This Christmas Day I got to play the piano at my church and the piano at the nursing home. This is a photo of my piano. I've been practicing all year and it worked out great. I played before mass began as people filed in and then had a full house at the nursing home. The nursing home piano was sorely out of tune, but I made it work. There is a great joy playing on several pianos. Now I start again with a new year and more lessons.
I happened to find this huge black beetle pondering across my neighbors basement floor. She almost weighed as much as a full spool of quilting thread and was the size of the palm of my hand. She is a black rain beetle and is a rare find indeed. They take 13 years to mature and both sexes emerge just before rain and fall to mate then burrow underground again. The female does not fly only the male, so that was why she was walking in the basement. She was the neatest bug I have found yet. I set her outside to find a mate in the woods.