September 1, 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]

My dental surgery went well. This morning I went in for a post-op checkup and the dentist said things seem to be healing normally. I am still taking painkillers, I am on a fluid diet and there is still some bleeding, but it hasn't been a week yet. Hopefully this will put an end to the infections and horrid medications.

The fluid diet is healthy, but tiresome. Every morning I make a smoothie, with a banana, peaches and 1% milk. For lunch I've been drinking a mug full of cauliflower cheese cream soup that I made for myself. Dinner is a cornstarch milk pudding with a generous addition of egg whites to keep my protein intake high. In between meals I am drinking vegetable juice, cherry juice and water. It all tastes great but now I'm getting bored and find myself craving solid food. Not for another week or so though.

I'll be back at work on Thursday, and I have my fingers crossed that I'll have the stamina to stick it out. I'm going to give it my best shot.

The surgery has dominated my thoughts and actions for the past week. Actually, it has been on my mind all summer. Not a particularly pleasant undertone for the summer. It is all over and hopefully done with now, and the best part is that we did manage to earn enough money to pay the bill in its' entirety. No loan needed for health care! I was very lucky to have that little weekend job.

Today seems like fall, and it is very cool at night. We have put the cozy comforter back on the bed, and we have needed it for the last few nights.

A lot of things seem up in the air at the moment. I am waiting for the insurance claim on the trailer to progress, maybe next week the adjuster says. I am looking forward to eating solid food again in the next few weeks. I am waiting to hear the status of an exam I recently wrote. I am beginning to study for another certification exam I will sit for in October. And last, but certainly not least, I am waiting for our third grandchild to arrive. Any time now, any time. Safe journey Luna and little one.

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Worldly Distractions

Deck Tomato
The deck garden is coming along nicely. Here is our largest tomato and in the background are the three pots of basil. Not a large harvest, but a satisfying one nonetheless. I can't wait to bite into that tomato!

On The Screen
The Survivors
with Robin Williams and Walter Mathau

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The soul that rises with us, our life’s star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar.
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory, do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy.
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

20 C
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 102.6 kPa Tendency: steady
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 20.0C
Dewpoint: 10.0C
Humidity: 52 %
Wind: W 15 km/h
Sunrise: 6:39
Sunset: 19:55


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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