Thursday, March 21, 2019

Thursday Doors

Linking up at Norm's Thursday Doors.

March 2019 - Mazatlan Mexico

The last of my Mazatlan doors.


BeckyB's March Spiky Squares Challenge

Toronto ON

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dutch's Photo Challenge

Dutch's Photo Challenge WONDER

Love is a WONDERful thing!

Tuesday Treasures

Tom hosts Tuesday's Treasures.

2017 - Fort Smith AR

William O. Darby (8 February 1911 – 30 April 1945) was a career United States Army officer who fought in World War II, where he was killed in action in Italy. He was posthumously promoted to brigadier general. Darby led the famous Darby's Rangers, which evolved into the U.S. Army Rangers.

William Darby.jpg
BornFebruary 8, 1911
Fort SmithArkansasUnited States
DiedApril 30, 1945 (aged 34)
Fort Smith National Cemetery, Arkansas, United States

During World War II, Darby formed the “Darby’s Rangers,” which distinguished themselves in combat from North Africa to Europe.

During his career, Darby received three Purple Hearts, two Distinguished Service Crosses, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Russian Order of Kutuzov and the French Croix de Guerre.

Little Rock-based artist Kevin Kresse was selected as the official sculptor for the project.

An Arkansas-native, Kresse has exhibited work around the state and country. His pieces have been shown in Arkansas, as well as in Memphis, Atlanta, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

The statue Kresse depicts Darby on his classic 1942 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, which was his most common mode of transportation during World War II. The Darby monument is one and one quarter life scale, with the final product standing approximately seven feet tall, and the Harley base close to nine feet long.

Kresse envisioned the monument to show Darby with one foot off the bike, and his body turned to the side looking out. The motorcycle is situated where it runs parallel to Garrison Avenue, with Darby's torso and face turned toward the street.


Stratford ON

Crazy Horse SD

Verde Canyon Arizona


BeckyB's March Spiky Squares Challenge

Toronto ON

It's only taken me half the month to realize that Toronto's most famous spike should be here!

Monday, March 18, 2019


BeckyB's March Spiky Squares Challenge

March 2019 - Toronto ON

We attended an exhibit at the AGO last week titled Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires upends and overturns familiar representations and monolithic notions of Black women today.

I took this photo specifically for this challenge!

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural

2017 - Fort Smith AR

I cannot believe I haven't posted these murals before!!! It's going to take several posts to cover them all. Click here for more Fort Smith, a great small town to visit.

Fort Smith sponsors public murals much like Rochester NY does.

The Unexpected — curated by global creative house JustKids — brings urban and contemporary art to Arkansas, culminating in an annual week-long event in downtown Fort Smith.A key element of The Unexpected, the event brings a team of international artists who add original works to a growing collection of phenomenal and unexpected public art.
VHILS is a Portuguese street artist. His internationally recognized trademark is the forming of dramatic, oversized portraits made by carving directly into outdoor walls. He has torn, drilled and blasted his way around the globe to create uncommon and striking portraits of the common citizen. His groundbreaking carving technique has been hailed as one of the most compelling approaches to art created in the street in the last decade. Using jackhammers and chisels, Vhils used his unique process to create a stunning portrait which was based on the first photographs made of Native American Cherokee.

Roa, the globe-trotting Belgian street artist brought to life another one of his lovely monochrome creatures. This time around, it’s a giant mole which is about to eat a yummy worm for its dinner.

Royal Spirits

Through her work, South African artist, Faith47, attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik, in order to advance the expression of personal truth. In this way, her work is both an internal and spiritual release that speaks to the complexities of the human condition, its deviant histories and existential search for our place in this world.

Using a wide range of media, her approach is exploratory and includes found and rescued objects, shrine constructions, painting, projection mapping, video installations, printmaking and drawings.

Madrid's Okuda San Miguel created the masterful "Universal Chapel".

Bicicleta Sem Freio (or Bicycle Without Breaks in English) was founded in Brazil in 2005. They became internationally famous for their large-scale public artworks in 2013 that can be seen in The Unites States, Europe and Brazil. The Brazilian duo spent over a week to create a big mural on the streets of Fort Smith, Arkansas. The piece is entitled Catira. Catira is a typical dance from the interior area of Brazil, where Bicicleta Sem Freio are from, and is performed by ranchers and farmers.

Houston-based artist, born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ana Maria graduated with a bachelor’s degree on Animal Sciences and simultaneously started to make art with the local street art scene. She paints and draws animals with exaggerated human features to create sympathy for her subjects. This amazing Puerto Rican street artist brought to life some of her signature unique and cute creatures with these two human-faced hybrids.


Wordless Wednesday Wordless Be There 2day Kammie's Odd Ball Challenge

September 2017 - Lincoln NE

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

March 2019 - Toronto ON

Tea for Two

John and I had lunch in the members' lounge at the AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario on Friday.

Fort Smith AR

New Orleans LA

Saturday, March 16, 2019


Bantry Ireland

First week home so there won't be much excitement in this week's post as we get back to normal. No pretty sunsets or exotic food or colourful buildings!


Six Word Saturday Mazatlan

First day home. We didn't do much. Any groceries we needed I picked up from the store in the building.

I met a friend and picked up our mail.

What do I miss from Mexico?
Sunshine, warm temperatures and friendly people. Twice weekly maid cleaning. Grocery prices! Tuna, shrimp, ceviche!

What is it nice to have back home?
Cold water from the tap, my kitchen and our own bed and pillows!!

Having my own kitchen and pantry I made clam chowder for dinner with focaccia.

Inspired Sunday Mazatlan
One Word Sunday Puzzle
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

WOW we slept in and the clocks sprung ahead so it made for a short day. As it was a gloomy one it didn't really matter.

We went out for groceries and had sticker shock at the prices for fruit and vegetables and other items.

I spent some time with a friend in the building, catching up.

I had a beef heart in the freezer so cut it up and put it in the slow cooker along with beef stock, onions, potatoes, carrots, celery, white turnip and spices.

Foto Tunes Mazatlan
Monday Mural Mazatlan
Wordless Mazatlan

Another lazy day getting back to reality. John did a Costco run.

Leftovers for dinner


Still getting caught up on laundry and stuff.

John's getting all his favourites this week oven fried chicken with broccoli.

ABC Wednesday Letter J

Other than going out to get some ingredients so John could make his salsa for lunch tomorrow we didn't do much.

Slow cooker ribs with coleslaw.

Thursday Doors Ireland
Photo a Week Challenge Colourful

Well, the best-laid plans etc etc.

John's birthday is the end of the month and this year his health card, driver's license and license plate stickers are up for renewal.
We head out together for College Park. It dawned on me on the subway that we could have made an appointment!
Service Ontario is more packed than I've ever seen. One guy was calling out the numbers for service, seems they had a system glitch so the monitors weren't working along with anything else. The clerk said it would be a 1.5 hours wait. John adamantly refused to wait that long.

Home (after a Starbucks flat white) and I logged on to make an appointment. Turns out can only make an appointment for health card, ENHANCED driver license (so you don't need a passport to cross into the US) and photo card. Oh wait, you can renew health card online, NOPE, only works if your driver's license doesn't expire for a year, which is not the case for John.

So who did the business requirements for this system????? Obviously didn't build in the scenario when both expire the same year! And why only one thing that he could renew online?? Then John is muttering why does he need the health card PLUS three pieces of ID. The government knows everything about us already!! One piece can be a mailed bill. Everyone gets their bills online these days. And it specifically states it cannot be a printout...

Can you guess I was once a business requirements analyst at one point?

OK enuf already!!!

I did my first baking this year, cranberry lemon loaf.

We had gotten our espresso machine just before we left for Mexico so John tried it out and made cappuccinos to have with our loaf.

Asian chicken lettuce wraps.

Pull Up a Seat Dublin Ireland
Weekend Roundup Letter K
Weekend Reflections Toronto ON
Wit's End Weekly Photo Challenge Dublin Ireland
Skywatch Friday Mazatlan
#SpikySquares March Challenge

A much more normal Toronto day for us.

We had tickets for an exhibit at the AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario. It is spring break here in Toronto (note to self check before getting tickets that week) so there were many kid friendly activities taking place.

We had lunch in the Members' Gallery, both dining on spinach quiche, reminding us that we love quiche and should make some soon.

We looked at a few new pieces before we went to the main exhibit.

This David Hockney piece really caught my eye.

As did this.

“Impressionism in the Age of Industry,” is a collection of work that draws connections between a city in great flux, when Paris moved quickly from a medieval place to one in the throes of the Industrial Revolution.

When I received the AGO magazine announcing a new exhibit called Femmes Noires by Mickalene Thomas, I knew I had seen her work before. It was in Boca Raton last November.

The Brooklyn-based artist has created an ode to Black womanhood for her first large-scale solo show in Canada (after exhibiting on billboards across the country as part of the 2016 Contact Photography Festival).

Her love of the French Impressionists also informs much of her work – she is devoted to reimagining the traditional in her own image.

Le déjeuner sur l’herbe: Les trois femmes noires, is a reinvention of Édouard Manet’s 1863 painting and the centrepiece of the AGO show. The 10-by-24-foot work replaces the white men and women having lunch with three Black women adorned in luxurious dresses, full Afros and rhinestones that mimic pointillism.

John made chicken wings and fries for dinner. He timed this perfectly and it was absolutely delicious.


This being St. Patrick's this weekend I thought I'd post a photo of a famous Irishman. 

Be aware; some Dubliners don’t observe conventions of politically correct speech when nicknaming their statues. Hence, the one of Oscar Wilde, in Merrion Square Park, is alternatively known as:

The quare in the square
The fag on the crag
The queer with the leer
The poof on the pouf

Funny enough, I didn't get a lot of reading done other than Her Name was Rose and let's just say "be careful what you wish for". It was a good gripping read.

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