February 16, 2008

Crazy Crazy Weather!



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]

The weather is crazy! Last night it was –20, tomorrow we are to be blessed with freezing rain. Attila is shoveling another few feet of snow off the deck, ready for the rain and the subsequent snow load that will slide off the roof tomorrow. We don’t even think about planning activities on Attila’s day off, not during the winter, no use. The weather will be outrageous! We can expect it.

Ah yes, this is the first year that Ontarians are celebrating Family Day as a new statutory holiday. This means Attila will have two consecutive days off work; a much needed break. Of course, we have no plans, as another major winter storm is due to hit tomorrow. We will be cozy here though, as long as we do not attempt to venture forth.

Valentine’s Day arrived uneventfully, although I did send out a few e-cards. I received warm responses from the people who appreciate my sentiment for them, which felt wonderful. I did send a few cards out to people I knew would not respond. They didn’t. They wouldn’t think of it. Why would I send cards to these individuals? Reckless whimsy, as a result of too much sun, probably.

Attila prepared a roast of pork for our Valentine's Day dinner. We finished off the meal with slices of chocolate bread, homemade of course, by yours truly. We rounded off our evening by indulging with a viewing of the second episode of Northern Exposure. Then we quietly trundled off to bed, all yawns and self-satisfaction.

Yesterday the sun shone brightly most of the day. Now, picture an old girl, decked out in a summer cotton dress, barefoot, sporting a straw hat. See her sitting in a chair by a big window, in the full sun, in the middle of February, in Ontario, while it is –14 degrees outside. Can you see her? The old fool, she got sunburned!!! I did you know, and loved every second of it.

I have taken to carrying my chrysanthemum from place to place during the day. When I sat in the sun yesterday, it sat beside me resplendent in the sunshine. When I sit facing the fireplace, I place it on the coffee table where it will catch my eye at every roving glance. To say I am enjoying it would be an understatement.

Our CD episodes of Northern Exposure came in the mail on Wednesday, arriving much earlier than had been promised by Chapters. We watched the very first episode of the series that same night, just before turning in; we found it very relaxing.

Our Eight Weeks of Winter Tour de Force is a resounding success thus far. We are two weeks down and six to go till April. In April we can expect a few, even if only a very few, warmer days.

I had another delightful surprise in the post last Wednesday. Earlier this month I had located the details of the marriage of my Great Great Grandparents, in the year 1855, using the online index at the Staffordshire BMD web site. I subsequently ordered an official copy of the document from the Registrar in Staffordshire. There it was on Wednesday, from all the way across the ocean. It was a delight to learn that my Great Great Great Grandfather, the grooms father, was a hairdraper by trade; and that my Great Great Great Grandfather, the bride’s father, was a hatter. I am thinking of finding a frame for this document, so that I can enjoy looking at it from time to time. Otherwise it will be stored in a dustproof box and will, most probably, be forgotten.

I continue to update the code on this site; I am still working primarily on the journal entries. I am making changes to nine years worth of entries, so this is going to take some time and quite a bit of effort. This is turning out to be quite an endeavor, and when it is done the site will look almost exactly the same as it does now! Still, it does pass the stormy hours of February quite pleasantly.

If we lose our power again during this upcoming ice storm, we are better prepared for it. During our recent trip to the grocery store, more than a week ago, we dropped in at Canadian Tire, discovered and purchased a Koolatron 12 V cooler, on sale. The next time we experience a power outage we can keep our perishables, milk, eggs, leftovers, safe in this cooler, which plugs into the cigarette lighter in the car.

Other than the crazy, crazy weather, life is predictable. The days are passing slowly, pleasantly. A good thing that; I for one do not want to live in interesting times.

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Wordly Distractions

Yellow chrysanthemum in the sun.
Bathing Beauty

Front Runner
by Stan Rogers

On The Screen
Northern Exposure
Episodes 1 & 2

"Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love."
Charles Schulz (1922 - 2000), Charlie Brown in "Peanuts"

Temperature -7.8°C
Press 102.6 kPa / falling
Visibility 15 km
Wind Chill -13
Wind Speed S 9 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 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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