June 4, 2008

Heat kills mosquitoes!



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]

Apparently we are teetering on the edge of a heat wave!

I've been cold since last December. Tonight the low is predicted to be 11 C. If the humidex soars to 40 tomorrow I may go into a state of shock and confusion.

The bright side is that a heat wave just might kill off some of the mosquitoes; everyone here says they have never seen such thick stinging clouds of hungry mosquitoes. A reduction in the mosquito population would be more than welcome.

The down side is that I will be working through these hot days in an area that is not air conditioned. We will see how it goes! I am hoping we will be very busy at work and then I might not notice the heat... then again maybe I will notice. I do not do melting well.

Attila has had a cold and fever for the last few days. Now he is on the mend and I am coming down with the same bug. It feels like a hangover that has not been earned. I have a fever. Usually when I have a fever my mind works in mysterious and sometimes unpredictable ways. I think I am making perfect sense while writing this entry. Maybe I am, then again maybe I'm not. The cold should runs its course over the next few days, then I'll come back and read this to see how it went.

Life is very quiet here in the green, green, green forest. There is a constant drone of mosquitoes just outside the windows, and an occasional yellow jacket wasp finds his way into the living room. Then there is a merry chase, to be sure. I have no compassion for stinging insects.

A trip to the doctor's office today meant an hours drive there and back. My blood pressure is very good, and I have a renewed prescription for cholesterol lowering medication. And, since my father died, many years ago, of cancer of the bowel, an appointment for a colonoscopy is being arranged on my behalf. I feel I am in very good hands.

I managed to accomplish a whole list of additional tasks while in town, making the trip very worth while. A bag full of citronella candles and fly tape was carried out of the discount store and stashed in the trunk of the car. One luxury I splurged on is a headset for the mobile phone. Now I can talk and task at the same time. Of course, this means I would need to be talking to someone on the telephone. There's always something!

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Worldly Distractions

Glow in the Dark Maggie
Glow in the Dark Maggie
I used the Glow effect to take a picture of myself with Photo Booth, software that comes with the Mac and uses the built in camera. Attila says I look like an owl and not at all like myself. But with the fever I'm currently running, the way I look here is how I feel!

Karma Chameleon
by Boy George

On The Screen
Beethoven's Hair
Television Documentary

By The Easy Chair
by Kate Mosse

"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."
Thomas A. Edison (1847 - 1931)

Temperature: 18.2°C
Pressure / Tendency: 101.1 kPa rising
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 72 %
Dewpoint: 13.0°C
Wind: ESE 8 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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