Linking up at Marg at The Intrepid Reader
January 2021 - Toronto ON
2019 - Antibes South of France
New word to me. Poster created using our photo.
Here we go again! A month long emergency stay at home directive beginning Thursday January 14. Considering we've been locked down since end November this is nothing new.
US Canada border remains closed until the end of February.
The days pass. Other than John taking some walks, going to order his wine we didn't really go anywhere.
The lake isn't frozen, I'm not sure what the swans do if it does freeze. Temperatures have been too warm.
It's been grey like this most of the week.Makes staying home easier.
A dusting of snow that didn't last. I am demanding a proper Canadian snowstorm!!
We planned on going out on Wednesday, just to Longo's, to stock up on some items we can't get elsewhere. But then decided we didn't really need to.
Instead we sat to watch a movie on Wednesday afternoon (gasp) with popcorn and the blinds lowered.
Our new popcorn maker replacing our 15 year old one.
I did some shopping online.
Got some beeswax wrappers to try and some reusable baggies. We used the reusable bags on our Longo order and they worked well.
I wanted the beeswax wraps for the butter, I am so tired of the messy foil it comes in that tears so easily. The wrap works well. We will use it on the cheese as well.
I was searching for suction cups forever, finally bought a package and got this small stained glass that I had bought eons ago in Dingle Ireland.
Rearranged some towels to closet in our bedroom, next to the bathroom, so John doesn't have to shout for a towel when in the shower! So this pulmonia had to move and John suggested using another of the suction cups to hang it in our Mexican themed bedroom.
We got to talking about air fryers (we have a deep fryer) and the fact they don't need much/any oil. Our deeper is bigger than we need, uses a lot of oil and is cumbersome. I looked around and liked the Cuisinart, but then I am a huge Cusinart fan anyway. John checked his credit points and got us one!
How sad we both laughed at this on Facebook on Thursday!
Thursday we drove to Longo's and I picked up some stuff, and realized they have their BOGO (buy one get one free) sale on as I left and picked up the flyer.
So we headed back on Friday to stock up.
On the way to Longo's I got this photo of Loblaw's latest store with the original refurbished sign. I had written about our visit in November.
We normally take the shuttle bus to Longo's or John waits outside in the car while I run in. It dawned on me that they have free underground parking in their building which is shared with an upscale boutique hotel, an office building and a condo.
The elevator to the store is decorated to resemble old-fashioned doors.
We got home and there was a parcel at the loading dock which I picked up along with a freebie!!
2020 - Manulife Centre Bloor St. W Toronto
A great way to start a Saturday morning, John made the perfect omelet, chock full of mushrooms, green peppers, onions and cheese.
Dinner was a mish mash of leftovers with a salad. Fridge is slowly getting cleared out. I made a lime mousse using my lemon mousse recipe.
Sunday started with pumpkin pancakes and sausages.
Dinner was pho Vietnamese noodle soup with shrimp.
Monday homemade pizza, using the boxed mixes I had bought.
Tuesday hamburger stew to use up some vegetables along with mashed parsnip turnip potatoes.
Wednesday pork belly and more vegetables that needed using, broccolini, bok choy, bean sprouts.
Thursday Asian wraps (copy cat PF Chang's) using ground pork but I made the sauce from the Korean meat ball wraps.
Friday steak sandwiches with mushrooms, peppers and cheese. Trivet is one of my shopping spree items this week as is the lighted bottle at the back.
I'm afraid we abandoned The Flight Attendant mid-flight. I had really enjoyed the book but the series wasn't working for me, too flighty. John hadn't read the book and we finally looked at each other and said nope, not working.
John also bailed on Parasite.
We found Lupin and enjoyed that. It is forecasted to be Netflix's best international hit and top show of 2021.
We finished season 8 of Wentworth.
I finished Ozark!! I started watching Magic City that John had watched last year.
And started watching Jack Taylor series on Netflix. Written by Ken Bruen, an Irish writer and set in Galway. I've read many of the books so am very excited to watch this.
The Guards - Youtube has the entire first episode.
I kind of watched Netflix Best Leftovers Ever series while I was in the kitchen doing other things.
We watched Late Night with Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling,
I finished Good Faith and it was a very good start to a new year of reading even though the ending was evident. I enjoyed the con game, the history of the the Savings and Loans scandals. Set in the early 80s and mainly revolves around the real estate business and really not much happens, there is regentrification and McMansions.
I finished Look Homeward, Angel as part of my self-improved intentions but I must say it was painful. I had no patience for the main character, Oliver. I'll just chalk it up to done ✅
As an aside, I chose this book because Wyatt, a character in Ozark, said it was the best American novel. Who says you can't learn something watching Netflix.
Started Rich Radiant Slaughter which is shaping up to be a quick no brainer read but I have now abandoned. I just couldn't get into it.
However, I am happily enthralled with Cruel Acts.
I chose 1984 as my classic of the week. I read this many years ago.