Monday, June 3, 2019

I Have My Limits

We have lived in our house for 30+ years.  Our land is 3/4 of an acre.  We have always had a Wheelhorse garden tractor.  Actually we have a few...more than one...a collection really.  I don't get it, but Terry DOES.  Anyway I have used all of them at one time or another.  Until Terry bought a riding mower like THIS one.  No steering wheel.  You pull one lever to go left or right, pull both forward or backward to go Forward or Backward!  Easy, huh?  Well it messes with my mind.  Well, Terry takes care of our yard and my sister's.  Last week when he mowed, he told me I'm going to have to start cutting the grass because he felt horrible when he got done. It jostled him around too much. I accept the challenge.  However, it has rained almost everyday since the last cut.  At this rate, I'll never have to use the green machine since there are 7 more days of rain in the forecast.

My mind works differently than anyone else I know.  Like my issue with road maps.  I know North, South, East and West using a map.  But I want the top of the map to be the direction that we are traveling.  You know, just like your GPS map.  I LOVE GPS, except when it takes us WAY out of our way...then I get out the trusty map and guide Terry to a better route, lol. AND I have poor depth perception.

I have a blog friend that posted about stitching with her grand daughter.  Lots of my blog friends stitch with their kids and grands.  I love that because it ensures that the craft will live on. That got me to thinking about how I learned to sew. I'm 67 so you can figure how long it has been since I was in school.  Personally, school came easy for me and I think our educational system back then in some ways was far superior to what most kids in this area have today.  I knew I would not go to college due to finances and family situation.  Clerical classes were offered in high school and I too all that were offered.  I also had an elective each year and chose to learn to sew.  In our technical age, kids have so much more to learn, so classes offered today are far different that back in the 60s.  However, like a lot of states Indiana offers a voucher system in which they divert public school funds to charter schools, but don't monitor the schools that receive the funds.  It is one of my pet peeves about living here.

I have to laugh when I think back about when my daughter was young.  She didn't want anything to do with sewing, probably because I used to drag her to the fabric store.  She DID love the clothes I made her.  She always told me she would never sew.  However, when here kids were small she asked for one of my machines so she could make the kid's Halloween costumes.  Let me tell you, what she created was amazing and without a pattern or any sewing education at all.  Once when she was laid off from her job during a recession, she paid her bills by selling re-fashioned clothes on Ebay.  She had an eye for creating Goth clothes and sold everything she created.  It was a fad at that time.

Grateful:  I am especially grateful to know how to sew and embroider.


15 comments:

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Happy New Mower! Sewing is like meditating except for adjusting and cutting out patterns.

barbara woods said...

me to! but Tommys wants one of those wild mowers to , he has two riding mowers and a tractor that mows

Kim said...

It seems to me that all those years of dragging your daughter to the fabric shops and her watching you sew all that time taught her a thing or two. I too am so very grateful for the knowledge of all things sewing. I hope the rain clears away and you get to ride that new mower. No doubt with all that rain there will be a jungle on your land.

Rose said...

My picker at work went forward and backward, left or right and up and down with foot pedals, so I think one these riders would come easy for me. Plus I have used a tow motor...but maybe not since that was years ago.

But what is funny, the pedals all had cables that ran back...shoot, now can't even remember what they ran back to...but they were messed up. My mind is going blank to what things are called...to make a long story short, the owner took them all loose to work on them and ran them back through. he got the wrong cables hooked to the wrong footpedals! He told me they were wrong and asked me did I think I could get used to them. I told him I did not know...went out to do whatever I was doing..and I tell you, it was not funny or hilarious, depending on what your mood was. A couple times I meant to go one way, but having ran that picker for at least 15 yrs with them hooked up one way, it was way worse than trying to learn to walk. A couple times I turned a complete circle in the opposite way to what I want to do. (To turn a circle in place, you put one foot on forward pedal and foot on a backward pedal) It is almost like a ride at a fair....you can see my picker here...it is the red one. The blue one had a pedal to go up and down, and one single handle to go forward or backward, or to the left or right. (They are lifts...we stood on them to pick apples, to prune, to cut out fire blight, etc.)

Timaree said...

Lol, I’d have trouble with that mower too! It’s more like the backhoes and other “big” machines!
I learned to sew at home and school. In Junior HIgh I had to take home ec where we made aprons! Never wore that apron as it was only a waist high one and I need the ones that cover the whole body. We also made a tablecloth by picking away the threads on a square of gingham to make a fringe. It was rather boring. We moved before we got to the cooking but I was probably baking and cooking more at home by then than what we’d do in a class. After that, I never took home ec again but crafts each year. Much more fun. Now I can’t really see the needle on the machine but I just discovered they have strips of lighting to attach to the machine for extra light. I might have to try that.

Hope your rain goes away pretty soon. The crops aren’t getting into the ground in a lot of areas and that’s not good news. I hope it wakes the farmers up to our climate crisis but we’ll see.

Linda in Calif. said...

Well I hope you get the hang of the mower. I'm sure there is something good about having to do it. Oh I know, it will help keep your brain young - all that thinking. Hahaha

Susan said...

I'm not sure I'd be able to wrap my head around the mower when I don't do that well with game joy sticks. LOL What we HAVE to do, though, we generally do. What if he doesn't mow both lawns on the same day? What if he uses one of his older machines on at least one of them? He could sell this one and buy something different, too. =) Something with shocks! LOL

Hootin' Anni said...

Hi Carol. I read your comment at Rose's blog & thought I'd come over & say 'howdy'. (Beads & Birds tugged at me since I'm an avid birder) we have to rely on a push mower...I could sure go for a riding mower! Oh...and LOVE Halloween...would like to see her costumes she created.

KaHolly said...

Lawnmowers are the Bain of my existence! I have a self-propelled push mower. Every year, the self-propeller quits working. Usually, it’s in the fall, but this year its now and I need it now...grrrr! Good luck with that learning curve! I’d love to have a riding mower. Rain here, too, rain, rain, and more rain. It would be great seeing time if it wasn’t cold, too.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

Good luck with your mower. It makes me disorientated just to think about it! I think I was like your daughter. My mother was a tailor but in sewing at school I used to talk all the time and the teacher told me I shouldn't take it as an option! Then when my children were small I wanted to sew things and took it up. I hope you get sunshine soon. It's been very dry here so today I'm glad it's raining but it's not unusual for rain to set in here for literally months with almost no respite so I know you feel :)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

That sort of system with the mower puts me in mind of the video game controllers - I think they work the same way, so probably whoever 'invented' the mower was a gamer. I know I would have trouble driving it too. I took 'home ec' in high school but only in grade 9 - we had half a year of sewing and the other half was cooking. Had a really miserable teacher for sewing and I flaty refused to take it in Gr. 10 because she taught that too. To this day I don't sew clothes because of her.

patty a. said...

I mow my grass with an 18" Toro mower I bought in 1985. It is a bit quirky at times, but the thing still runs. I have a big backyard so it takes a lot of trips back and forth to mow! But I figure I get my steps in that way LOL!!! I had a job one time that when the union went on strike I had to work being salaried. I had to learn how to drive a towmotor or lift truck - which ever term you might use. I got a three minute lesson and everything else I knew was from observation as my office was out in the plant. There was a lot of lever pushing and pulling so maybe I could learn how to drive your mower. I not saying I would be good at it, but I probably could get it going!

Kit said...

I hope the mowing went well. My hubby gets allergic when he mows so I do it for him. I don't mind. :) But I don't know if I could use one of those fancy mowers...lol Kit

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

This is the kind of steering our latest mower has. I've never used it but I suspect I would have the exact same issues with it. I'm hopeless at directions; I will always turn the opposite to the way I'm supposed to go. So far, Tony has been able to cope with the job.
Meanwhile, what a clever girl your daughter is. I admire that so much to be able to make clothes esp. refashioning.
Anyway, good luck with it all.

Gene Black said...

Interesting about the map/GPS thing. My GPS does NOT have the top of the map as the direction you are headed. It confuses me since the previous one did that. I am trying to "re-set" my mind to use it.