|first machine quilted square|
Friday afternoon a friend of mine came over with her portable sewing machine and proceeded to teach me how to *machine quilt*. I've been reading a quilting mystery series by Clare O'Donohue, and it has renewed my interest in quilting. I did hand quilt a valence for our upstairs guest bedroom a few years ago and 'almost' finished hand quilting a queen sized quilt for the bed. However, I got frustrated with the tiny hand stitches (too tedious) and it has been sitting in my closet unfinished since. So I thought maybe I'm not cut out for the hand stuff... and should give the machine a chance. To be honest, it was incredibly easy... after getting past the fear of this complicated looking machine (I've never used a sewing machine, can you tell?). These squares were just some pieces of extra material that apparently quilters have an abundance of. I may put the batting on and the backing and then keep this square as a reminder of my 'first attempt'.
BTW, I think I mentioned that our next door neighbors of almost 30 years have decided to sell their home and move to either a retirement community (very large upscale community built around a golf course and country club) or possibly to Austin to be closer to their daughter. Well, their home sold and they closed on the sale yesterday so I guess they are actually going through with this. It will be sad for us to see them go as they are good friends and neighbors and we will miss them. But since they are newly retired, they feel it is the right time.
DH and I talked about this and decided that it certainly wasn't the time for us. We are content to stay right where we are for the time being. Things are changing fast around us... grandkids growing up - grandson had his first high school football game where he got to be on the field with the marching band last night (hadn't been to a HS football game in 'like forever' and it was kind of fun, youngest grand daughter having her first birthday soon, etc. I'm afraid that DH and I are not 'active people'.... not 'socially inclined'.... spend more time alone or with family or close friends, like our personal space? Whatever... maybe the time will come when a change is necessary, but definitely not now.
High School Band
Grandson is in the middle third from top with the large baritone sax...
I have to admit that even though I like to live a 'slow pace' for the most part, I do enjoy keeping busy and occasionally find it hard to 'keep up'. However, as far as retirement goes, the best part is waking up to knowing that I don't have to do anything if I don't want to today. DH and I have settled into our own routines and although there are occasions when we have to move out of our comfort zones for whatever reason, it has worked out fairly well.
Plans for this week: make chicken and sausage okra gumbo, finish next 10 pottery cylinders, continue with my piano lessons, knitting, and quilting, and start thinking about painting our master bedroom. Combine this with visiting with kids and grandkids, coffee with friends, and oh yeah... taking care of the cats and house-hold chores... and although not exciting stuff, definitely enough for me.