April 5, 2008

The Bright Side



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]

Although I knew it was only a matter of time, I have to admit that this year I felt that spring would NEVER arrive. And although the night time temperatures are still dipping below zero, the day time temperatures are on the rise. The snow is beginning to melt.

There are a few places where the bare earth is peeking out from underneath the white blanket. These are places where the snow has been manually removed, like the deck and the driveway. Elsewhere the blanket is still quite thick, about three feet. But it is diminishing; I can feel it if I cannot really see it.

On Thursday last I was so taken with the sunshine and the above freezing temperature (a whole 5 degrees C), that I donned parka and heavy boots, headed out the door and just stood, mesmerized and relieved, in the full sunshine. Life feels a whole lot lighter this week.

The new computer is a lot of fun. The built in camera is a wonderful diversion. Every day it is used to record my latest fashion achievement...

This photographic epic will not be appearing in Vogue magazine, not in this universe. I find it tremendously amusing though.

Attila and I even managed a flying trip to IKEA last Sunday. We had a great time, wandering through the aisles, imagining an unlimited budget. We even bought a stainless steel bread box, an item I had been searching for locally, and on the Internet, for quite some time. Attila treated himself to IKEA's 99 cent hot dogs, while I had a cinnamon bun (well labelled so identifiable as an edible) with a carton of milk (well labelled). This is high dining out for Attila and I.

The bread box has been in use since our arrival home, and we are both very, very impressed! A loaf of my bread on a plate fits into it with ease; there is enough room to accommodate an additional smaller plate for quick breads, muffins etc. The bread stays fresh for days, as did the quick loaf baked at home. In my quest to reduce the amount of plastic that comes into contact with our food supply, the bread box is a clear success.

Now I am keeping my eyes and ears open for large, wide mouthed jars in which to store dry goods.

We continue to search for sources of non-contaminated food (food without my allergen added to it, increasing rare) and it seems we will have to drive fairly far afield to get it at a reasonable price. We will do what we have to do.

With the warmer weather comes a reduction in Attila's domestic work load. One fire a day rather than two means half the work splitting and toting wood. Rain rather than snow completely eliminates the task of snow shovelling. Now we are trying to use this new found free time wisely, balancing increased social activity with catching up on neglected home maintenance projects.

There is only one potentially large project is on our agenda for this spring and summer. The south deck needs work where it is attached to the house, siding needs to be removed, problems assessed, problems addressed and new siding applied and finished. Depending on what we find when the siding comes off, the project may be quick and easy or require a great deal of repair. We will know soon enough.

We enjoyed receiving pictures from Annie, taken on an excursion she and Frank took to the Isle of Wight during March. Lovely landscape. Annie's sense of humour is so dry, she can laugh at herself and thereby others oh so subtly, oh so lovingly; some of the pictures had us guffawing.

We were interested to read in our local newspaper that our geographic location had the greatest snow fall in Ontario this past winter. I believe it. I lived the experience and hope that when the weather decides to do that again it will be in the distant future, and that I am going to be watching it from across the River Styx. What a winter that was!

We will be unable to get down to Toronto this evening to hear our good friend Steve Paul Simms and John Jackson performing on stage at Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wish we could make it, and one of these days we will! We always have a good time at Steve's performances.

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Wordly Distractions

Maggie at the Photo Booth
Maggie Figuring it Out

written and performed by Steve Paul Simms

On The Web
My Arrest and the Consequences
by Steve Brill
(I ran into this while searching for wild blackberry recipes!)

"We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over. So in a series of kindnesses there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over."
James Boswell, 1740-1795

Condition: Sunny
Temperature: 4.5C
Pressure: 101.8 kPa rising
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 60 %
Dewpoint: -2.51C
Wind: WSW 8 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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