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JDeQ
Burlington, Ontario
eating, drinking, laughing, travelling . . . living life to the fullest!
Interests: Travel, food, drink, books, current events, politics, art, theatre, movies, music - life really!
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It seems that COVID19 is giving rise to certain trends . . . everyone is baking banana bread, bread, attempting scallion pancakes, and dalgona coffee. The Rosemary Gimlet is another popular item that has been invading Instagram, Facebook, and twitter... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at A Life, Lived
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In Ontario the Ministry just announced that schools would be closed for four more weeks (although many assume it will be far longer). On Monday we will be transitioning one of the largest school systems in the world to a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Life, Lived
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One of the popular social media activities right now is for people to post pics of places that have made them happy. You know the pics, the ones you look at and you get that feeling of calm and happiness... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Life, Lived
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I am sure that I am not alone in my struggles to adapt to life in a COVID-19 world. Paul and I are both the type of people who prefer being alone or in a small, select group so the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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All of Italy is shut down as a result of COVID-19. No one is going in and no one is going out (well, unless there is a specific reasons for the entry or departure as defined by the government). This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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This flower is called the mimosa. To celebrate International Women's Day in Italy, men give yellow mimosas to women. A florist near our home carried some this year but - wow - what a price. Happy International Women's Day to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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Sadly, this editorial cartoon is a true representation of the things our current government is focused on . . . Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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Venice is on the list of places to not visit because of the covid-19 outbreak. What an overreaction. I wish I had more vacation time because I'd be on the next plane there. because i am stuck, my visit consists... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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Paul and I had tickets to see the comedienne Hannah Gadsby last night. We decided to go to our of our favourite restaurants before the show. Tutti Matti has been a 'go-to' spot for us for more than 15 years... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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This area of Italy is in the news a lot right now because of the Coronavirus outbreak in Italy. It got me thinking to a less stressful visit . . . Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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So history was made on Saturday night at the Scotiabank Arena. It had nothing to do with me attending a hockey game. I like hockey but would never pay $1,000 for two tickets. . . but if I am given... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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I made another version of Instant Pot macaroni and cheese over the weekend. For a quick lunch you can't go wrong! Instant Pot Mac and Cheese takes all of the creamy goodness of homemade mac and cheese and turns it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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Given last Friday was Valentine's Day it seemed appropriate to post this pic from Philadelphia for Travel Tuesday this week. Robert Indiana debuted the design for his famous sculpture as a painting in 1964. After constructing the aluminum piece, Indiana... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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Valentine's Day was on Friday. With the weeks being so hectic we decided to have our dinner on Saturday. We decided to cut back this year - we have everything we need (and then some) so there was no need... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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More shots from out mid-winter trek to the Central Coast Wine Country of California. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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The Instant Pot is amazing when it comes to cooking dried beans. There is no overnight soaking and three hours of cooking at a slow temperature required. Instead you dump the beans in to the pot with everything else and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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A couple of years ago we were in the central coast wine region of California at the end of January/beginning of February. We sipped on our own for a bit before meeting with some of our amazing travel pals for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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I think plenty of folks have had a challenging January. This graphic has appeared widely on social media . . . it captures how I feel! Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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Today the world marks Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp by the Soviet Red Army in 1945. Some ten days prior to the liberation of Auschwitz, 58,000 inmates were marched away because... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2020 at A Life, Lived
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My Facebook memories (because now that I am over 55 it is the only way I remember anything it seems) have reminded me that I was in Berlin at this time a few years ago. Here are some shots from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2020 at A Life, Lived