Saturday, December 2, 2023

Bad Blowfish

  Linking up with Marg at The Intrepid Reader
December 2023 - Toronto ON

November 2023 - Toronto ON

Saturday we were packed up and on the road to Montreal at 10. Easy drive, checked into the hotel around 4 PM as we hit traffic in Dorion QC due to a bridge being closed for the weekend! 

The moon was up!

We then headed to John's son's house where we had drinks and then walked to a neighbourhood restaurant for dinner.

Delicious, but can't find it at the LCBO!

Sunday we slept in and then went for brunch with his daughter and SIL. This was a great gluten free place that knew how to cater to celiacs. GF beer, buns and a dedicated fryer! 

We drove home on Monday, leaving at 9 and arriving home around 4.

Monday was a lazy day after the drive.

John used the golf simulator on Tuesday and Thursday.

We had plans to go to Canoe on Tuesday for our wedding anniversary, but it was cold out so we cancelled and ordered Chinese instead! It provided lunch and another dinner.

Wednesday we ended up staying home. John spent time downstairs working out, swimming, and sauna.

I potted some rooting plants. I also spent time scanning photos and getting rid of a good pile of them.

Thursday I went shopping and our meat order arrived while I was out. They sent to lamb chops and the steaks at the same time.

John did a spectacular job carrying his lunch, spilling his water and breaking a side plate!

Friday we headed downtown, in the pouring rain, but we wouldn't be outside. John wanted new jeans, alas, we didn't find any at College Park but did go to the $ store and picked up weekend groceries. 

It's great to see all the new spots opening in Union Station.

Traffic down and back was crazy! A gazillion full school buses descended on Scotiabank Arena, I've got no idea what the kids were seeing, but it seriously messed up traffic, our buses were running 1.5 hours behind schedule.


Not much of that, this week.

Saturday - Montreal mussels and branzino with fries

Sunday - lunch out soup and cheese for dinner

Monday - ordered Swiss Chalet chicken

Tuesday - ordered Chinese Mandarin

Wednesday - Chinese leftovers

Thursday - pork chops mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts

Friday - steak, baguette and mushrooms


The Railway Men 2023 mini-series - based on a true story, after a deadly gas leaks from a factory in Bhopal, brave railway workers risk their lives to save others in the face of an unspeakable disaster. Excellent!

Criminal Code - follows the complex work of federal police officers in an unprecedented investigation that culminates in the beginning of a thread that unravels, like no other, the construction of crime in the country.

A Nearly Normal Family 2023 Swedish mini-series wow! The world of a seemingly perfect family shatters when a shocking murder proves that they're willing to make desperate moves to protect one another.


I enjoyed The Address, although I much preferred the history of The Dakota in 1884 over the 1985 storyline. The storyline is based on the fictional Camden family. The 1884 character, Sara, was annoying but I had absolutely no empathy or likeness for either of the 1985 characters, there was nothing substantial about either Bailey or Miranda.

The details about the building of The Dakota and NYC history kept me interested.
I also liked the reference to Nellie Bly.

I had trouble getting into Girl, Forgotten but eventually found its groove. 

I started  finished The Lost Girls of Willowbrook, I'm intrigued enough to learn about the history of Willowbrook but find the writing a bit YA. WOW it turned out to be a great read!


  1. Love it when a book surprises you and ends up being a good read!!

    Thanks for linking up with Weekend Cooking.

  2. Happy anniversary to you both.
    The Railway Men sounds interesting, and perhaps depressing. I've watched a couple of YouTube vids about the disaster.


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