May 5, 2008

The Little Black Fly



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]

Busy! Being busy is not a bad thing, but it is a big change from the relentless isolation of winter. Our life has been filled with human contact since last Wednesday.

Terra called to say hello Wednesday afternoon. She wanted to let us know that she will be spending Mother's Day recuperating from dental surgery. She is having her molars removed just before the weekend. She and Lares will be visiting later in June, which is just as well because the intensity of the fly season may be dminishing by then.

Luna and Janus, Imp and Elf, Benny and Bim and Soot arrived after 10:00 PM on Thursday night after driving the whole day through. They had all their belongings packed into a small trailer towed behind the vehicle. I've never seen them more exhausted. After a short chat they turned in for the night. However, Imp wasn't feeling well and Elf was put off by the long car ride, so none of them slept soundly. We visited together on Friday morning, but Imp was feeling worse. She developed a fever and a distinct and disturbing wheeze that worsened as the day passed. After lunch they all strapped themselves into the vehicle for the last leg of their journey, another five hours. They are on the move again, returning to their house before making their next move. I now call them “The Group of Seven”!

I called Janus this morning to find out how Imp was feeling. Luna took her into emergency at the hospital when they arrived at their house, where Imp was given a cortisone shot to relieve her breathing. Apparently she is feeling much better now.

Saturday was shopping and banking day, and we thought we would just drop off a book borrowed from Em and Henry. A cup of tea was offered and the conversation took on a life of its own. We stayed much longer than we intended, but did manage to catch the grocery store open, just.

Sunday we drove out to an old friends newly purchased cottage. It was a cold day, the wind was brisk off the water, but it was warm as toast indoors and the company was most enjoyable.

Today, Monday, we are attempting to get back into our routines.

I made Chili for dinner, served with thick slices of freshly baked whole wheat bread. At the moment I am waiting for the pressure cooker to cool so that I can refrigerate the pinto beans just cooked. Attila likes corn tortillas topped with refried beans, salsa and sour cream; now he will be all set.

Attila is outside doing some gardening. Our gardens are neglected, and each year we hope to have time for them, but don't.

But the big news is, black fly season started today!

Attila is wearing his net, they swarm him as he works the garden transplanting lilies. It is too soon, I feel, for black fly season. They do not have my permission to exist. They've taken over the outdoors uninvited and unwelcome! Goodness, next thing you know the mosquitoes will insist on hatching and populating the landscape! From now till the end of June we will be wearing nets if we venture out of doors.

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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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