January 8, 2008

Shades of Grey



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]

After the cold snap came the rain. It has been grey and raining for two days now. From where I sit, the view is completely composed of shades of grey. I like grey in moderation.

Sunday was grey. The roads were bare and dry. Attila and I spent the entire day visiting retail outlets and collecting supplies. This was the first time I had left the house since Boxing Day. This was the first time since Boxing Day that I spoke with humans other than Attila; all strangers, all happy to see my money.

An advantage of the mild weather is that the masonry fireplace requires much less attendance to keep the house warm and dry. We are down to one fire a day, which is less work for Attila. It is so warm in the house right now that I am wearing a summer outfit and running around in bare feet.

January is the month where I begin to feel a colour deficit. To combat this, on Sunday we purchased four strings of LED Christmas lights at 75% off the regular price. Already I have hung the string of green lights above our bed, and leave them on all the grey day. The soft colour gives me a lift when I enter the bedroom. In the open concept living area I have a string of multicoloured Christmas lights hung along the peak of the cathedral ceiling, another grey day strategy. This morning it is so grey that I have left the blinds closed and turned on the living room lamps to make the space seem cozy. December and now January have been cloudy this year. There are another eleven weeks of cold weather to navigate through, hopefully this will include some lengthy stretches sporting sunny skies.

It is tax time again. I HATE tax time. There is no logical reason; I just hate having to line my life up with numbers and categories. The whole process eats away at me, and this morning I feel ill, as we are in the midst of the forms and figures. Hopefully it won’t drag on too long. Attila feels no compunction to deal with the taxes quickly, as he enjoys the numbers and categories. It would be a stress free experience for him were it not for my disorientation and distress over the whole process. The only solution I can see to the issue is to get down to it and get it done as quickly and humanely possible.

Reformatting my genealogy sources is progressing slowly. I anticipate that this will take a few weeks of daily effort to complete. Once it has been completed my next step is to sort through and flag primary sources. I will then work from primary sources to construct a publishable version of the family tree, before decorating it with information garnered from secondary sources. This process is a source of enjoyment.

After indulging in food and drink at Christmas, I have gained three pounds. It was fun, and I wouldn’t have missed it. Getting back into my healthy routines has been a challenge, but I have managed it. I have had to go through the “hunger and craving” dilemma all over again. This disappears after a few months if a healthy routine is maintained for that long. Next month my blood pressure and cholesterol levels will be checked, and we will see how successful my efforts have been.

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Worldly Distractions

Winter Rain

"That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest."
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Light Rain
Temp 7.7°C
Press 100.7 kPa / falling
Visibility 0.3 km
Humidity 99%
Dew Point 7.5°C
Wind Speed SSE 17 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 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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