December 31, 2007

Another year on the way!



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]

It continues to snow. It snowed yesterday. It snowed the day before yesterday. It snowed the day before that.

It snows continuously. The flakes float down at times, fluffy and light. The flakes streak from the sky at times, granular and heavy.

The accumulation is taking up all of Attila’s time. He uses the snow blower for the drive, but must use the shovel for the deck and to clear the roof of the porch. He also needs to keep access open to the woodsheds, so that we can reach our fuel for heat.

Road conditions are dangerous. We are staying home. Perhaps in a much larger vehicle, suited to snow-packed, icy roads and poor visibility, we might venture forth to drive the 30 kilometers to buy supplies. But our little car just isn’t up to the challenge. It would probably do it, but one could not be sure of success. Since we don’t need supplies, there seems little point in taking risks.

So, this last day of 2007 sees us, for all intents and purposes, snowed in and digging our way out, continuously.

Our leftover turkey soup will be ready for our supper tonight, and the ham for our New Years dinner is sitting in the refrigerator. We have milk and bread and lots of ingredients. If we cannot get to a store for another week we shall survive in comfort.

I have finally managed to win a game of Scrabble. Attila has been beating me for what seems like forever, and I have finally won a game despite having that !*%&*!# letter Q to work with. I have drawn the Q during every game I have played this month! How likely is that?

I am looking forward to the next year, I am not sure why. It doesn’t matter why though, because it simply feels very good to look forward to something. That is enough for me.

Happy New Year, peace and good helath to all!

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Worldly Distractions

Still Snowing!

By the Easy Chair
Shoot the Moon
by Billie Letts

Line in the Sand
by Lucy Kaplansky

Temp -2.51°C
Press 101.6 kPa / rising
Visibility 11 km
Humidity 89%
WindChill -6
Dew Point -4.1°C
Wind Speed SSW 8 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 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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