July 31, 2007

Heat and Hard Work



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]

Heat without humidity is bearable, at least for people like me who do not have to engage in steady physical labour in the hot sun. Today was comfortable here at home, as I went for my daily walk before 8:00 A.M. and after that sat in various shady and cool locations to read and work on the laptop.

Attila, however, must work in the sun, and work strenuously. He usually loses six pounds over the course of a hot sunny day, sweating profusely keeps his body temperature normal in spite of the heat. He must drink water almost constantly to prevent himself from becoming dehydrated. I think if I had to work now, as hard as Attila works, it would probably kill me. Growing up on a farm I spent summer days in the sun, working hard. Couldn’t do it now I’m afraid.

We are having a few mechanical challenges, but so far have resolved them without expense. Last night as we made the one-hour drive to the doctor’s evening clinic, we suddenly noticed a horrible smell.

“It is probably the car in front of us,” Attila asserted. Attila likes to assume the best possible scenario.

However, the smell did not disappear when the traffic in front of us had all turned onto side roads and left the highway.

“Attila, that smell has got to be us,” I asserted.

Sure enough, the smell was coming from our car. The brakes had locked. I left Attila in the parking lot at the doctor’s office, while I walked down the street to purchase some greeting cards for the upcoming wedding. By the time I had returned Attila had already hoisted the car on the jack, removed the wheel, and unlocked the brakes. Attila tested them as we left the doctor’s office, to make sure they worked, as they should. They did.

This morning the water pump went wonky. Attila did not have enough time to have a look at it before he left for work. However, we keep an emergency supply of water for just such an occasion. Out came several jugs of water for use over the course of the day. A few hours after arriving home this evening, Attila was working on the pump and got it going. I will be using the water sparingly for the next few days, just in case.

The summer kitchen was put to good use this morning. Macaroni was cooked in water taken from our emergency supply and a macaroni salad prepared for the evening meal. This evening Attila has the charcoal BBQ started and will BBQ a dozen hamburgers. These will be frozen individually and then microwaved for quick dinners throughout the rest of the present heat wave. Tomorrow I will be on the Internet looking for an easy recipe for cabbage salad or coleslaw. The recipes I have call for dill and I cannot abide dill except for pickles.

The temperature is finally cooler outside than it is inside, at 9:00 P.M. The windows have been thrown wide open and the ceiling fan is doing its thing. A cool evening will allow for a good nights sleep. We even had a few drops of rain, welcome in the current drought conditions

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Worldly Distractions

Table Centre Piece carved fruit at Terras bridal shower
Bridal Shower Table

By the Easy Chair
Parkers' Astrology
by Julia and Derek Parker
(A coffee table book with beautiful illustrations.)

"A Sao Paolo bank needed to decide on the timing of a large issue for the Euromarket. The officers determined the answer not by scrutinizing capital markets or predicting exchange rates, but by consulting an astrologer. He showed them that since Jupiter was in his exaltation, the time was right. The vice president in charge followed this advice--admittedly without notifying his superiors--and the deal succeeded. These methods, the Economist admitted, hardly violated normal practices in Brazil."
from Grafton, Anthony
Starry Messengers: Recent Work in the History of Western Astrology
Perspectives on Science - Volume 8, Number 1, Spring 2000, pp. 70-83

Temp 29°C
Press 101.5 kPa
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 43 %
Humidex 33
Dewpoint 15°C
Wind NNW 9 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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