January 16, 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]

This morning I committed an act of foolishness, and now I am paying the price.

I have been leaving the hot water from our showers in the tub to cool, so that we can garner the maximum benefit from the heated water. The water now in the tub has cooled to room temperature, the room temperature in the bathroom. I decided to wash my feet in this water. I did not think this through. It seemed like the logical thing to do at the time. From the moment I stepped into the tub I knew it was a mistake. Ice, the water was just a bit warmer than ice.

My clean feet felt like ice blocks at the end of my legs. So I sat in front of the fireplace, drying feet extended out towards the warmth of the dying embers. It took a while, perhaps fifteen minutes, for my feet to warm. I warmed my clean socks too, then slipped my feet into the warm socks and slippers. Still, I am feeling a bit chilled and uncomfortable.

Sometimes, the easiest, most energy efficient way to get a job done, is not the best way way to get a job done. Silly me; and so ends the saga of the dirty feet.

The cold snap is slowly giving way to warmer temperatures. Last night the temperature only descended to -23.5 C. However, it will take us several days of diligent fire burning to warm the house up to a comfortable level again. While we do this I will be bundled up in layers of warm clothing, and will only expose my skin to warm water.

Last night Attila and I had a lovely, quiet time at the library. I like libraries. I like books. Attila is endlessly curious about the world. I am very much at home in libraries, having spent a significant proportion of my life happily busy within their walls.

Since I have a novel to read, I am concentrating on other types of books and magazines on our weekly visit to the library. Cookbooks that emphasize heart healthy meals and recipes, and magazines, were my focus this week. I found interesting information on domestic heating in the Yukon. They deal with much more severe weather conditions than we do, and find it necessary to maximize their domestic heating resources. Of course, most of the tips are primarily relevant to planning and building a new home. Still, the seeds of ideas can float in from anywhere.

Today I will bake a pumpkin loaf for Attila's mid-morning snacks, using some frozen pumpkin from 2003. Beef ribs and hamburger are thawing on the counter for BBQ beef ribs and Cabbage Roll Casserole, respectively. The frozen meat is only a few months old, as I am giving myself a break from inventing ways to eat geriatric frozen food. All the cooking and baking will help to warm the living area, and keep us supplied with comfort food.

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Wordly Distractions

View  from the kitchen window, central Ontario, Canada.
What I see from the kitchen window.

BBC Radio Scotland

By The Easy Chair
Dragonfly in Amber
by Diana Gabaldon

"We call it a Society; and go about professing openly the totalest separation, isolation. Our life is not a mutual helpfulness; but rather, cloaked under due laws-of-war, named “fair competition” and so forth, it is a mutual hostility."
Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881)
In my opinion this describes the present state of modern society; surely the species can do better than this? Some people already do.

Condition: Sunny
Temperature: -23.5C
Pressure: 102.8 kPa falling
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 68 %
Dewpoint: -27.7C
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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