Monday, March 30, 2015

Solid wood?

I was just looking at youtube for pointers on ukulele-buying and just came across this.  This guy is strongly pro-solid wood and cautions buyers that if it doesn't say "SOLID" it is a laminate instrument.  He also says some very nasty things about Martin's $300 ukuleles and their build quality.  I sat through 19 minutes of video getting more and more enlightened.  Well.  I'll have to encourage C to be more open-minded about wood types and perhaps more focused on wood quality rather than species.


Koa ukuleles II

I didn't quite finish my thought.

Both C and I are charmed by the pretty koa grain, especially the curly grains.  The koa wood (which is the traditional Hawaiian wood for ukuleles) is supposed to bring a bright tone rather than soft tone of mahogany.

This is provisional, but my current thought is to say that if C opts for a higher end ukulele, we can let the practices accrue credit at the rate of $2 each--so 50 15-minute practices for a $100 ukulele, 100 for a $200 ukulele, and 150 for a $300 ukulele.  That's not final, but it sounds reasonable.

C was able to play a number of songs for her teacher (including the Star Wars theme) and it sounds like he thinks she is almost done with her book.  Her homework is going to involve work with a metronome--it sounds like her teacher is very keen on the metronome.

Koa ukuleles

Today was C's third ukulele lesson ever and her first official ukulele lesson with her new teacher (he's a real string guy and teaches guitar, ukulele, mandolin and bass).  After her lesson, C gravitated over to the acoustic room and was trying out ukuleles.

Later at home, C and I were doing research on Amazon for her next ukulele, which will be concert-sized.  C wanted to get either koa wood or acacia and I think we're now leaning toward koa.  I think she also wants to go with solid wood.  The current plan is that after C has done 50 practices of 15 minutes each, she is entitled to a new ukulele of not more than $100 (she's around 37 practices now).  We're going to talk to her teacher soon in detail about her next ukulele, but based on Amazon, we should be able to get something very nice between $200 and $300.

If we go ahead with this, we'll have to start thinking about humidifying her room next winter.  It's so dry during the winter months.  

Patio

My husband and the kids did a lot of work on Saturday on the patio.  This time of year, it's quite idyllic out there--not too cold, not too warm, and no mosquitoes yet.  We've arranged Baby T's sand and water table on the patio.

Oh, and our new hammock has arrived!  (The old one wore out from being outdoors for 2+ years.)  We're going to put up the new one on an as-needed basis near the patio.

My husband really wants to eradicate the English ivy that occupies a ridiculous percentage of our back yard (I suspect that there wasn't originally so much of it and that it has been gradually encroaching on the lawn).  However, the internet says that English ivy is invasive and resistant to being eradicated, so we may need to bide our time.  

Bath duck

Baby T has appropriated her large bath duck for bed.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Matching wallpaper and fabrics

I see that this month's House Beautiful is pushing matching patterned wallpapers and fabrics as being "peaceful."

No, no, no!

Homeowners, don't do this one!  They've got a small sample photo showing a bedroom full of blue and white everything and it looks like the designer was trying to hide the bed and the little love seat.  It's like some sort of upscale version of camouflage.

Don't do it!  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mopping up

Baby T got the floor under her chair wet during breakfast as she was doing her favorite thing--pouring water back and forth between cups.  That's not the interesting thing.

I gave her a kitchen towel, told her to mop up, and she did.  And then she carried the wet towel off to the laundry room.

Good girl!