December 16, 2009

Cold and Fluffy Rain



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]

Today I am attempting to distract myself from the weather. It is snowing again; a cold and fluffy rain. Winter will arrive on Monday and after that the days will slowly and surely get longer. The high speed Internet is still strong and clear.

This past week Terra watched the Olympic Torch pass by on the street; and witnessed the handoff at the local Market Square. A memorable event.

Last night I fried some of the pike we caught in the Hudson Bay Lowlands. So delicious! I first sauteed a goodly portion of freshly chopped garlic, then added the fish. The garlic went all crunchy and the fish was cooked to perfection. A few boiled potatoes and peas, and the meal was complete. Tonight the leftovers will make an excellent dinner.

The weather has turned a bit colder now, and we are maintaining a comfortable temperature by burning three fires a day. Mist is loving it!

The web redesign was completed in one day, Monday, a first for me. Yesterday I moved on to work on the family genealogy, which went very well. I am developing a system to follow for researching my direct line, so that I can switch from direct line research to the aimless wandering I enjoy so much.

Sometimes to amuse myself, I look at real estate in Toronto. I love Toronto and would love to live there. It is far beyond our means, to afford even the smallest hovel in Toronto.

Looking at real estate in Toronto is much like pressing my face against a candy store window. I can look, but that wall of glass forms an invisible barrier. Of course, the invisible barrier may or may not shatter at some point. Perhaps I should stand back from it a bit, just in case!

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Worldly Distractions


Barnacle Bill the Sailor
Hoagy Carmichael Joe Venuti
As heard on Radio Heartland from Minnesota Public Radio

On The Screen
We are watching this series, a few episodes a week, as our winter entertainment.

By The Easy Chair
I really must get out to the library!

"Chance cannot touch me! Time cannot hush me!
Fear, hope, and longing, at strife,
Sink as I rise, on, on, upward forever,
Gathering strength, gaining breath,—naught can sever
Me from the Spirit of Life!"
Margaret Witter Fuller

-5 C
Condition: Light Snowshower
Pressure: 102.3 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -5.0C
Dewpoint: -7.5C
Humidity: 83 %
Wind: WNW 17 gust 28 km/h
Wind Chill: -11

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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