January 13, 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]

At noon the temperature outside the kitchen window was -1 C. Right now it is -18 C and it is expected to dip to -28 C before morning. Attila has set two fires in the masonry fireplace already today, and is now splitting wood for a third burn. He also burned a fire in the little cast iron stove in the basement for several hours. So far the house is warm and cozy, but as the cold snap continues it will cool down considerably. This is our first prolonged cold snap of the winter.

Of course, I've mentioned none of this to Mist. She would not be happy with the situation. I predict a lot of cat cuddling in the next few days!

It has been a very quiet day. It began with snowfall and ended with a beautiful sunset.

Because I knew the temperature was going to fall like a stone today, I took my walk early in the morning, while it was -4 C.

This morning I decided to bake a couple of loaves of bread to store in the freezer, just in case we lose our hydro again. Sandwiches are a great fast food and very easy to prepare when the power goes down. I also charged the cell phone and the emergency LED work light; we are as prepared as we can be for a power failure.

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Wordly Distractions

Mist gives me that look!
Mist is giving me that are-you-sure-you-don't-have-something-you-want-to-tell-me look!

Unknown beetle, central Ontario, Canada
This beetle found its way into our living room. I had never seen one of these beetles before last September. This is the second one I've found in the house this week!
If anyone can identify this beetle, please let me know.

On The Screen
Coronation Street

By The Easy Chair
Dragonfly in Amber
by Diana Gabaldon

"The idea of a mass audience was really an invention of the Industrial Revolution."
David Cronenberg

Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Temperature: -18.3C
Visibility: 9.7 km
Humidity: 77 %
Wind Chill: -29
Dewpoint: -21.4C
Wind: NW 26 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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