January 1, 2009




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 new year began well for us, as we slept in this morning until 6:44 a.m. This statement is not entirely accurate, I slept in until 6:44 a.m. and Attila slept in until 6:47 a.m., when Mist and I woke him, to engage him in a conversation concerning the wisdom of building a fire. Mist decided that the house was simply not warm enough and jumped up on the bed, to settle on my chest, to make her views known. She made perfect sense to me.

This first day of 2009 I am thinking about my maternal grandparents. I was one of the lucky children who had quiet and relaxed times with my grandparents. I have fond memories of sitting on Granny's kitchen-stool, in Granny's kitchen, chattering away, asking questions as I watched her bake pies or bread. She even had an apron for me and let me try my hand. I have memories of time spent fishing with Grandpa, learning how to bait the hook with a worm and how to sit quietly and patiently, listening to water lapping the sides of the boat.

I often wonder just how the family managed to give us that quality time. Anyone could have shown us baking or taken us fishing. Spending time with our elders must have been something that my mother, aunts, uncles and grandparents considered of utmost importance. My grandparents were a 7 to 8 hour drive away from where we lived. There was very little money to be had, or time to be spared for indulgences. Despite any impediments, the relationship with my grandparents was actively enouraged and remained an integral part of my life; an experience shared by all of their 15 grandchildren.

My family valued all generations; in particular the elders were respected, for the richness of their knowledge and experience. How lucky we were, to have learned to appreciate our wealth!

The hydro crews have not reached us yet, to remove the branch hanging on the hydro line in front of the house. This is not an urgent situation, unless we get very high winds again. Since the weather report includes no mention of high winds, I think we are good until such time as the crew arrives to remove the branch.

Attila and I are having a quiet day. I have baked a pumpkin pie to have with our dinner. Since we overindulged in salty foods, like nachos, last night, tonight we are choosing a low sodium, low fat meal, enchiladas. A bit incongrous, Mexican food with pumpkin pie for dessert, but I have no doubt whatsoever that we will enjoy every bite.

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Wordly Distractions

Mist taking a nap on the carpet in front of the fireplace.
Mist taking a little snooze in front of the fireplace. She is hard at work quality testing the heating system.

Carolina Pines
by Kate Wolf

On The Screen
starrring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett

By The Easy Chair
by Diana Gabaldon

"I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers."
Kahlil Gibran
(1883 - 1931)

Condition: Cloudy
Temperature: -10.0C
Pressure: 102.5 kPa falling
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 64 %
Wind Chill: -16
Dewpoint: -15.6C
Wind: SSE 13 km/h

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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