August 29, 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]

Black. The concrete mantle on the fireplace is now black. It might have been a foolish decision, but it has been made. The paint is high heat enamel, meant to withstand high temperatures and usually used on stovepipes. The mantle never gets beyond warm to the touch, so it will more than do the job, but we are mindful of the distance to combustibles issue.

The paint was applied, by me, this afternoon. Still, well into the evening, the paint fumes are lingering. Tomorrow afternoon I will apply a second coat of paint.

I like the look of the black concrete, it nicely balances the two black chimney pipes.

Now, we have only to find a colorant that matches the bricks, to add to the parging that will be applied to the back wall of the fireplace. And of course, we still must install access to the ash dump before curing the masonry fireplace for the winter heating season.

Another painting project I took on this week was to paint our light blue metal washtub. It usually sits in front of the fireplace and is used to store firewood. We purchased it several years ago and always intended to change the colour, as the light blue is jarring in the context of our living room. I used flat black enamel paint and was quite surprised at how easy it was to get really good results. It looks great, and now that the mantle is black as well, there are no longer any jarring visual elements.

Garbage collection occurs here during the middle of the week. This week, an unidentified seasonal resident took advantage of our year round residential status. Sometime in the morning, before the blue box pickup took place, one of our “neighbours” added a substantial quantity of bagged recyclables to our blue box. I did not see who it was. Attila surmises that is it someone who returned home on garbage collection day and did not want to leave a blue box at the end of his or her driveway, because they would not be returning to stow it away. We were concerned that the district would reject the surplus, leaving us responsible for the disposal of someone else’s waste. However, the truck came, gathered it all up without hesitation and carried on its merry way.

The day passed quickly and pleasantly.

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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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