April 20, 2005

The Romance of Country Life



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]

I have been a proper little domestic goddess today. Washed the morning dishes in fresh rain water. Had to, you see. The well went dry.

We enjoyed cleaning the house but took it a little too far. Joyfully, even gleefully, we filled the tub time after time to soak and clean the blinds. They were the last dirty holdout on our spring cleaning list. And a good thing too, because getting them clean used up every last bit of water left in our well.

We knew things were dry, but you have to understand, we used to live in the city. In the city, when you turn on the tap, water comes out. Every time.

No more.

The last two days have been waterless. Luckily we still had a Y2K supply of water sitting around, just waiting. Stale, but perfectly acceptable for dishes and flushing toilets. We were on our last jug this morning, when the rain started. Along the eaves, where the roof water runs off, I have a series of pots and pans, all collecting cold, fresh rain water.

And that is how I came to be washing the morning dishes in fresh rain water.

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Worldly Distractions

Catching Rain
A good catch!

By the Easy Chair
Apache man pages
[UNIX manuals]

Steel Pan Cacophony

In the Oven
Date Nut Loaf
Whole wheat Seed Bread

18:00 EDT
Temp: 4`C
Humidity: 87%
Wind: N 11 km/h
Barometric: 101.31 kPa

Sunrise 6:23 AM EDT
Sunset 8:09 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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