Well, see, I was going to post something here every week. Then I missed the week-end of 20-21 November - not, I suspect, for any real reason but just because I did a bit of this and a bit of that - and then the week-end was over.
Once you do something once, it gets a lot easier to do it again. The following week-end was pretty intense orchestra rehearsal. And the week-end just past - 4-5 December - was the concerts.
I think a major reason I don't write is that I cannot really convince myself that anyone would be interested in what I have to say. Occasionally I get a response, which appears to mean that my feeling is not entirely correct - but, still...
No, I am not urging anyone to start writing stuff back just for the sake of it! I am just explaining how I feel.
In any case, I cannot write anything much at the moment. It is Monday evening the 6th of December (Happy Feast of St Nicholas!). I have been on leave all the week before the concerts, and today; tomorrow I am back to work.
We had a wonderful Saturday evening concert. Sunday afternoon was very good except that one idiot totally failed to play the fairly obvious solo line at the end of one of the pieces everyone knows.
Yes, of course it was me. The piece was Strauss's "Blue Danube Waltz" I somehow missed the conductor's cue. Nevertheless, the rest of it went well.
The business that led the doctor to talk about COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis) has continued to be a problem. The doctor says it is not COPD - and doesn't know what is going on. I have been referred to Middlemore to the ENT specialists there. It is troubling - my voice is getting permanently hoarse. At night my lungs get congested. I would be glad of prayer.
I will try to reform my habits, replacing bad with good. Next week-end I will try to write something - on what, I don't know.