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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
A few random bits and pieces
Sewing machine progress

The "new" sewing machine is nearly ready for a proper trial, but I did have a small setback. While giving it a thorough clean, I managed to break a part. :( It may have become a bit brittle with age, but I must have pressed on the wrong bit when removing the cushion spring that holds the spool in place and the thin springy bit broke off!

Singer Touch and Sew 708 cushion spring

You can see just how narrow the break point was.

Anyway, thanks to the wonders of the internet, despite the machine being over 40 years old, I have tracked down and ordered a replacement part. It will only cost a few pounds, so still much much cheaper than buying a new machine and I know to be very careful with that part if I ever have to move it again.

Reverting to bad habits

It's probably about time for a re-read of David Allen's excellent book Getting Things Done. There is nothing wrong with my project management and time management system -- as long as I use it properly!

I have been feeling very lacking in motivation recently (probably largely to do with the stealth mild depression that masquerades as normality), but what wasn't helping was the fact that the Next Action List had turned into one of those unhelpful To Do Lists with entries like: Tidy my study and Finish patchwork cardigan. "Tidy my study" is not a next action, it's almost a project in its own right!

An example of what a Next Action should look like is something like: 15 minutes decluttering of futon chair or crochet edges of sleeve pieces.

You know you are living in the future when...

A computer phones you up to inform you that your gas bill is due soon and to ask will you please go and read your meter and enter the readings via the web page.

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Current Mood: accomplished slightly accomplished

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la_marquise_de_ From: la_marquise_de_ Date: February 6th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
The internet is so handy that way. (Which reminds me, I need a new wick for the oil lamp...)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 6th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
In the past I would have had to take it to a repair person, who would have charged me for labour as well as parts.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: February 7th, 2012 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
The other plus is you can often find youtube videos showing how to do all sorts of repair jobs.
ellarien From: ellarien Date: February 6th, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
The gas computer phones you? Mine just sends an email. (And I usually note down the reading by taking a photo of the meter with my mobile phone. In a really joined-up tech world, I would just send them the photo.)

heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 6th, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's never phoned up before, so this seems to be something new. I've always had an email in the past. As I was expecting yet another call from the scammers who try to guide me through fixing a "problem" on my computer, I was somewhat nonplussed to find myself being addressed by a computer with a female voice.
hairmonger From: hairmonger Date: February 6th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the scary reminder that my "new" sewing machine is actually 34 years old, and has a part that strongly resembles your broken one. (The "old" sewing machines are the electric one my mother bought second hand in 1954, whose manual implies that it was built in 1916, but is probably younger than that, and the treadle machine that belonged to my great-great-grandmother and was built in 1874.)

Yes, I love living in the future, as I type here on my laptop beside my woodstove.

Mary Anne in Kentucky
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