February 12, 2008

-31 is way too cold!



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]

Cold! It was –31 C outside the kitchen window this morning. In the warmest part of the house, near the heater, it was 14 C. We knew it had been cold throughout the night, as the air around us as we emerged from underneath our warm comforter, had a real bite to it. I’ll be wearing my gloves, with the fingers cut out of them, in the house all day today!

We all three enjoyed our time sitting in front of a roaring fire this morning!

Despite being plugged in overnight, our car would not start this morning; the battery just would not provide enough power to turn the motor over. Attila called in for assistance, and just as the rescue vehicle arrived the car started! Better late than never of course.

Yesterday I worked on one of the web sites I developed for a small company. It hadn’t been updated for a while, so it was good to get the information from the owner and get things up to the minute. That took up most of my day. It was lovely, because I could work on my laptop in the chair by the window. And the sun shone brightly all day long.

We did get out on Friday evening to deposit a cheque and purchase supplies. Although the adventure lasted only a few hours, it was restorative. I feel much better for having been out and about.

This past week has offered me opportunities for growth. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it, opportunities. However, growth involves gathering information and then dealing with what it all means. Some harsh truths had to be faced in my world over the last few days; ghosts from the past to be confronted. I can say that it is better to know how things are, deal with the pain, accept the situation and move on.

It was a sleepless night, waiting for the feedback I needed to understand the nature of the situation. The next night I knew the score, felt the bite of reality, began to mourn my losses and slept soundly and deeply.

The Eight Weeks of Winter Tour de Force is going well. The yellow chrysanthemums we purchased last Friday sit by my side, brightening the room. Attila and I have chosen a CD for a “gala movie night”, as suggested by a friend, but have gone a little off the track with the concept. Instead of a movie we have ordered a set of episodes of Northern Exposure, a series we both enjoyed when it first aired on television. Watching these episodes will be accompanied by ritual, healthy snacks and drinks all round.

This morning I will work happily in the sunshine again. It is still early morning; the sun is just beginning to peek over the horizon.

The landscape today is beauty and the beast.

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Wordly Distractions

Yellow Chrysanthemum
First Week's bounty of the "Eight Weeks of Winter Tour de Force"

Blood Oranges
composed by Steve Paul Simms
performed by Steve Paul Simms; John Jackson

On The Screen
Coronation Street

By The Easy Chair
Promised Lands
by Jane Rogers

"The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose."
Heda Bejar

Temp -30.9°C
Press 103.1 kPa / rising
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 76%
Dew Point -33.7°C

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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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