May 12, 2010

All in Good Time



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]

Last Saturday the weather was dreadful! It snowed off and on all day. It was cold and damp.

Last Saturday we had our family BBQ. Unlike the weather, it was a day full of warmth, a day that glowed.

Four generations gathered under our roof. My Mom enjoyed an early Mother's Day celebration, with her daughters and son, her grandchildren, her great grandchildren and all of our assorted partners in life. Seventeen of us shared a meal and good company.

Those who could not attend due to prior commitments were missed. Those who drove long distances to attend were appreciated (everyone but Attila and I, as it happens).

Attila was our Chef for the day, manning the BBQ to keep a steady supply of hamburgers and hot dogs on the table. Luna and Terra helped by preparing dips and a vegetable tray. We served homemade chili and store-bought lasagna as well. My Mom brought two childhood favorites, Date Squares and Cherry Squares. My sisters brought potato salad and beverages. Everyone helped out and many hands made very light work; and lots of fun.

Imp and Elf and Tink were the floor show of the day. They are wonderful children and enjoyed playing with various Aunts, Great Aunts, Uncles, Great Uncles and with their Great Grandmother. We were thrilled that my nephew and his girlfriend could attend, coming all the way from Timmins, Ontario.

I'd do it all again in heartbeat!

Attila and I are just about caught up with our sleep, almost fully recovered.

A little bit of work has come my way this week, and very welcome it is. Every little bit helps! I am surprised at how tired I am today though, having worked this morning. Out of practice, I was exhausted by noon! A nice hot lunch, with Attila for company, and I'm beginning to bounce back.

Annie is visiting from England, an exhausting trip for her, as she is here to arrange adequate care for her elderly parents in Canada. She called on Saturday and sounded distressed, but hanging on. I hope to speak with her later in the week, before she flies back to England. She is feeling the distance keenly.

Helena is undergoing surgery today, I'll call tonight to see how she is doing. She took the bus to the hospital very early this morning.

Caitrìona is playing in a bridge tournament today. She is an avid player and won a Bronze Medal in a past competition, so we are wishing her luck today!

Since we prepared plenty of food on Saturday, we've had easy leftover meals this week. Some people dislike leftovers. I don't really understand that, because many foods taste better the second and third day.

We are well rested and well fed, here in the hinterland.

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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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