Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Unloved...

Sometimes you have to knuckle down and do chores when you would rather be doing something else. Today was such a day. Our garage usually ends up being the catch-all for anything heading out of the house, whether it be down to the shop, to donate to charity or if we just want to get it out of the house. By the end of winter things can get pretty messy out there. The other night my darling husband indicated that the mess level was at critical mass, so I promised to do something about it on my day off. A clean garage should be reward enough, but sometimes when you do the right thing good karma pays off. I took a load of things to the Goodwill drop (I also cleaned out our closet this morning) and then headed to the recycling depot to recycle newspapers and cardboard. The cardboard drop is a huge container that you have to climb up stairs to a big platform to dump your cardboard (flattened people...the sign says flattened!!!) Down at the base of the platform there was some items that were clearly not recyclables...a computer monitor, some pots and pans and a sewing machine. One of the depot workers was in the cardboard container (flattening cardboard for those who can't read the sign!). I made a comment about the sewing machine and he stated he was just glad they hadn't thrown it in the bin. It was dirty and the latches had some rust on it...a machine obviously unloved and abandoned. I opened up the case and saw that the felt on the spool spindles was fairly new and the throat plate was a shiny chrome. I took a quick look at the mechanisms and they looked clean. I asked if he minded if I took it off his hands. The guy was more than happy to have me cart it away, so she came home with me. I did not take a picture of her dirty as I don't like my picture taken when I'm not looking my best! I took the head out of the case and everything got a good scrubbing. After I put it together I plugged her in and she works like a dream. Meet Ricci...my new Riccar. See, it pays to get your chores done!!! In sewing news, my dress is done and ready for review, but I need to bring up the tripod to take some better pictures tomorrow. Also a little tease...Ann at Gorgeous Fabrics is have a great sale on all fabrics for Mother's Day...See you over there!!!

5 comments:

Linda said...

Wow that is so neat! Glad good karma came your way. Nice looking machine and it works too boot!!!!

gwensews said...

Lucy you! All I find when I do chores is--dirt!

laura said...

What a find! And why on earth didn't they just donate it to Good Will or something? My girlfriend once found a perfectly good TV in the dumpster at her apartment building and she used it for years.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Wow! Maybe I will do some spring cleaning this weekend.

Kat said...

Wow! How come I never get that lucky??? ;) I did do a major cleanup today in our garage and took it to the dump.