Monday, February 10, 2014

The story of my new piano

This piano was originally built in 1904.  It was saved and completely refurbished and today it is beautiful.  Just being in the store was a great experience.  The shop owner spends about 14 months refurbishing the pianos and gets very attached to them during that time.  He rebuilds and his wife sells them.  He just completed the rebuild on this piano.  It's only been in the showroom 2 weeks.  They kept a journal of some of the rebuilding process.  He said it's something he wanted to do for all the pianos, but it was hard to keep up with.  These are the after pictures

From the Workshop Diary:  
With this project documentation we want to show our work, our staff, our ideas and our prices. 

A Bechstein grand is the ideal example for this. There are few grands, built between 1890 and 1920, which were build so often and so similar. In the past 26 years we have repaired more than 20 B-Models. We like this model because of its timeless design, its size (203cm), which produces a very nice grand-sound and its adequate price. 

Our grand has taken much damage, but the frame is alright. 

Today we start the repair. We check the instrument and think about the repairs we are going to do. 

We want to show the repair in detail and prompt. So if you want you can come to our workshop and take a look at the current status of the repair.   

And here are the before pictures.

Can't wait for it to be delivered!  I am giddy with excitement!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Going to Virginia to work

January 9th.....looking forward to it so much!  Getting an opportunity to work and catch up with friends.  Looking forward to a great time!  In other news, I am addicted to Bitstrips...

Friday, October 25, 2013


Thermometer says 52, but it feels more like 25. Tired of the cold already.  I miss these guys so much today. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cancer Sucks

My brother's father in law died recently after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  I feel so bad for them because, unfortunately, we know all too well what pancreatic cancer can do.  John's dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1997 and died the day after Christmas in 1998.  It was horrible......heck, it still is.  Our family was stripped from the best father in law and one of the best grandpas the world will ever know.  When John and I got married he made me feel so loved.  I figured if John and I had trouble he would disown John and adopt me.  But when John was born, I was shoved aside for his new love....his first grandchild.  It was so good to watch him with John and see how much he loved my little boy.  When John got his first haircut, we had 3 Johns in chairs at the barber shop.  Grandpa, dad, and baby.  A great day. Tom was such a social butterfly....did NOT know a stranger, loved a party.  Loved a debate.  John acts a lot like him. Ethan looks so much like him. Can't imagine how spoiled Emily would be if he were still on earth.        Miss him so much......

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Some People

We tell friends and family that they are welcome to come visit and stay as long as they like......but really.....this guy's been here too long

Happy halloween

I am sooo goofy....I titled the last post.  Ahhh.....the holidays are here at long last......well, these are the pictures that should have gone with that post.   LOVE Halloween......yes I do.

Ahhhhh.....the holidays are here at long last

So, I haven't posted a thing in so long.  So everyone has adjust well, I think, to our move.  Emily is doing AMAZING at school.  AMAZING.  This weeks she is at Junior Leadership Seminar.  She will be gone for the whole week.  They are doing team building, leadership building exercises and touring.  She is doing really well in school and is very happy.  Great gaggle of friends.  She is Treasurer on the Student Council.  We are so proud of her.
Ethan is doing GREAT in school this year.  He is settled in, great friends, doing well in school.  Very active in ROTC.  Planning to go to A&M so, he is really focused on grades.
John is working at the PX on base 20 hours a week.  The golf season ended last week and he did really well.  He is starting to get a little nervous about graduating and moving back to the states without us there.  BUT he is going to do great.  He is so good at talking to people.  Strangers are not strangers for long.  He is thinking about joining the Coast Guard or going to TSTC in Waco, TX.  Stay tuned.
John is doing well at work.  Currently working for free due to the government shutdown.  Hopefully that will be ironed out soon.  He really likes his job and does an AWESOME job playing Mr. Mom when I am in the states working.  He dyed Emily's hair.  She wanted her tips blue, so we ordered the dye hoping it would come before I left this last time, but no luck.  When it came John didn't shy away from making his baby girl happy.  Her hair turned out really well.  It's cute.
Me?  I go to the states to work every so often.  I was there in August, came back to Germany for 2 weeks and then went right back for 2 more weeks.  That was rough.  And I hate it.  It's no fun to be there without my family.  Well.....not true....getting to shop is fun.  But, truthfully, I still hate it here.  HATE it.  And I really can't tell you why.  I think it's a bunch of little things.  I don't have a good option for working.  I don't really have any social outlet here.  It's always gray and rainy, and way too cold.  I don't really like this house.  It's not a warm, welcoming place.  And it's not MY house.  And I am going to really resent having to send John back to the states with us so far away.  I don't walk around all day crying, don't get me wrong.  I still love being a tourist here.  There are still a lot of things I want to do and see.  I have great joy in my family.
Emily on her way to Junior Leadership Seminar

The blue hair

Ethan trying to put Emily in the trunk instead of her suitcase

John, Ethan and best friend Dakota at Fort Hood this summer

The TSTC visit this summer

Me and good friend Tricia in Paris this summer

Emily at the Louvre in Paris this summer