Thursday
June 20, 2002

Hot and Humid

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Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:

REALTOR.ca
[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]

I am finally admitting that Pearl [Macintosh PowerBook 5300], the aging laptop, will permanently depart at any moment.

In 1995, she was the first of her kind, a little wonder machine. As with all new computer toys, her leading edge position was lost in a few short months. Although she was no longer of interest to the "show and tell" computer crowd, she remained a faithful companion.

For years, she played the role of a desktop computer. I did travel with her, but she is very heavy, so that it was only feasible for her to accompany me on motor trips. We did take a fourteen-hour bus trip once, on which she came along, not for the weak of heart or back.

This laptop is possibly the most flawed computer every sold by Apple. Things began to fail apart shortly after her arrival. Apple, to their credit, setup a repair program that took care of things at no cost to the owner. So, Pearl had a few facelifts and kept chugging along. There is one problem, however, that is overcoming her.

The power supply is part of the motherboard, the internal connection breaks easily, and the whole thing must be replaced to set it right. Apple did this for Pearl once, but now that she is seven years old, the repair programs have run out. Pearl's power supply is deteriorating quickly now, and I am afraid nothing can revive her. She is also suffering from a worn keyboard, the "e" and the "d" key do not function, and there may be more. This, however, is very easy to overcome by plugging in and using an external keyboard.

Accordingly, I have deleted all personal files and archives from her hard drive. I have her here beside me, working for the moment. I am configuring her to stay right where she is, on the desktop. I think I will plug her into the hub and let her experience her last days of surfing, high speed. She can display files, relieving me of having to click back and forth between windows while I am working. Perhaps she can last indefinitely if not moved!

Hmm... it might be nice to have my recipes ready to view instantly in the kitchen. She might like it there!

How did I get this attached to a machine!?!

The garden is thriving this year. Our years of planting and tending have paid off, now we have a lush green space where we can while away the time. Now all we need is some time to while away. Attila has solved the problem by taking our meals outdoors, commandeering the backyard as part of our living space. It is very pleasant to sit in the breeze, beneath the trees, enjoying a meal with a very good friend.

In my first marriage, I did all the cooking, and cleaning, and banking, and... I took care of most everything related to the comforts of home. My strategy for hot weather cuisine, at that time, involved cooking late at night. Potato and macaroni salads were quick and easy to prepare and serve the next day with BBQ meats or cold cuts and sliced vegetables. Fresh fruit was always on hand for quick snacks.

Suddenly, a few weeks ago I got to thinking, about how much I like macaroni salad. I rummaged through my long unused recipe box and pulled out the old card with scribbled handwriting. Now I am busy at night once more. It seems that Attila likes it too.

Today is hot and humid. No matter how nice the yard is, during hot, humid weather I do not go there. We have a partially finished basement that remains cool regardless of the temperature outside; and that is where I spend hot, humid days. When the humidity drops to a comfortable level, I will head up the stairs and out the door.

I will spend these uncomfortable days below ground and my nights in the kitchen.



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Recipe

Macaroni Salad

1/2 pound macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
2 stalks celery
1 green pepper
1 onion
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
pinch savory
pinch garlic powder
pinch red pepper
pinch paprika
1/2 cup Salad Dressing

Cook macaroni, coat with melted butter. Chop vegetables and add to macaroni. Mix herbs and add to macaroni. Stir in Salad Dressing. Note: In true Bosetta style, my recipes read and work great for me.
I don't see mistakes, because I already know the recipe off by heart. So if you see something glaring or have a question, pop me a note and let me know.



Weather
20:22 EDT
Temp: 24`C
Humidity: 47%
Wind: SE 11 km/h
Barometric:102.7 kPaSunrise 5:45 AM EDT

Sunset 9:06 PM EDT

 

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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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