Sunday, January 21, 2018

Shadow Shot Sunday

Shadow Shot Sunday

January 2018 - Niagara Falls ON

inSPIREd Sunday

Sally and Beth host inSPIREd Sunday!

May 2004 - Rome Italy

Click here for views of St. Peter's Basilica from outside.

We'll step inside this week and look at some details.

This ancient statue of St. Peter, portrayed as he gives a blessing and preaches, while holding the keys to the kingdom of heaven is famous throughout the world. Some scholars have attributed it to Arnolfo di Cambio (1245-1302), but others believe that it is a V century casting.
Behind it, there is what seems to be a fine brocade draping, however, it is actually a mosaic.

St. Peter's Baldachin is a large Baroque sculpted bronze canopy, technically called a ciborium or baldachin, over the high altar of St. Peter's Basilica. The baldachin is at the centre of the crossing and directly under the dome of the basilica. Designed by the Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, it was intended to mark, in a monumental way, the place of Saint Peter's tomb underneath. Under its canopy is the high altar of the basilica. Commissioned by Pope Urban VIII, the work began in 1623 and ended in 1634. The baldachin acts as a visual focus within the basilica; it itself is a very large structure and forms a visual mediation between the enormous scale of the building and the human scale of the people officiating at the religious ceremonies at the papal altar beneath its canopy.

The spiral columns are called Solomonic columns. In the 4th century, the Christian emperor Constantine supposedly brought spiral columns back to Rome from Jerusalem, claiming they were part of Solomon’s temple. Those columns stood for a thousand years as part of Old St. Peters, and are seen today built into the supports of the church across from Bernini’s Baldacchino. Bernini took the twisting form of the Solomonic column and enlarged it as the base. It is amazing form in bronze, with intricate leafing and designs from bottom to top.



One Word Sunday

January 2018 - Niagara Falls ON

21 January:        Views
28 January:        Lines
4 February:        Square
11 February:      Discreet

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Bundling Up

January 2018 - Toronto ON Week 3

Six Word Saturday

Our usual relax, layabout weekend. We did some chores and then John had two football games along with reading. I am bingeing on The Affair.


Dinner - leftover stew and salad.

One Word Sunday
Shadow Shot Sunday
Inspired Sunday Rome

Very cold morning but it is warming up this week.
That is a water filtration across from us.

More football and I'm working on my 2017 recap. Please someone make me do this monthly this year!!!

Dinner - ham with mashed parsnip carrot potatoes and mushy peas.

Monday Mural
Foto Tunes

I was invited to attend a focus group on banking services so headed downtown for a two hour session, which I really enjoyed.

Then I baked a sweet potato bread from Against The Grain cookbook. This is the second time I've made it and it turned out really well this time!

The yeast proofed really well and the batter doubled easily.

It taste like a grown soda bread.

Martin Luther King Jr
Tuesday Treasures

I headed out to buy socks! and came back with a pair of boots, two tops and the socks!!

We went to the VIP Theatre to see The Post which we both loved.

Dinner - ham and eggs

Wondrous Words

We were lucky to have a gorgeous sunny day and temperatures of -7 C as we met friend and went to Niagara Falls with a stop in Niagara on the Lake for lunch at The Bistro.

I had these huge fish tacos and John had mussels with fries.

The Falls were spectacular! The mist from the falls has dressed the surrounding trees with lace.
Click here to see the Falls in the summer.

Dinner - pizza

Thursday Doors

Just a day of chores/errands and a mani-pedi for me!

Weekend Reflections
Weekend Roundup

We went to see The Darkest Hour and I definitely think Gary Oldman will/should get the Oscar!


Total 2018 - 5 YTD

I flipped through A Square Meal which chronicles American diets in the early 20th century.

For a change of pace I started The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox.


Niagara Falls in Winter's Frozen Fist

Six Word Saturday

January 2018 - Niagara Falls ON

Friday, January 19, 2018

Weekend Roundup

Welcome to The Weekend Roundup...hosted by Tom The Back Roads Traveler
1. Starts with "C."
2. Week's Favorite.
3. Clouds

Letter C

September 2017 - Climax MI

In 1825, John Mullet was among the first white settlers in Climax, along with Calvin White (1831), and the Farnsworth brothers (1832)  More Euro-American settlement of this area began in 1838. It was incorporated as a village in 1899.

Climax is so known because when Daniel B. Eldred first visited the township he said, "This caps the climax."

Week's Favourite

January 2018 - Niagara Falls ON


January 2018 - Toronto ON

A very chilly morning this week.

Weekend Reflections

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January 2018 - Niagara Falls ON

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Wondrous Words

Wondrous Words is hosted at Bermuda Onion's blog.

January 2018 - Toronto ON

I haven't joined Wondrous Words in forever!! But I do think of it often when I see new words and I always read Bermuda Onions posts.

I read this in a post by a fellow blogger and had to look it up. Now I need an opportunity to use it!

A lagniappe (/ˈlænjæp/ LAN-yap or /lænˈjæp/ lan-YAP) is "a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase" (such as a 13th doughnut on purchase of a dozen), or more broadly, "something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure."

The word entered English from the Louisiana French adapting a Quechua word brought in to New Orleans by the Spanish Creoles. It derived from the South American Spanish phrase la yapa or ñapa (referring to a free extra item, usually a very cheap one).

Quoits in The Disappearance of Esme Lennox

Quoits (koits, kwoits, kwaits) is a traditional game which involves the throwing of metal, rope or rubber rings over a set distance, usually to land over or near a spike (sometimes called a hob, mott or pin).

Ben Stokes: England cricketer charged with affray
An instance of fighting in a public place that disturbs the peace.

Definitions from Wikipedia

Thursday Doors

Linking up at Norm's Thursday Doors.

December 2014 - Old Tucson Studios Arizona

Click here for more of our visit.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday Treasures

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

March 2013 - Calico CA

Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. With its 500 mines, Calico produced over $20 million in silver ore over a 12-year span. When silver lost its value in the mid-1890's, Calico lost its population. The miner's packed up, loaded their mules and moved away abandoning the town that once gave them a good living. It became a "ghost town."

Walter Knott purchased Calico in the 1950's architecturally restoring all but the five original buildings to look as they did in the 1880's. Calico received State Historical Landmark 782 and in 2005 was proclaimed by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be California's Silver Rush Ghost Town.


The Calico Bottle House was built after 1951 when Walter Knott began restoring the Calico Ghost Town as a tourist attraction. The Bottle House was built with more than 5,000 bottles.