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November 27, 2009

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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 had our H1N1 flu shots last Saturday. All my concerns in regards to my allergy and the vaccine were addressed after we arrived. The health unit nurses, and all the staff, were thorough, kind and competent. I received health care as I seldom experience it!

I was nauseous all day Sunday and slept a lot; Attila felt no ill effect. Our arms were sore for a few days, but only to the point of mild irritation.

My annual Breast Screening took place last week and happily the reports have come back with the all clear.

My morning was stressful, as I attempted to make an online purchase. I tried calling in the order, to Staples, but they did not answer the telephone in a timely manner. So, I decided to try ordering online. It was quick and easy, but the fine print didn't come to my attention until the confirmation email arrived. That was when I discovered that free shipping had been discontinued for our area. After talking to them on the phone and discovering a significant shipping charge, I cancelled the order.

Next time I order anything online, from anywhere, I'll be calling to inquire about any offer of "free shipping". Rural life has a few significant drawbacks and the cost of shipping is one of them.

As I was sitting at the computer I caught, out of the corner of my eye, a large shape approaching the window to my right. I could not turn my head in time to see it clearly. It landed on the roof above my head and began to make a modest racket.

After working for a short time on the computer, I headed over to the kitchen to finish off the morning dishes, around 12:10 p.m. Just outside the kitchen window a large barred owl sat with her back to me. I believe she was the creature who had landed on the roof just over my head, a short time before. As I watched, her head swiveled and a pair of dark penetrating eyes locked my gaze, lost interest and moved on to survey the forest floor below.

She sat immobile on the same branch, all but for her head, for more than twenty minutes; she surveyed the forest floor below, with a sweeping 360 degree gaze.

I watched her for a while, from the window and took a few photos. When I moved on to other tasks around the house, I found myself coming back to the kitchen window to gaze at her, until I returned one time to see that she had gone.

The high-speed internet connection continues to entertain. Google Earth is now accessible, what fun for a geographer!


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Worldly Distractions

Barred Owl Ontario Canadian Shield
Morning messenger, Barred Owl outside my kitchen window.



Airwaves
Embrasse-Moi
Edith Piaf



Quote
"These notices had been written by Christopher Robin, who was the only one in the forest who could spell; for Owl, wise though he was in many ways, able to read and write and spell his own name WOL, yet somehow went all to pieces over delicate words like MEASLES and BUTTEREDTOAST."
A. A. Milne
Winnie-the-Pooh
1926



Weather
2 C
Condition: Light Rain
Pressure: 100.5 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 15 km
Temperature: 2.0C
Dewpoint: 1.1C
Humidity: 94 %
Wind: NW 17 km/h

 

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Photography
Poetry
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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