December 7, 2009

Still snowing...



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]

It is still snowing! Attila had to shovel the end of the driveway to get the car in when he came home for lunch. He is out there now, shoveling in the dark. Honestly, what would I do without him! When he finishes with the shoveling he will split the wood for the evening fire. Then he will put his feet up for a short while, before he falls asleep.

We had a lovely lunch today. A small and ancient free range chicken (I thought I had already cooked all the heritage food!) provided me with enough meat and stock to make three casseroles of chicken alfredo. Each casserole will provide us with three meals. Lets see, that is nine hearty, delicious and satisfying meals from a scrawny little boiling chicken.

The catch is, it is a LOT of work to prepare food from "scratch". It took several days and many hours to cook the chicken, remove the meat from the carcass, remove the fat from the broth, cook the vegetables and make the sauce. Well worth the effort. However, were I working full time I would find the whole process overwhelming.

I had a nice long chat with Terra today. She is very excited about the course she wants to take. Did I ever have that much energy!?! Terra reminds me of myself at that age; bursting with plans and ideas. Good for her.

The mail brought some good news with it today. I received another purchase order for the book I wrote and self-published. I have had two sets of five books printed, provided one copy to Library and Archives Canada and have sold all the rest but one, which I will now sell. The number of sales has caught me by surprise, although only eight copies have been sold, that is far more than I expected for an obscure genealogical tome.

A letter arrived to inform me that I have successfully passed my certification exams! Wonderful! Business is very slow, but I am optimistic that it will pick up eventually. Having professional certification has given me the pat on the back I needed.

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Worldly Distractions

snow on the deck
The eye of the camera captures snow shoveling progress after dark.

"The wisest man could ask no more of Fate
Than to be simple, modest, manly, true,
Safe from the Many—honored by the Few;
To count as naught in World or Church or State;
But inwardly in secret to be great."
James Russell Lowell (1819–1891)

Weather -1 C
Light Snowshower
Pressure: 101.9 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility :6 km
Temperature: -1.0C
Dewpoint: -1.4C
Humidity: 97 %
Wind: S 9 km/h
Wind Chill: -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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