November 22, 2006

Another day in the 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]

The wood is split. The windows are wearing their winter layers of insulation. The new metal roof is waiting patiently to show off it's amazing ability to shed snow. We are ready for winter.

The weather has been chilly and damp, but not really cold. It is beginning to dip below freezing at night, but everything thaws the next morning. The forecast predicts warmer weather, even a high of ten degrees centigrade next week.

We have been very, very busy. Our preparations for winter included completing the windows on the new screened in porch. Although it is almost there, the rest of the job will have to wait for spring now. It is winter ready and sports a wonderful metal roof to match the rest of the house.

I have been working a lot of overtime. I dream about my job, obsessing about the many things I do not know, and have no reliable or pleasant way of learning. I know the problem isn't me. I know it is the way of big companies. And yet the will to do a good job will not abandon me.

Our big purge continues. We sorted through a lifetime collection of assorted Christmas ornaments. Most of these were given to me during the years I was a single parent. Kindly folks would pass along decorations they no longer needed, and I kept them all. No longer. Attila and I filled three bank boxes with keepsake ornaments, near and dear to us. The remaining ornaments filled four more boxes and these have been sent along to a church bazaar. Whatever isn't sold will be used as the raw materials for crafts. Very satisfying!

Tonight we are making whole-wheat chocolate oatmeal cookies. I had a craving for chocolate, so Attila mixed up the batter. I am taking the batter from the bowel to the pan and then baking them in the oven. Attila makes these from a recipe in his head. Since we haven't made these for quite a while, the recipe he used tonight needs a bit of tweaking. Never mind, even less than perfect these cooked are a decadent treat, with a bit of nutrition on the side.

Imp and Elf are doing very well indeed. Both are gaining weight, and by all accounts are becoming more alert and aware of the world around them. I keep a picture of them, taken when they were five weeks old, on the desktop of my computer. Every night Attila and I call to them, "goodnight babies". As the monitor closes down the last image to dim are their eyes, which seem to follow us as we make our way towards our big warm bed.

Several weeks ago we enjoyed a whirlwind visit from Luna, Janus, Benny, Bim, Imp and Elf. All six of them rolled into the house in a warm happy wave. The visit was short, just overnight. I don't think any of them actually slept, except Benny and Bim of course. Like all excellent dogs, they made themselves at home and got their rest. Attila and I did nothing but hold our grand-babies. What wonderful little beings they are!

They all tumbled into their vehicle before light the next morning and headed off towards home. It is a very good thing that Luna and Janus are young and full of energy! They certainly need it.

We are carrying on here, waking, readying for work, working the day away, returning to our cozy home, readying for the next day, retiring to our big warm bed, then rising before light and beginning all over again.

Life is busy, very, very busy. We enjoy our brief moments of down time, of home time. We always have something to look forward to!

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early snow  cover
November 3, 2006, now it's all gone!

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Temperature -3°C
Pressur 103.0 kPa 
Visibility 10 km
Humidity 94 %
Dewpoint -4°C
Wind calm

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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