Well folks, it is November and we are rapidly approaching that long holiday season. Thanksgiving through New Year. This time of year the blog gets neglected a lot; then in January it takes time to get back into the swing of things. I’m not sure I ever got back into the rhythm of things this past year. The year 2017 was not nearly as productive for blog posts and reviewing books as the prior year was. I’m pretty sure that viewership suffered as a result. A blog cannot be neglected without negative consequences. Like any living thing it has to be tended.
There is a lot to get done over the next few weeks and much of it has nothing to do with reading, writing, or staying connected on social media. My husbands dad will be 90 years old on December 4th and there is going to be a celebration for him at their church on Sunday the 3rd. We are planning on being there. That is a two day drive for us and we have a lot of family there, including our other daughter and her family. That will be a week long trip. It will be at a time that we won’t be able to take the whole family because the grand children will be in school. It’s too bad because the great grandparents may not have that many more years to see them. We live far enough away that it’s hard to make that trip as a whole family.
The weather is getting cold again and it’s time to put the sewing machines to good use again quilting. I’m hoping to finish a couple of my unfinished projects over the winter months. Let’s see if I can complete something before starting another.
Hopefully my grand daughter will want to sew with me, at least on weekends while her brother is at his dad’s house. Her brother wants to learn to quilt too, and told him he could start. He’s 6, the same age as his sister started learning to quilt so it’s time. Maybe after homework is done we can all work on something. I’ve got enough machines for everyone, though the knee pedal Singer is the best for the children.
I don’t have to try and set a foot pedal up high enough for them to reach it and still have the seat high enough so they aren’t sewing at chin level. We use adjustable mechanic stools. They don’t have a back, but, we don’t lean back to sew anyway. They are perfect for use and take up little space in my already crowded sewing room. Living together as a multi-generational family it is easy to schedule time to teach the grandchildren skills that will be useful as they become adults. They spend a lot of time in my basement sewing room with me anyway. Recently they’ve just been playing or coloring and drawing. But we can change that to quilting, easy-peasy.
I am hoping that I can get power to my quilting machine. The old wiring in this house won’t put power to the stitch regulator from the nearest plug. The wall plug is a two prong and the regulator is three prong. An adapter won’t work, I’ve tried it. Hopefully we can get power to it through an extension cord from the utility room. It will make finishing quilts a lot easier. The bigger quilts are too bulky to do on my small machines and I do have a king size that all I need to do is quilt it and bind it. Well, I do need to square it up before I quilt it. I won’t share pictures of that one; it is a gift. So, those are my plans for the next few weeks and months.
I do have another project I’m working on too. I volunteered to read and comment on a new author’s first fiction book. It is a bit more than I anticipated, but, I am up for the challenge. It may take longer than originally anticipated, though no time frame was ever discussed. We will see how things progress on that front.
Expect delays and periods of silence from me through the next few weeks and months. But I will try to have at least something once a week even it is just an update on what is going one here in my part of the Heartland of America.