June 2, 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]

The present stall in the proceedings around here has been difficult to digest. One advantage to this general hush is that I am forced to quell the fires of activity; they were in danger of burning out of control. Focus is a wonderful tool, it can move mountains. However, there is a time and a place for focus. I am not presently in that time or place.

To restore comfort to my existence I have come up with a cunning plan. I rummaged about in the back room and found an small empty cardboard box. I brought the box out and placed it on my desk. I took out my pen and a pad of sticky notes. I began to write. One sticky note after another received a scribble and was then assigned to the cardboard box. Each scribble described an activity that is dependent on another person's accomplishment, that accomplishment being a crucial step in the progress of my plans.

The cardboard box is my worry-box. Each time one of those people I'm waiting on manages to accomplish what they have promised, I'll open the worry-box and worry out the stickies pertaining to that particular promise. Only then will I refocus and proceed with my plans.

This morning the sun is struggling to emerge from the clouds. It has been cold for the season, the house was 15 C all day yesterday. Attila built a fire in the little wood stove last night, which brought the temperature up to a comfortable level for the evening. The house cooled again though, which provided excellent sleeping conditions for the night. Attila and I both had a wonderful night's sleep.

Today I am baking bread. This will help to warm the house. I have a few things left on my to do list that I can actually accomplish as a result of my own efforts; I will focus on those tasks today. On my list are: washing dishes, baking for Attila's lunches, laundry, and printing the genealogy book that should have been completed last August (I have a new printer cartridge).

That should keep me busy!


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Worldly Distractions

striped sunlight falling on the pine hutch
This morning's cheer.

On The Screen
Northern Exposure
Season Six

By The Easy Chair
The Whirlpool
by Jane Urquhart

"The habits of self discipline, as laborious and frustrating as they were to achieve, offered the only real possibility of keeping children safe from their own excesses as well as the omnipresent dangers of society."
Mary Kay Blakely

Partly cloudy
Wind: N 6km/h
Sunrise: 5:33
Sunset: 20:57
Relative Humidity: 93%
Pressure: 101.92 kPa
Visibility: 14.0 km
Ceiling: 900

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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