January 31, 2008

Swimming In It



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]

We are at last saying goodbye to January. It was snowing this morning, but it has stopped now, for the moment. The sky remains heavily overcast. The local roads are snow covered and visibility is poor. During the entire month of January I have only left my home twice. Fortunately, thus far, I am surviving the experience unscathed, at least I think I am. However, I am on the watch, as cabin fever can sneak up on you suddenly and wreak havoc.

January brought us two thaws, both of which removed the equivalent of a winter’s worth of snow. Yesterday’s major storm brought another four inches of snow, which is not a lot, considering the last few months. Also in January we have had two major windstorms. The first windstorm took the power out for three days. The second windstorm, yesterday, took the power out for six hours, even though the winds gusted to 110 kilometers an hour.

I have to wonder what February and March have in store for us!

Today I am continuing on my quest to simplify and update accounts, servers and all such technical aspects of life. Still tedious, but I have completed one task completely, which feels like having reached the peak of Mount Everest! Hopefully my efforts will make bookkeeping less time consuming and confusing in the future.

Yikes! I just looked up from the computer screen and there it is… snowing again. If it weren’t so pretty I’d… well actually there isn’t anything to be done about it, so I will continue to focus on the “isn’t it pretty” side of things.

Ahem, now there’s the sun! I’m off to jump into that fleeting pool of sunshine by the window.

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Worldly Distractions

snow laden hemlock boughs
The morning after the night before.

Les Momes De La Cloche
performed by Edith Piaf

Partly Cloudy
Temp -9.9°C
Pres 103.0 kPa / rising
Visibility 13 km
Humidity 82%
Wind Chill -15
Dew Point -12.4°C
Wind Speed WSW 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 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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