Dec 31, 2007

happy new year

I've found a lot of times that the more tired I am, the harder it is to sleep - so if it holds true tonight, I will be awake until morning.

Last night I read my Letter - a girl mostly secure and happy still wrote it to me at 16; a girl still a girl and loving laughter and family and excited and confused in a different and new thing she did not know was love too, beginning to realize the loss of growing, and laughing to push away the thought and pull a little blanket of a world closer.
I am not her. And I am her still.
I think she was not me, either, but she got a feeling of what may be and then knew to write the simplest words to break her own heart.
Know that there are times when all is right and well, and times that are not so.
Oh God is still good then.

Sometime around 2 AM I will write another letter for next December. I have been writing these since I was 14 or 15 and am told it's a bit of a childish thing, but still I get half drunk with sleepiness every new year's eve and sprawl out on the floor to write a 15 or so page missive to myself before passing out with my forehead on my paper, and the next day I seal it up and open it again a year from then and it helps me to listen to myself and remember who I was and maybe you can't see why but I need that more than grown up things.


There will be a frightening lot of People coming here tonight, but oddly I'm not frightened, there's something about a party, and I don't even feel like hiding, I feel breathless and happy and like loving everyone, and tonight there will be time passing and people smiling and the first breath of a new day, and probably a balanced combo of alcohol, speeches and crying. What a grand thing is living.

Here being overcome with sentimentality and one silvery premature tear I have to say to all of you that read this, you are completely beautiful, you and you and you and you and you and you and if I forgot a you I love you too, and I wish that each is warm and glad and merry new year to all and every one in the whole wide world.

Dec 30, 2007

A year in hindsight

At the end of each year, my dear mother embarks on the task of completing an absolutely monstrous circular that details in excruciating facts the events and adventures of each member of the clan, and sends it off to every soul who ever stood close enough to a W to spit at. Since December is almost passed and she's showed no signs of commencing, I observed casually to her yesterday that she hasn't even started on The New Year Letter and we're going to be expatriated from fine society if the round robin isn't flying by the 1st of January. She appreciated the gravity of the situation, as I suspected she might, and to offset the hysterics I had induced and because I am a dutiful and self sacrificial sort of person, I told her I had recently prepared my own paragraph and she didn't have a thing to worry about except the other 9. This is it, I worked on it all night and really could use some sleep and/or compliments.
CHRISTINA, the third eldest and most immature W is not very old so far. She knew everything by age 6 but for the sake of the other children's self-esteem waited until this year to graduate school, which she did with grace beauty and an immense amount of chocolate binging the week before, enduring a painfully long ceremony, giving a grand performance of Debussy and having a lovely day capped off with a compliment by a man who introduced himself as having an uncle named Antonin Dvorak, a shining moment she will drag tattered to her pauper's grave and probably even pull out and present before the Judgment Seat declaring petulantly "but Dvorak's nephew said I was good!" If you, reading this, have perchance visited our home in the past year and didn't see the 17 year old W for a single moment of your stay, it was because she was in the woods hiding from you on purpose. Christina is Christina. She loves God and dislikes mostly everyone else. She has made some intriguing discoveries about her heritage this year; finding out that her great grandmother on one side was n/nths Cherokee and her great great grandfather on the other side was probably a Hatfield or McCoy, she's not sure which but hears that he done got shot off a mule one time and that can't just count for peanuts. This has been Christina's eighth year playing the piano and she's given up on it at least 365 times and resolved to never give up on it about as many. Baseball is still the best and from October to April she is especially grumpy and morose - so, generally herself. She currently does nothing at all but blogs, practices, walks, and practices and walks and if it's a Tuesday or Thursday night she goes to the local GED class to tutor a great crowd of fascinating addicts. Her plans for the new year are classified but are suspected to have to do with self improvement and world betterification.

Dec 29, 2007

Have a lady friend to dinner

They are polite, quiet, a bit shy, like to amuse themselves before supper in flying tight circles accompanied by the ceiling fan blades, and at mealtime may decline your prepared spread in favor of the houseplant aphids but are very cordial about it.

I'm going to tell me one more time

You really need to clean your mess up.

Dec 26, 2007

Last night at 1 AM I decided to quit playing the piano forever.


For not the first time I thank God that decisions made at 1 AM rarely last the night.

minor key

All I see now when I play piano in my mind as I fall asleep are faults. One of my hands is weak, not strong enough, not quick enough and it drives me half crazy. The remaining half is made up by a single look at my spinet surrounded by piles and piles of music, unfinished and forgotten. I loved each one and then went into a fit and abandoned all of them. I know I am missing the feeling and the heart of it all now but I can't get it back, going from day to day now with this ceaseless perfectionism. I am not good enough. This is the most discouraging feeling in the world, to know I have no teacher and cannot lead myself. But I will not give up. I will never give up and I will be more than I am. Everyone would like to know where I am going and the question now makes me want to weep; still my answer is the same as it has always been -
What do you want to do, Christina?
I don't know, Sir, only that it has to do with the Piano.
Exhausted from the night, my mind unbidden remembered words from a Song, and quiet came to me as a thing that comes from somewhere never seen but always close.

I will praise you as long as I live and in your name I will lift my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you
I think of you through the watches of the night.

Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.

My soul clings to you

your right hand upholds me.

Around 2 AM last night I fell asleep thinking about my father's voice and a golden place.

silver dark

I close all the shades and curtains and still it creeps in the edges and steals across the dark. That moon. You are so full of tears I can't sleep. The writing serves to distract in a little way. The peripheral shadows on the wall started to terrify me, I threw them off onto the floor just now and don't know why. It comes in swells mostly. There is one long corridor in my life and portraits keep changing and changing. When I close my eyes it is better somehow and I am still and calm and I hear my father's singing in my head so clearly my cherie amour, lovely as a summer's day. My name was once Tina and I never believed I was pretty but always thought maybe just maybe I could be beautiful. The house is so quiet. The world is so quiet. I must be very strong to be resisting this urge to scream against this empty selfish fluff of a cheap generation that I hate you and want none of your world. I don't want it and I don't want to open my eyes. On a silver dark night I only want someone to stroke my hair and sing and say they know even if they don't.

Dec 25, 2007

On this merry day

They tell me to not bitter on Christmas, so fine. The Dog and I wish a cheerful bah humbug to you all.

Dec 24, 2007

So I haven't blogged

Because for the 14, 367th time I had been considering deleting this blog until I took into consideration that there are only 7 more days till New Year's and if I wait until then I can make it a resolution. Probably by that time I will be in a slightly better humor because the days from here on out, thank God, are only getting longer. And I will resolve to answer e-mails, and to write more but not so much about myself, and not be sad, and most of all to eat a lot.

John is home for the holiday we don't speak of. The men and boys are on ladders and tractors and trailers cutting and carrying the dead limbs from the silver maples and the ash trees. I would like to go out but I can't watch that. I would probably cry and Dad wouldn't like it but I couldn't help it because I didn't get enough sleep to keep myself together, though I dreamed. I love my dreams. Hardly ever the sleeping ones but the ones that are mine when I am lulling tired and have music all around, dreamy dreams of colours and warmth in whispers and soft dreams and silly dreams and music dreams. There is some music that always wants to break me inside, something core deep under my ribs and behind my heart, a heavy bewildering thing that could break into a million shimmers of feeling if only I will let it.

Dec 20, 2007

merely i observe

lonely fog has been creeping in this morning outside my brother is working doing the things his Dad told him to do and Mum
calls him frantically to come inside,
she worries he has not been well
for a week and they will be late
for the doctor, she worries
about him even though
today she is unwell
herself, she worries
much too much Dad said to me as she
was on the phone to Gran what
would your Mum do if nobody
ever got sick, there wouldn't
be a thing to talk about

Dec 19, 2007

You will only feel a slight puff of air


A woman pushing her mother in a wheelchair came while I was waiting for my eye exam this morning, just when I was yawning and giving up on anything happening today. The mother held her toddler grandson while the daughter went to get the forms, and he had great blue wondering eyes that looked at everything and everything looked at. Paw Paw! he said excitedly pointing at the elderly man who sat next to me. No that's not Poppa, Poppa's at home, his mother told him. Paw Paw? he said, looking at me now. I smiled thinking: "Good heavens do I really look like a grandpa? No of course I don't... but then again who says Good Heavens besides grandpas", and immediately started developing a complex. He thinks everything is Poppa, she assured me. The little boy seemed content to have found two Poppas so far and was quiet for a while until he noticed the TV on the wall. PAW PAW!!! In the meantime the daughter was filling out the form for her mother. She read out loud "Check which con-dish-uns apply to you", and she listed them off: Blurry Distance Vision, Check, Blurry Near Vision, Check, Eye Strain, Check, Light Sensitivity, Check, and it turned out this woman thought she had everything, burning eyes, itchy eyes, watery eyes and dry eyes - perhaps one of each, I thought generously - and THEN they moved on to the Family History section: retinal disease? yes, glaucoma? yes, heart disease? yes, high blood pressure? yes, diabetes? yes, macular degeneration? yes, blindness? yes, and so and on and on and on until the "yes" had become a constant nod and everyone listening had become incredibly depressed. Then she came to "Other ____", and the mother thought for 4 minutes about it and then said a reluctant "No". The whole room had a silent cheer. You should have heard it. I think waiting rooms are strange and wonderful places.


Yesterday morning right after the Writer's Almanac on NPR I heard the gentle second movement of the Pathetique come on, and as I leaned my head on the speaker to listen, it shifted into Adeste Fidelis, O Come All Ye Faithful, joyful and triumphant, o come o come o come come come! It was surprising. it was joyeux. I am loving my piano today. Late last night before I went to bed I started to play a Rachmaninoff prelude, the last of the Ten Preludes of opus 23 and I know I always think when I first begin to play something that it is so beautiful, but the Rachmaninoff prelude is so beautiful. And my piano is my home again.


I sang of the dancing stars,

I sang of the daedal earth,

And of heaven, and the giant wars,

And love, and death, and birth

Sorry, Sam

Sonatina Management would like to humbly and sincerely extend its apologies to Sam the barn cat, upon learning that he is, in fact, a her.

Dec 18, 2007

If not for Flash

I would have several more items of clothing than I do now
I would never play in the snow
I would not smile half as much

OK then

I dreamed last night. I dreamed about one dream for every night I haven't dreamed. That's a lot of dreams in case you wanted to know. One millionth of the time I dreamed I was on What Not To Wear with co-hosts Clinton Kelly and Stacy London but Clinton wasn't there only Stacy was and what I call there wasn't NYC but some lovely green place overspread with trees and with a quiet pond a little ways off and in this place we were shopping. Stacy was finding all these clothes for me and I didn't ask where but just tried them on in the dressing room which was a curtained place lit by oil lamps. I tried on some grey pants and Stacy said OK let's see them! so I stepped out and she exclaimed Oh these are fantastic look how they slim you and make you look taller and I gasped But Stacy I can't breathe in them and besides I'm only 115 pounds and already too tall but she didn't even hear me, and simply hummed deliriously running her hand over the fabric, so I changed tactics and hitched up one leg of the pants from behind and said Look one of the legs is shorter than the other! Horrified, she jerked her hand away and backing up said I'll go find you a different one and she turned tail and ran and I frantically packed up my stuff and fled

right into another dream; it was night and a thunderstorm raged outside my house which was full of strange people. I only knew a few of them. It was Bob Dylan in the kitchen at the stand mixer which was on the highest speed beating something he kept adding eggs to while he sang Thunder On The Mountain, and it was Alicia Keys singing it with him. He would sing a verse and she would sing the next and so on but I never actually SAW Alicia Keys because every time I looked around for her she wasn't there and it was me singing. There was someone very sick in the house. We knew we had to go bring a doctor but it seemed no one had brought a car and the only thing we had was the Spirit of St. Louis which was parked under the first maple tree, inexplicably in full moonlight. An old weathered black man had flown her here and told us he was Charles Lindbergh which seemed completely natural at the time. He had since disappeared so the rest of us were deciding who would fly to get the doctor when we heard the plane taking off. Hurrah! we shouted for our brave Charles Lindbergh who was being such a hero, until Charles Lindbergh shouted for us all to keep it down because he was trying to sleep. We stared at each other and realized my 16 year old sister Sophie was the only one missing. But Sophie doesn't know how to drive a plane! I moaned, sick with worry. How to pilot a plane, corrected the black Charles Lindbergh. I think you're a fake, I accused him. I think you're afraid, he said and fell back asleep. Before I could answer, we heard the hum of the plane coming back. Oh thank God she made it! someone shouted and woke the false Lindbergh up again who immediately said ominously That's not my plane. That's not a plane at all. And all the singing stopped again and we quietly listened to that hum getting louder and louder until it was hovering right outside the window and as someone's arm reached to open the blinds I woke up.

I think my dreams are really epic and obviously full of meaningful symbolism.



Dec 17, 2007

and all the pink rubbed off his nose

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day... "does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you"


Lunch today is orange juice and strawberry cake with buttercream frosting, which is leftover yesterday's birthday cake. No, there is no significance to that at all - how should I know if Ludwig van Beethoven liked strawberry cake or any cake at all? If you want to know it was the only Duncan Hines box cake in the cupboard and some Sundays you don't feel like messing with flour and butter and eggs and ovens, even if it is the anniversary of the birth of one of the most dynamic beautiful and extraordinary composers of all time. You don't feel like doing much at all.

I cried half the night and woke up this morning with my hands agonizedly tangled in my hair, which doesn't make much sense because I didn't have a nightmare because I didn't dream because I haven't dreamed in weeks. But it mostly means I am becoming a rubbery flubbery mess again and the weather this time has only a little to do with it - the sun has after all stayed out two days though it's very cold and snowy which makes it hard to run away and I think I really really need to run away. Home has become a close stiff place I don't know how to breathe here and walls don't seem to understand a Profound Emotional Disturbance like a tree does. Apparently someone is looking after me because when I woke up I found a note on my dresser that bubbled optimistically "Hello Christina I dicided it was time for youy check-up you seem to be doing good so I'm going to let you pas the check-up test well I bid you adoo toodles Your's Truly, Check-up fairy", which was so disturbing and obviously false I am going to hunt this fairy down and demand a second opinion. I would like to know why I keep falling to pieces, and after that she can tell me why my hand eczema which I thought stopped eleven years ago has come back but only on the back of my left pinky, and why I only chew on the fingers of my left hand, and then why I can eat nothing for a week and the next am starving every second.
And why for some days now I haven't stopped clenching my fists long enough to play the piano.

I would like someone to teach me to be good now.


course the tree falling in the woods makes a sound. I have never understood that question, it sounds like one of those stupid things David Henry Thoreau would say.

Henry David Thoreau, Dad.

Dec 16, 2007


Es muss sein.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Happy Birthday, Ludwig

Beethoven was baptized on December 17, 170. Although his birth date is not known for certain, his family celebrated his birthday on December 16.

Dec 15, 2007

Snow dog

He likes this weather.

Dec 14, 2007

Blue sky

such a beautiful
beautiful thing

Frazzled are the peacemakers

K: Chriiis, would you PLEASE make Birdie get off the piano, I'm TRYING to do my school!

C: K, I can't tell her that, she has every right to be practicing now; if it's really bothering you, why don't you try asking her nicely?

K: Because nicely never works!

Dec 13, 2007

It's thawing

And all the sounds now are drip's and drop's and trickle's and clink's as the cold melts and mellows, and the Sun - the Sun! - is making a mighty effort and for 26 straight minutes he's shone clear onto this gleaming world and oh oh oh my word, for the first time in a month
I feel like going outside.

Now I am ready for Winter

The damages

From venturing out, Tuesday.

Dec 12, 2007

Present Day
The regular electricity has been back on since 1 am, a few hours after the Generator finally started to work. fiiigures. But Hallelujah. Everyone is happier and already the experience of manually flushing toilets is starting to fade from memory. All hail electric companies and their dedicated workers. Actually I take it back, don't hail please, that is the last thing we need. We may get to town today finally, if The Vehicle can haul itself up the still icy road and we must pray it does because all the forecasters say is it may get worse now, and I'm running desperately low on Chap Stick. Help.

From Iceworld

On Saturday December 8th a strong, cold high pressure system moved from Canada into the Great Plains. This high pressure system brought some very cold air streaming into the Midwest and Great Plains regions. At 200 PM on Saturday December 8th, temperatures ranged from the mid 30s in Southeast Missouri to the upper teens in Northeast Missouri. As this cold air was settling in across the Bi-State region, a low pressure system developed over the southern plains which drew copious amounts of Gulf moisture up and over the cold air which was locked in at the surface. Sub-freezing temperatures across the northern 2/3s of the Bi-State Region combined with this overrunning warm and moist air provided the perfect setup for freezing rain.

From here. It means the weather stinks. John the Weather Man sent me the link. He said he saw it and thought HEY! I RECOGNIZE THAT TREE and sure enough I look and two of my photos ended up on the NOAA website, thanks to my beloved snoopy Mum.

If you've read this already, or this, or this, you know why I haven't written. In case you haven't, do, and for your negligence I have also composed a brief narration of recent events. Run away.

Dec 11, 2007


Tuesday December 11, 10:07 am
Outside walls everything was cold silence yesterday. Today is even more terrible, and different. We are in a cloud. Frozen fog, and all around are shadows of trees, and the sounds of hunters and the cracking of their guns. It is not hunters. The trees are breaking. A second doesn't go by without one falling. The ash trees are split, my trees. I climbed and dreamed in them all summer. The west one cracked finally while we were sleeping. I heard it then but didn't sob at all until I had to see it, and all of them as I stood in the field and listened. Is it strange I am grieving for Trees. But they hang their heads so. I was angry too but I've stopped now. Have no strength for it. There's been no sun for 11 days. Ready for this to end. Still no power.

2:34 pm
It is very wearisome today to have no water and no lights. La of the Quarry Cliffs keeps calling on the cell to say that she's great and everything's on and she is just about to shower and watch TV. I don't care much. I'm sure she has also e-mailed me 1,548 times saying Why don't you E-mail me? Well, the first thing I will do when the Internet's back up is send her an e-mail, and it will say,

Here is an E-mail.


9:04 pm
We are tripping over our own glee. Since about 40 minutes ago, Dad's somehow finally got the Generator running; and somehow got it hooked to run the well pump, and so we've all showered now and feel we could always be good if we never had another thing besides clean skin and blankets. To smell good is lovely. To have a fireplace, to have candles, to have pillows and a Da downstairs.

Dec 10, 2007


Monday December 10, 12:47 pm

Phones have been down all day. Here at the W's the electricity is still on; no one knows why. There is no power at Jeff and Naomi's up the road, or at Gran K and Don's. Wondering if they woke up very cold, we pray a little harder for March, and huddle around fireplaces and gaze and think about what we love. To be warm is what we need. The day is frozen soundless and everyone must be close and comforted together to survive, in our own Ark with flickering flames and some laughter. Winter makes us lonely, at the same time it forces us together. We are warm and cold.

4:17 pm
The power went out shortly after 1. Pretty lamps and candles lit all over the house. Mum is in Efficiency Mode, we must do this, we must do it now, we must seize Fate by the throat, or was that Beethoven. Happy birthday, Beethoven.

8:05 pm
Dad has made an entry, we all have eaten by oil-lamplight, and he has dragged off the boys and they are at work on the finicky Generator. The rest of us all have had the best time singing at the Piano and playing Chinese Checkers in the flickering Darkness, but now half are getting grumpy and insist on Showers, and TV, and say they can't even tell which color Checker is theirs without the stupid lights on when will they get the stupid lights on and I REALLY NEED A SHOWER. It seems rusticity also loses its charm.

Dec 7, 2007

Is this a bad time

it didn't snow it didn't snow it didn't snow it didn't snow.........

yes it did.

Now listen. Don't say oh for a White Christmas, don't say you envy me, and don't you ever say it's pretty, it's not pretty not when it's like this half melting and sticky and shrouding like it is. But enough of that. Actually you may say what you wish, I just want to sleep. For days I've slept and wanted to sleep and half fallen asleep watching a marathon of birthing shows on TLC thinking Oh my God how awful maybe I'll only have 12 instead of 13 and then I wake back up and the tv family is home with a little soft baby in a little soft blanket and he fits right into their chests between their ribs and on their hearts and I think oh only one would be enough and I drift off a little and I think: and then 12 more.

Here I would like to apologize to all I owe e-mail to. I will still probably owe you e-mails weeks from now. Now don't worry, it's not you it's me blah blah blah but seriously; I am very ill, you should know. The great thing is I've found loads of great and informative websites where I can jolly diagnose myself all day long let's see so far I've definitely got Seasonal Affective Disorder and of course ADD with Hyperactivity plus I tend to suffer from chronic stress and and perfectionism (who knew that was a disease) and dysthymia and hypomania which means probably also cyclothymia and then there's the A Word. If you don't understand what all this means, here it is simply: you really don't want me to e-mail you.

That's all.

Oh and happy 1/31 of Beethoven's Birthday.

Oh..... and have a holly jolly rotten Christmas.

Dec 6, 2007

My piano

My Spinet has lived with me for about 1,022 mornings; but even now there is nothing so new as seeing the first light of a day and the way it falls on the wood and keys.


(From K's grammar yesterday)

Use three adjectives to describe the noun:


1) succulent peach
2) good peach
3) happy peach

Dec 5, 2007


I swore last night that this day I would walk, I must walk, I don't care how cold the dawn was going to be, I would get out. But it didn't even dawn. It rained and then it snowed and it stopped and melted and cried, wait no that was me. I miss everything so much. I miss the light.

But! I'm all better now, you see. I tell myself that. I had cookies and cocoa and am thinking of playing the piano because I haven't for days and days. The Pathetique still sits there glaring, it would kill me to put it away and it would kill me to play it - but at least for now I know I need something else, I need lively and up and cheery and pretty or I will go even more crazy than I am. And I think I know just the thing.


Words don't come

Haven't lately been able to shake what follows me through the day, and wakes me up at night, and never wants me to eat and makes me act all funny. Something is bothering me and I don't know what it is. Maybe it is being immured in walls, too too cold to venture out, maybe it is having too much to do and never ever finishing, maybe it is the layers and layers of grey - maybe it is something else.

But it is something.

I want to learn to live with this heart.

I want to leave the cold behind.

Only a fool

Once I did try to count all the colors in a sunset.

Dec 4, 2007

Sweet Sam

Sam is the littlest one of the barn cats at the alpaca farm.

Every time I was there I wanted to take him home with me.

Very like a whale

Or, The Humorous Effects of Sleep Deprivation

K hops around doing animal impersonations.

C: Hmmm... you are... you are... oh you're an... umm... okapi?

K: I'm a FROG.

O: An okapi, what is that, like a cross between a mountain goat and something, isn't it?

C: Well, no, I think it's sort of an African gazelle-zebra-ish thing...

O: Oh, so it's like a cantaloupe?


C: Yeah.


Nov 30, 2007

Witch is the right way

My sister Birdie told me a few nights ago,

"Chris don't take this the wrong way but you would be perfect to play a crazy woman in a movie."

Nov 29, 2007

On the piano, still untouched

gonna sit right down

Sitting right down to positively work on my essay OK got paper got pen got main points don't got Tea, no one can work on an essay without Tea getting up making some sitting back down to positively work on my essay tapping pen Why did I make green tea don't feel like green tea pretty daisy doodling in the margin Oh well they say it is a good source of antioxidants take a sip tapping pen Whoops forgot the thee-sorus no one can work on an essay without a thee-sorus getting up going to the bookshelf where the thee-sorus sits Oh right next to the dictionary, So THAT'S what antioxidants means closing it put back on shelf Sitting right down to positively work on my essay tapping pen Forgot the thee-sorus - falling - asleep.

This is why I don't get anything done.


Are these - better?

Give me today

Three days down with lone fever bitter headache achey shakey cold. When I knew I was going to die I sent deep and sorrowful farewell letters to all my friends friend. Heard they she laughed. I'm so weird.

The Pathetique started following me in the dark, perhaps only because I was sick - but I am getting well now and I wont give up on it - when I didn't feel better but at least my hands didn't shake I crept to the Spinet with my blankie close around me but only could play Brahms, softly. Brahms over and over and again. nothing else was right.


Most appropriate sky for convalescing, God. Clear but 30°. Thank you for blue.
A fat jay plopped just now on the tree out the window across from me - he jumps around very pompous trying to frighten the sparrows but they are quicker and lighter and know it. The Great Bird Flock has come and going. It hasn't snowed yet. I think it is waiting to snow on Beethoven's birthday. No one knows exactly when Beethoven's birthday is so when it is December again we I will celebrate it all month long.

Nov 26, 2007

Returning you now to real life

One holiday: survived, though slightly worse for wear with a bruised hand, sore back, a severe case of narcolepsy and the same To Do List I've had for days and weeks. Playing in the annual Turkey Bowl will cause a couple of those symptoms but I should hardly blame the last two on the holiday because I am always tired - now that the days are a string of grey so is my mind and I don't want to do anything at all. Thus my hesitation in posting to Sonatina these days because no one really wants to read my whining which is exactly what I'm doing again, isn't it, so if you've read this far into another grumbling post, you deserve an alpaca photo.

Fed these guys (girls actually) for a friend over the weekend. I know you know they come in more colours than any other fiber producing animal, and that the shy little ones are called crias, but did you also know they hum?
If you did you may get bonus photos.

John was home for the week so it was not so dreary. It is a little funny any time he is here because all the little ones show off madly and vie for his venerated big brother attention, John John listen to this watch this!!, particularly the boys. O says it's because they haven't a father. When we are not mad at each other, things with John and I things are pretty simple. Always have been. He laughs at my jokes and I make him cake.

L of the Lovely Quarry Cliffs gave me a scarf on Thanksgiving, with a card that said HAPPY WINTER and a separate letter with a countdown on the envelope flap of the days left until she goes to Hawaii and leaves me to freeze to my lonesome death. I should hate her but can't afford it - besides, the scarf is pretty and brown and warm and Hawaii is probably way overrated anyway. I love my friends I love my friends I love them. If I ignore the countdown the letter was nice. We write often now. Even though we are only 7 numbers or a few miles apart, she is always going going and I am ever staying staying so we have to use every way we can to tie our separate days together, letters phone email and driving, so as not to grow up and apart. The letters I am most fond of. She says lately all my writing has been weird. She tells her Mum she has the weirdest friend ever. And her Mum says Who, Christina? because her Mum hasn't read my letters. Apparently what comes out in words with me is the weird thing, in person I am very ordinary. I only know I am trying to teach L things in all those writings, like colors and thee-soruses and imagination. She tries to teach me things too like never cry alone and how to live lightly and how to dress fashionably. Neither of us feel we're succeeding much.

Hope all had and will have a warm week.

This turned into maybe the nicest post I've written in a while. I guess we should all beware.

Nov 21, 2007


This morning is not really a morning, rather one of those days that gets it backward and goes to sleep first instead of waking up. See, by night time it will be bright and just beginning to warm.
Won't it?
it won't?
From 75 to 40 overnight is not fair.
Yesterday I was walking in the wind and sun and trees but I remember now the woods knew today was coming, trying to tell me in that silence after a leaf fell. I was standing out an hour ago wrapped in my blanket standing on the wet concrete in my bare feet. I felt clearly and solemn that I was seven, still in my PJ's looking at the grey sky.
Noiseless rain heavy rain cold rain. My hair is a mess and my clothes unchanged, a weak tantrum but a tantrum nonetheless, whatever, I'm not going to wake up. I am going sweep every thing off the piano the light the pictures everything, and open the top and open the cover and unscrew and open the base, and play and play and play with nothing except the Piano and nothing between the sound and me. I might well spend the day trying to untie myself from the day.

It may be time to shut down this place.

Nothing here to fear I'm just sitting
being foolish
there is work to be done
Just a hang-up call
and the quiet breathing
of our Persian we call
Cajun on a Wednesday

so we go from year to year

Tori Amos

Nov 20, 2007

Excuse the absence

Things go by so fast I can hardly even see them, and much less give them words.

Nov 16, 2007

Every day I feel

I am just now learning how to learn.
Everything wakes up so slowly now. I braved the cold and went out early to see the sun but even He opened one eye and then crawled back up under the covers. So I came inside thoroughly disgusted with it all. And have been dozing since.
Everything wakes up slowly now.
Me, too.

Life is presently Cheerio aftertaste.

Nov 15, 2007

The Great

I noticed a minute ago that the word MOZART is written in faint faded blue ink on my left palm, so faded and faint it looks more like the jagged streak of a vein. For the life of me I can't figure out why. Everyone knows Mozart is not blue, but saffron. The rest is easy to interpret. It would seem to say I loved an Amadeus once, I pressed my hand to his heart, and I moved away, but still he is under my skin.

But today! Bach.

(I was always in love with a Composer. For a while I was not aware there existed anyone but Claude Debussy but then came Chopin, and Beethoven - with brief trysts before between and after with Mendelssohn Mozart Schumann Saint-Saƫns Granados MacDowell and Brahms and him and him and him and now Bach. But I cannot say trysting with Bach. He was always a capital letter. He was holy. "OK and now the Bach Invention" and I would shrink under the piano bench because I had not practiced it and maybe even put a match to it. JSB was exercise.)

There is no transformation to write.

"No winging out the way of butterflies"

Since last week the Well Tempered Clavier has been on my Spinet, skin to skin with the Pathetique. The (slightly charred) Inventions I hadn't touched since I was 13 appeared today. If you ask me whence came this change of heart, I won't hear you, because I don't know, and I wonder too - I look at it and wonder how on earth my mind changes like it does.
I hear it and everything makes beautiful sense.

A sweet sun returned today. Autumn on her last days is singing me gently to sleep.

Nov 14, 2007

As at Meribah

Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink.

There is water in the well. It was only a fuse. REPEAT, IT WAS ONLY A FUSE, a something starter something fuse that did something and was loose or bad or broken which made it stop doing whatever it did that made pretty water come out of shiny faucets.

deep down, just a doo-hickey deal.

So the emergency lasted only hours, but oh! there was an emergency alas-in-this-dry-and-thirsty-land-we-will-strive-we-will-survi WHY ARE YOU USING THE BOTTLED WATER FOR OATMEAL DON'T YOU REALIZE WE'RE IN A CRI-SEES!!

It wasn't half as good as the last time this happened, when the Pater Familias was in the shower and it ceased! and his hair was full of soap and we had to break out the reserves and hand him bowl-fulls through the crevice of the door all the while making wretched attempts to control ourselves until he was de-sudsed, and all day after that he looked "mad, and silly".

All the excitement is over now. Please return to your houses your haunts or wherever you feel at home and safe.

Have you ever done some laughing that makes the contrast between that and the next feeling you get, stark, and staring? It is still and a few grey degrees outside. I am so cold and the thought of Winter makes me want to cry.

News from the backwoods

It's Wednesday, overcast, a chilly 54°, and I've just been informed the well's run dry.

Good morning!

Nov 13, 2007

Special delivery

K: Do you know how I got here?

C: Yes.

K: How?

C: Well...

K: EWW stop, I'm just kidding, I already know!

C: Do you?

K: Yes, I was brought by a falcon.

C: Hmm. Most people get storks.

K: Well, I was an UNUSUAL child!

Nov 12, 2007

Moses is dead


It smelled like clouds when I woke up. My window open since yesterday, and the night was gentle and the night was soft. The storm brewed quietly this morning and I walked to the pond unraveling the tangles in my brain and I heard a shot so close so loud and deafening it stopped me mid heartbeat.

Go away. Just go.

I haven't heard any since then. The hunters went home early perhaps because of the sky. 66 degrees today seems so false and beautiful. It was not raining yet when I was out. I was talking to God in the woods. Then it stormed when I was safely indoors, a troubled storm that drove hard in fits and slowed suddenly to sweetness, on and off alternating back and forth. The weather is in love, I thought. And when it had made its mind to be steady a while, I walked in the field catching raindrops in my hands.

Be strong and courageous

Nov 8, 2007

In the morning

It was so cold that for a while the sunshine froze in mid air.

In the morning II

Flash waits for somebody to come out and play.

Nov 7, 2007

5 days on holiday

Saw screech sisters clamor
washer thrum

mower drone


it's felt like Saturday all week


Nov 5, 2007

Beholder's eye

Middle G clicks, the soft pedal creaks and no one else's piano is as Grand as mine.

Nov 4, 2007

Tonight I am

Tonight I am the only one here like me, and I'm slightly schizophrenic and a hundred me's and me's make me a bit more lonesome than I should be.
I asked Mum would she mind very much if I didn't grow up. She said I must grow up but I don't have to do anything I don't want to do. That seemed to contradict.

Nov 2, 2007

In the beginning

Not every word has a colour but many do and November is rich pumpkin. Frost is cold light blue with no capital b. I left at 9:00 this morning to go see Mr. Brown who was really not brown at all but rather pale, and I took a locator test - that insultment to any mind past 3rd grade, and I filled a form and I mmmhmmed over some books and that was that, and now starting Tuesday evening I may go by my GED tutor title and the "former" designations "shall pass away". Met up with The Weatherman and Weatherman's friend for lunch and talking neither of which I did much of. I will never understand brothers and most boys and their enchantment with motors encased in metal and loud exploding revving things, never. Or the imbecilic music. At least that is what they call it. Music, I mean. The imbecilic part was mine.

Dropped some things at Goodwill today too. The boys working the drop-off were not the usual boys that work the drop-off, the I-would-rather-be-out-committing-ruthless-homicides boys. These boy were having a loud friendly jabbing argument the kind you can tell they have every day. THE WORLD IS ONLY TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OLD, said the one with hair in his eyes who looked about seventeen but could have been twenty-five since I couldn't see enough of his face to tell. The other boy laughed at him and said he was an idiot. And the older smaller black man answered me No, we don't get any work done around here because basically this is what we do all day and he fairly twinkled like that was all right and it must have been, because if the world really was created twenty-five years ago then he was around to see it and certainly knew what he was talking about.

good morning

it's 28 degrees.

Nov 1, 2007

some things:

1 there are sixty more days until a new year
2 I have been climbing trees and fences
3 myrrh is an incredible word
4 so is Klangfarbenmelodie

Oct 31, 2007


To try and rid me of my 10 year old shyness and timidity on the keys, my first music teacher always told me: If you ever have to take it all out on something, just remember you can't hurt a Piano.

Years later, there is still a little part of me that doesn't believe her.

Oct 30, 2007

falling back and a few other things

I was so tired today I walked my barefoot self to the west Ash and fell asleep in the fallen leaves with max and the autumn sunshine. It was peaceful like a cloud and warm. The tree is almost bare now. You can hear leaves fall one by one while you sleep. Or I can. Autumn is tinged with the wistful.

Also, fallen leaves smell like honey.

I stayed at L's Sunday and yesterday. There is a small abandoned quarry place near her house with great tall cliffs that semicircle a swampy cove and there is also a rusty bridge. I'm so jealous of her cliffs and bridge that I would have kicked her dog and ran away if she didn't know where I lived. When it was dark we built a fire and talked about the moon and sang Blue Moon and watched the moon rise then pranced danced around the fire like satellites ourselves. The wonderful thing about being my age is that I don't ever have to be my age at all.

Now it is quite dark and I have had Flash inside from the cold for a while. My dog and I are studying math and eating mini marshmallows and vanilla tea. Ok, we were before I gave it up for blogging. Ok, he wasn't doing any studying at all, but he does like my choice of a Tuesday supper. The house is very silent except for thoughts, but I have been thinking for a while about two new Voices of long-had friends and about L and the moon, and I wonder how I could have ever been alone.


As an aside, I wish someone would please please please tell me that I wasn't the only who forgot about last year's extension to DST and set my little clock back an hour on Saturday night and won't soon live it down.

The trouble with hunting season

It's beautiful outside, but there are gunshots all around, and unlike some of the trees, I haven't got a thing that's Orange to wear.

Mistaken in Missouri


- Salute across a quiet street, from two young boys who, after whispered consultations, evidently took my sisters and I to be three caliente immigrants

Oct 26, 2007

On a rainy day, Beethoven plays

quietly g C D Eb - F D - Eb C-- fourthfingernow d'C c thumb C D fourth again f'Eb thumb D Eb F G! changGe! G! F G fgAb! da, Eb F EbfG! da, C-D-Eb, Eb-F-D, D-Eb-C. F G Tall! now, Eb F Tall! now, andagain and again and a gain. crescendo here and on and up and up la! la-a-a and down and down again and here, la! lo-o-o and down and down until a C, tRiLl, up, and THERE!

Ever since I was little there has always been music in my head.

Oct 25, 2007


I am I because my little dog knows me.
Gertrude Stein

Because I care

Note I left last night on Mom's sink:

Hi Mum, cleaned your bathroom for you, am pretty sure the toilet is leaking all over the floor and it's not my fault, hope you have a good night
much love, Christina

PS watch your step

Oct 24, 2007

The River

Photo from 3 days ago, at one of my favorite places in the world... here.

Oct 23, 2007

Drift by

Only the ash trees have changed, fully changed. The photo is the babiest maple who is almost there. The east ash I see out this window this moment, and it is a bristling orangen gold against a lavender sky. I pulled back the curtains as far as they would go, I pulled the blinds up and up, and now I want to take out all the glass to see it better. Why do I love colours with all my heart? I don't know.

Oct 22, 2007

Whence cometh this?
85° yesterday,
and now it's freezing outside.


Flash and the purple spots

Still resentful of his recent pokeberryin', Flash attempts lens slobber to avenge his fur.

One little Indian

Flash awakes and considers going on the warpath.

Oct 19, 2007

Happy Windsday

It's deceptively calm now. tricksy tricksy tricksy. Two nights I have had to close the windows against the wind to keep it from gusting in and carrying me out. I have to sleep, I say. I walked already. I walk every night now. I watch everything that comes. Lightning, rain, tornadoes, galing winds. And then I say good-night, climb down from the roof and hope it all comes again tomorrow. On the Weather Channel which I am watching they say Saturday forecast is beautiful, beaming, bright, boring. Blech. That's why I don't watch the Weather Channel. I watch thunderstorms, and Pooh Bear.

"Oh the wind is lashing lusterly
and the trees are thrashing thrusterly
and the leaves are rustling gusterly

so it's rather safe to say
that it seems that it may turn out to be
it feels that it will undoubtedly

looks like a rather blustery day today"

Oct 17, 2007

I am drivin' up 85 in the kind of morning that lasts all afternoon

John Mayer

I put Mum to bed a while ago with echinacea tea and steamy soup and a spoon and now she is watching Bonanza and behaving just like a child. She told me Hoss is my friend, look how big he is on that horse next to all the others! I chide her to stop laughing because it makes her cough, but it is a reluctant rebuke because I like to hear her laugh.

It has been raining all morning. After I put on a sweater and my warm socks I went around opening all the windows just enough to let the rain sounds in and keep the cold out. I didn't have any energy to open the Spinet or to play Beethoven. I am tired from waking up so often in the night. So tired that my mind is frozen. So tired my eyes glue when they rest. The rain is very soft and mournful. It permits whispers at most. So in whispers I helped Con with his school today. He has discovered the thee-sorus. In whispers I congratulated him heartily. There are a pretty few things better in this Life than thee-sorusses. While he was perusing his newfound tool I watched Mom reading to K at the kitchen table even though she was positively pneumonic and needed to rest, and the rain was falling gently and it made me smile and sad and solemn at the same time.

Roberta said two nice things to me today. I can't figure it. I think she is making attempts at amends for her sulkiness of yesterday. The first was when I passed through the schoolroom and she was at work and looked at me and said You look pretty! I smiled, cause I didn't look pretty. The second I don't think was meant to be a compliment at all and that made it the nicer one. It was Ah, Chris I could recognize your hum anywhere.

Oct 16, 2007