Saturday, August 18, 2012
I really like the shirts that are known as Aloha or Hawaiian shirts. They used to be made from old kimonos (silk) but now they are linen, cotton or ... what is that wrinkly fabric? Can't remember.
Anyway, last weekend I happened upon a lovely cool blue fabric, cotton, with illustrations of palm trees, tropical fish, sea shells and sea gulls. I wanted to make something from it.
This is the problem of being a sewer (seamstress... not the plumbing version), fabric GRABS us. It calls out from the bolts, "I challenge you, try to sew me!" The imagination gets stirred up and the possibilities are endless.
For this project, I stayed with the tried-and-true. A shirt. A man's shirt. I liked the colour and I like the pictures. Cotton is so nice a choice for hot weather.
I am with a man who is not shy with his clothing choices, so it was almost like permission to buy the yard goods and bring it home.
And that is what happened.
It is only when I got home, I remembered that I try not to sew in the summer. Why be indoors when the breezes are blowing and the flowers are showing off their best? So, I have been making this shirt is small stages this week. After the sun has gone in, the windows are all opened again and the day is coming to a finish, I have cut out, then marked, then stay- stitched.... it has taken all week. This morning, I need to shop for appropriate buttons.
By the end of the weekend, Sweetie will have a new shirt and I will, once again, be without a sewing project.
(I will try not to look at fabric when I shop for buttons today.... but I'm not promising!)
Friday, August 10, 2012
When I find a book that can make me laugh out loud, I want to share the title and the author with others. I am reading "Notes From A Small Island", by Bill Bryson.
This book is about him learning British-styled English as a teenager, then travelling around the country before moving back to the USA.
IF you have ever been to the British Isles or IF you grew up there, I hope you could enjoy this man's confusion with British terms and turns of phrase! Ouch-- I had to hold my stomach and cross my legs for the first few chapters.
I laughed, chuckled, guffawed and snorted reading Bryson's point of view. Well done, Bill!
Friday, August 10, 2012
Today at lunch, a friend met me at the food court in the mall where I work. She had a granola bar and I was enjoying a bean burrito.
She told me her hip surgery of 13 yrs ago is starting to disintegrate and she has fallen off the wagon in quitting smoking.
I told her about my vacation time with kayaking and the ziplining. Told her I took lots of photos and enjoyed some down time. Later I mentioned that last night I was so tired after work that I barely got home but wanted to fall asleep.
I thought we had a good chat and I had to get back to work via the mailboxes, and I would see her at my store 10 minutes later.
We met again after I got the mail & she had done an errand. She mentioned that we should get together soon. She was busy Monday but that was her only busy day. I agreed that some time together would be good.... but I didn't nail down a specific date.
When she left, the clinic was getting filled up with the afternoon appmts. and I had to give her a wave and a "Talk to ya soon."
By 5:30pm, she was on the phone asking me if she had offended me. What? Why?
She mentioned that I had been giving off negative vibes. (I thought I was describing a holiday.)
Turns out because I didn't jump at the chance to get together and confirm an exact date, I had let her down. I don't see the negativity, exactly. But she figures something bad or sad is souring my life and we need to talk..... I need to unload, I think she said.
ANYWAY, we will be getting together on the weekend. Plans are to go out for a meal instead of the usual walking a mall. (I work in a mall. Groan) So a dinner on Saturday together will be a nice change.
I don't know about sending out vibes of negativity. What did I do? Any help out there????
Monday, August 06, 2012
This afternoon I baked a dozen little scones for an afternoon tea. When it was time to turn on the kettle, it turned out that next-door neighbours were chatting with my spouse at the front of the house.
I mentioned to DH that I had a little problem. Everyone looked my way.
I told them I had 12 scones in the oven!
They all had a laugh and said, "That's the kind of problem we love to hear about."
I put a tablecloth on the patio table and popped the scones into a wicker basket as my neighbours told me NOT to make tea. Huh?
As we hosted the couple, they wanted to bring something to the impromptu get- together. So, in the afternoon sunshine, under the umbrella, we sipped margaritas and nippled scones! They even brought the glassware needed and a pitcher of yummy green nectar!
It was a strange combination but it worked!
So, if you imagine that you will throw a tea party for some friends, be ready for their 'take' on what that might entail!
Saturday, August 04, 2012
This morning I will be learning how to paddle a kayak. I have thought how smooth and lovely the trip must be across the water ever since I first saw one.
My understanding is, a single seater is more tippy than a two-seater and my lessons today will be the couple style.
For three hours after breakfast, I will be paddling to the sea!
I'll check in again and let you know how well I learned a new skill.
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