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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." —  Henry David Thoreau credit My phone died recently. Not like died because of its charge — permanently died. I'm not the only one whom this has happened to, I'm sure, and this isn't a complaint. Rather, it's an observation on how different the landscape of my life has been without it. I've been reading more, watching more TV, doing less doomscrolling. I found that I've missed my phone a lot less and simultaneously a lot more than I expected. And I've been noticing a difference in my mental state. My mental health is, apparently, linked in part to the device I hold in my hand 99% of the time. Who knew? However, it's still been challenging lately, for more reasons than just my phone, and my sister invited me to go outside with her. Th

A Long-Awaited Accomplishment

Originally posted on my HSB blog, January 25, 2008

My grandparents visited the other day. Although we live near each other (about an hour away) we don't see each other as often as we would like, so it was a treat to see them. My grandpa had just had surgery on his eyes and so was sleeping while he was here, so my grandma decided to help me finish my tiered skirt. I started my skirt a LONG time ago, probably the summer of last year, when Grandma was teaching my cousin and I how to sew. My cousin finished hers before mine, about a couple months ago, on a day when Grandma worked with her individually, and I've been needing to finish mine for a while now. Well, Grandma helped me work on it on Tuesday, and then came again on Thursday to do the final touches. Now, it's mostly finished, and I wore it once. The bad news is I think we may have sewn a pin into it, since when I sat down something poked me! I really hope not. I am really excited about completing this, since it was a project I needed to finish, and one of my goals for this year.

Another cool thing about it was that I was running out of thread on my bobbin, so Grandma and I were praying that it wouldn't run out before we finished. (I got my machine the Christmas of '07, and I haven't learned how to completely use it yet.) Well, we finished, with even some thread to spare!!

My skirt has the top of some old jeans on the top of it (with the legs cut off) which really saved time with the waistband of such. Then there are about 5 tiers of red and white patterned material. I really like it, and hope to post pictures soon.

Well, sorry this is so quickly written. I am in a bit of a hurry!

Kylie (I'll add my siggy in later)

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