It's October!!! My favourite month of the year. Time to get spooky scary and time for pumpkin flavoured everything. I am certainly not above this autumnal craze - so last night for dinner we had pumpkin & ginger soba noodles (also pictured: really cute dumplings). May we all continue to be blessed/cursed with as many seasonal treats as we desire in this, the spookiest of months. Amen 🎃
Exactly one week ago, I came across this spooky bird casually foraging and chilling among us humans. There were actually so many of them just wandering around!
I looked it up - it's called the American White Ibis, and is apparently quite a common sight in Florida. I'm not sure if they're considered anything special or are just like...garbage birds (is this the equivalent of me taking a picture of a pigeon?), but I had never seen one before and was super intrigued. I've been coming across such strange birds lately!
A Neoclassical/Romanesque/American/Gothic Cathedral style bank tower with vaulted ceilings which was recently turned into a café (and nightclub) after being abandoned by the Royal Bank. Montréal always leaves me speechless. Well I guess not technically speechless because I will never be speechless but it comes as close as possible.
Zoom in to see the details in the ceiling (even though Instagram really ruins photo quality with its compression). Another fact about this building is that it was once the tallest skyscraper in not only Canada, but the British empire. And it's only 22 stories aboveground!
We've been extra busy this week, so as yuppies do, decided to sign up for a free trial of one of those boxed delivery things which come to your door. This one has recipes and their required ingredients all portioned out for you (lazy and fun!), and one of the recipes we chose was shrimp paella in a lobster broth. We definitely had to add more seasoning (as anticipated), but after that it was quite yummy. And it was SO easy! Like the cooking version of painting by numbers.
Made a fuzzy friend yesterday on the Island. Good thing I didn't touch it, because we did some Googling afterward and found out that it's actually poisonous.
It's called the Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillar and its hairs carry a venom that causes a rash similar to that caused by nettles or poison ivy. It was given its name because it feeds on the leaves of hickory, walnut, ash, elm, and oak trees in preparation for its cozy time in its cocoon. And the 'Tussock' refers to its tufts of irritating hair. In fact, its cocoon is also poisonous to touch because it partially uses its hairs to build it!
Took this photo from our balcony last year on Canada Day. Yayyy long weekends with fireworks are just THE best. Do all long weekends involve fireworks? Hmmm...no...I don't think so. Okay internal monologue over. Sorry this is the best caption you're gonna get outta me right now cause my brain is currently mush. Happy Friday, friends!