1. The Vancouver Opera production of Tosca, which we saw last Saturday, was sumptuously satisfying. Wonderfully big juicy orchestra sound, great set (I was going to say "if traditional" but I think traditional is the charm here), a huge and satisfying crowd scene with great choral action, and fabulous singing and acting by the principals, especially Gordon Hawkins as the most demonic Scarpia. We're convinced we could even see his eyes glittering evilly all the way from the stage, some kind of devil action! But the man got his. You can see it all go down, if you're near Vancouver, as there are still two more performances. Opening night, when we went, was sold out though. so if you want to see this show (which has been getting great reviews!) act quickly!
2. The Fruits of Autumn! I know, we treat pumpkin and squash like vegetables, but botanically they are fruit, so they belong right here with the pomegranate and the ground cherries -- or do you call the latter "gooseberries"? The Farmer's Market showed up again on campus this week, and I scored a little bag of these juicy sweet berries with their sweet little paper wrappings (along with another frittata or two's worth of chanterelles, mmmmmm). The pomegranate, of course, doesn't get grown locally -- in fact, I love that it only shows up once a year, for a number of weeks. It still recalls my childhood excitement over its exotic presence on our kitchen table, my mother carefully dividing up its intricately mysterious innards for us, having diverted some of the grocery budget from macaroni or powdered milk. . . .
3. Telltale Table Scraps. It doesn't take Columbo to know that someone's been eating crab here, and to suspect that someone to be a generally fast-moving furry creature who felt comfortable settling in on our steps for dinner.
4. I love the photos I regularly get on my cellphone from my daughters. They often turn my mood 180 degrees with a happy jolt of granddaughter love. As in this one that arrived last week, two sweet cousins, both wearing the "rainbow" dresses Nana knit, because older cousin thought that would be a good idea (and younger cousin doesn't get a lot of say yet!). Dresses also featured here and here.
5. And finally, Thing #5 is a delivery from Chapters -- now I just have to make myself mark a small stack of papers before rewarding myself by diving into one of these tempting choices.