December 16, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree



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]

For some reason my back is bothering me today. As a result, I've been avoiding the computer, and seldom sit down for any reason. "Keep moving!" my mother always used to say.

What have I been doing then? This morning I fetched a squash and an onion from the cold room. The squash was cooked for twelve minutes in the pressure cooker, the skin removed and the yellow flesh mashed. I then followed Cindy's recipe for Squash Soup.

The last batch of bread was not up to scratch, so back to the cookbooks! Using the new Bosch mixer heralds a transitional period, where one climbs the learning curve. The present recipe will suffice, but there is definitely room for improvement.

It is time to pay some bills, not one of my favorite pastimes. Bank deposits are a happy affair. When it comes time to hand out cash for services rendered, well, that is not so much fun; mandatory but not so much fun.

Attila came straight home from work this evening, to strap on his snowshoes and make the trek deep into the bush to fetch our Christmas Tree. There is an area where a great many young fir trees have sprung up. Not all of them will live due to competition for sunlight. Attila thins the least healthy trees, leaving more resources for the healthier trees that remain.

Our tree is a "Charlie" tree. In the TV show, Charlie Brown's Christmas, Charlie Brown decorates a spindly Christmas Tree. Each year our tree is a close replica of Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree.

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Wordly Distractions

Christmas Tree
Waiting for the angel.

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas
sung by Burl Ives
[And sure enough it is snowing tonight!]

By The Easy Chair
by Diana Gabaldon

"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable."
Dwight D. Eisenhower
(1890 - 1969)

Condition: Light Snow
Temperature: -6.6C
Pressure: 103.4 kPa rising
Visibility: 8.1 km
Humidity: 86 %
Wind Chill: -13
Dewpoint: -8.5C
Wind: SW 13 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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