January 15, 2009

Deep Freeze



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 was colder this morning than yesterday morning, but not by much. This morning it went down to -35; yesterday morning it went down to -34.6. Thank goodness there is no wind, although there is a breeze off the lake where Attila works.

Attila said he couldn't feel the temperature difference between yesterday and today. He is out there working in this weather; fortunately there is an unheated shelter at the workplace, so that he can warm himself, somewhat, every hour or so. Still, it is very hard on him and he is exhausted when he gets home from work. It doesn't help that he has had a cold for the last week or so. I am urging Attila to go to bed very early, after he sets the last fire for the day. The extra sleep will help him fight the bug that he has and help him get through these challenging days in the frigid outdoors.

As the frigidly cold weather continues, the house is cooling. I am still comfortable, all bundled up in a turtleneck, jacket, flannel pants, thick socks and lined slippers.

It is supposed to warm up to -16 C on Sunday night, which will be a very welcome change.

Heating with wood is a lot of work, which all falls on Attila's shoulders. Luckily, so far, there has been little snowfall, so that he has no extra snow shoveling to attend to as well.

I have been fighting the cold that caught Attila; and today I feel very tired and achy. With any luck this is the worst of it and tomorrow I'll feel much better.

I think it is time to throw caution to the wind and rustle up some comfort food; an 8 oz. all beef hamburger for Attila's lunch is just the thing.

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Wordly Distractions

By The Easy Chair
Dragonfly in Amber
by Diana Gabaldon

"Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain."
Mahatma Gandhi

Condition: Sunny
Temperature: -35.0C
Pressure: 102.7 kPa rising
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 63 %
Dewpoint: -39.6C
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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