July 8, 2003




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]

Hot! Humid!

In the early morning, just after dawn, you will find me sitting on the back deck with a cuppa. Soon afterwards the sun hits the deck, and I head indoors. This routine has dominated daily life for weeks now. The windows remain shut, keeping the indoor temperature somewhat lower than that outside, and providing me with reasonable air quality.

The routine is about to change though, even if the weather does not. This morning I was buzzed by mosquitoes. Thank goodness my hearing is good enough that I heard the little beasts, before they made dinner of me. West Nile Virus is quite a worry, enough to keep me from risking my health by sitting outdoors.

Of course, I could cover myself with the chemical DEET, and venture forth. But it seems a foolish routine, to apply a chemical, enjoy thirty minutes of not-so-fresh air, and then take a shower. On the other hand, I could cover every square inch of my body with tightly woven clothing, to prevent being bitten. In this heat, it would be like sitting in a sauna. I do not like a sauna.

“There, there,” I tell myself, “all we need is a cool spell, then you can sit outdoors during the day, when the mosquito population is taking a siesta.”

Last summer the elusive cool spell arrived in September. This year, according to the weather station, cooler weather is always due to arrive three to five days in the future. This cooler weather is a moving target, always at least three days away, never getting as close as tomorrow.

The basement is a lovely, cool place this time of year. Ours is relatively dry, thanks to a dehumidifier. I have decided that it is the ideal place for Attila and I to relax of a hot humid evening. I am even considering moving the computer below ground.

To that end, we have been busy for days now, in the basement, sorting stacks of belongings. We are organizing the past into dry and wet piles. The dry is that which we cannot remember why we saved. The wet is that which brings a nostalgic tear to the eye.

The teary stuff will be packed back into boxes. The dry eyed piles are slowly diminishing as we give items to those who can use them, and recycle the rest. Lets face it, no one needs or wants things like eight aged statistics textbooks. Even if there were someone who wanted them, the chances of connecting with them would be infinitesimal. The textbooks, and boxes of other such items, made the trip to the recycling center over the weekend.

This afternoon you will find Mist and I sitting comfortably in front of the television set. She will be regally enthroned upon my lap, front paws extended over my arm in a gesture of affection and ownership. I will be sitting comfortably with my feet up, sipping on something cold, most likely ice water.

Mist is particularly fond of television programs that portray animals as the main characters. She enjoys dramas and documentaries equally. We will be watching the movie Black Beauty. I am confident that she will enjoy it immensely, as will I.

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Worldly Distractions

Potted Thyme on the deck.
Morning Sun

By the Easy Chair
Alva & Irva
by Edward Carey

On the Screen
Black Beauty
Mist Rating: *****
Mist Review: Mrrrow!
English Translation: Riveting!

15:58 EDT
Temp: 27`C
Humidity: 54%
Wind: NW 17 km/h
Barometric: 101.5 kPa

Sunrise 5:53 AM EDT
Sunset 9:05 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 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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