A recorder mute
Last night I cycled home and when I got home I was very cold This isn't unusual but it normally only lasts five or ten minutes. Well this time it lasted ages, and not only did I have my cardigan on but I seriously considered putting socks on. That might be normal for some people, but I loathe socks and I never have them on in the house. Well, not unless there is an impending ice age, or I am sickening for something
Anyway, by the time I warmed up it was dinner time, and at then there was a good programme on the television I actually wanted to see, so my recorder practice slipped past, because by that time I was ready to fall asleep "Not a problem", I thought, "it's still only my first week of Proper Practicing, if I miss one day it won't be the end of the world".
But then I remembered that tonight I am giving blood, so I won't be home until late. In this case I may have to do practice after dinner, but that will be a Good Thing because it will be me finding out that I can practise at times other than right-after-work.
But along with that, I had an idea this morning. I found some cardboard and made a recorder mute. Which much to my delight meant I could play nice and quietly for about 15 minutes this morning and still not be late for work (my husband had long left the house to go to work; but I am paranoid about disturbing the neighbours - even though I play on the side of the house which doesn't have a party wall, it was still before 7am). It's not ideal, of course, but it was nice to get my fingers moving and play through some stuff - and it would only be for times like this when I randomly decide to tootle at such an unearthly hour, at normal afternoon and evening times I have no qualms about making a terrible din
And besides all that, what also made me happy yesterday was finding a recorder smilie on the web (in fact three of them, though the grinning one looks a bit manic - perhaps that's right for recorderists?)