April 25, 2002

Lotsa Little Things



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]

My exploration of QuickBooks is proceeding slowly, providing me with all the challenge I will ever need. Actually, soon I hope to start entering data. So far I have installed and uninstalled the program three times and created several business profiles as well. This is definitely not something for which I have a natural aptitude. I tip my hat to bookkeepers and accountants and am grateful that someone likes this stuff. Someday I would love to pay them for doing what they like to do.

We experienced lovely summer weather for a while and then winter charged right back into the neighborhood, uninvited. Snow on the daffodils and frost on the tulips. Oh well, that is behind us now. The sun is shining today and the daytime temperatures hover above ten degrees centigrade.

After spending many happy years exclusively in overalls, I have decided to expand my wardrobe. This is in aid of my business aspirations; inspired by the course I have been taking on starting your own business. I became aware that aged, fraying overalls do not exude an image of corporate success. I needed at least one costume to don on business related occasions.

I purchased a denim jumper and a pair of sandals. Some might think that the jumper and the sandals are not much of a leap from overalls and sandals. First, the jumper is new and although it will eventually fray, I have bought myself some time. The last time I purchased a casual dress was almost ten years ago. Styles have changed a lot. I have changed a lot.

The sandals were the difficult purchase. First, let me say that I love my feet. I stare at them in admiration when I think no one is looking. They are my biggest secret vanity. What I put on my feet is very important.

Although my feet are extremely beautiful, they are far removed from conventional foot shapes. The foot is wide; the arch is high.

On Tuesday last, I spent an entire day looking at shoes. I tried on sneakers and sandals and dress shoes. At least I tried to put these shoes on my feet. Only one pair fit, a pair of canvas sneakers that were not suitable for a casual business outfit.

Today I broke down and went to the specialty store, the one that sells shoes to people who spend their workdays on their feet. Built for comfort, these shoes may not be stunning in appearance, but they are certainly attractive. They are certainly expensive.

The perfect pair announced themselves the second I stepped into them. I literally danced out of the store, my feet felt as though they were walking on down pillows. These sandals are practical in that they can be resoled and new liners are easily inserted. In fact, I purchased a second set of liners with the shoes. I expect to enjoy many years of easy walking with these beauties on my feet.

I feel relieved that there is an outfit hanging in my closet, ready for business action.

We got a call from Luna this past week. She was very happy and very excited. It seems that she and Janus have purchased a house in a nearby city, their first house. I was surprised at the level of my own excitement at the news. There are so few times in life where one can risk unadulterated joy; this was one of those times. We will be there to help them on moving day.

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Life As A House
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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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