Sacred Music Friday: Jerusalem

Jerusalem, words by William Blake, music by Charles Hubert Hastings Parry. Performed at the Royal Wedding in 2011.


bag reuse north and south

One thing I got used to even on the far fringes of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley in Gilroy was that it was fairly common for folks to take their own bags into the grocery store. We certainly did.

It’s much less common down here, which is disappointing. We however persevere.


local radio

As in Gilroy, so here in Hemet over the air radio reception inside the house is pretty minimal. I continue to rely on my Internet radio, which I love. Given that it’s Internet, I could keep listening to my San Francisco and Monterey Bay NPR and classical stations.

But we’re here. We’re not there. And so I listen to the San Bernardino and San Diego NPR stations, and to the Los Angeles and San Diego classical stations.

That is as it should be.


our new kitchen

Our new kitchen is much smaller than our old kitchen. In fact it has even less storage space than our pre-remodeled kitchen. We’re going to have cabinets built to hold our tools, utensils, dishes and glasses that now reside in boxes in the garage. (Although the galley layout of our new kitchen means Terry and I can work in it at the same time without running into each other. That’s a plus. )

There is less work area. I find that somewhat frustrating.

But then I listen to the wisdom of an expert. The author of the popular blog Smitten Kitchen was interviewed a while back on NPR. It seems she produces her gourmet recipes in a small apartment kitchen in New York City. In the interview she made the point that the normal sous chef in a large restaurant has a very small workstation. Given that, she said that she had no problem creating recipes for her blog in her small home kitchen.

Advice I need to take to heart.


supporting local business

One of the very first things we did after moving to Hemet was to buy a washer and dryer. We went to a locally owned appliance store and found the models we wanted. Terry wanted pedestals, which had to be ordered. This was a Monday and they told us they would be in by the end of the week.

On Tuesday Terry was at my dad’s house doing laundry when the appliance shop called and said the pedestals were in and they could deliver and install that afternoon.

You’ll never get that kind of service at Lowe’s or Best Buy!


Sacred Music Friday: Hail Thee Festival Day

Hail thee Festival Day, Ralph Vaughn Williams, St. John’s, Detroit. Sunday is Pentecost!


return to routine

So here we are.

The house has a serious semblance of order. There are no boxes inside the house. All of our artwork is on the walls. The heavy lifting is done until we can get some cabinets built and move the remainder of our kitchen tools and utensils back inside.

It was February when I last took a walk with my ancient iPod and listened to a lecture from The Great Courses. I know that because that’s what my Excel spreadsheet says. That was when we began packing up for staging and set this whole process into motion. Remember staging? Now part of our past I am delighted to say.

Monday I downloaded a new course. It’s called Great American Bestsellers and covers bestsellers from colonial times to the present. I took my first walk since February.

I missed Tuesday because there were errands to be run and we had a concert to attend at my nephew’s daughter’s middle school. I returned to my walking on Wednesday.

So slowly I’m resurrecting at least one part of my routine.

I like that.