Friday, May 09, 2008

Getting Reacquainted

Well, I set myself goals for the year, and promptly lost interest in them. I'm not beating myself up about it. I realised that I have certain obligations, and I don't need to make further obligations out of activities that I choose for myself.

I've been working full time for over a year and contributing a large part of the family budget. While I don't do so much of the meal preparation any more, I do most of the housework (as much as any housework gets done, that is) and I do all the laundry. I have commitments to the administration of Takahe magazine.

As for the family history, poetry, orienteering etc, I do it because I want to. And if I don't, I don't have to.

Here is what I am up to at the moment instead of pursuing the goals I announced earlier:

You can see my sewing machine manual on the left hand side of the photo, because it was so long since I had used the machine, I found I had forgotten how to turn it on. (In my defense, it was a fairly new sewing machine when I last used it. I can still remember how to turn my old machine on, the one I had for twenty years or more).

I also couldn't find the switch for the light. After searching the manual for a while, I found that the light should come on automatically. It doesn't. Or at least, it does sometimes. When I twitch my nose properly, or when the wind is in the east, or something. Grrr! I can still sew though, with a carefully placed lamp.

The idea was to make a quilt with fabrics on hand. There are two black and white fabrics and twelve coloured strips in each block of this quilt. I've made eight blocks so far - ninety six coloured pieces. Despite starting with a big stack of purple, turquoise and pink fabrics, I still find myself wanting more variety. I'm trying to resist the urge to buy too many more (besides, the ones in our local quilt shops all seem to look the same).

I'll show the quilt again as it progresses, and tell you more about it.

Meanwhile, there has been a little excitement in our household. One of the young people in this news story is someone rather closely related to me...


craziequeen said...

Blue and purple - excellent colour choices, Catherine :-)

Michele sent me to see how you're doing down under tonight - or is it tomorrow??


surcie said...

I don't have sewing/quilting ability, but I definitely admire those who do! I bet it'll be pretty.

Dana said...

You are going to bus sooooo much fabric, I predict.

Dana said...

I meant buy, not bus. Heh.

Catherine said...

Yes, probably. Or, I wonder if I could get a hundred people to send me a small piece each. Say a seven inch square or thereabouts.
Did anybody click on the news link? I am a very proud mother just now :)

kenju said...

I wish I knew which one of those kids was yours, Catherine. Congrats to whomever and to you!

My sewing machine was born the same year I was (1940). I don't use it often; only for mending nowadays.
Michele sent me.

PI said...

Congrats to the 'someone close'. You must be very proud. Can they take Mom?
One of the good things about getting old(er)is you learn a bit of common sense and start being kinder to oneself. My patchwork quilt is on the bed behind me but how I wish I had used brighter colours. I shall never do another - it is all hand sewn. My confession id that weeks ago my printer got jammed. I unplugged everything and resolved to read the manual. I MUST get down to it.
Michele sends her best.xnvsa

PI said...

And whaddya know? Michele sent me again:)

Bob-kat said...

Congratulations to the team - what an exciting opportunity for them!

Good luck with the sewing!

Michele sent me to say hi!

chiefbiscuit said...

CONGRATS indeed proud Mum. Enjoy Mother's Day.