The weather is officially crappy today. The temperature is pleasantly cool, but outside there's a steady downpour. It's a good day to hunker down and work on projects I've been putting off. With Kira's help, I've begun hemming curtains for the master bedroom. Tom and I have been using paper shades (and bedsheets) since we moved in and I just couldn't take the tackiness of it anymore. I'd put off buying curtains, through, because whatever I bought would have to be hemmed. Our house has steam radiators under the windows, and after a google search, my suspicions were confirmed that long curtains+steam radiators=fire hazard.
Kira is more mechanically inclined than I am, and helped me set up my sewing machine. The whole replacing-the-bobbing-threading-the-machine thing proved too much for me.
We had the following funny exchange about my sewing ability.
Kira: But I thought you knew how to do this? When I said I needed to hem my jeans, you knew just what to do.
Me: Well, there's a difference between knowing how to do something and actually doing it.
Kira: But you do all that sewing! You make dolls!
Me: Yeah. With my hands. Sewing machines are scary.
So there you have it folks, my dirty little secret. I'm a technology-phobe--even when that technology has been around since 1790...
Anyway, with a little help, I figured out what to do and got a pair of curtains hemmed the day before yesterday. Two panels down, four more to go... I'll post pictures when I'm finished.
A bigger project I'd like to tackle is creating a play space for the boys in the basement where they can burn off some energy this winter. Our basement is unfinished and in pretty rough condition, but for the winter, it should be okay. Today I bought a big indoor/outdor rug to put on the floor, andI brought the boys' sand and water tables indoors and am going to fill them with rice, so at least I can shop vac up any mes they might make. I'm hoping I can find some other play equipment on Craigs List. Again, I'll post pictures once it's done.