January 25, 2009

Chef for a Day



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, Mist and I are having a quiet day in, which only makes sense with the snow squall warning in effect.

Attila is cooking today, which he really enjoys. He still has some snow removal to attend to, but he is waiting until after the snow plow has gone by. Because the weather is not frigid, Attila can get away with only two fires today. All this adds up to a few spare minutes on his day off, and he has decided that he wants to use that recreational time cooking. He is chef for a day. Lucky me.

Since I am staying out of the kitchen, and out the way of my personal chef, I have the opportunity to scour the living area. I am throwing out the items we don't need, storing things we want to keep and making what is left neat and tidy. Where does all this stuff come from anyway!! I surely don't know, as I step outside the door but once a week at most. I don't bring it into the house. And the only thing I see Attila bringing into the house are the firewood, a few groceries and mail. It is a mystery.

Perhaps I should keep a log, recording each piece of flotsam and jetsam to determine the source of this relentless chaos. I'll probably forget though, it will take less effort to scour the place occasionally.

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Worldly Distractions

The Decadent Grape
The Decadent Grape: A Fractal Study

On The Screen
Wonder Boys

By The Easy Chair
Dragonfly in Amber
by Diana Gabaldon

"In winter we lead a more inward life. Our hearts are warm and cheery, like cottages under drifts, whose windows and doors are half concealed, but from whose chimneys the smoke cheerfully ascends.... We enjoy now, not an Oriental, but a Boreal leisure, around warm stoves and fireplaces, and watch the shadow of motes in the sunbeams."
Henry David Thoreau

Condition: Light Snow
Temperature: -11.1C
Pressure 102.0 kPa falling
Visibility: 1.4 km
Humidity: 88 %
Wind Chill: -19
Dewpoint: -12.7C
z Wind: NNW 21 km/h

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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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