Receiving inherited money is a huge mixed emotion for me. I'd much rather have the person back instead of the money. But that won't happen. Then thinking about what to do with it is another issue. After some sleepless nights, I decided to pay off some debt, give some away to charity, pay off outstanding medical expenses, and build back our savings. Plus, I am taking a small portion out for hubby and I to treat ourselves with. While he's never met the person who left it to me, I'm sure that person would have liked him and okayed that part. Today we went out and bought him a good hunting rifle that he can pass down to family.
Me? I made my portion of it squeak... I was thinking of using some to buy an embroidery machine. Instead I indulged in some retail therapy on Small Business Saturday
Weeks Dye Works threads. They are so beautiful. Combine that with some hand-dyed wool and you've got a winning combination. What you can't really see is that the darkest shade of wool in the background is a very dark (almost black) purple. So deep and rich. It's gorgeous! So expect some wool stitchery to show up in the future. Wool is pricey, and I hear it's only going to get more expensive. So I figured that now is the time to try it. A treat for myself.
This pattern, Old Country Roses by Royal Albert, has a special significance to me. Earlier in my retail career I hated it. We used to call it "Old Country Roaches". Hahahahaaha! At one point in my retail management career we were the #1 store for the whole corporation in selling this pattern. When I asked our lead associate how she sold so much, she smiled and she mentioned that The Queen probably took tea from this pattern. Hence the sentimental memory attached to it. As I've gotten older I learned to appreciate this pattern more. With me drinking more tea these past few years (good source of anti-oxidants to inhibit aging!), I thought I'd take advantage of it. So I will be getting four 3pc place settings (dinner plates, cups, and saucers) in the mail next week. I also expect a tea pot, creamer, and sugar in the near future.
Now my daytime sewing group can have tea in style! Bring on the finger sammies and cookies!
So I'll be remembering my family member when I'm wrapped up in a comfy-cozy quilt, drinking tea, doing handwork, while catching an old black and white film on television. And that's just perfect for me. That will bring me peace.