July 20, 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]

“Get your skates on!” I told myself.

In my small world that translates into “get your apron on”. When I put on Attila’s old chef’s apron (he was not a chef, he just had this old apron in his wardrobe when I met him), I feel like a roly-poly cartoon cook, managing my kitchen with satisfaction and pleasure, orchestrating with a wooden spoon, accompanied by delightful music. I have fun.

Our company arrives tomorrow, so I will be preparing a batch of vegetarian chili, an additional loaf of multi grain bread and an additional batch of granola. I will probably think of a few more dishes, to prepare in anticipation of the visit, as I busy myself with the baking and batching.

Another perfect summer’s day, the temperature will peak at about 21 degrees centigrade. There is a stiff breeze playing audibly with the trees and the sunlight that filters through the canopy is crystal clear. My morning walk was a euphoric experience. The delicate scent of drying dew mixed with all sorts of vegetation, from dead pine needles to ripening raspberries. I walked without a net and was not approached by even one mosquito, probably due to the breeze. Several deer flies did favor my company, one even clung undetected to my hair as I returned from my walk and entered the house. The camouflage failed entirely when it crawled onto my ear lobe, where it perished at my hands, before feasting.

I made some time for the bodhrán today, feeling my way around Sam Larkin's lyrics. I try not to drum for more than an hour with the windows open, as I am concerned about disturbing the neighbours.

The day has passed quickly, kitchen duties were performed as anticipated. Attila needed to pick up a few last minute items at the grocery. This was a big mistake I fear. Usually this little side trip would add an extra ten minutes to his journey home. However, I fear Attila, now an hour late, is stuck waiting in a long line at the store. On summer Friday nights the village swells with weekend visitors.

Tonight we clean for company. I have started the process, but there remains much to be done. If it were not for company we might avoid cleaning altogether. We look forward to company for many reasons, the clean house is the least of them.

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water pooled on a hosta leaf
Hosta Leaf

By the Easy Chair
by Jane Urquhart
(one of three books currently on the go)

A few clouds
Wind N 22km/h
Wind gusts 37km/h
Humidity 52%
Dewpoint 9°C
Press 101.56kPa
Visibility 14.0 km
Ceiling unlimited

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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