Saturday, 1 October 2022

Sunset Grill Restaurant, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Gord and I had breakfast this morning at Sunset Grill.  It was a busy spot!

Gord ordered bacon and eggs and coffee

I ordered a glass of milk and blueberry pancakes (I couldn’t eat them all so got them to-go).

Friday, 30 September 2022

The Olde Angel Inn, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Gord and I had supper at the pub in the Olde Angel Inn. It was a busy spot and there was constantly a line-up.

Gord ordered a shrimp basket.

I ordered a burger and fries.

"Damn Yankees", Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Gord and I saw Damn Yankees this afternoon ... it is part of the Shaw Festival.

Joe Boyd is an out of shape, middle-aged man who has the misfortune to be a Washington Senators fan. One deal with the devil later, he is Joe Hardy, a young ball player with a knack for hitting home runs. Can he help his favourite team finally beat the powerhouse New York Yankees? The final score: a delightful, fast-paced, crowd-pleasing, romantic musical.

It was good ... lots of singing and dancing! Mike Nadajewski as Mr. Applegate, a.k.a. the devil incarnate, stole the show ... he was awesome!

And here's George Bernard Shaw, who the festival honours ...

Queen's Royal Park, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

After breakfast, Gord and I left walked a couple blocks towards the water and walked around Queen's Royal Park ... it's a cute park. 

That's Toronto waaaaaaaaaay off in the distance

 That's Old Fort Niagara across the water in Youngstown, NY.

It was nice to walk along the water.

Stagecoach Family Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlour, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Gord and I had breakfast this morning at the Stagecoach.  It was a busy spot!

Gord ordered bacon and eggs and coffee.

I hadn't eaten since lunch the day before and was hungry and ordered the Cook's Favourite (so an extra egg) and a glass of milk.

It was lots of food and neither of us were able to eat all our homefries.

It was funny to see the old-school bill.

Thursday, 29 September 2022

The Irish Harp, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Gord and I spent a few days (Thursday until today) in Niagara-on-the-Lake and stayed in the County Derry room above the The Irish Harp in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  

It was a cute room right over the pub, which was handy because we saw Moonlight Co. there Thursday night and The Danny Boys there last night.

The only issue we had with the room was we couldn't control the temperature.  The room was really warm and stuffy when Adam let us in and he turned the thermostat down to 16C.  We went out walking and shopping and when we got back, the room was really cold.  We turned the thermostat up to 21C and when we got back later that night, it was warm and stuffy again.  The windows couldn't be opened and turning the thermostat lower again didn't make a difference.

Comfy bed!

Monday, 26 September 2022

Book ~ "The Marsh Murders" (2016) Victoria Abbott

From Goodreads ~ Jordan works hard to improve Vera Van Alst’s collection of classic detective stories. So when Chadwick Kauffman - heir to the Kauffman fortune - offers a very good price on a fine collection of Ngaio Marsh first editions owned by his recently deceased stepfather, she is thrilled to meet with him at his fabled summer estate, Summerlea.

The next day, Jordan and Vera are shocked to read that Chadwick has died in a fall from the grand staircase at Summerlea. But when the picture in the paper is of a different man, it becomes clear that the ladies are victims of a scam. And they’ll have to unmask the imposter fast, because someone is trying to frame them for murder.

Vera Van Alst, an older crusty recluse, gets an invitation to purchase a Ngaio Marsh first edition collection from Chadwick Kauffman, who had recently inherited it.   Jordan's job is buying and reselling books for Vera ... she enjoys her job and the cute apartment in Vera's house that comes with it. Vera, along with Jordan and Kev (Vera's handyman and Jordan's not-so-smart uncle) are invited to lunch for the transaction.  All goes well and they are surprised to learn the next day that Chadwick had been murdered and Vera, Jordan and Uncle Kev are the suspects. They discover they have been set up and the man they transacted with wasn't Chadwick.  Not surprisingly the police don't believe them so it's up to Jordan to prove their innocence.

I thought this one was okay (it's better than the last one) and I found the story interesting.  There was a lot talk about characters from what I'm assuming are Ngaio Marsh's books ... I didn't know who they were so that was dead space for me and I skipped over these references.  The whodunnit came out of nowhere but I was okay with it even though it seems too unbelievable to be able to pull off.  

Though this is the fourth in the Book Collector Mystery series, it works as a stand alone. It is written in first person perspective in Jordan's voice. As it's a cozy mystery (so there is no swearing, violence or adult activity), it was a quick easy read.  Jordan met Tyler, a police officer, in book 1, they started dating in book 2, he was off on a mysteries job training in book 3 and in this book (book 4) he breaks up with her.  I know it's a cozy mystery but there's zero romantic interaction between them.  Jordan has a best friend named Tiff who is conveniently never around ... she's off working in faraway places.  She never add any value so what's the point in having her in the stories?  There are recipes at the end.

Sunday, 25 September 2022

Scented Candle Making Workshop, Yummi, Toronto, ON

This afternoon Gord, Dawn (our pal, neighbour and fellow scented candle addict) and I did the scented candle making workshop at Yummi in the Distillery District.

Me, Gord and Dawn
Our supplies were at our stations

Caelen and Arieh were our instructors.

Saturday, 24 September 2022

Smart Serve Certification

When we buy beer or wine at No Frills, we have to pay at a "Beer Lane" checkout and I wondered what a cashier has to do to able to sell me alcohol. 

Well, they have to take a 4 hour online sales, service and delivery Smart Serve Ontario training program approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), write a 33 question proctored exam and get 80% or more to pass. Apparently Smart Serve is mandatory for working where alcohol is sold, served or handled. 

Curious I enrolled in the training, just wrote the exam and passed. Whoohoo! The material was interesting and I learned a lot.

Friday, 23 September 2022

Book ~ "Things We Do in the Dark" (2022) Jennifer Hillier

From Goodreads ~ When Paris Peralta is arrested in her own bathroom - covered in blood, holding a straight razor, her celebrity husband dead in the bathtub behind her - she knows she'll be charged with murder. But as bad as this looks, it's not what worries her the most. With the unwanted media attention now surrounding her, it's only a matter of time before someone from her long hidden past recognizes her and destroys the new life she's worked so hard to build, along with any chance of a future.

Twenty-five years earlier, Ruby Reyes, known as the Ice Queen, was convicted of a similar murder in a trial that riveted Canada in the early nineties. Reyes knows who Paris really is and when she's unexpectedly released from prison, she threatens to expose all of Paris's secrets. Left with no other choice, Paris must finally confront the dark past she escaped, once and for all.

Because the only thing worse than a murder charge are two murder charges.

Paris is a yoga instructor in Seattle who has been married to Jimmy, a much older actor/comedian who is making a comeback, for a couple of years.  When she arrives home early from a weekend yoga conference, she finds Jimmy dead in a bathtub full of blood.  Though Paris assumes he has committed suicide, she is arrested for the murder of her husband.  Things look even worse when it's discovered that she would inherit almost $50 million at his death.  Did she murder him for his money?

Twenty-five years ago in Toronto, Ruby was a single mother who dated married men in hopes they would leave their wives and take care of her.  She takes her frustrations out on Joey, her young daughter, by abusing her.  After a fight with her latest married beau, Ruby kills him in a fit of rage and is sent to prison for life for his murder.  Joey is sent to live with Ruby's sister and her sister's family north of Toronto, who only take her in because they are paid to.  Once Joey is old enough, she heads back to Toronto and becomes friends and roommates with Drew and Simone.  Joey is tragically killed in a fire in her apartment a couple years later.  Ruby is paroled and Drew, a reporter, decides to do a series of podcasts about her.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it.  I liked the writing style and found the story interesting.  I look forward to reading other books by this author.  It is written in third person perspective with a focus on Paris and Joey.  The story bounces back in time from Paris' story today to Ruby and Joey's story in the past.  As a head's up, there is swearing, violence and child abuse.