July 7, 2009

Putting my feet up...



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]

After a very successful session at the dentist's office, I took one day to recover from the experience, another to visit Harriet's cottage and her family and friends and then returned to work at my little job. I've worked every day since until today. Today I am going to spend some time putting my feet up, with Mist on my lap and a cup of tea by my side.

My little job involves standing, constant and continuous standing. I have found that I can work for up to six or seven hours in a day and still refresh overnight. It is when I stand longer than seven hours in a day that I begin to wear out, not being able to fully recharge overnight. Saturday was such a day, I worked nine hours and am just today able to recoup a bit of the ground I lost. It feels really good to rest.

Since I worked the entire long weekend, and Attila had two days off work, Attila spent his time off landscaping the property. It certainly needed attention, and has not really received any for several years. He worked wonders in just two days. It looks lovely, very green, and lovely.

Attila and I attended a Pie Social to support the old school house that my mother attended and where my Grandmother and Aunts taught. It was built in 1874 and is the last one room school house of that era left standing in the district. I had not attended a Pie Social there for decades. The schoolhouse holds many memories for me; precious time spent with my Grandmother. It is such a simple thing, to spend time with those we love.

Attila says the pie was excellent, I have to take his word for it because I cannot indulge at such events, due to my allergy. We had a lovely time and a bit of a visit.

Today I am baking bread and puttering about with filing, paying bills, dusting and just generally tidying up after a week of neglecting our living space. This is fun, particularly since I can stop for a cuppa anytime I feel like it. When I was younger I felt guilty about taking breaks and doing nothing, relaxing. Those days are long gone!

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Worldly Distractions

On The Screen
Lie To Me
(More interesting than most shows that revolve around endless and senseless violence. Too bad the premise of the program couldn't revolve around something more interesting than violence.)


My Garden
A Garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!
Rose plot,
Fringed pool,
Ferned grot,
The veriest school of Peace; and yet the fool contends that God is not
Not God! in Gardens! when the eve is cool?
Nay, but I have a sign:
T is very sure God walks in mine."
John Bartlett

13 C
Pressure:100.7 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 15 km
Temperature: 13.0C
Dewpoint: 12.4C
Humidity: 96 %
Wind: WSW 9 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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