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Once Upon a Time 7 21
July 2021 - Toronto ON
2018 - Dundas West Toronto
Yet another rainy day, all day, on Saturday. We amused ourselves as we usually do although John had the unenviable task of trying to get our printer working again which involved a call to HP (we use their ink service and printer decided we weren't registered), a trip to the locker for a cable to connect PC to printer (HP suggestion), with no results.
Monday afternoon and you couldn't see anything but haze out the windows.
John golfed and I decided to go to Dundas West subway station to get a photo as it will soon be renamed as will Dundas St. Dundas Square and Dundas subway station in an effort to promote inclusion and reconciliation with marginalized communities. It is due to his connection to the slave trade.
I understand, however, there are many better uses of that money.
Then I walked east along Bloor St. to Dufferin station. It was getting too hot for more walking. Temperatures were feeling like mid 30s.
There are two underpasses along here mostly covered in unsightly graffiti, however, this was not touched.
Bloordale Beach is Toronto's newest unofficial beach, except that it's not really a beach.
It's not connected to a lake, or even a pond, or any kind of body of water — unless you count the occasional puddle that forms post-rainstorm, which beach-goers have aptly named the Bloordale Lagoon.
The "beach" is really just a barren, gravelly lot sitting just north of Dufferin Mall.
Fencing keeps the public (or tries to, anyway) from entering the site, which was home to the Brockton Learning Centre before the TDSB greenlit the old high school's demolition last year.
No love lost between these two neighbours! Julie Dzerowicz is a member of the Liberal Party, she has represented the Toronto riding of Davenport in the House of Commons of Canada since her initial election in 2015, and was subsequently reelected in 2019.
The sign in the window beside her storefront office says "she doesn't give a damn about you"!
John took a friend to her physio appointment in the morning and then I took him down to check out the Harbourfront Farm Boy, so I had an extra pair of hands.
Wednesday and the haze blew away with mid 20s temperatures. I went around the corner to the Village
Idiot Genius pub and I decided to order a burger and a glass of wine.
As I was walking to the pub I came across a new Homeless Jesus.
Thursday John golfed and I went for a 9:30 mani-pedi, first one since November!
From there I took the bus and subway to Bathurst and Queen W. This is the best place for house plants, it is packed to the rafters with them and even has a backyard garden with more plants.
My patio lunch spot, citrus shrimp with spicy mayo, crispy onions, pickled ginger and sushi rice.
New city signs to drivers warning them of curbside cafes.
Handing out free cans of alcohol free Bud. He even came on the bus and gave us each two cans and the driver, a case.
I repotted the plants I bought yesterday, 2 for $10. I bought this pot there as well.
Friday afternoon we headed out for patio cocktails at Rendezviews. Location is fabulous but the drinks are overpriced and overwatered. Like everything after the lockdown prices are up. Scan the QR code for menu, pay for your drinks when you order, no cash. You can order food from them (nothing gluten free) or from a Thai restaurant around the corner and they bring it over.
Ghost sign has been repainted. Click on link to read about Gelber Bros.
Two restaurants nearby are allowing their bathrooms to be used.
Our snacks are delivered wings and spring rolls.
We decided to have Rob Roys again.
Saturday and I felt like curry chicken and I tried this gluten free naan bread and they turned out quite well.
Sunday we air fried steak and had fajitas.
Monday I did oven baked spicy chicken quarters, mashed cauliflower, broccolini potatoes and sauteed purple cabbage. We have a glut of vegetables to be used up.
Tuesday spaghetti and sausage.
Wednesday I had a burger out.
Thursday ham with au gratin cauliflower and potatoes. John tried the Farm Boy gluten free cauliflower pizza for lunch, said it wasn't bad in a pinch.
Friday steak and frites.
I started watching Indian Summers.
The clip below is the full episode of season 1 episode 1.
Together we are watching Manifest, an American supernatural drama series.
I read another Belinda Bauer this week as I had enjoyed one last week. Blacklands was a good story but it seemed too short and I couldn't get vested into any of the female characters.
BUT WOW did Local Woman Missing blow me away, an incredible page turner. But like most reviews I was disappointed in the ending and the way it just snuck up with a rather unbelievable and quick finish along with several loose ends.
I started reading Consent which is strange so far.