August 3, 2007

Beating the Heat



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]

I guess I haven’t seen it all! This afternoon at 4:30 P.M. the temperature in the shade was 35 degree centigrade. The humidex was much, much higher. I glanced out the window and saw, for the first time in my life, a black squirrel spread-eagled across the top of a shaded rock. I stood and watched him, and for the longest time he did not move. Just as I was beginning to wonder if he had fallen from a tree and hurt himself, he pulled himself up to reposition, to a cooler section of the rock face.

When the heat and humidity are this extreme I all but stop moving. Stillness minimizes the discomfort. Attila worked again today in the sun. He is starting to wear down now, every day he feels more drained than the day before. We are expecting somewhat cooler temperatures tomorrow, and after that some cooler nights. Sometimes the weather is just something you have to survive.

Today I focused on moving my email accounts from the laptop to the desktop computer, and in the process abandoned Entourage and took to using Thunderbird. I had been putting this job off. Procrastination worked in my favour, as it happens. Yesterday’s mail brought a package addressed to me, which contained a new USB drive. It is one of those small affairs that one can wear around the neck on a string. It has a 1GB capacity, which was more than enough to accommodate the rather large mail file that needed to be moved from the laptop to the desktop. So instead of moving my email over file by file, I loaded the files onto the new USB drive to quickly transfer the lot. All is working as it should.

I did not expect to see this USB drive. It was promised as a prize for the first member who registered on a site where I already do a lot of business. My registration was completed months ago, so I assumed after six weeks that I had not won any prize and that the little USB drive would not be coming in the mail. What a pleasant surprise when it did arrive.

We are back to heating BBQ hamburger patties in the microwave for dinner. It is an easy meal for a hot day. Tonight I used half a cabbage, five carrots and half a Vidalia onion, chopped, to make a cabbage salad. It was very good and there is enough left over for salad over the next few days.

My final project for the day is to get the house cooled down to a comfortable temperature for sleeping. It is worth a try!

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Worldly Distractions

Black Squirrel lying on a rock
Beating the Heat

"What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance."
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)

Temp 32°C
Pressure 101.2 kPa
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 46 %
Humidex 39
Dewpoint 19°C
Wind SW 17 km/h gust 28 km/h

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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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