Thoughts about family, music, gardening, decorating, and aging gracefully
Friday, September 25, 2009
My New Toy
My sweetie has been ill and I did not expect a birthday gift from him, as he has been unable to get out of the house, except for medical appointments, for a couple of months. But today a box arrived, and it turned out that it was a birthday gift for me. It seems he had given money to my son and one of his daughters to get together and come up with a gift for me, and they came up with a doozie:
If you don't recognize it, don't feel bad -- it's not something you see very often today. It is a "lap steel guitar" made by Fender probably in the 1950s. I have never played one before, but thanks to the internet there is lots of information available. I tuned it based on instructions I found online and experimented with it, strumming some chords and singing along, but plan to purchase an instruction book. At my "advanced" age, I don't want to waste time trying to learn it on my own, as I did with other instruments I learned to play at an earlier age (much earlier, actually).
I am retired widow living in a little town in a beautiful valley between two mountain ranges. I share my home with my cat, known from time to time as "fatcat," bratcat," and "bruiser." I keep busy with volunteer activities, gardening, and playing music.
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