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rhapsody in the key of home

At midday I went to Carol’s class at the Y, and in the gym, I thought, now I’m truly home. This event, as you know, is the anchor of my week; how glad I am to hear her music, to follow her around and around like a duckling. My legs hurt now and I couldn’t do many sit-ups – but it’ll all come back.

Incidentally, I stood on the Y scales with trepidation, convinced, as always, that I’d gained weight in Europe, eating all that divine food, especially vast quantities of bread and cheese.

I’d gained not one pound. It’s a miracle, every time. It’s all the walking. It’s the delicious, healthy food and the concentration. Let’s face it – it’s a miracle.
This afternoon, I wandered around the Liquor Control Board looking at wine, starting to get depressed, thinking of those 5 euro bottles when here, good wine seems to start at $12 and more. But then Bobby, my friend who works there and helps me find good deals, came up and volunteered a suggestion – a new Pays d’Oc merlot, under $10 for a litre, and on the label it says “Excellent rapport qualité-prix.” Music to my ears. And he recommended a Chilean red – a Carmenere. Two good bottles, one a litre, for under $20. I bought an Ace Bakery baguette, crusty and delicious, certainly comparable to a French one, and on the way home on my bike, three people called out, “Hi Beth!”
The weather is still foul, but the heart is glad, glad, glad to be right here.

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