Monday, October 1, 2018

October???

last 2 weeks f August flew by....and so did September.

The temps are cooler, praise the Lord!

All I did this summer was sweat....I swear!

 This is my kitchen wall, the only one without cabinets.
My Dad had knife magnets installed, more than 20 years ago.
For some reason, I always have been skittish about using theThis m....
but after 3 years, I guess i am used to them...

This mug made me crack up...
I wish I pooped glitter!

 One of the last things I sold ....it makes room in the yard and fattened a bit the vacate fund.

 Bob Ross has a game named after him!
Who knew the guy was such an icon???

 On my way back to work from a doctor's appointment
I snapped this beautiful and intriguing fountain.
that sight really made my day!

                                Cleaning the carport, I opened a box and spotted these Pyrex treasures....
                                I am not ashamed to proclaim that I brought them back inside!
                                They appeared at my one and only garage sale in 2016.....
                                 They did not sell.....



So far the water feature is closed, the front steps have been repainted and I removed the weeds from the front of the house....

Next weekend it is Canadian Thanksgiving...and we plan to close both fountains and plant the perennials I purchased. And slowly closing the flower borders for the winter.

Maybe we feast and give thanks with oysters...or a roast...I have no idea yet

Stay safe,warm and happy my faithful readers

See you soon!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Nothing better than a vacation

who doesn't like a vacation?

A vacation is a great time to travel, catch up on things or just be....

We started our vacation with a wee road trip to a part of Quebec I had never visited! Shawinigan!

I had heard of a flea market in that town and I found a Pyrex Blue Horizons bowl set for a great deal on Facebook and the seller was in Shawinigan!

I found that this was one of the strangest flea market I had visited because a lot of the booths were so stuffed that you could not go in...and in some cases the owners could not get in either...I saw an old lady just sitting against a huge 4 by 12 block of stuff....





does she know her inventory? The flea market was mostly overwhelming because of the stuffiness and the cigarette smell.....

I also had one of the best restaurant experience EVER! Dan kept talking about The Greek....and they might have uniforms....

well we made it to the Greek! A total travel destination!




the restaurant is huge...and what I noticed from outside is how clean it was! White and blue the Greek colors! They offer multiple recharging stations for your electrical vehicle. Like 10!

We ordered pikilia for an app and an all dressed pizza to share. everything was really fresh and good. the pizza crust was one of the best thing I had tasted in a long while...

And they serve you in traditional Greek uniforms...Is that a hoot of what?


and there is sheep living in a paddock that you can pet!



the fur is like a Brillo pad! It seems they have more than one sheep but we just saw one.

I really like this quirky place and it so happens that we need to go back to this neck of the wood...because we need to go and find parts to rebuild the original door handles from our apartment....oh no...I might have to eat that delicious pizza again???? NOOOOOO! lol

 sorry for the delay it took 2 weeks to download the sheep pics.....

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

lemons and lemonade

Since I last posted a lot of things happened.....

I got my back stairs and railing grinder and repainted. I looks so clean!

I invited a company specializing in crawl spaces to fix mine! no more humidity, mold and saggy floors....

and we had the kitchen and main bathroom repainted and agin it looks so clean. In retrospect Dad had neglected interior paint and was a fan of the color dingy!

The kitchen is not finished yet and I can't wait to share with you all. There will be a lot of Pyrex and vintage goodies!

We got a graffiti on the stone in front of the house about a year ago...and I
thought the city was supposed to remove it....

this week someone glued eyes on it WHAT??? we laughed so hard! To think someone saw the graffiti and said oh it needs goggly eyes!

so we are pretty much done for the rents for the time being...Dan is always tired because of the meds and I can't do everything and work full time so things are taking a lot of time to get done....

Last Thursday my employer announced  a 700 job cut in Canada (except Nova Scotia)...Since then it has been pandemonium in the office! every body is speculating and freaking out generally from 7 am to about 11 am.

it makes it very difficult to concentrate and work. I am not worried because I have been through this before twice with the big telecom company and I think it is a waste of energy to be flopping like a fish out of the aquarium. The first stage is voluntary departure with incentives....

I am not even considering this....I am too young and like I told my boss I am here for the long haul and if they fire me they will have to pry the laptop from my dead cold hands....and that I am willing to learn anything.

by the way...my boss is a new boss , she is charming and lives in Nova Scotia. Lucky girl!
having a leader in another province is quite weird....but like everything I will get used to it!

well that was a lot of information all squeezed in that post!


One last thing...one of my neighbors installed a help yourself
herb garden! How sweet is that?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Rome Food

This post will be about extraordinary food, dishes you need to eat in Rome!

since we walked to much a lot of meals came from random restaurants on little side streets.

Side street equals less expensive....and probably the farther you go from Rome Historic Neighborhood the less expensive it will be.

Nevertheless I had the best Italian food I've had in years. What is up with that wonderful food?

I have no idea! But everything is tastier, fresher and the way things are supposed to taste like!

Bottled water? Light as air, eggs? orange yolks, meat? so tasty!

Is it the air? I don't know but everything tasted better.

and the cheese OMG!

 If you go to Rome and you want to eat a real typical but unknown dish...
this is the one for you! Carciofi alla Judea or Artichokes Jewish style.

the artichokes are flattened  and deep fried.
Even if I have been to Rome before I had never tasted that and it was definitely on my bucket list!
This did not disappoint!
The petals are just like chips and the inside is soft and comforting!

 Caprese salad. You haven't had a good Capprese salad until you've visited Italy.
What is up with the cheese and those tomatoes??? Don't forget to add balsamic vinegar...
so good!

I don't know if this is a typical Rome dish, but my Dad made a lot of these.
So of course I had to try it...
Very good, very fresh.

In that restaurant....you could tell that they were accepting of tourists but not fans of tourists.
But the food was so good that I had to go back and I actually ordered everything in Italian!
I could tell that the owner was very proud of this!

from a tourist trap sort of....
 This meal was amazing as well....even if it came 
Fritura Mista or mixed fried thingies...lol
Calamari and shrimps and fried spaghetti.
I wish I could get a whole plate of those shrimps!
They were sooooo good!
Dan my amazing co pilot loved the salmon!

Although those meals were more expensive...you need to factor in
the fact that the food tasted amazing!

More adventures on another day!

Friday, June 8, 2018

R.I.P. Tony

This morning at 6:50 am...While at my desk in my home office, reading my work emails

I got the news that Anthony Bourdain passed. That news shook me to the core.

I had never experienced that live of pain for someone I've never met.

I sat there at my desk unable to work anymore, just staring at my keyboard.

Then I got a text: Bourdain is dead! from my friend M.

I don't remember how exactly I heard of Anthony Bourdain....Maybe it was when we got a channel unlock and we got the travel channel....or was it from a book review?

all I know is that he took my culinary knowledge to the next level! I know most of the strange and exotic ingredients because of him and my curiosity.

I watched all the No Reservations episodes, then I found A Cook's Tour, The Layover, Parts Unknown and I read all his books....some multiple times.

I loved his curiosity...He wanted to visit countries we never heard of or did not want to visit....He ate weird stuff, he visited families in their homes and was always appreciative and gracious about it.

He really appreciated the time and effort that was put in a meal.

I loved that he was a load mouth opinionated man that did not care for mediocrity.

His tweets were legendary.

I am so sad for his family, his little girl, his girlfriend...

no little girl should loose her Dad.....

Bye for now

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Eating in Rome on a budget

Technically we were not on a budget but as we did the math.....somethings became superfluous.

Food can be really expensive in Rome so you have to choose wisely.

I was really excited to check out McDonald's in Rome because of the special menu items and they did not disappoint!

 Omelet with cheese and ham. Very good like I would make
at home.
If you watch Masterchef, Joe Bastianich did a collab with McDonald's Italy
for  a line of limited time burgers.

 Both were very fresh and tasty, not like fastfood.
Unfortunately I could not find the picture of my favorite find at McDonald's....
Croquette di spinacchi con Parmeggiano Reggiano. 
it is a small round patty of spinach and parmesan cheese, crispy fried.

I swear if they sold these at my grocery store in Montreal, I would buy some
all the time! perfect as an appetizer!

 Certain restaurants offer service at the table.....
You can order wine and beer.
we also noticed that the taste of all the items was better. all ingredients
are sourced in Italy and that makes a difference...trust me

The coffees are top rate and more than affordable!
They also serve a fresh squeezed blood orange juice! So delicious!

An espresso is 1 Euro, which is $1.50 CAD or $1.17 USD
Cappuccinos were 1,60 Euros or $1.87 USD or $2.42 CAD.
So a usual McDonald's breakfast in Rome was 12 Euros, or $18.00 CAD or $14.00 USD.

I know it sounds expensive for 2 cappuccinos, 1 scrambled egg with bacon and english muffin, 1 ham and cheese omelet with english muffin and 1 water bottle...but it was the best deal we could find.
One morning we went across the street from our hotel and for 14 Euros we got 2 cappuccinos (5 Euros each) and we split an order of toast with ham and cheese (4 Euros).
Cappuccinos varied between 1,60 Euros (MsDonald's to 7 Euros.....or $8.17 USD or $10.50 CAD)
What?WHAT?WHAT????

One of the cool places I found to eat on a budget is
you can get a pasta dish for 4 Euros everyday, fresh pasta! There was always a HUGE line up
so we did't get to try it.




You can also get panini for around 3,50 Euros , $4.08 USD or $5.29 CAD which is also
a great deal because I've seen $10 dollar sandwhiches in downtown Montreal.

so yes it is possible to eat on a budget in Rome!



Monday, May 28, 2018

Near the hotel



The thing with Rome is that you just never know what historic landmark
you might stumble on....

 if you head south on Via del Babuino or Via del Corso
you will stumble on Piazza del Populo or Place of the People
it is a huge Piazza were you can take multiple pictures.
On the South end there is the Leonardo da Vinci museum.


This is one of my favorite sight! The Spanish Steps bare of people!
A very rare sight!
The Spanish Steps were about 7 minutes from our hotel!
I am so glad my co-worker recommended this place!

On the top of the stairs there is the Trinita Dei Monti (the Trinity of the Monts).
A lovely church, not as popular as other sights...free to visit (a plus)

Be careful when climbing or descending the steps as there is a lot of wear
and you could loose your footing very easily.


The rain just stopped, so it is a matter of minutes before
the tourists descend on the Spanish Steps like a swarm
of locusts!


I probably already mentioned this...but you do not need to book super expensive tours
in Rome. If you have mobility problems I recommend the Hop on Hop off tour and it is
relatively inexpensive for Rome ...about $36 U.S.

until next time......

Have a great night!