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Rain came down with a vengeance, off and on all day yesterday. And, mighty welcome, too. I have a yen to sew when it rains and my Elna, ten years old but hardly used, is, like a cell phone, smarter than me. Read: frustrating. When I used to sew all the time, I had trouble with it. Now, I have to re-read and re-read the directions that are of questionable help, as in- to do this, you do this, and refer to page 21?  GAK!  I hate that. Thread kept breaking. I couldn’t get the tension right, nor the stitch size right given you have to change it for zigzag. From the pictures, I couldn’t tell what dial they were talking about. I brought the machine to my dining room table where the light is excellent and gave up after 3 or 4 tries. It sat there for a month. Yesterday, I got the tension and stitch right. A small ephiphany.

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But, I’m not abandoning my reliable straight stitcher Singer that I hauled out of storage to use while the fancy machine took up space in the dining room. I’m going to keep it on my sewing table, JUST IN CASE.  It yanks your arm out of its socket when you lift it, but it isn’t smarter than me. Read: simple.  (That probably describes me, too.)

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I had new gutter guards professionally installed so I don’t have to climb on the roof and clean gutters anymore. The company has returned five times because there is a leak in front of my door. I called the owner and he came to fix it. Well, the rain is gone for now, the whole deck is dry this morning except for that spot in front of my front door. I’m about ready to diss this company. There wasn’t a leak before they cleaned my gutters and installed their system. If Jim were here, he’d be down to their office in a heartbeat. I might do the same come Monday since I have to go to Sonora for new tires.

I’m working on my book a bit each morning as I try and limit my on-line time to two hours a day.

I hope we get the rest of the rain we’ve been promised.




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We take our footwear for granted. We can slop around in flip-flops, or casual sandals. Or opt for some cliff hangar spikes for a sexy night out. Some shoes are designed for torture, maybe appealing to masochists. But, old time shoes could be just as uncomfortable.

Buttons tightening on the ankle made it difficult to bend. Narrow toes, tight fighting, they warped feet and personalities.

None, of course, were as bad as the Chinese “bound feet”  torture shoes that crippled generations of women for life and banished them to their gardens.

Even so, to me, ordinary objects of fascination.
For a bunch of funky shoe photos check out this link:

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