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I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 42 wonderful years. I have been blessed with one daughter who is grown and gone! She and her hubby have blessed us with a precious grandchild, Darbee Rae. She is eight years old and the sunshine in our days. I have always been a stay at home maid, cook, doctor, babysitter, taxi, wife, mother, and grandmother. I enjoy crafting. My interests include primitives, vintage and colonial styles. I love decorating my home. I enjoy traveling with my hubby and friends, reading, and trying different recipes. I am a Christian and enjoy activities within my church. I hope you enjoy reading about my daily adventures in crafting, shopping, and enjoying life thru the eyes of my darling grand daughter.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Saying Goodbye Can Be Quite Emotional

Hello friends.  I know it has been a while ,,, again,,,, but life here at the home place has been rather busy and shows no signs of slowing down.  Not a bad thing, just so much we are trying to get done.  Hope you are all experiencing good Spring weather and are safe from storms and so much rain!!  We had our share of rain for weeks on end, but now the grass could use a good watering.

April ended on a very happy note.  Mr. P. got a week off from work for vacation.  He surely deserved it as he has been so busy working on things around the house.  But will share all that later.  Today I have something more important to share with you.

I started taking piano lessons when I was in 4th grade at school.  It was fun as I got out of class for 30 minutes once a week.   I practiced on an old tall upright piano  we had at home for years.  Then on my 11th birthday my parents surprised me with a brand new piano.   I continued with lessons with a private piano teacher through middle school.  I loved playing the piano and began playing in church once a month as our church where Daddy pastored had Young People's Day once a month.  And guess who lead in the singing.  Yes, Mr. P. was just a young fellow too but he lead in the singing.  .  Little did I know that I would one day play for the church congregation on a regular basic.

Well after I began having so much trouble with my kidneys over a year ago, I gave up my position as I was not able to attend church regularly, and Mr. P. gave up his position also.  I looked for a picture of my piano to share with you but could only find the song book that I had posted about a good while back.  If you were not following me then, and choose to read about this book you can find it here.

This is the book I learned to play the church songs from and most our churches still use today.  Yes, it was rather "used" and I finally had to start using a new Hymnal. Just behind the door there is where the piano has sat for many years.  Holly took lessons on this piano, and I was so hoping Darbee Rae would show an interest, however she doesn't seem to care about learning to play. 
 Since I know longer have a need for the piano, we tried to give it to someone, anyone who might like to play it and get enjoyment out of it.  But after months we had no luck.  It too is heavy and takes up quite a bit of space and we could not find anyone . Because of it's weight we could not take it to good will and donate it, and the best we could do, it was making big indentions to our wood flooring in the great room.   So today,,,, this is what Mr. P. is doing.

Yes, a first for him also.  He is disassembling the piano right in the great room and taking it out a few pieces at a time.  As he goes out with each arm full, out goes so many memories.  Years of practicing when I was small, singing to my dolls, and playing church in the summer.  Singing cute little songs with Holly when she was a tot, and later with Darbee Rae.  She just loved singing Christmas tunes while I played.  All the Saturday nights when the song leader at church would call with his list of songs for Sunday morning and off to the piano I would go to make sure I could play the songs and do a quick practice. God took him away from us years ago and Mr. P. stepped in until we gave up our positions. There were many happy times as I practiced for weddings, homecomings, and fun times, but sad times as well when I had to practice for a funeral especially of a friend or loved one,  Yes, today has been a roller coaster ride for my emotions. But at this point in our life we had to let go.
Tonight as I prepare for bed, I will be going to bed in a home that no longer houses a piano.  The first time in the almost 60 years of my life, I will not live in a house where there is a piano present. Life goes on, times change , and we accept life as it is, and continue on thankful for the memories. 
I will share with you later, what I put in that empty spot that has been full of happy sounds for the past 36 years. Thank you for stopping by and listening to me tell the story of our piano.  Hope I haven't bored you too much.  Will be back soon and share our vacation and what's happening around the home place.
Happy Mother's Day to all you Mom's out there and to all of you Ladies.  Hope your day will be special and blessed. 
Until next time.


  1. I'm sorry it's been so rough. I hope that Spring brings new and wonderful things for you. Happy Mother's Day and be well :) Maggie

  2. Oh parting is such sweet sorrow. I gave my piano to Olivia. It is in their basement.lol I know it sad, but there comes a time, and Ecless says, "A time for everything"

  3. Oh Angela what a touching post. Thank you for sharing your heart. Have a great Mother's day!
    Love and blessings,

  4. I'm sure it will seem strange for a little while without a piano in your home. However...change can be good and I can't wait to see what you do with the area where the piano used to be.

  5. That's a wonderful post!
    I once had a $100.00 yard sale old upright, I could never learn to play.
    When I wanted rid of it, no one would take it. We dragged it outside to the high porch, and shoved it off. After it landed my husband smashed it to bits. The 7 ft drop off had not hurt it at all!
    When my son was in grade school, I started him on lessons, and bought another used one, a spinet this time. He had 5 years of lessons. He can play and read music wonderfully but he refuses to play now, but says after he gets his house remodeled, he is taking it there. He says he will play but Never Ever in front of anyone. He went on a school concert tour across state when he was 13, that cured him of having an audience. It scared him to death. I miss hearing him play in the house, it was one of the great joys of my life.

  6. It will be strange indeed not havng your piano in the house, but I am sure what you have planned in that space will be great. Happy Mother;s Day! Janice

  7. Hi Angela, When I was a little girl I always envied the other girls who got to take piano lessons. To be able to play the piano is such a gift.
    But things change , I understand you getting rid of the piano, and what wonderful memories you have of it that will forever stay in your heart. hugs, Lecia

  8. Hi Angela. I could not sleep so I was going trough my emails when I found one from you. I just gave away my piano too. I will be 60 and had it since I was 8. So I can relate to your post.