December 17, 2008




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]

The operating system on the iMac needs updating. The download is 190 MB. I began the download earlier this morning and at this point in time it tells me that it will take approximately 17 to 19 more hours to download. The rest of the Internet is slow when a download in is progress. My communication with the outside world is now reduced to a snail's pace. Dialup!

I've found an alternative bread recipe and will be giving it a go today. I think the problems with my present recipe are twofold. The first issue is that there is only one rise. The second issue is that the dough may need to be kneaded more thoroughly. I will try beginning with a sponge and kneading for an additional four minutes.

I did get the the bills paid yesterday. But on my desk there remain two rather intimidating government forms, that need filling and mailing. I hate government forms, receiving them, filling them out, submitting them, correcting them and waiting for the results of them. A necessary evil in life, the government form.

Well, I seem to be having a bit of a winge-day! This will not do.

Perhaps what is needed is a little attention to holiday cheer.

Every Christmas as a child, I found several cream filled chocolate drops in my stocking. I loved these chocolate drops. I think all six of my mother's children loved the chocolate drops. They are not available in the stores anymore, at least not anywhere I've been able to look. So I am thinking of trying to make them myself.

A quick look on the Internet brought up a few recipes for French Creams. I think I'll give one of them a try and see if I can replicate the beloved chocolate drops of my childhood. It will be tasty to try, if nothing else.

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Wordly Distractions

The temporary sewing station. Note, this is the new window that Attila put in, to replace the door on the north side of the house.

By The Easy Chair
by Diana Gabaldon

"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."
Thomas Jefferson
(1743 - 1826)

Snow Squall Warnings
Condition: Cloudy
Temperature: -6.3C
Pressure: 101.6 kPa rising
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 79 %
Wind Chill: -8
Dewpoint: -9.3C
Wind: SSW 4 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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