August 2, 2003

Five of Seven



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]

Today is Day 5. In order to curb my natural impatience, I have made an arbitrary decision. I will "take it easy" for the first week after the surgery. During the first week, I will maintain a cautious approach to diet, exercise, travel, and sleep. There will be no, "I wonder if I can do this yet?"

However, my natural impatience does not prevent me from counting the days until caution can be thrown to the wind!

Before my surgery date, I made a trip to the library. The two books that came home promised to provide hours of entertainment. Unfortunately, one of the books was a disappointment. The author allowed herself pages of moralizing, and revealed a penchant for extrapolating motives onto historical events, which she clearly had not researched. Her political agenda completely overshadowed her storytelling. The second book was finished before I left for the hospital.

The computer is the perfect obsession for such a time as this. I can sit comfortably and type, without risk. Reading material is endlessly available on the Internet. My genealogy project is receiving hours of care and attention. I have even managed to "count the stones", returning to my regular exercise routine in a limited way.

Next week I will venture forth into the world, the library specifically. My job list also includes researching materials to mend the pockets in Attila's work pants. So far, the only idea I have come up with is to buy two large iron-on patches, place them on either side of the damaged pocket, and apply the iron. This solution will require shopping. I try; I really do try to go shopping. Sigh.

In the meantime, Mist and I spend lazy afternoons together. Me, in the easy chair with my feet up, dozing off from time to time, and Mist fast asleep across my lap.

To tell the truth, arriving home alive after visiting the hospital is always somewhat of small miracle as far as I am concerned. Because the chemical to which I am allergic is commonly used in medications and foods, one small error on the part of a health care worker or dietitian would be the end of me. So Dorothy, I completely agree that there is "no place like home"!

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Worldly Distractions

Just outside the door.

Verse 8
from John Gilpin,
by William Cowper
"John Gilpin kiss'd his loving wife;
O'erjoy'd was he to find
That, though on pleasure she was bent,
She had a frugal mind."

10:58 EDT
Temp: 20`C
Humidity: 94%
Wind: E 7 km/h
Barometric: 101.4 kPa

Sunrise 6:15 AM EDT
Sunset 8:44 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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