Thursday, September 4, 2014

We Almost Have a Dining Room Again

I'm beginning to see a faint light at the end of the tunnel. I can almost see the dining room again. We moved the treadle machine over in front of the window, so that will have some good natural light when I'm ready to do a little treadling.  And you can't really see it, but at last my piano is accessible again and I can play! Not that well, but we won't talk about that.

We have created two separate beds in there for the cats. The litter box is under the one to the right. Sorry. But it has to go somewhere and I do not want it in the quilting room. Our cats are both girls and they don't really like each other that much, but they are managing to co-exist. Believe it or not, it took me most of one night to empty that bookcase there on the right, clean everything and put it all back. That tells me for sure that I have been neglecting basic housework for a loooooong time! Maybe I'll do better. Maybe.

These little Scottie dog bookends were made by a second cousin many years ago. He gave them to my grandparents and I ended up with them. Aren't they sweet! The books are some that our girls enjoyed and are some of the few that we still have. These will stay in the quilting room on one of the shelves, just because I like to see them there.

Mr. Muddling put up a curtain rod behind the quilting frame for me to display quilts. This one is Deb's Stars made from blocks given to me by dear Wonky Girl. It seems to me a happy quilt and makes me smile.

My favorite machine - a 1940 Singer 401 is in the case here on top of the red sewing machine table Mr. Muddling rehabbed for me. And yes, there is another quilt in the works here. It's good to have a variety ready to play. Only trouble is, by the time I'm done with cleaning, there's no energy left for playing with fabric. But soon. Soon!

I've been surprised how much trouble there is to get the relatively simple financial affairs of our daughter settled. We talked more than once of giving me a power of attorney for all her affairs, but never did it. Somehow we always thought she would be her usual Energizer Bunny self and get back up and go some more. Bless her heart, she tried.

Time does help, so does hard work and interesting things to do and things that make me happy. Visiting my blogging friends again makes me happy. I have learned so much from you all over the years and I am thankful for these somewhat ephemeral friendships. They are real nonetheless!

Hugs and kisses,


Susie Swanson said...

Wow, I love what you've done and the decor is beautiful. I admire your strength. You're an inspiration to us all. Don't work to hard and over do. Hugs and prayers, xo

Exuberant Color said...

I like the big quilt hanging on the wall. It will absorb some of the sound of your quilting machine running. The design wall quilt looks interesting too. Going through everything and moving it and cleaning is a lot of work but so rewarding when you are done. you really find out what you own that way.

Karen said...

Doesn't it take forever to sort, plan, reorganise - all those things you have to do when changing and setting up rooms. And you always end up with a few more changes once you start using it, too.
Love seeing the quilt hanging up behind your long arm machine. Gorgeous.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Praying that you will find peace and joy ... know that you're loved, my friend.

Thimbleanna said...

It looks like you're making good progress on moving everything around Elaine. Your comment about the piano made me laugh -- I have a piano too and I can also play -- but we won't talk about how well LOL. I LOVE the quilt on your design wall -- can't wait to see it take shape!

Krafty Connie said...

Hi Elaine, I enjoyed reading your post. After I deleted my old blog (a day at a time) because it was hacked, I've hardly kept up with blogging. Then I decided to give it another chance so I'm back with a new one. So I'm here to say hi and check out your blog again and I've become a Follower. connie