Monday, April13, 2009

Feast or Famine



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]

During the winter months Attila and I lead a life of isolation. Our way of life is constrained by weather, a shared vehicle, low-income, health issues (my allergy), geographic location, heating method (wood) and Attila's heavy work load. You might say we experience a social famine from Christmas until the spring thaw.

Last summer, our lives became socially active for the first time in many, many years. A welcome feast season. This spring, our feast season began when I began my training program. Suddenly human contact was a daily experience.

This past weekend was a very busy one for us. Harriet and Hogan dropped by on their way to the cottage and then again on their way back. Our daughters, their husbands, the grand kids and the grand dogs arrived to share an Easter dinner. We had a full and very happy house for a few days. Wonderful.

My studies occupy much of my time and I am truly looking forward to completing the course by the summer. I am not as young as I used to be and find that the daily drive and added hours of home study leave me tired right out at the end of the day. No worries though, it is going well and I am enjoying my newly learned skills.

The temperatures are still dipping to -6 C or so. This means we must continue to burn wood and heat the house. We are now using next year's fuel supply. Attila says it is the same with everyone around here this spring, due to the extremely long winter.

Today the sun his shining and I am at home with Mist. We are having a quiet day of puttering. I have some studying to do tonight, but not while the sun shines!

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Worldly Distractions

Imp & Elf on an Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter Egg Hunt

"A family with an old person has a living treasure of gold."
Chinese Proverb
(for my Mom)

2 C
Feels Like: -
Wind: N 4km/h
Sunrise: 6:35
Sunset: 20:00
Rel Humidity: 41%
Pressure: 102.56 kPa
Visibility: 14.0 km
Ceiling: unlimited

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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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