March 27, 2009

Sunshine and Rain



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]

We are starting our day with sunshine. By this afternoon the weather people say it will be raining. Not a t bad deal really, because none of it is snow.

I have been working hard at my training and find myself very, very tired at the end of each day. At first I thought it was my age catching up with me. However, a classmate finds she is feeling exactly the same way, and she is thirty something. The course is stressful, with a lot of physical skills to pick up quickly and mountains of theory to read through in a short period of time. The theory must be retained and incorporated into the physical skill end of things. I have moments when I feel I am crazy to begin something this new to me, at my age! But it is what I want to do and so it is what I am doing.

My quotations for today reflect my immediate environment. I am now exposed daily to a female who indulges in long winded boasts. Bragging is one of the most boring forms of monologue that I know. I am trying to think kind thoughts.

The heating season is slowing down now. This means that instead of getting up at 5:00 a.m. to burn our morning fire, we can skip it altogether and sleep in till 6:00 a.m. Attila feels he is now living in luxury.

When I am not actually in class my nose in in a book. I have to juggle this studying with bread making and I am still managing to intermittently work on tasks such as washing dishes and filing. When both Attila and I are busy outside the home things can become quite neglected and chaotic.

During the winter I planted some basil seeds in a pot, with one large seed that I had saved from our cyclamen plant. The basil never did come up, but the cyclamen did! I had saved what I thought was the seed because I thought it so pretty. Now I know it was a seed.

You just never know what will grow where!

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Worldly Distractions

sunshine in the bush
Spring sunshine!

By The Easy Chair
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

"Boast is always a cry of despair except in the young, when it is a cry of hope."
Quoted by Umberto Morra Conversations with Bernard Berenson

"There is also this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

-5 C
Condition: Clear
Pressure: 101.6 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 6 km
Temperature: -5.1C
Dewpoint: -5.9C
Humidity: 94 %
Wind: calm

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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