Saturday, March 7, 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]

Today it rained. The snow is melting, melting, melting. Attila and I are enjoying this way too much!

I've baked two loaves of bread, and managed to get a lot of filing done. And then there was email. Since I've been busy with retraining I haven't been picking up my mail as often as I usually do. 748 spam messages to download and discard. The spam software at my hosting company isn't working all that well, in my opinion.

Attila and I are having a lot of fun going through the spare bedroom and purging by layer. The spare bedroom is presently used for storage. We did the first pass of our purge on Wednesday night, removing a large volume of empty boxes which are slated for recycling. Tonight we took out three boxes of jars, juice jars, jam jars, all kinds of washed and saved jars. They too are slated for recycling.

I like clearing this room out in stages. It is less stressful to give up only one kind of accumulated junk, and then give myself time to recover from the loss. Attila and I are hoarders, we keep almost everything. We have now decided it is time to claim some of our space back for everyday life.

To my absolute horror, I found a bag of turkey drumsticks in the freezer. These are only a year old, but honestly, I thought I'd found ALL the geriatric food! I have them simmering now, and will use the broth and cubed meat to make a turkey pot pie for dinner this week.

So, we have had a quiet Saturday at home, almost gleefully watching the rain melt away the snow.

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Worldly Distractions

Yellow Chrhysanthemum
Bright and Cheery

On The Screen
Home Alone 3
Just not the same as the first movie.

"Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least you will, by such conduct, stand the best chance for such consequences."
Benjamin Franklin
[I wish there was a guarantee with that! Modern North America seems to reward the opposite behavior.]

3 C
Light rain
Wind: SE 7km/h
Sunrise: 6:43
Sunset: 18:13
RelHumidity: 87%
Pressure: 101.22 kPa
Visibility: 8.0 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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