December 7, 2002

Having your cake...



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]

All's well that ends well. So the saying goes.

The morning I watched the roofers drive away passed, and the next morning dawned cloudy. Although the sun was not shining, they came, six of them. Cheerful, friendly fellows emerged from vehicles, leaned a ladder against the front eaves, and climbed up onto the roof.

By noon, they were gone, leaving no trace of their activities, but beautiful rows of new shingles and a single nail on the birdfeeder.

Attila dropped by while they were here. He had a chat with the gentleman director of the project, who took a short break to descend the ladder when Attila arrived.

As it happened, we needed vents installed for the sake of the warranty. Off Attila drove to the local building center and back again he came, with the vents in tow. This satisfied the warranty.

Only one sheet of plywood had rotted and needed replacing, this was done.

That was a Friday. Saturday saw a light dusting of snow, which was only the beginning. It has snowed every day since the new roof and vents were installed. We are cozy here, in our little marshmallow topped house. Moreover, we are dry.

Inside the house, all is well.

Mist had her monthly flea treatment yesterday. This time Attila applied the treatment, and met with a lot more resistance than I did. She knew what he was about to do to her, and she was determined to escape. It took two of us to hold her still and apply the treatment to her skin.

However, rather than sulk for days, she recovered her friendly demeanor towards us within a few hours.

I have been busy with apples today, windfall apples. Attila brought home a partial bushel of windfall apples a few weeks ago. I have been baking with them regularly, but they are not disappearing fast enough. That one bad apple is in the bushel.

Half of the apples are now in the Crockpot sitting on the kitchen table. This method of preparing applesauce requires little effort beyond peeling and slicing the apples. The Crockpot is filled with sliced apples, a little brown sugar, a little nutmeg, and a little cinnamon to taste. A cup or so of apple juice is poured over the lot and it cooks until the apples turn into applesauce.

A chocolate cake is already out of the oven and cooling on the rack, and will soon be ready for icing. Luna has a birthday coming up and she likes chocolate cake. Though she will eat very little of it, she enjoys the gesture. The rest of us enjoy the cake. Everyone is happy.

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Worldly Distractions

Green Houseplant
Sansavieria Hahnii

By the Easy Chair
No Reply
by Judith Beattie and Helen M. Buss
The Beaver, December 2002/January 2003, pg 22


On the Screen
Bastard out of Carolina
Directed by Anjelica Huston

10:01 EST
Temp: -3`C
Humidity: 80%
Wind: SW 35 km/h
Barometric:101.5 kPa

Sunrise 7:42 AM EST
Sunset 4:49 PM EST


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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