August 8, 2007

The Magic of Mice



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]

Mice! This one got away, at least for the moment. Just after we retired to bed last night, Mist appeared in the bedroom doorway, mouse in mouth. However, as I turned on the light, Mist must have been slightly distracted, for just at that moment the mouse leapt from certain death and ran for his life. He escaped into the spare room, hiding effectively from Mist and Attila, who was also hot on the trail, under a heavy bureau. Attila made a few feeble attempts to assist Mist in a recapture, but efforts failed. We turned off the light and drifted off to sleep, hoping that Mist would work her magic while we slept.

Our night offered no further interruptions, and no captured mouse. On to Plan B. This morning I put a sticky trap in the spare bedroom and closed the door. If the mouse is still in there, it will get hungry, thus being attracted to the trap. That is my logic and strategy.

Today the humidity is so extreme that any part of my body sticks to anything I touch. Water almost drips from the air. We did get rain over night and it was a much-needed rain. It did not last long, just long enough to wake both of us from a sound sleep. However, the silvery dead look that was beginning to predominate the plants in the yard has now turned to a tentative green.

With the humidity as high as it is, I have plans to move as little as humanly possible today. Some summer days are meant to be merely survived. This is one of those days.

The evening arrived cool and comfortable. Attila even had time to install a few hooks in my closet, to keep handy the clothes that I wear daily. The mousetrap remained empty all day, so we have placed the trap in the spare bedroom closet and plan to keep the closet door shut. Mist’s nose is out of joint, she hates closed doors and has approached me several times, insisting that justice be done and the closet door opened. I have explained to her that the “magic mouse door opener” is the only way to get that door open. If she brings me the mouse, the door will open like magic.

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"Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity."
Albert Camus
French existentialist author & philosopher (1913 - 1960)

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Temp 22°C
Press 100.5 kPa?
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 94 %
Humidex 30
Dewpoint 21°C
Wind WNW 13 km/h

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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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