Sunday, April 23, 2017

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo.

October 2016 - Minneapolis MN

Two murals on the same building.

Found the following here.
A new Prince mural on the side of a building in Uptown was painted this weekend as “a nice present to the city of Minneapolis,” says Bloomington-based artist Rock “Cyfi” Martinez.

“I just thought about the different songs, the color palette, keeping it purple — obviously — and then the doves,” says Martinez, who first conceived the mural as a get-well message when Prince fell ill last week. “I did the symbol instead of his name” to acknowledge Prince’s battle for control of his music, says Martinez.

The mural, just over a story high, is located at 26th Street and Hennepin Avenue — on the back of the building housing Sencha Tea among other businesses. Martinez regularly paints a rotating mural on the 26th Street side of the building; that wall currently features an illustration of a bird and the word “Uptown.”

Saturday, April 22, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday

Sally and Beth host inSPIREd Sunday! Sundays in my City My Sunday Photo

March 2017 - San Miquel CA

We stopped here on our way to the Hearst Castle. It is a truly stunning piece of art.

I am going to break this post into a couple of parts as I have a lot of photos!

If we had approached from the opposite direction this would have been our first view.


Mission San Miguel Arcángel was established on July 25, 1797, by the Franciscan order, on a site chosen specifically due to the large number of Salinan Indians that inhabited the area, whom the Spanish priests wanted to evangelize.

The arches along the front were purposely built of various shapes and sizes, unlike the uniformity of other missions.

The mission remains in use as a parish church of the Diocese of Monterey. After being closed to the public for six years due to the 2003 San Simeon earthquake, the church reopened on September 29, 2009.

Click here to read a non-churchy story about the mission.

Before we even step into the mission we snapped some photos.

I'm going to post the photos from the church itself here.

A La Carte

April 2017 - Toronto ON

Photo taken December 2012 Gallup NM

After our first week back, getting organized it has been a quiet week.

Saturday other than running out for last minute Easter stuff we each spent our day doing as we wished.

John made Caesar salad according to our server Jose Luis from Mazatlan. We followed Bob Blumer's recipe. For croutons we still had some of these left from Las Vegas.

Sunday - Easter Sunday and we had my cousin and her family over for a small family dinner.

I made ham, potatoes au gratin, Brussel sprouts with bacon and roasted cauliflower.

Dessert was crema di latte, it's been a long time since I made this and I was worried it would never thicken, but it finally did just as the recipe says, at twenty minutes.
Served with lots of fresh fruit, the leftovers were my breakfast for the next few days.

Monday we headed out to replace our cells phones. We went to Telus but weren't pleased with the offer/service so we came home frustrated planning to look around. We did and there really weren't any deals so we bit the bullet and I chatted online with Telus and got a better deal than they offered me in the store.

Dinner was leftovers.

Tuesday John headed downtown to drop off our taxes to the accountant. I completed my passport renewal forms online, not the easiest experience.

Remember our terrible experience with our cable company Bell Canada last week? Here it is in case you missed it.

He then spent an extremely painful hour on the phone with Bell Canada, our TV/internet provider. That they are our provider is not our choice, they would be our last choice. However, they have the monopoly in our building.
Long story short, kitchen receiver is not working and two remotes are not working.

Receiver - John jumped through hoops as the customer service rep asked for serial numbers (not on file???) and then for him to test this and that. Try the box on another TV, that means lifting the TV up to get the box in another room, disconnect it, plug in the other one. It turns out to be the power source. They will send another one.

The remotes - seems we would have to pay for replacements???? Not happening. John is adamant as he told her that they gouged it enough as it is. John has just spent an hour doing a technician's job who would have been paid, how much?? Thank you, Google! $23 an hour. The rep salary $17 an hour.  Cost to ship a plug???

A technician could have come, had the available parts with him and be done in probably less than thirty minutes....and they would have had happy customers.

I am listening to all this and thinking if it had been me, I would have said, no I am not technical, and can't lift the equipment, send someone, goodbye.

So UPDATE -  We received the new power source and guess what????? It is the wrong one!
I am heading out as John is exploding and saying he refused to talk to them again and sent a scathing note, as imagine! They had no reps available to chat online.
It turns out he does call them, and the rep says "well, of course, that won't fit." They would send a technician the next day between 10-12.
Wednesday UPDATE rep came, replaced two boxes and set up wireless and replaced two remotes. IF they had done that in the first place we would have been happy customers, but no, it was better to thoroughly pi$$ us off.

I headed out to get a haircut, passport photos and drop off my passport. It didn't expire until June 2018 so I had to explain that I wanted to do some early bookings in 2018 and I needed six months remaining at least on my passport. I also wanted to have a ten-year passport.

I made quiche from the leftover ham and served it with salad.

Wednesday my BFF and I met for lunch, lots of catching up after four months absence!
Before I left I made a hamburger stew.

Thursday we were awake at 5 AM as John wanted to make an early start to his drive to Montreal to watch his grandson play hockey in the Quebec Provincials.
We packed him up with food supplies as he is staying in an Airbnb condo.

I sorted out my kitchen cupboards so I now know exactly what I have on hand.

It was a great day as I headed out for some treats for myself, scones!!
Then home and a scone(s), a cup of tea and my book!

I roasted some potatoes and chicken for dinner.

Friday I took the shuttle to Cloverdale Mall, it has everything in one place. I stopped for a quick lunch as well before getting the shuttle back.

I even browsed in the bookstore and thought this book sounded interesting enough to add to my TBR list.

29 books YTD

I finished The Other Widow and it was a letdown. The premise was promising but the conclusion just didn't work for me.

So Say The Fallen was a quick read, good but a little flimsy on the storyline but the development of the character, DCI Flanagan is excellent as she deals with the demands of her job and her somewhat whiny husband.

Started The Real Liddy James and am enjoying it. A woman who appears to have it all only to have everything become unraveled.


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Finds

  1. Starts with P
  2. Week's Favorite
  3. Foot, feet
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

Letter P - I'm going to try to find cities/towns we've visited as the theme. I am excluding Canada and the US for this round.
I will keep a running list at the bottom of the Friday post.

Prague Czech Republic

A bonus P!

WEEK'S FAVOURITE didn't take many/any photos this week. BUT I got my new phone (a month without one!!) so this is the first photo I took when I got it! LOL

FOOT/FEET Mazatlan Mexico February 2017