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Songs I’ll learn when I get a piano:

  • Chopin, Nocturne en bi bémol majeur opus 9 no2: Ballade en Sol Mineur No.1
  • Tom Waits, I’m Still Here
  • Chilly Gonzales, Armellodie
  • Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guébrou, The Song of the Sea

Some of these are almost certainly wishful thinking, it’s been a while. Reach for the moon… 💫


Tips for buying a secondhand piano (focus on uprights):


Want to moonlight as a piano tuner someday, but looks like it might be difficult to find any courses… Supposedly there’s only one left in the UK. Maybe it’s this one? Pretty formal though.

Time to turn to the #1 self-teaching resource, the WORLD WIDE WEB. Have quickly discovered some circa-2000 diamonds in the rough. Sometimes the writing is a little salty, and it always has a pointed perspective, but pretty useful and fun. Need more room for tools.

And a few books:

  • Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
  • Felting needles for invisibly repairing holes in wool
  • Jim Lahey’s No Knead Pizza Dough recipe
  • A sturdy, diner-style black mug I long-term borrowed from Bob’s at Colby College; the handle fits all four fingers
Black mug from Bob’s dining hall at Colby College
Brown leather strap repair on straw bag

Replaced the broken leather straps on my mom’s old straw bag with my new (new to me anyway!) favourite tool.

Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl

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This bag has seen a lot of action this summer and the handles are holding up well. The straw (it’s more like thin rope…) is starting to fray at the top though. I’ve lashed it together with invisible fishing line for the time being. I’m expecting sections of it to give way eventually, at which point I’m considering doing some sort of makeshift crochet/embroidery thing to keep it patched up. That’s where that black line came from, it was a little band made of the same straw material that wrapped round the whole bag. It was totally eaten away in parts, so I unwound what was left and replaced it with black embroidery floss.

90s Campagnolo cycling cap before repairs 90s Campagnolo cycling cap before repairs and dismantled 90s Campagnolo cycling cap brim before repairs 90s campagnolo cycling cap brim after repairs 90s Campagnolo cycling cap after repairs

Fixed a 90s Campagnolo cycling cap recently for SB. The plastic in the brim had pretty much disintegrated, and most of the seams were giving way.