Well, there's much celebration happening at Chez Magpie at the moment. Dare I say that the computer is home and finally working (shhhh.....don't want to jinx it by saying that too loudly!). Nearly two and a half months of being forced to use the tablet exclusively is finally over. Don't get me wrong - I like my tablet, but it does have a lot of limitations. By the time the dust settled I also had to invest in a new monitor, which wasn't a big surprise because I knew mine was old and getting crotchety.
For the new toy part of this post, I thought I'd share with you what we hauled home across Canada. See?.....
She's a beautiful treadle sewing machine, made in 1904, and gifted to me by our #2 son and daughter-in-love. She's absolutely beautiful (both our daughter-in-love AND the sewing machine!!!). She needs a new belt but otherwise is in perfect working order. She even came with her original instruction manual and all the attachments, along with a number of wooden spools of thread. The table needs a little TLC but that's not difficult to deal with.
Our son remembers hearing my stories about how I would be allowed to push the treadle on my grandma's sewing machine when I was a little girl and how special I felt. I was certain I was being such a big help to my grandma (in reality, it was likely I was more of a hindrance). The kids thought I would like to have this to re-live the memories and to enjoy using it.
Today the quote is from Bibhu Mohapatra.... "I remember an old Singer sewing machine at home that belonged to my grandmother. It had a pedal. My mom taught me how to use it when I was 12 years old. I used to find it so intriguing, how a flat piece of material could be made into an object that had so many uses"
I still find it intriguing!