December 27, 2008

Rain, and lots of it.



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 rain was coming down when we woke up this morning. It could not be heard on the roof mind, because it was soaking into the thick blanket of snow that was still clinging there. It all came down, snow and rain water, around eight this morning, with a tremendous thud and whoosh.

We briefly toyed with the idea of the long trip to see our girls. Tomorrow's promise of heavy rain followed by a deep freeze caused us pause though. This is not a trip that can be made in a day. We will be keeping alert and watching for a window of opportunity, but today and tomorrow are out of the running.

Mist had a lovely morning. While we were sitting before the fire, waiting for the flames to take hold, Mist was dashing about madly from room to room. When the fire began to take hold she returned to the living room and played with her wrapping paper, throwing some of it to the floor, where she settled finally to watch us, and the fire, with adoring eyes. We sat oh so companionably this morning, before our roaring fire.

Today Attila and I are puttering about, I on the computer with my genealogy and he in the kitchen preparing refried beans. Mist is now parked ceremoniously in my easy chair, avoiding eye contact with me lest I demand my rightful throne. Worry not Mist, my attentions are engaged elsewhere.

Attila took down our Christmas Tree this morning, removing glass ornaments and lights. He opened the sliding glass door, to toss the tree out. Due to the mild weather this did not cool the house down significantly, making it an ideal time for the task. And so our Christmas here at Maggie's Smile is over and our Christmas visit is yet to come. There is much celebration this year!

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Wordly Distractions

Mist at rest in her wrapping paper nest.
Mist is all wrapped up.

Matty Groves
Fairport Convention

By The Easy Chair
by Diana Gabaldon

"Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught."
Sir Winston Churchill
(1874 - 1965)

Significant rain starting early this morning and ending Sunday morning.
A significant weather system is developing over Minnesota this morning that will bring widespread rain to much of southern Ontario beginning early this morning as it tracks northeastward. The rain is expected to continue through today and tonight and finally taper off Sunday morning. Current indications still suggest that the regions extending from northern Lake Huron through the Bruce Peninsula and Muskoka to the Algonquin area will receive between 30 and 70 millimeters of rain by Sunday morning. Temperatures will gradually rise today. Potentially reaching the high single digits 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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