September 2, 2009

And still there are mosquitoes!



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]

When the tree top fell on my little trailer, the front window was smashed into thousands and thousands of small glass pieces. I picked up some of them last week, before my surgery. Attila took the shop vac out and vacuumed the lawn around the front of the trailer a few evenings ago. This morning I was out there with a pair of tweezers, attempting to remove the remaining shards and bits.

The mosquitoes eventually ended my project. I gave up after being bitten several times by the vicious little creatures. I think about West Nile virus, but living in the woods, with wetlands on our property, there is no escaping these bloodthirsty little beasts, no matter how hard we try. But goodness, September!

My fantasy is that we have already been exposed to the virus, suffered minor symptoms that we did not recognize as West Nile Virus and therefore have nothing to fear. How would you know?!

A lovely day out there today.

I have not heard from Annie in over two weeks and am now beginning to worry. Once I begin to worry patience flys out the window. Annie just moved house, and I know from reading the journals of other Brits that getting hooked up to the internet can take time after a move.. All the same, I am getting anxious to hear from her!

I have a list of small chores, but somehow have not quite managed to get any one of them completed. Hmm.. I haven't really started any of them either! Oh well, a day of rest (or is that confusion?) is in order I would think.

This morning I prepared a bowl of oatmeal for myself, then added some of it to my morning smoothie. I cannot handle a spoon in my mouth yet. Well, I can say that I prefer my oatmeal in bowl, eaten with a spoon. I am missing my morning oatmeal!

Tomorrow I return to work. I have my fingers crossed that I'll be able to handle it. I know I'll be bone tired by the end of the day. I should sleep well tomorrow night!

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Basil on a sunny morning, deck garden.

"From toil he wins his spirits light,
From busy day the peaceful night;
Rich, from the very want of wealth,
In heaven’s best treasures, peace and health. "
Thomas Gray (1716–1771)

19 C
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 102.7 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 15 km
Temperature: 19.0C
Dewpoint: 12.6C
Humidity: 66 %
Wind: NW 8 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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