Continued from last week:
I finally got the foot pedal and cord for the sewing machine of Mom’s. It is brand new and was at the local sewing machine store, can you imagine! I hooked it up last night and it worked!! Except that I couldn’t sew anything without bobbin thread. This machine is so advanced (and I haven’t sewn on a machine for over 20 years) that I had to print out the instruction booklet to find out how to put thread on the bobbin!! Alas, the print was too small for my tired eyes last night so I sat down with a larger print novel, “The Spider’s Web” by Peter Tremayne. It is a mystery set in 9th Century Ireland and it is sooo good. Almost wore out my eyes reading til midnight.
We had a bake sale today at the Yarn store for the benefit of the MS Society. My friend has been diagnosed with Multiple Scolorsis and we are going on a walk next weekend. We also needed to raise some money, so we raised about 60 dollars today and had goodies left over to sell again on Monday.
We started out by setting up our spinning wheels outside the shop with the table of bread, cookies, bars and brownies between them. We attracted a lot of attention, but it was in the 40’s and cloudy so people were in a hurry to get inside someplace. Finally it began to rain, so we had to move indoors. We stood under the furnace vents to warm up and then finished our spinning. We did have people come inside to buy some more baked goods. It was a fun adventure, but very chilly, especially for Spring. Next week we are walking about a mile or two and we are praying for NO RAIN!
Well, today it is snowing huge flakes turning into wetness immediately when they touch something. Then the wind is howling about 40 miles an hour, ugh. Yesterday was so beautiful, blue sky, warm 74 degrees, green grass showing, Robins singing, voles destroying. Oh yes, we still have voles and also moles or gophers now too! Not only us, everyone in our townhouse row has them. I pulled out all the destroyed vegetation from the flower beds yesterday and put them in the recycle bags (read ALL the perennials). I was mad!!! I have decided to get rid of the voles however I have to! (read poison) But Spring will come some day, hopefully sooner than later.
I finished the towels that I was weaving on the Macomber. I took them off hoping to be able to hem them by hand as I don’t have a sewing machine. (I haven’t had a sewing machine since my husband saved the one I was about to throw out a second story window and that was 25 years ago-he gave it away!) So when I got them all off the loom and looked at what it involved to hand sew the cotton weaving I was dismayed; my hand sewing skills were not up to the thickness of the towels. Sigh. Hmmmm, Mom has a sewing machine in storage….I called Mom and she said sure you can borrow it, it is a nice machine, if you can find it in storage, hahaha. It is always a laugh when we talk about going into her storage unit at U-Haul. If she can’t find something she says, “ah, it must be in storage” and then laughs. I found it. I brought it home. It is BRAND NEW! It is a Janome 4623LE Plus, and is beautiful. I looked up the brand on-line and was amazed at all the things it can do, even thought that one is “retired”. I got it all ready to go, then realized that I had no power cord!!!!! Dumb. My husband said he would help me look for it in the storage unit, which was extremely kind of him, he hates the storage unit, reminds him of moving his mother and father in the first place!! We looked and looked and crawled over and under boxes and furniture and could not find that power cord/foot pedal. I called Mom when we got home and she said, “well, it is probably in the old sewing machine’s cabinet, in a plastic box.” She sold the old sewing machine cabinet at the auction she had when she moved the last time, that was why she bought the new sewing machine. So, more than likely the Janome cord is in the cabinet of the old machine and has been gone for about 3 years!!!! Mom said, “that sewing machine is brand new, I have never sewn on it.” I wanted to cry. Here sits a brand new sewing machine, and I can’t run it without the power cord. Sigh…kinda like Spring with snow isn’t it!
To be continued……