April 30, 2003

Water in all the wrong places...



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 last few days have been lovely, perfect for gardening. The west flowerbed is better for it, as that is where I have focused my efforts.

Several weeks ago Attila planted grass seed in the back yard. Last summer was so dry that almost all the grass died, although the weeds seemed quite happy. The drought resistant grasses do not promise to be as lush and green as well-watered common grass-seed mixtures. However, the drought resistant variety should survive lack of watering and dry spells; that is what Attila planted. The new needle-thin blades are poking up out of the ground, almost invisible at this stage.

Although the dry earth is easy to work, precipitation is sorely needed. It did rain on Sunday last, but very little fell. The earth was bone dry around the roots of pulled weeds, even after the rain.

To my dismay, I discovered a leak in the plumbing this morning. Puttering around in the garden brought it to my attention. Under the dryer vent, coming from the basement wall, the cement was soaking wet. Hmm... Further inspection indoors revealed water dripping from the ceiling in the basement, just to the left of the dryer and below the kitchen sink.

I tried to get at the area, but soon realized that I am no longer physically capable of twisting and turning in a confined space at the top of a ladder. This project will have to wait for Attila; he should have a few free hours sometime next week. I hope.

In the meantime, the sink cannot be used to drain water. A bucket is now installed in the sink and under the tap to catch the stream. It will serve nicely as a wash basin for dishes etc. The handle will make it easier to haul the water out to the back yard, to be dumped in the compost pile. This is best viewed as an adventure in indoor camping.

The daily bread is in the oven. Mist is sleeping on my easy chair. I think I will make a nice cup of tea and sit on the front porch!

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Worldly Distractions

English Primrose
Thirsty Blooms

... third verse

Do you wish the world were happy?
Then remember day by day
Just to scatter seeds of kindness
As you pass along the way;
For the pleasures of the many
May be ofttimes traced to one,
As the hand that plants an acorn
Shelters armies from the sun.

from Poems of Power
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

12:58 EDT
Temp: 10`C
Humidity: 50%
Wind: E 19 km/h
Barometric: 102.0 kPa

Sunrise 6:20 AM EDT
Sunset 8:24 PM EDT

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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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