September 10, 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]

The weather is lovely just now. The temperatures are above seasonal norm, but not hot. The humidity is bearable. The sun shines every day. Mist and I are enjoying each and every day.

As planned, Attila managed to take several three-day weekends during August and the beginning of September. It was lovely. Alas, now he will work every day until mid-November. Mist and I will miss him terribly. He is so busy and he gets so tired that all he manages to miss is getting enough sleep.

Our shared meal of the day is a late supper, so we are making the most of that. Lately we have barbecuing either hamburgers or hotdog's and serving them with heaps of fresh vegetables in season. We have enjoyed corn on the cob, fresh field and garden tomatoes, and a variety of other locally grown vegetables.

On one of our weekends together we travelled to Oak Manor Farms to pick up several bags of organic rolled oats, rye flour, and a variety of other dry goods. On the path into the store there was a box full of giant zucchini, with a hand printed sign that said "FREE". As we placed our order and carried out our stores, I forgot all about the zucchini in the box, but Attila did not. He picked one up and tucked it into the trunk of the car.

I have a really good recipe, using zucchini in a chocolate cake. It is rich and wonderful and extremely high in fat and calories. I hesitated to make such a cake, as now that my strength is returning (as a result of the operation), I have begun to lose weight. What to do?

On a whim I washed and sliced the zucchini into large medallions about a quarter of an inch thick. I decided to bake them and this is the recipe I made up as I went along: "Zesty Zucchini". This was so good that we ate it every night until the zucchini was completely consumed.

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Attila and I were feeling rather silly yesterday evening. It happens. The conversation began as I related some of the interesting and wonderful comments I received about my "boob/bra" ruminations. Among other things, it was pointed out to me that large breasted women might find pounds of flesh held perpendicular to the chest wall a tad uncomfortable.

Attila mused that it would be mightily uncomfortable for men to wear contraptions holding their extruding flesh perpendicular to the body. I observed that it could be very handy, as it is for men, in sizing up the volume of the extruding flesh, at first glance.
Then we began to discuss possible fashions and accessories to enhance this new and novel form of men's clothing.

And so, "Frederica's of Jollywood" was born.

However, we both decided that neither of us possess the artistic talent to design these lines of clothing and accessories. Nor do we possess the marketing skills necessary to take the world by storm. We could learn, I suppose. So much to do, so little time.

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Zesty Zucchini

Recipe By: Maggie
Serving Size: 2
4 large slices of zucchini, 1/4" thick medallions
2 whole tomatoes chopped w skins on
1 small onion chopped
3 cloves garlic chopped
4 leaves fresh basil chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Place zucchini slices in baking pan sprayed with cooking oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper over slices. In mixing bowl combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, oil, salt and pepper. Mix to combine. Spoon over zucchini slices and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Per serving:
145 Calories;
7g Fat (41% calories from fat); 4g Protein;
20g Carbohydrate;
0mg Cholesterol;
551mg Sodium

13:00 EDT
Temp: 24`C
Humidity: 65%
Wind: E 19 km/h
Barometric: 102.6 kPa

Sunrise 6:58 AM EDT
Sunset 7:44 PM EDT

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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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