April 7, 2007

white is a theme



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 called it aggressive. The colour on the kitchen walls was an aggressive bright yellow. In the context of the other colours and shapes in the room, its effect was jarring. The people from whom we purchased the house had painted two rooms during their tenure. The kitchen was coated with bright yellow and the main floor washroom with a brilliant sky blue. Perfectly nice colours in and of themselves, but neither suited the general rustic feel of the house. The blue was painted out last year when Attila redecorated the bathroom, and now the kitchen is being restored to sanity.

Attila and I have discussed repainting the kitchen for the last three years. However, purely a cosmetic change, it took a back burner to more pressing home maintenance/renovation projects. A spring holiday weekend such as this, full of snow squall warnings, freezing temperatures and wind, gave us the opportunity we had been waiting for.

Yesterday we removed all appliances and items from the countertops. I washed the walls, rinsed them with clear water and left them to dry. When they were dry Attila began to paint. The first coat of paint was applied and drying before we sat down to eat our evening meal.

Attila is applying the second coat of white paint as I write my journal entry. Occasionally snow slides off the roof and falls past the kitchen window beside him, creating a dynamic atmosphere of change.

It was twelve degrees centigrade in the house when we woke up this morning. The temperature indoors has increased to sixteen degrees centigrade this afternoon. I am quite comfortable in my many layers of clothing. Over all the layers is my genuine Cowichan sweater (registration number and all), warm and beautiful as ever after seventeen years of wear. However, my hands have been cold today. Every so often I wander over to the masonry fireplace and place my hands on the bricks for a few minutes to warm them.

According to the weather people there will be snow for days to come, and freezing temperatures every night for another few weeks. This spring the horror of imminent global warming has failed to impress.

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Worldly Distractions

white inside out

"She sighs, "You'll never find the truth in your school books, honeygirl. It's all been turned to lies. Same with religion. Got to look real hard for the truth nowadays."
from Siesta
by Amber Coverdale Sumrall

Sweet Jane
by the Cowboy Junkies

Partly cloudy.
Light snow.
Feels like -11°C
Wind W 13 km/h
Rel Humidity 73%
Dewpoint -10°C
Pressure 100.53 kPa 
Visibility 4.0 km
Ceiling 1600 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 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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