Cloister Commentary, Day 331: Valentine’s Day Cold Massa-cree

We didn’t really need another challenge, but we received one. The frigid temperatures plus a mess of snow just made my nerves twist and tighten, as we will be needing to be on the road soon, so I had to fight to just let it go. Can’t control it; gotta accept it. How many times have I said that to myself over the last 11 months?

Valentine’s Day, in spite of the winter blast, was nice. My mom is still struggling post-severe-UTI–but she’s inching her way back to health. Nicole made a terrific chicken stew for lunch (a perfect combatant against the weather), and I whipped up bacon and eggs (scrambled in the grease) and English muffins for dinner. We all read a bit in the afternoon, and enjoyed our usual PBS Sunday Night via an episode a piece of The Durrells and All Creatures. I’ve never read the latter’s source book by James Herriot, but–call me a sentimental old fluff–I think I’m going to have to. I’d hoped to catch the Lakers-Nuggets game but the wind had died behind my sails. Bottom line: I was locked in with my two favorite ladies on February 14th, and that was just right.

But…in a different reality…this morning it would have been nice to wake up in The City That Care Forgot. Happy Lundi Gras.

Streaming for Strivers:

I’m sending this, the first commercial recording to feature Mardi Gras Indian chants, out to Marsha and Tom. Bon ton roulez, y’all–two more days til ya gotta clamp down!

Cloister Commentary, Day 330: Light Entertainment

Our normal Valentine’s Day is an “Overeem Special” from Shakespeare’s (red onions, mushrooms, pepperoni, pepper cheese, and green olives) and a good movie. That isn’t going to happen this year; we are eating healthier, for one, and we’re out of pocket, for another. But Nicole and I will be together with my mom, chicken stew is on the menu, and I believe they are going to treat me to an episode of “Men in Kilts”….

Yesterday, we spent a day inside because we are sane. I made grilled cheese sandwiches for everyone, we ate a thousand of Nicole’s homemade cookies, Mizzou dropped one at home to The Nouveau Border War Adversary, and we took in the first episode of “Clarice” (not horrible, other than the subject matter) and Promising Young Woman (it definitely sticks with one, and I never thought I’d see Carey Mulligan pull that kind of role off). As you can see, we enjoy light entertainment on our family Saturday nights.

Streaming for Strivers:

Smokey: a Valentine’s Day secular kind of muezzin. I just stumbled upon this “stripped” collection; I don’t know if it was a true release, but let’s not quibble.