December 1, 2008

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow... at least for now!



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 is snowing heavily this morning. We have a storm warning in effect, and the weather people would have us believe that rain may soon begin to mingle with the falling snow.

November is over. For December my spirit is able to make an exception to my general disapproval of copious quantities of snow. This is the month of Christmas coming. This is the month where remembering the the warmth of my childhood can be drawn upon, where the belief in a power greater than greed can make tracks through the clean, white and traceless expanses of white.

So I will enjoy the snow in December and hope that January, February and March take care of themselves.

Attila and I have paid our bills and are flat out of money. We have a few more very large annual bills coming in this winter, for which we must save enough from our daily expenses to meet payment. That leaves almost no discretionary funds. Things could be much worse.

There is a temptation to use our credit card to buy food. There is a temptation to use that credit card to buy thoughtful gifts for the people we love. After all it is Christmas. Isn't Christmas about shopping, bright lights and bustling crowds?

But we will not use that credit card. We pay for today and save for tomorrow, when we can. We minimize the proportion of our small income that will go to creditors. Buy now, pay later; at what cost.

Today's projects include soaking black beans for Attila, cleaning the house and preparing a tuna noodle casserole, with the egg noodles Attila cooked on Saturday, to serve with his beef stroganoff.

I've moved my computers around, once again, because I need to use the keyboard tray with the iMac, since I have begun to use it more frequently than my old G4. Both are still in daily use, but the iMac is getting most of my time. It processes tasks more quickly, and for some reason the dialup connection is marginally faster.

Mist eventually approved of the change. She had to inspect every cable and connection near the floor. After carefully perusing my work, she gave her approval by stretching out beside the cables, to take a nap.

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Wordly Distractions

New  tracks in the snow.
Opportunity taken.

O Holy Night
David Lanz

On The Screen
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Strangely, Attila and I did not detect that we had actually seen this film before, until it reached the underwater scene, where Harry saves two people from a watery grave. I'm not sure why we did not recognize the film, not sure at all!

By The Easy Chair
The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy
I had only taken this book off the shelf to garner a quote from the preface. I did not intend to read it, not at all. But it drew me in, slowly but with great determination. I last read it while pregnant with Terra, during my eight month vigil for my daughter, when under doctors orders I was totally confined to bed, lest labour begin prematurely.

"The house was too big... What was the use of keeping half a dozen servants eating their heads off?"
from The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy

Temperature: 0.5C
Pressure: 98.7 kPa falling
Visibility: 1.4 km
Humidity: 97 %
Wind Chill: -4
Dewpoint: 0.1C
Wind: S 22 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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