Outside in July …

I’m outside! It’s a beautiful day – the birds are chirping and the traffic is moving along well on University/York and Front Street.

I’m sitting at the Second Cup and its summer out here. This week it will be hot and sunny. It started out to be a COLD July: I wore a sweater but the last 2 weeks it has been wonderful.

The sidewalk is filed up with people going home from work at such a fast pace; to the subway/Go transit. In my patio though, they settled down and buy coffee, the regular type and all kinds of iced coffee/tea. The patrons are sitting alone with their computers, or together reading newspapers. One is on the phone. He’s about 50 something sitting relaxed with his ice drink and chatting.

It’s a perfect day!



Two days of warm weather and sunshine! This year has been terrible for me and just as the sun shines, I go outside.

I moved again in 2 years on February 25th and I have had my hip replaced on March 25th.  It’s been so crazy! I’ve moved every 2 years since 2006 and it is a big job. I will NOT moves again! And my hip … well I figured out that it’s not my back giving me the limp: it’s my hip. I’ve been going to a chiropractor for 4 years waiting for the back to straighten out and when the chiropractor said “your back is perfect” and I still had a limp it occurred to me. My hip. Six months ago I went for a MRI on my hip and it was damaged so I went to a surgeon and I waited. And waited, and waiting, and it was six months that I had surgery. So now I’m waiting for 6 weeks … well 3 is done, I have another 3 to go! And I’ll be done with it.

And it’s SPRING!



St Patrick’s Sunday …


Scruffy Murphy's is decked out with shamrocks.
Scruffy Murphy’s is decked out with shamrocks.
The television set — all over the place …
My wine


On St Patrick’s Day Sunday, we went to Scruffy Murphy’s and there were all kinds of shamrocks hanging on the bar. We ordered dinner with wine and it was quite good.

The Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals were playing a hockey game. The Leafs lost but I was entertained anyway … all the boys were high-fiveing when a Leafs goal went in.









We went later to the Rose and Crown pub. They had entertainment there; a fiddle and a guitar … Irish Music it was! The little girls, one about 3 years and the other 6 years, were dancing in front of the stage.

All and all, St Patrick’s Sunday was quite good!







Here I am … Writing again!

BAGS! All kinds of bags I’ve seen living in trees. It would be because it’s so-o windy in March in the winter and the trees are barren they just invite bags to come up. For example:

Bag outside my house
Bag outside my house


Bag in my neighbourhood
Bag in my neighbourhood
The University and Queen Bag
The University and Queen Bag

I was on University Ave at Queen and I was taking pictures of the bag in the tree when I saw the Hawk, just a little ways down. So I took pictures of it, and before I knew it, there was a crowd there taking pictures with me!

The Hawk!





That’s Amazing …

How does it get to be March 2014!  The year just began … January and February … and now it’s March. By the end of this month, it will be 1/4 of the year and I haven’t written ONCE. I think that I WILL WRITE once a week for the remainder (43 weeks) of the year.

I will write about … I don’t know what I’ll write about … I need to do some thinking about this …



It’s November 14th and the Thanksgiving Weekend?…

Thanksgiving Weekend! We, the three people in the car, were at Nova Scotia. It was dark when we got there: an hour and a half  trip to Halifax to Wolfville. We got a bed and breakfast and then we started out for Barb and Bill’s place, Hayley’s parents, where we were to have dinner. There were nine people from out of town and four from Nova Scotia!

The next day, our wine tour started. The was Blomidon Estates. It was quite a nice day. We walked for a while to see the wine growing, the hills and the Estate.


We also went to Hall’s Harbour to see the tide coming/going. It was sunny and warm.

The tide is out on the Bay of Fund ...
The tide is out on the Bay of Fund …
The tide is coming in - 2 hours later!
The tide is coming in – 2 hours later!

On the way back to the the airport, we went to a winery which was in a church – very special.

This is the church
This is the church
And this is inside. Steve, Erin and Rory are there.
And this is inside. Steve, Erin and Rory are there.

October …

October 1st was here. It’s fall now. I’m sitting in my office here watching leaves drop off the tree and float around until they are buried in the landscape … brown ones, yellow ones and red ones.

The tree outside is dying now and last year in fall in used to be bright yellow. I think it’s that disease that plagues all ashes. In the spring, it only got half its leaves … and now it’s bare. I miss it right outside my window!

The dead tree
The dead tree






Rush … not the Concert but the Movie and Dinner Afterwords

I went to see ‘RUSH’, the Formula One drivers, two of them, that competed in the 1976 Championship. Niki Lauda was driving a Ferrari and James Hunt driving a McLaren and the two battled it out on the racetrack. In Nurburgring there was a fiery accident … and one driver almost died but it was a miraculous recovery that led both teams to fight it out in the end. It was a really good movie. Ron Howard directed it and he seems to know something about racing …

After we did that, we went out for dinner at Tabule Middle Eastern Restaurant at Yonge and Davisville. It was a beautiful summer night and we sat out on the patio. The server that we had was terrific and funny: we had him a couple of weeks ago and it was magic tonight.

About the end of dinner, it rained and we were coming inside. We were seated and, again, we had a birthday party to attend to. It wasn’t our birthday … but 20 people from the birthday party were up there shimmying to the music. The belly dancer had showed up and all was chaos.

It was a nice night!


The Lights on the Ceiling in the Tabule
The Lights on the Ceiling in the Tabule

In August, I Have Been Away …

I have been to Chicago, Illinios for four days in August 2013 …

This city is packed full of marvellous architecture… and people going about their business.

The Wrigley building – designed by the architectural firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White using the shape of the Giralda tower of Seville’s Cathedral combined with French Renaissance details and the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, architect and interior designer who lived in Chicago and designed many of the buildings here.

Trump Tower with boats on the river and the sky!
The other way … going out to the lake from the Trump Tower.


IMG_0515Reading ... with a 'Borders" cast iron and aluminum figure. The artist is Steinunn Thorarinsdottir. Upper: The Wrigley’s Building – two towers going up to the 21st floor and the 30th floor. This was Chicago’s first AIR-CONDITIONED office tower. In light and dark, the building is the same.
Lower: Reading … with a ‘Borders” cast iron and aluminum figure. 





IMG_0486 Upper: Bright yellow umbrella on the balcony.
Lower: Skyline!IMG_0615


Sculpting exterior rising in modern buildings



















Border figures creating by artist, Steinunn Thorarinsdottir.