June 24, 2003

Like a Dirty Shirt



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]

Summer has arrived, with a vengeance! Hot, dirty, humid air sits all around us; it actually stinks.

Yesterday the house remained relatively cool. This was achieved by keeping the windows closed, shades drawn, using a minimum number of appliances and lights, and keeping the attic hatch open. The attic hatch trick is great; it allows the truly hot air to escape upwards, where it naturally heads.

Attila, after working hard in the hot sun for most of the day, came home with a yearning for a cool, dry atmosphere. So the air conditioning is now running at 26' C, which is quite comfortable when there is no humidity in the air.

This morning Attila dropped off at the door, a flat of fresh-picked strawberries. They were beautiful and ripe, just right for jam. The rest of the morning I was happily occupied; washing, hulling and crushing berries, sterilizing jars and lids, and ladling delicious smelling strawberry jam into the waiting jars.

There are two quarts of strawberries left, after my jam-making frenzy. Since we are visiting Terra and Lares for dinner tonight, one of those quarts will find itself in Terra’s kitchen. They recently moved, and this is our first visit to their new apartment. They do not have air conditioning, and I wonder at the wisdom of choosing this week to visit. However, the hot weather could stretch out indefinitely, and I would not miss the visit for the world.

Since the hot weather arrived several days ago, the potted plants on the front porch have needed extra attention. It is rather pleasant to swan about, watering here and there, in the early morning coolness. The garden plants are beginning to look a little thirsty too, we hope the rain predicted for Thursday will arrive as scheduled. If not, we will have to perform a rescue with hose and sprinkler.

Mist has become more independent since the hot weather set in. Seldom sitting on our laps these days, she prefers to spend her time on the footstool with her current obsession, Attila’s dirty shirt.

Recently we discovered that Mist has a fetish for Attila’s dirty work shirts. She nuzzles them, rolls around on them, and waits by the laundry hamper in breathless anticipation. It is all very funny of course, because Attila works very hard, and his work shirts carry the proof. Since we put a dirty work shirt on the footstool for Mist, she spends most of her day either cuddled up to it, or protecting it.

I am feeling rather elated at the moment. While I was busy making jam this morning, I received a telephone call from the Doctor’s office offering me the opportunity to have my surgery in July, rather than in late November! I have been on the "waiting list", a cancellation came open, and now it is filled. This news was most welcome, and I made the arrangements on the spot. Now all I have to do is work hard so that my hemoglobin levels meet the minimum requirements for the anesthetic. It is a very good thing that I am fond of spinach.

With any luck, I will be able to tolerate the medications I must take between now and my surgery date; and by mid-August, I will be feeling like a million bucks!

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Worldly Distractions

Mist with Shirt
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By the Easy Chair
The Visitor
by Sheri S. Tepper

16:57 EDT
Temp: 31`C
Humidity: 38%
Wind: SW 11 km/h
Barometric: 101.8 kPa

Sunrise 5:45 AM EDT
Sunset 9:07 PM EDT

Ripe Strawberries

and after...
Jars of strawberry jam.

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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