Category Archives: Daily Life

Apple butter

Eleven pounds of apples made exactly 3.75 pints of apple butter.  And more Christmas gifts are safely stored for the festivities next month.



’tis the season

Audition season is here.

From my private voice studio:

  • my one student who auditioned for All-State Choir made it in, for the second year in a row.
  • the same student has also been selected for the SWACDA divisional honor choir.
  • one of my students was the only freshman called back for singing at SLUH.
  • two of my students are cast in name roles in A Christmas Story at CBC.
  • one of my freshman boys is cast as Chip in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
  • one senior is up for Pirates of Penzance very soon.
  • a young student is out on national tour of The King and I.
  • another freshman boy has just closed Suessical.

And all four of my seniors are prepping for college auditions.

I’m a happy teacher.

King’s Singers

My colleague Trent Patterson found a King’s Singers 10th anniversary concert album at a record shop recently, and bought it for me.

I listened to it on Sunday, on my turntable that I so seldom use, but which is now posted in the living room and plugged into the stereo system.

My doctoral professor Simon Carrington is at lower right in the photo on the album cover!


Over the last few weeks, in addition to the new windows on the west porch, I have undertaken various ‘rearrangements’ at home.

The downstairs CD cabinet still does not have a home, so the dining room is still piled with discs, but the living room is almost set now.

I have moved the television from the east corner to the west corner.  I still need to rewire some things, but that will happen soon enough.  My favorite chair is in the northwest corner, and I see the television, the fireplace, and the front windows.  The sofa now is planted centrally by the front windows, with morning sun pouring over my shoulder as I read and cuddle with the dog.

I’ll put up some of my photos, printed on canvas, in the southeast corner tomorrow.  And I’ll figure out where all those musical theatre and Broadway DVDs need to live.  Also Sunday, I intend to take apart the utility shelves on the west porch, and clean up that view, since I’m now eating breakfast at a bistro table on the porch.

All in all, this freshens the house for another season or two!