May 15, 2008




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]

Spring is in full swing. When I walked out to the car to take Attila to work this morning, the cool and gentle breeze was aromatic with new life. Heavenly.

This year, in spite of winter hanging on for an extra few weeks, we are getting spring-like weather. The temperatures are below average, but still quite pleasant if you wear a jacket. It stays above freezing at night, this factor really reduces the degree to which we need to heat the house. We have adequate rain and everything is green, green, green. [That is for Steve Paul Simms, see his site for the song Green Green Green] Steve Paul has made it through his recent surgery with flying colours and is healing quickly. Good news indeed.

Today I start a summer job. I've been watching for something interesting to come along and this particular position just felt like it had potential. I'll be waiting customers at the counter of a local retail outlet. You never know where you will find a pleasant place to spend time in this world. I'm going to give this one a try because everything about it has fallen together pleasantly. So far, so good.

The only drawback to working, that I have had to deal with thus far, is the significant restrictions on beans and lentils in my daily diet. Too risky! Too bad!

The last few days have been filled with site development and coding, lots of fun. However, I need a few days run at coding, just to get into the zone; so that goes on the back burner until my time off rolls around.

The black flies are out in force. Mosquitoes cling to the outside of the window screens, hoping for an invitation in, that is never coming their way. Our nets are in full use now, and we love our screened in porch.

Attila is still working at bringing in enough wood to heat the house next winter. There are several trees that did not make it through the winter. He has felled them, is now sectioning them and has yet to split and move the wood into the woodshed. Renovation projects are on the back burner until the winter's wood is safely secured.

My genealogy projects are almost at a stand still. I did manage a morning at the library with my laptop, where I have access to high speed. However, I did not accomplish much and need to revisit. A few breakthroughs, I found the maiden name of my GGGG Grandmother, noted on the death registration for my GGG Grandfather, her son. This has opened up a whole set of new questions to explore and that is the fun of it!

For such a quiet life, it feels very, very full!

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Wordly Distractions

Tulip in full bloom, orange and yellow.
From Maggie's May Garden

By The Easy Chair
Where Nests the Water Hen
by Gabrielle Roy

"The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful."
E. E. Cummings

Mainly Sunny
Temperature: 8.6°C
Pressure: 101.9 kPa rising
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 74 %
Dewpoint: 4.3°C
Wind: NW 22 km/h

Page by Page: A Woman's Journal
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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