January 1, 2009

The Twelve Weeks of Winter Tour de Force Begins!



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]

Attila, Mist and I spent a quiet New Year's Eve watching a movie on TV. Mist slept though most of the movie and through the arrival of the New Year. Although Attila and I were drifting in and out of sleep as we sat in our chairs, we were awake at the stroke of midnight and able to say "Happy New Year" to each other. We talked with Terra and Lares just after midnight, the party they were attending sounded like a good time was being had by all.

This morning Luna called, she is staying with a friend over New Years, as Janus has to work through the holidays. Elf talked to me briefly on the telephone, Imp will not talk on the telephone, to anyone except her Daddy, well maybe to Dora the Explorer if Dora happened to call, and Tink is not talking to anyone at all just yet.

Another year begins!

Let me see, this first day of the year we have snow falling, very pretty; we are free of pain, very good; we are warm, excellent; we have enough food to eat, wonderful; we have the two (Mist says, "wait a minute, that's THREE) of us for company, thank goodness!

That's the basics covered, so we are off to a really good start.

I am not sure what this year will bring. What I am hoping for is greater sense of connection with other people and a sense that there is something in the world worth belonging to... a very tall order in a world where Competition and Profit are the popular alters of worship!

Today Attila is kicking off the new year by chopping wood for the day's fires. We also need to rehang curtains in the rooms I will use for my little business, as business is picking up a little bit. The old curtains aren't very attractive; they are more attractive than the boarded up windows. Last week I spent an afternoon and whipped up a pair of curtains for the bathroom window, also boarded up. I made them out of tea towels I'd purchased for next to nothing (that is less than $0.50 each) at an end-of-season sale last fall. I am very pleased with them.

Since it is snowing today, Attila will also need to spend some hours clearing the driveway, and perhaps the deck as well. He has a busy day ahead of him.

My to do list for the first day of the year includes writing this entry. I'll also do a some tidying and cleaning. I've been making excellent progress on my family tree this past month, so I'd like to do a little work on that today as well.

Our Twelve Weeks of Winter Tour de Force has officially begun. The first weeks are the easiest, as things settle down after the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season. The real challenge begins in February, and culminates in March as the race against cabin fever nears the spring finish line in April.

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Worldly Distractions

Bathroom Curtains Homemade over boarded up window. Bathroom Curtains
My Sewing Project
December 2009

Maria Kalaniemi

On The Screen
Me, Myself and Irene
starring Jim Carey
[This was our first exposure to the unedited version of this movie, a lot more interesting than the edited version, I can tell you!]

"I've learned that finishing a marathon isn't just an athletic achievement. It's a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible."
John Hanc
[anyone who lives in central or northern Ontario, and faces a driveway with a snow shovel, knows what this guy is talking about!]

-3 °C
Condition: Snow
Pressure: 101.2 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 10 km
Temperature: -3.0°C
Dewpoint: -4.9°C
Humidity: 87 %
Wind: NNW 18 km/h
Wind Chill: -9

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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