You may be aware that I have a certain fascination with things old.
Attending an auction this past week, I ran across a lovely Singer treadle machine, with interesting markings and a metal plate on the cabinet. US WPA was the marking on the cabinet. I had never seen this before, so armed with photos, I did a bit of searching.
The machine was made in 1926, further questing of the fine sources on the internet told me that this machine was one of many used by women in the Great Depression in sewing projects nationwide. Clothing was the main project, but toys and stuffed animals were also made.
I knew the WPA was responsible for many local road improvements and the building of numerous schools in our area. Jobs created for men who would otherwise not be able to provide for their families. This was the first time I had found out there were jobs created for women.
This machine was sold to another buyer, I talked to her and hope she knows the treasure she has.
Once again, the charming Rochelle, path finder extrordinaire, has issued a map, the challenge for Friday Fictioneers. This week the prompt is from one of my photos.
Here, in 100 words, is my little walk in the park. Lane and Jemma have appeared before and seemed to want to wander back.
“Thirty five cents a yard,” The clerk was impatient. Leaving Jemma looking at the calico print, he turned to another customer.
Jemma glanced again at the ready made dresses hanging in the rafters. Oh, to have twelve dollars to spend.
After all, it was a wedding dress!
Lane had offered half his pay, ten dollars, but they needed that for the new house and she must have dishes, pots and pans.
Teaching school for fifteen dollars a month and board would not stretch enough.
Counting carefully, she sighed, “I’ll take seven yards.”
“That will be $2.45”.
Other players have taken different paths, to see where they went click here.
Today is ‘Autism Awareness Day’.
At our house, like many others, that is every day, not once a year.
As I look back over the past two years since grandson, Brett, has been living with us full time, so many achievements have been made.
Just last week, Brett mentioned that he wants to invite some people over for a spaghetti dinner next Sunday.
This is, in fact several great milestones:
Brett is inviting people (coming out of his shell).
He wants to cook the entire meal himself ( building skills). Last year, for his birthday, a friend sent him a wonderful cookbook. Another sent an apron and chef hat. He uses both. One of his goals has been preparing complete meals for the three of us several times a week.
Last weekend, he made his ‘famous to us’ baked beans for the crowd assembled for out anniversary dinner.
http://www.amazon.com/Picture-Cook-See-Make-Eat/dp/1612432344 is the link for the cookbook.
He has his ‘list’ and a ‘time table’ made (life skills and independence)
And I know, he will do it, and do it well!
Recently a friend challenged me to post a series of ‘nature photos’.
I went through my archived pictures and chose seven that I felt were rather ‘special’, at least they are to me.
Then, I added my all time favorite, the misty morning with the Bible verse.
No matter what the weather or the events of the day, it is important to find something GOOD in the day and rejoice.