January 8, 2009

Night Out



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]

Attila and I have big plans for tonight. The library is open, until 7 p.m. this evening, for the first time ever. This means that after Attila gets home from work, we can visit the library together. Now we have two accessible entertainment options, the library and the grocery store.

Yesterday evening I finally organized and stored all the frozen food in the upright freezer. There is only one bag of geriatric odds and ends that have yet to be identified and consumed. Once these items are dealt with, I plan on keeping a close eye on just what goes into the freezers and what comes out.

I got up for a drink of water during the night and found that the power was out. It was still out when we arose this morning, and came back on around 6 a.m. Thank goodness; I don't much care for instant coffee which is all we can manage on short notice, on the camp stove out on the porch.

Since the temperature is steadily falling, three firings are needed to keep the house reasonably comfortable. Attila had to spend some extra time splitting and toting wood this morning to ensure a midday fire. This will tie in nicely with our trip to the library, as the evening fire, the third fire, can be delayed until we return from our outing.

Yesterday's snow erased the animal tracks from the yard. Once again the tree branches are laden with heavy pillows of snow, and are swaying pendulously in the breeze. It is beautiful out there.

I am feeling self congratulatory this morning, that I have created a form and structure to my days, with very little connection to the world at large. This has been accomplished without an internal sense of what one "should" be doing. It took years to let go of the internal "shoulds", and to replace those "shoulds" with prioritized "coulds". Being an extremely stubborn individual, I did not relinquish those powerful "shoulds" with ease or grace, but out of necessity.

Now, when I encounter individuals who are driven by internalized and unconscious"shoulds" of their own, I feel a sense of awe and wonder; that I should be so lucky, as to have discovered, been forced to discover, an alternative that works for me.

This morning there is bread that needs baking, and dishes that need doing. And then, well who knows!

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Wordly Distractions

Pillows of snow on hemlock branches.
White hanging from the roof and blanketing the hemlocks.

BBC Radio Scotland

In The News
"The Bank of England cuts rates to 1.5%, the lowest level in its 315-year history, as it continues efforts to help the economy."

On The Screen
Northern Exposure

By The Easy Chair
The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy

"Censorship, like charity, should begin at home; but, unlike charity, it should end there."
Clare Booth Luce
(1903 - 1987)

"The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done."
Allard Lowenstein

Condition: Light Snow
Temperature: -12.6C
Pressure: 99.3 kPa
Visibility: 9.7 km
Humidity: 82 %
Wind Chill: -20
Dewpoint: -15.0C
Wind: NW 15 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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