September 22, 2009

First Day of Autumn



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]

We have been very busy. After working all but one day between us over the summer, I had thought that life would slow down after Labour Day long weekend. It did not.

I feel very lucky to have been hired for a new, occasional, on-call position that is year round. I am praying that I get enough hours to support the car that I must purchase to get to and from the job. We have decided to have faith and just do what we need to do to make it happen.

My little trailer was towed away by Henry, who had use for the appliances. We were quite happy that the trailer will be of use to someone, even in its present state. It is the end of an era for us. A door closes, a window opens.

Our friend Frank, in England, is the first person we know to have had the swine flu. He has recovered. He was quite ill for several days before receiving the tamiflu vaccine. His symptoms were not mild, nor were they life threatening.

Attila and I are busy. We are looking for our second vehicle, so that I can get back and forth to my new job. Attila is bringing in more firewood from the bush, as he felled several dying trees over the last few weeks. I have been diligently studying for my upcoming certification exams.

Yesterday I cooked a half bushel of beets, then quartered and froze them for the winter. I also have been drying a half bushel of parsley, which is then broken into flakes and stored dry. I baked bread this morning.

I am feeling a lot better now, after my dental surgery in August. The healing took a bit longer than anticipated, but I'm well on the road now and am experiencing very little pain.

Our visit to see Tink was a huge success. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting Tink and spending time with Imp and Elf who have just turned three. Falling in love is something I could do over and over and over again, my whole life through.

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Worldly Distractions
Raindrops in the morning.

"While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity."
Publius Syrus (42 B.C.)

21 C
Pressure: 101.9 kPa
Visibility: 10 km
Temperature: 21.0C
Dewpoint: 19.8C
Humidity: 93 %
Wind: W 5 km/h
Humidex: 28

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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