I love it when I’m reading a book and it has me exploring things I know little or nothing about. In this case, I’m reading Peter Høeg’s The Quiet Girl. I will always love Peter Høeg because he wrote Smilla’s Sense of Snow, so I read The Quiet Girl because of another love. I’m not going to review the book, because it’s been out for a long time and no one needs another review of it. Instead, I wanted to talk about all the music I’ve listened to since I started reading it. Right now, for example I’m listening to Itzhak Perlman play Partita in D Minor on YouTube. The piece ends with the Chaconne which is supposed to be one of the all time great pieces of music written for solo violin. I couldn’t tell you if that’s true because my knowledge of classical music is limited at best, but as with art, I know what I like, and this is a very beautiful piece of music. All of the music discussed and described in this book is amazing, but this might be my favorite. You should listen too.
Or I suck at parking in them. Either way, I say if you get circular scrapes on your car door from a column, add a Tasmanian Devil sticker, and act like you meant to do that.
All the other azaleas in our yard seem to understand it’s September, but this little one feels spring in the air.
Here’s peppy moment of zen watching the waves.
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Dreams of future pesto.
Kiwi berries and chrysanthemum tea make for a lovely afternoon snack on an unseasonably cold day. If you haven’t tried kiwi berries yet, I highly recommend them. They have all the joy of regular kiwi but in bite size and without the fuzzy skin.
Rare Bird had El Filo coffee from Honduras last week. I hadn’t had it before, but I had a cup at the café and had to buy a bag. It’s a lovely lightly roasted nutty coffee. It definitely tastes fruity in a non-citrus way. The bag describes this as an apple flavor, but I’m not sure I could be that specific. There is a subtle chocolatey note at the finish. All in all, it’s a delicious coffee, perfect for drinking black.
Ah yes, it’s time for my all time favorite Christmas commercial.