I had my lessons after leaving work, which means she'd had at least 3 school-age students before me, and for some reason she thought she could yakkety yak to me about her day while I'm supposed to be learning piano! How she had tea at this or that embassy, and had to make popcorn balls for her teen, and oh how glad she was to have an adult to talk to after such a difficult day! Meanwhile, she's dashing to and from the kitchen to stir her stew, and back and forth to take clothes from the washer. Well, that didn't last long. My next lessons were in a church on Saturday, from a former concert pianist who played for Sunday services in that church. I remember he got ill and had to suspend lessons for awhile, and for some reason I stopped after my paid-for lessons were done. I tried to keep up practice by using books but without the discipline of regular lessons ... you know the drill!
So... this nice Jesse French piano has been sitting idle for close to 15 years, and you have to know it needs tuning. What to do? Donate it to the Salvation Army, of course! I was told they could only climb 3 steps; I said fine, I have 3 steps from the sidewalk, then a 3-foot flat area, then 3 more steps to the porch. (Well, actually it was 3 steps and 4 steps). BUT... when they came to pick it up he told me they couldn't take it because I had too many steps! For safety sake, they could only do a maximum of 2 steps, he said - sheesh! And so it sits while I regroup.
All this could have been theirs!
I made a test block to see if I'd like making the pattern:
Well, that's it for today - so forth and sew on til later!