Lunedi Lunacy

A Threnody to Lost Mittens

That which was lost has been found.  And that which was mislaid has been returned unto me!

As the snows slowly melt – too damned slowly – the detritus of winter is revealed in all its bedraggled glory.  Some of it we will leave unmentioned but it’s the bits and pieces of misplaced winter wear that concern me today.  Mid-winter I myself lost a very good Thinsulator glove on a brief walk around the parking lot with our Nora.  Well low and behold only last week our Nicky discovered it while nosing around in a less than appetizing looking pile of old leafs and snow.  It was a stiff with damp and ice, and caked with a fair bit of red Island mud but otherwise unscathed.  Several washings and it’s as warm and as comforting as it ever was; has joined its mate and is ready to see another winter.

And as serendipity would have it I came across this threnody to lost mittens on the CBC Comedy website – much needed proof that my tax dollar is well and truly spent.

On this day in 1885: Canadian Cree warriors attacked the village of Frog Lake, killing nine.

Mercoledi Musicale

The view out our bedroom window last night around 2300.  The Canal still hasn’t frozen over enough for skating but winter is definitely here.


Last evening the sound of the back-up signal on a snowplow led me to the window for a moment or two – just to see what progress was being made on clearing some of the blowing snow that was piling up. The winter that we had managed to avoid so successfully for so long has come, as we knew in our hearts it would. The mere thought of plowing out through the drifts this morning had me shivering.  So as diversion from the icy blasts and to drive the cruel winter away I stop over to see what was happening at Mitchell’s place in Spain.  And not only was Mitchell moving he was going for a country walk – visually and musically – and that frost edged scene out the window and those first bars of the winter blues were driven out of my mind.

His musical selection reminded me of another moment in the Sondheim at 80 celebration at London’s Royal Albert Hall back in 2010:  the finale to the first part of Sunday in the Park with George. It is a performance charged with emotion and beauty but I find it is still difficult to beat the original performance in 1986.  That blend of Stephen Sondheim‘s music as performed by Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, and company and James Lapine‘s staging is a combination that brings together vocally and visually Georges Seurat‘s painting:  it is one of the great moments of musical theatre.

So to get away from the winter I thought I’d imagine it was Sunday and take a stroll on La Grande Jatte.


On this day in 1833: During the First Anglo-Afghan War Dr. William Brydon, the sole survivor of an army of 4,500 men and 12,000 camp followers, reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

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Jerry and I get around. In 2011, we moved from the USA to Spain. We now live near Málaga. Jerry y yo nos movemos. En 2011, nos mudamos de EEUU a España. Ahora vivimos cerca de Málaga.

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