December 8, 2008

A day in the life...



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]

Today was lovely to look at, but hard to hold. Cold. That sums it up. We had blue skies and bitter cold. Lovely if your inside looking out, which I was. Attila was not.

I dragged out my old sewing machine, an Elna Lotus. I bought this lovely machine in 1970, when I was working on my first degree, in Home Economics. I started out at Ryerson in a certificate program, but Ryerson received university status while I was attending and the whole thing morphed into a three year BSc. I couldn't hold out financially for three years so that degree only saw two and a half years towards completion. No certificates were given after the degree status was granted so there were quite a few of us who attended three years and got nothing for our trouble. They said they were sorry. That made all the difference. Not. Those cracks I keep falling into showed up early in my life. But I digress.

I bought this sewing machine to fulfill the requirements of the coursework in couturier techniques. I made some lovely items at that time. I seldom sew these days, but every once in a while I get the bug and out the old girl comes. I have several projects in mind this year, one was completed today and another sits ready to keep me busy tomorrow.

Since the sun was shining, I set up a card table by the big window and sat there working on a jigsaw puzzle. Attila and I like to while away a little time working on jigsaw puzzles. A quiet time when the mind can wander free and conversation becomes unfocused and easy. I spent the morning sitting in the sun with the puzzle. Sunlight has a way of lightening the grip of cabin fever.

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Wordly Distractions

wysocki puzzle
Winter scene for a winter's day... hmm.. it is not winter yet!


By The Easy Chair
The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy

"The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think."
Edwin Schlossberg

Condition: Light Snow
Temperature: -10.2C
Pressure: 102.6 kPa
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 78 %
Wind Chill: -17
Dewpoint: -13.3C
Wind: SE 15 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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