The piano playing is heating up next door. The musician keeps practicing scales, plus the first bars of "Clair de Lune." (He never seems to finish it -- maybe it's just a warm-up exercise.)
Then, yesterday, he started in on some jazzy Christmas carols. He was obviously practicing the riffing, etc. "O Christmas Tree" and "The Christmas Song," and then, as if my mental request arrived on his music stand -- "Linus and Lucy" by Vince Guaraldi. I now predict some gathering around the piano at Christmas and singing.
Meanwhile, my enemy, the very well-fed squirrel, has started in on this year's crop of avocados. It's very annoying, because they're not ripe yet. He chews around the stems but can't keep a hold of them, so they fall to the concrete below. Sometimes he manages to get through about a quarter of it, before it falls.
To be honest, if he's only chewed the stem, I'll take the avocado and let it ripen. So far, no rabies. Really, this is the healthiest squirrel ever -- very glossy coat and thick tail -- what comes from a steady avocado diet. HOWEVER, the avocados are not ready yet. They don't ripen if you pick them this early, they just rot. I have tried to explain this to the squirrel, but he just ignores me.
Seeking Fresh Topics
So far I've only written about avocados and my musical neighbor! Such is the life of the apartment-bound work at home writer. However, I hope to have new material since I'm heading east, first to visit family in Philadelphia and New Jersey, and then to tour around the Hudson Valley in New York and experience some pretty fall leaf viewing.
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