May 3, 2003

Pretty in Pink



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]

Once again Attila has performed a minor miracle, above and beyond duty.

Last Wednesday I discovered a problem with the kitchen plumbing. That evening Attila managed to pull out the soaked insulation around the basement pipes. After careful investigation we discovered that the problem was with the water supply. Attila shut off the water supply to the kitchen. Things began to dry out.

On Thursday night, after working for 23 consecutive hours, Attila arrived home and collapsed. Early the next morning I heard the pipes rattling and within twenty minutes, he had repaired the leak! Then out the door and back to work he went. Apparently, we need new kitchen taps, but his repair should last for a bit, until we have time to consult and purchase what we need.

Yesterday we had rain, lots of rain. The gardens freshened immediately, giving the grey skies a standing ovation. More rain is predicted next week, I do hope it arrives as promised.

Today is sunny. I have plans for today. A few months back I requested a Microfilm from the Archives of Ontario, through Interlibrary Loan. It has arrived and a trip to the library is in on the agenda. I have been preparing for days.

Over 2,470 individuals, in my database of over 40,000, are directly related. Although some of the surnames are dear and familiar, many belonging to relatives that are more distant are not retained in memory. Access to the database is necessary to take full advantage of the Microfilm records.

Pearl, the 5300 PowerBook, had to be freshened up for active service. Yesterday was spent updating her software and loading the huge 35 MB genealogy file, needed for the trip to the library. A test run revealed that all is in order.

Pearl, unlike newer PowerBook models, is very heavy. Rather than attempt to carry her in my backpack, I have decided to carry her in my arms. However, it would be unwise to attract the attention of any light-fingered individuals at the library; Pearl needs to be covered or contained during transport. The perfect solution was in my closet, a gift box. This beautiful cardboard box held my Christmas present from Attila's mother. It is a perfect size for Pearl.

Order in our universe has been restored. Water is now where we need it to be, in the gardens and not flowing freely in the basement. Pearl is functioning slowly but surely, and dressed appropriately in paisley. The sun is shining.

We are good to go.

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Worldly Distractions

Paisley Pattern
Pink Paisley Box

On the Screen


It's not the fist, not the
Smack, not the
Black eye
It's the unexpected
That makes you cry

From The Passionate Eye: the Collected Works of Suzanne Vega

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Humidity: 38%
Wind: NE 15 km/h
Barometric: 102.1 kPa

Sunrise 6:16 AM EDT
Sunset 8:27 PM EDT

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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