This is a week of good things.
This morning (my fingers want to type “the smorning” — a phonetic misunderstanding from my childhood that continues to echo in my mind and play with my spelling. :o) My aunt recently sent me an old letter I’d written to my grandma with that funny error in it), Paul came over to start working on my piano. I’ve been cleaning the soot off of the action, the keys — stayed up kind of late last night, into the wee hours, as it were, trying to have it ready for him so he could reshape the hammers. But, I wasn’t able to finish, still have quite a bit left to do. (To read the story of my little cajun piano, click here) One challenge I found, as I was cleaning the mechanism beneath the hammers, was that some of the silk cords, which are meant to keep tension on some spring arms, were extremely fragile. They disintegrated, shattered at the slightest brush of the cotton swab I was carefully using to clean with. So, I’ve been assigned the task of replacing all of them. After I’ve finished with that, don’t really know how long it will take — Paul suggested I take a holiday, maybe two or three days, to do it :o) — then he’ll be able to work on the hammers and put the action back into the piano. It’s all rather fascinating. I’m having a lot of fun with this. Definitely a good thing.
Here’s what the keys look like before and after cleaning . . .
Then, this afternoon while I was walking, the sky was art. Everything was a little misty, rather surreal, painterly.
On Thursday morning, I have my first appointment with Dr. Zoe. (for the background story, you can click here) I’m feeling both positive and apprehensive at the same time. I had my thermography scans done a couple of weeks ago and got the results back — but as to what it all means, hopefully, I’ll have a much better idea come Thursday. So, that’s a good thing.
With having my appointment on my mind, not being exactly sure what’s in store in terms of findings/recommendations, I thought it would be a good idea to have something to look forward to beyond it. So, we’ve planned to go down to Santa Barbara this coming Saturday and I’ll get to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. The plan is for my fellows to drop me off at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for the afternoon, while they have fun at the library, the park, wherever.
I’m looking forward to wandering around to my heart’s content, at my own pace, having time to sit and sketch if I feel like it. Just be immersed in beauty and artistry for a while. I think that’s going to be a really good thing, too.