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Discussion in 'About Me & My Garden' started by flowerbug, Nov 16, 2017.

  1. Mar 30, 2018
    flowerbug

    flowerbug Deeply Rooted

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    the sewing machine was a good idea, but it just didn't work out. so after more attempts to get it working, phone calls to company headquarters, serviced (said nothing wrong with it), we were running errands a few days this week so we took the machine and sewing samples with us and went to the sewing center again. they said take it back to where we bought it as they wouldn't fix it. so we returned it and got a full refund.

    then we went back to the sewing center and got a different one. i have to read through everything to make sure i can show Mom how to use it. this morning changed the needle because it wasn't going through the cloth easily enough. it is a very heavy and much simpler machine than what we got for her a few months ago. it is also very fast and able to handle sewing leather if needed. so perhaps for my own hobby in later life i'll take up making belts or something... :)

    i'm waiting for her to put some quilts together with all the layers which was what was bothering her the most about what was happening with the other machine. last night i sat down with the new toy while she was watching tv and learned about the pin feed and how to thread and how to use the needle threader. i'd much rather do that sort of thing when she's not breathing down my neck. and she had sewn something earlier which didn't come out right. so i had some fun and figured it out and then had it sewing nicely even with the old needle. but this morning the fabric was really very thin and the needle wasn't sharp at all. i could tell just by looking at the fabric that was what was happening. new needle, it sewed great.

    *crossing fingers when she starts doing these up*

    will get outside today for a bit. dunno what for yet, perhaps chopping up bits of wild grape vines. 3-inch loppers with titanium blade are very nice... :) quiet and steady work for hours if i want...
     
  2. Apr 2, 2018
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    ok, today, could have been bad day, neighbor chooses to burn his ditch across the road from us (i'm not even sure it his his property). i do have lung issues at times and smoke can do me in... i went out to pick up the recycle bin after the truck came by and emptied it and talked to the neighbor for a bit. i didn't get mad, i didn't even mention the lung issue, just said hi and talked a few moments. came back inside.

    thought about it for a few minutes and then said, "hey, i bet this guy has a brush hog." so i went back out and talked to him again and asked him if he did and if he'd clear an area for me on the other side of the big drainage ditch. for a price. he said sure when the ground dries out a bit more. it's getting pretty grown up back there and i was looking to do it all by hand, but that would take me several weeks or a month of here or there picking away at it where he can do it all at once.

    now i gotta tell Mom what's cooking when she gets home. she's gonna say something about the smoke/smell. i have to give it another hour to clear out there before i can go chop up some more grapevines and check the groundhog den plugs...

    of course, we also talked about gardens, tomatoes, etc. :) he's an ok guy, i just think it's silly to burn ditches. he does it because he says it cost him 25K on the property tax bill at another place and that it's too hard for him to clean them out with his tractor if it gets too full of stuff. well, um, mow 'em once in a while, but don't burn 'em and for sure don't plow so close to the edge... which almost everyone does around here now - right up to the edge... *sigh* to me that means yeah you should be charged if the county has to come along and clear them back out again... makes sense to me at least. but of course, i didn't say it.

    i smell like a smoke bomb.
     
  3. Apr 16, 2018 at 2:03 AM
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    a picture of the creeping thyme, i like the habit and color of it this time of the season, and am looking forwards to seeing how it flowers this season...

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    and one of some retired shoes... :)

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