Potter’ed plans
Saturday November 28th 2009, 1:03 pm
Filed under: Friends,Knit

Okay, that last one was an in-joke among hearing aid users.  Those orange tabs are what you pull off the air-activated batteries before putting them in the aids. They made for longer fingernails than I’ll ever have; all my growing up, my piano teacher told me that if I showed up at her house with nails long enough to click on the keyboard, she would cut them or I would. Period.

To this day, long lovely fingernails are a spectator sport.

Meantime, (this is a picture from last summer, sorry I don’t have a newer one, Kris is wearing her Water Turtles shawl) yesterday I got to see Mel and Kris at a show in San Jose–I only went because they were there. You know, pottering around a little bit here and there but mostly spending my time catching up with them; I went in the afternoon when the crowds had died down quite a bit so we could visit and not have me be in the way.

And there’s a great story to it all.  But I can’t tell it yet. I know, I’m so mean…

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I’m just a lurker most of the time in blogland, but I just had to let you know that the piano teacher comment made me laugh out loud. My piano teacher and I used to have little battles about my long fingernails and she showed up with a nail clipper on more than one occasion!

Comment by Jennifer 11.28.09 @ 1:48 pm

Tantalizing… let me guess, you found your favorite potters and bought a Christmas gift you can;t show yet?

Comment by Diana Troldahl 11.28.09 @ 2:10 pm

Love the hearing aid battery tab fingernails. Shorter nails have ended up being a way of life for me – I do too much with my hands to have them longer, and despite in my youth having attended a hand care class (including how to apply nail polish -I scarcely do it, probably less than five times since the class more than 30 years ago), but it doesn’t stop me admiring other peoples – but it does have to be perfect.

Having short nails maybe a factor in why DH married me, that along with the fact that I didn’t own a blow dryer – he had to always fix his sister’s – he is an electronics technician and has often been roped into mending appliances for people (he hates it), I let my mother know, and she never asked him to be Mr Fix-It. (I now own a hair dryer – but in the 18 years or so that I have used it I have probably used it less than 30 times, and he has never had to fix it!

Comment by StellaMM 11.28.09 @ 2:25 pm

What a tease… 😉

Comment by TripletMom 11.28.09 @ 3:51 pm

Thank you for explaining the fingernail post. I was scratching my head last night, but figured the story would come. And you tell a fantastic story.

Comment by Amanda 11.28.09 @ 5:49 pm

My piano teacher used to say the same things–and he was a GUY! Horrors!

Comment by Karen 11.28.09 @ 8:32 pm

I can’t tolerate long nails to this day – the moment they click, they’re outta-here! It’s all those years of piano in our past that keeps us from being glamor gals. (I suspect long nails would get in the way with knitting, too.)

Comment by Barbara-Kay 11.28.09 @ 8:59 pm

Well I’m a guy, and long fingernails are not for me. Because of my handicap I cannot trim my own nails, so I go to a manicurist. Every now and then she asks what color polish I want. Um, no thanks.

Fun –

(The second line of each is a comment on the headline)

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 No, really?  

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Now that’s taking things a bit far!  
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What a guy!  

Miners Refuse to Work after Death  
No-good-for-nothing’ lazy so-and-sos!  

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant  
See if that works any better than a fair trial!  

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I can see where it might have that effect!  

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You think?!

Comment by Don Meyer 11.28.09 @ 9:59 pm

Thanks for linking to Carol’s Fingernail Friday. Amazing. My daughter loves long, painted nails despite playing the piano. It was her guitar teacher who made her trim them years ago.

Comment by LynnM 11.29.09 @ 2:14 am

I had to laugh at the fingernail story — my piano teacher was the same way, and to this day, I keep my nails short!

Comment by Jocelyn 11.29.09 @ 11:10 am

Ditto on the piano playing. It got so I would cringe if I heard one little click – I didn’t even have to be told, they were chopped for the next lesson. Thanks for sending my mind back to think of all my piano teachers. I loved them all except for one who insisted I play Bela Bartok. Yuk. I was/am a romantic and wanted Chopin and Beethoven. We did not understand each other at all!

Comment by Julie 11.29.09 @ 11:29 am

You’re a riot! 🙂 (those orange tabs)

Well, you better hurry up with that story! jk 😉

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 11.29.09 @ 1:05 pm

Ohh! I get it now. 🙂

Hope you’re not too tuckered out from going to the show!

Comment by karin maag-tanchak 11.29.09 @ 5:49 pm

I have caught up with some of your blog, my life has been a zoo and is fixing to be, not any better ;P. You always bring a smile to my face :).

Comment by ldsvenus 11.29.09 @ 8:06 pm

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