This diary entry is part 24 of 28 in Lily's diary dated 22 - April 2023

Hi! It’s me! Lily!

And I had so much to do today!!!  It was so busy!!!

First of all, the block came back from the machinist!!!

They said they didn’t have to do much, they just resurfaced the mating surface with the head and rehoned the bores.  Everything was within spec otherwise.  They told us we were REALLY lucky.  So we got the block back on the engine stand, and now comes the hard part – putting the crank back in, and the pistons, and stuff.  We probably won’t get much into that until the weekend.  It’s kind of exacting work and too many other things to do.

The heads are still on order and should arrive in a couple of days.

So there’s that.

I also started practicing that piece in earnest.  It’s not too hard but there’s a lot of notes!!!  My teacher thinks I can do it but I’m going to need special lessons and a lot of practice!!!  I won’t say every day how much I practiced because that’s boring, but I have a rehearsal with the orchestra leader in a couple of weeks!!!  So I need to practice a LOT!!! I bet they’ll get tired of it!!!

Liz also has her recital coming up too and wants me to accompany her again!  I said yes, but I’ve got a lot going on, so we’ll have to find time where we can.  She said she’d pick something that didn’t need too much work on my part.  She’s such a good girl!!!

Hmm, what else.  I haven’t been spending a lot of time at the shop, I’ve got so much going on, but Sabby’s got it covered.  We actually are hiring the second baker now!!! Yay!!!  We’re looking for someone good at baking, but also making sandwiches and stuff.  Everything’s humming along!!!  Cat-girl and the Cosplay Crew are doing their thing, we’ve got even more Japanese tourists showing up and taking lots of pictures and buying lots of stuff, and…  it’s a little weird, actually.  How are they even finding us???

I guess never understimate the resourcefullness of Japanese people when it comes to sweets or cute things, right?

And, of course, Marie is being Marie.  Sniffing everything and wanting to sleep with me all the time.  It’s cute.

Maybe severe storms tomorrow!!! Awww!!!

Oh and we’re starting to plan the Japan trip too!  But more about that later.


Love you all!!! ❤

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