November 6, 2001

Season of Change



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]

There are times in my life when I think I recognize the world. Things feel familiar. People feel familiar. I feel familiar.

There are times in my life when I do not know anything at all. Familiar things transform. People are surprisingly nasty and surprisingly kind. I can only watch and wait, learn and adapt.

Mostly I live in familiar times. Occasionally my knowledge of the world, my understanding of me, proves to be inadequate.

Today I cling to the familiar, as I must in times of trouble. I will weave the familiar into the strands of the unpleasant present and the unknown future.

Familiar are flakes of sunlight drifting to the ground, softly, slowly. Yellow leaves waving their last good-bye as gravity claims their loyalty.

The familiar is black and mauve and shaped like a bean. Scarlet Runner seeds as beautiful as the blooms that produced them.

The familiar is the hum of Freon pulsing through the veins of the mechanical horn of plenty. Every kitchen I have known has had a refrigerator.

I will rest on the shoulder of the familiar as I duck and dive, twist and parry, with events that are beyond my control and beyond my comprehension. Each, and every, time I am confronted with an act of malice, I am shocked. I am horrified. I am disgusted. I am not overwhelmed.

My inner world will always revolve around the genuine smile.

Soon Attila will have a day off. He will sleep. He will eat. He will sleep again.

Then Attila will have a second day off. He will sleep. He will eat. We will spend time together.

Simplicity is satisfying.

The week has passed well enough. I continue to spend a great deal of time in the kitchen. The Mincemeat is at last tucked away in the freezer. Last winter the demand was greater than the supply, so I shall peel more apples and prepare a second batch.

Our Jack O Lantern suffered dismemberment on Halloween night. We peeled him, and chopped him, and put him in the crockpot overnight. The next morning he was pureed for pies, and frozen in one-pie packets. This year I have saved the seeds for next spring's planting, rather than roasting them.

I have found replacement parts for my Pressure Cooker. It was new in 1970. I have wanted to get away from using canned beans, as they are high in salt. I have had little success in cooking beans on the top of the stove. I follow the instructions for soaking, and rinsing, and cooking; but they are always too firm in the middle. I thought I would try the Pressure Cooker method of cooking. The results were excellent. The results were so good that I cooked two recipes of beans that first day.

We buy dried beans in 25-kilogram bags. Beans are terrific prepared in a variety of ways. One of our favorite dishes is Arroz Con Queso.

Arroz Con Queso

1 1/2 c rice, long-grain, cooked
1 c Whole tomatoes (16 oz), mashed
1 c Mexican style beans (16 oz)
3 Garlic cloves, minced
1 large Onion, finely chopped
2 tb Vegetable oil
1 c Cottage cheese, or 3/4 sour cream
1 cup Green chili peppers
2 c Monterey Jack cheese, grated

Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil. Then mix thoroughly all ingredients except 1 cup of the grated cheese. Pour mixture into well-greased casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top. Cover and cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Makes 7 servings.


Per serving (excluding unknown items): 740 Calories; 63g Fat (76% calories from fat); 8g Protein; 36g Carbohydrate; 3mg Cholesterol; 135mg Sodium.

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by Jeanette Winterson

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Temp: 11` C
Humidity: 65%
Wind: SW 13 km/h
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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 Peterme.com 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."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging

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