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Coffee Talk - General Chit Chat    Off-Topic Chat

Started 2/2/20 by Misha (MISHAMISHA); 62898 views.

From: bornblesse2


While on Houston we went 3 hours over into Louisiana and met about 25 of his cousins and family members!  And, Glen - one of the spouseS- earns extra money by rebuilding and fixing lawn mowers!  I guess family members now look for then around where they are for him!

i like hearing that people will fix, repurpose, and do these things!  His eyes lite up at being able to do this tinkering....( I guess he had serious back issues, so being able to do this keeps him happy).  I can’t imagine not being able to do my quilting....


From: MarciainMD


bornblesse2 said:

I can’t imagine not being able to do my quilting....

I completely agree!


From: latterberry


He doesn't rehab old tractors, just works on the farmer's older machines.  And they are John Deere!


From: judyinohio


Marcia and Ellen, I thought I could never have a life without quilting, too, but life can hold surprises for everyone. That's why I have been showing forum members how much fun a person can have creating with polymer clay.

Fiddling around with clay obviously is not the same thing as quilting but it is a reasonably good substitute because there is satisfaction in creating with color, being traditional or weird and original, making useful things or silly things and there is one hidden surprise ... a lot of clay things can be made very quickly.  Oh, and it is much less expensive than buying yards of fabric and a pricey computerized sewing machine.  wink

I was always wretched trying to draw or paint but for some reason I've had no fear with clay. Then again, I am not trying to sculpt doll babies or teapots or small dragons. Those items are created in awesome detail by people with fine arts backgrounds.

Sometimes I create what I call flowers by Disney on Drugs. stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye  Since they don't look like real blossoms they cannot possibly be wrong.           

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


judyinohio said:

That's why I have been showing forum members how much fun a person can have creating with polymer clay.

I'm doing the same thing with paper crafts: card making and scrapbooking.  Both serve a useful purpose,  feed my need for creating something from nothing and having it be pretty, and last beyond my lifetime.

I've now stockpiled a modest (compared to some) inventory of stamps, dies, paper, inks, machines, and sundry supplies.  Using my quilting experience as reference, I realize that I really do need to **use what I have** instead of constantly buying MORE!  NEW! stuff.  :-)

In reply toRe: msg 23

From: Midkid5


How to make some ones day. Dial an old phone number.

I have been working on our family history.  Last week I was at mom's and she had finally found a letter from her cousin that I wanted to see. The letter was written in 2005. At the end of the letter was the cousin's address and a phone number.  I stepped out of my comfort zone and called the number, it still belonged to her cousin.  They both enjoyed a lengthy conversation after 15 years of o contact and I have permission to call this cousin to pick her brain regarding some of my great aunts. 


Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)


whoohoo!! that was fun...its nice when those kind of serendipity things happen!!


From: bornblesse2


Yea for dialing that number!  We resentLy met a whole branch of DHs family and while I wasn’t scared, I did wonder how I would do.  I don’t know enough family history to even ask conversation questions.

turned out I had nothing to fear!  They were ecstatic to meet us and immediately made us family!  Even spouses were loving, gentile (not a word I use, but fits this family!) and we all talked about ourselves to get to know each other!  So glad we did!  We will go back!

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


How fantastic to be able to resume old relationships seamlessly!

and how *terrific* to have another brain to pick with respect to family stories and memories!  oooooooh!   And she might have new photos for you!


definitely a blessing that you've found another creative outlet that doesn't cause pain and gives you joy.  Hobbies are wonderful things.  And it's good to have a couple.  Does organizing and cleaning out things count?  I find though I don't have time for sewing right now, it makes me feel better to do a little bit of cleaning.  I know, weird.  My life is so chaotic at work, it's nice to have a little bit of order at home.  We've recently started remodeling the house, so that doesn't help matters.