Yesterday I was finishing cleaning our house and my fitbit buzzed me to remind that I still have to step 46 steps to win the hour?. But I was cleaning for almost for 4 hours, not lying on the sofa...
Anyway I thought about quarantine yesterday and I came to a conclusion that we soon fill up not only hospitals for infection diseases, but for mental diseases as well...
Not much. In the morning I recorded one fugue by Beethoven on Hauptwerk. After breakfast dragged @organduo for a walk and realised that it wasn't a smart idea. Snow storm caught us. It was very windy and cold. We had to shorten our walk and hastily went back home.
Later I practised the organ. Although now I don't for what recital I'm preparing April 18th or May 3d or maybe July 31st. So I just pretended that everything is fine and practiced for April 18th. But I think Bach's Easter oratory will have to wait until next year...
In the morning I drove to school because couldn't get confirmation if we have to go to work or not. School was mostly empty. No kids only few teachers.
After returning home talked with my parents on the phone. Told them not to leave home and stay safe. Later one of my colleagues sent me a message. She has a friend in northern Italy. Situation is horrible. People are dying, even young...
Went for a walk in the evening.
Yesterday afternoon the Mayor of Vilnius announced that all schools will be closed for five weeks because of the corona virus starting on Friday. But later on the Prime Minister of Lithuania announced that schools will be closed for two weeks starting from Monday. So whatever, the things aren't going well. We also had a major storm yesterday. As one of my eight graders pointed out yesterday: what a terrible time we live in.
Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of Lithuania's restored independence. The weather was quite ugly: wind and rain. So I stayed indoors all day. Practiced the organ, took care of my little tomatoes and sweet peppers, watched some festive events on the TV. Vidas had to go to the University to play our national anthem.
Yesterday after school I visited my parents. Certainly the tension is increasing. They listen to the news all day long. All the news are about corona virus. So this is all my parents now talk about. It doesn't help to feel safe and prosperous.
Later I returned home and @organduo and I went for a walk. It's becoming a very healthy habit.
Yesterday I worked at school. Now our custodians are using so much disinfectant at school that my eyes get red and itchy. At least now we always have soap and toilet paper in the restroom.
After work I took a long and nice walk with @organduo. Walking in the woods is the best part of my day.
Nice Sunday. I practiced the organ alone and together with @organduo. Had a nice long walk before the lunch. Later watched Poirot. This TV series is repeated on our national TV over and over again. However, I can never remember, who a killer is, therefore I can watch it every time as a new thing...
Yesterday in the morning Vidas and I went to congratulate my nephew with his 20th birthday. I can't believe how time flies.
Later in the we practiced our organ duet and solo pieces, went for a walk. In the evening we watched Legend of the Fall. Beautiful movie, some of the views were breathtaking.
Yesterday I went to my friend's @pauliakaz organ recital at Vilnius Cathedral. He played a short 30 minute program of works by Bach, Naujalis and Boellmann. Although he never graduated from any Conservatory or University with the degree in organ performance, his playing sounded very solid (he studied the organ with @organduo privately). After the concert we went to the restaurant to have some coffee and sweets. @organduo also ordered a salad because he is always hungry, haha!
At home I started to read Big Magic: Creative Living Without Fear by Elisabeth Gilbert. I like it even more than Eat, Pray, Love...
International concert organist Dr. Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene together with her husband Dr. Vidas Pinkevicius is the creator of Secrets of Organ Playing, a blog, podcast, and training site for thousands of organists from 89 countries. They create daily blog and podcast with organ playing advice and inspiration. Also they are Vilnius University organists and lead the university organ studio "Unda Maris". When not playing the organ, they like to draw comics about the adventures of Pinky the piglet and Spiky the hedgehog and their imaginary friends.