New Flower (November 4, 2019) – Happy Birthday Rose

…..it’s my daughter’s 39th birthday today and I remember as I was leaving to go to the hospital to bring her into this world there was one lone rose left on my rosebush

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The name of this rose is ‘Blessing’. How appropriate.

Share Your World 2016 – Week 45

….thanks Cee for hosting Share Your World

Describe your own outlook on life in seven words or less. (NOTE: does not have to be a sentence.)

Make the most of it. Enjoy it.

Where do you like to vacation?

I like to vacation at the cottage but when travelling abroad I enjoy going to Ireland, the Netherlands and Italy. I’d like to take a trip to Iceland, England and Germany in the near future.

Candy factories (sweets or treats including chocolate) of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?

It would have to be dark chocolate with marzipan or nuts.

Complete this sentence: Something that anyone can do that will guarantee my smile is…

….show me a photo of my granddaughter.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for a wonderful weekend with my daughters. On Saturday I went to the Royal  Winter Fair with both my girls and my granddaughter. I hadn’t been to the fair since I was a little girl. I loved seeing Winnie’s reaction to all the animals. I forgot how massive this fair is, especially if you go back into the barns where all the farm animals are kept.

On Sunday we had the whole family at the house to celebrate my oldest daughter’s 37th birthday. She wanted a pizza making party so my husband made the dough from scratch and we cut up a variety of toppings for people to choose from so that they could design their own pizza creation.

This week I’m looking forward to unpacking all the books that I purchased at the book vendor’s fair today and attending a party for a good friend. I’m also hoping to finish reading The Nest and starting on some art projects for myself.

Cheers!

Share Your World – Week 44

….a very special week in my household

What is your most vivid memory of the kitchen in your childhood?

It’s hard to break it down to one vivid memory. The kitchen was probably my favourite room in the house because I loved to eat and at an early age I was preparing meals. One memory that stands out in my mind is the time when my parents had a small catering business that they ran from our kitchen. We lived in Oakville at the time and there were some very well to do families in this bedroom community of Toronto.

I remember my Dad bringing home huge containers of shrimp that they had to shell, devein and arrange on platters (no pre-made shrimp platters in those days). He taught me how to clean the shrimp and as a special reward I was allowed to eat one or two of those jumbo shrimps. I would have been about 8 at the time.

When we moved back to Toronto both my parents worked and I remember coming home for lunch and preparing our own meals. As a special treat my sisters and I would put marshmallows on forks and toast them over the electric range. We were lucky we didn’t burn ourselves or start a fire in the apartment.

As a child, who was your favorite relative?

When we moved to Canada, all our relatives stayed behind in Germany. Of all the relatives that came to visit I’d have to say that my favourite relative was my mother’s sister. This is the same aunt that just passed away this week.

When I was a little girl I remember thinking that my aunt led a very glamorous life. I loved visiting her in Germany. She would take me to the hairdresser and she bought me very special presents and would treat me to the best ice-cream. When I was a teenager she would send me some of her clothes which I actually wore.

What did you or did not like about the first apartment you ever rented?

Our first apartment was in the basement of an older building. The worst part was that our living room windows faced out onto the parking lot and cars passed by our windows all the time. The one thing I did like was that it was close to the subway and that it was uptown. There was a lot of good shopping in the neighbourhood.

What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it.

I don’t like commercials at the best of times but if I have to watch them I’d like them to be funny or inspirational or both. I’d also like the same commercial to be played only once a day and not six times back to back on the same show.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week I was grateful for a very successful book fair. We sold over $7500. worth of books and merchandise and 70% comes back to the school. This week I took 29 students to the Daily Bread Food Bank and we bagged 295 bags of onions at five pounds a bag. Some of the children also sorted through donations and put food items in the correct container. When all was said and done we helped 120 families for three days who need to use the food bank.

This week I’m looking forward to reconnecting with family members and friends at my aunt’s memorial gathering. I’m also looking forward to celebrating my daughter’s birthday on Sunday and spending time with my son who is only here for 3 days.

Thanks Cee for another great set of questions.

Persian Breakfast

….celebrating my oldest daughter’s birthday

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My daughter, A was away on her birthday last week, touring wine country in Prince Edward County. She did, however, want to celebrate with the family and she expressed an interest in having  brunch at a very trendy Persian restaurant in the west end of Toronto. Tavoos doesn’t take reservations so they suggested that we arrive at 10:00 when the restaurant opened on Sunday so that we wouldn’t have to wait.

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My sister was in town on the same day and she was hoping to spend some time with me so we invited her to join us at the restaurant. In total there were six of us in attendance. Arriving early turned out to be a very good idea because when we left the line-up went out the door.

This unique little restaurant is located on College Street just west of Dufferin. When you walk in you are greeted by a warm, inviting atmosphere with a very Persian decor. There are a couple of areas  that are covered with exotic carpets and cushions and you can enjoy your meal sitting cross legged on the floor. Luckily, A requested the small room at the back of the restaurant with regular tables and chairs. I’m not so sure I could get up gracefully from the floor after sitting for any length of time. P1030698 P1030697

The menu offered some very unusual breakfast selections. One of them was a soup made with a goats head and hoofs. We all passed on that item. A ordered the porridge with lamb which was quite delicious and surprisingly sweet. My sister played it safe and ordered a Mediterranean salad and the rest of us had Persian egg dishes. Traditionally the dishes are baked with the eggs sunny-side up on a spinach or onion potato base. With coffee and or tea and tip the total cost came in under $65.00 for our party of six. Pretty good for the city of Toronto.

After brunch we went back to A and J’s house. My sister hadn’t seen their home and it gave us more time together. Of course there was birthday cake and more coffee. We didn’t need to eat again until dinner time. P1030703 P1030707

My sister with 'my three girls'.

My sister with ‘my three girls’.