July 29, 2006

Saturday night.



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 a dear friend, Annie, living in England. She says it is hot there. She and I met while living in the southern region of Ontario, where it can be very hot and humid. So, when she says it is “hot”, I know what she means.

It is hot here, and the temperature is predicted to increase through the week. Fortunately for me, the office where I work is air-conditioned. As well, we are lucky enough to have an air conditioner installed in the bedroom, to carry us through those nights when the house doesn’t cool to a bearable sleeping temperature.

I have stopped working overtime. While Attila worked this morning, I washed up two sinks full of dirty dishes, took the car in for an oil change, visited the bank to deposit a check, and faced down the crowded isles of the grocery store to bring home our weekly supplies. Oh yes, I also managed to do my weekly laundry, so that I have clean fresh cloths with which to gird my loins, as I set forth into the big wide world of work on Monday morning.

During this really hot weather I like to avoid cooking. Keeping this in mind, my grocery basket was soon filled with lots of fruits and vegetables. Today we have enjoyed a spinach and mushroom salad for lunch and a stir-fried medley of zucchini, onion, garlic and mushrooms for dinner. To prepare the stir-fry, because it is so hot, we setup the propane camp stove on a table, on the deck, well away from the house. Now we can cook outdoors without adding unwanted heat to the interior of the house.

Attila arrived home mid-afternoon and resumed work on the porch. Originally he had estimated the end of June, and then the end of July would complete it. I will be grateful if it is completed while the weather is warm enough to apply stain and paint to the structure.

I am recording, for my own posterity, a few passages that ring deep and true in my own life, from the book Animal Dreams, by Barbara Kingsolver.

“The reporter, believing I would be pleased, sent me the clipping along with a note wishing my family all the best. The breadth of his ignorance made me feel hopeless, as I’ve sometimes felt in dreams, when the muscles dissolve and escape is impossible.” Page 271

“You could probably think of a hundred little things that would have made this turn out different. But you’d be wrong. A life like your sister’s isn’t some little pony you can turn around any way you want. It’s a train. Once it gets going it’s heavier than heaven and hell put together and it runs on its own track.” Page 304

“You don’t think you’ll live past it. And you don’t, really. The person you were is gone. But the half of you that’s still alive wakes up one day and takes over again.” Page 307

”It’s hard to give much away when you’re the subject of widespread disapproval and your heart is leaking from puncture wounds.” Page 333

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Worldly Distractions

Footloose and fancy free.

By the Easy Chair
Animal Dreams
by Barbara Kingsolver

On the Screen
Soft Fruit
An Australian Film we LOVED. In this flick the mother dies surrounded by her loving (and very whacky) family. The mother is played by the same actress who played the mother in Muriel's Wedding.

Temperature 21°C
Pressure 101.2 kPa
Visibility 11 km
Humidity 93 %
Humidex 28
Dewpoint 19°C
Wind NW 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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