May 6, 2007

Colour and Shape



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]

Attila is working away to get the hole in the house closed in. He works in the shade on the north side of the house. The sun is shining on the south side and the temperature has risen ten degrees since I looked out at the thermometer just after dawn this morning. It is a good day for working out of doors.

My bread is kneading in the machine. My laundry is washing in the machine. I am typing this on the machine. So much of modern life seems to be experienced through the medium of machines, for good or bad.

I have noticed that I tend to write in the mornings. I am a morning person, so this makes sense. In the morning the day stretches out before me, and usually, almost always, what will happen during that day will be pleasant. Occasionally what will happen will be exciting. Rarely what will happen will be sad or bad. Today looks like it will be peaceful, filled with the sounds of hammers and saws, the smell of fresh baked bread in the kitchen and sun baked pine needles at the side of the road when I head out for my walk.

Since Ariel had her bout with breast cancer, I have paid much more attention to such things as plastic. Plastics (estrogen) and breast cancer seem linked to Ariel’s condition, as her family medical history includes no cancer whatsoever. There is no way to know what triggered Ariel’s cancer, but it has been a wake up call nonetheless.

Yesterday I spent my time removing food from plastic containers and repackaging it in glass mason jars. I was inspired to do this after making a pot of soup to which I added a “soup mix” consisting of dried barley, lentils, peas and beans. The “soup mix” had been stored for years in a plastic storage bin, the plastic designated as food grade storage. My soup was inedible, the taste of the plastic overwhelming. I flushed the soup down the toilet, to feed the septic system, which appreciates such concoctions regardless of the taste. This was the inspiration to eliminate plastic food storage.

On Friday night we purchased two dozen mason jars at the Canadian Tire store, one dozen one liter jars, and one dozen one and a half liter jars. Of these only a few jars are now left empty. I have been searching for large six-liter jars, but have found nothing in the retail stores so far. When I find these jars I can complete my storage transformation, moving the larger bulk items into glass.

For short-term, leftover food storage, we now use wide mouth mason jars to store acidic foods like tomato sauces and applesauce, and metal bowls (Attila’s choice) for low acid foods such as cooked rice, meats and vegetables.

I doubt that we will ever be totally free of plastic storage, but we will minimize it.

Now my cupboards open to neat rows of jars, whose contents are all different colours, shapes and sizes. It is so much easier to find what I want, and to remember what I have!

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installed window
...better window than a door.

By the Easy Chair
Dutch Interior
by Frank O'Connor

Temp 14°C
Press 103.5 kPa?
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 20 %
Dewpoint -9°C
Wind SE 15 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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