Cloister Commentary, Day 279: Tasmanian Devils on the Eve of Yule

Christmas Eve doings, with my love, my brother and sister-in-law, and mom all healthy, happy and in tow. (Well, Myra has a boot on, but at least she didn’t have to use it on anyone)…

Enjoyed a slowly unfolding morning with family company, coffee, good books, and Nicole’s cookies (both peanut butter and chocolate chip).

Got bundled up and took a long walk (I’d estimate around three miles) even though temp was in the low twenties. It was bracing and wonderful, as the sun shone on us.

Broke into the annual bottle of Tasmanian single malt whiskey my brother Brian brings that bears our name, then hopped onto the “International Overeem Facebook Group Page” (not its real name), posted a selfie, and got caught up. I wish I understood Dutch, but I appreciate the translations.

Played a fun round of Five Crown, finished last as usual, and played deejay. I hope Mom appreciated Mojo Nixon and The Toad Liquors’ Horny Holidays, as it is not exactly Andy Williams style! Opening line: “It was the night before Christmas / And everything was all [effed] up!” And it gets better/worse from there.

Supped upon Brian’s chicken and andouille gumbo–delicious, had to have two bowls!

Closed down the day with Netflix’s Dolly Parton documentary, Here I Am, which was a perfect way to end the day. I recommend it.

We agreed to stay masked except for when outdoors, eating, and in our bedroom. It was difficult, but we did it, and it was worth it. We were all missing Dad, but he’d have been happy we didn’t linger over it much.

Have a great holiday, readers, and thanks for following this project!

Streaming for Survivors:

An all-time favorite.

Cloister Commentary, Day 134: Devil’s Kitchen

Brian, Myra, Nicole and I drove down to Roaring River State Park just outside of Cassville and hiked up, down, and around Devil’s Kitchen. I wasn’t anticipating a strenuous mile and a half hike, but I needed to become refamiliarized with sweat and sore muscles. I really wanted to enter the actual kitchen, but only Myra dared.

As usual, I finished dead last in both rounds we played of Five Crown (and, as usual, Nicole won both), but honestly I was more interested in DJing the card game. Highlights included Conway and Loretta, Ann Peebles, Billy Joe Shaver, Bobby Blue Bland, Keith Whitley, Jimmie Rodgers, Bettye LaVette, Freddie King, Steve Earle, Bonnie Raitt, Gary Stewart, Guy Clark, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Streaming for Strivers:

A good argument for the birthplace of funk.