October 15, 2000

Cold in Canada



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]

9:00 a.m.

I am having trouble getting out for my walk this morning. My big mistake was deciding to test an MP3 Alarm Clock program.

"Well." I thought, "I'll just down load this little piece of software and see what it does. It won't take a minute and then I'll slip out for my walk."

Ha, that was over an hour ago. I have since downloaded two additional pieces of related software. I am enjoying a rendition of Vivaldi as I write. The first program I downloaded did not work on my system; it is Beta software so it may be that it does not work on very many systems. A quick search at for related software revealed two more likely candidates. I have them installed now, one of them is Freeware and a real winner. My Macintosh is approaching a "vintage" state; however, Vivaldi sounds very appealing even on these old built-in speakers.

I have decided that it would be desirable to awaken each morning to pleasant music. This would not replace the alarm clock. I do not trust computers to the extent as the old wind up clock that sits beside the bed. Although music in the morning appeals to me, Attila may feel differently. Then there is the issue of what music to play. This little project of mine may or may not fly.

I have now promised myself that as soon as I call the insurance company this morning I will set forth on my walk. We arise so early that it is hours before businesses open their doors and answer their telephones. Often, by the time office hour's come along, I have become involved in some interesting project and completely forgotten that business needed doing. Dealing with the administration of modern life is very annoying.

12:08 p.m.

I have a new, cozy "housecoat". That is my name for it, in reality it is a man's shirt. We were in the men's department of a large store yesterday. While Attila tried on the clothes he needed, I spent some time browsing through the clothing racks. Men's cloths are so practical, made for movement and comfort. Amidst the sea of racks there hung a green, lined, brushed nylon shirt that would look as good coming out of the washing machine as it did in the store. I tried it on; it was as warm and comfortable as suspected. Just the thing to nestle into, sitting with the first cup of coffee during the cold, dark winter mornings. Into the shopping cart in went. Attila decided it should be a gift and I was delighted to accept.

This morning I have finally managed to get out for my walk. thinking fondly of Attila with each step into the village and back. The weather was cold, and windy. Traces of yesterday's snow still lay quietly beneath bushes and behind sheds. It was quite pleasant. It was pleasant because, in spite of the cold, wet wind, I was warm and cozy. Under my waterproof parka, hidden but present, was the new green "housecoat". Attila makes sure that I am always wrapped in warmth.

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Worldly Distractions

Dusty Snow on the Steps
The Front Step

By the Easy Chair
The laptop and photocopies of the 1891 Census.


On the Screen
Names and dates and occupations the like.

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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