March 12, 2010




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]

Water! Too much or too little of this stuff and you have a problem. And then there is water quality. Living in the bush we have experienced both the too little and the too much water issues. Since moving here we have completely ignored the water quality issue.

We don't drink the water from our well. Why not? Samples were sent to the health unit when we purchased the house and the results came back giving our water a clean bill of health.

Still, when we moved in we thought the UV filter system was working. After all we had a home inspection done, so we thought that we would be alerted of any unaddressed problems with the house. We were wrong. I would not hire a home inspector associated with a realtor ever, ever again.

The UV filter system was not functioning at the time we purchased the house and we were not alerted to this fact. When we moved in, Attila flipped the switch. Immediately an unbearable screech came out of the unit, and it did not stop until we turned it off again.

That was almost six years ago. It has been on our list, but not anywhere near the top of the list.

Until this week. I decided that it was time to focus on either repairing the UV filter system or start looking into alternatives. Attila removed the lamp a few days ago, and this morning I took it to a highly recommended local Plumbing, Heating and Electrical establishment. These people are extremely knowledgeable, helpful and pleasant. It was arranged that the owner would drop by our house to "have a look", which he did this afternoon. He determined almost immediately that the lamp is fine and does not need to be replaced, but the power unit did need to be replaced. Within thirty minutes he had the whole system ticking over as it should.

I am sure this will take a bite out of our budget, but it is not optional. We can now drink the water from our well without worry. We might even save some money if we like the taste of our well water, since we have been buying our drinking water since we moved into this house.

Attila also replaced the rusty faucet on the bathroom sink. It was a bottom of the line unit when it was new, more than thirty years ago. It did not wear its age well at all. We found a relatively inexpensive, attractive and practical faucet, when we were visiting Harriet and Hogan. What a difference the new faucet makes! Luxury!

Thank goodness we have come to a point where we can focus on the "little things" that make life more comfortable.

Luna, Janus and the grandchildren have returned from their vacation in Florida. Terra and Lares are bound for Massachusetts with friends for a fun weekend in the snow?!? Terra is loving her course and doing very well; we are very happy for her.

Last night Caitrìona surprised me by appearing on the screen via Skype. Goodness, it was good to see her face again! Last night she arrived back in Ontario from Florida, making the trip by car and driving all by herself. Like her father before her, she is full of energy and independence; gotta love her!

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Worldly Distractions

Bathroom Faucet
What Attila did.

On The Screen
starring Ian McKellan

By The Easy Chair
The Commoner
by John Burnham Schwartz

"It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.
W. Somerset Maugham

7 C
Condition: Light Rain
Pressure: 101.6 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 7.0C
Dewpoint: 5.0C
Humidity: 87 %
Wind: ESE 15 km/h

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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