010 remake.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Weekend Reflections

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January 2016 - San Miguel de Allende Mexico

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.