December 14, 2008

There and back again.



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]

There and back again. We have been on an overnight trip, to visit friends. What fun!

We burned a fire yesterday at noon to keep the house warm while we were away for the night. We arrived back tonight just after 6:00 P.M. and the temperature had dropped to 14 C. Not bad really.

Mist's take on our absence and the dropping temperature was decidedly negative. She was very, very glad to see me come in the door, greeting me with very loud meows and winding herself around my legs. I know old girl, terrifying when you can't light the fire yourself, and your here alone, and your not sure we will come back. I know.

Mist spent about an hour cuddled on my lap while Attila built and lit a fire. It was only when the fire began to throw an intense heat that Mist finally jumped to the floor and curled up in front of the fireplace. Happy at last, Mist now feels the world is revolving as it should.

While we were away it must have snowed. And then it must have rained. The plough had gone by and left a deep mound of slushy snow across the end of the driveway. We could not get the car in. We grabbed some of our luggage and trudged up the driveway. After depositing his luggage in the house, Attila returned to the road with his shovel, and within 20 minutes he had the car safely parked in the drive

We should have the heat in the house back up to a comfortable level by tomorrow night. In the meantime I will be wearing heavy socks and thick sweaters.

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"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues."
Abraham Lincoln
(1809 - 1865)

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Visibility: 2.6 km
Humidity: 98 %
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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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