Indoor dining during Toronto’s on-again-off-again restrictions

Toronto has been under various strict restrictions on and off for a period of 22 months. We were briefly less restricted last summer with either outdoor options or capacity limits. But then came back to school and winter and indoor activities and by Christmas we were getting surges again yada yada by January 4th, indoor dining et al were once again shut down.

The beleaguered restaurant industry, particularly the independent establishments not controlled by chain-corporations, really suffered. A lot.

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Chit chat over morning coffee

I have a bandaid on my right index finger, right at the tip,  which prevents me from using the biometric fingerprint thingy on the back of my phone. I use biometrics to access my locked accounts on my phone.

So this is fun. ๐Ÿ™„

I guess I could take the bandaid off and suffer… ๐Ÿ˜‚

Speaking of suffering, I’ve had trouble with the post office lately. ๐Ÿคจ

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A bunch of minor mishaps…

I made soup today. I specifically bought a package of beef cubes to use in soups or stews because it’s getting to that time of year when a pot of soup bubbling on the stove is one of those comforting things.

I love hearty, beefy soups with a thick broth flavoured with tomatoes, beans, kale or chard, onions and garlic. And a lot of nice spices too.

The last ingredient I was going to add into my soup was mushrooms. I bought those yesterday specifically because I knew I was going to make soup this week.

However. The mushroom pack has disappeared. It is gone. Vanished into thin air.

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An outing at a high end mall with an electronic lunch

The day after Labour Day is typically the day the kids return to school. Parents across the land rejoice with the return to routine and a new chapter in life begins.

But not for the Toronto District School Board kids. Our kids continue with their summer vacation until Thursday. :/

Well, technically. My second born has her high school orientation on Wednesday, but only for a couple of hours. Still, it’s something… ๐Ÿ™‚

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Drama in the neighbourhood

Something exciting and dramatic happened today. I say exciting because it’s not something that happens every day in my neighbourhood, much less on my street. But for us poor schmucks in lockdown, exciting means it’s a diversion from the same old routine, right?

This is what happened.

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My son’s last quadmester (4th semester consisting of two subjects due to remote/virtual learning) began a couple of weeks ago. It will run until the end of June, probably online. And then, he’ll have graduated grade 10 from inside of his bedroom. Thank you Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Ford. You are both equally to blame. (Don’t at me unless you’re Justin or Doug, I’m not going to rant and debate about this today.)

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Covid hair be gone…

First of all, no one is sick with the covid. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Second of all, as is standard at this time of year (beginning with cooler weather), some people in this house are feeling a little run down. They made the decision to cancel all activities out of the house (of which there are oh so many – not ๐Ÿ™„) and remain here in the house at all times.

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Irritants and annoyances

Yes, this is a rant. So what. You don’t have to read it.

Today, I went grocery shopping. I hate shopping but I do it anyway. I bought most of everything on my list except toilet paper because everyone’s out again.

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