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Old 06-02-2011, 11:28 AM   #731
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Especially since I was told not to touch the sewing machine while my mother went to answer the phone--gives you an idea of what kind of child I was! It happened so fast, it didn't hurt--I was "sewing" my apron <g>. But I was stuck there until my mom came back--I didn't dare treadle it back up. Good thing she was a nurse.
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:52 AM   #732
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Especially since I was told not to touch the sewing machine while my mother went to answer the phone--gives you an idea of what kind of child I was! It happened so fast, it didn't hurt--I was "sewing" my apron <g>. But I was stuck there until my mom came back--I didn't dare treadle it back up. Good thing she was a nurse.
Okay, I'm a nurse, but finding a 4 year old "sewn" to her apron would have me on the floor in a swoon. I don't deal well with injuries and illness in children...
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:18 PM   #733
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Im trying so hard to keep kids busy with playing outside, taking walks, only hr TV, coloring, art projects, & educational worksheets to help them with head start to nxt school yr. But you still have to cook clean and wash clothes. It nerve wracking when u vacuuming the floor and u have kids screaming cause one did this or that. Oh I want to scream. On top of that ADHD child.
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:14 PM   #734
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Oh, but PF, I was "one of those children" (the ones they call gifted now). That was one of the "least" of the things I did. My parents had wanted five children, but after me, they quit at 3.
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:30 PM   #735
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sewing issues affect men just the same.

dw can't sew due to severe carpal tunnel in both wrists, so it's up to me to do any sewing type repairs on everything from zippers, to rips in favored sweaters, handbags, and so on.

but when my son joined the scouts, i took on the task of sewing all of those damn patches on his uniform.

twice i sewed pockets shut, and once i sewed the patch right through the shirt and onto my pants leg. i had to carefully pull the stitches out and redo everything. this time much like the way porcupines make love. lol.

i got better the more patches i sewed, however. the first one ended up looking like bacon, with the edges of the patch all curly. but the last ones would make a caveman proud.
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:34 PM   #736
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I understand, BT. As a bachelor for several years, I had to learn to sew a number of things. I did pretty well, all told. Buttons are a snap. They come with a template. Fallen pants cuffs or hems can be stapled in place until you get to a needle and thread.

What ever happened to Jiffy Sew?
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:55 PM   #737
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When I was in MN, I "helped" my mom pack for our Easter trip...well, one of the pairs of slacks she wanted to take had a loose button. She said if I threaded the needle, she'd sew on the button. Because of her dementia, I do try to let her do as much as she can. She sewed the button on, but managed to also sew it to the top of her panties (she was trying on the slacks to make sure they still fit). Needless to say, I ended up sewing the button on (after cutting the thread and getting her to take off the slacks).
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Old 06-02-2011, 03:02 PM   #738
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and a sad one for CWS

You guys are a hoot!
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:53 PM   #739
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Actually, we laughed. My mother has enough of her mind left to know when she's done something "silly' and we laughed as I cut the thread (I had started the button for her, but she didn't go back in first, she went over and under, so it was real mess). I'm learning to find humor in some of the things that she does...not all, but some. But yes, having a loved one disintegrate mentally is very, very hard. The person becomes a stranger. So when you can grab a window of the person the person once was, you need to rejoice in that moment. This is one of those life's lessons I didn't know I'd learn.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:57 PM   #740
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And now, I might as well post about my Rosalie. I made the appointment, I slept curled up on the floor with her, I sat with her outside on a blanket and told her all the things I loved about her, all the memories I could muster up, took her to the vet. Waited while they re-shot the x-rays...inconclusive. The vet couldn't tell me it was definitely a tumor/mass. So, after a discussion with the vet, we brought her HOME AGAIN (did bloodwork, etc.). We are on bonus time now. We were on bonus time after she turned 10. She turned 11 today. Her birthday supper is pasta, ground beef, veggies. If today ends up being her last day, you always want "just one more day." I got that one more day (and hopefully more).
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