1. I slept for nine hours, between about 9 pm and six in the morning. It was just showing 5:59 am as I got up. So I got more sleep than usual, and I feel very rested in comparison with days prior.
2. Sky’s about to almost get light already. Yes – much more rested.
3. Second cup of unusually strong Folger’s coffee – the last in the batch, on yesterday’s filter (which was the last filter.)
4. People like the youtube, and we might make another one this morning.
5. Taize was strong last night, and powerful.
6. New computer is great so far, and fast. Started up quickly from nothing this morning. It shows the familiar Windows 10 prompts and snags, but not for periods of gross delay.
7. People have been letting me play the piano lately, and it’s a good feeling. It increases my sense of belonging in the community, especially when my playing is so genuinely appreciated.
8. Choir was good last night, and Susan was very helpful in taking us through the two new pieces. The “Midwinter” arrangement recalls Dvorak (New World Symphony, the “Going Home” theme), and is also reminiscent of Copeland in places. It is also quite unlike my own, which is derived from Jane Siberry on her Sushan the Palace album. I’ve noticed that everyone claims Gustav Holst as the composer of all these widely divergent themes, of which I’ve heard many more than just the two now cited. I can and will investigate. This is an example of why Jim the Janitor believes that we none of us should ever be bored. Always something to challenge the inquisitive nature, cf. Genesis Three.
9. Nice lentil soup last night, and bread.
10. I have so much more energy this morning than usual. I want to go out, but at 22F degrees and high humidity I wonder if I will need my spikes? I can wait a while. Making sure all my former folders and their files are fully loaded onto the new system is a home-bound task, involving both computers, patience, and presence. I have my work cut out for me, and God is good.
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