July 29, 2000

Spending Money



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

The hot, humid weather continues. We have only given up and turned the air conditioning on one night. As it happened, the temperatures dropped during that night and so the unit only cycled for a few hours and then quit. We are not comfortable but we are not suffering either.

I have been a bit warm in my denim overalls. Tonight during dinner, I suddenly decided that I needed a light dress to wear around the house on hot days. Attila was busy in the garden, so I hopped in our little car and headed for Wal-Mart. This establishment is at one end of the mall. One need not enter the mall itself to gain access; this makes it ideal for a quick entry and getaway.

The dresses in the dress department were all made of synthetic materials; my skin reacts to synthetic materials. Discouraged, I wandered about and ended up in the sleepwear department. I found three cotton nightgowns that might easily be worn as dresses. None of them fit properly. The woman in charge of the fitting rooms took an instant dislike to me. Her friendly smile definitely disappeared when she had to deal with me.

As I left that department, I noticed a sale rack and had a quick look through it. I found a light cotton nightgown that cost only nine dollars; this was definitely in my price range. I decided not to endure the fitting room experience again and bought the garment without trying it on.

My shopping trip lasted approximately fifteen minutes. In that time I purchased the nightgown, a chair cushion for three dollars, and a set of Kodak NIMH batteries for my digital camera that seemed a terrific bargain at twenty-three dollars. I am well satisfied and will not need to enter a store again for a quite a while.

Luck was with me, the nightgown I purchased fits perfectly. I am wearing it right now and feeling quite picturesque. It is a lot cooler than denim overalls.

One of my ongoing interests is genealogy. I have been collecting family history information for years and am moving steadily towards creating a CD and a book for interested family members. The past week has been very satisfying in that I have "discovered" two second cousins I did not know existed. We have been exchanging e-mail, information, and memories.

Sometimes I think I may be related to most of the people in North America and Europe. I suppose if you could trace your family connections back far enough, most of us would be related somehow. One thing is almost certain though; I am not long lost royalty. My family lines moved away from those of the ruling classes many, many generations ago.

It has been too hot to think about food. Attila has been serving wonderful green salads along with BBQ hot-dogs or hamburgers almost every night. He was quite amused with me this evening when he asked me, "Do you mind having the same thing for supper tonight?" I responded with, "What did we have last night?"

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A Suitable boy by Vikram Seth (I am on page 442!)

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From Home
by Witold Rybczymski
"To speak of domesticity is to describe a set of felt emotions, not a single attribute. Domesticity has to do with family, intimacy, and a devotion to the home, as well as with a sense of the house as embodying - not only harboring - these sentiments."

Page by Page: A Woman's Journal
by Maggie Turner

Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.

"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms."

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