Monday, September 20, 2021

Salut d'Amour

He enjoyed football, supporting Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., for whom he composed an anthem, "He Banged the Leather for Goal."
~Wikipedia on Edward Elgar

I went down such a rabbit hole once I decided I wanted to feature "Salut d'Amour" by Edward Elgar (1857-1934) for Music Monday! I listened to so many versions, trying to decide which I liked best. It made me very relaxed! I hope you find this piece relaxing, too. Elgar dedicated it to his wife as an engagment present.

Salut d'Amour Op.12 (Arr. for Trumpet and Piano), performed by Ketil Christensen and Jørgen Andersen:

Cellist. SaYA Lee (Celloya):

Saturday, September 18, 2021


One can study a caterpillar forever and never be able to predict a butterfly.
~R. Buckminster Fuller

I missed Poetry Friday because I was off celebrating my dad's birthday. Here's a photo I took while I was there:

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Landscape with a Sunlit Stream

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
~Galileo Galilei

Toni Bernhard, author of How to Be Sick and How to Wake Up, posted this on Facebook and I liked it so much I couldn't resist sharing it for Art Thursday:

Landscape with a Sunlit Stream
by Charles-François Daubigny

Monday, September 13, 2021

A classic

One of the most played, arranged, and rearranged pieces in blues history.
~Gérard Herzhaft about Baby, Please Don't Go

Muddy Waters:

AC/DC's version

Monday, September 6, 2021

Stevie and Kenny

I always want to call you "Friend"
~Kenny Loggins

I made it in time for Music Monday! I was singing this song while making dinner...Kenny Loggins and Stevie Nicks:

Thursday, September 2, 2021


The heart's regulation of the pulse fashions the body into a musical microcosm keeping time with the rhythms of the universe.
~Bruce W. Holsinger

My uncanny, well-read daughter Ariana sent me this poem on a postcard.

Chinese Foot Chart
by Kay Ryan

Every part of us
alerts another part.
Press a spot in
the tender arch and
feel the scalp
twitch. We are no
match for ourselves
but our own release...

read the rest here

(If you haven't heard of reflexology, would you still get this poem?)


* The postcard arrived right after my heart had an odd knock...A rib injury over my heart made me feel like my heart had rather literally cracked open. I did some speedy healing and am much better now.

My Juicy Little Universe has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Heidi!

Grasset's Beautiful Garden

When you plant something, you invest in a beautiful future amidst a stressful, chaotic and, at times, downright appalling world.
~Monty Don

September is one of my favorite months. Lots of birthdays, beautiful weather. September 2021 got off to a humdinger of a start, though...I hope the rest of it is a bit more "hydrangea" and a little less "urgent care."*

La Belle Jardiniere – Septembre
by Eugène Grasset

* (I'm fine, we were there for Dash's knee, which is not fine. Meniscus tear?)