July 15, 2003

Tired and happy.



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]

We have had a good week, in every respect. Until today, the weather has been lovely, warm and sunny, not hot and humid. I have been feeling tired but better with each passing day, and I am confident that I will be fit for surgery in the next few weeks. Attila is working very hard, and seems to be able to relax when he finds himself at home. The girls are all working; and seem happy enough in their pursuits. Ariel and her children are thriving. My friends are healthy. Life is good.

Recently I began to visit a local Nursing Home, book in hand. I have been reading Sherlock Holmes mysteries to an elderly woman who has lost her sight. She is such a wonderful person. During my visits, we chat about her life, her experiences, and our shared tastes in literature. I am not paid for my visits; they are voluntary. This has been just the thing to round out my life.

We are still busy decluttering our home. This past week I have made two trips to the local Women's Shelter, donating bags of well used, and much loved children's books. We donated a chest of drawers to a group of single men living in shared accommodations near here. I have made an excellent trade with one of my Windows computers, for three fresh organic chickens. A set of encyclopedias have been earmarked for Luna and Janus, and in a corner of the basement sits a box of assorted books and gadgets, set aside for Terra and Lares.

We have been spending a good deal of time in the garden. The new lawn is healthy, and working hard to overcome the even healthier crop of weeds that have taken root between the blades. The yard is quite dry after quite a few consecutive sunny days, but we are expecting a thunderstorm this afternoon. Rain will be most welcome, hail will not. We must wait and see what happens.

A flat of new basil plants arrived this afternoon, ready for planting. It is a bit late in the season I suppose, to be putting in new bedding plants, but now is when they are ready for transplanting. They look lovely and healthy, and in order to keep them that way I will wait until tomorrow to plant them; just in case we do get, hail this afternoon or this evening.

Because the weather has been warm but not hot, it has been safe to heat up the oven and bake bread. For the first time, I attempted to make Hamburger Buns. Using my regular seed bread recipe, I divided the dough into a dozen small balls, smushed them flat and put them on a cookie sheet to rise and bake. Once baked, they were a perfect size for a hamburger patty, and so delicious. As soon as the weather cools down, another batch will go in the oven.

This week has been busy on the computer. After experimenting with Apple's Mail program for some time, it became obvious it just did not have the needed feature set. So back to Eudora it was. However, moving email from one program to another is seldom a simple process, and this was no exception. The solution came from the Apple forum site. I had to use an IMAP account, moving all the mail to that account in Apple's Mail program. Once this was accomplished, an IMAP account was setup for Eudora, which cached the email on the hard drive. Then the mailboxes had to be saved, mail box by mailbox, from the cache to the email program. All this took approximately two days. Much of the time was dedicated to trial and error and starting again from scratch when things did not work out as planned. It is all done now though, all backed up.

Every time I stray from Eudora, I regret it. Perhaps it is just that I have come to rely on features such as "Stationary" and multiple signatures. In the world of computers, I think that familiarity does not breed contempt, quite the opposite.

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Worldly Distractions

Red Nicotinia

"I may be very obtuse, Holmes, but I fail to see what this suggests."
Dr. Watson speaks in The Sign of the Four(1888)
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

On the Screen
Produced by Steven Spielberg

14:58 EDT
Temp: 26`C
Humidity: 61%
Wind: S 35 km/h
Barometric: 101.2 kPa

Sunrise 5:58 AM EDT
Sunset 9:01 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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