November 23, 2008

It isn't fair!



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]

It isn't fair!

My complaint is going straight to upper management. This is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Friday night the temperature dipped to -17 C. Saturday morning I killed a mosquito in the bathroom. The little monster was out and ready for a satisfying meal! It isn't fair!

Saturday was sunny and beautiful. We took advantage of the good roads to get Attila to a flu clinic, where he got his annual flu shot. It was quick, it was easy and it was painless. I had already had my flu shot at my GP's office, right after my annual physical checkup. Seems I'm in passable shape for an old girl. Hurrah!

We bought a few groceries, taking note that prices are significantly higher than they were on our last visit to the store. We stocked up on a few of the ingredients we rely on, like brown sugar and walnuts. These items aren't on everyone's must-have list, but they are key ingredients at our house. We rely heavily on the sugar and the nuts to enhance the taste and texture of the other raw ingredients that make up the bulk of our diet. It is the little things that make a big difference.

The drive was lovely, as there is still a lot of snow hanging on the tree branches,even after a week. Sun sparkled trees lined the roads, making the journey almost magical.

Actually, the trip to the grocery store is the first time I've stepped outside the door since a week ago Friday. How time flies. It is so easy to fall into complete isolation without even noticing it. Without noticing it at first that is; after a few weeks the negative effects of this kind of isolation start to kick in and one does begin to notice the onset of "cabin fever".

I've finished the first draft of the genealogy book for friends; this version will be donated to the library. It has been a long time in the works and I'll be glad to get closure on it. A few more edits are needed, and the formatting needs some tweaking as well. Then it will be time to print.

The new food mixer is making very good bread. I do like making two loaves at once because I only have to bake twice a week. Attila eats a lot of bread.

I am continuing to find food in the freezer that has been there a little too long and needs to be eaten as soon as possible. I've been taking special care cooking these items, as they are no longer visually appealing. They are quite sound though, and provide us with excellent nutritional value.

So far I've baked half an organic chicken, it was delicious. Also, we have had a few meals based on vegetarian burgers. These have been quite nice baked with a very spicy BBQ sauce and served with fresh cooked beets and carrots.

I discovered a new way to eat beets and carrots, new to me anyway. I dip them in a hot & sweet mustard. Wow. Zing. The best part of this is that the mustard is low in salt and has no fat, making it an excellent alternative to the butter and salt I would normally add to my vegetables.

Snowing this morning, Sunday, so I guess we will be staying close to home on Attila's day off work. The winter season has arrived.

Addendum: We do notice the economic crisis settling over the known world. We watch, we wait, we hope...
The loss of large investments does not affect us directly, we have no large investments to lose. We do have our teeny, tiny bits of material wealth though and a mortgage and debts to pay. We worry just as much as the big players about losing everything. Most of what we hear on the news concerns the interests of the few but powerful "haves". There is not a lot of focus on the effects felt by the majority of the earth's population. Since I don't think anyone really knows how all this will affect most of us, there may not be much to say anyway.

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Wordly Distractions

Morning Sun on Snow
Morning Sun

O' Come All Ye Faithful
rendition by Bing Crosby

By The Easy Chair
The Honk an Holler Opening Soon
by Billie Letts

"What degree of urbanization will it take before governments realize they are not governing a vast expanse of land, but a handful of cities."
from The Canadian Alternative: Survival, Expeditions and Urban Change
by W. W. Bunge and R. Bordessa, page 218 (1975)

Condition: Light Snow
Temperature: -8.4C
Pressure: 102.8 kPa
Visibility: 11.3 km
Humidity: 91 %
Wind Chill: -10
Dewpoint: -9.6C
Wind: ESE 4 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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