July 11, 2007




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]

Yesterday I drove quite a distance on the highway to a shopping mall, meeting Terra, Luna, Imp and Elf, who drove even further for the assignation. Terra wanted to shop with me for the dress I will wear to her wedding. I tried on many gowns, two of which were attractive and expensive, and would have purchased either. In the end though, Terra told me that having the day together was what she valued, and that I might wear the formal dress that already hangs in my closet. She helped me choose an ornament for my hair and a necklace to match the existing dress, as she felt accessories important elements of an outfit.

On the home front, the firewood is almost all stacked. A few more evenings and Attila will have finished the lot. I will need to collect all the small pieces and loose bark from the driveway to complete the job. Our source of heat is secured for the coming winter.

A small project on our list is in the way of finishing off the masonry fireplace. The ash dump exists, however access to the ash dump has yet to be created. This involves emptying out a storage closet where the access door will be installed, breaking through the concrete wall to install the access door, installing the door and then cleaning out the ash dump. This needs to be completed before the next heating season, with its fresh supply of hot ash.

Also to complete the fireplace, we need to apply a finish to the parging on the back wall and a finish to the concrete cap. These finishing touches can be done in the winter if need be, and we have still to determine just what types of materials to apply. There are building codes to consider, as these surfaces cannot be combustible.

Today will be a quiet day, spent puttering about on small tasks that offer almost instant gratification of completion.

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Worldly Distractions

telescope in foreground of view of Georgian Bay
The Visitor's Centre at Killbear Provincial Park

Wind W 7km/h
Relative 94%
Dewpoint 19°C
Press 100.29 kPa
Visibility 14.0 km
Ceiling 1400 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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