Today we woke to a grey morning, but with a cover of snow on cars and roofs, an untidy scattering of white on the grass. So there must have been a bit of snow in the night. Nothing all day - just cold, cold coldness, in spite of the met's 60% promise of snow. We were stuck in the 40% area. Now, hurrah! Real Snow! I wonder what it will be like tomorrow morning...
I scrambled through the week's teaching, greatly assisted by a number of students being absent from their lessons (sore throat, school trip, imminent clarinet exam). The worst moment was accompanying a Grade 6 violin exam. The candidate is vastly, vastly improved from the first session we had together, but his counting still can't be trusted. So the bar he "always" got wrong, and I was prepared for, he got right, which caused me a few problems. There were places in all three pieces where I needed to be super alert, like when I suddenly had to turn my page earlier than I was expecting, and other places where I had to wait and judge the moment. Hey - we started and finished together, and didn't stop along the way! That has to be good.
Wednesday was a birthday for someone special. He received presents in pretty paper or Amazon wrappings from the offsprings, but I hadn't managed to wrap my tokens of appreciation. Not exactly true - they were "wrapped" in a shopping bag a friend brought me as a souvenir from Hong Kong. So, rather than wrap them 30 seconds before giving them to him, he played "lucky dip". No chocolate, as I had bought a giant dark chocolate Toblerone
Today has been highly satisfactory from my point of view. I've had a pyjama day, or rather a nightdress day. Cups of tea and coffee, and meals, have materialised at regular intervals - what a treat.- and I have accomplished a number of things that I wanted to do, and many more that I just felt like doing.