Second half of summer…
We’ve read some, puttered some…
And now I am clearing off a bit of the diningroom table to set up my sewing machine…
Our dining room table is family central.
Craig and H do H’s distance ed work here… I set up by computer here… Today I am moving a few things to set up my sewing machine.
Yes… I have a sewing machine.
I can sew stuff…
well, sort of…
I can’t read a pattern – but I can figure out how to put stuff together. Like H, I am spatially pretty adept and now I am setting out to make curtains for The Beast (AKA The Millenium Falcon).
We are going for the gold… and orange, so to speak, as there is simply no point in fighting The Beast’s 1984 colour scheme. I am developing a new appreciation for Harvest Gold, and all sorts shades of orange… and I’ve been overjoyed with a couple of lovely melamine bits and other kitschy finds in these shades.
I have a mix of material I have found in these colours… and I have measured and cut… and am ready to begin, and yet, there is so much prep to do.
I hate prep… it taxes my executive function.
As I was moving about the dining-room stuff, and sighing with the realization that I would also have to change the thread in the machine – including the bobbin – I set my eyes upon Craig’s Tibetan singing bowl… (he got it for a gig with the Vancouver Symphony – but I have since commandeered it). I paused to give myself a couple of calming moments with the lovely resonating sounds that I can hear… and feel… and entirely control.
At this point Craig noted: “Some people say that when the tone changes or the sound grows louder – that indicates spirits passing by…”
H smirked: “You mean Booze?? In the air???”
I responded: “Oh, frickity frack! What are we going to do with you…?!?”
Without missing a beat H declared: “Love me!”
Okay then… back to work… Making curtains for the Beast!
In retrospect, I am not sure what renewed me more – the singing bowl or H’s comment – but either way, I’ve completed a bit more of this project, and we are loving our wacky, wild and wonderful new curtains!
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