This day, December 30, was once the birthday of someone I cared about. Every time this day rolls around, I remember and miss her, even though more than 30 years have gone by. I wish I could pick up the phone and tell her Happy Birthday. I don’t think you ever stop missing the loved ones who leave you.
Today my husband didn’t have to go strip or wax floors all day, so we slept in a little. He still had to go out and run some errands, including getting a new doorknob for the boys’ bathroom, because it had reached the point where you could get out, but you couldn’t get in!
I sat down to test Mary’s sewing machine. Mary originally bought a sewing machine with her own money, which was eventually given away to someone else who needed a machine, so I gave her my old machine which was a perfectly good machine–it had just been replaced with a somewhat fancier one.
A few weeks ago Mary tried to use the machine to sew something, and after hours of trying, she gave up in frustration because she couldn’t get the machine to work. So I told her to bring it here for me to look at. Before even turning it on I made sure it was clean and lint-free. The thread spool spindles were inexplicably missing so I had to improvise with a knitting needle. I threaded it carefully. I tried to sew a sample seam. The motor hummed along beautifully. The needle bobbed happily up and down. It just didn’t sew anything.
Now I know that it is probably a timing issue and that this machine could be fixed. The question is, is it worth $80-$100 to fix a 20-year-old machine? Especially when I have a “spare” machine that works just fine? I’m thinking no. So she will go home with a working machine and I can still decide at some point in the future to fix the old machine if I really want to.
I did have some errands of my own to run; Mary and Mercy did a photo shoot; Mary and Jordan got to talk to Lina on the phone; and I made a big pan of lasagna followed by rhubarb-raspberry crisp which was a real treat.
I also had a huge reality check when I sat down to plan the spring semester and realized that I have to start teaching again next week. Oy! The rest of this week suddenly got a LOT busier!
Although it doesn’t sound like I did much, and I didn’t, it was more than I have been able to do lately. My sinuses were a little less congested today and that means I was a little more functional. Here’s to more improvement tomorrow!