December 6, 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]

This is one of Attila's rare two-day weekends. We are making the most of it.

Yesterday we traveled to an urban center to make a few necessary purchases before Christmas. The scenery was beautiful. We enjoyed the ride, despite occasionally driving through driving snow, as the roads remained clear.

Attila has begun an overdue project, inserting insulated panels to board up the windows on the main floor of the house. We do this each winter as it would be impossible to heat the place with the immense heat loss we would experience to large and aged windows. The result allows us to keep the house reasonably warm throughout the winter. However, it is very dark in the rooms where the windows have been boarded up, so we tend not to use the main floor area of the house at all during the winter.

My Saturday morning was spent tweaking web pages. This is like doing dishes or making beds, it has to be done constantly. I find it relaxing though, so it does serve more than one purpose.

This morning Attila finished off boarding up the downstairs windows and will tackle the task of stapling plastic over the screens in the screened in porch, to keep the snow out during the winter. Also, Attila will be removing part of the deck railing to facilitate snow shoveling. Then, by our reckoning, we will be "winterized".

And none too soon it seems, as we are surrounded by snow squalls this morning.

Harriet and Hogan stopped by this morning to share a cup of coffee and a chat. They were on their way to their cottage. Hogan spent a few weeks in Florida with his brother and perhaps old man winter followed him back!

A chicken has been simmering in the crock pot since last night. It will be transformed into several chicken alfredo casseroles, comfort food for the cold snowy nights to come.

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Worldly Distractions
Snow Squall another one
Snow Squall, the sequel.

O Holy Night
performed by Johny Mathis

On The Screen
It's A Wonderful Life
starring Jimmy Stewart

"Round and round, like a dance of snow
In a dazzling drift, as its guardians, go
Floating the women faded for ages,
Sculptured in stone on the poet’s pages."
Robert Browning (1812–1889)
Women and Roses

-2 °C
Condition:Heavy Snow
Pressure: 102.1 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 0.2 km
Temperature: -2.0°C
Dewpoint: -2.4°C
Humidity: 97 %
Wind: WSW 8 km/h
Wind Chill: -5
Issued : 11.00 AM EST Sunday 6 December 2009
Snow squall warning in effect.
Today Flurries at times heavy and local snow squalls. Local amount 15 to 25 cm. Wind west 20 km/h. High plus 1.
Tonight Flurries at times heavy and local snow squalls ending this evening then cloudy. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light early this evening. Low minus 4.

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 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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