Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
This is the ceiling in the old entrance of the ROM. Pretty nice, huh! But I wouldn't wanna clean it!
What a wonderful place! You could spend days in there looking at all the exhibits.
I was thrilled to be able to view The Dead Sea Scrolls. Due to the fragility of the fragments, the lighting was very dim and we weren't allowed to take pictures; but here's something from the Net.***
As a Christian, I found it extremely moving to view these. The documents are both biblical and historical and date from 150 BC to 70 CE. One of the fragments I viewed was from the book of Isaiah; and a Jewish couple next to me were reading it as it was written in the original Hebrew. Wow! There is something that happens when we hear God's word in one of the original languages -- the Spirit of God is made manifest. It was awe inspiring!
We moved from there to the enormous dinosaur exhibit; then on to the insects, birds and the bat cave (which was really cool).
Thursday, October 29, 2009
She also has the best boyfriend in the world. I really enjoy spending time with him, especially during "Jeopardy" because it's always a challenge to see which of us will beat the other! (He has a huge brain as well!)
And I know they love me and were so happy I could visit.
Why - just look at the surprise and delight on their faces!
They've just become parents to the cutest and most mischievous little kitten..... one who will eat anything! Oat bars, green salad, noodles, potato chips -- if it's edible, Mary Louise Kinsky will eat it!
I met most of Evan's family -- brother, sister-in-law, kiddies, Mom & Dad: we ate a delicious vegetarian lasagne (made by Evan's Mom). And after a suitable amount of time passed (during which a lot of satisfied groaning & faux complaining was heard), we had our "afters" -- the Spice cake I mentioned and the very best raspberry custard pie (imported from Sarnia Ontario!)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I think by this time we were on Queen Street. We were pretty damp. So, we visited a few nice little stores with new merchandise. I bought a couple of Christmas presents (Shhh! No peeking!) We visited LD2's Amour at work; and as the rain let up a little we walked yet some more.
We stopped at LD2's favorite Vintage Store. And just as we were walking in, guess who was walking out? Why there he is --- it's Evan Biddell, winner of last year's Project Runway Canada. (He was my choice of winner as well!) I didn't speak to him; I was either too tired, too wet or too awestruck -- or a combination of all!
It was time for another break by then. And perfect timing and location! LD2 took me for my birthday gift. And what a wonderful birthday gift it was!
We went to Nadege Patisserie! Toronto Life did a write-up about this shop and has this to say about it: "Nadege Nourian makes ... macaroons that melt in the mouth ... in flavors like cappuccino, blackberry-chocolate and wasabi-grapefruit."
Oh my goodness!
You cannot in any way compare them to what we in North America call macaroons. They are nothing like these creations. What can I say that can describe how exquisite it was? Let me try .....
This was the late but oh-so-great "Marie Antoinette" --
a pyramid of maple cream mousse with miniature macaroons on the side.
And this lovely is the "Adiction" ...
layers of dark chocolate and pomegranate cream mousse encased in a cylinder of white chocolate. Yes people -- that leopard print looking outside is edible chocolate!
It was bliss! We shared!
And this is what we took home with us:
Macaroons in cappuccino, pomegranate, pumpkin, peach, dark chocolate and pina colada!
We waddled down Queen Street, stopping only for bread and fresh vegetables. We waddled all the way home; where we collapsed for about half an hour before LD2 began making Thai hot and sour lemon grass soup for dinner. I assisted with chopping and making appreciative comments and sounds! What a divine scent in that little kitchen!
LD2 saw lots of things she liked. My philosophy is that if I wore the original, I ain't wearing it again! I pointed out this pristine-condition, hot pink wool cape to my daughter; and her response was:
"Hmmm. Perfect for ritual virgin sacrifice!"
This same overpriced shop had a wool blanket I asked about. But the owner was so rude, I kept my money where it was and I didn't buy it! We left!!
***We walked and walked some more, in and out of shops. We passed this along the way, and I thought it was a very clever and green use of junk! As a gardener, I was very pleased!
In between all the walking and window shopping, we had lunch at this place.
We both choose a salad. (I start out eating healthily but get more decadent as the day goes by! You'll see!!) You had your choice of greens and 6 toppings; my choices were spinach and argula with chickpeas, black olives, carrots, cucumbers, pea pods and these great seasoned croutons that were almost like eating meat! It was topped with seeds, parmesan cheese and a Thai dressing. So yummy!!
Here are some of their wonderful soups -- Sweet potato, Tomato basil, veg chilli.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Day 1 and a continuation of my fantastic fun and food adventure in Toronto!
Friday, October 23, 2009
- an assortment of her favorite LP's (including your Simon & Garfunkle, Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin)
- the warm, wooly mittens you gave her a few years ago (because winter is acomin!)
- Her two favorite "little old lady hats", as she calls them. (And yes, she has worn them a number of times. She and her friends - both male and female - would have dinner parties where people were to dress up; the girls loved sporting long cotton gloves with their full-skirted dresses or beatnik-style leotards, and the guys wore various hideous sports coats from the '50s & 60's with their jeans. Very cute!)
She also requested her buckwheat pillow and some LaHave Bakery bread.
But Mom also comes bearing unasked-for gifts; necessary Nova Scotia items such as:
- a bottle of Lunenburg County Winery peach wine (for dinner with the possible in-laws!!)
- a bottle of Grand Pre Winery Castel (for sitting around with the youngsters)
- a bottle of blueberry juice (must build-up their imune systems which are sometimes frayed because of wild 20 yr old life-styles)
- a bottle of maple syrup (too expensive for a poor starving artistic couple to purchase)
- Halloween candies (because every home should have some at this time of year)
- Mom's home-made bread and butter pickles (because every home should have some at this time of year)
- Mom's home-made crabapple jelly (because every home should have some at this time of year)
Is there an echo in here??
And what did Mama pack for herself?
Well, along with her comfortable walking shoes; a scarf, gloves & hat; and those nice new-to-me stretch jeans (all with little Polish coffee shops and Italian pastry shops in mind), she packed this necessity:
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Where I will be later tonight:
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Friday morning just before dashing out the door, a parcel arrived. I had to wait until that evening before I could open it. But look what I found! The most beautiful packaging!
And I certainly wasn't disappointed when I looked in the bag. Three beautiful items from "Vintage and Vogue".
I wish I could get a photo that would do justice to this absolutely beautiful magnet. It's French stamps behind this lovely crystal. I just love it! ***
Then there was a lovely purse hanger. (I didn't have one of these, so I'm looking forward to putting it to use by going shopping and/or eating out!)
And lastly, this beautiful bookmark! I have another "dress" bookmark as well. But they're so pretty; so I prefer to hang them and enjoy them that way!
Thank you Robin! I feel very fortunate!
Monday, October 19, 2009
"Goodnight dear friend! What lovely times we've had together! How much I appreciate you. Sleep well; grow strong!"
Look at how bare my little garden looks! Not really sad, but certainly ready for it's 5 month rest. I had lovely thoughts of the past spring and summer spent planning and purchasing and planting and watering and weeding and enjoying! (I must admit that some of those thoughts made me tired!)
I'm thinking about pine boughs in the planter boxes and putting out Christmas lights before the frigid weather comes, and these little guys are still hanging on to the wee bit of warmth that the October sun brings. How amazingly resiliant they are!