Figaro at the Garage

Inching along, the spouse is having the bandage on his hand changed tomorrow, ten days after the operation for his finger contracture. I hurt myself cleaning and stoking the woodstove while trying to do everything else too, so because it’s mild outside between 11 and 13 degrees C, we are falling back on electric baseboard heaters for a while.

We managed to drive out to get banking and groceries done, as the spouse’s left thumb is not bandaged (I don’t drive), but we’ll be glad when it’s healed. I hope they managed to straighten out his finger. He avoided skin grafts at least, and has to wear a splint at night for six months, but it’s done and that’s the main thing.

Today we went for a walk in the neighbourhood avoiding most hills except one which was tense for me to navigate going downhill with my knees. However it was clear and mild and smelled of cedar and pine—lovely!

I’ve been watching too many British TV shows, I keep pronouncing garage as “gair-idge” the way they do in Britain. Rule Britannia.



For all you opera lovers out there, Simon Drew has a charming take on The Marriage of Figaro and Carmen, all in one card. In this case, you have to pronounce “garage” the British way, or else hordes of bewigged courtiers will descend upon your house and eat all the bananas and milk.

Yikes, that’s a scary thought, bloody Mozart and an entourage rummaging through the fruit bowl. Household dogs can only do so much to protect you, pronunciation is KEY people. Bizet knew.

Happy Sunday!


8 thoughts on “Figaro at the Garage

  1. I’ve been watching lots of BBC shows to avoid anything on TV about the presidential race. “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” and “Father Brown” are good distractions with a dose of humor. 🙂 Glad to hear the operation when well for your spouse!

    • Well Bev, today is the big day, we’ll be glued to both CNN and the CBC here in Canada to get ongoing analysis. Yikes, eh?

      I found Miss Fisher a bit lame but Father Brown is okay for me although the spouse can’t stand it. Are you getting the Inspector Lynley series? (from Elizabeth George novels) Also “Vera” is good, taken from Ann Cleves mysteries, as is “Shetland” which is also good.

  2. That card is a lot of fun. Weird, though, to have all male figures on the Queen of Clubs… And who would go to a wedding in an odd, yellow vehicle? The Queen of Cups is a lady of trouble, did she sabotage the car? So many questions 😀

    • The all male figures (Mozart and Bizet) wrote operas about women who could be Queens.

      Susanna from “Marriage” outwitted her employer’s attempt at seduction to marry Figaro–she was very clever in that aspect, rather Queenly, manipulative, with a bright mind.

      And Carmen, well, Carmen had every man in her pocket. She is fiery like Wands/Clubs, but she ended up dead, killed in a jealous rage, perhaps more the negative of a Queen of Clubs but nonetheless Queenly.

      There are different correspondences between Tarot and Playing Cards, but I usually take Wands as Clubs.

      I was thinking the vehicle might be a yellow taxi like they use in New York and featured in the Joni Mitchell song.

      • I’m most influenced by Lenormand understandings of the playing cards, hence the lady of trouble. And yes, Carmen herself would fit that well. Didn’t know about Susanna – never seen the “Marriage” 😀

        • I’ve never seen the Marriage either–think I saw the Barber of Seville when I was eleven on a school outing–had no idea what was going on. Apart from famous arias (particularly Nessun Dorma as sung by Pavarotti) I don’t get the attraction for opera.

          Yeah, I tend to forget the playing card associations with Lenormand because many of the decks I have dropped the little pictures of the playing cards on the face of the Lenormand card. Good point. You are of course much more steeped in that tradition than I!

          Oh, and the March of the Toreadors from Carmen–very stirring, my favourite Uncle used to play it on the piano.

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