Lot’s going on, missed posting. Too much work (but seems to be productive) and trying to scale back. Did a day-long training workshop on Strategic Planning followed by a day-long retreat for my favorite non-profit. Took a lot more prep time than I recalled. Since it’s a decade since I had my head in that bucket it was a bit like re-inventing the wheel – thank goodness for Bill’s help. Like much of my life, couldn’t have done it without him. Bill spent 3 days in the hospital a couple of weeks ago hooked up to an IV machine after some (one or more) bacteria/fungi blew up his left foot. Nasty it was. The buggy culprit(s) not yet identified, but he (or rather his foot) is fully recovered.
The big news is that I have found a wonderful piano teacher. I think it’s OK to say her name out loud (Mary Watson) since she’s a well known and respected Juneau gem. Can’t tell you how psyched I am. She let me make a copy of her tree of keyboard masters and students (Bach, Mozart, Clementi, Beethoven, Czerny, Liszt, Leschetizky, Kullak, etc. to the present) showing who of all the greats had been her teachers, all the way down to me…. Mind blowing. So far I’ve had 3 one-hour biweekly lessons. I feel like I’m making unbelievable progress and my motivation has moved through the roof. This morning’s practice I finally felt like I made the piano SING!!!!! Reflected on my 8 years of lessons when I was young, and my self teaching since then floundering around as a mediocre intermediate player. Think I never did have a good teacher – and all of a sudden I’ve landed in a gold pile. My vision of being able to play the piano for hours on end when I’m a stuck-at-home very old lady (if I make it that far) may now become reality. Heartfelt kudos to good teachers of everything, everywhere. Plus, I signed up to take a 5-week Marimba class at the Canvas beginning February 7th. Looking forward greatly to that. Bill’s friend John came over last night for their weekly guitar get-together and the 3 of us had a fabulous 40 minutes gabbling about all kind of things musical before the two of them went off into the music room.
Romeo has disappeared. Juneau’s favorite black wolf hasn’t been seen since September. His canine and human friends are very sad.
Strange weather – warm and sunny, not much snow left at sea level.