May 23 2008

Workin' Weekends



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]

I am working at my new part-time job this weekend. So far, so good. The work is pleasant enough, the "boss" seems a decent sort of fellow and the customers are a relatively happy lot. It is the sort of job though that would not support a person, and could only be filled by someone like myself who relies on a spousal income for survival, or a student who has parents to pay the significant expenses of maintaining life.

The weather throughout May has been chilly, and there has been enough rain to make the world a very green place. Today was a little warmer, and the temperature outside actually rose higher than the temperature indoors. The weather gurus are telling us the the temperatures will continue to rise, and I am looking forward to sitting in the screened-in the porch with a cool drink in my hand!

I am not the only thinking of the balmy days and freedom. My annual fan club is already fawning over me, watching me through the window screens with salacious delight. I speak of mosquitoes of course. They are here in force!

During the warm spell earlier in May quite a few of those blood-sucking critters found their way into the house. When that happens Attila and I both grab our fly-swatters, put on our glasses, turn up the lights and go hunting. We usually have to devote half an hour per night to a rigorous hunt, just before turning in.

Country life! So romantic! Picture us, fly-swatters in hand, all decked out in pajamas, bleary eyed, one eye on the beckoning bed and the other scanning the ceiling for a likely target. That is rural living for you, without the cameras and appropriate music it can feel less than entertaining.

As I write the sound of the ax splitting hard wood drifts through the open window. Attila is hard at work getting ready for next winter. You might say I am making a small contribution by sitting here at the computer, as sedentary activities allow one to store away fat, which might keep me warm next winter. Well, that claim is a bit of a stretch I admit. So, up I get to redeem myself with a bit of a putter in the kitchen.

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Wordly Distractions

African Violet in Bloom Bloom by the window this morning.

Splitting wood and bird song.
(Pileated Woodpecker)

On The Screen
Northern Exposure
Like an old friend!

By The Easy Chair
Where Nest the Water Hen
By Grabrielle Roy
(Almost done!)

"The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues. "
Elizabeth Taylor

Partly cloudy
Wind: NW 13km/h
Sunrise: 5:39
Sunset: 20:48
Relative Humidity: 51%
Pressure: 101.66 kPa
Visibility: 14.0 km
Ceiling: 720

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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