First… thanks go out to those who have sent things via the wishlist.
Different delivery services have been here this morning and the post hasn’t yet arrived.
RB of TX sent a much needed USB hub. As I expand my interest to video as well as audio, this will be useful!
RR of IN sent a desktop microphone stand, which will simplify my setup a great deal and allow the eventual use of a shock absorber for the microphone.
RJ sent, bless her, more Colatura di alici. I am afraid I am becoming addicted to this stuff.
And someone, I don’t know who, sent the new external hard drive. Thank you. This will put my mind at ease.
MG sent a little webcam of 5 megapixels. I use it now in the chapel and it is superior to what was in there before.
DM sent some English Stilton! This will be a main feature of a supper I am preparing for tonight. Some friends are coming from several hundred miles away by car. Thus, I am preparing a supper.
As soon as I take care of a few needful things, I am off to the grocery to see what is around.
There is an appetizer I like to offer, which involves shrimp. Perhaps I can pair that with something dry that has bubbles.
Two "firsts": I will probably revisit the Potato Leek Soup of the other day. I think I will put together some ravioli in butter and sage leaves, with grated parmiggiano. I am keeping an embarrassingly scraggly sage plant alive from the summer. Might as well use some. I have all sorts of herb plants in here with me this winter. Hey… on my budget its cheaper than buying the fresh stuff in the store considering how I use fresh herbs to cook!
And when the sage is done with its usefulness, maybe I can imitate those idiots at the White House the other day and go drive evil spirits out of a rectory I know.
I am thawing some Sunfish fillets snatched up from depths in the usual way during the summer and stored away in the deep freezer for an appropriate moment. I am not sure what will go with them. Must see at the grocery what looks good. That will determine my sauce: I want to use my sauce spoons. Sunnies are so delicate… I don’t want to overpower them.
My guests are bringing the wine, which will be a 2004 Chassange-Montrachet for the Sunnies and the firsts and a 2006 Ridge "Three Valleys" for the Stilton.
Meanwhile, the "amaryllis" is really popping now.
Back to work for me now.