December 23, 2008

Home Fires



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]

We would like to visit family tomorrow and Christmas Day.

In anticipation of traveling over Christmas, Attila is roasting a turkey this afternoon and I have baked a cherry pie for our own cozy little Christmas Dinner. We will celebrate Christmas together this evening and tomorrow morning.

But, the weather forecast for today, and overnight, includes a Storm Watch, which includes freezing rain. Our travel plans may have to be temporarily abandoned.

Circumstances dictate that we are not very flexible when it come to travel. The weather determines road and visibility conditions, which must be reasonable if we are to venture forth. Our vehicle is old and lightweight. Wind on a sunny day, with clear dry pavement, will require a great deal of added attention to control the car. Driving any distance in winter storms is completely out of the question.

We have set days that we have time off to visit, usually one day a week. At Christmas we have a few more days to work with. This is not in the least bit flexible and to survive financially we must schedule around work hours. In the winter, we have pre-determined days that we can call our own. If the weather and/or the roads are bad on those predetermined days we do not travel.

To these challenges we must add the challenge of heating the house with wood. This requires two fires a day to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the house. The house will remain above freezing for about two days after the fires cease, as long as the outdoor temperature remains above -20 C. If we were unable to return home within the 48 hours, the indoor temperature could and would drop below freezing, causing havoc with our water pipes. But more importantly, Mist would be trying to survive in very unpleasant circumstances indeed. So, in the winter we only feel comfortable leaving the house for several days if the weather report is such that we reckon our timely return is guaranteed.

Due to these factors, it does not look likely that we will be able to venture forth on Christmas Eve Day or on Christmas Day. Who knows though, the weather people are notoriously detached from reality. This probably would have been the ideal occupation for me; if only I had realized!

This is where the thought of a green Christmas becomes extremely enticing!

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By The Easy Chair
by Diana Gabaldon

"How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of goodwill! In such a place even I would be an ardent patriot."
Albert Einstein

Heavy snow and winter weather expected today and tonight.
The snow will develop midday today over the regions and could become heavy at times through the afternoon and evening. Then tonight a warm southerly flow will develop with periods of ice pellets or brief periods of freezing rain possible as the precipitation changes over to rain.

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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