July 29, 2008

Having Fun



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]

July is almost gone!

It has been a busy month. It kicked off with a colonoscopy, which I came through with flying colours. No bowel issues found and the medications used during the procedure were thoroughly checked and found to be free of my allergen. It was wonderful to lose consciousness knowing that I'd probably wake up again!

I've been enjoying my little job, learning a lot as I go along. The people are pleasant enough to work with and the work itself is not stressful, a good situation all round.

Attila and I have been spending a lot of time just being. We have managed during the month of July to: pick wild blueberries, swim at the beach, go for a boat ride on the lake, watch shooting stars on a clear, warm night, hear from old friends and visit with friends. Having a good time doesn't have to cost a lot of money. It seems like more recreational activity in one month than we've experienced over the past decade!

Attila's south deck project is almost complete, still to do is the painting and staining. Thanks to Lares help, the project got off to a quick start and will have an early completion. Attila has the wood split and stored in the woodshed for the upcoming heating season. We have the survival basics covered early in the summer season, for the first time since living here.

I have had little time to read during the month of July. So little time that the book I borrowed in June is still sitting on the end table gathering fines and waiting to be returned to the library.

Summer will be over soon enough. The snow will fly, the roads will be covered with ice and the days will be short and crisp. Time enough then to read, research my family tree, update the code on web sites and explore new software. We are trying to make hay while the sun shines, after a very, very long and intense winter. Last winter was a winter I won't ever forget!

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Wordly Distractions
Deck Railing Waiting For Paint
Waiting for Paint

Waves lapping on the beach, leaves rustling in the breeze, laughter in the distance.

By The Easy Chair
Sideroads of Parry Sound & Area
Summer 2008

"Jealousy is all the fun you think they had."
Erica Jong

22 ° C
A few clouds
Feels Like: -
Wind: N 7km/h
Sunrise: 5:59
Sunset: 20:46
Relative Humidity: 61%
Pressure: 101.48 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 Peterme.com 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."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging

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