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Very nice Georganne. Thanks for sharing the video with us.

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Georganne,

Thank you for sharing you adventures the videos were enjoyable.

Thank you,

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I just wanted to let you all know that the Traveling FIddlerman Community Violin is now in Cayuga, NY. Beautiful Finger Lakes area. The violin is lovely. I will take extreme care with it.

I took photos of it when I removed it from the box so you all coule get a look see at what is now in the case. I will post them over the next couple days. There are not a whole lot. I just want to not make any typos. So, I don’t want to type something up in a rush.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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Hey Cid, how did the box do?  It got here needing a bit of reinforcing, so I shored it up a bit more.  Glad you got it.  Have fun!

 

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Georganne said
My parents lived up here in Alaska for 7 years, years ago, over 20 years ago.  They never made it up to the Arctic Circle.  It's a hard 6 hour drive over a really rough road.  Most times one gets at least a windshield ding if not a full on broken windshield from the trucks driving it up and back to the North Slope and the oil fields.  So when they came for my wedding, my dad really wanted to go, to check that off his bucket list.  We almost lost my mom to cancer just a few months ago.  The chemo gave her a heart attack and two strokes.  She's been gaining though and just finished a round of chemo the day before she got on the plane to come up here.  So we were a bit concerned that the long drive would be too much for her.  But she wanted to go, so we did.  My dad drove up the Alaska Highway 19 times but never made it up the Arctic Circle until now.  I pulled over and put him in the driver's seat right before we got there.  

 

The playing was terrible because my hands and back were a mess from driving such a terrible, crummy, pot holed, washboard road for 6 hours.  

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And now, I just got back from my mother's funeral and am so thankful for the time I got to spend with her this summer.  She really loved the idea of the Traveling Fiddle and had fun being a part of its adventures.  

 

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Oh that's so sweet Georganne, so very sorry, hard to lose someone so close to you, glad you got to enjoy some time with her, I'm sure that meant a lot to you both, makes for a special memory. Sending hugs.

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Sorry to hear about your mom, Georganne. I just lost my mom this past year too. It's not easy, and the time you spent with her you will carry with you your entire life. My prayers...

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Hey Cid, how did the box do?  It got here needing a bit of reinforcing, so I shored it up a bit more.  Glad you got it.  Have fun!

  

The box was great. You did a good job. It sounds great. I am used to my bows so I have been using my bows with it.  

I hope to get pics soon. Life has been in the way a bit, except for the few minutes I have to check in here. It would not have worked well in the hotel room last week, so I brought my electric cello. I have been busy with Vocalise by Rachmaninoff on it.

We have made a list of places to bring her. Hopefully, this NY weather will permit us to do so. I get an MRI on my knee this week, so I am not sure if it will happen this week, appointments and all. 

I would like to contact the orchestra head at the school in the next district. Our district does not have an orchestra, it is a band. I would like to bring it in and show the orchestra and see it and tell them about it. Maybe one of the violinists would like to play her. I would have to have parental permission to post any photos though. Maybe the orchestra head could sent a note to the parent(s) of whomever plays it to get permission? She just has such a neat story. I have to find out what school they are actually using now. I can’t keep up because they keep closing schools and shifting students around.

I also plan to take her to my violin shop when I go in and get a bow that I bought from someone who was selling his uncle’s violin and bow. We bought them both a few weeks ago. The bow is amazing but needs a restring. When we go up to Pittsford, weather permitting, we will bring the Traveller. I think they will be very interested. 

Right now, I am staying off my knee as much as I can, kind of hard to do. But, she is a lovely instrument and will soon be visiting the Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. I think she will be impressed. Hmm, I have never been there. My son was getting tired of it. Every year in school they went there. LOL There are a few other places that would not put her, and me, out in the cold that we want to bring her, roads permitting. The Waterloo Memorial Day Museum. I was born and raised there. I have no idea what the hours are. I haven’t been in there since 1969 or 1970. What I really want to check out in Waterloo is if the library still has that little museum downstairs. I loved that museum as a kid. Maybe they would let me play her down there if nobody is actually in the library. 

I wish there was a fiddle group around here. I have never ever heard of one. Not here on this side of the lake where I moved shortly after we were married, or where I grew up on the other side of the lake in Waterloo. Will have to look into it somehow. I wish Pennysavers were still delivered. That would make it easier. 

I did take a few photos of our area on the way home this past Tuesday. I will post them in a post after this. I have to make sure they are not blurry. Just to give you an idea of the area. I will snap a photo out my back sliding glass door so you can see the view from my house to the farm fields behind us. Kind of dreary this time of year. Not a fan of snow, but it is lovely when snow covered.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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Ok, here are photos from my back sliding door in the  dining room. I was playing my violin on the deck in the Summer. Of course, eventually, the yellow jackets, blue hornets or wasps would come around and I would have to move inside. But, I love it when I can. Unfortunately, the weather will not permit it while I have the Traveler, unless we get a weird warm spell.

The painting is my second attempt at an oil painting. I was using the “Grandma Moses” way of painting. It shows that little dilapidated barn in its “hay” days. It will probably be gone soon. Love that barn.

 

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This is a couple of photos I snapped on our way home earlier this week. This is Cayuga Lake. It is one of the Finger Lakes in central New York. I am about a mile from it. I grew up on the other side, same end of the lake, but on the other side. 

From my house, going west, you get to the lake. About 7 years after we moved her, I was driving west to a little neighborhood store that used to be on the road along the lake. It was in the Winter. The road is a sharp downhill after I cross route 90. Well, the roads were clear at my house. I crossed route 90 and things changed. It was nothing but ice. I was sliding and was sure I was going to visit the lake up close and personal. Another car was trying to get up the hill. It is not a very often traveled road. I did make it to the store. I told the store owner that that road is ice covered. The county is responsible for that road because the little town has no highway dept. He called for them to come salt it. When I left the store I drove up the road on the other side of the store. That hill is not as steep. Strangely, it was not icy.

Well, I no longer drive if there is any mention of snow. Basically, do not ride in a car either. So, here I am, in central NY and afraid to drive in the snow. LOL I do do it at times, if I have to, but prefer not to because of that hill. 

The two photos below were taken from Route 90 on our way home. We took the scenic route, takes longer, but it is lovely. The lake is Cayga Lake, as I mentioned. The photos were taken when we were in Aurora. It is about 15 miles from my,house, give or take a few. I am bad with estimating. The photo that has the yellow road sign is coming down the hill right before Aurora. Kind of hilly by the lake.

Auora is a small community. Wells College is there. It used to be an all girls college. A few years ago it became coed. There were not enough girls attending anymore to male it feasible as a girls’ only. 

Funny fact about Wells College, the furniture is nailed down to the floor! They have a mega doner who donated money only for the furniture, or however it was worded. In order to keep the furniture bought with the money to fit the constrictions, the furniture had to be made part of the building. A friend of you youngest was applying there. She had the tour and thus was explained to them. They could not move the furniture because of this. That is so odd. Not sure if that is the case now, but it was back in 1999. I would think it is because that was the requirement. It is a lovely campus.

 

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Georganne,

I so sorry for your loss, I to have lost my Dad and last month my Mother in law, our prayers go up for you and your family.

 

Mark

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MoonShadows said
Sorry to hear about your mom, Georganne. I just lost my mom this past year too. It's not easy, and the time you spent with her you will carry with you your entire life. My prayers...

The time was so very special.  I hadn't seen her in person in 7 years, when MY husband died.  Getting out of Alaska is very expensive and I was saving up to buy my house, which I did.  But I was so thankful to have had that time with her.  
  

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Oh that's so sweet Georganne, so very sorry, hard to lose someone so close to you, glad you got to enjoy some time with her, I'm sure that meant a lot to you both, makes for a special memory. Sending hugs.

Thank you Mimi.
  

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Georganne,

I so sorry for your loss, I to have lost my Dad and last month my Mother in law, our prayers go up for you and your family.

 

Mark

  

I'm so sorry Mark.  My condolences to you as well.  

 

Cid I love the pictures of your area but especially the one of your back view.  Are there cows or anything out there?  How lovely.  And I especially LOVE your painting.  

I found the bow that came with it fairly uncomfortable so used my bow a lot of the time.  It has a triangular, pointy area right where your thumb needs to hook under at the frog. I was getting a callous from it lol.  

 

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Georganne, There used to be cows when I first moved out here. This was all my father-in-law’s farm. We got about an acre and built house. The cows are no more. 

We have snow there now. It snowed and iced last night. 

Thank you, Georganne. The picture was fun to do. 

I played with the Traveler yesterday. I really like the sound from her. I am going to try to teach myself a Christmas song with her.

I have played, Going to Boston, Danny Boy, When Irish Eyes are Shining, English Country Garden, Simple Gifts, and a song from a lesson book on the Traveler. I tried to do O Holy Night from just what I know from listening to the song. Hit a spot I couldn’t figure out, I forgot how it went. I have the sheet music somewhere, I think. If not, it is on CD’s so I can hear it. So glad going from cello to violin does not mess up my bowing on the cello anymore.  

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So, earlier today I played O Holy Night and Hark the Herald on the Traveler.

I also played one of my most favorite songs, What a Wonderful World. My version is not the entire song, but I think I might be able to use my piano book version. I don’t like the key C with it though, that is what my piano version is. I think my version is G, one sharp - F.   Maybe I can find an easy key of G version that goes beyond the first 15 measures.

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Georganne's video story truly touched my heart!!! Family time adds richness to our life!

The tune she played was beautiful, too.  It sounded like a folk fiddle tune I heard somewhere before.  I wonder if you, Georganne, could kindly share / post its music score.  If the music is still copyrighted, then please share where to find (buy) it.

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V T said
Georganne's video story truly touched my heart!!! Family time adds richness to our life!

The tune she played was beautiful, too.  It sounded like a folk fiddle tune I heard somewhere before.  I wonder if you, Georganne, could kindly share / post its music score.  If the music is still copyrighted, then please share where to find (buy) it.

  

Thank you so much VT.  Are you meaning the songs played at the Arctic Circle?  That was a medley of three songs.  Skye boat song, Will Ye Gang to Kelvingrove, Calinmoroosa (spelling?).  Skye Boat Song is readily available for free over the internet.  The other two are just portions of songs in my original instructional book.  I'll look for the full music sometime soon.  

 

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I just want to let you all know that I am very sorry for the lack of photos of the Traveler so far. I have played her, as mentioned in the previous posts but then my knee got worse and sitting or standing long enough to be able to do it with any semblance of knowing what I am doing is not possible for any period of time. The time that I am able to sit and play has been for cello lessons. I did overdo that a couple times. Lesson learned.

I am going to do something up soon, possibly next week. I have stayed off the leg as much as possible after the MRI today and am going to do that the rest of the weekend; the MRI positioning of the knee for 20 minutes did it in today, go figure.

Also, I am going to try YouTube again, Fiddlerman said something about sharing a link? That makes me think that there is a way to do it with it not being visible online by searching, just by those who have the link? PM me if you know anything about that. I don’t want to turn the Traveler thread into a YouTube thread.

That said, I am going to give it another shot. I also would like to find some way to play something on my cello and then play that so my camera can pick up that while it picks up the violin sound, but not sure if that will work, and what song I could do that with with both instruments, and maybe the viola. 

So, I am working on it and am doing a lot of thinking about now to go about sharing as much as possible. Just be assured, she is well and lovely.

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