January 28, 2009

Stuck in the Snow



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]

A quiet day here at Maggie's Smile. It is snowing. The plough went through while I was out for my walk, so the roads aren't too bad. When it snows heavily a white hush descends on the landscape. An occasional soft wind brings down clouds of fine white coldness.

The new washing machine is wonderful. I've been busy with load after load of laundry. Right now the living area is filled with racks of drying sheets and pillowcases. The moisture is very welcome, it has been very dry in the house for the last few weeks. So dry that I am suffering from nosebleeds almost every day.

It has snowed so much today that the car became stuck in the driveway, as Attila was leaving to go back to work after lunch. I watched for a few minutes then ran downstairs to put on my boots, parka and hat. I cannot push, but I can steer and apply my foot to the break and the gas pedals. It took twenty minutes of Attila digging and pushing to set the car free. There will be some snow shoveling going on tonight at our house.

The snowmobiles are roaring over the landscape and up and down the road in front of the house. Their use is purely recreational. Horribly noisy and very stinky, they are two stroke motors at their worst. And they move fast! One must be very careful to remain highly visible when they are speeding around, it is worth your life. The drivers don't seem the least concerned with air pollution or climate change; they are too busy having fun I suppose. It is very obvious how I feel about these machines. At least I can always hear where the pesky things are!

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Worldly Distractions

Evergreens laden with snow.
Another snowy day.

BBC Radio Scotland
I might be tempted to expand my listening experience via iTunes, but on dialup the signal is buffering most of the time and reception is extremely choppy, no joy in that.

By The Easy Chair
Dragonfly in Amber
by Diana Gabaldon

"Snow, snow over the whole land
across all boundaries.
The candle burned on the table,
the candle burned."
Boris Pasternak

Condition: Light Snow
Temperature: -8.5C
Pressure: 101.3 kPa falling
Visibility: 1.6 km
Humidity: 87 %
Wind Chill: -14
Dewpoint: -10.3C
Wind: E 11 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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