Wow, two days in a row! Impressive!
Had a TOTAL surprise this afternoon!! It takes a bit to explain the background, so bear with me:
Last week, my Mom had a man from my sister's church come and paint the ceilings. They'd never been painted in the 42 years she's lived here (my parents built the house and moved in to it in 1971 when I was 2 months old) and really needed it! What a difference a coat of paint makes, even on "popcorn" ceilings! As the painter was finishing up, he and my Mom got to talking and somehow the subject of bagpipes came up. He mentioned that his late wife had played with the McPherson Pipe Band in the 1980's. Mom mentioned to him that I'm currently taking bagpipe lessons from the now-Pipe Major of that same band! I'm still on the practice chanter and not on the pipes yet, but very close! I'd even borrowed a set from a friend of mine who had two sets.
This afternoon, I had the option of going to the Hanging of the Greens at my Mom's church or staying home. I opted to stay home, and boy was I glad! I would have completely missed out on the unexpected gift! The painter knocked on our door and said, "I have a present for you." He had contacted his daughter who had her Mom's old set of bagpipes and asked her what she was going to do with them. She had planned on just donating them when she figured out where, so he decided that he was going to bring them to me! WOW!! I was in SHOCK! I was more in shock when a friend of mine told me what a new set of that brand of pipes would be today! And to think these were GIVEN to me! I also received some of Karen's old music and some stuff from the band back in 1986 that I think the current Pipe Major will enjoy seeing since he was in the band with her. I had to promise Robert that I would never sell them. When I'm old and have no "hot air" left with which to play them, I'm to pass them on to someone else who can use them. I will GLADLY do that!
It's amazing what this gift did for my mind-set. I was starting to get discouraged about the amount of time it's taken me to get to where I can even blow a note on the bagpipes and I wondered if I really should have decided to play them. I now have the inspiration to make Karen's pipes play again after over 20 years of silence. I'm hoping they don't need a lot of repairs. My friend who plays thought probably just new reeds and bag, but I'll let the PM take a look at them and see what he thinks.
And this makes me even more hopeful that the job here in my hometown will work out. It would be MUCH easier to continue to take lessons (as I've been doing) living here than it would be living almost an hour away from where I take them, which is where I'd be if the other job works out. As I mentioned yesterday, it will be very interesting to see what God has in store and how big a part this unexpected gift plays in that plan.
Update: The Women's basketball coach I was going to watch last night DID pick up win #700, although it was another nail-biter! WOOHOO! He happens to be the winningest women's basketball coach in the state, and that includes some major colleges as well as the smaller ones! Of course, this is his 33rd season here, too!
Also, I acquired 10 new batches of handwriting to do, so doesn't look like I'll have a lot of time to catch up on those "unfinished" projects. Oh well, I get paid to do handwriting!
Have a wonderful evening, all!
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
F.R.O.G. (FULLY RELY ON GOD!!)