Friday, November 27, 2020


 November 27, 2020

Still going strong despite all these months of lockdown!

Weekend Roundup

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

My last rounds were coffee and beer. So it's time for some food and sleep!

1. Starts with "V"
2. A Favorite
3. VERDANT chosen by Tom

Starts with "V"

VENICE Yonge St. Toronto ON 2020


VALENCIA Spain 2018 coffee books and tea - what could be better?


Déjà Brew
A catchall for leftover beer, coffee, food, motels and whatever catches my fancy!

VINEYARD Motel Deming NM 2014

Weekend Reflections

 Posting at Weekend Reflections

Distillery District Toronto ON

New and old reflected.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Tuesday Treasures

 Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

Travel Tuesday
Our World Tuesday
My Corner of the World
Timeless Thursdays is hosted by Stevenson Que

Lane names are my new obsession as I wander the city.

Laneways, also known as alleys, are narrow streets that add to the diversity of the overall public space network, supporting the fine grain character of a city. ... Laneways can work as a network for pedestrians to navigate the city and build an overall identity for the city center.

Just 10 per cent of Toronto's more than 3,000 public laneways have a name. Usually the titles recognize community figures, events or local traditions, but many are delightfully strange with brilliant backstories.

"Bistro Lane" 

There have been several Bistros over the past four decades (Bistro 990, Segovia to name a few) located within this area. They are now closed and several condos reside in their original locations.

T for Tuesday I FORGOT!

 T Stands For is hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard

Toronto ON

I have featured Jimmy's Coffee shops on several locations for various memes but thought it would be a good addition to T for Tuesday.

JIMMY'S AT GERRARD, including the back story to the name Jimmy's.


Can you believe I forgot to include this famous Jimmy from the Ossington location????

This Jimmy's is in Kensington Market, a fun place to visit. Click on the label/tag below this post to see more Kensington Market sights.

Makes my grammar heart happy as one of my  many  irritations is misuse of LOOSE VS LOSE!!!!

I got quite a chuckle out of this, but not sure if everyone would.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Signs 2

 Joining Tom at Signs2.

Wordless Wednesday Wordless Be There 2day
Little Things Thursday

Continuing with pit stops...
a stop (as during a trip) for fuel, food, or rest or for use of a restroom.

November 2020 - Toronto ON


Wellington St. at a filming location

Monday Mural

 I'm linking up at Monday Mural

November 2020 - Toronto ON

I showed a little of these murals in a weekly recap.

At first I was just going to post all the photos, but then realized there were some extra special murals here and I would highlight those first.

The hoarding surrounds a construction project being built on the site of the decommissioned OPG coal-fired power plant, Lakeview Village will transform former industrial lands into a vibrant waterfront community, connecting Mississauga to this portion of Lake Ontario for the first time in decades.

This section of the construction hoarding spans 323ft (w) x 8ft (h) and each artist selected will be allocated a 25ft(w) x 8ft(h) canvas. Artists were asked to develop a mural that shares the message they believe the world needs to hear right now. Murals were produced on wood hoarding. Artists were asked to consider materials that will withstand weather conditions and graffiti for an 8-10 month period.

John was pondering how muralists make their money. On the Call for Submission The budget is $3,000+ HST (CAD) for a 25ft (w) x 8ft mural (h), and is inclusive of artist fees, project meetings, concept development, materials and documentation rights. Technical, equipment and data support for live-streaming will be provided.

Nigel Westgate created Waterfront highlighting some of the animals we find along Lake Ontario.

Lynn Taylor is a member of the Oneida Nation of The Thames reserve in Ontario (Turtle Clan). She created this work to honor the previous Indigenous Nations of the area in a land acknowledgement. This art shows how we’re all united: all living creatures, land, and water. It’s dedicated to the Anishinabek, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Metis, Ojibway-Chippewa and our Mississaugas of the Credit.

Mihyun Maria Kim painted the four sisters, which is the nickname for the four smokestacks of the Lakeview Generating Station. She looked into the history of the area to discover that many women worked in the Small Arms Inspection Building nearby to support the men who went overseas to fight in WWII. 

Note to self - stop by the Small Arms building!!

Monica Wickeler created Breathe

Rowell Soller created this work that combines abstraction and realism as a form of healing and rejuvenation.

My absolute favourite of this collection!
Khaula Mazhar created as a message of hope to the community. Although we’re living in isolation, we need to work together to overcome what’s going on in the world right now. She purposefully chose a Black woman to represent Mother Nature in an effort to increase the visibility of Black people in a positive light.

FaithFetish’s mural, Consume Less, Create More is a good reminder!

Joanne Feely DeGraaf Pollinator Playground

The Age of Illumination by Jacquie Comrie

Caitlin Taguibao Time To Let the Flowers Bloom

Embrace Your Daydreams by Elizabeth Wise

Keitha Keeshig-Tobias Biizindam who comes from Delaware Nation at Moraviantown, Anishnaabe from Neyaashiinigamiing Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.

The four Indigenous sisters and four sunflowers represent four Anishinaabe Kwe Water Principles that function to protect the water, the natural environment, and removing dirty energy plants.

Hello Kirsten is promising us that it will be worth the wait to keep safe in these times.

A Dish With One Spoon is a poem by Dr. Duke Redbird, an elder, poet, activist, artist, educator, and a pillar of First Nations literature in Canada. This poem describes Indigenous life on the waterfront in the GTA. It describes how their languages were influenced by Mother Nature and adopted as the names of places around Toronto.

Aitak Sorahitalab uses Iranian and Mesopotamian cultural materials in her work to highlight social and political issues. Etude uses Iranian spiral carpet designs, Eslimi, to reflect cultural diversity.

Foto Tunes

 Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

Toronto ON

Canada Post published a series of Leonard Cohen stamps, I ordered them for a friend last year.

They have been printed on mail boxes as well.

This one is at King and John.

Yonge and King

A couple of other Leonard Cohen photos, cushion found on Bloor St. West.

Click here for some interesting reading and listening at Zoomer - Moses Znaimer shares stories about his friend, Leonard Cohen.

Moses Znaimer is best-known as the co-founder of CityTV, CP24, MuchMusic, Bravo!, Space and a dozen or more popular television channels and stations; and now as a champion of the most powerful audience in Canada, the 16.1 million people aged 45-plus. Moses is the founder, president and CEO of ZoomerMedia and president of CARP.