March 30, 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]

Time is flying by!

Attila had a coveted Saturday off work last weekend. We packed a few belongings and headed out on the long drive to visit Luna et al. Unfortunately Janus was away on business, so we did not get to see him. We missed him, and hopefully next time we all get together his schedule will allow him to join us.

We had a lovely time visiting. The twins, Imp and Elf, are an absolute delight. They are small bright lights, sparkling with energy and intelligence. And Tink just makes the heart melt, she is impossible to put down. She is six months old now. She aquainted herself with her newly found hands, exploring our faces with great enthusiasm. She was particularly taken with my glasses, but settled happily for pinching my face and nose. Benny the dog is doing very well, however, Bim has been experiencing seizures and is not the happiest of dogs just at the moment. Soot the cat was her usual friendly self; she is quite beautiful as some of her jet black fur is turning grey, the contrast is very pleasing.

We enjoyed going for walks with everyone, Imp and Elf riding their by bicycles, learning how to watch for cars, burning off some of their bountiful energy. Tink watched them from her carrier, strapped to her mother's chest, safe and warm. Benny and Bim love going for walks of course. It is quite a project, taking this crew for a walk; I wonder that Luna can ever manage it on her own.

Terra and Janus dropped in a few times to round out the family visit. It was luxurious to have both the girls and their loved ones all in one place.

Terra is doing very well at school, just as I knew she would. She is coming into her own, she works hard, and it shows. It doesn't hurt that Lares is supportive and Terra's biggest fan.

The drive there and back was uneventful, the weather was good, only rain on the drive back.

March has been a decent month for hours at work, as it has turned out. A whole week of days was offered and accepted with pleasure. I'm not used to working full days any more, so I was very, very tired. Tired and happy.

Spring has arrived. Our property seems to be hoarding the last of the winter's snow, but even here it is fast disappearing. Unseasonably high temperatures are predicted for the next week, which should melt the last of the snow banks around the house.

Yesterday a flock of seven adult wild turkeys sauntered across our front yard. They came out of the bush and headed off toward the lakeshore.

Today I need to bake bread, and tidy up around the house. Not a lot that has to be done. Spring cleaning is beginning to feel like a viable option though, so I'll be casting my eye about the place, deciding where to start.

They will be shutting off our hydro this morning for a few hours, so I must do all the little things that want doing with electricity before the "lights go out"!

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Worldly Distractions

Wild Turkeys
Wild Turkeys from a distance.

On The Screen
The Quiet Room
Director Rolf de Heer

By The Easy Chair
Bitter Fruit
by Achmat Dangor

"Spring in the world!
And all things are made new!"
Richard Hovey

-5 C
Condition: Clear
Pressure: 101.8 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -5.0C
Dewpoint: -6.4C
Humidity: 90 %
Wind: 4 km/h
Wind Chill: -7

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 Peterme.com 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."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging

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