July 29, 2009

Coming up portulaca..



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 saying is "everything's coming up roses", but the only flowering plant I can see from the window is portulaca, so coming up portulaca it is.

My errant tooth has been extracted. It was a tough one, the former recipient of an expensive root canal. It was abscessed and the extraction was not a pleasant experience.

I drove myself home afterwards, slept fitfully and returned to work the following morning for a nine hour work day. The next day was a repeat of the nine hour work day. A six hour work day, a Sunday, followed that.

Sunday night was difficult. I was nauseous and the site of the extraction was beginning to throb. On Monday I felt nauseous off and on all day, the site of the extraction became more painful. I called the dentist office, another appointment was offered for Tuesday, which I declined. I cannot afford to pay to hear that I have "dry socket". I'll spend my time and money on trying to manage the pain.

Today, Wednesday, the nausea is gone. The dry socket is still a source of extreme discomfort. So far, I've only needed a few painkillers to get me by. Hopefully this condition will resolve itself, as I am following a careful regime of saltwater rinses and a strict soft food diet.

Tomorrow I return to work. I feel ready for it. I've been sleeping soundly for the last two nights and allowing myself to rest with my feet up for a few hours every day.

I made an interesting observation during a visit to Harriet's home. Her pots and pans are of similar vintage to my own, over 30 years old. But Harriet's pots sported handles firmly attached to the pot. My pot handles are very loose and wobbly after thirty years of constant use. They are perfectly good stainless steel pots and pans and should last my lifetime. But the handles have become a problem.

After having a very close look at Harriet's pot handles, I now have a very successful fix for loose pot handles! It is the toothed washer! Attila picked a few up from the hardware store, removed the screws from the pot handles and replaced them, adding a toothed washer. Worked like a charm!

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Worldly Distractions

"Everything's coming up portulaca!"
(New camera batteries!!)

"For myself I am an optimist—it does not seem to be much use being anything else."
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874–1965)

21 C
Pressure: 100.8 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 15 km
Temperature: 21.0C
Dewpoint: 14.5C
Humidity: 66 %
Wind: WNW 17 km/h

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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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