Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Our World Tuesday

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Our World Tuesday

September 2014 - Toronto ON

We went to Word on the Street last Sunday and dropped into the Victoria College book sale. I didn't look at the books we just wanted to check out the building.

Victoria University is a college of the University of Toronto, founded in 1836 and named for Queen Victoria. It is commonly calledVictoria College, informally Vic, after the original academic component that now forms its undergraduate division. Since 1928, Victoria College has retained secular studies in the liberal arts and sciences while Emmanuel College has functioned as its postgraduate theological college.

The building was covered in scaffolding so I didn't take any photos other than these. Now that I have researched the college for this post I will definitely go back and explore further.

As we entered we saw these two stained glass windows our the door.

Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec but raised in Moncton, New Brunswick, Northrup Frye was the third child of Herman Edward Frye and of Catherine Maud Howard. Frye went to Toronto to compete in a national typing contest in 1929. He studied for his undergraduate degree at Victoria College in the University of Toronto, where he edited the college literary journal, Acta Victoriana. He then studied theology at Emmanuel College (like Victoria College, a constituent part of the University of Toronto). After a brief stint as a student minister in Saskatchewan, he was ordained to the ministry of the United Church of Canada. He then studied at Merton College, Oxford, before returning to Victoria College, where he spent the remainder of his professional career.

This painting of Northrup Frye was inside the college.

 But the statue of Northrup outside is outstanding!!

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday
September 2014 - Toronto ON

Monday, September 22, 2014

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

December 2012 - McLean TX

These photos were taken at the Devil's Rope Barbed Museum. 

I am posting the Route 66 exhibits to continue my theme, however, next week I'll post some of the barbed wire displays.
Besides barbed wire (and there is a lot) they have some Route 66 relics.


You'll Shoot Your Eye Out 

September 2014 - Toronto ON

September Grass - James Taylor

Well, the sun's not so hot in the sky today
and you know I can see summertime slipping on away.
A few more geese are gone, a few more leaves turning red,
but the grass is as soft as a feather in a featherbed.
So I'll be king and you'll be queen, our kingdom's gonna be this little patch of green.
Won't you lie down here right now in this September grass?
Won't you lie down with me now, September grass.

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.

Finally a satisfying reading week after last week that saw several abandonments.


ABANDONED - title?
Thirty Girls

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

Harry Hole is back!! This book is much longer than Jo's usual writing, so the tension is slow and drawn out,
in a good way!!

After Phantom, which left me wondering if it was the end of the Harry Hole series, I just didn't think Nesbo could ever outdo himself. This is simply a thrilling serial killer story that both grips the reader with the actual case and progresses the stories of the running characters in this series, especially the troubled Harry Hole.


We Are Water

Annie and Viveca plan to wed in the Oh family's hometown of Three Rivers, Connecticut, where gay marriage has recently been legalized. But the impending wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora's box of toxic secrets—dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

We Are Water is an intricate and layered portrait of marriage, family, and the inexorable need for understanding and connection, told in the alternating voices of the Ohs—nonconformist Annie; her ex-husband, Orion, a psychologist; Ariane, the do-gooder daughter, and her twin, Andrew, the rebellious only son; and free-spirited Marissa, the youngest Oh. Set in New England and New York during the first years of the Obama presidency, it is also a portrait of modern America, exploring issues of class, changing social mores, the legacy of racial violence, and the nature of creativity and art.

With humor and breathtaking compassion, Wally Lamb brilliantly captures the essence of human experience in vivid and unforgettable characters struggling to find hope and redemption in the aftermath of trauma and loss. We Are Water is vintage Wally Lamb—a compulsively readable, generous, and uplifting masterpiece that digs deep into the complexities of the human heart to explore the ways in which we search for love and meaning in our lives.

And to Think I Saw it on....Sep 13 - 19 2014

Last week's edition.



Friday My Town Shoot Out - favourite street.

Saturday was an overcast type of day so I was busy cooking in the kitchen. See Bon Appetit section below.

Sunday John watched golf and I ended up going to the Ukrainian and Polish street festivals. Thanks to the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission), I got on at Old Mill around 1:15 and went one stop to Jane where they announced that all service had stopped on Line 1 as they had lost communication. Decided to wait it out as they then said that they were working on it. Around 1:45 they stated that shuttle buses were available. I have no faith in the shuttle bus system in Toronto, I have yet to see them dispatch enough to handle the crowds at each station. My plan was to wait until 2 PM and then get off at Jane.

Up onto Bloor at Jane and the Ukrainian Festival.

I walked from Jane to Runnymede and the subway was working so I got back on at 2:28 and headed to Dundas West. It didn't look too busy as I started walking down Roncesvalles but then a sea of people appeared in front of me!

Click here for photos of food and here for more photos of Roncesvalles.

Some random photos taken along Roncesvalles.

Monday I went downtown to pick up some groceries and wander around.

Interesting sunlight reflecting off the Royal Bank building.

 I wanted to find this bookstore I had read about. Doesn't it look like a great place to spend a rainy day?

Tuesday we waited around for our bathroom vanities to be delivered. Then they called to say they would come on Wednesday. 

Wednesday we took turns. I went shopping in the morning and John golfed in the afternoon.

New shoes!

Friday John suggested we try Walhburgers but they still haven't opened. It was a bright, somewhat chilly day so we went to Harbourfront instead.

Amsterdam Brew House On the Lake

John declared this to be a very good burger! There were many other items on the menu that we would like to try.

Three brown butter lobster rolls with fennel and topped with apple fennel and snap peas, delicious!


Sun rising early one morning.

I took these photos walking back from a pedicure.

There are not as many inukshuks this year. I'm not sure why, last year there was a man who spent his weekends constructing these works of art but I haven't seen him this year.


Click on the links to find the recipes.

On Saturday I needed to clean out the fridge. I made a mulligatawny soup loosely following Emeril's recipe, from the chicken and and vegetables languishing in the fridge. John declared this the best ever curry ever.

Then I made a new recipe for lemon blueberry loaf.

We had our weekly steak dinner carrots and baked potatoes.

Sunday - Since I had been at the Polish Festival we had rye bread, peorgies and homemade cabbage rolls since I couldn't find any at the festival.

Monday John suggested we have flank steak with broccoli. I used my trusty flank steak recipe and it was delicious served with homemade gravy.

There was enough left over for Tuesday's dinner.

Wednesday was lamp chops with cauliflower and broccoli gratin.  I used my potato au gratin recipe but added feta cheese to the mix.

Thursday ham, boiled potatoes and corn.

Friday after our lunch out as mentioned above we had eggs, tomatoes and ham.

YES we finally arranged and received delivery of our new bathroom vanities. Now to arrange removal of the ugly ones and get these installed!!



Attended a taping of the Steven and Chris show.

Around town

We drove to Columbus Ohio