January 6, 2009

The Mighty Bean



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]

A friend of mine wrote a song which focused on the issue of "no money coming in". Very apropos for me at the moment. I've no work scheduled. Winter's are very slow in places that rely on seasonal activities to maintain the local economy. Two different worlds exist, in season and off season. In season is too busy, and off season is a time of almost complete dormancy.

When times are tight, Attila and I fall back on our tried and true survival techniques. One of them is using inexpensive ingredients to prepare our meals. Beans!

Canned beans cost too much for us to consider them budget food. Dried beans, bought in quantity from local sources, are not only inexpensive, they are healthy, support the local economy and have a lower carbon footprint. A 25 kg bag of dried beans can go a long way.

We've been relying on beans so much since we purchased the car, that I thought I'd share my method of cooking dried beans. It really is simple using a crock pot.

We find that when we eat beans a few times a week, no social issues arise. Our bodies acclimatize to a diet high in beans, and after a few weeks there are no side effects at all. One must tolerate a time of transition, we feel it is well worth the effort.

Attila worked hard to warm the house, and his efforts have paid off. It is quite comfortable in here now. We are due for another cold snap, so he will have to keep on top of the situation.

It is snowing again. The plow went by early this morning and Attila had to go out before breakfast to clear out the end of the driveway. It took quite a while so he had to leave without eating his breakfast! Luckily he takes a lot of food with him, so he should not go hungry.

Although the snow here is very pretty, it has a very high price.

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Worldly Distractions

Hemlocks in the Snow outside my Window this morning.
Where the owl hunts.

Suzzy & Maggie Roach

On The Screen
We are watching the entire series, one episode a night. Wonderful nightcap before a good night's sleep.

"Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it."
Soren Kierkegaard
(1813 - 1855)

-11 °C
Condition: Snow
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Tendency: steady
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -11.0°C
Dewpoint: -11.9°C
Humidity: 93 %
Wind: NW 17 km/h
Wind Chill: -18

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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

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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

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