February 13, 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]


Cabin fever makes you do strange things. So, if you see an old woman in a bathing suit, lying stretched out on a beach towel in the full sun, beside a glass door, ignoring the snow piled just a few feet from her head, with a festive wine glass full of cherry juice and soda by her side, listening to deafening renditions from the "Beach Boys", well ...

If this is too much for you, avert your eyes, carry on with whatever you were doing. Pretend it never happened.

We did get to the library last night. The roads were poor on the trip there but were clear by the time we headed home. I took out several movies to watch the time away, and a couple of books to try out the author's work. A satisfying trip, the first since last Friday.

I am feeling guilty because I haven't made it in for a blood test my doctor requested. It has been several months since he gave me the forms, and I just haven't gotten all the factors together to actually fast, arrange for the car, experience good roads and make the one hour trip to the lab.

Too many obstacles to overcome. I fast then the transportation falls through due to weather. The weather turns nice but I haven't fasted. The one hour drive to the lab is just too much for me in the winter, particularly when a nights fasting is required and must be planned for in advance. Still, I feel guilty and hope that some important problem isn't being overlooked due to my failure to succeed in getting to the lab.

Life without any transportation at your disposal is very difficult.

The web site I am working on is coming along nicely, at least the design is coming along. Moving data from a database to plain html files is going to take some doing, and hopefully it will be worthwhile.

So, today will bring a fully parka'd walk in the sunshine, a sink full of dishes, a bit of jig saw puzzle solving and continued efforts on the web site makeover. Not a bad day.

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Worldly Distractions

Snow bank outside my window.
Beach towel view or
a portrait of cabin fever.
[Sorry, no bathing suit pics! Imagine a beauty though, that is how I see myself; as we all should, I think.]

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
performed by June Tabor

On The Screen
starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges

By The Easy Chair
No-More-Than-4 Ingredient Recipes: A Cookbook for Kitchen Klutzes
by Joy Gallagher Douglas
[Some recipes from raw ingredients - yes! Also some recipes using mixes (chemicals, sugar, bad fats etc.) - boo!]

"To create man was a quaint and original idea, but to add the sheep was tautology."
Mark Twain
[Samuel Langhorne Clemens]

Condition: Sunny
Temperature: -13.1C
Pressure: 101.9 kPa rising
Visibility: 14.5 km
Humidity: 75 %
Wind Chill: -20
Dewpoint: -16.6C
Wind: NNW 15 km/h
Air Quality Index: 0

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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