November 16, 2003

Sigh of Relief



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]

At last, the sweet sound of snoring at 7 a.m.! Attila stayed home today. He slept and slept and slept. By 7:30 a.m., he had managed to put in more than nine hours of solid, satisfying sleep.

Of course, my internal clock still has me up and about shortly after 4 a.m. Not to worry, within a few short weeks our sleeping patterns will settle into a lovely, relaxing routine.

Attila is as busy as can be, doing exactly what he wants to do. Luckily, he enjoys his home and likes domestic order. He has reclaimed the kitchen, preparing himself a big hearty and hot breakfast of corned beef and potatoes. The ingredients for our dinner are collected on the counter and await his attention. I have lost my position as chief cook, but will retain some status, as chief bottle washer.

After enjoying his hot, slow-paced morning meal, Attila has been taking care of the yard. Our recent windstorm brought down all of the remaining leaves, making this a very good time of year to do the raking and gathering. The front yard is now leaf free, the bags of leaves stacked in the back to be dealt with later.

Attila will return to work through the night one more time this week, till the last remaining urgent tasks are wrapped up for another year. Then he will say goodbye to the high-pressure schedule, until spring. By Tuesday, I will be living with a man, rather than a ghost.

I have kept myself busy these long weeks, creating a customer tracking, scheduling, and billing system with the program FileMaker Pro. I purchased this program many years ago, and always found the learning curve too steep for pleasure or casual use. However, the present project is an important one, and using already-owned software is more desirable than buying a prepackaged solution that does not fit well. So I am slowly climbing the learning curve, and have come to a point where the basics skills have sublimated into habits.

I can smell supper cooking in the kitchen. I can hear Attila puttering, busy here and there, reacquainting himself with home, marking territory.

There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home...

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Worldly Distractions

November sunrise through the clouds.
New Day
November 2003

17:13 EDT
Temp: 6`C
Humidity: 100%
Wind: SE 9 km/h
Barometric: 101.9 kPa

Sunrise 7:17 AM EST
Sunset 5:00 PM EST

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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