Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Canadian Artist of the Day

Flowers on a Chair
Goodridge Roberts 1940

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

T for Tuesday

 T Stands For is hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard

November 2022 - Toronto ON

Some Christmas mugs I found lately.

And some crafty mug ideas I found. Source is indicated.


I couldn't find a source for this.

Signs 2

Joining Tom at Signs2.
Wordless Wednesday Wordless Be There 2day

Las Vegas NV

Treasure Island

New York New York

Tuesday Treasures

 Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

London England

Since I have been bingeing The Crown, I was reminded of our visit to Kensington Palace on a beautiful May day.

Kensington Palace in London is a working Royal residence. Of great historical importance, Kensington Palace was the favourite residence of successive sovereigns until 1760. It was also the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria.

With formal gardens, water features and 265 acres of parkland, Kensington Gardens must be one of the most beautiful of the London parks. While open to the public, it somehow has an intimate feel, due to its association as the ‘back garden’ of Kensington Palace, home to many members of the Royal Family.

Queen Victoria sculpted by her daughter Princess Louise.

I love this trellis but can't find any information about it.

In 1981, in the part of the palace that George I had built for the Duchess of Kendal, Apartments 8 and 9 were combined to create the London residence of the newly married Prince of Wales and his wife, Diana, and it remained the official residence of Diana after their divorce until her death. Her sons, Princes William and Harry were raised in Kensington Palace and went to local nursery and pre-preparatory schools in Notting Hill, which is a short drive away. According to Andrew Morton, the palace was a "children's paradise" with its long passageways, a helicopter pad, and many outdoor gardens, including one on the roof where the family spent many hours.

Canadian Artist of the Day

The Excitement of First Heavy Snow
William Kurelek 1974

Monday, November 28, 2022

Blogger and Comments

 November 2022 - Toronto ON

I am also experiencing that annoying Blogger problem with comments. The only way I can now leave comments (even on my own blog) is by opening an incognito window, then logging into my Google account.

Monday Mural

  I'm linking up at Monday Mural

November 2022 - Toronto ON

We picked up gluten free cannolis on Friday and finally got a shot of the finished mural.

Well, John took it, as I stepped out to take it!

Work in progress - photo courtesy of Holy Cannoli Facebook.

Before Long Branch became a village, it was the home to Loyalist Col. Sam Smith, who was one of the earliest settlers in Etobicoke. His cabin was located near Etobicoke Creek and survived into the 1950s. Col. Smith was granted a large tract of land for his service in the Queen's Rangers in 1797, which eventually extended from what is now Kipling Avenue to the original course of the Etobicoke River (now Creek), and south of Bloor Street to Lake Ontario after Col. Smith acquired additional parcels of land. The southern portion of this tract would include all of Long Branch and the westernmost portion of New Toronto, south of the railway line.

Canadian Artist of the Day

The Couple
Philip Sybal 1995

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Sweetie Pie

                                                   2021 - QUEEN ST. WEST

November 2022 - Toronto ON

Saturday was a lazy one as John's neck was still sore, the worst day so far. 
Sunday I cleaned out the fridge, made beef stock from leftover steak bones, did laundry etc.
His neck was feeling much better by the end of the week.

My knitting is coming along.

Buffalo on Sunday 7 feet of snow!

John went to Costco on Monday $370 later...but we were out of a lot of stuff and he did get three packs of ground veal, two large packs of bacon, a ham, and large packages of boneless skinless chicken thighs and skin on thighs. There were also a lot of fruit and vegetables, butter, cheese, sour cream, coffee etc.
Friday we went to Farm Boy for a "few things" $175 later. To be fair, we have been using up a lot of freezer and pantry items in the last couple of months.
We also stopped to get gluten free cannolis.

My hibiscus is happy to be inside.

As is the geranium!

Tuesday we were both up early expecting the cleaning lady at 9, we have to tidy up first!
She messaged that she had to see the lawyer about her permanent residency so could she come tomorrow afternoon or next week? I said next week, I didn't want her in the afternoon. She had just asked on Sunday if she could switch to Tuesdays until the end of the year. But now she said she will continue on Wednesdays. She's had a rough time lately, her little 6 month old was in the hospital with that nasty RSV that is going around.

I was going to get my hair cut at 10:30 but got lazy.

We lost 1-0 to Belgium.

Thursday I was supposed to meet my BFF for lunch, but she realized that the Toronto Argonauts (Canadian Football) victory rally would be right at Union Station so everything would be packed at lunch hour so we rescheduled.

John went for an MRI and x-ray on his hip/groin. This was the view as he took the bus home.

The restaurant is our building is ready for Christmas! Use this link

The lobby is being decorated for the holidays.

I am tired of our cushions in the living room so ordered some from Amazon. They came on Friday.


Saturday I used the last of the ham we had frozen with mashed turnip carrot potatoes and Brussel sprouts.

Sunday roast beef (on special at Longo's) roast potatoes broccolini and gravy.

Monday Mongolian beef (leftovers) and rice. John loved the sauce from this recipe and it certainly improved the rather boring leftover beef. I added peppers, onions and tomatoes.

Tuesday Quiche (leftover ham) with mushrooms and salad
I finally baked this gluten free bread mix I had bought last year! And wouldn't you know it, it was absolutely perfect! Best bread ever...and it is discontinued!!!!
No wonder it is so good, it was created by Thomas Keller's chefs at French Laundry. I searched recipe blogs for a good gluten free bread and found that many also liked this flour. I couldn't find it anywhere to buy, mostly out of stock. I finally found it at Healthy Planet Canada and bought two bags of the flour and one bag of the wholesome flour.

Wednesday quiche and salad

Masala roast chicken with spicy onions, I added tomatoes. You can use any type of chicken, I used thighs. The recipe also includes potatoes but we had salad to use up. This is a very tasty dish, although we wished the skin had gotten crispier.

Friday steak, peppers, mushrooms and onions.


The Man with the Iron Heart (released as HHhH in France and Killing Heydrich in Canada) is a 2017 biographical action-thriller film.
In 1942, the Czech resistance in London sends two young recruits to Prague to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, the most ruthless Nazi leader who is the Reich-protector, head of the SS and the Gestapo, and the architect of the Final Solution.

The Stranger  is a 2022 Australian psychological crime thriller film starring Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris. Based on the non-fiction book The Sting: The Undercover Operation That Caught Daniel Morcombe's Killer by Kate Kyriacou, and inspired by the murder investigation of Daniel Morcombe,the film follows an investigation of a child abduction case, with an undercover police officer (Edgerton) in a sting operation tasked with getting close to and forming a friendship with the prime suspect (Harris). Really good, dark and sinister.

Netflix’s Norwegian crime thriller drama series “The Lorenskog Disappearance” is a dramatized semi-fictional retelling of a high-profile case that shook Norway in 2018. Following the abduction of a billionaire’s wife from their own house, the Norwegian police looked into various leads and theories to try and solve the already convoluted case.

I'm still on The Crown kick, almost finished season 5.
I watched The Traitor King about Edward's involvement with the Nazis.
John recorded (for me!) Prince Andrew: Banished and we both watched it.


The Other Husband was a decent read with a bit of a stretch plot, rather convoluted.

Read The Last Queen. It tells the same stories as The Crown with lots of background and additional details on those episodes. I totally enjoyed it.
Oddly, the book does not cover the Al Fayeds' background at all, other than mentioning the elder bought Harrod's and the incident of the photo taken of Diana and Dodi on a private yacht.