Friday Finds #170

Cancellations Galore

Toilet paper.

It’s all gone.

For real. Apparently, our town of 9,000 has been bought-out of toilet paper.

Our local Achievement in Music Festival has been canceled with the hopes of rescheduling in May.

Universities around us are moving to online learning for extended weeks and even the rest of the semester.

The Music Teachers National Association Conference in Chicago has been canceled. (Luckily this was the first year in a while I was NOT planning to go!)

Hopefully, we’ll all look back someday and sigh a breath of relief that precautions were taken and that COVID-19 didn’t get out of control.

For just this moment, let’s close our eyes, take a deep breath and rest in a few good things as we end this week.

 

1

If you’re not already having students wash their hands before their lesson and wiping down the keyboard between students, now is the time. It certainly can’t hurt anything and is a good practice regardless of what germs are circulating our globe.

As a piano teacher you may want to check out:

The new Facebook group: Piano Teachers with Coronavirus Concerns

A well-written letter from a piano teacher to his studio families setting them up for the potential option of online lessons in future weeks if they so choose. (Daniel Light | Light Piano Studio)

Coronavirus and Piano Lessons (Dr. Sally Cathcart | The Curious Piano Teachers)

 

 

2

It’s taken years, but I’ve finally been experimenting with Irina Gorin’s “Tales of a Musical Journey” piano method this year. I’ve been pleased so far. If you’re interested in more training with Irina, you may want to first read Joy Morin’s review of Irina’s online course. (Joy Morin | Color in My Piano)

 

3

Thanks to the “This Old House” magazine that still makes it to our mailbox, I found a good source for recycling batteries! Check out the website Call2Recycle.com to find local places near you.

Unfortunately, while many Lowe’s stores do, ours only takes rechargeable batteries. Luckily I discovered from a friend a hardware store that will take them. Do some research and ask around!

 

4

This is kind of fun: 17 Maps of the United States that Made Us Say “Whoa” (Tucker DeSaulnier | Ranker.com)

 

5

Calling all Trader Joe’s Fans! Did you know they have a podcast? Inside Trader Joe’s

Are you lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s near you? I’ve been hoping for one to come to Fort Wayne (40-minute drive). The closest one currently is in Indianapolis (90-minute drive) so I only get to go twice a year.

News broke that one may be coming our way! Yea for us!

 

6

Here is the Correct Way to Serve Grapes (Christine Gallary | The Kitchn)

It makes sense to me!

 

7

This past week I discovered an amazing bread recipe!

Quick & Easy Sprouted Wheat Bread (Jenny can Cook)

I used Organic Sprouted Spelt Flour and bread flour as my combination.

 

8

Besides this bread, for the last two weeks, I have been struggling to feel motivated to cook anything but am determined to do better!

My grocery cart filled up this morning to make these easy and tasty meals:

Authentic Greek Salad (Gimme Some Oven)

Egg Roll Skillet (The Kitchn)

Spinach and Feta Frittata (The Kitchn)

Quick and Easy Egg Drop Soup (Simply Recipes)

Southwest Chopped Chicken Salad (Greens & Chocolate)

Spicy Chicken Tacos (Rachel Ray)

The Seven-Minute Egg (Saveur)

 

 


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