Hot rod Lincoln

This isn’t really about a car, but I did get a new hot rod today – a hot-rod all-metal Japanese sewing machine, a Janome HD 1000. 

And my daddy never said I’d drive him to drinkin’ – being from Missouri, he never dropped his g’s at all – but I remember well, and fondly, the times he’d yell from another room, “Laura, slow down! You’ll burn that motor up!”

That would be the motor on Mother’s sturdy green Singer, on which I learned to sew. I loved that machine, and it would fly. 

The new machine and the old memory made me start hearing Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen – but that’s just how my mind works. It’s easy for me to get lost in the ozone again.

But I digress. The point is the new sewing machine. It replaces my piece-of-crap plastic Singer that has been making me cuss – the one, in fact, that made me quit sewing for years after I bought it in 1998 to replace the one I’d bought when I was 20. 

John, bless him, wanted me to have a better one, one that would feed fabric properly and work like it should – and, truth be known, part of it was probably that he’s sick of hearing me swear at the damn thing.

He did research for a while and decided the Janome was what I needed.

Today it arrived. Actually using will have to wait until after our trip, but I did take time from frantic preparation to admire it for a minute – getting two people ready for a longish trip, plus getting a house and dogs ready to be left, is hard and time-consuming work.

I’m excited about it. I think it even smocks, which means I can do some really cute things for the girlies.

John and I also agreed to get a hot-rod new vacuum to replace our extreme crapola Bissell as soon as we return. I won’t even get started on that nasty thing, other than to say it makes us both cuss. And miserable when we use it.

Life is too short for icky machinery.

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