Saturday Morning Coffee

Another week has come and gone. Let’s talk about it over some coffee. Continue reading “Saturday Morning Coffee”

Coffee Cantata

Here’s a song for your morning coffee.

If you’re in the path of Hurricane Hermine, stay safe.

Old Songs

Stille Nacht Antique Music

They say marriages fall apart over three things: religion, money, and (un)faithfulness.

However, no one talks about the radio.

Let me assure you, while Krystal and I have no plans to divorce, the radio has been a source of tension for years.

We’ll be driving down the road and she’ll reach over and change the station, claiming “this music is too old.”

In fairness, some the music is, in fact, old.

No one would deny that “A Vesta was from Latmos Hill Descending” or the Kryrie Eleison from the Pope Marcellus Mass are old.

Even some jazz is old.

On a related note, I was saddened to hear of Tom Mallison’s passing. Many knew him better as Tom the Jazzman from his Public Radio show “An Evening with Tom the Jazzman.” I first heard his show many years ago on WJFF out of Jeffersonville, NY and later lived miles from his some station of WTEB New Bern, NC.

Anyway. What classifies as “too old” for music?

100 years?

50 years?

10 years?

1 year?

And, perhaps even more importantly, does music’s age influence its enjoyability?

I appear to have asked more questions than I’ve answered.

Ah well; such is the nature of things.

 


 

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Four Thoughts on a Quiet Wednesday Afternoon

Wednesday Reverse TypePhoto Credit: funnydam.com

After two long weeks of hustle and bustle, I find myself in my air-conditioned living room facing a quiet afternoon with nothing important to do.

I don’t even have a reason to procrastinate.

Thought 1: A Poem

Today the house stands still
and empty; the only sound:
the gentle hum of fans.

After two long weeks, shrill
noises cease, and I drown
in the void with no plans.

I will sit here and chill
with my books in a mound,
holding tomes in my hands.

Thought 2: Culture

There’s no one home but me and the cat.
Time to sing along with German opera!

Zu Hilfe! Zu Hilfe! Zu Hilfe!

Thought 3: More Culture

Hey! I can get caught up with my TBR.
Then, I can write some book reviews.

Though 4: Probable Reality

I wonder what’s on Netflix?
 


 

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Sunday Snapshots

So, what did I do this week – apart from editing PowerPoints, creating projects, and working on next school year in general? Well, I . . .

Attended the North Carolina Symphony:

 

Sadly, they skipped Sibelius’ Valse Triste, Op. 44.

Which made me sad.

My wife says angry.

I say sad.

Enjoyed reading in the hammock by the water at my in-laws:

 

Treated myself to a few inexpensive indulgences:

 

I got my donut on National Donut Day; did you?

Assuming, of course, that you live in a country where it’s observed.

I know the United States and Australia do,

does anyone else?

 

That calzone cost less than $5

The ingredients are bought fresh and the dough is made in-house.

Add a sweet tea, and there’s lunch for under $6

So much better than fast food!

Practiced my night photography:

 

Right after I photographed the spider, a small insect flew into the net. I tried taking a picture of the spider as it attacked its prey, but it didn’t turn out at all. If I hadn’t seen it happening, I wouldn’t know what I was looking at.

I actually took one more night shot, but I’m holding off on sharing it; it may show up for the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid.

What did you do this week?

 


Don’t forget to follow me on:

 

Facebook – where I share news stories, articles from other blogs, and various and sundry miscellany that happens to catch my eye. It’s stuff you won’t see here! Well, mostly.

 

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Twitter – where you can see my thoughts in 140 characters or less. Also, funny retweets.

Sunday Snapshots

The week started with one of the earliest tropical storms on record: Tropical Storm Ana.

For reference, the ditch in the second picture is approximately 5 foot deep.

The photograph was taken approximately 6:00 AM on Monday morning.

Things did not improve until early Tuesday.

Personally, I like how the downspout turned out.


On Tuesday, we held a surprise Spring Recital for F_____’s wife. Normally she puts this on herself; with everything that’s happened, she cancelled it this year. My cousin, one of her students, organized and put on the recital for her. One of my jobs was to make this chocolate piano keyboard.

Chocolate Piano Keyboard

I didn’t get the right dark bars – I got the “mini” kind instead of the “fun size” ones – but still think it turned out okay. Actually, there were two of them, and only one white bar remained at the end of the evening.


Things were both normal and hectic on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; you know, typical end-of-term stuff. My principal surprised me with not one but two kinds of sushi: eel (my favorite!) and yellowfin (which I hadn’t tried before but found to have just the right amount of spice and kick to it).

Eel and Yellowfin Sushi


Saturday I cleaned the house (laundry and dishes) and cut the grass. Go me!
Mown GrassNow I can treat those annoying anthills . .

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