January 24, 2001

Winter Wildlife



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 weather is gray. The scenery, unlike human the landscape, is a study in black and white.

My new bifocal lenses were installed last Friday and the difference is simply amazing. I am reading again, without strain and without pain.

I continue to watch the world.

Today, as I drove by a residence for the elderly, I slowed to accommodate blocked traffic. A lone pedestrian, a woman with a walker, had been unable to travel on the ice covered sidewalks and was struggling down the side of the street. The width of the street, already narrowed by the wide snow banks, could only accommodate the woman and one car. I wonder how difficult it would be to keep the sidewalks clear near the homes for the aged. I can think of less humane ways to spend public monies.

Today I am thinking about hamsters and squirrels.

Because walking is so dangerous, I have taken to walking about the house. I walk from the front of the house to the back, down the stairs and across the basement, back up the stairs and front to back on the main floor again. I repeat this activity for thirty minutes. It reminds me very much of "The Oldest Daughter's" hamster and his hamster ball. The hollow, clear plastic ball sported air holes and provided the hamster with the freedom to roam the house without escaping into small spaces where he might do damage or die. He enjoyed a good workout every day, rolling that ball here and there. I enjoy a good workout running about in my safe little enclosure.

I may remind myself of a hamster, but I live with a human squirrel. As a child, Attila loved the stories recorded by Danny Kaye. One of these stories was "Stone Soup". It tells of a traveler who persuades a frugal woman to part, bit-by-bit, with ingredients from her well-guarded larder to improve the taste of his stone soup.

Attila took the concept of the well-guarded larder completely to heart. Like a squirrel, he collects and stores a variety of culinary delights. He often forgets just what he has put by, and enjoys the experience of rediscovery.

When living with a human squirrel, I recommend a relaxed attitude towards food preparation. Planning meals is an activity one must abandon. It is best to relax and learn to love the element of surprise. What treasure will Attila find today? What marvelous meal will he dream up based on the mysterious stores in the basement?

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Humidity: 69%
Wind: W 6 mph
Barometric: 29.97 in
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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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