This week I heard you could go back 72 years and read census material. So I have delved into the past and am reading all about my town. Lots of names in this small town are still around. Streets have been renamed over the years. 1940 was prewar. No VA hospital, no Armory, no Sam Rayburn Drive, it was fittingly called Fourth Street (between 3rd and 5th LOL) . No MKAT rail line. I was shocked that this railroad ran less than two blocks from my house. This rail went belly up during the great depression. All of the rails in town were taken up, and progress happened. My house incidentally was built during WWII to house soldiers training in the airforce at our local airfield. Lots of the town has changed, but much of it is the same.
I am intrigued by names, and salaries, but what is most interesting is the jobs. Lots of WPA workers. You know the new deal after the great depression gave the poor jobs. There was way too many of those in town. Their salaries meager for the year. We had broom makers, car salesmen, seamstresses, rail road workers, as well as clerical for the courthouse and the city.
I am romantically involved in reading all of the information, looking for names I may know. Having conversations with others in present time about this, it truly is fascinating! More to come on that.
When I wasn’t reading, I was sewing, and have accomplished my goals for the week!
- Customer quilt completed!This quilt is not yet finished in the pic, but I took advantage of the sunshine on Thursday after work. The embroidery hand work is exquisite! I love the penguin, the elephant, and the frog, sew cute!
- My 365 blocks are done through Feb 2nd. Here is a sampling
- And some framed pinwheels happened too. I found a shoebox full of leftover hsts from my antique wedding ring and so, I am going to slow down on these a bit. They go together quick!
These were my priorities, and I have accomplished my goals. I am still behind on my 365 blocks, and so my plan is to start catching these up with extra sewing each week. I just love selecting fabrics and making them matchy matchy, or not!
And the daffodils are fully budded!
But we had a severe frost. These were taken the afternoon after the frost, the buds no longer look right, and will probably not “hatch”. Darn, another dafodil-less year. In the 26 years I have lived here, I have only had them bloom 4 times. I think whoever planted the bulbs, they are too deep. I guess I will just have to enjoy those I come across elsewhere.
Goals for the upcoming week:
- Focus entirely on the 365 blocks and advance by at least two weeks.
Because all of these small pieces are on my table I am going to refrain from trying to bind my basket weave quilt. It will just have to wait it’s turn!
Well the weekend is before us, and I feel like a hamster let out of it’s cage! I am glad to have the freedom to run amuck! But I will keep it to a brisk walk, but I will sew petal to the metal on the featherweight!
Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading my blog!