Saturday, October 12, 2019

Thankful Abundance

October 2019 - Brookfield Place Toronto

October 2019 - Toronto ON
A closer look at a very new mural in Toronto.
And more music from the play last week.

Saturday and we headed out around 6 PM on the streetcar downtown for Nuit Blanche 2019.

Nuit Blanche 2019 is held annually on one Saturday from 7 PM to 7 AM as art beneath the stars. The theme, Continuum, responds to the interconnected and often contradictory paradoxes of life in a changing city.
There are over 300 artists exhibiting all over town. 
We've never gone before but decided there were a couple that we would like to see before having dinner out.

The streets around City Hall were closed to traffic, causing headaches for drivers, but not our problem!

We walked up Bay, that is old City Hall.

Reach For The Future, which reflects on the 25th anniversary of the Toronto Raptors. At Queen West and Bay, Espiritu will deliver an emotional performance that delves into the vulnerability behind athletes' "muscled shells." Mohamoud is creating a sculpture inspired by the Raptors' anniversary symbol.

A traditional Indigenous jingle dance took place inside the Eaton Centre Bridge, as part of Bekah Brown's Chasing Red, a beautiful depiction of the Northern Lights.

You know those stress reducing tiny zen gardens people often have on their desks like this:

...with the tiny little rake? Now imagine one the size of Nathan Phillip Square with real people racking the turquoise sand.

In the largest Japanese-inspired garden he’s ever created, Daniel Arsham will bring the moon to downtown Toronto—along with his iconic brightly coloured sand and sculptures.

The weather was great for taking night photos.

Since Queen St. was closed to traffic the food trucks were lined up.

Showing the effect of global warning on the ice caps at Metro Hall on King St. We passed by several other exhibits but didn't stop.

Can ever resist a streetcar photo.

Billboard for a new (yet another) condo that had held an interesting display of their model last year.

I was g;ad I had made a reservation at Libretto on King St. as it was crowded.

After dinner we saw this video billboard, assuming for another cannabis shop.

Cute mural at offices of Scholastic.

Once home we watched a cute movie entirely set in Toronto with Ryan Reynolds. My kind of movie, a heist with great planning and technical details.
Youtube has the entire movie available.

Sunday was deemed a pajama day but that didn't meet all rest. Two loads of laundry got done, we John put down the old living room carpet in the spare/office/den. That involved heavy lifting while I supervised. We then switched around the art in that room.



John got a new laptop, his died a painful death. So that involved resetting three old laptops back to factory standards which was not an easy feat. We can now recycle them.

For dinner I made a stew out of the remaining beef heart using homemade beef stock.


John golfed and I headed to College Park to the Bulk Barn to stock up on some spices and gluten free graham cracker crumbs.

Across from College Park, corner Yonge and Carlton.

I had posted the No Name advertising campaign at Union Station a week ago, and here are some additions.

Baked chocolate peanut butter cookies. Pronounced by John as better than Reeces.

Growing up we always ordered curry chicken from Chinese restaurants. We then moved on to eating curry in Indian restaurants. Now I make our curries using coconut milk. But I was craving Chinese style curry chicken and this recipe worked perfectly except we both missed the really large slices of onion, next time!


John did a Costco run and I baked tons of blueberry coffee cake, also delicious.

Bottom before we flipped.

I went to Longo's to stock up on their steaks, on sale at 50% off!!

While there I went over to Winner's and saw this.

Waiting for the bus, not sure what he is handing out, on the sign above Super Star he wrote "Jesus Christ".

Wednesday was so gorgeous John golfed and I went for a haircut. But first I got distracted by the World Press Photo 2019 exhibition.

Visit the World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 on its world-wide tour showcasing the stories that matter with photography from the 62nd annual World Press Photo contest.
The winners were chosen by an independent jury that reviewed more than 78,801 photographs entered by 4,738 photographers from 129 countries.

Zoom to read the descriptions.

Baked these absolutely fantastic gluten free muffins - cranberry orange. Definitely a keeper. I used (because I had it) apple butter instead of apple sauce.



Thursday and it continued to be fantastic sweater weather.

My BFF and I headed to the AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario with no particular plan.

Another view of the new Birdo off Dundas that I showed a few weeks ago, so difficult to photograph.

We stumbled on the Members' Preview for the Early Rubens exhibit. So we grabbed our free tickets and spent two mesmerizing hours.

The AGO link includes an audio description of the exhibit.

A master storyteller whose larger-than-life paintings illustrate scenes from mythology, history and the Bible, the dramatic flair of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) comes to the AGO this fall. Famous at a young age, the exhibition explores Rubens’s virtuosic artworks, the evolution of his studio, his innovative adoption of early copyright law and Antwerp’s own violent history. Featuring over 30 large-scale paintings – including several never before shown in North America – and more than 20 works on paper, Early Rubens opens in Toronto on Oct. 12, 2019.

Each room was painted in stunning jewel tones to highlight the magnificent paintings.
Photography was not allowed of some paintings.

Lamentation of Christ.

“The Dreaming Silenus” (1610–12)

“Head of Medusa” (circa 1617-18) shown in this poster upper right, was on display but no photos allowed.

This is an internet image of it. It was incredible to see the original.

“Daniel in the Lions’ Den” (circa 1614-1616)

The gift shops are always a work of art, matching the exhibit.

This was the cover of one of the guidebooks. Who os this stunning woman?

The Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria is an oil-on-canvas painting by Flemish artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens, dating to 1606. It was commissioned by Marchese Giacomo Massimiliano Doria of Genoa and shows his wife (and cousin) shortly after their wedding in 1605; she came from the equally prominent Spinola family. He died in 1613 and she remarried another Doria.

The Members' Lounge had a line up so we headed to Baldwin St. and made a great choice in Bodega where we both had excellent spinach quiche.

We strolled along Baldwin to Spadina where we poked in and out of Chinatown shops.

For dinner we had a good "fry up" with John's purchases below along with mushrooms, fried potatoes and eggs.

Friday morning and the sun is reflecting off the buildings in Mississauga, west of us. The curvy building in the middle is known as Marilyn Monroe.

John golfed.

While I went to look for a new mural on Adelaide. Just a sneak peak.

Sometimes a gal's just gotta buy herself flowers.

It's Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday so we are heading into a long weekend of baking, talking turkey, theatre and a family dinner.


October 2019 - Winners Lake Shore Toronto

Just finishing up Atwood's The Heart Goes Last, a light-hearted dystopian satirical adventure with sex dolls and Elvis impersonators.

Then I received a library copy of The Handmaid's Tale to read next.

Beth hosts Weekend Cooking where you can post anything food related.
Saturday Snapshots is hosted by A Web of Stories.
Sunday Salon


  1. Wonderful Nuit Blanche shots. They had that festival here for three or four years, but haven't since.

  2. Another week crammed full of cool stuff! I did laugh at the supervising of the carpet, this is so me too!
    I'm also really craving baked chocolate peanut butter cookies after seeing yours! x #MMBC

  3. Hope your holiday weekend is grand. Love the Nuit Blanche 2019 photos. Great job on the GF baking, everything looks really good. You're very lucky to be in a city with so much art -- from the murals and other street art to the photo exhibit and Rubin!

  4. So many wonderful photos - so much to see. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I made cinnamon muffins today..a quick breakfast for my girls

    Wishing you a great reading week

  6. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I always feel happy when I contemplate all my blessings. And the food is amazing. We don't celebrate until November, however. Still, it never hurts to be as thankful as one can.

    I think I like your street art best. Street art is something everyone gets to experience and share. Museums are nice, too, but not everyone can afford to go there, I suppose.

    Enjoy your Atwood run. She challenges us all to do better.

    Have a lovely week!

  7. Extreme fashion worn by Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria. We could do with some do not block intersection signs here, especially as the police are not interested in any enforcement of road law.

  8. Andrew, don't bother wasting money on do not block intersection signs, as our police have absolutely no interest in enforcing road law especially as it pertains to pedestrians. And that particular corner is one of the worst for cars blocking the cross walks. Even if they happen to put cops directing traffic it doesn't matter, we still take our lives in our hands crossing on foot.

  9. Great you could see the Rubens exhibition! Looking at the thumbnail - her face is actually done in a very modern way -he must have been far ahead of his time! The one with the snakes is beyond macabre, but stunning! Have to admit am not to fond of the Raptors sculpture of the hands. Now I think of it, I only know Thai curries, and not the Chinese! So much to see Jackie. Like your new couch, looks luxurious and very comfortable! Many thanks for sharing your week with us at All Seasons - have an inspiring week!

  10. Happy holiday, Jackie! So much to eat- so little time :) :)


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