Sacred Music Friday: Dona Nobis Pacem

Dona Nobis Pacem, Chicago Chamber Choir & Milwaukee Choral Artists, Giulio Caccini, arranged by James A. Moore, conducted by Timm Adams

a thought for today

A thought on this day of sadness, depression, and despair:

quote“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

That is the truth. It is the best we can do for now.

Thanks to my good friend Tahoe Mom for the reminder of this passage.

appreciating our KitchenAid

Kitchen AidI haven’t given our KitchenAid stand mixer enough love. So I have been reminding myself recently of all it can do. It’s not just a mixer with a bowl and whisk, dough hook, and flat paddle blades, as great as those are.

We did the mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving and Christmas at my brother’s house. At Thanksgiving I used the grinder attachment to go directly from the cooking pan to the crock pot without dirtying up the mixer bowl. I changed strategies on Christmas and used the slicer/shredder attachment, that being easier to clean.

Now we have the spiralizer attachment that my dad gave us for Christmas. It is marvelous, as you have seen here.

I really do appreciate my KitchenAid.

taking different approaches

sfgate logoI hated leaving the Bay Area in May 2015. But we did what we needed to do. There are good things about being in Southern California and it’s good to be close to family. I follow the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I don’t follow the San Francisco Giants or the Oakland Athletics.

Terry reads the San Jose Mercury News web site,, the San Francisco Chronicle we site, and the Gilroy Dispatch web site. I don’t.Mercury News logo

We’re here in SoCal. I’m focusing on being here in SoCal. No point in making myself unhappy. There Is much to be accomplished here.

being prepared

overshoesThis winter, so far at least, has been one of the wettest here in Southern California in several years. That is great and I love it. The downside is that the drainage in our city of Hemet is less than optimal. It is excellent here in our Four Seasons community, but once we exit the gates it is a mess when it is raining.

When it’s raining you have to cross a virtual river to get from the parking lot to our primary grocery store. I soaked my tennis shoes one rainy day. The office that Terry works out of to do her permit running work has similar issues.

Terry found rain boots at Tractor supply. I looked there, but all they had was oversized yellow hip-high rain boots and overshoes, the largest of which did not fit over my tennis shoes.

So what did I do? I did what I always do when in doubt. I went to Amazon. And I found a solution that works. I’m keeping these in the car.

No more soggy tennis shoes.

expanding our food horizons

spiralizer - sweet potatoTerry and I have both long avoided sweet potatoes. I think it has to do with all those Thanksgivings when relatives would make those awful sweet potato casseroles with marshmallows. But we love our new KitchenAid spiralizer attachment. And as it turns out, only certain vegetables can be spiralized. For example, spiralizing broccoli would simply make a mess. (On the other hand, spiralizing broccoli stalks works very well, and makes for a tasty and healthy pasta substitute.)

When I started noticing, therefore, that a lot of the spiralizer recipes out there use sweet potatoes, I encouraged Terry to give them a shot. She agreed. There was one recipe that looked particularly good. It was a sweet potato enchilada casserole. So I set about spiralizing a sweet potato. I also used the peeler attachment for the first time. That worked quite well, but I learned that I need to actively retrieve the peelings and not let them get mixed in with the rest of the veggies.

The enchilada casserole was great.

Our spiralizer is enabling us to expand our food horizons and to eat more healthily as well.

Sacred Music Friday: Nunc Dimittis

I’m not sure why the liturgical calendar has the presentation of Jesus in the temple on 2 February, well after the baptism on the First Sunday after the Epiphany. I don’t want to wait until then to hear the Song of Simeon. So here it is today.

George Dyson’s Nunc Dimittis in D, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.