December 14, 2009

Still digging ourselves out.



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]

After the phenomenal snow storm on Friday, Attila is still digging us out from under all the snow. My last journal entry included an image of Attila shoveling the original snowfall off the deck. A big job, but not the end of it by a long shot. On Sunday afternoon the snow that had accumulated on the roof came crashing down. This snow is wet, heavy, dense and if it landed on you it would probably kill you.

Were I to design a house for this climate, it would NEVER have decks or doorways placed under the dripline of a roof! The design of our house ensures that Attila is kept constantly busy, keeping up with the effects of the weather.

Today it is cloudy and more snow is expected this afternoon. Nothing like last week though, thank goodness.

I sat down in front of my computer this morning to begin some web design work that is long overdue, only to find that my eyesight had suddenly and drastically deteriorated. Always aware that a stroke can come on suddenly with catastrophic effect, I felt a moment of panic.

To my relief, when I removed my reading glasses I realized that the right lens was missing! There it was, sitting on the desk.

I began the agonizing process of finding the miniature screw that usually holds the frame together and the lens in place. I found it on the desk as well.

I have an ancient sewing machine screwdriver that is small enough to handle the screw. However, what is really called for when repairing eye glasses, is good eyesight. I have driving glasses, and can read with them in a pinch. Nothing for it but to get out the driving glasses and try to repair my reading glasses.

After a frustrating thirty minutes of trying and failing, I walked away from the project. When frustration levels are that high, I find it best to simply walk away.

Later I returned to the project more prepared. The use of a magnifier and a high illumination lamp improved my performance. After twenty minutes of struggle, the glasses were reassembled and I was back in business.

I'll be very careful of the quality of frames, if I ever purchase new glasses again!

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Worldly Distractions

This snow fell off the roof on Sunday afternoon, with a crash that shook the house. It is dense and heavy. Attila got it all off the deck, but it took hours and hours of very hard work.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

-2 C
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 101.7kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -2.0C
Dewpoint: -3.4C
Humidity: 90 %
Wind: ESE 5 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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