April 3, 2007

Going and coming.



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]

This morning I am writing my way around the winter blues.

It is spring. The snow is melting. A few days ago the sun was shining and I believed that spring had arrived. Yesterday and today the skies have been grey. The weather forecast predicts freezing temperatures, snow and more snow for the next week or so. My spirit feels weighted at the prospect of more winter weather.

The past weekend was a busy one. We continue to purge the material surplus in our lives. We had collected together a sizable volume of items, all in good condition and of possible value to someone else. A friend belongs to a little country church and was very happy to accept these items for their spring rummage sale. Over the weekend she and her husband dropped by for a cup of tea, a visit and to pickup the items for the church sale. We all had a nice chat, exchanging bits and pieces of information, advice and laughter.

Attila, at one time, managed a large farm. The fellow who has taken on that responsibility requested assistance in the way of advice from Attila, particularly in addressing government regulations, as they pertain to the operation of the farm. Attila invited him for a visit to that end. The gentleman arrived Saturday for an overnight stay. He and Attila enjoyed catching up with the news concerning mutual acquaintances and the business.

I have been spending time lately catching up the loose ends left dangling over the last few years. When we are both working long hours, little things are forgotten or ignored. One of my current projects is to track down acceptable receptacles for food storage. Attila and I buy ingredients in large quantities, from the flourmill and a food cooperative. The fifty-pound bags of flour, and twenty-five kilogram bags of items such as lentils and oatmeal, store easily until they are opened. At this point the contents of the bags need to be transferred to storage containers and shelved.

Over the years we have collected an array of food grade buckets with lids, which can be cleaned and work well for storing bulk food. However, we do not have nearly enough of them for our current needs. A twenty-five kilogram bag of sunflower seeds currently sits on the kitchen counter waiting to be transferred to suitable storage. I will be making calls locally to try and track down an establishment that discards used and empty food grade buckets, and may consider recycling them to us.

Routines have a way of leading me out of life’s low spots. Waiting for a reluctant spring is a low spot this year. Today is a baking day. A small portion of the sunflower seeds on the counter will find their way into the bread dough this morning. Once I have the bread safely rising on the hearth, it will be time to don my parka and rubber boots for the daily walk. On my return the bread will go into the oven and before I know it the house will fill with a comforting aroma. The day can proceed from there.

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Worldly Distractions

Receding snow in the bush
Almost gone, but more on the way!

"Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Driftwood; Table Talk, 1857

Another Quote
"Talent and wisdom are as infrequently paired as power and compassion."
Maggie Turner
Page by Page, 2007

Links Visited Today

The Institute for Infinitely Small Things
"a research organization whose mission is to invent and distribute new practices of political engagement in everyday life"

Small Things Jewelry

Nanotechnology: Small Things and Big Changes in the Developing World

2°C Overcast
Wind W 9 km/h
Relative Humidity 93%
Dewpoint 1°C
Pressure 101.96 kPa 
Visiblity 14 km
Ceiling 600 ft

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 Peterme.com 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."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging

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