Sunday, July 29, 2007
But clearing these shrubs sure is challenging, with all their offshoots and massive root structures. I'm also trimming all the branches off the lower eight feet of some of the spruce and pine trees (I planted a hundred lodgepole pine seedlings about 20 years ago - randomly scattering them out in the woods. Now they're all 15 to 20 feet tall and ready for some pruning). I've used all my tools on this project, including a new gas-operated weedwhacker (with a blade attachment). After all that I cleared out the undergrowth - mostly just fireweed and tall grass - raked it up and hauled it all away.
We've had quite a warm spell this weekend. It got to 78F this afternoon! Maybe not a record but probably close. Our houses just aren't designed for these temperatures. A normal summer day usually reaches the mid-60s. Not just our houses, but our bodies also get so used to our cooler temperatures that 78F also takes its toll. I'd forgotten what it was like.
With all the yardwork, my wrists and hands are pretty sore - especially at the base of my thumbs. This has affected my cello practicing (or is that practising, Rallentando(?) - "practice" is the noun and "practise" the verb??)
Our strings orchestra is playing a concert Tuesday at the library - as part of our local Summer Music Festival. The festival sponsors a noon concert every day for two weeks at different venues - usually a coffee shop or a couple restaurants. As part of that concert three cellos (the Cellocracy) will play four trios - mostly early 17th century dances, not too difficult, but they do sound nice. We just got these pieces Monday evening and planned to meet for a rehearsal Thursday, but one of us couldn't make it at the last minute. So we had to divvy up the parts as best we could without her.
That left us with just five days preparation time (whew, I'm not used to that...) I'm also weak on one of the group's pieces. So, I've abandoned my Suzuki lessons for the week and have focused all my time on the recital pieces. For each one, I spend some time playing pizzicato, slowly; then bowing it slowly, and then work it up to tempo. It's gone pretty good, until today...
My sore thumbs and wrists from all that yardwork have made it pretty difficult... Unless I play slowly. Oh well, that's the way to learn it, right?
Er, I think I'm going to log off to go rub in some lineament...
17th century dances. I'll bet that sounds really pretty with 3 cellos.
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