January 15, 2008

Flowers and Music:
Antidotes To Grey Skies



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 is snowing again. Accumulation is light, just enough to need brushing off the car and a quick shovel off the driveway. The sun is behind the clouds and the world is grey and white. The weather prediction says there may be a little bit of sun appearing on Wednesday, then back to grey skies.

On Thursday, during our three-day power black out, caused by high winds, I was bundled up and busy on the front drive removing fallen branches. A government vehicle stopped at the end of the drive and the building inspector introduced himself. It seems that the paperwork for our masonry heater was not completed and he requested an appointment to perform a final inspection. This was arranged for the following Monday. To say I was concerned would be an understatement, this is three years after completion. During the power blackout we relied on the masonry heater for heat. It kept us warm and dry when the whole world was storming and black. We have come to rely on it on many levels, not just for heat. It is almost a member of the family, just ask the adoring Mist.

I needn't have worried though. The inspection went smoothly and professionally, ending with a signed form passing the structure. I should have known it would pass; we spared no trouble and no expense to do the job properly from the beginning. Our dollars were invested in structural integrity, not on aesthetic appeal. In spite of our focus on structure, the fireplace is very attractive.

We did manage a shopping expedition on Saturday. An hour or so drive took us to a small city where the selection of retail outlets and products are relatively staggering. We went with a list and managed to put a check mark beside each item. Some of our time was spent looking for particular retail outlets, which we eventually located after touring parts of the city.

Chapters bookstore was at the top of my list, because I received a Gift Certificate for Christmas and could go relatively mad with that. After much consideration, I chose a set of CDs, original artist recordings of Edith Piaf. It was a toss up between that and a set of CDs featuring the three tenors. Decisions, decisions, what fun!

We had a wonderfully cozy evening yesterday. We enjoyed a quiet game of Scrabble in front of a roaring fire, serenaded by the gently surrounding voice of Edith Piaf. Mist enjoyed watching our game, occasionally leaping onto the board to scatter the pieces. Her humans react with such a satisfying display of exclamations and, as a bonus, will chase her off the board. Such fun!

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Worldly Distractions

Pink Cyclamen Bloom
Cyclamen in the south window.

By the Easy Chair
The Way The Crow Flies
by Ann Marie MacDonald

La Vie En Rose
Remastered original recording of Edith Piaf

Mainly Clear
Temp -6.0°C
Press 101.7 kPa / rising
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 82%
WindChill -10
Dew Point -8.6°C
Wind Speed NW 9 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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