Tuesday, January 16, 2018

This is a 205 square foot micro-apartment by Ab Rogers Design collaborating with U+I, designed to address the need for affordable housing in Western cities. While I am fascinated how good design can incorporate so much into such a small space there is something odd about the contemporary celebration of micro-living in the West while it has always been part of the more populous east, especially Japan and Hong Kong. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018


“The rougher it is, the better I like it!” Archie’s Pals ‘n’ Gals #46 (June 1968)

Another Cold One...

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“Start out perfect and don’t change a thing. Always accentuate your best features by pointing at them. And conceal your flaws by sucker punching anyone who has the audacity to mention them.”
Too cold to be outside, again, 
So I'm staying home
via KitschyLiving

We spent most of the morning inside, but decided later to head out to Yorkdale Mall. Once there we were able to walk around the mall, staying warm inside. Sadly, we stopped for a little lunch in the food court and were disappointed by the lack of customer service. At one of the food court places, Villa Madina, we ordered two falafel sandwiches and when asked what we wanted like to drink we asked for two glasses of tap water. 

The young man behind the counter told me the water was broken. I asked him if that was so, how did they clean their hands. He told me that his manager, who was standing right beside, him told him to say this. Needless, to say we were a little shocked and surprised. If it was true that the water was broken, then the staff should not be allowed to serve the public, following simple public health rules.

Our guess was that the manager did not want to serve us tap water, encouraging us to buy a bottle of water. We were dismayed and sat down and had our lunch. We were given glasses of tap water by a competitor. While watching the counter we were surprised a couple of minutes later to see a young woman being served the very tap water we had asked for. When we asked what happened we were told the water had been miraculously fixed in the space of five minutes. The experience left us disappointed not only with the franchise in question but also with the Villa Madina name. I guess the lesson was not to expect decent customer service from a food court. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018


After a brief respite from the bitter cold for two days it arrived back last night. In one day the temperature rose to 11 and dropped to a bitter -10, bringing us rain, sleet and finally more snow. This morning after bundling up and carefully walking to the market along the icy sidewalks for our weekly  dry goods and veggies the world looks so much nicer from inside a warm house.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Fritter Day

While have had a reprieve from the intense cold over the past couple of days, it has been instead, damp and cold. So for tonight's dinner I decided to slice up a zucchini I had in the fridge and make it into zucchini fritters. I mixed together some flour, black pepper, dried garlic and baking powder, then added bubbly water until I had a pancake like batter. I then coated each slice of zucchini with this mixture and fried it all in a shallow cast-iron pan. To this I added some quinoa I made in my handy-dandy insta-pot making a really warm dinner for a damp, cold night. 

Love It!

This beautifully designed dining room, located in San Francisco is part of a photo spread in Architectural Digest and is featured on Habitually Chic. It is the work of designer Hillary Thomas and while I find the overall decor a little busy, I really like the Japanese inspired silver wallpaper. 

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Monday, January 08, 2018

New Cameras

The front door. 

The garage door.

The cold snap that hit Toronto last week making it uncomfortable to be outside for any length of time finally broke today, leaving us at a balmy one degrees. Because the weather was so much nicer I decided to install our new security camera mounts, one on our front porch and one in the backyard. The installation was quick and easy, just three screws into the bottom of the mount allowing me to screw the cameras in, and I am happy that we can now monitor our front door and the garage door in the back. While it may not be the best security system in the world, I hope it will give us a little more protection. 

Sunday, January 07, 2018

A Cold Weekend

Because of the winter bomb that hit the east coast this weekend was really col and crisp. After making our way to the market yesterday for our dry goods and veggies Mr.T and I hid away for the rest of the day, binging on Star Wars films and watching American Gods on Amazon Prime. Earlier in the week I ordered a couple of mounts for our new security cameras from Amazon and they gave me free shipping with a one month trial of Amazon Prime, which included access to their videos. So until I cancel it later this month, Mr.T and I are going to watch everything we want on their service. 

Because we decided to stay home all day we also pulled out the dryer in the basement and cleaned out the vent on the back and discovered we need a new flexible connection between the dryer and the vent. So this morning we made our way on a combination of buses and subways to the Home Depot at the Stockyards. There we picked up a new flexible vent and a couple of LED lightbulbs for our living room. We then walked over to the Stockyards and had breakfast at the Sunset Grill. The place is always busy and we were lucky to get a table quickly and were surprised to see that the service had improved. Mr.T had a platter with eggs, hash browns and turkey bacon while I had a toasted bagel and peanut butter. It was nice to have something warm on such a cold morning. After exploring the Winners and Home Sense, which are almost empty of stock after the holidays, we caught the bus back to the subway making our way back home to ride out the rest of the day away from the cold.