7 November 2008

Black flies in November!



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]

Things usually slow right down for us in the autumn, to the point where isolation begins to press closely.

Not this year, not in the autumn of 2008!

First factor, the weather! The weather was horrid all summer, rain, cold, BUGS! But in September the sun came out and being outdoors was a real pleasure. November 2008 has seen temperatures as high as 20 C, today it was 17 C. The sun has been shining brightly. The black flies have been out and biting and the mosquitoes are multiplying daily! And it is November!

Another factor is visitors. Our friend Derek came with his pal Rufus the dog for a weekend. We had a great time, and Rufus deemed country life marvelous indeed.

This past week Luna, Janus, Imp and Elf, Benny and Bim arrived for an overnight visit. Imp and Elf also seem to love the country, and enjoyed running through the leaves and watching the dogs run in circles at breakneck speeds. It was a lovely visit. Luna and Janus have taken to parenting like ducks to water.

Tonight Terra and Lares arrive for the weekend. I will teach Terra to make bread with my old bread machine, a 12 year old Zojirushi. This will give her an opportunity to see is she enjoys baking their bread, as I will send the machine home with her.

After a busy day yesterday, I am just settling down to the computer. I needed to renew my Health Card and got that checked off my list of things to do. I went in for my annual Mammogram, another tick mark on the task list. I still have to renew my drivers license. I still have a few medical issues to attend to as well, minor for most people but not for someone with aserious allergy.

The new washing machine is my current favorite toy. It does an amazing job getting things clean and will even santizie articles. I used this feature when I brought home a queen size sheet purchased at the Sally Ann shop. A good deal at $1.99, it washed up well and will be added to our supply of linens.

We also have a new matching dryer that stacks on the washer. This is a wonderful space saver. Our house is small, not tiny but small, so any space we save improves our freedom of movement in the house.

I'll stop writing now as I have to get the sheets off the clothes line. It is beginning to cloud over and I think that the rain they are predicting will begin to fall soon.

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Wordly Distractions

IMP: Eating toast at Grandma's House

ELF: Getting ready to climb on Grandma's bed.

Condition: Sunny Temperature: 16.3C
Pressure: 100.8 kPa falling
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 58 %
Dewpoint: 8.1C
Wind: SSE 13 km/h

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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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