Daily Archives: June 2, 2018


In spite of foolishly staying up last evening into the wee hours, watching Netflix, I was wide awake at 6.30 am this morning with three pieces of music sort of simultaneously running through my head: Sibelius 2, last movement; the song “By Mendip Side” by Eric Coates; and “Get me to the church on time” from My Fair Lady.

This was a disconcerting way to wake up.

No sleep was going to return, so out of bed I rose.

And by 10 a.m. —

  • Breakfast of scrambled eggs with cheese and some hot sauce mixed in; bacon; and sourdough toast.
  • A thorough tidying of the kitchen.
  • Downstairs floors swept.
  • Piano bench legs tightened.
  • Dog walked.
  • Recycling in the bin in the alley.
  • Front windows cleaned of the remnants of Auggie’s wet nose.
  • New York Times read.
  • Two loads of laundry done.
  • Three more blog entries loaded for next week.
  • The case of split bottles of bubbly from Mawby stored in the basement.
  • Thank-you gifts prepared for a meeting tomorrow.
  • Showered and ready for voice lessons to commence at 11.

Not a bad morning!

Memories: family dinnerware

When Grandma Carter moved into a nursing home, I took custody of her dinnerware.

I didn’t even unpack this china until I had Aunt Esther’s china cabinet, so in four years, I think I’ve used it once.

Two weeks ago I took custody of my mother’s dinnerware.  We rarely used this, but I’m determined to put it on the table for certain occasions.

Mom’s collection includes service for nine: dinner plates, salad plates, dessert plates, coupe bowls, three serving dishes and a large serving plate, cream and sugar dishes, and cups & saucers.  Also in the box were four painted china demitasse cups and saucers, and some random serving dishes. And six salt cellars.