January 3, 2009




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]

Ah yes, the time of year has come when one does not navel gaze, but thermometer gaze.

It has been -20C for the last few nights, and not much warmer during the day. The wind has been a big contributing factor in cooling the house down, to below comfort level. So, Attila and I are bundled up in multiple layers of warm clothing. I am wearing gloves to keep my hands from aching in the cold, a wool hat to keep my head warm and a down vest over my clothing to keep the chill from my back. Sitting for any length of time is not an option. To keep warm we have to keep moving. This is indoors I am talking about.

And how is Mist reacting to the current interior ambiance of our home? She is following me around complaining loudly. When that fails to bring about a rise in temperature, she seeks out Attila and sits herself down in the middle of whatever he is doing; sitting in complete silence and purposeful immovability.

This morning it was 14C in the warmest area of the house, and significantly colder as one moved away from the fireplace. I ran the hot water in the taps to make sure the water lines maintain a temperature above freezing. The weather has our complete and undivided attention.

It is cold out there, very windy and snowing again. The roads are still very bad. I wouldn't say we are cozy in here, but it is better than being outdoors. I think of the number of homeless people in Canada who have to brave these temperatures in the "great" outdoors, day in and day out. It is unconscionable that our leaders allow this degree of poverty and want to exist in our midst.

It is difficult to focus on anything but warmth this morning. I am optimistic that Attila will have it warmed up in here by this afternoon, he is hard at work chopping wood as I write.

The challenge of keeping warm doesn't seem so desperate right now, at the beginning of the winter; it is almost an adventure. However, come the middle of February one's perspective evolves, through familiarity, that is the familiarity that breeds contempt.

Adventure is a nice place to visit, but really, you would not want to live there.

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Worldly Distractions

Pink Cyclamen on a Winter's Morning
Cyclamen in the Cold

Maggie at the computer on a cold winter's day. Maggie in the cold.

On The Screen
Love Actually
Too many stars to count in this one! Still shots at the end make the movie memorable.

"Sisu is a Finnish term translated into English as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity... sisu is defined by a long-term element in it; it is not momentary courage, but the ability to sustain an action against the odds."
And now you know why I think I'm living with Attila the Finn! Maybe it is a climate thing with the Finns!

Condition: Snow
Pressure:101.4 kPa
Visibility:4 km
Humidity:77 %
Wind:NNW 30 gust 41 km/h
Wind Chill: -30


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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