Thursday, March 6, 2014
Close to Nowhere
I have a new toy. And so does daughter Dana. Our new toys are about as different as they can possibly be.
Dana bought a “new” Singer Featherweight sewing machine — from around the 1940s.
I’ve had a Featherweight for a while and if you’re a devoted (demented) quilter you either have or want one.
I saw one on Facebook last week that was red! The lady who posted the picture said she had the red one, a white one and four black ones. I almost unfriended her, I was so jealous. But, red is a custom color, Featherweights were never red when they were “born.”
You can research and find the “birthday” of your Featherweight. It’s pretty easy; Singer has a website that will tell you when your machine was made and where. All you need is the serial number.
Dana is in heaven with her new toy. She’s steadily practicing to get that one-quarter-inch seam perfect.
I think the Featherweight makes at least four sewing machines for her — including her great-grandmother’s, which still sews well. It’s also a Singer.
I have seven, if I include the one that is my granddaughter’s and one that Dana abandoned to the other granddaughter.
But my new toy is not a sewing machine. My new toy is a tablet. (I always think of my elementary writing tablets when I say that.)
Dana has an iPad and so does editor Barry. And I’m a Macintosh person. So, naturally, I don’t really like the iPads. Don’t have a clue as to why either.
I’ve had a Kindle for a long time — great for reading books and looking on Facebook and playing games. But that’s about all and it wasn’t really fast or anything.
I found a tablet that I really like though. I bought a Microsoft Surface. I’d never seen or heard of it before and when I saw it in a store, I just knew that was “my” tablet.
I dithered around a bit, but finally ordered one from eBay. I love eBay.
I got my Surface tablet last week. My computer at home has Windows 7, which I really like as it kinda works like a Mac. My new Surface has Windows 8.1.
I’ve shed many a tear trying to figure it out. The only thing that has saved me is Belinda’s new computer of J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home. It’s an 8 also and I fooled around with it a bit — she showed me how to always get back to the Start charm.
I think charms are stupid on a computer!
But I love my new Surface tablet anyway. I’ve got my books and games and Facebook on it! And it’s fast.
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