Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

July 2014 - Toronto ON

Has various translations - I like "Difficulties be Damned".

"From Sea to Sea" - Canadian motto


You'll Shoot Your Eye Out 

September 2014 - Toronto ON

From a Distance - Bette Midler

From a distance, there is harmony,
and it echoes through the land.
It's the voice of hope, it's the voice of peace,
it's the voice of every man.

From a distance we all have enough,
and no one is in need.
And there are no guns, no bombs, and no disease,
no hungry mouths to feed.

From a distance we are instruments
marching in a common band.
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace.
They're the songs of every man.
God is watching us. God is watching us.
God is watching us from a distance.

I'd like to think these little kiddies are our voice of hope and peace. And hopefully this hungry mouth isn't going to feast on them!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Washington DC Vietnam Veterans' Memorial

Our World Tuesday Graphic

Our World Tuesday

August 2014 - Washington DC

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors U.S. service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in Vietnam/South East Asia, and those service members who were unaccounted for (Missing In Action) during the War.

The Wall is not visible as you walk towards it as the walls are sunk into the ground, with the earth behind them. This was a surprise to us as we had only seen the wall on TV and it appeared to be at ground level.

The Memorial Wall, designed by Maya Lin, is made up of two gabbro walls 246 feet 9 inches (75.21 m) long. At the highest tip (the apex where they meet), they are 10.1 feet (3.1 m) high, and they taper to a height of 8 inches (20 cm) at their extremities.

 Stone for the wall came from Bangalore, Karnataka, India, and was deliberately chosen because of its reflective quality. Stone cutting and fabrication was done in Barre, Vermont. Stones were then shipped to Memphis, Tennessee where the names were etched. The etching was completed using a photoemulsion and sandblasting process. The negatives used in the process are in storage at the Smithsonian Institution. 

When a visitor looks upon the wall, his or her reflection can be seen simultaneously with the engraved names, which is meant to symbolically bring the past and present together. One wall points toward the Washington Monument, the other in the direction of the Lincoln Memorial, meeting at an angle of 125° 12′. Each wall has 72 panels, 70 listing names (numbered 1E through 70E and 70W through 1W) and 2 very small blank panels at the extremities. There is a pathway along the base of the Wall, where visitors may walk.

The Three Soldiers Statue

Rubbish Tuesday

Finally a home for all those photos I take of old items!!

Continuing with our travels along Route 66 featuring iconic motel signs and other landmarks.

November and December 2012 saw us taking our first winter sojourn away from cold and snowy Toronto. We drove across from Toronto to (eventually) Los Angeles and back in the spring of 2013. We made many stops along the towns of Route 66 on interstate 40.

Winter 2013 and spring 2014 saw us do the same trip but we took interstate 10, further south from Route 66.

A trip to Chicago gave us another Route 66 photo op.

In earlier years we had taken many vacations in California which also led to some Route 66 icons.

I am enjoying doing these posts as I research the hotels and motels along the way and learn many new things.
Wikipedia is usually my source.

The Glancy - Clinton OK
Blue Swallow Motel - Tucumcari NM
Wigwam Motel - Rialto CA
Holbrook AZ

November 2012 - Elk City OK

Elk City is located on Interstate 40 and Historic U.S. Route 66 in western Oklahoma, approximately 110 miles (180 km) west of Oklahoma City and 150 miles (240 km) east of Amarillo, Texas.

Darn, wish we had stopped at the 66 Sweet Spot!!!
Home of the original Salty Frog snow cone, a delicious blend of sweet kiwi and lime, 66 Sweet Spot serves delicious glazed doughnuts, cake doughnuts, kolaches and soft-serve ice cream.

Given that Historic U.S. Route 66 runs through Elk City, a sprawling museum complex has developed, which includes the National Route 66 Museum, the Old Town Museum, the Transportation Museum, the Farm and Ranch Museum, and the Blacksmith Museum. Each museum is housed in separate buildings, which altogether depict a mock up of early Elk City, complete with general stores, bank, a railroad depot and train caboose, opera house, and other buildings.


It's Monday! What are you reading?


It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. For this meme, bloggers post what they finished last week, what they're currently reading, and what they plan to start this week.
My comments are not meant to be recaps of the story lines as I include a link to Goodreads for their synopsis of the book. I am merely stating how I felt about the book without giving any spoilers.

I am abandoning more books that usual. Not sure if I am too distracted these days or just simply not patient.
Goodreads had an excellent post on why we abandon books and provided this interesting chart.
My main reason is a slow or boring start and will abandon after 10-20 pages.

I never even tried to read Fifty Shades of Grey, of no interest to me.
I didn't mind Eat, Pray Love but she was a bit of a pain in the ass.
LOVED The Girl/Tattoo!!
Wicked - loved the play, saw it twice but no interest in reading the book.
Casual Vacancy - is sitting on my shelf to read. Recently read The Cuckoo's Calling which was an ok read.



ABANDONED - title?
Thirty Girls

The Red House
The set-up of Mark Haddon's brilliant new novel is simple: Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister Angela and her family to join his for a week at a vacation home in the English countryside. Richard has just re-married and inherited a willful stepdaughter in the process; Angela has a feckless husband and three children who sometimes seem alien to her. The stage is set for seven days of resentment and guilt, a staple of family gatherings the world over.

But because of Haddon's extraordinary narrative technique, the stories of these eight people are anything but simple. Told through the alternating viewpoints of each character, The Red House becomes a symphony of long-held grudges, fading dreams and rising hopes, tightly-guarded secrets and illicit desires, all adding up to a portrait of contemporary family life that is bittersweet, comic, and deeply felt. As we come to know each character they become profoundly real to us. We understand them, even as we come to realize they will never fully understand each other, which is the tragicomedy of every family. 

The Red House is a literary tour-de-force that illuminates the puzzle of family in a profoundly empathetic manner -- a novel sure to entrance the millions of readers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

It's a good read that you can easily skim over parts that don't interest you like this paragraph. It has nothing to do with any of the characters that I can determine. 

Marja, Helmand. The sniper far back enough from the window to stop sun flaring on the rifle sight. Crack and kickback. A marine stumbles under the weight of his red buttonhole. Dawn light on wile horses in the Kentii Mountains. Huddershfield, brown sugar bubbling in a tarnished spoon. Turtles drown in oil. The purr of binary, a trillion ones and zeroes. The swill of bonds and futures. Reckitt Benckiser, Smith and Nephew. Rifts and magma chambers. Eyjafjallajokull smoking like a witch's cauldron.

Sometimes it is hard to determine who's thoughts you are reading.
Does anything get resolved, not really but then that is the messiness of life.

Police: A Harry Hole Novel (Harry Hole, #10)

The police urgently need Harry Hole . . . A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical.  

But this time, Harry can't help . . . For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo.

September 2014 - Toronto ON

Last weekend we went to Taste of the Kingsway. I've seen this mural many times from the bus so I was glad to be able to get some photos.
Not much I could do about the people sitting there but it is better than the usual parked cars that get in our way.

My Recipe Box - Lemon Blueberry Loaf

I've made many blueberry loaves over the years but I think this is the best tasting yet.  I did think the icing/glaze was a little sweet, but it was a hit with John.

This was on the Betty Crocker website.

Glazed Lemon-Blueberry Loaf

Glazed Lemon-Blueberry Loaf
Blogger Arlene Cummings of Cooking With Sugar shares a delicious loaf that can be enjoyed any time of the day.Learn to make this recipe with our how-to article.
  • Prep Time15 min
  • Total Time3 hr 15 min
  • Servings12


cup butter, softened
cup granulated sugar
teaspoons vanilla
cup sour cream or plain yogurt
Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon baking powder
cup fresh blueberries


cup powdered sugar
teaspoons whipping cream or milk
teaspoon lemon extract
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of 9x5-inch loaf pan with shortening or cooking spray.
  • In medium bowl, beat butter and granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in eggs, vanilla, sour cream, lemon peel and juice. Stir in flour, baking soda and baking powder. Fold in 3/4 cup of the blueberries. Spoon batter into pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup blueberries on top.
  • Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely.
  • In small bowl, mix glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle glaze over loaf. Let stand until set before slicing.

For added lemon flavor, sprinkle some extra grated lemon peel over the glazed loaf.
Wrap the cooled loaf tightly in plastic wrap and store at room temperature up to 4 days or refrigerate up to 10 days.

Washington DC World War II Memorial

Travel Photo Monday

Travel Photo Monday

August 2014 - Washington DC

Photo source - Wikipedia taken from the top of the Washington Monument.

The National World War II Memorial is a national memorial dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. Consisting of 56 pillars and a pair of small triumphal arches surrounding a plaza and fountain, it is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on the former site of the Rainbow Pool at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

Click on this panoramic that John took to view the sheer immensity of this memorial.