Cloister Commentary, Day 252: A Day

Nicole worked on kitchen projects and I kept her entertained by playing records by some of our favorite artists. I wasn’t quite so ambitious, but I did clean up the basement a bit, finish one book, and start another. I can’t believe November’s already almost gone, but in many ways I am relieved.

We Zoomed in the evening with Vance and Liz Downing, two of our youngest and most cherished friends. I was the officiant at their wedding, and they are quite well-matched. We teased out the many ways COVID has affected our lives and occasionally broached other topics.

That is all.

Streaming for Survivors:

The music doesn’t perfectly match the title–there is much discipline and focus in it–but it is aggressively great.

Cloister Commentary, Day 244: The Good, The Bad, and The Youthful

Bad stuff? 212 new COVID cases in the county, once again didn’t receive mail until after 8 p.m. and once again didn’t receive a package that was due to arrive, had trouble concentrating enough to read enough to make me happy.

Good stuff? Gorgeous day, played a bunch of records with the windows open, started a new book that bodes very well (Dave Robicheaux on the case), visited safely at the backyard firepit for four fully fascinating hours with our young friends Patrick and Mary Clare. One should always have young friends, and Nicole and I are very fortunate they are ours.

Streaming for Strivers:

I need a musical energy injection, and this band has that and more.