Sunday, May 24, 2020

Coronavirus Playlist

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

In response to these crazy times I will be posting a Coronavirus playlist weekly.

Week 1 playlist
Week 2 playlist
Week 3 playlist
Week 4 playlist
Week 5 playlist
Week 6 playlist
Week 7 playlist

Since so many people headed out to the parks this weekend I am hoping we do not see a spike in cases in two weeks.

A Heart in New York

New York, to that tall skyline I come, flyin' in from London to your door

New York, lookin' down on Central Park

Where they say you should not wander after dark

New York, like a scene from all those movies
But you're real enough to me, but there's a heart
A heart that lives in New York
A heart in New York, a rose on the street
I write my song to that city heartbeat
A heart in New York, love in her eye, an open door and a friend for the night
New York, you got money on your mind
And my words won't make a dime's worth a difference, so here's to you New York


One Word Sunday

North of Dundas West, that's the AGO in the background, off McCaul St. Toronto

Song by The Electric Prunes

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Self Isolation Week 11

Weekend Cooking is now hosted by Marg at The Intrepid Reader!

May 2020 - Toronto ON

2020 just gets worse in Canadian history.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds' cross-country tour to raise people's spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic turned to tragedy Sunday when one of its planes plunged into the ground in Kamloops, B.C., killing one member and injuring another.

The Snowbirds jet crashed shortly after takeoff and burst into flames in the front yard of a house.

Capt. Jenn Casey, a public affairs officer with the Snowbirds, died in the crash, the Canadian Armed Forces said in a statement.

The City of Toronto decided to expand ActiveTO’s major road closures this long weekend to provide residents with more space to physically distance while outdoors and getting exercise.Vehicle access on parts of more major roads were closed for walking, running, and biking.
Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. 

Clearly the concept was not well thought out for Lake Shore. It took two hours for these cars to finally turn at Windermere. By 5 PM Saturday they finally closed the ramp to Lake Shore!
The eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed.

Lake Shore is the road above on the far left, it becomes one way was it as it merges with those two middle lanes.
The wait wasn't worth it for these drivers as they either did a U turn or backed down the ramp.

By Sunday the ramp remained closed and the traffic light at Windermere, where Lake Shore traffic was forced off, was extended for turns.

But it still wasn't all rosy! You can see that the Lake Shore ramp is closed. Traffic increased on the Gardiner, but not badly. Around 5:30 I saw this! That is an on ramp these geniuses are turning onto, going the wrong way. They could see traffic building ahead of them and I assume decided it wasn't worth the wait.

Oh heck, why not just turn around and drive back to that ramp...

John did take a long walk.

Towards home, Marine Parade Drive, with our building looming in the distance.

I put the plants back outside. Washed the balcony floor.

Cleaned up the balcony and repotted some plants on Saturday. Planted a snake plant in my new pot for the bathroom.
I also printed that photo (we took it a couple of weeks ago on Harbord) as part of our new theme.

Monday was a holiday which usually heralds the beginning of summer.
I finalized the new large photo for the bathroom and sent it off for printing, along with a large one for the kitchen as well.

Preparing a story board for new kitchen counter to replace current situation.

John hit the driving range on Tuesday and golfed on Wednesday.
I walked over to Rabba, a local small grocery chain, and scored some yeast!
We were up so early on Wednesday that he cut my hair, we went out for produce, gassed up at Costco and went to the LCBO and were home by 10:30.

Thursday we were to my BFF for our first social distancing visit since mid March. We are only allowed gatherings of 5 people. We sat in the backyard, had a glass of wine, and chatted for a couple of hours.

Friday we went to a garden shop and picked up some more plants for the balcony.

John stopped for this mural, we never knew the LUSH soap manufacturing plant was here on Jutland.

John went golfing and I planted and arranged to balcony.

From our bedroom window.

From the living room, early this morning.
Top shelf - repotted two plants together.
Bottom shelf - potted new rosemary plant, carrot top and new cactus together.

Potted four geraniums together and moved table  top plant to the floor. Just need one more biggish plant to complete setting.

Tomato plant is doing well.

A couple of new plants for the bedroom.

Funny kind of week, we got out more than we have in the last ten weeks and yet we had the least number of photos.


I watched season one of the Great Canadian Bake Off and started season 2.

I found yeast at Rabba this week!

Homemade whole wheat gluten free bread from Bob's Red Mill mix (includes the yeast). I did this in the oven and it turned out well.

It rose well.

Clam chowder (homemade) with gluten free focaccia.

Mom's stuffed flank steak mashed potato and parsnips and carrot/turnip mash. For the stuffing I used this mix I had found a few weeks ago. Gluten free, was okay, nothing special, wouldn't buy again.

Spanish chicken thighs are a staple around here, so easy to add whatever vegetables/starches you have on hand. We used last night's potatoes and vegetables with it.

Korean meatball lettuce wraps NEW delicious! I had enough meat that I froze half the mixture. I also finally finished the last of the sausages we bought at New Year's and didn't really like.

Creamy lemon shrimp pasta NEW using up frozen shrimp with gluten free soft garlic bread sticks. These were good but mine was so runny that when I piped it they flattened like flatbreads. Not sure what the problem was. I will give them one more try.
This was the first time that John even considered having shrimp with pasta, but it was his idea. This recipe was good but he thought he preferred my carbonara recipe.

John did a Costco run and picked up a ham. So we had that for dinner with au gratin potatoes and corn.
YEAH ham sandwiches for lunch the rest of the week.

Grilled steak with tomato salad.

I want to make these!
Cherry pie bars
Dry chickpea crisps


Click here to watch a friend's video of The Strip in Las Vegas in these strange times.


Finished Schitt's Creek, I am going to miss David (Dan Levy). He issued a strong statement this week about wearing face masks.
I mentioned above that I watched the Great Canadian Bake Off, and Dan is the host so I can still get my fix.

Portrait of Dan Levy

We started watching Prison Break.

I continue with season 5 of Mad Men.


Seriously I have never taken so long to get through a book, I am still stuck on The Witch Elm. But I need to know how it finishes.


This time last year we were finishing off our trip in Florence and Barcelona. We also took a train ride to Pisa.

      Florence Street Art 1 Clet
      Florence Street Art 2 Blub
      Florence Street Art 3 Superwomen
May 19 - Florence and train to Pisa
      Badìa Fiorentina Abbey and Church/Dante/Homeless Jesus

May 20 - Florence


May 21 - Florence to Barcelona
Breakfast at the airport.

We had to have our favourite gelato that we had been introduced to in November when we were here with Ann and Bob!

May 22 - Barcelona
Church of The Virgin of Gràcia and St. Joseph

May 23 - Barcelona
      Santa Maria del Mar
      Sant Augusti Church (St. Rita)


Airport lounge and premium economy home.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Weekend Roundup

Welcome to The Weekend Roundup...hosted by Tom The Back Roads Traveler

1. Starts with "U"
2. A Favorite
3. UNDERchosen by Tom

Starts with "U"
UPSCALE or UPMARKET cafe somewhere in Wyoming

A horseshoe is shaped like a U Wickensburg AZ


Wake UP down UNDER in Sydney Australia 

Déjà Brew
UPGRADE who can resist coffee with breakfast at Cracker Barrel??? Ohio.