At the end of March, Mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor. While the doctors hemmed and hawed and tried their best to figure out what was going on, the tumor basically took over. Her body rejected the chemotherapy, and we moved her into a hospice room at a local nursing facility. At the end of April, she passed away. I was able to play for her a couple of times during her convalescence, and I think she enjoyed it even when she couldn't tell me so anymore.
I'm just barely starting to be motivated to practice again, and most of my practice time is getting sucked up by baby preparations and family time.
I did finally get out to play quartets again -- that was nice. We played Haydn 17 #1, I think, which was okay, and then we played the first three movements of Schubert's Death and the Maiden, which was well worthwhile. Next time we'll tackle the last movement, which is endless. But I'm sure it'll be equally worthwhile!
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