December 12, 2009

After the Storm



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]

Here we are, tired but comfortable, after the storm.

It has been an eventful few days. We received over 80 cm of snowfall over a period of about 24 hours. That is a lot of snow, more snowfall in one day than I've ever seen in my life. Highways were closed last night, people who were traveling north were stranded. And it just kept on snowing.

Of course yesterday was one of those rare days that my employer called and offered me work. Well, how could I resist. It took over an hour to get the car cleared off and ready to go, then off I went. The roads were really bad, and visibility was poor. After arriving safely on site, I stayed till the very end of the day. Another hour was spent clearing the car for the second time that day. And then the drive home, very, very, very slow on snow packed roads with very poor visibility. Attila was waiting for me when I arrived home. How lucky I was to come home to a smiling face and hot meal!

The Internet connection remained strong and true, as did all of our utilities and services; we were very lucky.

Attila had to work this morning. After a hearty lunch he began to deal with the snow. The deck took several hours to clear. The job required constant vigilance, lest the snow on the roof come crashing down and injure Attila.

Once the deck was cleared of snow, Attila moved on to work on the driveway. Once the driveway was cleared of snow Attila moved on to splitting wood. Once the wood was split Attila toted it into the house and set the evening fire. Attila had a very busy day.

My day was a very quiet one. I spoke briefly with Caitrìona early in the morning, to wish her a safe journey south. I had a lovely chat with Helena, and truly enjoyed that she is enjoying herself. I fiddled about on the computer for a while, puttered around the house, putting this and that away in its rightful place.

After such a day I am glad of Attila's company as we sit in front of the evening fire. Mist shares the sentiment.

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Worldly Distractions

Shoveling off the deck.
It's everywhere!!!

On The Screen
starring Kathy Bates

"Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing."
Redd Foxx
(1922 - 1991

-10 C
Wind: SE 7km/h
Sunrise: 7:45
Sunset: 16:35
Relative Humidity: 92%
Pressure: 102.64 kPa
Visibility: 13.0

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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