Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The Little Everyday Things

 Hello Friendly Folk~
It is apparent that I'm not the only one struggling
to write when our world as it is seems to be in tumbles.
Over the past several weeks, I've started two different posts
but just couldn't finish them.
Blogland has been pretty quiet.
I hope people are finding home and heart.
Christmas was a new experience for so many this year.
When reflected upon,
may it be that kindness is chosen over the many alternatives.
It's been pretty quite at our home also.
We've been fortunate that we've been busy at work.
It's been a crazy, hectic, chaotic year, but we have work
and we are grateful for that.
It's only been the in past few weeks that we've been able
to have our winter evenings.
I love winter evenings~
Though, since the time change I've not slept through the night
more than a handful of nights.
(Things on my mind, I s'pose.)
So my evening activities usually end about 7:30-8PM 
when my eyes begin to water and tell me to go to bed.
We do wake about 4-4:30 so I guess that's eight hours.
I've been able to do a little stitching (finally!) and reading.
If you ever run across a copy of Della T Lutes "The Country Kitchen,"
snatch it up.  It is one of the funniest books I've read in some time.
She does share methods about the foods they prepared and ate,
but she has a knack for telling of the accounts in such a way
that has humored both Mr. LB and me.
When you laugh out loud while reading a book,
you know it's funny.
And right next to my book and glasses is a big hoop
with the quilt I'm quilting on.
This is the one on the hoop.
I told myself I had to quilt 2 quilts before I could start another. 
Did I listen to me?
Nooooo. . . 
Go ahead and roll your eyes at me.
I know.  Bad, bad, me.

I couldn't help myself.
Those Singers are like sea nymphs calling, luring me to stitch. 
I have yet to sew a whole quilt on Birdy.
I don't think you've met Birdy yet.
Here, let me introduce you.
She is a 1940 Singer Featherweight - my youngest Singer.
That's how she got her name.
Isn't she beautiful?
She was a gift from Hubby, and I love her.
(And him too by the way:-).

And go ahead and listen to that.
You can't hear anything can you?
That's one of the things I love about her.
She is soooo quiet and stitches like a dream.
I've only made a few blocks,
but I can't express how much good it did my soul.
I'm replicating a vintage pattern.
I kinda do my own thing so I have measurements like
2 1/8" x a generous 3 3/4".
It really doesn't matter as long as it's consistent.
It's just like cooking "a skosh more" or "just a smidgeon."
The Christmas decorations are gathered and ready to go back into the tote.
The tree will soon be out of the house.
I didn't do a ton this year.
More and more, I am finding that less really is more.
Not just in decorations, but in general.
Before Christmas, I finally went through a box of photos
from my friends who passed in '15 & '16.
I got all that I'm keeping into a very thick album,
sent some to their one living relative, those I thought she might want.
And the rest went into the burn pile.
There were lots of pictures of flowers etc. among the family pictures
so going through them took time.
I think we all have these projects.
I have a tote out in the garage that is full of photos
from when the kids were little.
Once the tree is out of the house, and I haul the Christmas tote out,
I will bring it in and begin going through them.
For some reason, I am feeling the need to get down to those things
that matter in the long run.
I still have a constant donation box though these days
it's slower to fill than it once was.
I still like to call it "editing."
I think I've mentioned that long ago when we were considering down-sizing.
I'm not sure we will ever go much smaller,
but I sure don't mind an empty shelf here or there.
And open space is refreshing.
Speaking of refreshing,
it's about that time~
A fresh new year.
Have you chosen a word of the year yet?
I've done this for several years now.
My 2020 word was "Grace."
God somehow knows what we need, doesn't He?
My word for 2021 is going to be "Flourish."
We don't know what lies ahead, 
but I hope whatever the year brings that I might find a way to flourish.

And for the new year, 
I'd like to wish every one of you a year filled to the brim with blessings.

Until next time~


  1. Your latest quilt is beautiful! I love everything about it! Birdy is a real beauty. Most of the members of a local quilting group all sew on their Singer Featherweights and always sing their praises.

    1. I have a couple old Singers. I think she is the quietest. ☺️

  2. I very much like your word for 2021. FLOURISH. May it happen! Birdie is a sweet machine. Quiet and efficient, like a bird. I think the thread being sewn into something beautiful is her song, flowing from her beak! I need to go through my pictures, too, of which I have so few, and get them to the few relatives I have who may treasure them. I have no one to leave them to and I don't want them just forgotten or discarded! Sometimes I see family albums at estate sales, and it breaks my heart. Thank you for introducing me to that book, I am going to look for it right away. Sounds like the kind of book that is a true keeper.

    1. Oh I love the idea of the stitching being her song. Thank you for that. Look for an old used copy.

  3. I( always think of my beloved great aunt when I see quilting being done.

  4. Birdy is beautiful! Your DH obviously knows you well. I've never chosen a yearly word but I know many people do. I hope the 'flourish' is something that we all can do in 2021 because I think we deserve it after all we've been through in 2020. As for photos, I went through all of ours before we moved here and I made simple album/scrapbooks for our kids from the pictures and mementoes I thought they would like to keep. Passed some on to family members, kept a good sampling, and chucked the rest. I still have too many but they're all ones that have meaning.
    Happy 2021 - may you flourish!!!

    1. Good for you having the photos done. I have the tote in the house but haven’t been brave enough to open it yet 😋

  5. I have a featherweight with the case but can't remember the number of it. Heck, about 15 years ago I paid $500 for mine to carry when going to a doll making club. Haven't used it in years so maybe I should open it up and try it again to be sure it still works properly. Your quilting is the REAL DEAL and not the type quilting I've done in the past.

    I went to Amazon to see if I could purchase The Country Kitchen and it appears it's quite valuable now ~ you have a classic.

    1. Oh we could stitch together 😊. I didn’t pay a lot for mine just found it used.

  6. I'm glad to hear things are going well! I love seeing your quilt work. I've been working on mending lately.

    After reading your recommendation of The Country Kitchen, I too trotted over to Amazon to see what I could find. Used hardcovers are listed at $895! Yup, eight hundred ninety-five dollars! Used paperbacks are listed for $43. I dug around and found a used hardcover in fair condition for $3.85! I had to snap it up. But this is the kind of book I love to read. :)

    1. Wow that must be a collector book. I have a hard copy but it is used.

  7. Your machine is beautiful! I love that you use the antique ones! And flourish sounds like a brilliant word to me! I think I’ll join you in that endeavor as I plan to live as abundantly as ever this year 🤎

    1. The old ones actually make a nicer stitch.
      And Yay! It's kinda funny how a word comes to the forefront.
      May you flourish as well :-)

  8. Ooh I love your sewing machine. My mom has a similar one, that she inherited from her mother in law. It still works wonderfully.

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  9. I love the sewing machine! My grandmother's name was Odella. Between that and the fact that I just did a family cookbook, I will have to read Della's. Here is wishing you a happy and healthy new year.

  10. Yes, I took a break from blogging, too. Your book sounds excellent. I have been reading books on my kindle, and sitting by the fire. May you flourish all year...

  11. I think my word for the New Year is "hope" I have so many "hopes" for things that involve my family and for the rest of the world. I know how you feel when going through boxes of photos. Last year I made myself go through all of the photos I have in a box. I made each of our children special scrapbooks and then I made 3 other scrapbook albums with different themes. I love photos. I have a sewing machine just like yours and I named her Eleanor. She was one of the first purchases (along with a deep freezer) my husband and I made starting our married life together. That was 38 years ago and both freezer and sewing machine are working well. I love that the old singer is always easy to work on if something does not come out stitched well. The Country Kitchen books sounds like such a delightful read!

  12. Hope I can find that book. It sounds fun to read. I love your sspecial little Singer sewing machine. I've always wanted one...maybe one of these days. :) Your quilt is beautiful!

  13. Gorgeous! I would love to sew on such a beauty! I have an old singer, but need husband to fix her up for me. She's lovely!