March 31, 2009

School Days



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 am not writing as much this month, and I miss it. I've been hitting the books pretty hard, and nearly burned myself out. A lot of the material is high school level biology, physics and chemistry, used to be Grade 13, which doesn't exist anymore in Ontario. High school is a long time ago and although the information looks familiar, and is extremely easy to understand, it must be carefully reviewed.

On top of all that I've been practicing new skills. That in itself is not so difficult. What is difficult is being left handed in a class taught by a right handed person. She keeps trying to explain things reversed, without provocation, which is a waste of our time. I need to see things demonstrated the right handed way, and do the reversals myself. I've been doing this all my life and I am good at it. She isn't very skilled at mirror images and we all end up frustrated. Her heart is in the right place.

I'll get through it, no doubt about that. It won't be fun though, not by a long shot.

It is the last day of March! Hooray! Lets hope the snow storms are over for this year. Of course, until the middle of April it is anyone's guess as to whether a snow storm will pop up.

Right now though, the sun is shining and the snow is melting. We can see small bits of the lawn here and there. The deck is completely clear of snow and even though it is chilly, I venture out where I can to hear the birds sing and feel the stiff breeze.

Last weekend Attila and I carted brush from the pine branch (1 1/2 foot diameter branch) that fell last winter during a wind storm. We managed to gather and discard all the small branches that were not still encased in ice. The rest of the wood from the branch will be chopped for next winter's kindling.

Today I've been taking things easy. No studying today. I have applesauce simmering in the crockpot. I've managed to wash and dry three loads of laundry.

I am also tackling a little chore that has been put off since we moved here. Organizing the keys. I have tags on some of them, no problem there. But there are quite a few keys with no tags and what they are for I do not know. I spent a few hours trying keys in locks, comparing keys, labeling what I could. However, a small pile of mystery keys remain. Maybe Attila knows what they are for. Maybe not.

Today we received news that Frank will been made redundant at his workplace. This is harsh news, and we are thinking of him all the way over there in England, which does not seem so merry today.

Tomorrow is April, at last!

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Worldly Distractions

On The Screen
Northern Exposure
Mite Makes Right

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

"Studious to please, yet not ashamed to fail."
Samuel Johnson

Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 102.4 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 15 km
Temperature: 2.3C
Dewpoint: -3.0C
Humidity: 68 %
Wind: SSE 15 km/h


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 Peterme.com 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."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging

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