May 29, 2007

Busy and Happy



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]

It is already ten o'clock and it seems like I just got out of bed. The day is slipping away from me, as it often does when there are so many delightful projects on my list. It helps too that the sun is shining, and the leaves are conversing with the breeze. It helps that I have a screened in porch where I can sit protected from the biters (mosquitoes, black flies, yellow jackets).

I had given up the daily walk outdoors for a few days because I just could not face the mosquito swarms. However, on Saturday I forced myself out there in full regalia, covered from the tip of my head to my toes with heavy clothing and nets, with only my hands exposed but able to constantly chaff in order to avoid bites. The pump was primed and I now set forth every morning without hesitation. My escort of dragonflies keeps me company, snatching the mosquitoes right out from under my nose, quite literally.

Attila is doing a fine job on the new window. His workmanship on this job is outstanding. He has a few finishing touches left, the cedar window sill, the baseboard trim, then he will be ready to tackle the exterior siding. The list of projects related to last winter's snow will not be exhausted, he still needs to get up on the roof to install snow guards and replace the plumping vent pipe.

The firewood we have been moving into the wood shed for this winter will not be quite enough it seems. Attila could spend his summer felling, sectioning, splitting and carrying the additional wood we will need, from our property. But I am not willing to lose him completely this summer. Oh no, I want Attila to sit with me of an evening in that wonderful screened in porch. So, I took it upon myself to call a local supplier and order twelve cords of firewood to be delivered sometime in June. I don't know where we will find the cash for this purchase, it will cost almost $900, but I will find a way. Of course, once it arrives it has to be carried and stacked in the wood shed. That will not take up as much time as starting with a standing tree!

One of the projects I am currently working on is organizing my computers. Presently I have a desktop and a laptop setup. Using them both intermittently, the filing organization has been, shall we say, less than adequate. I have been working on backing up and organizing files for four days now, and the end is not in sight. I work until I am tired and starting to make mistakes, then I stop and relax for a while, watching the leaves play in the breeze, falling asleep in my chair. Then I am back at it again. If there was a deadline this would be stressful. No deadline, so I am having lots of fun.

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Worldly Distractions

Attila at lookout.
Attila on Holiday

By the Easy Chair
by Jane Urquhart

Temperature 19°C
Pressure 102.7 kPa?
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 53 %
Dewpoint 9°C
Wind SSE 11 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 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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