food and mishaps

We had a nice Thanksgiving. My daughter Elizabeth, son-in-law Jeremy, and granddaughter Alex came to our house for a Thanksgiving meal. I had a chance to spend some time with each of them. I read to Alex, chatted with Elizabeth, and talked books with Jeremy.

I think everyone enjoyed our time together. We did have a couple of mishaps. We had Jeremy so close to the window in the guest bedroom that when he thrashed around he accidentally broke the outside window. No harm done to his foot, but we will have to have the window pane replaced. Also, when Eileen and Jeremy were moving the mattress and box springs from upstairs to the basement by throwing them off the upstairs balcony, they accidentally hit the Subaru and smashed the left rear lights. This will have to be taken care of soon.

Another mishap that occurred was that Eileen’s credit card got hacked and used. The credit card shut itself down due to suspicious activity. Eileen had to make a trip to the bank yesterday to get the replacement card started in process.

Jeremy moved Eileen’s new loom all by himself, taking it from the downstairs dining room up to her loom room. That’s where she is right now. She’s very happy to get going on her new loom.

Jeremy, Elizabeth, and Eileen cleared out the upstairs music room entirely. Now it is ready for the harpsichord and marimba. I texted the Buildings and Ground manager at church that I wanted to move them soon and asked if he knew of anyone I could hire to do so. I’ll get moving on some of these tasks next week.

We chatted with Sarah on Zoom today. Their lives are pretty crazy right now. Lucy my granddaughter has been to the doctor four time in the last week. She, Alice, and Sarah are all suffering from congestion and coughs. They have tested themselves for Covid so it’s probably not that. Lucy also has had some hearing loss in one ear. Sarah seems to feel the worst of the three. Matthew doesn’t have any symptoms but he is sleeping with Lucy and she is keeping him awake at night so he’s not up to snuff either.

While we chatted I cooked.

I heated up the oven and roasted several veggies. I used sesame seeds and sesame oil on the aspargus. I dumped cheese on them before it was done. Mmmm. I had some for lunch in a salad.

I halved the Brussels sprouts and tossed them in olive oil before roasting.

I also roasted the oyster mushrooms that came from the Market Wagon on Tuesday.

I have been falling in love with these Harpsichord concertos by C. P. E. Bach. This is the recording of one I have been listening to on Spotify. Great stuff!

And I found a new rock and roll band.

Low Cut Connie was recently read the explainer of a current topic on the Talking Feds podcast. I had never head of him or his band but checked it out and like the energy.

How Your Family Tree Could Catch a Killer | The New Yorker

I think this is a fascinating article. Ce Ce Moore is a genealogist who uses genetics to solve mysteries. Wow.

The War Inside H. G. Wells | The New Yorker

In the same issue (Nov 22, 2021) Adam Gopnik has this interesting take on Wells.

How the Week Organizes and Tyrannizes Our Lives | The New Yorker

And Jill Lepore has another great article, also in the Nov 22 issue.

The Historic Russian Recipe That Turns Apples Into Marshmallows – Gastro Obscura

They’re called pastila and take a whole lot of work and time to prepare. But the ingredients are simple: apples, sugar, egg whites, and powdered sugar. They look cool. I bet they taste good as well. No plans to make soon but maybe someday.

Pastila with tea is a Russian teatime staple.

Happy Is an Elephant. Is She Also a Person? – The Atlantic

And Jill Lepore also has this article I took off of the Atlantic website. Woo hoo! I haven’t read it yet, but I do like her writing.

Working with the Whitney’s Replication Committee | The New Yorker

In 2016, Lerner wrote this article. Here’s a link to him talking with Carol Mancusi-Ungaro (2018?) who is mentioned in the article about the same subject. I haven’t read the article but I have listened to the talk. I think it’s very interesting to consider the need for upkeep and restoration of contemporary art. Very cool.

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