January 6, 2009

Twelve Weeks of Winter Tour de Force



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]

I suppose, based on past experience, that most days will be quiet, for the next twelve weeks. Mist is thrilled, this is the time of year she most loves. Humans are near at hand, day in and day out.

This is week one of the Twelve Weeks of Winter Tour de Force. Last year I instituted the Eight Weeks of Winter Tour de Force at the beginning of February. This year winter weather arrived in November and we have already experienced almost two months of severe winter weather. In recognition of the increased challenge posed by a longer winter, I have extended the tour de force.

To celebrate the first week of the Twelve Weeks of Winter Tour de Force we will take a trip to the library. The library is always a good time and at last open for a few hours in the evening, opening up a new opportunity for entertainment.

Today several projects are on my list. All the food needs to be moved from the upright freezer to the chest freezer and into coolers to be kept outside. When the upright freezer has been emptied, it will be defrosted and the frozen food will be returned to the shelves. My hands get very, very cold when performing this task, so that it goes very slowly, due to frequent breaks to warm my hands.

Attila has arrived home and is building the second fire for the day. While he is busy with firewood, I will prepare the evening meal, Turkey & Peas Alfredo, which was originally Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo, but I didn't have any chicken or broccoli.

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Wordly Distractions

Fox tracks in the snow.
I think these are fox tracks. We also have wild turkey, rabbit and dog tracks in our yard. I saw a few deer tracks as well, when I went for my walk this morning.

By The Easy Chair
The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy

"What luck for rulers that men do not think."
Adolf Hitler
(1889 - 1945)
(The man was able to mobilize a nation; frightening!)

Condition: Mainly Sunny
Temperature: -2.1C
Pressure101.1 kPa falling
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 62 %
Wind Chill: -5
Dewpoint: -8.5C
Wind: SE 9 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 Peterme.com 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."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging

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