December 9, 2008

Another day, another snow storm.



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]

Another snow storm. I am beginning to take the weather personally. Does that sound like cabin fever. I suspect it does.

The day started out with a few flakes then pandemonium, there will be 15 more cm of snow on the ground before it gets dark. Then it is supposed to start raining.

Attila said at lunch that the roads are terrible. He was right. He could not get the car down our road. So... Attila has to walk our snowblower down to the end of the road, clear a path for the car and then he can get the car as far as our driveway. Then he has to clear the driveway so he can bring the car in to park. This is the first time something like this has happened. I expect he will be at it for hours.

We still have all our services though, so far so good.

I am not allowing myself to take pictures of the snow. Any other object of study will do, stucco on the ceiling, floorboards, bricks... no, no, not the bricks. The bricks I'll have to save for head banging. The sooner I start, the sooner I can stop, the sooner I will feel better. Fuzzy logic!

And if I hear "Here Comes Suzy Snowflake", by Rosemary Clooney, one more time I just might start screaming!

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Wordly Distractions

chair legs
Chair legs.

The Married Men
by The Roches
[I don't quite see things the same way as the lyricist, Maggie Roche. Luckily I don't have to agree with thoughts and sentiments to enjoy hearing them.]

On The Screen
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

By The Easy Chair
The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy

"All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind."
Joseph Conrad

Condition: Light Snow [HA!]
Temperature: -2.9C
Pressure101.3 kPa falling
Visibility: 1.1 km
Humidity: 92 %
Wind Chill: -7
Dewpoint: -4.0C
Wind: SSE 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 Peterme.com 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."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging

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