Saturday, September 4, 2010

this and that

It's been a busy enough week, but can't say there was anything major going on.  Well, I did make a run over to the municipal court in Venus to take care of my ticket.  I chose the option of taking a defensive driving course, and the ticket won't go on my record.  What's nice about this six hour course is that it can now be taken on the internet.  Of the six hours, one is a one hour break, and I can do it at my leisure...15 minutes here, 12 minutes there, etc.  I get something like three chances to take the tests.  I've finished the first of three sections, and yes, I passed that test.  One down, two to go.  I'll probably finish that up this weekend.  I've got until up in November, but I'd just as soon be done with it.

I took my sewing machine in to be serviced.  I've had it just shy of a year, and when I bought it, part of the package was a free service and cleaning in the first year.  It doesn't get real heavy duty use, but since I'm gearing up to do some fmq-ing (free motion quilting), I thought it would be nice to start out with everything tip-top.  By the way, it is a nice little machine.  And of course, since it's gone for a week or so, there are all kinds of projects that it would be nice to work on!  Hope that enthusiasm is there when I get it back.

Since I was at the machine repair shop, I also took in Mom's Singer.  It's the one I, as well as my sisters, learned to sew on.  Dad always said Mom sewed many a mile on that thing, and he was right.  There were 5 kids in our family, and for years she sewed all of the clothes for us girls, and I'm sure plenty of shirts for the boys.  Plus all of the mending along the way, and she occasionally sewed for other people as well.  When I got it, I decided I wanted to refinish the cabinet and it would be easier without the machine in it.  I had to cut the cord to the foot pedal to get it out, so this visit to the repair shop is to get the cord re-attached.  Turns out it needs rewired for the electrical plug anyway, and they'll do a service job on it so it will be running.  The real trick will be getting it back in the cabinet, I don't know that they can make the foot pedal cord a plug-in.  Wish me luck.

I got my September package from my secret sister.  Woo hoo!  With a seasons theme, I got a Debbie Mumm "Seasons" book; 2 packets of bulbs for the gladiolus and one fresias; 3 one yard cuts of fabric, and one that's 2.5 to 3 yards...spring bunnies, winter snowmen, and autumn leaves; 9 fq's, several are patriotic; a cute little tin of pins; a couple of puzzle books; and last but not least, Riesen chewy chocolate caramels.  I still haven't figured out who she is, but truthfully I haven't tried too hard.  The not knowing is part of the fun.  :)

This morning it was nice and cool when I got up, so I headed over to the park and walked around the path.  I know 1/2 mile isn't a whole lot, but I was proud that I got up and out to do it.  Then I headed over to the grocery store to get that chore out of the way.  As I was pulling out of the parking lot, Elizabeth called to see if I wanted to meet them at the park.  Made me feel good to say I'd already been!

Here's a mommy-daughter picture of Elizabeth and Elise.  I thought their matching outfits deserved to be remembered.  :)

Last but certainly not least, happy birthday brother Carl!   

Have a good week.

1 comment:

Roolen said...

thanks for sharing, Elsie
Have a nice week!