Wednesday, July 19, 2006

i learn something new every day


this morning i was reading my Real Simple magazine and i learned something new. did you know that the little strawberry on the tomato pin cushion is filled with sand, which can be used to sharpen your needles and pins and will also help remove any rust on your little shiny things?

neither did i! what a tiny bit of information that is, but i know i'll never forget it. it made me think of my sewing kit. it's a small wooden sewing box that belonged to my grandmother. the box still has old fashioned wooden spools inside, some still bound with silk thread. i don't know how old it is, perhaps 80 years old? each time i take it down from the shelf, sit on my bed to repair something, i think of grandma memories as i sew. funny thing is, they are never about sewing. They’re usually how she taught me to play gin rummy for nickels and dimes. whenever i would walk to her apartment to visit we would always end up sipping coke and playing gin. at the end of the afternoon i would always leave with a little fistful of coins. it took me years to figure out that she let me win, which was her way of indulging me...letting me think i had outsmarted her of her coins that day. i guess she outsmarted me.

6 comments:

Seeker said...

I did know that about the little strawberry thingy, but I've never used it for its intended purpose.

theresa said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog today, PookieBear is thrilled. I wish I had memories of my grandmother, but all my grandparents passed away before I was 5 years old. Reading stories of other people's grandparents always touches my heart.

Layla said...

Great memory of your grandma! I didn't know that's what the strawberry was for so I learned something new today too. Thanks!

Jamie Dawn said...

Thanks for teaching me something new.
I have a sewing kit, but I don't have a pin cushion with one of those strawberry sharpener thingies.
I think it is so neat how that sewing kit of yours brings back memories of your grandmother.

Heart Of Darkness said...

Yes, I actually did know about the sand. Apparently, it has to be a special sort of sand, or it will have the opposite effect, and make needles dull...

I don't do any needlework, I'm just filled with useless knowledge! :)

But the learning one new thing a day is getting to me. I'm starting to forget old stuff, such stuff I can actually use... not forgotten how to tie my boots yet, but I feel it coming! LOL
Is there a limitation to our brain's capacity? *huga*

A Novelist said...

I didn't know that? That's neat. You do learn something new everyday! Thanks for sharing and I hope your day is going well. :)