Saturday, January 1, 2022

Grand Order of Divine Treats

January 2022 - Toronto ON

COVID  numbers continue to break records for 7 days in a row. Over 16,000 cases on December 31!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We now know family and friends who have had covid this last week. The building also has a few more cases.

We are keeping safe and avoiding catching any variants so we spent Christmas Day at home. There were lots of wishes via email, texts and video calls.
We are keeping low until I get my scheduled booster on January 4.
Sunday I started our online grocery order for delivery on Thursday. This way I have my delivery slot secured and can continue to add to the order as we think of things.
The week was pretty much all the same.
Some photos John took on a walk.

Warm enough for stand up paddle boarding?

So finally after two weeks of only one toilet, one company visit saying we needed to replace the entire toilet ($2K to meet condo requirements), multiple calls to second company unreturned, we finally had him show up today and simply replace a piece. Cost outstanding awaiting invoice. WOW HOO! Our highlight!

Thursday's cocktail was rum and eggnog, the first we've had in a few years.

New Year's Eve was more of the same. We spent the afternoon watching reruns of Prime Suspect as we loved that series and it is airing for free at the moment.


This movie had terrible reviews and ratings, a plot full of holes, but we enjoyed it as mindless entertainment.
Members of a Special Air Services team must battle a group of terrorists to save the kidnapped daughter of the prime minister.

He Who Dares

We really enjoyed Being the Ricardos is a 2021 American biographical drama film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, about the relationship between I Love Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem star as Ball and Arnaz, while J. K. Simmons, Nina Arianda, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jake Lacy, and Clark Gregg also star.

We finished Landscapers, and I'll admit, I think I need to watch it again, or read more about them.


Saturday Christmas Day turkey with stuffing, Brussel sprouts, roast potatoes and smashed cauliflower, gravy. John also had a slice of tourtiere.

Sunday leftovers

Monday leftovers

Tuesday short rib and lamb kidney stew

Wednesday fish and chips air fryer

Thursday BBQ chicken legs and sauteed bok choy, bean sprouts and broccoli

Friday NYE crab legs and baked potatoes.


I finished Jenny O'Brien's Silent Cry, a new to me author and series, Welsh female police procedural. A decent read and story although you can see the ending coming. It needed more twists.

Home Truths by Susan Lewis is not my type of book generally, too much romance but I have read her before. However it is very well written and covers off much of what is wrong these days, people struggling and working so hard to make ends meet. There are viscous neighbourhood gangs, ruthless landlords, internet predators, missing kids to drugs, all around a good read.
A good book to end the year on.

And speaking of ends, I broke my reading record this year!!
2021 - 121
2020 - 76
2019 - 87
2018 - 87
2017 - 86
2016 - 89
2015 - 85
2014 - 101
2013 - 73
2012 - 95


  1. Wow, that is a lot of books! Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year to you both! I've been reading a lot too.

  3. The COVID crap is getting depressing. I’m in Florida so it’s pretty bad here. We stay home except camping. Ugh.

    Can’t wait to see the Riccardos, it looks good and I watched the tv show growing up.
    Books - I love Jenny O’Brien’s Gaby Darin series! So far I’m caught up.

  4. You've done more than your share of reading.

  5. I think I should cook a turkey for the leftovers. But maybe I should just buy some ready-cooked turkey. We went vegetarian on Chirstmas and New Year’s. Your menus look wonderful, especially the leftovers.

    best… mae at

  6. Wow, Jackie, you had a great reading year!

    We hunkered down after numbers started climbing crazily high and we are not planning to travel until things start to settle down after New Year's. I hope to visit my aunt who is moving back to Texas in a couple of weeks.

    The Riccardos looks like a great show. I hope I get a chance to see it.

  7. Would your building suggest a company to use to repair the toilet? Perhaps it did and that was the expensive quote.

    After Googling him, Bardem looks too old to play Arnaz.

    Since we don't host Christmas anymore, I miss the huge amount of Christmas leftover food, especially the ham.

  8. Well done on a good reading year!!

    Cases are on the rise here too, and my New Years Eve was very 2021. We had plans which were cancelled at the last minute so we stayed at home and watched TV! lol

    I do love ham off the bone. Fortunately my sister had leftovers so I managed to scrounge some!


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