Monday, March 10, 2014
Hello Sparkies. My name is Allyson, and I am a 49 year Gold Alto Saxophone. My Mom, Elayne, received me for her 16th birthday. She actually started playing on a rented saxophone at age 9 named Suzie. You'll hear from Suzie a little later. At age 16 she was starting to play in competitions for Regional and State Bands. Her Dad, who was a music teacher/band director, realized she was going to keep playing and he felt she was doing very well. So the time was right to purchase me from Charles & Mary Music Store in NE Pa. where her Dad had a studio to teach private lessons all day Saturday and Thursday night. Suzie would have a chance to go to a new home.
HI. I'm Suzie and I want to tell you how we met. I was Mom's first saxophone. Mom was just a little girl herself at age 9. I was almost as tall as she was when she sat on a footstool and held me. She kept saying that I was so beautiful. Well, I was a second hand rented silver sax and I was in very good condition. Her Dad told her to put my mouthpiece in her mouth and blow and see if she could make a sound. Well, she did produce a sound that sounded like I was a wounded duck! Her Dad laughed and said to her Mom, "If she practices she'll be good." She found out later that he said that because most kids don't even get that much of a sound out of a sax the first time.
I was with her until age 16 when I got traded to give another student a chance to enjoy me.
We had fun learning about each other from age 9 through 16. We played a lot together from 7th to 10th grade. The it was time for me to move on,.
This is where I came into the picture. I'm Allyson. I am a beautiful Conn Starburst brass Alto Saxphone. I am great looking for my age and sound rich and full. We are told that we have a smooth, mellow sound. We've shared many wonderful years together. I helped Mom win first chair in both Regional and State Band competitions 2 years in a row. Her Dad was supposed to judge the sax players, and of course he couldn't because we were in it. At one of the practices for State Band the director went down the line of saxes trying to find the tone he wanted for the solo, "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess. When he heard Mom and me play, he said, "That's the sound I want. Nice and clear and smooth."
I enjoyed marching at all the football games and concert band practices. I even helped Mom play solos. She also took me to play in the chapel orchestra and dance band.
As Mom got older she had the chance to turn pro and earn money when she played me. Now she has taken a break from playing pro and enjoys playing me in church to worship God and at nursing homes to make people happy. She realizes she has a special gift from God and she is very passionate when she plays me. She can feel God playing through me to her. What a wonderful feeling. I feel like I'm soaring when that happens. So does Mom. Playing is Mom's ministry to others.
Well, this past Sunday I had an accident. I was standing tall in my sax stand made to keep me safe and Mom bumped a folding chair that was leaning against the piano and then it fell onto me. I didn't know what happened. Part of me felt strange and I heard and felt something pop on me. (Yes, pop, not poop!) Mom picked me up and played me. My "G" key didn't close properly and it sounded awful and I squeaked because it hurt as the air leaked out of me.
Mom and Dad took me to the Brass & Woodwind Hospital today to be evaluated. The Dr. looked me over and sure enough I was bent in places and some of my pins were out of place and some of my rods were bent. My pads are worn, and I'm just sick. But I am 49 years old for heaven's sake. So the three of them decided that I needed a new lease on life so I could continue my performances for a long time to come. Guess what! I am excited and so is Mom. I'm being totally rebuilt. I will be stripped down to just my plain, curvey form and placed in a big tub of soapy water first and be able to soak and relax. Then all the replacement and cleaning and re-corking my neck begins. When I am all finished, I will look and feel brand new. This is the best way to get a new me. Mom is very sentimental about me and didn't want to buy another one of me, for which I am ever grateful. I am in my forever home. Anyway, that's my love story. Just think of me on April 20 when Mom plays me for the first time out in public since I've been rebuilt. What a joyful day that will be.
P.S. How did they get their names? Well, my Dad's pet name for me was SuzieQ and Allyson would have been what I would have named my daughter if I had had a daughter. I have no children so Max is my fur kid.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Today is Ash Wednesday for all Christians. It's the beginning of Lent, or 6 weeks before Easter Sunday. It's a period of fasting and repenting of our sins. A time to turn back to God. So today I begin my fast from all deserts, cookies and candy. I have tried this many times and was not successful. I want to be successful this year. It is my personal sacrifice. Along with giving up something, I was to add something positive to my daily life. I want to say something nice about everyone I meet. That way I can always be looking for the good in everyone. Please keep me in your prayers during this Holy Season. I will be playing and since I'm an Elder, I will be presiding over the Communion Table with another Elder, our Pastor and 4 Deacons. And yes, our Pastor will put the sign of the cross from ashes on our forehead.
I better go run over the hymns for tonight. Have a good day everyone.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Hi everyone. I am thanking all for prayers and praising God for what happened today. Finally after my parent's home being on the market for almost 17 months, a contract was agreed to and signed today and closing is set for Feb. 21 at the earliest and Feb. 28 at the latest. We have to pay to have the house tented, and we came down another $1,000.00 for the buyer due to some structure issues in some places. This young man really wanted it as he looked at it 5 times before he made an offer when we had come down considerably on the asking price. We all (my 2 brothers and I ) will be so happy when this is all done and no longer in our hands. The we can close that chapter of our lives and move on. Mom died 4 years ago in Aug. and it'll be 2 yrs. in August since my Dad died. Please keep us in your prayers until it is a done deal from the closing.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Merry Christmas everyone. Hope all had a wonderful day. Ours started Christmas Eve as we celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary. Our wedding was a night to remember! We were married at 9 pm by a minister who was also a family friend at my husband's parent's home.
We chose 9 pm because that was when our friend could come and marry us in between the 7 and 11 pm church services. But of course he and his wife also got fed.
Well. Arjay's Aunt Janet brought her little friendly, affectionate poodle named Tony. Tony was running around loose as always when he decided to go and take a particular interest in the minister friend's leg. Yep...You got it. What you're thinking happened. So there we are trying to say our I dos while my soon to be brother-in-law was trying to softly kick Tony out of the way. Well, afterward our minister friend said something like, " Tony sure is a friendly dog!"
Then we had a couple there who were good friends and Steve had bought his new camera. He was to be our photographer. Well, a week went by and we didn't get the pictures. Finally we got a phone call telling us how sorry they were, but Steve's brand new camera had mal-functioned and none of the pictures turned out! We did have our camera there but all someone got was a picture of the family and me showing my ring to the minister's wife.
Oh well, we laughed about it and realized that the memories were etched in our hearts forever.... That's better anyway.
We had a very nice day yesterday. Had a friend over for a delicious ham dinner (cooked by Arjay) who otherwise would have been alone. We also went to our neighbor's open house. Other neighbor's had been invited but we were the only ones that came as far as we knew. We were in the middle of their wonderful Spanish family, and we were welcomed with open arms. I was receiving and giving hugs by the time we left a half hour later. I never saw so much food! Apparently they eat all day and evening long. I had NOTHING to eat and only a small glass of diet coke to be sociable. Besides, this was at 3 pm and we were eating at 6 pm. Believe me, the cakes she made looked delicious. Glad I didn't eat any.
I gave Arjay some clothes and the shirts are fine but I have to return the pants. Think I'll wait until tomorrow rather than joining the rush today. He admits his shape is changing and different companies of pants have different sizes. I'll try and exchange them, and if I can't find what he needs I'll get my money back and we'll go else where with him with me to try them on. He hates trying on clothes like most men I suppose.
Arjay surprised me with a Cannon digital camera that even takes movies. Now I have a new hobby to learn. I had been using his old Cannon and he saw I was interested in taking photos so he decided I deserved my very own new camera. My other gift was a PulseOximeter which is great for me. Because of my asthma/ COPD ,it helps to keep track of my oxygen level in my blood. If my O2 level goes below 90, I can be in trouble.
My sister sent us Omaha Steaks and my brother sent us Alaskan Salmon which we had part of on Friday night. This was the year for good food. We also got homemade Amish chocolate peppermint creme candy and chocolate covered pretzel candy. That is in little plastic baggies in the fridge. Yes, I had 2 pieces of each kind since we got it on Monday. I will portion it out and hopefully Arjay will eat most of it
That's about it from here. Have a great rest of the Christmas Season.
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