Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Coming Out Of The Fog

It has now been about three weeks since I got sick and FINALLY I believe I have turned the corner and am getting better. My hearing is almost normal, my throat doesn't hurt nearly as much, and the cough isn't keeping me awake at night. I think I am still battling the conjunctivitis and WILL call the ophthalmologist on Monday if all isn't clear by then. Of course, the head being plugged up to a certain extent is just a part of living here, so I don't expect THAT to change too much. All in all, I'm able to do most everything I want--just at a slower pace and over the course of DAYS rather than HOURS. Needless to say, I DON'T make a good sick person.

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We have been having strange weather. Of course we have a LOT of snow--so far, 113.6 inches have fallen at the local NWS station. The 'normal' snowfall to this point in the season is 64.7 inches. Yep, almost double what we should have. However, it doesn't really look like we have a horrendous amount of snow because of the 'heat' waves and rain that has fallen during them. Our last rain was right after Christmas and we got our own private ice rink in the back yard as a result. Too bad so much snow fell afterward or I could have been skating daily. (Outdoor ice rinks are WAY too hard to maintain--too labor intensive!) Today the skies are clear, the sun is shining, and the temp is sitting at 18--but more snow is coming tomorrow.

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Tomorrow is the Winter Classic game and I can't wait! With all of the hype, it should be great--as long as the Wings win. :) Last night they shut out the 'Hawks 4-0, so tomorrow will be interesting. I wanted to have a Winter Classic party, but K said he doesn't want me to overexert myself and I think he was right. So, I will just be on the couch at 1:00 PM, wearing my Winter Classic T-shirt, waiting for the puck to drop. GO WINGS!!!

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Despite not feeling like myself, we were able to have a fairly normal Christmas celebration. We went to spend Christmas Eve with friends--a tradition that has been going on for many years--and had a quiet Christmas Day with only A and her husband here.

While this year was not a big one for gifts--K and I still are getting furniture--I DID receive one very memorable one. A and her husband 'rescued' the sewing maching from The Parents' house that I taught myself to sew on. It was in their basement and had been for many years. Despite the abuse it took, it is in quite good shape and the restoration process shouldn't be too difficult. I could still use it if it was cleaned a bit more and a new belt was put on. The cabinet has some damage, but a friend said it shouldn't be hard to fix the problem areas. And here is a picture of the machine:


Yes, it is a Singer treadle machine and is almost 100 years old. This was The Mother's aunt-in-law's machine that was willed to her when the aunt died and now it is officially mine. I really can't wait to get started on the restoration--however, I have NO idea where I will put it afterwards! Decisions, decisions.

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As long as I don't have another relapse, I should be doing regular posts from now on. I want to wish everyone a wonderful and blessed new year. Hopefully, this one will be better than the last.


5 comments:

Dazd said...

Happy New Year to you also! Glad to hear you are recovering nicely. That sewing machine is priceless. My mm has one thats probably as old if not older than yours.

cmk said...

I also was supposed to get the machine that my great-grandmother had, but I have no idea where the darn thing is. And THAT one IS older--the bobbin is one of the long ones as opposed to round ones. If it could be found, I would take it in a flash. Such memories!

meleah rebeccah said...

Im so happy you are finally getting over being sick!!

Cindi said...

Happy New Year, cmk! My computer went kaput last June and I finally have a new one. I need to update my blog!

Glad you are doing better as I get caught up reading what you have been up to.
I was sick beginning the day before Thanksgiving and I'm still coughing and finally over the longest lasting sore throat I've ever had.

That sewing machine looks like the old one my mother had when I was a little kid. It was her mother's. Unfortunately when we moved to Indiana (around 1966), my father left it at the former house and they never did get it back. One of my Mom's greatest regrets!

cmk said...

My dear cindi! I have missed you so much--glad to have you back!

I still have the sore throat and cough--and I think it will last a bit longer...unfortunately! I don't know WHAT this bug is, but I certainly will be happy when it goes completely away.

It seems as if the treadle sewing machines aren't all that uncommon, but every one seems to have such wonderful memories and THAT'S what gives them the value!