February 27, 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]

I've been racing the clock trying to get that web site I've been working on up and running. Did it! It is redesigned, populated, debugged, sitemaped and uploaded. Phew!

On these computer projects I lose all sense of perspective when nearing completion. I am still sitting here in my pajamas. I did eat though, and I have remembered to drink several glasses of water over the course of the day. And I managed to bake two loaves of bread and make a turkey pot pie for dinner. Not too shabby.

Next week I plan on switching gears, and beginning a course of study. I'm not quite sure what the focus will actually be, but I am excited to get started. And I know that once I do start, all my other projects will fade into complete obscurity for a little while. That is why I wanted the site redesign wrapped up today, so that I can have a few days down time before I jump into something else.

To my dismay, earlier this week I discovered one more frozen package of geriatric food, a very old turkey carcass. I cooked it overnight in the crockpot, removed any meat, saved the broth and threw out the bone, skin and grizzle. I have made two lovely meals with the meat and broth! Turkey pot pie is easy and delicious. Now, I think that was the very last geriatric relic to be found in the freezer. I have my fingers crossed.

It rained hard all morning and then just before noon the temperature began to drop. By noon it was -4 C and tonight it is supposed to go down to -21 C. We have had two fires already today and this evening we will do a third burn. It is to remain this cold until mid-week next week. this the end of week 8 of the Twelve Weeks of Winter Tour de Force, and there are only four weeks of winter left to navigate.

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Worldly Distractions

Yellow Chrysanthemums Yellow Mums by the window.

By The Easy Chair
Treading Water
by Anne DeGrace
[This book captures the experiences and people of my childhood like no other. I laughed, I cried and I missed my childhood and my grandparents more than I can say.]

"On the farm I had learned how to meet realities without suffering either mentally or physically. My initiative had never been blunted. I had freedom to succeed—freedom to fail. Life on the farm produces a kind of toughness."
Bertha Van Hoosen

Partly cloudy
Feels Like: -21
Wind: N 33km/h
Sunrise: 6:58
Sunset: 18:02
Relative Humidity: 72%
Pressure: 101.71 kPa
Visibility: 14.0 km
Ceiling: 1300 ft

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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