January 30, 2010

The Bite



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 the thermometer said -33. Yesterday morning it was -30. Yesterday the house maintained a comfortable temperature but overnight it lost a lot of heat. So, it is 16 C in here this morning at the core of the house, next to the masonry heater. It is much colder at my desk. I am not sitting at my desk.

The sun is shining and the world outside my window is beautiful, beauty with a definite bite to it.

Attila is working this morning. I've been moving around in my small space, attending to little tasks and working on reducing the clutter in the small space where I exist during the winter months.

After a week spent exclusively in this small space, with occasional company from Attila, I am beginning to succumb to cabin fever. Not bad really, since it is the end of January. Eight weeks of winter left to survive. Sometimes survival is all you can hope for, so I hope.

Some of the bills coming in are not going to get paid, the services they represent will have to be abandoned. We are letting CAA go, and the prepaid cell phone won't be updated right away. We have a few months with the cell phone before it is deactivated, and it will still call 911, which is a vital function when driving in sparsely populated areas. Perhaps I'll get more work before it expires. Also, our mortgage comes up for renewal in the next few months; thank goodness for current low interest rates!

I know the Canadian economy is supposed to be on the upswing, but I don't live in that Canada, I live in a different Canada altogether. Still, there are many in circumstances more dire than ours.

Actually, the way of things now put me in mind of Glasgow, Scotland in 1820, as my GGG Grandfather described it; "I had to labour sixteen or eighteen hours a-day, and could only earn about six or seven shillings a-week... I was confined to a damp shop... after I had toiled until I could toil no more, I would have the mortification of being a burden... here [Canada] it is a fair prospect of independence."

Source: A Narrative of the Rise & Progress of Emigration, From the Counties of Lanark & Renfrew, to the New Settlements in Upper Canada, On Government Grant, Comprising the Proceedings of the Glasgow Committee For Directing the Affairs and Embarkation of the Societies with a Map of the Townships, Designs for Cottages, and A Plan of the Ship Earl of Buckinghamshire, also Interesting Letters From the Settlements, author Robert Lamond, Secretary and Agent. 1821
Now that is a book title!

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Worldly Distractions

fire flames
A welcome site when it is -33 C just a few yards away!

On The Screen
The Pursuit of Happiness
Will Smith

"'Tis easy enough to be pleasant, when life flows like a song.
But the [person] worthwhile is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong."
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Condition: Clear
Temperature: -33.0C
Pressure: 103.0 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Humidity: 73%
Dew Point: -36.3C
Wind Speed: Calm

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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