February 28, 2009

Leap Year



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]

The last day of February is always a good day, and it is even better when it comes a day early. The weather has given us a sunny and very cold day. It is beautiful to look at, but you wouldn't want to visit. Tonight the temperature is to dip to -26 C. The flames are dying in the second fire of the day, and we will need a third fire tonight.

The weather is to remain this cold until the end of next week.

Now, I knew winter wasn't going anywhere, that is was staying right here, close to home during the month of March. At our house spring is a dirty word until the first of April.

Attila is in the other room toiling over the business taxes. He laughs and tells me that if we made a profit he wouldn't know how to fill out the forms! Funny yes, and sadly true.

We will have to approach our personal tax returns at the end of March. No money coming back to us, I am afraid. We are just praying we don't owe the government too much, because there isn't a spare penny around here these days.

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Worldly Distractions

Cat lying in a cardboard box.
Mist in a box.
Of course, the fact that this particular box is right in front of my computer screen is just gravy. Note the nonchalance, Mist's specialty.

The hum and rumble of the old fridge in the corner of the room.

By The Easy Chair
Treading Water
by Anne DeGrace

"We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes."
Leona Helmsley
(b. 1920)

-8 C
Wind: W 6km/h
Sunrise: 6:56
Sunset: 18:03
Relative Humidity: 34%
Pressure: 102.86 kPa
Visibility: 14.0 km
Ceiling: unlimited

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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