Wednesday, September 22, 2021

On the Last Day of Summer

Gaura Flowers

On its official last day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer decided to make itself felt before leaving!  We went up to 98F, today!  I, of course, loved it! 

I had a phone call from neighbor T's daughter K, this morning.  Yesterday, T was having one of those mornings where everything was going wrong and finding her phone (landline) was not working when she was trying to call her daughter was just too much!  (Our area was having an internet and phone service outage yesterday morning.)  My daughter heard her shouting and calling my name and we rushed out to see what was wrong.  T wanted us to call K.  Fortunately, although our internet was out, our phone was working (I had switched over to a fiber optics cable for my landline, several years ago).  I called K and T was able to speak with her.  Later in the evening, T called to thank me and my daughter for coming to her aid, saying we had been a blessing.  I told her I was glad we could have helped her.  This morning, K called to thank me.  She said her mother did have a cell phone, but, was not accustomed to using it.  I also told K that I had replaced my old landline with a fiber optics cable and it seems to work during phone service outages and suggested having her mother's landline replaced.  K said she will look into it.  In the meantime, she is calling her mother on the cell phone to familiarize her with using it.  

Afterwards, I brought in the trash cans and watered the front garden.

There was another short internet outage in the afternoon, but, service was restored in a little while. 

Today's project was to restore one of the sofa cushions.  The family room sofas have three cushions as seats and three cushions along the back on which to lean.  The cushions have an inner cover made from a woven material that isn't cloth (don't really know what it is called, but it almost looks like a type of paper) and have white denim slip covers.  I took the slip covers off and washed them over the weekend.  That's when I noticed this:

Torn Inner Cover

The inner cover of one of the cushions had torn and the filling was falling out!  I tried to sew the cover back together, but, it was rather worn and continued to tear!  What was needed was a new inner cover!  I didn't want to use my new white fabric (reserved for projects like patchwork and pillowcases), so used some bigger pieces of scrap fabric that I had, even though it is patterned, and sewed a new inner cover:

New Inner Cover

The cushion is one of the end cushions with a piece that juts over the arm of the sofa.  I had to cut strips from another fabric for the sides and the bottom of the cover because I didn't have enough of the flowers fabric!  I won't win any prizes for my sewing or upholstery skills, but, I have a serviceable inner cover!

One of the Side Strips

Then, I put the slip cover back on.  You can see the flowered inner cover through the slip cover, but, it doesn't matter to me.  I usually cover the entire sofa with an old sheet, anyway, to keep the cat fur off!

Finished Cushion with Slip Cover Over the New Inner Cover

That project kept me busy for most of the evening!  

Today, I am grateful for:

- Phone and internet services
- Being able to help a neighbor 
- Water for the garden
- Basic sewing skills
- My fabric stash!

Today's joyful activity was sewing an inner cover with fabric I had on hand!

Plans for tomorrow include some housework and having M tend to the garden.

How was your Tuesday?  What are your plans for Wednesday?


September Decluttering:  I am continuing to declutter at least one item a day in September, too.

9/1 - 1 Crossword book, completed (recycled)

9/2 - 1 T shirt (daughter's; to be donated)

9/3 - 1 knitting book (to be donated)

9/4 - unused cards (to be donated)

9/5 - 1 participation medal (daughter's; tossed)

9/6 - 1 seashell necklace (to be donated)

9/7 - 3 copper bowls (to be donated)
      - 3 text books (daughter's; recycled)

9/8 - 1 text book (daughter's; recycled)

9/9 - 2 metal spare parts that are no longer needed (recycled)

9/10 - 1 CD (chemistry lecture supplement; daughter's; tossed)

9/11 - 1 bag of small plastic toy reptiles and amphibians (3 snakes, 4 frogs, and 4 lizards; to be donated)

9/12 - 2 crocheted shawls

9/13 - 1 ice bucket printer paper tray

9/14 - 1 homemade iPad cover

9/15 - a set of 4 stem glasses (to be donated)

9/16 - 3 books (daughter's; to be donated)
        - 1 handbag/purse (daughter's; to be donated)
        - 2 telephone directories (recycled)
        - 3 magazines (recycled)
        - 1 knitted shrug (to be donated)
        - 2 zippered plastic covers that bedding came in
        - 2 storage boxes 

9/17 - 1 jacket (to be donated)

9/18 - 3 disposable food containers (given with food)
        - 1 hooded sweatshirt (to be donated)
        - more old make up (eye liner that was dry! Tossed)

9/19 - 1 old wash cloth that was torn in the middle  (tossed)
        - 1 wooden cat shaped letter holder
        - 1 clock radio
        - 3 collectible dolls
        - several posters (daughter's; recycled)

9/20 - 1 broken picture frame (tossed)

9/21 - 3 hair bands (tossed)


  1. It must have been very satisfying to repair the cushion with scraps that you already had. I always feel good when I am able to do something like that.

    1. It did feel good to be able to repair the cushion with scraps from my stash! I am still on my self-imposed fabric diet! :D Haven't bought any fabric in about 2 years! My last fabric purchase was in Sept. 2019, I believe. :)

  2. Poor T, she was obviously in a panic and it was great that you were able to help her reach her daughter by phone. Good job with the repair. That's a piece of fabric decluttered, too!

    I did visit my friend yesterday and she was pleased with the muffins. Today is rainy so I am focussing on indoor jobs. I still have my critters to entertain me. I looked out of the bedroom window and a blue jay came to the porch roof and flew down to the bush, so I had to go and throw out a peanut. He quickly retrieved it and his pal showed up for another. Meanwhile squirrel had clued in and was waiting for his! He had already taken the apple core that was thrown out earlier.

    1. Yes, she has on-going anxiety issues. I call and check on her a couple of times a week, but, that's hard to do if the phone is out of order!

      Thank you, and yes! I have now come to the end of that particular piece of fabric! Well, there are smaller scraps, left, but, the majority of the fabric has been used up!

      I'm glad you got to visit your friend, yesterday, when it was not raining. :) Your critters are a good source of entertainment! I haven't seen the bunnies in over a week and I suspect they've found greener gardens to feast in! At least, that's what I hope!

  3. You had a busy day. I'm glad you were able to help T with the phone call and stop her fretting.

    Good work on the sofa cushion and your continued decluttering ... you're doing really well.

    I had my piano lesson today. I seemed to be completely incapable of playing without mistakes this time but I obviously showed some progress as I have new pieces for next week. 😂

    1. Thank you, Eileen; I was glad I was able to help T. Thank you, too, for the kind words about the upholstery and the decluttering! I am determined to keep up the decluttering momentum going! :D

      You probably did quite well with the piano playing, if you received new pieces! You should give yourself a sticker! :)

    2. Honestly, I wouldn't award stickers based on how I played 😂😂😂

      I'll have do much better next time!

    3. Well, OK, then. Stickers next week! :D

  4. You sure did a good job whipping up that cushion cover. Good job.

    I'm so glad you and your daughter heard your neighbor T calling for you and that you were able to help her call her daughter.

    1. Thank you, Debra. Sewing the cover was a bit fiddly, because it was an odd shaped cushion, but, it turned out well enough. :)

      Yes, I'm glad we were able to help T. I call and check on her a couple of times a week, but, it's hard to do that when the phones are not working! Her daughter said she is now getting T accustomed to using the cell phone, but, it's harder to think things through when we are panicking about something, isn't it?

  5. I will never win any awards for my upholstery skills either, but we are not a house of perfectionists!
    I think the end result is great!

    1. Thank you, Anne. I tell myself that if it gets the job done, that's all that matters! "It doesn't have to be perfect; good enough" is fine! :)

  6. You've done a great job with the cover. I know what you mean about the papery 'fabric'. I have some around the edge of my mattress protector which I keep meaning to replace. X

    1. Thank you, Jules. I tried to find a name for that type of woven fiber, but, didn't find one. I am really curious as to what it is called!


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