February 10, 2009

Ice Awning



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 has been a day of contrast. This morning, as we sat in front of the fire drinking our coffee, there arose such a clatter! The noise came from the chimney, and I immediately thought, "Oh no, a chimney fire!". This is, of course, highly unlikely to occur with a masonry heater. The noise was hundreds of tiny ice pellets hitting the metal chimney cover. The freezing rain we had been warned to watch for was coming down.

Here is it is, later in the day, and the sun is shining brightly. How very different from this morning.

And the temperature is above freezing today. Which means the ice awning on the south side of the house hung lower and lower as the day went by, until it crashed down onto the deck, to spectacular effect. Just ask Mist about it, she must have jumped a foot into the air from a dead sleep.

Attila asked me at lunch what I had been up to. Nothing much, is what I told him. But then I thought about it. Nothing much means, in this case, washing up yesterday's dishes, baking two loaves of bread, editing a web site, responding to email messages, collecting food from the freezer and the cold room (the back kitchen) for tonight's dinner and wading through a huge email download over a dialup connection. I guess that in my personal dictionary nothing means doing the things that need doing and not coming up with anything new. I'm not being fair to myself.

Over the weekend we finally got out to the bank, grocery store and the Canadian Tire store to do a bit of shopping. I had been biding my time, waiting for an opportunity to shop for a humidifier. The house has been so dry with the very cold winter. I've been suffering nosebleeds and an incredible amount of static electricity has been making life uncomfortable. We needed a humidifier.

The price took my breath away! The most inexpensive unit I found on the shelf was over $50.00, and definitely out of our financial comfort zone. Attila however, with his usual eye for value, found an alternative, the lowly vaporizer, at $19.99. Basically just a plastic tub with a heating element and an electric cord, this is very basic technology. It has been steaming away in the corner since Sunday. The nosebleeds are gone. The static electricity is gone. The associated problems are resolved.

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Ice Awning Just Before the Crash
This is the ice awning, just before it came down with a crash. The ice is three to four inches thick.

"Sunshine cannot bleach the snow,
Nor time unmake what poets know."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Condition: Light Rain
Temperature: -2.4C
Pressure: 100.0 kPa
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 86 %
Wind Chill: -7
Dewpoint: -4.4C
Wind: SE 15 km/h

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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

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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

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"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 Peterme.com 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."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging

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