October 30, 2005

Day by day.



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 mild, 15 degrees centigrade, and the sun is shining. From the second story window I can watch Attila painting the window trim as he stands on his new ladder. We have had the paint for quite a while; it was purchased when we first moved here and both had jobs. Since we purchased the paint we at first had no time, then we had no ladder. No ladder meant we didn't have access to the upper story of the house for projects like painting. So that is how we celebrated my new job. We bought a ladder, a storm door to help keep out the cold this winter and the small number of porcelain tiles needed to finish the bare concrete floor around the masonry fireplace.

Attila's winter projects are all lined up and ready to go.

One of the joys of working is the increased significance and pleasure of the weekend. The properties of time shift significantly for me when I am employed outside the home. Priorities must evolve to accommodate the reduced time span available for personal projects. Clothing for work must serve appearances, as well as function. Noon meals and snacks must be planned and prepared in advance. It is fun to work out all the details of this shift in my lifestyle. For the most part, I enjoy working outside the home.

My present personal project involves designing and producing a wood carrier. The plan is to sew fabric place mats together, strengthen them with a strap and use wooden dowels for handles. I purchased three inexpensive woven tapestry placemats for one dollar each, to construct the main body of the wood carrier. An old strap from a discarded carry bag will hopefully carry the weight of the wood. I removed the original hardware from the strap, and attached the strap to the inside of the carrier, using a tight stitch for added strength. This weekend I am working on the final phase of the carrier, securing the openings for the dowels. It is slow going, as the thickness of the material in places overwhelms my sewing machine, requiring me to stop and rethread frequently.

The children are cruising along.

Luna was on the telephone today. Janus is still in England, and expects to write his last exam for 2005 the first week of December. Luna and Janus are very much looking forward to being reunited. It is unfortunate that the best employment opportunities for Janus are overseas. Canada will be losing two highly capable citizens, as well as the considerable expertise that Janus possesses as a result of all his training. More importantly, I will miss them.

Terra is excited about being promoted at her job. A girl who takes after her mother, she plans to use the additional money she will earn on dental work. Lares is off work at the moment, while he recovers from a tendon injury. They seemed happy and thriving when I talked to them on Saturday.

All is well in my universe, as of this exact moment.

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Maggie Turner personal journal
Wood Carrier

By the Easy Chair
Anil's Ghost
by Michael Andaatje

On the Screen
produced by Steven Spielberg

"For a man's worth does not rest on his wealth or power; these depend on fortune, but his worth is measured by his merits."
Letter from Heloise to Abelard.
taken from the critical edition of the Latin text by J.T. Muckle, "The Personal Letters Between Abelard and Heloise," Mediaeval Studies 15 (1953): 47-94.

Time 8:00 P.M. EST
Temp 4°C
Wind S 6 km/h  
Rel Humidity: 93%
Pressure: 102.00 kPa

Maggie Turner personal journal

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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