January 14, 2009

Minus Thirty Four



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]

It is very cold outside these four walls. The temperature in the house is still cozy, thanks to Attila's efforts with firewood yesterday. Even so, there is a chill creeping in across the floors, starting at the outside walls. My feet are cold, as are my ankles. The rest of me is comfortable. I am considering wearing my winter boots as slippers until we get through this cold spell.

At -34 C I won't be going out for a walk. I could, I have the warm clothing, I don't have the desire. Today is a treadmill day.

Attila likes to take a mid-morning nibble to work with him. The pumpkin loaf I baked last week got the seal of approval, so I've taken another tub of pumpkin out of the freezer. I will bake another pumpkin loaf today. The frozen pumpkin is at least five years old, one of our Halloween pumpkins when we lived in the city.

Another quiet day, a cozy day, a Mist-approved day.

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Wordly Distractions

Sunrise through the pines at -33 C
You can't see the cold in this dawn, but it is there, all -34 C degrees of it.

BBC Radio Scotland

By The Easy Chair
Dragonfly in Amber
by Diana Gabaldon

"If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking."
Lyndon B. Johnson
(1908 - 1973)

Condition: Sunny
Temperature: -34.6°C
Pressure: 102.3 kPa rising
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 66 %
Dewpoint: -38.8°C
Wind: 0 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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