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    Hello gang! I'm hoping this week to turn this thread in a positive direction. (However, if you need to vent, PLEASE DO!)

    DH and I have been having dinner almost every night on our back deck. We have a hummingbird feeder at the corner of the deck. Every night, a pair comes to eat/drink at the feeder. We like to think they're coming to say hi; we've named them Hank and Henrietta.

    We also had a pair of wrens nesting in the house outside DH's office window. They were Weginald and Wendy. The babies have since grown and the family moved away.

    DH and I spend most of our dinners and evening hours on the deck as the sun goes down. Often we don't come back inside until after 9:00 pm, spending most of our time just talking, or playing a game. It's been a nice relaxing way to end the day, without TV.

    We will celebrate our 30th anniversary on Tuesday. Seems like a long time when I type in out, but really, aches and pains aside, we still feel like we're in our 20s! Not sure what we'll do yet--maybe curbside/carryout from one of our fav restaurants and go to a pretty park to have dinner. Restaurants are open here in Indiana, but we are not ready to dine inside yet. Maybe I can convince him to open the 30 year old bottle of port that we brought back from Porto, Portugal last fall.

    What has been making you happy inside?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I got an overlocker (serger as you call them), which is rather exciting. I have been wanting one for ages to make sewing knit fabrics easier. Its a bit of a learning curve compared with a regular sewing machine but I have so far learned how to thread it and overlock around outside corners. Still need to learn inside corners and curves. Then move on to trying out all the different stitches it has.

    It was expensive (well way more than the $100 I spent on my first second hand sewing machine and the free that I got my current second hand sewing machine for [from my mum, she bought in new in the 70s/80s, its a sought after Bernina model]) but worth it I think. I was slightly worried about knowing how to thread it but the guy I got it from (service technician and Bernina shop owner) said to take it home and cut the threads and re-thread it five times over. So I did that and now its easy, quick, and I don't know what I was ever worried about...probably all the stuff on the internet that goes on about how difficult overlockers are to thread.

    So that is my happy thing for now. Usually sewing frustrates me but because this is so new to me, I find I have zero expectations and am super happy with the fact that I can thread it and overlock in a straight line plus around corners (the around corners took a while to figure out how to get it to look tidy).

    On birds, we have a pair of piwakawaka (fantails), a tui, and a korimako (bellbird) that visit our garden regularly now. These are new additions to our garden visitors since we have moved in here. So it is nice to see my plantings of natives with flowers for birds has helped attract a more diverse range of birds.
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    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    Good morning!
    Congratulation InMom on 30 years of marriage!

    NZMama, enjoy your overlock / serger! My mother in laws serger seems to give her trouble every time she goes to set it up.... I will suggest to her that she do the 5x method of learning!

    I got inspired last week - I had given a mask to a pokemon friend, who said her mother was also a quilter, then showed me a picture of the most insanely precise, small, hand stitched Hawaiian quilt block (in a pillow). I had put aside my hand embroidery earlier this year, but seeing the pillow made me remember exactly where I wanted to go! Sashiko, here I come! My stitches are too big, and theyre not spaced as evenly as they could be, but Im giving myself some leeway as a neophyte. Im definitely more confident with a needle in hand than I ever was before. Im putting the stitches in as a background “fog / clouds” on a little table runner I thought Id try... based on the one in the picture, but less ominous. (The leaves will have more opportunities for hand stitching, too!)
    Here is a picture of the pattern, my very first black practice scrap, and the translation onto the blue I will use for the runner.
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    So much to learn! Im loving it, and enthusiastic that soon my quilting wont be limited by what I can convince my machine to do. (I will practice smaller stitches on the leaves.)

    Happy almost July, everyone!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Here is a picture of the pattern, my very first black practice scrap, and the translation onto the blue I will use for the runner.
    That looks pretty amazing for hand stitching (hand stitching and I are not friends). Well done!
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    Happy anniversary INmom!

    I've been absent lately, my dd's mental health took a turn for the worse and she spent 10 days as an inpatient, so we've been working with that. DH took a tumble off a slump block wall pulling grapevines from a peach tree and broke his wrist - still waiting on MRI to see if he needs surgery or just casting. SO, yep . . . back into the forging fire we go. . . but trusting the universe will work it out - helped along by my intensely stubborn personality and mountain moving, wizarding skill set

    I've been thinking a lot about what I like (or maybe what I hope we continue doing after) about covid. I could totally get behind the face mask thing during cold and flu season - a few less colds a year would be nice. I really like limiting the shoppers at Trader Joe's (haha), it is so pleasant in there now! I'm surprised that I don't miss eating in restaurants at all, I really enjoy getting my food to go. My shopping cart being wiped down for me is nice too.

    We've been enjoying morning walks at the river (Rio Grande) - lots of birds, hardly any people, which is amazing considering we are 15 minutes from a Target here. . . the state park runs through the middle of the city.
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    RTB: I'm so sorry your family is struggling right now. As you might remember, at this time last year our DD was in an intensive psych program. If you ever want to talk off forum, let me know. (And I hope your DHs wrist is less injured than surgery requires!)

    Coincidentally, we had such a wonderful surprise on our anniversary. A friend, who is also a florist, walks up to our door with a huge bouquet of flowers. At first, DH and I thought each other had ordered it, and then we thought our friend was delivering it on her own behalf. But no! It was from DD, who apparently had this planned for WEEKS! This is the same girl who last year at this time was so depressed she'd forget to bathe for 3 days. She seems to be doing so much better, after almost 2 years of being in such a dark space.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    RTB: I've been thinking about you and wondering how your family is doing. I hope things are looking up.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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