May 1, 2008

Beautiful Weather We're Having



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]

Another sunny day, how lucky is that! Never mind that it is to start raining tomorrow and keep on going for days and days. The gardens will enjoy the rain, and when the garden is happy we are happy. Spring has arrived late and is struggling to make its presence known. We are waiting patiently for the world to unfold into green.

This morning I have put the final touches on a web site update and have uploaded the lot. Completion, on one project, can provide a sense of satisfaction. Never mind that it will need future updating and editing, that will come all in good time.

It is still quite cold out there and we have a fire on the go again this morning; what a difference it makes! It is a bit challenging to remember to feed it though, so how cold could I really be!

Last week Attila put up the clothes line, and he used it on the weekend to dry his clothes. This morning I am washing my first load to be dried out of doors. It is a perfect day for it, but really I should have gotten to it earlier, to give it enough time to dry thoroughly. As it is, I'm just now getting to it, mid-morning and will have to take the clothes down damp and finish the job in the dryer this evening. Oh well, it takes me a little while to get into my routines when the seasons change.

Last week Attila removed the stairs to our second floor deck. They were rotten and getting wobbly. The deck is newer but the previous owner used the original untreated wood to rebuild the stairs; not a good idea. They are gone now though, leaving a gaping hole in the railing. Attila plans to put up a new section of railing and forego steps altogether. I support this plan as the steps have served no purpose, and provide unwelcome access to the second story of the house; I am thinking bears here.

The bears have already been perusing the neighbourhood. The garbage bin across the street was left full of garbage last fall. Quite an alluring find for any self respecting bear. The container was tin lined and it is interesting to see that the bear has sliced through the tin and “opened the can”. Garbage is everywhere. I don't mind the garbage so much as the open invitation to dinner, that this sort of behaviour sends out to the local bear population. It is irresponsible and disrespectful to leave garbage in an area next to the bear's natural habitat.

Today I am busy cleaning the back kitchen and the screened in porch. They haven't had any attention since we began the heating season last fall. It is amazing how much dirt can accumulate over the course of six months!

Ah, Mist is letting me know in no uncertain terms that it is time for a good brushing. Then we will relax with a cup of tea and enjoy the sunshine.

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"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Condition: Sunny
Temperature: 12.5°C
Pressure / Tendency: 101.6 kPa falling
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 27 %
Dewpoint: -5.9°C
Wind: SSE 17 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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