July 14, 2008

Flyin' By



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]

Time is flying by.

This is a good thing because we really are having a good time.

I finished the genealogy book for Henry, in lots of time for his family reunion. It was a LOT of work, and there were times when I thought I'd never be finished. But it was well worth the effort and I am pleased with the results. I hope Henry is as pleased as I am!

Attila is well into his south deck repairs. The damage wasn't nearly so bad as we had feared. Still, it has been a lot of work to replace the rotten sections of the structure, waterproof it all, replace the siding and some of the deck boards and build a removable railing to span the gap left where the stairs used to be. But Attila has it well in hand. Tonight he is sanding the removable railing in preparation for staining. The next and final step will be to stain the railing and paint the new siding.

We enjoyed time at the beach with friends last weekend. Attila and two others swam out to an island and back again. We followed behind the swimmers in canoe and kayak, just in case they got into any trouble. All was well though and they all enjoyed their swim tremendously.

I've been enjoying my little summer job. I didn't really expect to enjoy the job, but to my surprise I quite like tending shop. It does come naturally, as my grandparents ran a General Store and Post Office for almost 40 years.

We have had some really nice weather during these first weeks of July. We have had lots of rain and the greenery is lush almost to the point of decadence. The plant life is not the only entity that is thriving however; both mosquitoes and black flies abound. Usually by this time of year they have diminished significantly. This year we keep getting new waves of them, supported by the wet weather.

Attila and I picked blueberries one evening last week, wild blueberries. We both love to pick wild berries; both share treasured memories of happy summer days spent with our grandparents, picking and eating as we went along. This year we managed to get six quarts of berries and may try our luck again one evening, if the rain holds off.

My bread is ready to come out of the oven, so I'm off to set it out to cool.

So far, a wonderful July.

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Worldly Distractions
Evening Sky
The sky this evening, at 7:50 P.M.

On The Screen
Finished watching the last episode of Northern Exposure, and have gone into shock and withdrawal!

By The Easy Chair
by Kate Mosse

"People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them."
Anatole France (1844 - 1924)
[People who subscribe to this philogospy, you don't want as friends and dread as relatives!]

18 ° C
A few clouds
Feels Like: -
Wind: W 17km/h
Sunrise: 5:44
Sunset: 21:01
Relative Humidity: 68%
Pressure: 101.20 kPa
Visibility: 14.0 km
Ceiling: unlimited

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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