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Mom and her new machine

Sunday, December 21, 2014

I gave my Mom her Christmas present early so that she could finish off her own Christmas presents!

She will never die of boredom as long as she has fabric and a sewing machine.

  
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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 12/21/2014 2:22PM

    What a wonderful gift.

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GARDENCHRIS 12/21/2014 2:11PM

    how sweet!

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SMITHKRISTI 12/21/2014 10:47AM

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WILSONWR 12/21/2014 9:49AM

    That is a great gift! I'm sure she will use it a lot.

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CHERYL_ANNE 12/21/2014 9:35AM

    Hurray for Mom!

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 12/21/2014 8:53AM

    So nice emoticon

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NELLIEH1 12/21/2014 8:52AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon ...how wonderful for you both!!

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TWEETYKC00 12/21/2014 8:31AM

    I bet she likes it alot!

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MSLZZY 12/21/2014 8:23AM

    Perfect! I am sure she will make good use of it. What a sweet daughter you are!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/21/2014 8:02AM

    That's so wonderful!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/21/2014 8:02AM

    nice!

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GOLFGMA 12/21/2014 7:59AM

    Great gift to enjoy for years to come!

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WIFE49 12/21/2014 7:40AM

    What a great gift. I bet she was delighted.

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Mamma, me, and her sewing machines

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mamma taught me to sew when I was young on a treddle.. I must admit, for years, I let her do all of the hard parts. It took some time to coordinate the foot action with getting the sewing needle speed just right.

Down through the years, I have watched my mother sew. Mamma taught me how to sew anything that I wanted to make. After I married, I only sewed small bags and simple items, until Sam got engaged.
"Let's make an heirloom quilt;" I decided. That put us back on the sewing track again. We worked for six months making this lovely wedding knot quilt. Mamma did about 80% of the work, and I did 20%.

Later, when Matty and Nora were preparing to marry and move to Hawaii, Mamma and I found a new pattern, and created a lovely quilt with an ocean theme. Mamma was slowing down, and only did 50% of the quilt. We laughed and talked as we sewed.

My mother is getting tired at 92, and the old treddle was replaced numerous times. My Mom has had to learn as her sewing machine has changed. Today, once again, it is time for a new machine. I am bringing it down to her this afternoon. Just the thought of Mamma still sewing at 92 makes me smile!
I will post a shot of her sewing tomorrow!

  
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MSLZZY 12/21/2014 7:31AM

    Just lovely and the memories that go with them are priceless!

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REGILIEH 12/20/2014 11:25PM

    Can't wait to see your sweet momma!

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JSTETSER 12/20/2014 9:41PM

    Thank you for the lovely comments. My mother got her new machine and loves it!


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KATESCAPE 12/20/2014 9:32PM

    Beautiful~

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 12/20/2014 7:35PM

    My mother also taught me to sew. Many happy hours stitching clothes and quilts. I still have one quilt top (her last) that has never been finished 15 years after her death. Perhaps now is the time.

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KIPSTER52 12/20/2014 7:23PM

    very nice

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GRAMMYEAC 12/20/2014 6:06PM

    My mom sewed out of necessity, and made some beautiful clothes. She was also a wonderful cook, a great gardener, an intrepid tractor driver. What wonderful memories we are fortunate to share about growing up with talented moms.

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NELLIEH1 12/20/2014 4:29PM

    HOw precious it is to have the joy of sewing together all through the years and that your mamma continues to sew and learn! Blessings!

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OSDOWNS 12/20/2014 2:54PM

    Precious time together. What wonderful memories.

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/20/2014 12:49PM

    What wonderful memories of you and your mom sewing!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/20/2014 11:55AM

    What a beautiful thing to share w/your Mama. The quilts are gorgeous!

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GARDENCHRIS 12/20/2014 9:04AM

    beautiful quilts and good for your Mom! My Mom is also 92 and knits for all kinds of charities, she also makes me smile as yours does..... happy sewing

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SARAHTHEKNITTER 12/20/2014 8:32AM

    My mom loves to sew too (she works at a local fabric boutique). Thanks for sharing your family memories with us!

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GOLFGMA 12/20/2014 8:11AM

    My Mom , aged 92, used to sew and was known for being one of the best around. Now she has Alzheimer's and can not sew at all, but we three daughters have fond memories of her sewing and all have some of her treasured machines.

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NASFKAB 12/20/2014 8:06AM

  thanks for sharing your lovely memories & the great pictures of the gorgeous quilts

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TWEETYKC00 12/20/2014 8:05AM

    That is really great that you could learn and spend that kind of time with your mom.

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NELLJONES 12/20/2014 8:03AM

    I learned on a treadle machine, also. I haven't used one in many years, though.

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MARYJOANNA 12/20/2014 7:38AM

  I learned how to sew on a treadle also. I still think they are great even if now I donot sew.

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PATSYB7 12/20/2014 7:32AM

    Oh how I loved reading your words! My mom taught me to sew. And so did my dad! He taught me how to sew on buttons! (He learned when he was in the Naval Reserves.) To this day I still have a special relationship with my dad. At 77 and 79 respectively, my mom and dad continue to create beautiful things. Mom sews their re-enactor costumes and dad makes redware pottery. I feel so blessed to still have them. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your time with your mom.
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JANET552 12/20/2014 7:23AM

    Love those memories! Merry Christmas to you both!

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FERRETLOVER1 12/20/2014 7:05AM

    What wonderful memories!

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PICKIE98 12/20/2014 6:57AM

    My grandma had a treadle machine too..her valued possession. I learned how to sew in HOme Ec class since Grandma would not allow us to touch her machine!!

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One more day!!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Today will be another busy day of transition.
It is party day at school, and kids will be over the top with excitement! Today is a day for me to forget about the academics, and focus on the children, and enjoy the day. Today I will listen to their stories, and their concerns, and let them play with as much structure as I can provide.
Yes, today is the day before vacation.

  
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GRAMMYEAC 12/19/2014 11:02PM

    Have a wonderful break from school and your children.

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    Have a blessed Christmas with your family!! emoticon

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CHEBBA 12/19/2014 6:05PM

    Have lots of fun then enjoy the break!

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/19/2014 10:04AM

    A fun day! For you and the children! Christmas is such a fun time in school. They may as well party because I'm sure they wouldn't learn anything anyway! Have a wonderful day!

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MAWMAW101 12/19/2014 9:38AM

    Wishing you and the students a great day! emoticon

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MAGIK0731 12/19/2014 9:36AM

    Enjoy!!! Listening to children can be the best stress reliever sometimes.

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MSLZZY 12/19/2014 9:30AM

    emoticon emoticon Enjoy!

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PGHP31CK 12/19/2014 9:25AM

    Enjoy!!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/19/2014 9:11AM

    Have a fun time w/the kids!

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DIANNEMT 12/19/2014 8:20AM

    Enjoy!! At least some of the schools here in NJ go till the 23rd.

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FORZACHANDMATT 12/19/2014 7:30AM

    Yeah - enjoy

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LEANJEAN6 12/19/2014 7:19AM

    Enjoy the party!

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IOEINC 12/19/2014 6:59AM

    You sound like one terrific teacher!!! have fun at the party!!!

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GOLFGMA 12/19/2014 6:52AM

    Enjoy your vacation from academics! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OSDOWNS 12/19/2014 6:24AM

    Enjoy!

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TWEETYKC00 12/19/2014 6:00AM

    Have fun!

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MARYJOANNA 12/19/2014 5:30AM

  Let them enjoy their day!

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PATSYB7 12/19/2014 5:15AM

    Wonderful! Enjoy the day! We have school Mon. and Tues. next week. Ugh. LOL

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Unsupervised goodies in the Teachers Room

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Of all my downfalls, this is the worst.
The delicious chocolates, lemon scones and peanut butter fudge got to me yesterday.

Today I will stay away from the teachers room and the treats as much as possible.
Thank God there are only 2 more days of school!

Why can't parents send cheese and crackers or a veggie tray?

  
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BARB4HEALTH 12/19/2014 7:07AM

    My DGD actually asked her youth leaders at church to bring dip and veggies instead of cookies and pizza for their snacks. I am proud of her! Also, DH says there are a lot less 'goodies' at school this year. Merry Christmas! emoticon

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NELLIEH1 12/18/2014 9:42PM

    oh...you are right!..so hard to stay away from all that sugary stuff...parents want to say 'thank you' with 'comfort foods'...we need to re-learn as a culture what that means! Hope today went well and tomorrow is better even!

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KIPSTER52 12/18/2014 8:40PM

    Stay strong just a few more days to go.


Veggie trays would be nice. That is what I am going to take to the remaining parties. And for the family breakfast I am taking a fruit bowl.

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KOSHIE1 12/18/2014 2:34PM

    Try slipping yourself a "treat", or arming yourself with something in your pocket BEFORE you walk into the teacher's lounge....

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OSDOWNS 12/18/2014 12:46PM

    It's so hard! Lol

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GRAMMYEAC 12/18/2014 10:47AM

    Yes, the temptations abound! And the additional activities cut into the workout times; such a difficult time to maintain!

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MSLZZY 12/18/2014 10:08AM

    Isn't there a lock on the door? Seriously, fruit and cheese would be better choices.

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MAGIK0731 12/18/2014 9:42AM

    You can do this!!!

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MARGARITTM 12/18/2014 9:35AM

    Should have a warning message on the door

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/18/2014 9:24AM

    Yikes! This time of year is baaaad!

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LORIVIOLA 12/18/2014 8:45AM

    OH! I would have succumbed right along with you.
We have the same issue at the library. Yikes! It's dangerous!



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1CRAZYDOG 12/18/2014 8:14AM

    lemon scones, that would have been my little devil!

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STODD251 12/18/2014 7:52AM

    Agreed. Thank God, we've only had one person bring something in this year so far... but there's still time...

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GOLFGMA 12/18/2014 7:40AM

    My worst time is baking the Christmas goodies everyone else expects from my kitchen. So hard to smell chocolate baking and not indulge. emoticon

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68ANNE 12/18/2014 7:27AM

    They have a table loaded with stuff in the break room. Ugh

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FERRETLOVER1 12/18/2014 7:02AM

    I remember how hard it was to avoid the goodies when I was working, especially since they were in the same room as I was! Do your best...and get as much exercise as possible to offset what you eat.

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TWEETYKC00 12/18/2014 7:01AM

    Yup, chocolate is just a ticking time bomb for sure!

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JANET552 12/18/2014 6:58AM

    I totally understand how hard it can be -- after all, those treats aren't there every day. When I worked, the teachers lounge had access to the restroom so you couldn't even avoid it. Good luck!!!!

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TORTISE110 12/18/2014 5:50AM

    For some reason you blog reminds me of that country song, "Walk On By." LOL It is so hard to let those goodies go to someone else's waist line, not our own, when they are right in front of us. I like your strategy. My thought is stay calm, and carry your own fresh fruit!

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PATSYB7 12/18/2014 5:44AM

    LOL This is a dangerous time of year for me, too! You've got some great strategies planned! Have a great day!

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Balance

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


My students are learning about balance in geometry with glow sticks.
I need to learn how to live a life of balance in what I eat and getting in my exercise.
Too much of a good thing can be as bad as too little.

  
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EDLEAR 12/18/2014 1:38AM

    Yes, so important! I struggle with this one. Good luck to you!

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GRAMMYEAC 12/17/2014 10:00PM

    That's the riddle of a healthy life!

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REGILIEH 12/17/2014 9:16PM

    So true!

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MAMISHELI53 12/17/2014 1:37PM

    How true!

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NELLIEH1 12/17/2014 1:04PM

    very good thoughts for us just now in this season! Thanks!

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68ANNE 12/17/2014 12:42PM

    Very true, nice food for thought

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ALTRIA_FATE 12/17/2014 11:05AM

    Interesting thought!

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MSLZZY 12/17/2014 9:58AM

    Right on. Life is a balancing act-that is for sure.

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/17/2014 9:46AM

    Balance. A great word for life!

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MAGIK0731 12/17/2014 9:37AM

    So true! Moderation is key with anything.

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NASFKAB 12/17/2014 9:22AM

  great way to teach

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FERRETLOVER1 12/17/2014 7:37AM

    Great visual! That should help make it easier for the students to learn about balance.

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OSDOWNS 12/17/2014 6:30AM

    Exactly

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NELSONCHERYL59 12/17/2014 6:24AM

    i was just thinking about balance this morning as related to calories and food. i tend to go over calories more often than not, eating more than i need and feeling out of balance. good blog. thank you for sharing
and may we continue to spur one another on to balanced living...eating...and exercise

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TWEETYKC00 12/17/2014 5:58AM

    So true, balance can be key to most things in life.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/17/2014 5:55AM

    It certainly is a continual life-lesson!

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PATSYB7 12/17/2014 5:28AM

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MARYJOANNA 12/17/2014 5:25AM

  How true that is!

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