January 4, 2008

Our own front yard.



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 hydro crew arrived Friday to remove the branch on the lines. They sectioned the entire branch and left all the pieces under the line. Attila spent an hour or so this morning moving and stacking the wood near the woodshed, and stacking the pine boughs on our yard and away from the road.

Attila lost four day's pay over the last two weeks. Attila was informed last week that he will be losing an additional quarter day's pay every month. So far 2009 has brought us a significant reduction in our income. Things could be worse, and they could be better. At least we are still in a position where things could be worse!

Today was almost a complete loss, as I could not seem to rise above the financial worry. My mind came back to the situation over and over again, but without fresh insight or positive movement. On top of that, I feel silly for obsessing about something I cannot change, or even influence. The best possible scenario is a new focus, on what is possible, given our reduced circumstances.

Tonight we will enjoy turkey soup, one of Attila's specialties. The last bit of pumpkin pie will be our treat for the evening. These are the last remnants of our holiday fare, enjoyed to the very last mouthful.

We did manage to make the mad dash to visit our girls, for a belated Christmas with the family. We had a lovely time and it was a joy to see Imp and Elf thriving and happy. Luna announced that a third grandchild is on the way! Exciting news.

Although we were gone little more than 24 hours, Mist was beside herself by the time we arrived home. The temperature in the house had dropped to 15 C. As soon as I came into the house Mist approached me with an indignant yowl. She insisted I follow her upstairs, where she led me to the fireplace and continued to volubly let me know exactly how negligent we had been in our duties.

I completely empathized with her. While Attila fetched the wood and built the fire, I sat with Mist on my lap providing a thorough cuddling and coddle. An hour later she was dozing happily in front of a roaring fire; all was forgiven.

We are having our usual bad weather on a Sunday, freezing ice pellets. Luckily, we have no reason to venture past our own front yard.

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Jigsaw  puzzle on a winter morning
Jigsaw on a winter morning.

Hungarian State Vocal Choir

By The Easy Chair
by Diana Gabaldon
(I am just finishing this book; it feels like a Nancy Drew story, where Nancy has changed her name, become interested in history, and discovered sex, death and knives.)

"I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart."
e e cummings
(1894 - 1962)

Condition: Light Rain
Temperature: -7.0C
Pressure: 101.7 kPa
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 71 %
Wind Chill: -12
Dewpoint: -11.4C
Wind: ESE 11 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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