December 5, 2008

Still Snowing!



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 again! Goodness it is coming down! Attila had to take 45 minutes to clear the driveway this morning, so he could get the car out to go to work. We have had over a foot fall since this morning and there is no sign of it slowing down. Attila had to plough the road, with the front fender of the car, as he drove out after lunch. Attila says the roads are bad, and he is an eternal optimist. Our TV reception is gone again, so I can not listen to the radio stations over the satellite today. We still have telephone and electrical service, at least for the moment.

I have to admit it is pretty. Oh yes, and it is clean, very clean. I will admit to nothing else.

Mist and I are hibernating. She sleeps, I stare at the computer screen. It seems to me our activities have more than a little in common.

I am making chili for dinner tonight. I might rustle up the energy to make some biscuits to go with it. The calories are a deterrent. Now that I've been snowed in for over a month, I don't move around much. Little exercise means I have started to put on weight, even though I am eating less.

Another quiet day passes at Maggie's Smile.

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Wordly Distractions

Too much snow on the deck.
Not enough yet, it is still falling! That is the BBQ out on the deck, you can see behind it the snow that has accumulated on the top of the deck railing. Yikes!

Big Boss Man
by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

By The Easy Chair
The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy

"To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive."
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

Snow Squall Warning Continued
Condition: Light Snow [WRONG!!!]
Temperature: -5.8C
Pressure: 102.1 kPa
Visibility: 0.3 km
Humidity: 91 %
Wind Chill: -11
Dewpoint: -7.0C
Wind: SW 11 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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