June 11, 2009

Out of Sorts



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]

They're tearing up the sidewalks around here! Not really, we don't have sidewalks. More like their replacing culverts and tearing out small trees to widen the road for the snow ploughs. All very good. The improved drainage will help control the mosquito population and the wider roads will help get us in and out of here after heavy snowfall. It is all good, except for the noise, backhoes and dump trucks are not quiet vehicles.

Attila is taking time during his lunch break to lay sheets of plywood on the decking over the side entrance. We hope this will protect anyone entering through that entrance, from the rain dripping off the roof in summer, and the snow melt from the deck in winter. It is a plan and we are hoping it will work.

Attila and I have been sleeping very well for the last week or so. It is wonderful. However, I have to wonder why I am so cranky, despite being well rested. I could analyze the possible reasons till the cows come home, but I doubt I'd come close to a satisfactory understanding. It is a mood and I hope it passes soon. Being cranky puts me out of sorts.

All the administrative issues I had been waiting on have been resolved satisfactorily, and in record time it seems. It did not feel that way at the time though, oh my no! I've been busy taking the sticky notes from the "worry box", executing each task systematically. The "worry box" is almost empty now!

Terra and Lares did visit over the past weekend and we had a lovely time. We all enjoy a good game of cards and played several games of four-handed euchre. Lots of laughter, lots of fun.

On Sunday Lares helped Attila with a few tasks that required four sets of hands and two strong backs. They made quick work of that.

Terra and I worked on clearing the back bedroom. I had anticipated moving junk from one area to another. Terra had other ideas, and her ideas were better than mine. She supervised the sorting, stacking and organizing of all that stuff. She convinced me that my packratiness was out of control. I don't know how much we discarded, because she insisted that Attila remove each growing pile of discards before I could have any second thoughts. It worked a charm and I haven't missed a thing! Terra took some of the items that she could use, and will deliver others to charitable organizations.

Terra has became this person, this efficient, capable, kind and caring person. And I am here, healthy and aware and able to appreciate how wonderful that is.

I've thawed some of the pickerel Attila and I caught in the Hudson Bay Lowlands. I'll bake it with lots of pepper and garlic and serve it with basmati rice and peas. There will be leftovers for tomorrow's lunch!

I think I'll have a little sit down in the porch, with a refreshing drink of Ontario black cherry juice, mixed with clear soda water; this is my favorite beverage. I'll listen to the birds for a bit. At least, I'll listen to the birds during the breaks taken by the dump truck and back hoe operators!

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Worldly Distractions

The constant drone of mosquitoes, on the OTHER side of the screen.

On The Screen
Coronation Street

"Here in this swarthy, secret tent,
Where black boughs flap the ground,
You shall draw the thorn from my discontent,
Surgeon me sound."
D. H. Lawrence
Amores 1916

20 C
A few clouds
Feels Like: -
Wind: W 11km/h
Sunrise: 5:30
Sunset: 21:03
Relative Humidity: 53%
Pressure: 101.05 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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