Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tuesday Treasures

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

May 2018 - Stoney Creek ON

This will be at least a two part post.

We visited the Masonic Lodge during Doors Open Hamilton. A totally new world to us, we had a great tour guide but I'll admit a lot of the pomp and circumstance eluded me, information overload.

The information below is from Wikipedia.

Freemasonry in Canada traces its origins to the United Grand Lodge of England, the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the Grand Lodge of Ireland, as a result of Canada's history as a dominion within the British Empire. Freemasonry in the United States, including Prince Hall Freemasonry, also influenced the formation of Freemasonry in Canada. Erasmus James Philipps became a Freemason while working on a commission to resolve boundaries in New England and, in 1739, became provincial grand master for Nova Scotia; Philipps founded the first Masonic lodge in Canada at Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.

The Freemason’s Apron is representative of the apron worn by Operative Masons, to protect their clothing from the abrasive surface of building materials, particularly stone. After receiving knowledge and instruction in the symbolic form, the new Brother is at last given a tangible symbol of Masonry to wear as his own and eventually to carry away in the form of an Apron.

All Shriners must be Masons and petitioners to Freemasonry must profess a belief in a Supreme Being. To further minimize confusion with religion, the use of the words "temple" and "mosque" to describe Shriners' buildings has been replaced by "Shrine Center", although some individual local chapters are still called Temples.

In many English speaking countries, the Square and Compasses are depicted with the letter "G" in the center. The letter has multiple meanings, representing different words depending on the context in which it is discussed. The most common is that the "G" stands for God, and is to remind Masons that God is at the center of Freemasonry. In this context it can also stand for Great Architect of the Universe (a non-denominational reference to God). In a different context, the letter stands for Geometry, described as being the "noblest of sciences", and "the basis upon which the superstructure of Freemasonry is erected."

The Tall Cedars of Lebanon of North America is a side degree of Freemasonry, open to Master Masons in good standing in a regular Masonic Lodge. Its motto, "Fun, Frolic, & Fellowship," is indicative of this social bent. Its members are distinguished by the pyramid-shaped hats they wear at their functions. The name is derived from the cedars of Lebanon that King Solomon used to build his Temple.

I can't remember and don't plan on researching each and every one of these medals.
The guide was very proud of this one in his collection, found at a flea market.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Lens Artists Photo Challenge

Lens Artists - COOLING

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My first time playing so I went to my external hard drive and did a search on "water cool" expecting a photo of kids playing in a fountain or water splashing. But this is the first photo that popped up. 
From 2003 when we had two cats, Porter and Parnell, and we were still working and living in our house. Both cats have crossed the Rainbow Bridge but still make us smile. We no longer work and now live in a condo.

Now to the photos I was originally thinking of, both taken in Mexico, where we often spend the winter months.

Monday Mural

Linking up at Monday Mural

July 2018 - Toronto ON

More in the Dupont/Spadina area.


Nation: Moose Deer Point First Nation First Nations Affiliation: Shawnee, Lakota, Potawatomi, Ojibway and Algonquin.

Philip Cote is a Sundancer, Pipe Carrier and Sweat Ceremony leader recognized by Elder Vern Harper and Floyd Looks for Buffalo Hand. Cote received his Indigenous name Noodjmowin (The Healer) in 1979 from Joe Couture and was made a member of the Falseface Society at the Seneca longhouse in 1992.

After I took these photos I went to the Toronto Archives up the street and saw this photo.

The beginning of the Mural depicts an Eagle Dancer representing the ancient Ice Runners also known as the “Oh-kwa-ming-i-nini-wug” of Algonquin lineage who were here in those early days looking towards the future. The Return of The Buffalo is represented here and are part of the story of this land as there were once giant wood buffalo that roamed across this land now called the city of Toronto.

The second Ice-Runner is the man running behind the wolf (The Wolf is the First Brother of Man), and the Black Thunderbird symbol in the Medicine Wheel Circle is the symbol of the Anishinaabe People who were the first to inhabit this territory. Then you will see the Tobacco Plant, which is an important Sacred Medicine offered up in our Ceremonies. Tobacco is in the East on the Medicine Wheel. It is one of the four sacred medicines.

The Crane is part of The Anishinaabe Clan System and Governance. The Crane Clan shares power of Chieftainship with the Loon Clan. Crane Clan takes care of leadership of external relations, external negotiations, speaker of the community, leadership and mediation and expresses of sentiments for the people, but wishes of the group.

The next symbol, the Beaver, is the symbol of The Wendat People who were the next in the order of inhabiting this territory.

Next you will see an Anishinaabe Moccasin. It is a message of the many trails Indigenous peoples traveled across the city over 13,500 years ago. The Moccasin is on Cedar which, a medicine that is put down on the arbor of the Sundance. Cedar is in the South on the Medicine Wheel and is used as usually as a tea and for bathing and cleansing in Cedar Baths.

The next symbol is the Star Symbol of the Cree peoples who came next to the land to live here. And then depicted is the eagle that can travel between the physical world and the spiritual world, and is thus closest to the Creator. The eagle feather and eagle wings are Sacred, they are used in Smudge Ceremonies, and the eagle feather is a symbol of truth, power and freedom. The Beaver is a symbol of advancement and Industry/progress since he is a builder.

  Sage is in the West on the Medicine Wheel and is another medicine used for smudging and cleansing. The canoe is there because it is a symbol of all the paths the Indigenous People created which are still used to this day, like the Humber River trail, and the Don River, etc.

 The Bear is another Clan Animal. Bears are settlement guardians, they patrol the local area; also, they know medicinal plants and are healers, guardians of traditions. The Bear stands on a loop of Sweetgrass. This medicine is in the North, another one of the four sacred medicines used in smudging and Ceremony.
The Bear looks on towards the Giant Buffalo. There were once 60,000,000 Buffalo in North America, only to be slaughter by the settlers so they could take the land from the Indigenous Peoples.

The Buffalo was vital for the survival of Indigenous Peoples of North America. They used all the parts of the animal, the furs for clothing and warmth, the meat for food, the bones for tools, and nothing was wasted. It was a major food source but was taken away by the murder of the Buffalo by the Colonists.

 It is said that one day there will be a Return of the Buffalo to this land and territory so they could roam free as they once did here. This is what we all look forward to. “Nindinawemaaganidok” “All My Relations”, which means We Are All Related.

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

September 2017 - Saskatchewan

Yup, done it, no need to do it again.

Roll on Saskatchewan - Stompin' Tom Connors

Let my heart sing an old river song
As we journey back where I belong
Where the wind comes to say to the river each day
Roll on, Roll on Saskatchewan
Roll on, Roll on Saskatchewan
From the wheat fields of my heart
Go find your way to the cool Hudson bay
And Roll on, Roll on Saskatchewan

Oh river go whisper my prayer
Tell Mother and Dad I still care
Leave this tear that I cried on the shore where they lied
And Roll on, Roll on Saskatchewan
Roll on, Roll on Saskatchewan
From the wheat fields of my heart
Go find your way to the cool Hudson bay
And Roll on, Roll on Saskatchewan
Roll on, Roll on Saskatchewan


Wordless Wednesday  Wordless  Be There 2day

June 2018 - Toronto ON

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

This week's challenge at Cee's Fun Foto Challenge.

Pick a Topic from this Photo

For the next five weeks, she will be posting a photo for each week and you can pick a topic from the photo. You can pick colors, or objects from the photo. She will post the photo a week prior to the each challenge.

Week 1 – Possible topics, geometry, bushes, window, brick, curtain, green, tan, wall, building, dark red, tree

Windows is my choice

At the aquarium

From Casa Loma

Distillery District

inSPIREd Sunday

June 2018 - Toronto ON

Cee's Odd Ball Challenge

Cee's Odd Ball Challenge

The rules are - no rules.
Odd Ball Photos are those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category. We’ve all taken them and like them, because we just can’t hit delete and get rid of them. If you have any of those type of photos, this challenge is for you.
Oddball: noun a person or thing that is atypical, bizarre, eccentric, or nonconforming
adjective whimsically free-spirited; eccentric; atypical

July 2018 - Toronto ON

I think this billboard falls under the adjective "whimsically" fun.

Shadow Shot Sunday

Shadow Shot Sunday

June 2018 - Toronto ON


One Word Sunday

Last week's giant produced these dwarfs.

15 July: Dwarf
22 July: Action
29 July: Sugar

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Novel Meals

July 2018 - Toronto ON

Indigo  Royal BankToronto ON

Six Word Saturday
Pink Saturday

We headed out to our local farmers' market early on a day that promised to be very warm as the day wore on.

It's a pleasant mile stroll along the lake to the market.

The market is larger than last year.

Cheese Boutique is our favourite place to shop and they had a tent set up here. After a sample of a brie, we bought it.

Chicken feet and bones.

We ended up with gorgeous asparagus, field tomatoes and gluten free chocolate macaroons.

Strolling back home.

Peonies and macaroons.

John pronounced these as excellent.

I put the ribs in the slow cooker for dinner.

Shadow Shot Sunday
Inspired Sunday
One Word Sunday
Cee's Odd Ball Challenge

Lounging around won over going out today.

The peonies are looking amazing.

Dinner - easy mozzarella chicken with balsamic asparagus and roasted mushrooms and tomatoes.

Monday Mural more Liberty Village
Foto Tunes

I headed out to capture the Brains at City Hall, the Brains Project is back for its third year.

Here's one done by BirdO, well known to Toronto mural lovers.

A view of City Hall from across the street.

Old City Hall looking majestic.

I took the subway to Dupont, why? I wanted to check out the art I had read about. And I discovered that Dupont is very close to Casa Loma, who knew?

 A mural, check back on Monday for details.

  What? The City o Toronto's Archives are here too?

Appointed City Archivist in 1960, Robert Woadden (1922-2010) transformed the attic of Old City Hall into the first municipal archives in English-speaking Canada. Before then, thousands of photographs on glass plates, and boxes of records dating back to 1834, were scattered around the leaky attic. Woadden recognized their historical value and began designing an operation that properly catalogued and preserved them. He introduced centralized records management to City of Toronto department heads, convincing them that records of enduring value should be preserved and transferred to the Archives. When the new City Hall opened in 1965, the Archives moved into the basement and gained much-needed space. Woadden directed the growth of the City of Toronto Archives until he left in 1975 to become the Deputy City Clerk. The Archives went on to win the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of American Archivists in 1981 - the first Canadian recipient and the first municipal archives to be so honoured. The City of Toronto Archives moved to this location when it was merged with the Metropolitan Toronto Archives in 1998.

The Archives has over 1.25 million photographs and over 10,000 maps in its collection. Many of these have been digitized and made available to view online.

The oldest record in the Archives is a map of Toronto Harbour dated 1792,and the newest one is a DVD of the previous month’s Toronto City Cou ncil meeting. Of the 1.2 million photographs within the Toronto Archives collection, the oldest are a set of twenty-five prints of the city taken in 1856-57 by the firm of photographers, Armstrong, Beere and Hime. These are the earliest known photographs of Toronto.

Click here to view the photos as there was too much reflection for me to photograph them.

There are exhibits open to the public.

The post-war suburbs transformed our national ideal of the good life. The farmland outside the city suddenly sprouted houses, schools, apartment buildings, community centres, shopping malls—all of it new, all of it promising something different: the best of both the city and the country, offering privacy and quiet and space, but with the excitement and opportunity of downtown only a short commute away.

More recently, suburbia has been criticised as conformist and car-dependent. But when these photographers turned their cameras on the suburbs, they saw more than parking lots and lawns.

This exhibit from the City of Toronto Archives features the work of official city photographers, as well as freelancers and amateurs, as they documented people raising families, building communities, working together and celebrating together in the wide open world known as the suburbs.

I made a stop at Spadina subway to find a piece of art but didn't find it so will have to go back.

Dinner - liver, mashed potatoes and onions with gravy.

Tuesday Treasures Liverpool

John had a dentist appointment so I went downtown with him and looked around the sales before picking up ingredients for dinner.

We checked out the Brains Project in Brookfield Place.

Soccer fever is rampant in the city, crowds are gathered wherever there is a TV.
Bank of Montreal had the game on in the lower level.

Air Canada Centre or ACC is being rebranded over the coming weeks as the 18-year-old home of the NBA's Raptors and NHL's Maple Leafs undergoes its first name change to Scotiabank Arena.

Outside the building, some Scotiabank Arena signage will have the ability to change colour and incorporate full-motion video. Red lighting could be used when the Raptors are playing and blue when the Maple Leafs are in action.
In addition, the eight-year-old video screen by Maple Leaf Square — a popular gathering spot during playoff games — will be upgraded.

Dinner - a longtime family favourite from the 80s chicken divan  freshened up with homemade chicken soup rather than canned, healthier and tastier.


These clouds were drifting across the perfect blue sky when I glanced out the window.

I headed out with no plans.

More soccer mania in Brookfield food court.

I did go back to Spadina and tracked down the piece of art I was looking for as well as a couple of signs that I need for Weekend Roundup as I am featuring the TTC, or Toronto Transit sites.

Dinner - ginger beef and rice.

Thursday Doors

We went out to friends in Burlington, about 55 km from us.

We visited for a while and looked at her gardens.

We stopped at the Dieppe Memorial.

We drove to Hamilton, another town close by for lunch by the lake in a converted church.

A former church for lunch.

Then a walk along the lakefront.

Bill Le Blanc, a retired steelworker, chiseled these stumps.

We thought we might have room for ice cream, but there were no takers when we got to Hutch's.

Weekend Roundup
Weekend Reflections
Cee's Which Way Challenge

Our weekly neighbourhood exploration took us by streetcar to Ossington, the stretch between Queen and Dundas.

Click here for the long version of our day.

Testing out another gluten free pizza crust at Pizzeria Libretto on Ossington. 
Consensus - better than Queen Margharita last week. Everything about it was better, and everything was a few dollars cheaper, great servers and ambiance.

DIAVOLA  CA$18 with gluten free crust +$4
spicy salami, chili, onion, kalamata olives, basil, mozzarella

PEPPERONICA$17  jalapeno, basil, mozzarella

Time to meander back to Queen St.

A stop for ice cream at Bang Bang with flavours such as coconut mango pudding ice cream, topped with warm coconut sticky rice and set inside an eggy, made-to-order Hong Kong waffle or "Maltease Me," "Love Oolong Time," "Bellwoods Beer and Brown Bread"?
We shared a key lime pie.

September Squares


Indigo Book Store Bay and Bloor Toronto

I forgot to include the blog for the book Eight Flavors by Sarah Lohman I perused last week Four Pounds Flour. She had a link to one of her intern's blog which is definitely worth checking out Bitter Butter.

Too busy for reading, it seems. Still working on  as In a Cottage in a Wood, may not bother to finish it.

On the other hand, I finished Gentlemen and Players, as always Joanne Harris kept me highly entertained and it took me quite a while to figure out whom the culprit was and what a surprise that was!


Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global