October 2, 2008

Looking Back



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]

Well, September got away on me, no doubt about it! Here it is October already, and time seems to be speeding up, instead of slowing down as I had come to expect during the autumn.

Today, a vacation day for Attila, he is moving the emergency supply of firewood into the lean-to at the back of the house. This is the wood we will use if our supply in the wood shed runs out before the bite of winter loosens its grip.

Me, well I've been up to all sorts today. I've baked a loaf of bread. A rack of baby back ribs are slowly roasting in foil, at a low heat, in the oven. Later today the BBQ will be fired up, the ribs seared and basted with BBQ sauce near the end of the cooking period. These ribs are a special vacation meal, we haven't actually cooked ribs before, not within our budget. But this year I saw them while in the store and just couldn't do without them. Not an economical meal, as our meals go, but we are treating ourselves in honour of our vacation.

Another project I've been working on today is washing the little travel trailer. It has been a few years and it is now black instead of cream coloured. Since we are on a well, it is not prudent to wash vehicles with tap water or with the water hose. We have a plastic garbage can that serves as a rain barrel, and this is what is used for washing the trailer. The trailer is very tall, so that to clean the roof a step ladder must be used. So up and down I go on the ladder, with my little bucket of water and my brush. Then up and down again a few times with buckets of water to rinse away the loosened dirt. It is a very slow process, this trailer washing. Good progress was being made until the wind started up. The trailer sits under two tall oak trees. The acorns are ready to fall and the wind brings them down like small stones from the sky. Not a good place to be balanced at the top of a ladder. So, for the moment this project is on hold.

September was an active month, much of my time was spent outdoors or visiting with friends and family. The twins, Imp and Elf have turned two years old. Time spent with them, although short and infrequent, is pure joy. Luna and Janus are contemplating another possible move to accommodate his career path, he will be working in Calgary, Alberta. Terra and Lares are settling into married life; they would like to buy a house, but the current economic situation makes decision making truly difficult.

My little job is winding down to almost a halt, but not quite. I'll be going in on weekends for a few hours here and there, and I do not anticipate having to be on my feet for long hours again this season. We will miss the additional income. Although it is quite a small bit of money, on our budget it makes a significant difference.

The leaves are beginning to turn colour now. On Monday we went for a road trip through back roads in the near north of Ontario. The day was sunny and the scenery was magnificent. We stopped at a roadside picnic area to eat our sandwiches and sat basking in the sun.

Yesterday we made a trip to Toronto to check the prices at a discount grocery store. That was hardly worthwhile because the food labels were almost non-existent. Because of my allergy, Attila and I don't consider food without labels to be legitimate food; unless of course it is fresh at the farm gate or garden. So that is what we did, we stopped at a small market selling local produce and enjoyed filling our basket there. Last night we enjoyed fresh beet greens, purple cauliflower and leftover turkey for dinner; delicious.

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Wordly Distractions
Autumn leaves along a northern Ontario Highway; Canada.
Looking back down the road in Northern Ontario.

On The Screen
Danny Deckchair
Starring Rhys Ifans

By The Easy Chair
The Golden Compass
by Philip Pullman

"Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from."
Jodie Foster

Light Rain
Temp 9.5C
Pressure 100.3
kPa falling
Visibility 14.5 km
Humidity 65 %
Dewpoin: 3.3C
Wind W 13 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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