April 3, 2010

Heat Wave in April!



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]

Some days come as close to perfect as one could ever expect; today has been one of those days. Yesterday was terrific, 25C, sunny, breezy, and blue skied. Today was even better. The temperature rose to 27C, the sky was a hazy blue, the breeze was strong enough to tickle your skin and the birds were celebrating volubly.

Last night it was so warm that Attila and I slept with the windows open. This exceptional weather is very early. We know we are lucky and we are enjoying every last second of it.

I took advantage of the warm weather and washed out the interior of our new car. It was pretty grungy with winter salt and sand. The next time it rains I'll wash the exterior of the car so that I can let the rainwater rinse away the soap.

Yesterday Attila was off work. We puttered all day long and accomplished much. The front yard was sprinkled with gravel. Shoveling the snow from the gravel driveway moved more than just the snow. So, Attila and I spent hours with plastic buckets, picking gravel out of the grass and putting it back on the driveway. Then Attila raked the last of last years leaves away and presto, the "lawn" looks ready for spring.

Today Attila put up the eaves trough, which wouldn't survive a winter with snow coming off the roof. He also removed the plastic sheeting covering the windows of the screened in porch. Then he pulled out the shop vac and cleaned out all the wood chips and sand and debris that had accumulated in the porch over the winter.

One of the things I love about early spring is that we can sit outside under the sky, undisturbed by biting insects. This luxury will only last a short number of weeks before the black flies and then the mosquitoes swarm the landscape.

To celebrate the comfort of the great outdoors, Attila and I are eating all our meals on the deck. We have moved the little table from the screened in porch to the deck, and have placed two folding wooden chairs on either side, a cotton tablecloth completes the picture.

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Worldly Distractions

Dinner table on the Deck Dining on the Deck

Love at the Five and Dime
Nanci Griffith

On The Screen
The Kiss You Gave Me
Spanish with English Subtitles

By The Easy Chair
Bitter Fruit

"In the green and gallant Spring,
Love and the lyre I thought to sing,
And kisses sweet to give and take
By the flowery hawthorn brake."
Robert Louis Stevenson

25 C
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 100.4 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 25.0C
Dewpoint: 5.9C Humidity: 29 %
Wind: S 28 gust 41 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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