December 20, 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]

Last night Attila got out the ladder and brought down the boxes filled with Christmas decorations. Then he proceeded to trim our Christmas tree. This is a quick job, since our tree is very sparse. It is beautiful!

Note that no baubles have been hung on the lower branches; Mist can not be trusted! Every morning she does her "crazy cat" routine, racing at top speed from room to room, making a daring hairpin turn right under the tree. At other times we will find her lurking behind the lower branches, watching us as befits a great feline hunter.

We have been there and back again. To town that is, and to WalMart and to Canadian Tire and to Dollarama. We bought a few food staples at WalMart, like coffee and cheese. We bought a Crock Pot that was on sale for half price at Canadian Tire. And we bought treats at the dollar store, careful to choose products that were made in Canada by companies we know and trust, well, kind of trust.

The day was sunny and the scenery on the drive there and back again was beautiful. The last leg of our journey was just at dusk. The tops of the snowbanks were brightly lit, while the rest of the landscape had fallen into shadow.

The house was cozy and warm when we got back from our little trip. So cozy in fact, that Mist had slept right through our absence and woke up to find us returned, without realizing we had been away.

The Crock Pot is in the way of a Christmas present to ourselves. It was placed under the tree as soon as we came in from the car when we got home.

We have been using our present cooker for more than 12 years, and it is beginning to show signs of wear. It might last for another 12 years. Then again it might not last the winter; one can never tell. Considering the price we paid for the new one, we felt it prudent to purchase it sooner rather than later, when the price might not be so much to our liking.

I haven't been sleeping well the last few nights. There is nothing so wonderful as a good night's sleep. I have to wait this out though, it is a restlessness that comes and goes.

It has been so cold at night that the temperature downstairs has dropped to below 5 C. This is far too close to freezing for comfort, as far as I am concerned, the plumbing could be at risk. As I write Attila is building a fire in the little wood stove in the basement, that should heat it right up!

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Wordly Distractions

Christmas Tree 2008
Charlie Brown would be proud of this one!

Christmas Island
by Jackie Gleason

By The Easy Chair
by Diana Gabaldon

"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
Helen Keller
(1880 - 1968)

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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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