Monday, 23 July 2018

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Grill 55, Windsor, ON

I had supper this evening at Grill 55.

The dining room
I sat on the lounge side

I felt like something snacky so ordered wings with medium sauce.  I swapped the blue cheese dipping sauce for ranch sauce.  The wings were okay.

O'Maggio's Kildare House, Windsor, ON

I had lunch today at O'Maggio's Kildare House.

According to a sign outside, it's been around since 1880.  I asked Sarah, my server, about that.  She said that up until it about 20 years ago, it operated as a B&B, when it was turned into a pub.  When I checked their website for more details about the history, I was surprised they didn't provide any.

I sat in this cute room

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery, Toronto, ON

After the Wolfpack game, Gord and I had supper at Liberty Commons in Liberty Village.

It was a nice evening and we sat on the patio.

Toronto Wolfpack 52, Rochdale Hornets 10, Lamport Stadium, Toronto, ON

The Toronto Wolfpack RLFC is a Canadian professional rugby league club, based in here Toronto, which competes in the British Rugby Football League system.  In 2018 the club is competing in the Championship, having begun to play in 2017 in League 1 and won a promotion in its inaugural season.  The club is noted as being the first North American team to play in the Rugby Football League system, the first fully professional rugby league team in Canada and the world's first transatlantic rugby league team.  Their home stadium is Lamport Stadium (aka "The Den"), which is just a couple blocks from where we live.

Today the Wolfpack were playing the Rochdale Hornets ... it was the top against bottom in the Betfred Championship.

Here are Gord and I before the game began ...

The Wolfpack players huddled during their practice.

Here come the Wolfpack players!

Friday, 20 July 2018

Book ~ "Savannah Blues" (2012) Mary Kay Andrews

From Goodreads ~ Landing a catch like Talmadge Evans III got Eloise “Weezie” Foley a jewel of a town house in Savannahs historic district. Divorcing Tal got her exited to the backyard carriage house, where she has launched a spite-fest with Tal’s new fiancée, the elegant Caroline DeSantos. 

An antiques picker, Weezie combs Savannah’s steamy back alleys and garage sales for treasures when she’s not dealing with her loopy relatives or her hunky ex-boyfriend. But an unauthorized sneak preview at a sale lands Weezie smack in the middle of magnolia-scented murder, mayhem ... and more. 

Dirty deals simmer all around her - just as her relationship with the hottest chef in town heats up and she finds out how delicious love can be the second time around.

Weezie had been married to Tal for about ten years.  Then he had an affair with Caroline, broke up with Weezie and is now engaged to Caroline.  During the divorce proceedings, Tal ended up getting their house (and moved Caroline in) and Weezie fought for and got their carriage house, which is in the same yard.  Needless to say, there is a lot of tension.

Weezie is an antiques picker ... she goes to estate sales and thrift shops looking for gems and reselling them to make a profit.  During one estate sale, Weezie discovers a dead body and is suspected of the murder.  Her lawyer is her uncle James, a former priest with a secret of his own.

In the meantime, Daniel, Weezie's boyfriend from high school, arrives back in town, working as the chef in her best friend, BeBe's restaurant, and he pursues her.

This is the third book I've read by this author (it is the first in the Weezie and BeBe Mystery Series) and I liked it.  I liked the writing style.  There is a lot going on but it moves at a good pace.  It is written in first person perspective in Weezie's voice and third person perspective in James' voice.  I found the characters likable.  As a head's up, there is swearing and violence.

I look forward to reading the next one in this series.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Burrito Boyz, Toronto, ON (Adelaide W)

Gord, Trish, Shawna and I saw Skyscraper this evening (it was far fetched but entertaining).  Before the movie, we met for supper at Burrito Boyz.  I think Burrito Boyz make the best burritos!

I ordered what I always order ... a large chicken burrito.  I got rice, a couple kinds of beans, tomatoes, salsa, corn and burrito sauce on it.  As always, it was delicious!  I ordered a large one with the intent to take half home for lunch tomorrow but that didn't happen.  Gord also got a chicken burrito and said his was good too.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Topbox - July 2018

My July Topbox arrived today.

For only $12 a month, you will receive a Topbox with 4 carefully selected, indulgent, beauty products. Then test the products in the comfort of your own home.

Here's what I received ...

Ipsy Glam Bag - July 2018

My July Ipsy Glam Bag arrived today.
  • 4 to 5 beauty products in a collectible makeup bag 
  • Monthly videos showing you how to get the Look 
  • Win free products in contests and giveaways

Subscriptions are $10US a month or $110US for a year.  Shipping is free in the U.S. and $4.95US per month to Canada.

 Here's what I received ...

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, Milton, ON

I've been wanting to visit Terre Bleu for a couple years.  Since Trish and I were nearby at Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, we stopped in at Terre Bleu before we headed for home.

The story of Terre Bleu began when owners, Ian and Isabelle Baird, fell in love with a lavender farm while vacationing in Quebec. The two were awed by the spectacular fields of purple and the fragrant air that swirled all around, inspiring the techpreneur/biologist and Olympian/health professional duo to make a 180º change in their lives. They moved from downtown Toronto, with their young children William and Madeline, to rural Milton and began their adventurous endeavour of farming organic lavender. 

In 2011, the Bairds planted their first 10,000 lavender plants. After years of careful planning and cultivation, the farm opened to the visiting public in 2014. Today, the family run business is the largest lavender farm in Ontario and is home to over 40,000 lavender plants. Terre Bleu welcomes tens of thousands of visitors every summer to share how sustainable and organic farming can have a positive impact on the world in which we live.

Spencer welcomed us and showed us a short video about the farm.

Trish and I did the 2:30pm tour.  Lindsey was our guide.  She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, Campbellville, ON

Today Trish and I went to  Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary (HEEPS).

To inspire kindness and compassion for farmed animals everywhere.

Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, located in Campbellville, Ontario, Canada, was founded in 2014. Since it began, Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary has been dedicated to rescuing abused, neglected and abandoned farmed animals. Our goal is to provide a safe, life-long home for all of our residents, and to educate the public about the true nature of farmed animals through tours, volunteer programs, and community outreach. 

Esther's owners, Steve and Derek, had adopted her as a six month old mini pig and were assured that as big as she would get.  Then they discovered that she wasn't a  "mini" pig at all ... she was, in fact, a six week old commercial pig, which means she should have been destined to be raised and butchered. Esther grew from being the size of a sneaker to over 650 pounds!  They tried to raise her as long as they could in their house in Georgetown, just outside of Toronto.  They eventually bought a 50 acre farm in Campbellville, about 45km west of Toronto, and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary and now take in animals that need homes.  Steve and Derek have written a couple books about Esther and their sanctuary.

I'd been to the sanctuary two summers ago and was due for another visit.

When we got there, my friend, Christine, a HEEPS volunteer, was there.

Trish, me and Christine

Trish and I had booked the 12pm tour ... Nicole was our guide.

Nicole had just started our tour when Esther came of out the house (she lives in the house with Steve and Derek).  We had been warned that because of the heat she might not come out.  But she did!  So we all scampered over.

Here she comes!