What I Love {Spin Cycle}

To contrast with last week’s prompt over at Gretchen’s Spin Cycle, this week our prompt is “Things I love.” Of course, I love love love Ed, Lily and Emmy. (Can you tell?–I just read an Eloise book to the girls at bedtime, and Nanny always says things three times!)

This post is about simple things that make me happy, happy, happy!

I absolutely LOVE:

1. My sewing machine

When I was in high school, my mom tried to teach me how to sew. I think I started sewing a skirt, and I don’t think I liked the whole sewing thing. I never would have guessed that when I bought a sewing machine of my very own that I would fall in love with sewing. I haven’t sewn any clothes yet (it’s probably better that way) but I am having so much fun with my quilt blocks!

2. My yard

Working outside is something I love to do, but don’t take much time to actually do. Every summer, I resolve to spend more time in my yard and less time inside. But then, it gets hot and humid and the mosquitoes come out to play. This spring, I planted my flowers early (for me) since it was so warm. I’m determined to get out and garden more regularly this summer.

My Garden

3. My weeping willow tree

People have told me that they hate willow trees because they are messy and they are constantly dropping branches all over the yard. I, however, love willow trees. I have a faint memory of the old parsonage in Nebraska having a graceful weeping willow in the yard, and ever since then, weeping willows have been my favorite tree. We have a huge old willow in our back yard, and I just love love love the long green leaves and the branches swaying in the breeze.

View under the weeping willow tree

4. Figuring out a way to MAKE THINGS WORK

I have two topsy-turvy tomato planters that Ed bought me, but they are so heavy that they bent the shepherd’s crook I hung them from. I needed a much studier hanger…but didn’t have time to go look for one. So I looked around our garage and found a closet pole that Ed had replaced. I dug a hole, stuck it in behind the shepherd’s crook, and tied some twine around it. Voila! To my delight (and my neighbor’s dismay–it’s quite unattractive) my fix worked! I am bound and determined to have some home-grown tomatoes this year, even if it means buying them at a farmer’s market.

topsy-turvy tomato planters
closet pole fix--ugly but functional

5. Bubble wrap

You already love bubble wrap just as much as I do, but just watch this video of Emmy and you’ll love it even more!

I could just go on and on with things that I love, but then this post would be way too long and you wouldn’t love me any more. One more thing…I can’t help but love Gretchen, from Second Blooming, who keeps this thing known as the Spin Cycle spinning. Give her button below a click!

Second Blooming

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12 Replies to “What I Love {Spin Cycle}”

  1. Thank you so much for the love!! I love your list! I need to get more invested in my yard – I know if I gave it a little more love, it would love me more too! And I don't know if Emmy could be any cuter! Jude just came over and watched and deemed her "very cute" and wanted to know how many "likes" she had on YouTube. We "liked" her, by the way!

    You are linked!
    My recent post RTT: Rhubarb, Taxi Driver and Crone

  2. I had a love affair with my sewing machine that lasted about 10 years. For a while, I made all my clothes, and made clothes for my boys when they were little. Then when I went back to work full time, the love faded. I never did make a quilt; I feel guilty about that. Now, 30 years later, my new loves are my laptop and my Kindle!
    I just stopped by from SITS to say hello; hope you find time to do the same.

  3. Oh, the bubble wrap sure brings back memories…always disappointed when packages come with styrofoam peanuts.

  4. My yard and my sewing machine (okay, technically my mom's sewing machine, but she lets me keep it in my house) are next on my love list. I figure if I can learn to love them, then I won't hate them so much. 🙂

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