Saturday, July 11, 2009

Inspiration, Motivation, Incentive and a Fire Under the Seat of My Britches

Was that title long enough???   Those words may all just be synonyms for the same thing-- what I need right now.  But they all seem to express what's lacking around here.   I was so sure that after things settled down from the Fourth, my little self would be holed up in the sewing room--but no. My little self has been just holed up!  What's been going on?   Reading, lots of reading.  Just finished The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan.  An absolutely fascinating look back at the Dust Bowl during the Depression, it delves into the lives of some of those who lived through the hardship.   I learned so-o-o much--from how much of the blame for the dust storms belonged squarely on human shoulders to what federal programs were first initiated during the Depression.  Of course, the winds and the drought were dealt from nature's hand but the soil that was bared by overplowing millions of acres and laying the land raw in No Man's Land could not be attributed to Mother Nature.  We as a country hopefully learned a lot about soil conservation.   For some reason, I have become very interested in the Depression.  I immediately checked out The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck from the library.   Oh, sure, I have read that book---but probably 40 or 50 years ago  LOL!  Its first copyright is 1939.   And I do vaguely remember Henry Fonda in the movie version.   But I think I will read it now with new eyes.    Hmmm...maybe I should look through my 30s reproduction fabrics to find the missing inspiration, motivation, incentive and fire!  Or, dear readers, you could leave some comments relating what motivates you when you get into a sewing slump....

On a very exciting and delicious note, we are planning a trip to PARIS!!!   I am so beside myself I can hardly stand it.   Of course, it won't happen till 2010--probably May, but all I can think about is I'M GOING TO PARIS!!!   The one in FRANCE!!!   We'll travel with dear dear friends.   We'll also go to the beaches of Normandy.    Mmmmm....Eiffel tower, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, wine, pastries....ooh la la!   I'd also love comments and suggestions from any who have been to Paris.

14 comments:

Gretchen said...

"The Worst Hard Time" was a fabulous book! I learned so much from it. It really is a book everyone should read. Lucky you getting to go to Paris. I think I'd be doing a happy dance for the whole next year. I don't know what to tell you about your quilting slump, I haven't had one yet. I always have a zillion projects I want to work on.

Kathie said...

lucky you PARIS!
talk to Tonya from lazy gal quilting blog
she lived there for a few years.. just moved back to Florida recently.
do you know her?
kathie

Juliann said...

I have wanted to read this book - I even own a copy. I have been doing a lot of reading too but the last few days I am shifting back into quilting mode too. Never been to Paris but it will surely be great fun!

Elaine Adair said...

I also enjoyed that book immensely - kinda teaches us some lessons that were not apparent at the time.

You'll get back into your quilting when you're ready. EVeryone needs a break.

Paris????? wow!

Teresa said...

A great trip to look forward to, and you even have time to take French lessons!

quiltmom said...

We all have quilting slumps now and again. I have been trying to get a quilt cut all week. The fabric is sitting there and I finally have chosen the pattern- The computer and blogging is a distraction but it will get done-
One thing that does help me sometimes when I haven't quilted for awhile is to go and play in the fabric-
Paris sounds wonderful -it is such a fabulous city with so much to see- I am sure you will have a grand time.
Regards,
Anna

sewprimitive karen said...

How exciting that you are going to Paris! The Great Depression Era is something that I like to read about, so will have to get that book. Oh yes, the soil erosion was totally man-made as a result of greed. Listen, you must watch Grapes of Wrath again if you don't remember it very well, it is a masterpiece. Also the movie Bound for Glory about Woody Guthrie and Paper Moon with Tatum and Ryan O'Neal are fabulous Depression Era movies.

Joyce said...

That sounds like a good book. I'll have to look for it at our library. I have been to Paris several times and it is my favorite city in the world. If you have any questions drop me a line and I'll see if I can answer them.

Libby said...

My favorite in Paris was Musee d Orsay (that spelling could be off *s*) The Louvre was overwhelming to me, we hit the highlights. M d O was much smaller, I felt that I got to see it all. And it is a former railroad station, which made the layout interesting as well.

Sharon said...

I am currently reading The Grapes of Wrath for the first time. I'm in my late 40's and it is amazing how this book is so relevant today. With so many people losing their home and job, packing up to look for a new life, this book is telling the same story. Wow!

Nana's Quilts said...

FABULOOOOOOOS!!! Having a big trip to plan for is such fun. You can check out books and magazines and follow all sorts of online sites. What a great "treat" sitting out there to look forward to.

And slumping - I shouldn't 'worry'. I think we need some time, sometimes to just 'veg' - and if its reading that blows your hair back for a while, then just go for it. It's all good in the end.

Thanks for your note on my blog. The sewing camp was fun and I really think the girls had a good time. Hopefully we've inspired some future sewing/quilting ladies. :-)
Marne

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Pen Pen said...

I'm looking for The Worst Hard Time today when I go to the library. And congrats! on the Paris trip... how very exciting!!!

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