made it to 69


You know you’re old when your birthday treat is getting up and not having to do the dishes before making morning coffee. Here’s what my kitchen looked like this morning.

That’s a birthday chair cover in case you can’t make it out.

I am very grateful and happy to have lived this long. I hope I can continue for a while. We have had a series of birthdays here recently in lockdown: Eileen, Jeremy, and Alex. So I tried to provide a bit more direction for my birthday than I usually do when it’s just Eileen and me.

I asked for flowers.

These came during breakfast. Also, instead of a cake I asked for apple pie.

Here’s Eileen putting a luscious Crane’s frozen apple pie in the oven. She made her delicious home made ice cream to go on top.

Photo of Mizu Sushi - Holland, MI, United States. Hours

Usually Eileen and I go out together to celebrate. The pandemic has put a crink in that. So since my birthday falls on a Tuesday this year we switched our weekly date/drive to the beach to yesterday. Granted, we sat in our car since it was chilly. But it is still relaxing. Today, Elizabeth has ordered take out from my favorite restaurant for lunch.

Before anyone got up I managed to put in some time on my composition. I think I have the second movement in a workable first draft now. That probably lowered my blood pressure another couple of points.

And of course I ordered myself a special birthday book.

Etymological Dictionary of Greek (2 vols.) | Logos Bible Software

I’m afraid it’s out of stock on Amazon, but it is now back ordered and I can wait.

My life is good.

Saturday afternoon in the bunker


Elizabeth bought a flag. I like that we fly it near our Black Lives Matter window and our windows full of posters for Biden and other democratic candidates. She bought and installed a holder and takes it down every night as per flag etiquette. Us libtards can be patriotic.

I love our front yard. This is one of many milkweed plants there.

I’m proud of the pic above.

I don’t have too much to say today.

Playing at Wigmore Hall on 14 September – Susan Tomes

I read Susan Tomes blog. She brings up an interesting idea. If one is socially distancing, this omits the use of page turners. I sympathize. Tomes plays a lot of the piano trio literature which can be a bugger to turn pages on.

A Work in Progress – Chick Corea

I just bought this from Chick Corea’s website.
I can’t wait to see it.

A Work in Progress – Chick Corea

‘You Need to Leave Now, Ma’am’

This is on Chronicle of Higher Education’s website. It’s about a prof who was kicked out of a hotel where she was supposed to interview for a job she eventually got. The security guard mistook for a prostitute. You guessed it. She’s black.
I signed up to register so I could read the article. No cost.

‘Rule Brittania’ Controversy: Context Is Needed | National Review

“…a row burst forth when it was announced that the traditional performance of “Rule Britannia” on the “last night of the Proms” — i.e., the BBC’s annual summer Promenade Concerts — would not take place because its lyrics were boastful, xenophobic, vulgar…”

Book Review: More Ilumination About François Couperin » Early Music America

How did I not know about this book? It’s in the third edition. My copy is winging its way from a used shop in the UK (cheapest way to purchase).

The Mirror of Human Life: Reflections on Francois Couperin's Pieces de  Clavecin: Clark, Jane: 9780955559037: Books