December 10, 2006

Sampler Sunday: The Well-Tempered Disklavier

I did some stitching this week on Stockholm (to see progress, you may want to scroll down a couple of days). Basically I worked on water, of which there is a lot in this project. Not much time to stitch though, with Christmas breathing down our necks, is there?

Here's today's sampler, by the Scarlet Letter. It's called The Fishing Lady. I'm picturing fishing in that dress. Note that the female is doing the heavy lifting here. The guy has come down from the house where he was getting ready to stretch out and listen to his CD player. He's come to the pond to determine whether she's through using his headphone wires as fishing line and also to find out when dinner will be ready. She's trying to determine if the dinner will swim away while she holds the guy's head under the water until he stops talking.

The last few houses that we viewed yesterday were hilarious. One house had a swimming pool surrounded by garden gnomes, Greek statues, pottery burros pulling cartloads of dead plants, and all manner of other plastic/resin/plaster animals. Another house in a gorgeous neighborhood was run down and dirty inside, and reeked strongly of pot smoke. A second house in the same neighborhood came with a commercial stove and a grand piano. I would have bought the house for either one of them, although I don't particularly like to cook and I don't play the piano. It's not as farfetched as it sounds, though; I have played the violin for years and have wanted to take piano lessons for a long time but haven't done so since I don't own a piano. This was a nine-foot Yamaha grand piano, called a "Disklavier." The Disklavier comes with a digital attachment which takes CDs. You can play the Disklavier as you would any concert grand (with or without orchestral accompaniment), or you can use it as a player piano or you can record and enhance digital music files. I love the name "Disklavier." Even better is the name for the electronic predecessor of this piano: the Clavinova. Then again, when would I fit piano lessons into my schedule? BF nixed the stove/piano house, unfortunately. It has been an eye-opener for BF and me to see how little we agree on our residence and on important financial matters; no wonder so many couples buy a house and then get a divorce. I heard of a couple who had searched long and hard for the perfect house and then got a divorce before they ever finished the negotiations for it.
So here's the house we've decided on; we made an offer this morning, and we should know by tomorrow if the seller accepts it.

13 comments:

Sue said...

Stockholm looks great and what a pretty house, I hope you get it. :)

Vonna said...

Stockholm is looking fabulous!

Enjoyed your commentary on the grand piano...you are NOT going to believe this, but I own a Clavinova and took piano lessons until my 4th baby was born...I LOVE my clavinova!

The house is BEAUTIFUL...it looks large! What's the square footage? My fingers are crossed for an acceptance on your bid!
:D

Vonna said...

Stockholm is looking spectacular!

This Sunday's sampler is better after you read your comments describing the scene! LOL!

I enjoyed the comments on the grand piano...and you are not going to believe this but I OWN a Clavinova...and I LOVE it! I took piano lessons up until my 4th child was born, then something had to be cut from my schedule and of course it was my extracurricular activites for myself :)

Lastly, there is nothing but good wishes being thrown your way for the acceptance of your bid on that beautiful house!!!! Good Luck!

Vonna said...

Stockholm is looking spectacular!

This Sunday's sampler is better after you read your comments describing the scene! LOL!

I enjoyed the comments on the grand piano...and you are not going to believe this but I OWN a Clavinova...and I LOVE it! I took piano lessons up until my 4th child was born, then something had to be cut from my schedule and of course it was my extracurricular activites for myself :)

Lastly, there is nothing but good wishes being thrown your way for the acceptance of your bid on that beautiful house!!!! Good Luck!

Vonna said...

Stockholm is looking spectacular!

This Sunday's sampler is better after you read your comments describing the scene! LOL!

I enjoyed the comments on the grand piano...and you are not going to believe this but I OWN a Clavinova...and I LOVE it! I took piano lessons up until my 4th child was born, then something had to be cut from my schedule and of course it was my extracurricular activites for myself :)

Lastly, there is nothing but good wishes being thrown your way for the acceptance of your bid on that beautiful house!!!! Good Luck!

Vonna said...

Stockholm is looking spectacular!

This Sunday's sampler is better after you read your comments describing the scene! LOL!

I enjoyed the comments on the grand piano...and you are not going to believe this but I OWN a Clavinova...and I LOVE it! I took piano lessons up until my 4th child was born, then something had to be cut from my schedule and of course it was my extracurricular activites for myself :)

Lastly, there is nothing but good wishes being thrown your way for the acceptance of your bid on that beautiful house!!!! Good Luck!

Joanie said...

What a beautiful home! I am crossing my fingers that the seller will accept your offer!

Carol said...

Glenna - great house!!!!!! Good luck!!

Your Stockholm is simply amazing!

Anna van Schurman said...

I love your story about the fishing couple.

Best of luck on the house. I know what you mean about finding something you can agree on--the dude was raised in a row house in England and I was raised in a 4 br on two acres. We had really different ways of defining "house" and "home." It's a marvel that compromise is possible--Just watch Designing for the Sexes!

Michelle said...

Love your house! Thanks for showing the wreaths on the buildings near you - very nice! Stockholm is looking amazing!

Annemarie said...

Oh wow! Look at this sampler! Stockholm is gorgeous! And congratulations on finding a house that suits both you and BF.
When are you going to start designing your own samplers? You have story-lines running through your mind that should result in some pretty interesting samplers!

Red said...

I was cracking up on your "observations" of My Fishing Lady...too too funny.
Good luck on the house...it's an emotional roller coaster the whole process of buying/selling/closing...and throw in moving...but it's so worth it once you're in your new home. Best wishes for it to all work out. It look gorgeous.

AnneS said...

Oh my, your write-up of the Fishing Lady had me rolling in the aisles - too too funny! :D Fingers crossed for the house for you :)