Look! It’s a Bright Shiny Object

I think we all suffer from bright shiny object syndrome to some degree. Advertisers and marketers bombard us with messages that most definitely target this human tendency. You see it in both B2B and B2C advertising.

This evening, Sadie and I took a ride up to a local sewing shop to purchase a 6″x6″ ruler I need for an upcoming class. While there, I answered the siren call to test drive a new sewing machine. Mind you, the goal of the trip was to pick up the ruler, check on a specific pack of needles and head home.

I left the shop with only my ruler and several slightly damp fabric scraps that Sadie had played with during our visit. I also left with a vague sense of dissatisfaction with my current sewing machine inventory. Which was stupid on my part, because when I got home, I compared the stitch sample from my test drive to one from my current everyday machine. One stitch difference and certainly not enough to warrant buying that particular machine. I’ve very thankful my common sense prevailed.

I’m quilter. My FW and big fancy machine are great for that. They are NOT well suited for hemming knit fabrics. The FW can’t use a twin needle and the 9mm wide opening on the big fancy machine chews the fabric. Enter my little 3/4 size Elna Star Edition. It’s time to refresh my memory/learn how to use the utility stitches for basic garment sewing tasks.

Stitching Tips

Stitch Length Infographic for Quilters


For the first time in many moons, I have a sense of hope when I think about the future.

Today, my local town lifted the city-wide mask mandate. Outdoor events – still socially distanced – are back on the calendar starting in mid-June. I will once again be able to browse the shelves at the local public library. 🙂

Job responsibilities for next year will change a bit. I’m excited about what’s ahead and working more closely with certain colleagues. A sizable raise has also been proposed by the superintendent, but that won’t be voted on until late June.

I booked my first flight in nearly two years! I’ll be attending a training conference, but I’ll have enough down time to catch up with an old friend who lives in the area.

Some much needed beach time and a couple of short trips with Miss Sadie are also in the works.

Other than my conference in mid-June, I plan to enjoy a mask-free summer. It makes absolutely no sense now that I’m fully vaccinated, but still have to wear a mask. Today, a coworker was sent home to quarantine because she was identified as a close contact for someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If said coworker tests positive, I’ll be identified as a close contact to her, but I won’t have to quarantine since I’m considered fully vaccinated. Say what? That’s not how I read the CDC guidelines. I interpret them as having 10 mask-free days off for quarantine!

All kidding aside, I hope my coworker doesn’t test positive. We have too much to do between now and the end of May.

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