Forgotten Bean Salad

By , July 14, 2019 10:45 am

I had some friends over to the cottage for a bbq and forgot to serve the bean salad. It sat languishing in the fridge after I had worked to perfect the tarragon dressing using our own tarragon from the herb garden. And so, the bean salad deserves its due: a study in bean salad.

You’ll notice that I propped it up, de-propped it, moved locations, changed lighting conditions, and, finally, ate it.

East York Canada Day Parade 2019

By , July 1, 2019 7:57 pm

Fabulous weather for a slow-moving parade. Happy Canada Day!

End of Year 2019

By , June 26, 2019 8:53 pm

The end of school has finally arrived, again. Here are a few pics. Thank you everyone!

CHY4U class

Last StuCo meeting (my literal last).

With Ryan and Andy and my giraffe-themed gift box:)

My amazing co-staff advisor, Ms. P., with Ryan and Andy.

 

Bonding.

 

My amazing guidance colleagues on the occasion of Ms. O’s retirement.

 

How could I have made it through the year without Karim? A million thanks.

No Cuts to Education

By , June 6, 2019 7:24 pm

Cuts will hurt our students.

Goodbye, Fletch

By , May 9, 2019 7:50 pm

Fletch – 19 years old. A very good boy. We had to say goodbye to him today.

Fletch should be remembered as the cat who cured himself of diabetes and lived through three near-death experiences at the emergency vet.

Fletch was my first cat. He’s the first cat I was allergic to.

He is lovingly remembered by Val, his best friend and loyal companion who brought him home from the Humane Society at age 1, his aunt Felicity, who cat-sat him often and just loved him to pieces!, and by me, his adopted dog person.

Fletch was pre-deceased by Bailey, step-dogs Hopi and Zuni, and survived by Shadow (his best cat friend) and Richard, his nemesis.

Fletch – good-natured, friendly, cuddly and sleepy!

Goodbye old man.

Love,

Risa and Val, Shadow and Richard

 

Happiness at Stars on Ice

By , May 8, 2019 7:59 pm

Last Friday I had the most amazing time at Stars on Ice, a long-time tradition with my mom and step-sister Lindsay. With on-ice seats we had incredible views and even shook hands with Andrew Poje! For a super fan of Canadian skating it was an incredible treat.

An Eye for Photography

By , April 28, 2019 7:11 pm

This person has one. I wish I could see like that.

Tapestry of Leaves by Susan Butler, York, England.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/apr/28/international-garden-photographer-of-the-year-black-white-photo-project

 

This is all I’ve got.

Olives at St. Lawrence Market, March 2019.

 

Withrow Park clubhouse, March 2019.

 

Queen’s Park protest, Apri, 2019.

Richard Gets All the Attention …

By , April 2, 2019 8:39 pm

… so Shadow would like to say “hi.”

That’s all. She’s very quiet.

International Women’s Day

By , March 10, 2019 10:53 pm

Since 1909, International Women’s Day has been acknowledged and (sometimes) celebrated. Because its origins lie in various labour movements, it makes sense to look back at women at work. The links below show women at work in Toronto and Ontario.

Toronto women

Ontario women

Women’s rights in Toronto

 

We should not take anything for granted – we always have to work hard! Even in 2019 we don’t have full equality yet – there’s still work to do.

1975 Why Not? Campaign (CBC)

And now, for a comparison to today:

75 cents 

The average amount earned by full-time working women in Canada for every dollar earned by men, according to Statistics Canada. The wage gap widens for women who are Indigenous, living with a disability, racialized or newcomers.

15.5 months vs. 12 months

On average, it takes women 15.5 months to earn what a man earns in 12, according to the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition.

$7,200 less

Women with the same experience, socio-economic and demographic background earn approximately $7,200 less than their male counterparts per year, according to an Ontario Government report.

Source: Canadian Women’s Foundation

Richard Turns Three

By , March 10, 2019 5:03 pm

Almost exactly three years ago we rescued Richard from an impending blizzard at the cottage. He’s a lot calmer now – he even sleeps at times other than nighttime – though I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s more mature.

Richard is a character. He has a tonne of it. He employs it at almost all times, such as when he stares into the sink even when there’s absolutely nothing happening in it. He loves boxes, but he also eats boxes. He finds the corner of the kitchen counter the most exciting place in the world even though there’s not much there except a bowl of bananas. He loves socks, blankets, bathrobes, and all things fuzzy. He gets so obsessed with them that we have to take them away. Okay, so he has OCD and ADHD. We love him the way he is.

Like all good cats, he can lounge anywhere. In piles of laundry, in the laundry basket, beside the phone, on the ottoman on top of my paper work, on the sofa, in the sink…

Last year at this time I wrote about him turning two. Check out how adorable he was (and still is).

We love you Richard! Thanks for picking us.

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