Singer Sewing Machine ~ 1951 (Model 99-13K) ~ She’s BEAUTIFUL!

Note: You can find a link on how to thread this type of machine down in the comment section.

I picked up a 1951 Singer Sewing Machine with a wooden domed case at a local auction house over the weekend. I didn’t think I won as I never received an email (I put online bids on things, and then never win anything)…until they called me on Monday afternoon.

This is what I picked up yesterday at lunch time. She’s beauitful! I can’t wait to make a quilt with her. She’s at my mom’s house getting cleaned up and oiled. We tried the motor out and it works wonderfully.

After some research this morning I found out she was built in the Kilbowie Factory, Clydebank, Scotland. Machine Class (Model No.) is 99-13 (this lady goes forward only, no turning back! 🙂 ) ~ She was born on February 22, 1951.

1951 Singer Sewing Machine

1951 Singer Sewing Machine

She weighs about 50 pounds…definitely NOT a Featherweight (which I’m still on the look out for).

Back-side of Singer

Back-side of Singer

The case is in great shape ~ just need to get the auction house sticker off and rub it with some wood oil.

Wooden Singer Case

Wooden Singer Case




Red River Valley and Weeping Cherry Blossoms

I was watching Prairie Home Companion last night (for the umpteenth time) and for some reason started tearing up when they started singing Red River Valley. It’s one of my favorite songs that Marty Robbins sang…I wore out his Gunfighter Ballad records when I was a kid. Thought I’d share a video I found on youtube.

My Weeping Cherry made it through all the temperature changes of Nevada’s Springtime. The blossoms are starting to open!

weeping cherry blossom

weeping cherry blossom

weeping cherry blossoms

weeping cherry blossoms

more weeping cherry blossoms

more weeping cherry blossoms

For Today ~ 6 April 2009 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 6 April 2009

Outside My Window… Very cool morning, but sunny and no clouds. At home…jays and starlings after the goobers, cold daffies drooping. Here at work…construction workers.

I am thinking… Wonder if they’d know I’m not here at work if I decide to go home! 🙂 I want one more hour of sleep and then I want to play in my yard. It’s supposed to be 69F today! I think it totally sucks that the Reno Aces (new AAA Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team) only had 200 tickets to sell to all us that can’t afford season tickets or aren’t the casinos. They sold out in less than 45 minutes for Opening Day. At least I got some good seats for the 4th of July. It is Monday, right? Wonder why no one is next door here at work? I thought they all started at 7am…it’s almost 8!

I am thankful for… for the two good neighbors we do have.

From the kitchen… HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I spent the weekend in the yard and I’m out of milk, eggs, bread, fruit…lunch will be eaten out today. Will have to go to the grocery store after picking up some lawn chairs from my mom’s house.

I am wearing… Blue jeans, Betulas with painted toe nails (from Del Sol…the kind that changes colors when the sun hits it! So cool!), and a cotton multicolored stripe shirt with 3/4 sleeves and a scoop collar, hair up in a ponytail.

I am creating… I made a hemp necklace on Friday night…that’s about all the creating I did. I played in my yard over the weekend.

I am going… go grocery shopping after work. Maybe see if there are any steaks on sale to bbq tonight.

I am reading… the Secret Life of Bees…I picked it up at our local Goodwill. Still haven’t seen the movie.

I am hoping… My constant wish ~ That everyone that is looking for a job, finds one.

I am hearing… Robert Earl Keen on my Lyle Lovett Pandora Radio Station (so far I have 6 stations ~ Lyle Lovett, Enya, Bon Jovi, Coldplay, ACDC, Janis Joplin). If you haven’t tried it yet…it’s a free online station that you just put in a favorite band and they will pick related artists that match your choice.

Around the house… laundry, grocery shopping, more weeding, pay bills.

One of my favorite things… Visiting with neighbors after working in the yard…kick back, drink a beer, and just talk & laugh.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Update my ipod’s music selection. Mail off my Spring Exchange.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… I’m actually going to share a Lyle Lovett song ~ This Old Porch.



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Friday’s Ramblings ~ I’m pretty sure it’s Friday, no?!

The days seem to blur into one another when you are suddenly the only one in the office doing the work of what two people did before. I’m pretty sure it’s Friday.

We woke up to snow on the valley floor this morning. You’d think after 29 years of living in Northern Nevada that I’d get used to spring-time in Nevada. But I’m really getting tired of snow dumping on my blooming flowers and trees.

Weeping Cherry about to blossom out ~

Weeping Cherry about to blossom out ~

Am hoping that the Weeping Cherry made it through all the rain last night and snow this morning.

Looking up into my Weeping Cherry.

Looking up into my Weeping Cherry.

Still playing in the front yard ~ Here’s what the front corner looked like it all the stages since last summer thru last weekend.

Corner with Junipers from Hell.

Corner with Junipers from Hell.

Front Corner Today with Blue Atlas Cedar, iris, heather, lilac, lavender

Front Corner Today with Blue Atlas Cedar, iris, heather, lilac, lavender

Next was getting rid of a cedar type of shurb to make room for 3 Blueberry bushes, 1 Elderberry bush and a place for an herb garden.

Making room for berries and herbs.

Making room for berries and herbs.


Soon to be Herb Garden with berries.

Soon to be Herb Garden with berries.

I also planted the LEMON QUEEN SUNFLOWER SEEDS in the corner and against the fence.

The pelican? It’s cut from some heavy metal…I found it at a local yard sale earlier in March. A guy had about 4 of them that he made for some local business that decided not to take them after all. I love pelicans so I got one for $5.

Our Canada Goose Mama is back…she makes her nest outside of our building, on the second floor…on a ledge! Every year…same place. Every year we take the babies down to the court yard when they’re big enough.

Mama Canada Goose

Mama Canada Goose

Living on the Edge!

Living on the Edge!

While walking into work yesterday morning there was this plant…am thinking it’s some sort of holly. Very pretty yellow flowers. UPDATE ~ Maybe it’s a Mahonia.

Holly of some sort??

Holly of some sort??

And a parting shot of some of the quail that come to feed in my yard ~


Gardens in Prose & Pictures

I’ve been busy trying to keep up here in the office…taking budget classes and whatnot. So I’m going to put down a few sayings and some poetry on gardens and gardeners…then throw in a few of my pictures I’ve taken throughout the last few years.


Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden ~ Orson Scott Card

All my hurts…My garden can heal ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth ~ Dorothy Frances Gurney

Earth laughs in flowers ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error. ~ Sara Stein

…the earth, gentle and indulgent, ever subservient to
the wants of man, spread his walks with flowers, and
his table with plenty; returns with interest, every good
committed to her care ~ Pliny the Elder

Yes, in the poor man’s garden grow
Far more than herbs and flowers –
Kind thoughts, contentment, peace of mind,
And joy for weary hours ~ Mary Howitt

A real gardener is not a man who cultivates
flowers; he is a man who cultivates the
soil…If he came into the Garden of Eden
he would sniff excitedly and say:

A garden is like those pernicious machineries
which catch a man’s coat-skirt or his hand,
and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole
body to irresitible destruction ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere ~ Vincent van Gogh

Don’t wear perfume in the garden – unless you want to be pollinated by bees ~ Anne Raver

With tumbled hair of swarms of bees,
and flower-robes dancing in the breeze,
With sweet, unsteady lotus-glances,
Intoxicated, Spring advances ~ Sanskrit poem

‘To get the best results you must talk to your vegetables’ ~ Prince Charles

Gardening can become a kind of disease. It infects you’ you can not escape it.
When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden;
you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresitble impluse
to get up and pull a weed ~ Lewis Gannit

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there,
a hive for the honey-bee,
and live alone in the bee-loud glade ~ W.B. Yeats

What is a weed? A plant whose virtures have not yet been discovered ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view. ~ H. Fred Ale

Even if something is left undone,
everyone must take time to sit still
and watch the leaves turn ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~ Mirabel Osler

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done. ~ Author Unknown

Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans. ~ Marcelene Cox