Thursday, January 19, 2012
Close to Nowhere
Can’t find re-run column
I was trying to cheat on my column this week -- I decided I’d go back a few years and find an appropriate column to rerun.
It’s apparently not going to work. I read through about three months’ worth of old columns (in The South Reporter archives on our website -- www.southreporter.com) and all I did was waste time.
I did enjoy the memories, most of them anyway. Read the column after a tsunami -- don’t have a clue which one, it was in 2005 and apparently we all knew where it was and I felt no need at all to mention “where.”
Found many columns about my granddaughters -- I particularly enjoyed one about them singing “their” music. I can just hear them now...
Then it all came to a screeching halt. I found a column about organizing and cleaning my sewing room.
I wonder how many columns I’ve written about cleaning and organizing my sewing room. I wonder how many times I’ve cleaned and organized my sewing room...
So, I decided to look it all up on the Internet and see how to do it right, so I won’t have to do it again (yeah, right!)
Step 1 — decide on a space. If you’re lucky enough (I am) to have a sewing room, it’s the ultimate luxury.
And I quote... “Don’t get wrapped up in the size. Sometimes the more space you have the less you organize because you just start laying things everywhere.”
They’ve been spying on my sewing room!
Step 2 — keep your equipment close. “Choose a place where you will have access to all of your items. The most frequently used items should be at arm’s reach to minimize getting out of your chair to retrieve something.”
Do these people know any quilters? Do they know how many “items” you can use? I can’t get all my items in one room, let alone within arm’s reach!
Step 3 — lighting. Choose a place as close to natural light as possible. My sewing machine is right in front of the window. I’ve had to hang all kinds of things to block the light because the sun literally blinds me between about 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Step 4 — workspace height. I have bed risers on my sewing table. Does that count as “workspace savvy?”
Step 5 — flooring. Carpeting is cozy, but hardwood or tile are ideal. Yeah, right. I can just see telling Pop I need to empty my sewing room and install hardwood.
I’m too tired now for steps six and seven. I need to rest awhile...
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