February 12, 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]


Another whole day got right by me.

This entry is about tautology and the incredible shrinking world of cabin fever.

I've gone into hibernation now. I no longer crave human contact, my inner, quite realistic, self has given it up as hopeless. After I talk with people on the phone I cry. No reason. I just cry. Cabin fever is sneaky and not to be outwitted by logic in any form.

Other than that all is well. I cook, I clean, I do the email thing, I surf the web and putter around in the same confined space, day after day.

Oh yes, today's very big, edge of your chair, knew you were waiting for it, news; the huge ice awning on the north side of the house fell to the ground this afternoon! I am very pleased, as I can see the sky again on that side of the house.

The project I was working on yesterday distracted me from my own thoughts and feelings. I am revamping one of my web sites. The site has been based on unix forum software and I just have not been happy with its performance. Also, mysql databases aren't exactly simple to use, compared to the plain old text file. And databases get corrupted to boot. So I'm redesigning from the ground up with html and css. It keeps me busy, and when things go right I have a feeling of accomplishment, however tautological that may be.

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Worldly Distractions

Large storage jar.
The storage jar on the right was originally full of relish, or pickles, I can't remember which. It is difficult to find food sold in 6 L jars these days; storage jars are now made out of plastic, not glass.
I've been looking for more of these large glass jars for years now, and haven't found one yet. Well, that is not exactly true, I did find one at a used goods store, but the fellow wanted $5.00 for an old jar with a rusty lid!
The jar on the left, in the picture above, is a 1.5 L wide mouthed mason jar.

BBC Radio Scotland

"Life is precious to the old person. He is not interested merely in thoughts of yesterday’s good life and tomorrow’s path to the grave. He does not want his later years to be a sentence of solitary confinement in society. Nor does he want them to be a death watch."
Dr David Allman, President, Amer Medical Assn

Condition: Light Rain
Temperature: 3.7C
Pressure: 98.8 kPa rising
Visibility: 6.4 km
Humidity: 95 %
Dewpoint: 2.9C
Wind: N 18 km/h gust 30 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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