December 24, 2008

Attila's Gold



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 weather has hijacked our plans for the day. We have postponed our intended visit to spend time with family. We will be saving up our Christmas cheer and will spend it generously when weather permits a visit. Thank goodness for the telephone. We can share good wishes, from our house to theirs!

We are having a lovely Christmas Eve Day. Attila had the snow cleared from the driveway by noon. There is more coming down, mixed with rain, but since we are not venturing forth Attila can shovel and clear at his leasure.

This afternoon Attila is recreating by removing the snow load from the back lean-to, to prevent collapse when the rain really begins in earnest. To each his own!

Yesterday Attila cooked a turkey dinner, our little cozy Christmas together. I baked a cherry pie in honour of the occasion. We had a lovely brunch today consisting of turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and peas. Lovely. The cherry pie is disappearing very quickly, a decadent indulgence. I had a piece with my morning coffee, "last night's dessert for breakfast" as Attila pointed out, with a grin.

Today I will bake Mincemeat Squares, which are a much healthier indulgence than pie. These squares are much lower in fat, and are much higher in healthy nutrients; and we love eating them.

For the duration of today and tomorrow I am abandoning dietary caution. In the end, the discomfort will bring me to my senses. I'll have a wonderful time until then though, just wonderful!

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Attila beginning the process of shoveling off the lean-to roof.
Attila's Gold!

Just Stay
by Bearfoot

By The Easy Chair
by Diana Gabaldon
(hmm... was I ever this preoccupied with sex... maybe)

"A loving heart is the truest wisdom."
Charles Dickens

A Colorado low is still moving towards Ontario and is expected to reach Georgian Bay this evening. A large swath of snow has already pushed well ahead of this storm blanketing most of southern Ontario last night.

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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