December 19, 2009

Three Wild Turkeys



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 morning a movement in the yard caught my eye, as I was reading my email at the computer. A wild turkey was stretching its wings. As I watched two more turkeys strolled into view. They were large birds, and their colouring was completely black. The turkeys we saw, a few Thanksgivings ago, were mottled gray and brown.

It was -20C out there, feathers were ruffled a bit to enhance body warmth, or so I supposed. All three turkeys strolled across the yard and into the forest.

"Good luck to you", I thought to myself.

The grip of winter is tightening, -20C this morning. There is a definite edge to the air indoors, but if one bundles up accordingly comfort can be achieved.

The temperature is as high as 19C near the masonry fireplace, and it declines with increasing rapidity as one moves towards the perimeter of the house. The bedroom is quite chilly, but still well above freezing.

A technique for comfort under these circumstances is to warm one's clothing in front of the fireplace, and then to dress in front of the fireplace. This ensures a warm transition into the day.

I always know that winter has arrived when I'm warming my clothes and dressing in front of the masonry heater in the mornings. Once dressed warmly, the cool indoor temperature is very livable.

However, there is a huge disadvantage to becoming accustomed to low indoor temperatures. When one is spending time with other people, visiting or at work, what they consider to be a normal temperature feels unbearably hot and cloying. The last time I was at work I was dripping with sweat and felt faint at times, all due to the "normal" indoor temperature of the building. Others found the warm temperature quite comfortable, so I just soldiered on in damp silence. I really could not take off another layer of clothing, and remain socially acceptable!

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Worldly Distractions

Wild Turkey Tracks in the Snow
Wild Turkey Tracks on a frigid Saturday morning.

Jonathan Edwards

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.”
Judy Garland

-20 °C
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 101.8 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -19.0°C
Dewpoint: -20.7°C
Humidity: 87 %
Wind: 4 km/h
Wind Chill: -22

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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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