May 25, 2010

A Weekend!



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]

Attila and I both had two consecutive days off work, together! We both worked all day the Saturday of the three day holiday weekend, and both had Sunday and Monday off work. This is the first time in two years that we've had two consecutive days off together, during summer weather. We made the most of it.

Although I was quite tired from my long Saturday shift, on Sunday Attila and I got our little garden started. Our shopping trip, to purchase soil, seeds and plants, was very successful. We managed to find what we needed for under $20.00. This took a lot of searching, hemming and hawing. After spending hours and hours comparison shopping, we dropped in on Harriet and Hogan, their daughter and her boyfriend, on our way home. We decided to visit with them Sunday. A wise decision as it turned out.

Sunday was one of those perfect sunny days. Warm, a breeze, bright sunshine.. Attila and I were treated to a boat tour of the lake where Harriet and Hogan have their cottage.

While out in the boat we stopped by the old homestead (farm on the lake) that my grandparents owned, and now my cousins own, to say hello to a cousin I hadn't seen in decades. Lovely to meet her husband and children and to see her again, all healthy and happy. Also it was good to be able to ask after her brother, my cousin also, who is recovering from cancer surgery and treatments.

Attila enjoyed sunning on the beach; a rare opportunity for relaxation in a perfect setting. We had a wonderful visit and by the time we headed home I found myself completely relaxed and able to recover my peace of mind after the busy work-weekend.

We are experiencing a bit of a heat wave! The routines I developed over previous summers have been put into action. As soon as the temperature outside is the same as the temperature inside the house, I close all windows, draw all blinds against the sun and turn off all electrical lights and appliances except the refrigerator, the freezers and the computer of course! The house will heat up a bit during the day, but not significantly.

I have a load of laundry on the go, and will be going out to hang it on the clothesline soon. Already this morning I've brought up four pots of soil and placed them on the deck. I planted beet seeds in them and watered them thoroughly, before coming inside and closing up the house.

Mist and I are now contemplating the day. I'll be spending some time tidying up the screened in porch, which seems to collect objects like a magnet. Mist likes to sit out there, so I'll be spending some time letting her enjoy the "outdoors". Because we live in the wilds, our precious Mist is not allowed outside the building without human supervision. She would be easy prey for owls, coyotes, fishers, foxes and the like. I like to err on the side of caution when it comes to the safety of my loved ones.

I am a little miffed because my USB hub died on Sunday. It just suddenly stopped working; the lights are on but nobody is home. This means running around to the back of the computer every time I want to plug in a USB drive, several of which I use for file storage.

If that is my worst problem today, I am a very lucky woman!

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Worldly Distractions

White Lilac Bloom
In the Garden

Mist snoring, the clock ticking and the refrigerator humming.

On The Screen
A Loving Father
starring Gerard Depardieu

"When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere."
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(1613 - 1680)

24 C
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 102.4 kPa
Visibility: 15 km
Temperature: 24.0C
Dewpoint: 15.9C
Humidity: 60 %
Wind: WNW 9 km/h
Humidex: 29

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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