December 27, 2009

Old Boots



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]

Sadly, we could not see our way clear to make the trip to Terra's. Terra and Lares, Luna, Imp, Elf and Tink all traveled to visit Lares Mom for Christmas Day.

Our Christmas Day was very quiet, we missed everyone. Luna and Terra sent us a short video of themselves, with Lares, Imp, Elf and Tink. It was lovely, but there really is nothing like the real thing. We enjoyed a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a Christmas Pudding.

Boxing day it rained, with freezing rain and sometimes heavy snow. Terra and Lares decided to brave the drive north, a few hours from Lares' Mom's place. Of course I worried, but shouldn't have because Lares is an excellent and experienced driver. They arrived safe and sound yesterday afternoon.

We played cards and talked and laughed till the wee hours of the morning. Mist of course came into Attila and my bedroom to wake me up at 6:30 a.m. the following morning. Mist panics if we stay in bed "too long", as there are fires that need to be lit and laps needed for morning cuddles.

Attila made us a big breakfast of wild blueberry pancakes, using the wild blueberries he and I picked last summer. We played cards, went for a walk and had a quick lunch before Terra and Lares packed their gear and readied themselves for the long trip home; then they were off. I miss them already.

Caitrìona called from Florida, she is having a wonderful time and sounds very happy. Both Terra and I got to chat with her.

Harriet, Hogan and their daughter, and her boyfriend, are up at their cottage for a few days to enjoy a bit of snowmobiling. Thankfully the roads are clear and dry today.

Attila is enjoying his time off work, four consecutive days! Chores, that are too strenuous for me to tackle, have been summarily dealt with, and Attila is even taking on some little projects he has been waiting for ages to get to. He returns to work in the morning.

I have two partial days of work scheduled for this coming week, something to keep me out of trouble and help towards the next car payment.

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These old boots carried me through some of the most cherished years of my life. They wore out years and years ago. I am saying goodbye to these old friends, and hate to see them go.

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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.

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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."
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