May 24, 2009

Breathing Out



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 graduated. That I have reached this turning point has not really registered with me yet, I have not begun to wind down yet. I will though. Around about Wednesday it will come to me that I do not have to make the white-knuckle drive every morning, or repeat it every afternoon. I've been holding my breath, screwing up my courage and energy every day to make the commute. Now I am breathing out.

Last night Attila and I enjoyed a rare night out. We can count the number of night's out in the last five years on one hand, perhaps two if we reallly broaden the definition of a night out.

We attended a house concert, to hear James Gordon perform. It was about an hour drive from home, so it was quite manageable. A wonderful evening. The hostess and host are lovely people, their home warm, welcoming and perfect for a solo performer. This was the first time we had seen James perform live, and we were not disappointed.

Today the weather is perfect. It is sunny and warm. There is a gentle breeze that jostles the newly opened leaves. The black flies are fierce. The mosquitoes breathtakingly numerous. However, we can enjoy sitting out in our screened in porch.

I've been filing and organizing all day. My little RSP matured while I was writing exams and it completely slipped my attention. The reinvestment they signed me up for is disappointing, 1.3%. Consdering they are charging me over 19% on the credit card debt, I have to wonder why such a breathtaking disparity is legal. Shouldn't be.

Attila has just installed a new light in the screened in porch. It is a solar light with a switch. We have no light at the back door, in the screened in porch. Arriving home after dark is always a fumble, to find the keyhole. We are hoping this light will work year round and provide us with unlocking-the-door illumination.

I have been experimenting with making my own shampoo. The chemicals in store bought shampoos are just too scary. My first attempts failed miserably, leaving my hair waxy and matted. At that point I had to give up the project for a while, as I needed to look my best to attend my training program. Now that I am free again, I have taken up the home made shampoo project once more. Today I met with real success. I mixed one part tap water and one part castile soap. I used about a quarter cup of this mixture, to wash my hair twice. Then I rinsed with 2 tablespoons of vinegar mixed with 1 1/2 cups of warm water. I rinsing twice by using half of the rinse mixture each time. My hair is clean and soft.

On Friday Helena had surgery. Safe and sound now, she was in the operating room for a little over four hours. By all accounts she is feeling better every day and hopes to be home soon. Catriona has Ariel's recovery well in hand, covering all the bases for her until she is back on her feet.

Attila has a roast in the oven and is preparing the vegetables, which he will add soon. The house smells wonderful!

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On The Screen
Northern Exposure
Sixth Season Episodes

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

"The effect of having other interests beyond those domestic works well. The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be ones appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship."
Amelia Earhart (18971937)

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Wind gusts: 31km/h
Sunrise: 5:39
Sunset: 20:49
Relative Humidity: 35%
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Visibility: 14.0 km

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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