Monday, January 31, 2022

Featured Canadian Artist of the Day

Lemons in the Window
Woldemar Neufeld n.d.

Woldemar Neufeld was born in 1909 in Russia and moved to Ontario, Canada, in 1924, where he attended night school at the Ontario College of Art. He subsequently enrolled in the Cleveland Institute of Art and then studied at Case Western Reserve University, graduating in 1941 with a degree in art education.

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural

June 2015 - Toronto ON

An odd selection of murals that were found in Graffiti Alley in Toronto. 

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Featured Canadian Artist of the Day

Portrait of Frances Holgate
Lilias Torrence Newton c. 1925

Part of an important group of women artists to emerge from Montreal between the wars, Lilias Torrance Newton was one of Canada's most successful and respected portrait painters. In some 300 portraits of friends, fellow-artists and leading Canadian figures, she conveyed sympathy for her subjects and an understanding of character. Of her subjects, it was her intimate circle that inspired her best work, notable for its informality and sometimes unconventional poses. Newton was the first Canadian to paint portraits of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Two Cracked Eggs

Savannah GA 2017

January 2022 - Toronto ON

When Ontario relaxes its COVID-19 restrictions at the end of the month, movie theatres will be able to reopen at 50 per cent capacity – though the concession stands will remain closed.
Proof of vaccination will be required, and masks are mandatory for all staff, visitors and guests.
Restaurants/museums(YEAH) may reopen January 31 after temporary closure January 5, 50% capacity, masks required when not sitting at table, QR code vaccination proof required.

What drivel from an English blogger regarding the Canadian Truckers Freedom Convoy. She actually defends this behaviour, a bunch of redneck white supremist imbeciles who don't represent the 90% of us. These morons don't realize that the US requires truckers to be vaccinated to cross into the States. 
There is no supply chain breakdown in grocery stores the shelves are packed.
Defiling national war memorials is disgusting. Bunch of freedumb asses with their confederate flags.

Anyone else sick of Bloglovin's "servers are over capacity" nonsense?

Devastated to see Amy lose on Jeopardy. Even John said, the next day, it's boring without her. I had high hopes on Rhone, a librarian, who beat her. However, when he couldn't answer "author of The Good Earth" I threw my hands up in despair.

Saturday I made jam from some leftover fruit - tangerine, grapefruit, orange and lemon. I also made scrambled egg quesadillas for John's lunch, yesterday I had made him a ham and cheese quesadilla. He was out of gluten free bread and I had placed an order but the company has come back to me twice this week saying they are experiencing supply issues and hope to ship on Monday. I had coconut flour tortillas in the freezer so I am using those.
His bread arrived on Wednesday.
I received my new baking pans. My medium sized cookie sheet had bit the dust and the little roasting pan I liked had the "paint/coating" wearing off the rack making it yucky. Also had a brain storm of where to store these oversized pieces in water cooler cupboard!! I put the big pizza trays in there as well.

Also received a new bread flour to try.

Tuesday we scrambled to shower as the building was doing regular maintenance on the hot water tanks. Since John is nursing a sore ankle we had a movie afternoon and I finished my last cactus embroidery.

Picked up John's latest scotch order in time for Robbie Burns day.

Wednesday was cold and sunny, around 5 some fog rolled in and we had a short but spectacular sunset.

Thursday after using the golf simulator (now back to 2 hour bookings) he headed to Costco, the first time since early December.


Saturday slow cooker ribs and coleslaw

Sunday chicken fajitas, one sheet pan in oven

Monday pork chops, mashed potatoes and turnips 

Tuesday since we are enjoying fruit and yogurt for breakfast I made apple raisin pancakes for lunch. I often substitute applesauce for an egg but this time I used a banana instead (I have a glut of them in the freezer because they are so cheap and plentiful from Costco's). The banana added such a great sweetness and creaminess to the flavour. Perfect for lunch since we still haven't received our gluten free bread order (supply chain issues) so no sandwiches.
Fish (haddock, shrimp, clams) chowder

Wednesday burgers and fries with dipping sauce (mayo, ketchup, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar) should have added hot sauce as well.

Thursday lunch was air fryer grilled cheese, no mess no cleanup.
These hard shells are gluten free, however, we have no idea how you are supposed to pick these up, they break immediately. Instead we broke them up and ate it like a taco salad bowl. Served with salsa (Farm Boy, not a fan), sour cream, hot sauce, cabbage, tomatoes, red onions, cilantro and cheese.

 Call me a food snob but I have never bought a rotisserie chicken before and it was perfect especially at $8!! 

So far, 2 dinners, 2 lunches and at least another lunch and possibly the rest will go into the soup.  I took all the meat off and put the bones in the soup pot. Said soup pot is now on the porch (perfect freezer at the moment -18C feels like -25C). Forecast is for it to feel like -35C overnight!

Friday steak and loaded baked potato.


So there I was getting ready to enjoy Endeavour season 7 on Prime. The series that chronicles the early career and life of Inspector Morse, and Prime had pulled it. I can wait.

I found Britain's Best Home Cooks series 1 and 2.

We watched season 4 of Ozark and the first episode of Billions.

Also saw the movie The Tender Bar.

Really enjoyed The Courier, a 2020 historical spy film. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Greville Wynne, a British businessman who was recruited by the Secret Intelligence Service to be a message conduit with a Russian spy source Oleg Penkovsky (played by Merab Ninidze) in the 1960s.

Cooking with Mary Berry on my laptop. It would be an excellent book for a beginning cook, as it covers all the basics at the beginning. It has a great collection of recipes for a starting chef. I didn't really get anything out of it.

Finished the fourth in Jenny O'Brien's series Lost Souls.

Started Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary, a new to me Irish author and was nominated for the Costa First Novel Award 2017.

Featured Canadian Artist of the Day

Moose of the Far North
Eddy Cobiness ~ Ojibwe 1976

Eddy Cobiness was a Canadian artist born in Warroad, Minnesota in 1933. He was an Ojibwa-Indian and his art work is characterized by scenes from the life outdoors and nature. He began with realistic scenes and then evolved into more abstract work. He belonged to the “Woodland School of Art” and was a prominent member of the "Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporation”, better known as the “Indian Group of Seven”.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Weekend Roundup

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

Starts with D
DAWN - chosen by Tom


I'm going to feature the many Toronto tattoo and cannabis outlets that are proliferating around the city.

Starts with D
Toronto cannabis franchise with locations around the city.


Sunrise in Lyon France


DOG by Birdo

Featured Canadian Artist of the Day

Morning after Snow, High Park
J.E.H. MacDonald 1912

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Reposted January 27 2022
Published October 2018

October 2012 - Budapest Hungary

On Sunday I showed you a tour we took called the Jewish Interest in Budapest Hungary.

The tour continued with a stop at the Holocaust Museum. Unfortunately, we did not have a lot of time and you could easily spend a whole day here. Some people, however, cannot handle it and often come back out immediately. 

The museum was created around a synagogue which is no longer in use as there are not enough Jews left in Budapest to support the number of synagogues they had before the Holocaust. 

The Holocaust Memorial Center pays tribute to the victims of the Hungarian Holocaust. The complex, inaugurated in 2004, houses a synagogue, a museum and an inner courtyard with a glass memorial wall dedicated to the over 500,000 victims with their names inscribed on the wall. The museum's permanent exhibition tells the history of the Holocaust through the stories of individuals in an interactive way. Original documents and personal belongings are on display.

It was an eerie, disturbing place to visit. It also includes the gypsies, Romas as part of the displays as the Nazis included them in their persecutions as well.

When the Soviet Army captured Budapest on January 17-18, 1945, it was too late to save the lives of 564,500 Jews who had been sent to the various death-camps run by the Nazis. The Budapest SS headquarters, however, was over-run by the Soviets before the Nazis were able to destroy a huge number of papers which documented their efforts to annihilate the Hungarian Jews. These documents, together with many of the photographs that are part of this essay, were bundled up by the Soviets and stored in the basement of the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior where they remained unseen for over forty years.

As you walked around in partial darkness, you could hear footsteps following you.

 One of the priests who saved many Jews.

Glass chairs represent the victims in the unused synagogue.

Outside in the courtyard.

The practice of burying the dead with flowers is almost as old as humanity. Even in prehistoric caves some burial sites have been found with evidence that flowers were used in interment. But Jew­ish authorities have often objected to bringing flowers to the grave. There are scattered Talmudic mentions of spices and twigs used in burial (Berakhot 43a, Betzah 6a). Yet the prevailing view was that bringing flowers smacks of a pagan custom.

That is why today one rarely sees flowers on the graves in traditional Jewish cemeteries. Instead there are stones, small and large, piled without pattern on the grave, as though a community were being haphazardly built.

But stones have a special character in Judaism. In the Bible, an altar is no more than a pile of stones, but it is on an altar that one offers to God. The stone upon which Abraham takes his son to be sacrificed is called even hashityah, the foundation stone of the world. The most sacred shrine in Judaism, after all, is a pile of stones — the Western Wall.

I like this explanation.

While flowers may be a good metaphor for the brevity of life, stones seem better suited to the permanence of memory. Stones do not die.

 We make one more stop at a very sad memorial that will send shivers up your spine. It is called Shoes on the Danube and is located in front of the parliament and between the two bridges along the Danube.

The Shoes on the Danube is a memorial to the Budapest Jews who were shot by Arrow Cross militiamen between 1944 and 1945. The victims were lined up and shot into the Danube River. They had to take their shoes off, since shoes were valuable belongings at the time.
The Nazis had installed the fascist Hungarian Red Arrow Party as the country’s national government. Herds of Red Arrow members, mostly teenage boys, would rampage the streets of Budapest firing at will at Jews. The most notorious massacres were when mobs of supporters would round up groups of Jews and march them to the banks of the Danube. Here, after being made to take off their shoes, they would be blasted into the icy waters. Around 10,000 to 15,000 were killed in this way.

The memorial was created by Gyula Pauer, Hungarian sculptor, and his friend Can Togay in 2005. It contains 60 pairs of iron shoes, forming a row along the Danube. Each pair of shoes was modeled after an original 1940's pair.

Featured Canadian Artist of the Day

Dawson City
Ted Harrison 1989

"Life is a rainbow road, multicoloured with the most brilliant hues and contrasting with the darkest tones. It is illuminated by the light of success, and rutted by the tracks of failure. Tears of sadness and joy wash its surface while the clouds of doubt and insecurity dapple its course. As we traverse this highway we can reach the highest pinnacles or descend to the darkest valleys.

Finally, when the end of the road is in sight, we may cast our eyes to the distant horizon where everything began; and say with conviction,
"That sure was one hell of a journey."— TED HARRISON

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Featured Canadian Artist of the Day

Lorne Crescent (Snow clearing at night)
Marion Dale Scott 1936

Marian Dale Scott RCA (née Dale; 26 June 1906 – 28 November 1993)

She was born Marian Mildred Dale in Montreal. She showed talent at an early age: her first works were exhibited in 1918. She attended The Study, a private school for girls, for three years and later became one of the first students at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal in 1924. After study in London at the Slade School of Art, she returned to her home city, where in 1928 she married the poet and law professor F. R. Scott. They had one son, the diplomat Peter Dale Scott.

Scott's career began with landscapes, followed by cityscapes which reflected her social concerns. In the 1940s, she turned to abstraction, seeking inspiration in scientific literature.

In the 1930s, Scott was active in anti-fascist movements and the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, which her husband had helped found. She also taught art to disadvantaged children as part of an organization set up by her close friend Norman Bethune. As a pacifist, she campaigned for nuclear disarmament in the 1950s and against the Vietnam War in the 1960s.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Featured Canadian Artist of the Day

Cottingham School in Winter I
Christiane Pflug 1968

The precise, mysterious painting style of Christiane Pflug has led to her categorization as a magical realist. A devoted mother of two, her subject matter was often dictated by the objects and viewpoints available to her in her domestic space. Themes of nostalgia, melancholia, and tradition occur throughout her work.

Born in Germany in 1936 to a single mother, Pflug spent most of her young life in foster homes in Bavaria, Germany and Austria. Her mother had volunteered as a Red Cross nurse, sending a four year-old Christiane away to keep her safe from the violence of Berlin. Regine, a fashion designer by trade, encouraged her daughter to be creative and artistic, and once the family was reunited in the late 1940s, Christiane worked in her mother’s studio. In 1953 she relocated to Paris to study at the fashion institute of Ecole Baziot. It was in Paris that she met Michael Pflug, a young doctor whom she would eventually marry.

The two were married in 1956, moving shortly thereafter to Tunisia, for Michael’s work. There, the couple had their two daughters, Esther and Ursula. They and their toys become some of Christiane’s frequent subjects (Kitchen Door and Esther) (Kitchen Door in Winter II). In 1959, they moved to Toronto, Canada.

In Canada, Pflug enjoyed considerable success. She was represented by Avrom Isaacs’ Gallery from 1962-1967, and had retrospective exhibitions of both her drawings and paintings at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Hart House, and the Sarnia Art Gallery. She sold every one of her paintings exhibited in her first show with Isaacs (1962), and received Canada Council grants in 1967 and 1968. Christiane Pflug ended her life at Toronto Island’s Hanlan’s Point in 1972.

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Toronto ON

Wine label

Frisky Beaver Winery Port Dover ON

Toronto LCBO

Monday, January 24, 2022

Tuesday Treasures

 Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

Toronto ON

From 1963 to 1976, Friar's Tavern served as one of the Yonge Street strip's most popular nightclubs. When it opened, the tavern boasted that it featured "the finest in food." But its musical offerings were truly superb, ranging from jazz great Oscar Peterson and rock legends Bill Haley & the Comets to local heroes Levon and the Hawks, whose presence at the club brought Bob Dylan to town. 
In 1965, Bob Dylan's world was a-changing. He'd already recorded his electric masterpiece "Like a Rolling Stone" and performed his plugged-in set at the Newport Folk Festival. But he needed his own backup band. Enter Mary Martin, a Toronto woman who was working for Dylan's manager in New York. At Martin's urging, Dylan flew to Toronto on September 15 to check out her favourites, Levon and the Hawks, at the Friar's. 
He first heard them play on the morning of September 16 and for the next two nights, Dylan and the group rehearsed after hours and forged a thrilling, hard-edged sound. After touring the world with Dylan, and making a return appearance at Toronto's Massey Hall in November, Levon and the Hawks relocated to Woodstock, New York, and became famous as The Band. With Dylan, they went on to generate bestselling albums and a sold-out North American tour in 1974 that included two nights at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. But their fruitful partnership had begun at Friar's Tavern, an event that Time magazine declared "the most decisive moment in rock history."

The building now is, sadly, a Shoppers' Drug Mart, but they did create a small museum upstairs.

Photo courtesy of Canadian Encyclopedia

A year later, the music club shifted gears to rock ’n roll where acts included Bill Haley and the Comets, Robbie Lane and the Disciples as well as the Silhouettes.
In the summer of 1965, the historic Friar’s Tavern was the first to feature go-go dancers to accompany the bands on stage. On raised platforms or in gilded cages, dancers in short skirts with rows of fringes dazzled spectators. The stage show and fad caught like wildfire at the local clubs and bands didn’t look complete performing without them. David Clayton-Thomas and the Shays were one of the first groups in Toronto to share the stage with go-go dancers.

Yonge and Dundas facing South in 1964. You can see part of the Friar's sign in this photo.

The 3-storey building was constructed in 1918 for the American restaurant chain, Child’s Restaurants. Designed by the restaurant’s New York City architect, JC Westervelt, the Beaux-Arts Classicism style building was home to the restaurant on the main floor with Karry’s Billiards and Bowling on the upper floors.

From 1978 until 2017, the building was home to the Hard Rock Cafe – a new Yonge Street landmark. 
Photo from BlogTO when it opened.

Those famous walls were once again filled with music but this time with an extensive collection of rock’n roll memorabilia including musical instruments, autographed photos of famous musicians and even some of the clothing they wore.
This is how I knew it looking. And no I don't think I was ever in it.

Then Shoppers' moved in.