December 26, 2008

Not even a mouse!



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]

Our Christmas Day was quiet and peaceful. We talked on the telephone with family and friends and enjoyed ourselves.

However Mist had only one wish on her Christmas list and we are not sorry to say that she was disappointed. You see, Mist would have loved a real, live, pesky little mouse for Christmas. Her favorite Christmas feast! Sorry Mist, not even a mouse did you find on Christmas morning.

The weather was dreadful on Christmas Day to be sure, but did clear up a bit later in the day. Not in time to facilitate the long drive to visit our girls and grand kids though. And here it is Boxing Day, the day we would have had to return. Blowing snow, snow packed highways and now freezing ice pellets. We really are better off here at home, when the weather is being so objectionable.

Attila spent a good part of his day shoveling the snow off the outbuildings, so that they wouldn't collapse under the weight of rain soaked snow. After accomplishing this, he and I shared a lovely turkey dinner, leftovers of course.

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Worldly Distractions

Fir bough in basket.
Seasonal Green

On The Screen
It's a Wonderful Life
starring Jimmy Stewart

By The Easy Chair
by Diana Gabaldon

"A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation."
Bertrand Russell
(1872 - 1970)

A significant weather system is developing over Colorado that will bring widespread rain to much of southern Ontario beginning tonight as it tracks northeastward. The rain is expected to continue through Saturday and Saturday night and finally taper off on Sunday morning. Current indications suggest... area will receive between 25 and 60 millimetres of rain by Sunday morning. While current temperatures throughout the regions are still below freezing. Temperatures will gradually rise today and continue to do so throughout the night. Potentially reaching the low double digits by Saturday morning in some locales. These relatively high temperatures will accelerate the melting of the existing snow pack and compound drainage and runoff concerns.

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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