Cool Link

Please check out the Tag Galaxy link – in Links to the right on my weblog site. It’s a really cool site!

Published in: on February 28, 2009 at 3:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

What Is This Woman Doing?!

I learned to sew on an old sewing machine. It was ‘powered’with a knee thingie – what I thought of as a giant question mark that hooked into the front of the machine casing. I’d move my knee against it to activate it . . .  .

I wore out the gizmo that held that knee thingie eventually. The place where the ‘question mark’ hooked into the machine got too loose. The machine sat forlornly on my desk for days and weeks.

Then one day as I was walking by a bookcase that my hubby made me, I spotted a piece of metal that looked sort of like the head of a ratchet-type wrench. I’d never seen this piece of metal before. I looked at it and walked on. It took me a few more times of spotting that thing on the shelf, but eventually something occurred to me: That metal thing might solve my broken sewing machine problem.

And so it went: I gouged out space for it and wedged it in to place, and it tightened the hole so that question mark fit tightly again.

I still don’t know what that metal thing was, or what it was used for, or where it came from. All  I know is it fit into that hole perfectly and got my sewing machine back in working order.

And now I’m going to add a photo of some [cone] thread holders I made recently. These allow a sew-er to use serger thread cones with their conventional sewing machines. The ones they sell at fabric stores are flimsy and ugly, so I thought I’d make some that were more suitable. I think they’re better-looking too. Can you tell what I used to make these? (Hint: Door stops were used, for one thing.)

My version of thread holders - for holding large cones of thread

My version of thread holders - for holding large cones of thread

Published in: on February 28, 2009 at 2:33 am  Comments (4)  

Meet My Friend Suzette

I hate to compose anything when I don’t have Office Word format to correct errors for me. So I thought I’d try something different this morning: I’m composing my weblog entry in Word format, then I’ll copy and paste it into my blog. That way I can [also] save this to my computer when I’m done; that way I’ll have a copy of it for myself, if you see what I mean.

I talked to dear friend Suzette yesterday. Suzette and I met over a pile of fabric in a department store over 20 years ago. I was there to pick out fabric for the back of a black and white quilt top I’d just pieced. This total stranger and I got to talking as I raked through fabric and we ended up friends. (She talked me into getting mustard-yellow for the back of that quilt!)

This post has no real theme. I’m just reminiscing about my friendship with Suzette. She is not on-line, by the way – a fact that is astounding to me: How can two people be so different and still be friends?

Suzette has been there for me through thick and thin, though; that’s the most important ‘fact.’ She has give me words of advice over the years that have revolutionized my life. Here are two examples of times when Suzette has ‘saved my bacon’:

One day when I was facing a problem of long-standing in my life – facing, yet again, the same struggles Suzette had heard about a hundred times before – Suzette got a funny, far-away look on her face as I finished cataloging for her my latest list of problems. Finally, she says to me, ‘Sue! You don’t consider consequences!’

I knew immediately that Suzette’s assessment was spot-on: I had a pattern in my life that indicated that I was not in the habit of  considering consequences before I jumped  into things.

I also knew instantly why it was that I was in my 30’s and yet did not know how to consider consequences. But that’s another story for another time. Suffice it to say that, after Suzette pointed that out to me about not considering consequences, my life improved vastly . . . . .

Another time, in conversing with Suzette one day, she told me something that really made sense. Here it is: She told me why it’s important to live one day at a time.

I know, I know: We’ve all heard this time-old adage many times in our lifetimes, but Suzette told me why it is that we need to take one day at a time. She said, ‘Sue, it’s when we take one day at a time – it’s when we stalwartly refuse to worry about tomorrow – that God is able to bring wonderful things into our lives.’

The bible puts it this way: Fret not; it leads only to evil.

Put another way: If we worry about tomorrow, God is not able to bless us the way He would like to do.

What a Friend!!

What a Friend!!

Suzette! What a friend!

I quit.

Susan

Published in: on February 27, 2009 at 10:58 am  Comments (3)  
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Another Photo of My Bob

I have no idea what the subject was, but I do remember this chat with Bob.

I have no idea what the subject was, but I do remember this chat with Bob.

What was I eating??!

Published in: on February 26, 2009 at 9:26 pm  Comments (6)  

Bob Gets Equal Time

Son Bob Dressed to conquer the Bees

Son Bob Dressed to conquer the Bees

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Allen’s Many Roles

Allen as Brother - to Will, left; Daddy to Exandra, on his shoulders; and Uncle to Erica, on his lap

Allen as Brother - to Will, left; Daddy to Exandra, on his shoulders; and Uncle to Erica, on his lap

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Sewing Room

I think I’ll share some shots that include my sewing room that include projects in the photos . . .

Wall Hanging Behind Work Tables

Wall Hanging Behind Work Tables

Published in: on February 26, 2009 at 8:31 pm  Comments (4)  

More Garden Pics To Brighten a Winter Day

Allen Waving from Mower

I Caught the sun coming up . . . .

I Caught the sun coming up . . . .

Allen Waving from Mower

This is the field behind our current home. It was the source of many a photo op! Some days, though, I would forgo running to get my camera and just keep the scenery for own enjoyment.

The Scarecrow Who Wore Silk

The Scarecrow Who Wore Silk

Garden Shot from Church Street Home

Garden Shot from Church Street Home

Published in: on February 26, 2009 at 8:20 pm  Comments (6)  

Trying to lead people to Belinda . . .

Link to Belinda’s blog . . . . I think! Susan
http://sewseamless.com/sewseamless/?p=2225

Published in: on February 26, 2009 at 6:00 pm  Comments (2)  
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Good Morning, Glory

I did not post anything yesterday, after assuring myself over and over again that I would post every day. My interest in posting entries in this blog waxes and wanes. I, for example, directed some folks to my blog and they said they did access it, but that’s all they said. I did not get any comments one way or another. A little encouragement would be welcome at this point.

I have an idea, actually, about a way to reinvigorate my interest in writing; here is the idea: I could type something in my Word program, save it as a doc on my computer, then copy and paste what I wrote into a post. That would solve several problems: I would no longer have to compose in this format at this website – a format that does not correct my spelling for me or capitalize certain things automatically. Too, I would have a record in my computer of the things I write.

Sounds like a plan to me. But it doesn’t address the other problem I have with this blog thing: Posting pictures takes too long. We’ll see. I really do enjoy journaling – and I’ve done it for many years – but I don’t think I want to go back to ‘journaling with my computer screen off’ – I don’t want to go back to writing things that no one else reads.

Let me see. I think I want to add a photo. Hm. I think I’ll add a photo of the last place we lived – in town on Church Street. The morning glory house! After Bill moved some mulch one year, we had morning glories popping up everywhere, so I moved some of the plants to other parts of the yard. I eventually put lead-wires up so the vines could climb the electrical pole. I thought perhaps the utility company would get upset about this. Instead, they liked the flowers as much as the rest of the town did, and they even offered to help us take those vines down at the end of summer.

We lived on what is arguably the busiest corner in town, so we had a lot of traffic going by all the time, and people would stop right on that corner to tell us Good job! Some folks apparently thought we had some sort of magic seeds; they would stop and ask us if they could have some seeds so they could  have large morning glory plants in their own yards!

Have a good one. Susan

The House On Church Street

The House On Church Street

Published in: on February 25, 2009 at 10:59 am  Comments (11)