Monday, June 9, 2014

I'm Alive!

Yes, I haven't posted since April! If there is anyone still following me, here's a little, rambling update on my life... and an explanation of why I probably won't be posting much for the rest of this summer...

Enjoying the beautiful outdoors with my cat, Twila.
In May, I had my 4th annual Spring piano recital with almost all of my students! This was the second year that my students have been too numerous for a recital in my living room, so we were at a local piano store playing on a beautiful Steinway! I so enjoy being a piano teacher, and all my wonderful students! 

Then I took a break from teaching for the last week of May so that we could paint. We painted our porch railing in one day. Then we did the living room. It took us about 4 days of painting to do the living room, we painted the ceiling, and the walls, and the trim. 

Painting the ceiling, or painting these little spindles... both were hard.

After! Still need a new picture for over the mantle.

I'm very happy with the stairs because they've been scuffed and smudged ever since we moved in, and finally they look nice!

Exciting family events include the high school graduation of my 19-year-old brother, my "baby" brother turning 17, my sister turning 21, and me becoming an official old maid (by Lydia Bennet standards) by turning three-and-twenty. 

Strawberry frozen yogurt and chocolate "ice cream" cake for my little brother's birthday.

My summer plans include: 

-Continuing to teach piano lessons to all my students who take lessons during the summer (which is most of them, yay! I think summer piano lessons are a good idea for most students), the count is at 21 summer students, right now.

-A part-time nanny job taking care of an adorable two-and-a-half-year-old boy, and sometimes his two older siblings 2 mornings a week.

-Volunteering as a kid-pusher (I get to lead cute little girls to their spots for their races) at my youngest brother's swim meets this summer, and cheering him on in the sweltering heat on Tuesday nights. He's a very fast swimmer, and one of the oldest guys on the team, now. Next summer will be his last summer of swim meets, and I'm going to savor every one!

-Practicing piano and studying with my teacher... we're hoping to work up a full recital program for me to perform soon! I'm trying to memorize a whole Beethoven concerto, and learn all three movements of a Schubert sonata, plus some Chopin and more!

-Learning to tune pianos through a correspondence course I ordered. Now that I see how busy I will be this summer, maybe starting a tuning course right now wasn't a good time, but I really want to be able to tune my own piano, as I've gotten pretty picky, and it's been going out of tune faster than I'd like due to our crazy weather here!

-Spending time with friends doing some fun things, like going contra dancing, movie marathons, maybe some day trips... this weekend I get to see my sister perform in the stage musical version of Pride and Prejudice, and also Pirates of Penzance! (Yes, her crazy theatre group is doing P&P on Friday night, and Pirates on Saturday night! And she is in both shows!)

-Reading Little Dorrit by Dickens and trying to catch some sunlight (and Vitamin D!) at the pool whenever I can find some spare time.

Just reading all that, even I think I'm crazy. So I'm sure you'll all forgive blogging not being on my list... I do have some health-oriented post ideas swirling around in my brain, and I'm sure some more food attempts and just maybe, perhaps, a finished Regency gown will eventually appear, but for now, I wish you a happy summer!


  1. I have kind of disappeared too (more out of procrastination than busyness), sometimes we have to have inadvertent breaks.

    1. Yes, and sometimes breaks just make it even more fun to come back! =D

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    1. Thanks, Faith, I hope you do too!

  3. Sounds like you have a lot going on, Lizzie - but it also sounds like fun! Love your pictures of the painting. My family keeps claiming we're going to paint also, but here we are, still no painting. ;)

    Happy summer!

    1. So far it has been fun, and more manageable than I thought it would be, just hoping it stays that way! We've been talking about painting for a couple years, so I'm glad we finally got around to it... still two more rooms on the list, though! ;)

  4. this is a fun post that you shared us about thing you work during the summer.
    It's interesting thing to teaching, I wish I was there and you can teach me too.
    As always I love your house and the stair looks darling I love white stairs or wood colors.
    I also love your green sofa/chair under the stair. :)
    Anyway, I once watched contra dance that you upload on facebook. it looks so much fun, I dont know how to dance like that - but I want to learn someday.

    Thanks for wearing that necklace Lizzie, I really appreciate that :)
    Love you.


    1. I'm glad you enjoyed my rambling! I'm looking forward to all my summer plans.
      It would be so much fun to teach you piano! I wish you were here, too, we'd have a great time!
      Thanks, I'm very happy with how the stairs turned out, and I love my sofa, too! I found it at a thrift store, and bought it with my own money, so if I ever leave and have a house of my own, I will take it with me!
      Contra dancing is so much fun! And it's not too hard to learn, since the callers remind you what to do. I can't imagine having to memorize all the different dances like they did in Jane Austen's time!

      I wear your necklace all the time! It goes with almost everything I wear.
      Love you, too!

  5. She's aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!

    I'm impressed by your painting. I painted one wall in my kitchen and it was lots of fun, but wow, so much work!

    1. After all that painting, it kind of feels like a miracle. ;)

      I always think it's going to be easier than it is until I get going, although we didn't have too much trouble with the walls, it was the trim that really killed me! Too much chair rail... and then our furniture covers it all up! All that work, hidden away...