Thursday, July 2, 2009

Sarah's Quilt Plus a Few More Names!!

Yahoo! We finished Sarah's birthday quilt (from last October!)! I'm very pleased with how it turned out if I may so myself! The colors are super fun. The blue matches her bedroom walls and so her room is turning out very nice and fun. Feels so good to actually COMPLETE something finally! We left it with a lady in Ogden to do the quilting on top. She did a fantastic job...kinda swirly, which matches the material perfectly. So what should my next project be? Hmmmm, that is the question? So I was pretty sad to hear about the passing of Farah Fawcett. Yep, I admit it...I was pretty much a real fan of Charlie's Angels, although I never had a poster in my room or anything! Watched that TV show pretty faithfully. I tried in vain to get my hair to look like hers, which never happened! Not sure about things Farah was involved in later in her life, but she was a good "angel"! I was thinking about her declining health the other night and...
I was also thinking about the fact that I hadn't named my new kitchen faucet and then it dawned on me, "Call her Farah, the faucet!" There you go! So my lovely, incredibly difficult to find, brass kitchen fixture is named for me.
Oh, and by the way, good luck if you ever need to find one of these things. Not much left in the way of kitchen fixtures in brass, not in this day and age. I could have done something different, but that would have required changing out a lot of hinges, knobs, and that would be just the beginning...
I don't think that I have mentioned Mr. Mason, my 1929 Mason Hamlin Grand Piano. He has been part of our family for about 5 years now. I was very fortunate to locate him in northern California and have some keyboard work done on him before he came home to us. It was a great experience to see that all done in a shop in Oakland, CA. I LOVE this piano. It has a deep, wonderful sound. Last week we had a missionary from the St. Louis mission come to our home. His name is Elder Bratt and he is a student of David Glen Hatch, one incredibly talented pianist. Well, Elder Bratt played Mr. Mason like he's never been played before. He played "How Great Thou Art", a wonderful classical piece, and his own arrangement of "I Need Thee Every Hour". I was in tears, it was so amazingly beautiful. Owning a grand piano is truly one of my dreams come true. My grandfather Beesley owned Beesley Music Company in Salt Lake City and he was also a concert piano tuner. The only pianos that he sold in his store were Mason Hamlins. They were built in Boston, MA and were the main competitor to the Steinway piano built in Germany during the 10's and 20's. Anyways, it was pretty fun to find one...I feel like my Grandpa Beesley, who I never met, would be pleased.
One more new name...Sarah inherited "Ghosty", my bike from last year, and I got a nice new golden-looking one. (Did I mention how much I love Costco??!!) We decided tonight to name her "Goldilocks". Like it? We are a definite biking family now. We'll be sure and let you know what Rich names his big boy size tricycle he bought. He loves it!
Big question this weekend...who will win Winbledon??? Serena or Venus?? I think I'm leaning a little toward Venus, but whatever, it's going to be good and I'm going to be watching!!