September 18, 2007

Chili Sauce!



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]

The leaves are beginning to turn colour and each morning we awaken to find heavy dew glistening just outside our windows. Autumn is my favorite time of year. Crisp air, leaves rustling underfoot and heavenly scents make for wonderful walks.

We have been busy with our annual harvest-time activities. There are ten liters of chili sauce sitting on the kitchen counter, waiting to be stored in bright red rows for our winter pleasure. My cholesterol problem prevents me from eating some of the foods I used to love smothered with chili sauce, like Jamaican Patties. Attila and I sat down and had a serious discussion about what foods can remain in our diet, that benefit from the addition of chili sauce. The beef/potato/turnip dish, that Attila created many years ago, fits all the criteria for health and is delicious served with chili sauce.

While on our fishing holiday, our friend Annie rustled up some fried cabbage to eat with our pan-fried pike. It was delicious and is a new dish we are adding to our best-loved vegetable recipes.

We have also decided that, all things considered, we enjoy life more when one of us is not working and can keep the hearth fires burning, so to speak. Since my work experience and skill set are too specialized and exotic to be accommodated where we now live, we agree that for this time and place Attila will be the “breadwinner”. That decided; I would cease to make significant efforts to find work. However, if work finds me then that is another story altogether.

The past and the future sway, ripe with infinite possibility. Today alone offers the comfort of surety.

My genealogy research continues to provide me with an outlet for working with data and statistics. My natural affinity is for research, math and statistics, hence my former academic career. All those years of intense focus, training and discipline have left their mark upon me, making independent research a source of passionate pleasure. The only thing missing is honest and rigorous feedback on my work, which I was very lucky to have at the University.

Recently a genealogist from Scotland did some research on my behalf (for a reasonable fee) and has sent me information on my ancestors who immigrated to Canada from Glasgow in 1820. Fascinating! The information provides me with a starting point to research the family in Scotland. There remains only one branch of the family to locate “over the pond”, Protestants from County Cavan, Ireland, who arrived in Canada in the mid-1800s. No luck with finding anything useful so far, but I have not really concentrated on that line thus far.

With the County Cavan line I have encountered one relative suffering from an ego related issue, or it might be more accurate to say that I am suffering from his ego related issue. The relative is distantly related but carrying the surname of my direct line and claims genetic high ground based on the patriarchal surname system. My failure to recognize his eminence, based on the contrived social convention of surnames, is not well received. I do not know how the rest of the descendents are dealing with him. My guess is that the males can afford to ignore him, while the females expediently avoid him.

My conjecture is that this gentleman is an Aries male. If I find myself in conflict with a fragile male ego, it has been invariably with an Aries male. It seems that those few Aries males that are prone to hysteria can find my approach to life very distressing. I have a dear friend, a male, an Aries male, who is very open minded and delights in my expansive and non-linear worldview.

When I run into males, whose personalities are dominated by gender issue emotions, I always think of Farley Mowat’s book, The Dog Who Wouldn't Be. It seems to me that for some males, a woman with a mind, a voice and confidence is somewhat like Farley’s dog. Although, unlike Farley and his dog, I think these men find women more frightening than amusing.

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Worldly Distractions

chili sauce to be cooked
The Indoor View of Life

Yellow maple leaves in the sunlight.
The Outdoor View of Life

"Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions."
Albert Einstein

Temp 22.7°C
102.5 kPa / falling
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 46%
Dew Point: 10.5°C
Wind Speed
SE 22 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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