Thursday,
July 16, 2009

Work, and nothing but.

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Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:

REALTOR.ca
[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]

Attila and I are working every day of the week between us. This can be very complicated as we have only one vehicle and it is the only mode of transportation available. Our evenings are the only time we see one another. I would never willingly choose such a rigorous schedule, particularly at my time of life, but times are very hard and we do what we can, when we can.

On Tuesday evening Attila and I headed for the hills after our evening meal. We picked about two pounds of wild blueberries, which will be lovely in blueberry pancakes this winter.

Another infection is raging underneath one of my teeth, one that recently received an expensive root canal. They can save the tooth, if I see a "specialist". Insanity. I won't be seeing any specialist, as I cannot pay for such treatment. As things stand now, I'll work every weekend all summer long and not make enough to pay the dental bills incurred by the most economical dental treatments. I would not count this as one of my better summers. Still, each day brings a little joy in one form or another.

It has been a quiet summer, with no visitors at all. Very different from last summer. The failing economy is having an impact on everyone's lifestyle.

Attila and I have planted a little garden on our deck. We have basil, chives and tomato plants in planters. The deck is not accessible to wildlife, so we are hoping to actually harvest the crop. It is very pretty, looking out the window at the pots and greenery.

I've been applying for another round of jobs, even had an interview. Nothing has come of any of these efforts.

The mosquitoes have declined in number and that is a blessing indeed. It is particularly nice since Attila is still bringing in fire wood for the winter. Working outside has become a more pleasant experience.

The temperatures have been generally very cool this summer so far. Personally, I'm loving it! However, the tourist industry is dominant here and this weather is definitely having a dampening effect on local businesses. Really though, we are having lots of bright sunny days with high temperatures around 20 C. There is much to enjoy in such weather as this.


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Terence (c. 185 or c. 195– B.C.)



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Pressure:100.8 kPa
Visibility: 10 km
Temperature: 17.0°C
Dewpoint:15.9°C
Humidity: 93 %
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Photography
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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 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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