December 3, 2005

Winter Wonderland



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 want to write a short bit today, although I haven't much time to do it in. Life has been very, very busy for the last month or so.

Attila had his hernia surgery and is well on the road to recovery. And a good thing too, because I was finding it a bit overwhelming, taking tender loving care of Attila, heating the house with wood, and getting used to being employed full time.

Attila is so much healed that he is out in the yard as I write. We are experiencing heavy snowfall, yesterday and today, and by pacing himself, Attila has been able to keep up with the snow shoveling. What a guy.

I really enjoy working, and have now clocked over five weeks on the job. I like the job. I like the people. In four and a half months I'll be looking for work again, because the nature of the position I have is seasonal, and not necessarily permanent.

We are ready for Christmas, our modest shopping was completed last week. Next week Attila will select and fell a Christmas tree on our property. We will soon begin the annual baking ritual, and it will be difficult to eat "sensibly" for the next month.

I find that I am constantly tired. For the most part, it is a good kind of tired. Every weekday morning I awake knowing that the work-day will hold numerous challenges, some of which I will meet, and others that will be better met when I have more experience.

Today, I will sit contentedly in my easy chair with a large mug of tea. I will stare out the window at the swirling snow. I will feel grateful at how good life is, close up.

I won't listen to, or think about, any news of the "larger picture" that implies that my present experience is not all that it should be, or could be.

I will feel no guilt at my good fortune. I will cast no aspersions at those less fortunate, for their lack of good fortune. I will feel no envy for those more fortunate, for truth be told, I find it hard to imagine how anyone could be luckier than I am today, in the here and now.

Counting my blessings today, I am.

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Worldly Distractions

Snow laden hemlock.
Snow, snow, snow, and more coming.

"Better the right kind of nothing, than the wrong kind of something."
Auntie Mame

Wind howling through the pines.

On the Screen
starring Kate Nelligan

Light Snow
Temp -3 °C
Press100.9 kPa?
Visibility 1 km
Humidity 88 %
Dewpoint -5 °C
Wind WNW 5 km/h


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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