Pet Peaves… we all have them, and they can be VERY frustrating.
Over the years, I realized what really makes something a “Pet Peave” is MY attitude towards what that person is doing, or not doing. Usually, it is something that causes inconvenience to me. It’s not typically sin on the other person’s part, but my attitude can become sin, so I’ve tried to figure out how to deal with my attitude in this area.
In order to avoid sin on my part, this is my solution: I look at the “flip-side”.
Here’s an illustration I have heard, but has NO pertinence to me.
Example: “Doesn’t my husband know I can’t stand picking up his stinky socks!!!!”
Flip-side: “No, he probably doesn’t even think about it. He’s so burnt out from putting up with the world all day that when he makes it to the bed, he’s not thinking about his socks, stinky or otherwise. He’s so tired he may even barely manage to get them off.
Solution: “In honour, preferring one another….. ” Cut him some slack and just pick them up. Praise the Lord you have a husband, stinky socks and all.
I’m not saying you couldn’t nicely ask him to pick them up himself, but it really isn’t a big deal. It’s just an incovenience to you.
Changing our attitudes towards “Pet Peaves” is critical so as not to have them become sin to us. If they have become sin, then of course that should be privately confessed to the Lord, but why let it go that far.
I hope this will be a help in conquering those “Pet Peaves”.
Oh, I should also point out that I have NOT arrived! I can’t always see the flip-side, and I fall, but I’m trying.
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-13
Let’s face it, one of the hardest things to do sometimes is to just “zip our lips.” How “satisfying it would be just to give so and so an “piece of our mind….”
In sermons, our Pastor says something to the effect of, “Don’t give away what you don’t have….” or “Keep what you have. There might not be much left.”
Holding my peace, as the Bible says, has been one of my greatest challenges, and I feel I have a long way to go, but the Lord has been so good to help me. The changes He has accomplished in me, and continues to work on, amaze me.
For some time now, I have been dealing with this area in a partular struggle in my life. The flesh wants to speak out, but the Spirit of God keeps saying no. This morning, I was reminded of the following verses:
And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. Exodus 14:13-14
I also searched out a few more verses to help me out:
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Psalms 141:3
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Psalms 141:3
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalms 19:14
I have lost count how many times I have quoted this last verse to myself to keep my mouth, mind and heart on track.
But like all struggles, I know God’s promises hold true:
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13
When I keep my focus on Whom it needs to be, maintain my prayer and Bible time, and continue to remind myself of God’s ways, life just goes on a whole lot easier, and I am able to “hold my peace.”
This is a continuation of “A Tale of Seven Braces“.
We tried to fix up an older brace, but it just wouldn’t do the job, so he’s back to his boat anchor. Unfortunately, it is not holding his knee right, but hopefully he won’t have to use it for long.
The fellow we deal with for Lowell’s braces, Andrew at Okaped, thinks there’s a lifetime warranty on the frame, so at least we can get that fixed while waiting for a new one. We are waiting to hear back from Lowell’s work, but getting a new one shouldn’t be an issue, it’s just getting the right one.
Pastor thinks brace companies should pay Lowell to test their braces out. Hee hee. Not a bad idea. They can call it the “Lowell Test.”
At 6’4″, my dh Lowell, is a pretty big man, and despite having a broken/fused spine, and a paralyzed leg with a brace, he is still very strong. Too strong for his own good sometimes, or should I say, too strong for his leg braces’ good?
Lowell had a car accident in 1984, and after several operations, he was able to function as a “walking parapeligic. Despite being battered and bruised, his basic physiology did not change. He is an ox and grows muscle by just being alive. I’ve never seen anyone that could build muscle without really trying. I joke about him maintaining his finger muscles just by stretching his hand out a couple times, and I know he has more muscle in his pinky than I have in my whole hand. (Me being a petite – but currently overweight – 5’3″ frame.)
So here we go with….
“A Tale of Seven Braces”
Long, long ago, in a land far far way….Oh sorry, wrong story…
Brace #1 – Full length, bolted to orthepedic shoes, 3/4″ aluminum, ie. Boat Anchor/Dinosaur. – Fate – snapped in half within 1 year.
Brace #2 – Full length, bolted to orthepedic shoes, 1″ stainless steel, ie. Boat Anchor/Dinosaur – Fate – twisted beyond use in less than one year.
Conclusion: Bolting the brace to the shoe is probably not a good idea.
Brace #3 – Mid thigh to mid calf CTI composite skiing brace. Worked great for about 10 years, but had to nix it because it stopped holding his knee out of hyper-extension when the hinge broke. Best brace he ever had.
Brace #4 – Tried CTI again, but they couldn’t get the size right.
Brace #5 – Mid thigh to mid calf G2 with clam shell on calf and back strap to prevent hyper extending. Works okay but is a boat anchor and really saps his energy. Have been using it for about 5-7 years or so, and the clam shell is causing his nerves to flip out.
Brace #6 – Mid thigh to mid calf CTI composite skiing brace with a different design on the knee hinge. Destroyed it in one day!
Okay, that brings us to this year.
Brace #7 – Mid thigh to mid calf composite DonJoy skiing brace with a different design on the knee hinge. Lasted about 2 months. He snapped one of the side uprights yesterday while doing yard work.
Possible current solution? – Back to clam shell brace while we play with CTI braces that worked, but didn’t hold the knee and see if they can be modified to do so.
It’s been a few weeks since I did an update, so I’ll try to catch y’all up.
Last Thursday was a very sad day as my Dad’s brother, Uncle Ron, died. Needless to say, there were many tears. My parents wanted to come visit us soon, but it was all on hold till we knew what was happening with him. His body was riddled with cancer, and we knew it was just a matter of time. Now, Mom and Dad will be coming in May. We are really looking forward to seeing them.
It’s been the typical flu/cold season, and it has been through all of us. I got hit the least though, so that was good as things just seem to get busier.
I would normally be doing this update on a Tuesday, while the girls have their piano lesson, but Cynthia wasn’t feeling the best the last few days. Her symptoms sounded very much like a gallbladder or gallstone attack, so I brought her in to the naturopath, Dr. Wagstaff. Sure enough, her stomach and gallblader are all inflammed, but caused by a virus. I think I will bring her in for an ultrasound to check for stones as this seems to have happened before. From there, Wagstaff will be able to decide how to best keep this from happening again or minimize it. I know just how Cynthia feels as I’ve dealt with this years ago, but have maintained a diet that just doesn’t make it act up. The Dr. gave her some stuff to settle it down, and she’s doing much better today!
The end of last week was fun. We looked after a friends’ German Shepherd, Kisha, and what a cutie! Her and Buster got along great and played almost constantly. We are now looking after a male Lapso Apso, Scruffy, for other friends. Not sure how long as they are trying to find a place, and it may be a few months. This is a male, though, and Buster and he don not want to play. When Scruffy is gone, we may just have to get Buster a permanent female companion.
Our 15 passenger diesel van (nicknamed T-Bus – Trenholm Bus, aka. T-Rex) is fixed and running beautifully! The best it has ever run! Apparently the fuel pump that was overhauled 5 yrs ago never was done properly. We didn’t realize it as Lowell installed it instead of a certified shop, and we didn’t know how a good one was supposed to run. We’ve been finding out that somethings just aren’t worth doing ourselves. Kevin and Jerry and crew at Okanagan Engine Rebuilders did the work this time, and they are awesome! We’ve been going to them for almost everthing for our vehicles since 2003 we wouldn’t go anywhere’s else. They rebuilt the engine, and farmed out the tranny, on the van. Excellent work all around. Thanks guys!
Interesting….I wouldn’t go to another upholstery shop either except Kevin’s brother, Mark’s shop – Kellerman’s Upholstery. They are a great family to deal with, oh and both brothers like to be bribed with baking! The girls made cookies for OKER and they barely lasted 10 minutes!
Lowell’s been like a yo-yo at work (KFC) these last few weeks, switching from evening to day shift back and forth as projects and courses have been adding an interesting element to the mix. On Wednesday, his crew will begin working on a major go-over (called a C-check) of a 757 for a US airline. It is amazing at the amount of aviation major players Flightcraft has been working for. Delta and Northwest, to name a few.
I finished another slipcover and will try to post the pics soon. I start two more today, besides the regular sewing: hemming pants, replacing zippers, etc.
Last Saturday was the start of spring cleaning. We had been using our inlaw suite as the “dumping ground” for storage, but since we’ve been having a family from out of town on the weekends, it is needed for its true use. The week before, all the “stuff” had been dumped in the garage, but now it was time to go through it. Well…… 2 1/2 bags of garbage, 2 bags of recycle, and 1 large bag for the Sally Ann later, and that is I hope the bulk of it. This weekend, we’ll be tackling putting away the winter clothes and taking out the spring/summer. I hope to get it all done this Saturday or the next.
It was exciting to see the Jones family is church last night. Bro. Jones pastor’s in Terrace, BC now (17 hours away!) so we don’t get to see them very often, and we miss them dearly.
So, that brings us to today, and here we are at piano lessons. Since Lowell is on evening shift, we’ll probably have a girls night tonight. Those are always fun. One time it was toe nail painting, another time just a movie. Not sure about tonight, but I know we’ve got a brand new hot air popcorn popper to try out!
Last year, I bought a Leatherman multi-tool for Lowell, as his Swiss Army Victorinox multi-tool was in dire need of repair or retirement. The knife was shot and a few of the other peices were badly worn down from much use. I think a piece actually snapped. It was very hard for him to “shelve” it, as it means a lot to him.
I bought it for his birthday over 10 yrs ago, and it has alot of history. I can see it as one of those things the girls will “fight” over.
This is the knife that has split the burgers in half for our little children at the fast food place or park, and up until last year, lived on his belt; ever faithful and ready for the task at hand. I’m sure other men will be able to relate. He even jokes around about how many airplane panels the screwdriver had taken off . (Actually true – he is an aviation engineer). We found out that Swiss Army does repairs, so a few months ago, he sent it back to the company. We just got it back today, and praise the Lord, they didn’t just replace the parts, they gave him a brand new knife and case!!!! He was thrilled to say the least, and I’m looking forward to seeing what other memories will be entrenched in that knife.
This is for the previous post on Angela’s Wingback Chair Slipcover.
Thanks for the comments! I’m pretty happy about the results fo this project. It is not a “beginner’s project” for sure, and there was many a time I wondered what I had got myself into, but I was pleasantly surprised at the results.
Yes, it is a slipcover, and no it doesn’t really require a pattern. Each chair is different. A typical wingback chair requires 5 yards and an extra couple yards for the ottoman. I got 8 to be safe.
The two biggest keys to getting and keeping it in place are the zippers in the back, and the seat cushion.
Cut peices that are slightly bigger than each section (lets say an extra 4″ wide and tall. The putting off and removal of the slipcover is made easier by two zippers running from the top down to the top of the skirt, and placed just inside the back corners.
Make sure you mark the matching points, especially on the bulb and the arm wrap, with the marker, as you will need to dissassemble and reassemble to put the piping it.
All of the following work will be done with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. As each section is sewn together (arm, etc) I do turn them right side out to check the fit, then flip them back wrong side out to continue working.Lay the peices on the chair with the wrong side facing out and tuck it into the various crevices. Pin the fabric to the chair to hold it in place make it easier.
Using a sewing dissapearing ink marker (or crayola washables), draw lines on the meeting fabrics where an appropriate stitchline should be. Wherever a crease is, it’s good if the fabric “tucks” in about a 1/2″ to an inch. This helps alleviate stress. From your drawn line, drawn another one a 1/2″ away. This will later become your cutline.
I don’t reccomend cutting the excess away yet as the actual fitting may need more tweeking than you anticipate.
For this chair, I did the wings first, and they were actually easy as the inner wing simply had to be pleated in four places to match up with the outer flat wing.
Each arm is done in 3 peices (the outer side, over the arm, and the small bulbous front. The peice the wraps over the arm pleats into the bulbous section.
Back Front and Deck:
Once I had those fitted and sewn as best as I could, I worked on the front of the back, the deck (seat area), and the bottom front. The are all flat peices and the easiest to deal with.
Now to assemble the arms and back front, deck, and front edge. One of the biggest issues will be seam intersection. Often, you can just simply sew across a bunch of intersecting seams. You have to sew up to them, backstitch to secure, then restart you seam on the other side of the seams. This will keep all the seam allowances free and prevent puckering. If you end up with puckering near intersecting seams, just check for that.
A Glimpse of the Finished Product:
If you want to, now’s a good time to turn it all right side out and have a good look as it will look finished from the front. Check the fit and seam intersection for any issue and adjust the pattern. You WILL end up doing this a few times….LOL, but it is worth it!!!!
Fitting the back is much easier if you lay the chair down on its front. I chose to put a zipper either side of the back, as I found it made it much easier to get on and off.
A #4 coil zipper works well and isn’t too heavy or light. To insert the zipper, simply press over the 5/8″ seam allowance, and topstich in place. It will end at the bottom of the main body of the slipcover. You could also choose to do a lapped zipper to hide it better, but seams meeting at the zipper center might be less bulky. I may do a lapped seam on Lowell’s chair with the lap facing into the back, not the outside edges.
With the almost finished skirt on the chair wrong side out, tucked in properly and the cusion in place, use a straight edge to draw a line parallel to the floor, a 1/2″ lower than where you want the skirt to sit. This is your line to place the piping and skirt. You could cut the section off below that line, but I find it helps the skir to hang right.
Leaving about 1 1/2″ poking out, pin your piping in place matching your seam allowance with the drawnline you just cut. The seam allowance will be pointing down. The main piping runs from one back corner, around the side, across the front, and around the other side. The back skirt and piping is attached seperately from the rest of the skirt.
For the hems, I made 2 1/2″ hems on the bottom, and 1/2″ hems on the sides. The skirt will be in four sections that but against each other on each corner. To hide the legs, I added 8 to 10″ wide finished inset pieces (same hems as the rest of the skirt) under the main skirt and in each corner. That is viewed in the last picture.
I hope this challenges you to revive some of your old furniture that just needs a new cover!
What a big job, but I think it looks so good!!! I am so thrilled. Making a slipcover for this chair and ottoman were the pre-cursor to getting a slipcover contract with a local company. This lady is so busy with dealing with customers and designing that she’s running herself ragged trying to get the sewing done.
So here’s my first attempt at a slipcover. I would have to pick what is apparently the hardest chair to do.
Wingback Chair Front
Chair and Ottoman
Skirt and Inset
I hope this challenges you to revive some of your old furniture that just needs a new cover!
We’ve all had “one of THOSE days”, and it just seemed like this last week was one of them. Ugh….4 major items breaking in one day, or within a couple days of eachother; children sick; major migraine; but it all came to a head on Tuesday.
As I mentioned in the last post, my Pfaff serger was giving me enough grief that I wanted to pitch it out the window. This happened on Friday, and I wanted to bring it to the repair shop on Saturday, but I was in bed most of the day with a migraine, and not too sparky the rest of the day.
Well, come Monday, Lowell brings it in to the shop on his way to work, but then he calls me to let me know it might not be ready till Wednesday. Not good since I have a big job of serging waiting for Okanagan Slipcovers.
So now we are in to Tuesday and I go to pick up our computer’s external drive which was being swapped out under warranty, but we’d been waiting for this for 3 months. I had files on three different computers, including website and business files, and it would take to long to move them around by burning CD’s. It was important I get it done as I have lots of work to perform relating to those files. Well, I get to the computer shop and it’s not ready (this is the third time we’ve tried to pick it up)….wait….for an extra hour, take it home, and it doesn’t work! I go back to the shop, it works there, but then won’t work at home!!!! Take it to piano with my laptop, and it still doesn’t work! Ugh….again.
I do other computer work while Cynthia and Abigail have their piano lesson.
We get into the van to leave, and it won’t start!!!! Long story, but it has done this to me 6 times over the winter, 3 of which have been at the piano teacher’s house. Praise the Lord, she didn’t have a student at that time, so she boosts the van and we go to drop it off at the repari shop and meet Lowell, then drive him to work. He picks up the “fixed” serger on the way in to meet us. That was a big help!
The girls and I drop Lowell off at work, go to Costco, and at this point my right thigh starts to really hurt. I have no idea why. We are only in Costco a half hour, but by the time we leave, I can hardly walk. We make it home, and I almost have to drag myself up the stairs as it feels like someone is trying to rip my leg off. Not fun.
After a while, I manage to get to the sewing room and have a look at the serger. I can’t believe what I see.The sample that the shop stitched looked horrible! I run the machine and it does exactly what one of the reasons were for bringing it in: it unthreads itself! I spend five minutes rethreading the machine and adjust the tensions so it looks the way it should. I then walk up the stairs only using one leg, as the other one was too painful to move, then I rest for the remainder of the evening.
I had had enough!!!! Or had I?
The truth is, although all these things were annoying, it just wasn’t that bad. I consider what happened inconveniences, not catastrophes. I purposely wrote this story in such a manner that it looked like I was overwhelmed, but I was not. I have so much to be thankful for!
Everything that happened, happened to “things”, not what was really important, like my family.
I’m so thankful the Lord helped me keep my perspective. I know of several families that are in a REAL mess right now. One man’s wife was in the hospital last week and the docs didn’t know if she was going to make it; another man’s wife is divorcing him; another man’s daughter has been missing for a week; I know of wives who’ve left their husbands over adultery or for him molesting the children. Now there’s items we could perhaps consider to be overwhelming, yet then again I many precious promises:
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John 10:27-28
I don’t deserve the least of His mercies, yet He blesses me abundantly!
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think… Ephesians 3:20
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (Note that God didn’t say all things would BE good, but rather “work together FOR good…”
and one of my most favorite verses:
This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23
I have nothing to whine about! God is good all the time!
Yesterday was one busy day, but then again, they always seem to be. The TSA phone (Trenholm Sew-All) rang 8 times in one hour and I had 2 customers drop off pants to hem. It was nice to have some easy work. I was in the middle of a contract job for “radio bags” for a surveyor’s blue-tooth enabled peice of equipment. I had made ten for him before, and his business is picking up, so this time I am to make 30. So, for a break, I hemmed up the pants and called the very surprised and happy customers. It’s not often anymore that I can get the jobs done the same day they are dropped off.
I will be working on our business website in the next few weeks and I hope to add a section that will show some of the things I’ve done: From a boat cover, a stuffed frog hot water bottle case, slipcovers for furniture, and even repairs to a bunny suit….LOL
Lowell was getting more office work done, and then he went to a brace fitting for his left leg. He’s had this “new” brace for over 2 years, but we just couldn’t get our act together to work with the supplier, Okaped, to get the fit just right. He’d tried wearing it a few months ago, but the padding wasn’t right and it set his leg off. Then he fell and work (with the old brace on), cracked a chip off his foot and was off work for 3 weeks. His leg/foot was so swollen that there was no point bothering to try and fit the brace. Lowell wore it last night, and I only had to reset one strap when he came home. Short pieces of velcro just don’t hold, so I replaced it with an industrial snap. It is so much lighter and he loves it. The tricky part is just getting all the padding where it needs to be so as not to set his leg off. With all the work the Naturopath, Dr. Wagstaff, has been doing on Lowell, his leg rarely sets off for no particular reason. It is usually only when he’s anoyed it somehow. This has been a huge change over 2 years ago when it hurt him 24/7.
Abigail and Melissa schooled in the sewing room so I could watch them. Sarah usually schools Melissa, but she was inputting data in our accounting software. It’s going to be hard when Sarah goes to college as she is my backup computer “geek”. I usually do it all, but now Lowell is getting into the bookwork, so it really helps. He’s finding that some of the work he’s done at Kelowna Flightcraft all these years is proving to be a definite asset in organizing the business files. What a great blessing!
I was thankful to start day off with my personal Bible reading and prayer time. It certainly makes a big difference in the day. I was reading in the New Testament, John chapters 2-3. Probably some of my favorite chapters. The Lord really impressed on me the following:
John 2:13-16 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
I had to stop and think: Have I filled my heart and mind with the things of this world? Have I turned God’s temple into “an house of merchandise?” I know I have to function in this world, but is my focus “the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33) or too often, does my focus become that which profits so little in God’s Kingdom? That was hard to think about, but I know how important that even that thought be before me.
Okay, back to my day:
I put in an order to put in to one of my suppliers. I only order from them a couple times a year so it can take me a couple hours to get it all setup and faxed. I gotta try to be more efficient on that.
Suzanne from Okanagan Slipcovers (new contract work) dropped more fabric for me to cut and serge. I should get that done tonight as long as my Pfaff serger behaves. It has given me such fits lately that I just wanted to pitch it out the window! I simply cannot trust it anymore. Oh well, looks like I’ll be getting a used industrial Juki serger in a few weeks. That will speed production time up about 5 times: from 1500 stitches per minute to 7000. Pretty nifty! I’m also looking at selling the Pfaff home server privately and buying a Juki home machine. Having reliable equipment is so important. Doesn’t have to be fancy, just reliable. Fancy only has more things that can break.
So I did get 7 of the radio bags done. He wanted 10 this week, but I ran out of fabric and won’t have any till next week, but Jason will be happy to get the 7 for now.
I also fixed that “bunny suit” for a full grown lady. I look forward to adding that to our business site. There’s a cute story behind it.Sarah is just finishing her grade 11 and is working on some grade 12 subjects too. She’s hoping to be done her high school this year, then work with me for the next year to save funds for Bible college next year. Little Carolyn goes between rooms seeing who will play with her for a few minutes, or make a puzzle, read a story, work on her “schooling” sheets. She’s working on her numbers and spelling her name. She loves “schooling” like her big sisters.All the girls’ piano is going very well. It’s amazing how the older girls each have their own style. Abigail isn’t at that point yet, but she really enjoys playing, especially for the family during family devotion time. She has a few hymns she can play, then the big girls improvise by ear whatever song is requested. Very fun! Carolyn’s favorite is “Away in a Manger.”
Sarah plays the autoharp as well. She had one given to her by a very sweet lady, Laura Olfert, who willed it to Sarah the week before she died, last year. Sarah was especially fond of Mrs. Olfert, so she gave it to her as an instrument she could easily carry around as a missionary in India. She was a very special lady and we miss her. I need to get a brass plate made with a dedication text on it. We still visit her husband, who is 96 and in a nursing home.
The twins are working on classical guitar. I’ve tried to work with the flute, but it sure isn’t easy! I would pick the hardest wind instrument to learn!
Okay, so that’s the main news for yesterday, and a little catch up too. Hopefully I’ll get today’s typed in today. LOL.