December 12, 2008

Frozen in Place



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]

I was hoping to get to the bank today. Attila and I had it all planned , the scheduling of the vehicle, the arrangements for lunch and after work pickup.

Freezing rain forecast for the morning. All plans cancelled.

However, the sun came out this afternoon so I think we are going to make a run for the bank and the grocery store after work. With any luck the weather will hold out!

Mist and I are have settled in for another quiet day. I have a few things on my to-do list. Granola, morning dishes. Not very exciting but very satisfying.

The snow on the roof is quite thick. If the temperature rises above freezing, it will come crashing down. It may not be so quiet around here for the next few days. When the snow from the roof comes down, Attila will have more shoveling to do.

If the universe sends us a lot of discretionary cash, I am all for removing the deck under the eves and installing a door on the end of the house where there is a peaked roof and no drip line. That would eliminate 5 to 10 hours of very hard labour, shoveling densely packed snow, from Attila's week during the winter months.

This house was not designed for Canadian winters. To be fair, it was built as a vacation getaway, with no serious intention of year round occupation.

I think I mither about this every winter, and like as not I'll mither about it until the situation is suitably addressed.

Temperatures to go down to -22 C tonight, so we have a mid-day fire burning. We will have another tonight. The house is quite warm, but will cool quickly when the temperature drops tonight.

Just at the moment I'm sporting a summer cotton blouse and padding about in bare feet. Attila says I should download some music by Don Ho and enjoy a cool drink with my feet up.

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Music: Mozart

By The Easy Chair
by Diana Gabaldon

"It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree."
Charles Baudelaire
(1821 - 1867)

Condition: Light Snow
Temperature: -8.7C
Pressure: 101.1 kPa rising
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 68 %
Wind Chill: -17
Dewpoint: -13.5C
Wind: NW 24 km/h

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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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