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Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)
TITLE: My Birdcage
By David F. Palmieri Sr.
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Oh great! I didn’t know when I joined this writers group that it was particularly for women. It must be, because now they want a submission section on sewing. The one on baking well nigh did me in. However, I’m eager for this endeavor since I recently resolved a dilemma concerning my birdcage. Feathers and seed shells constantly covered the landing of the staircase. My wife loves my Parakeets but is not happy with their mess. I tried a few items available in local pet stores to contain the matter but nothing seemed to work.
Then one day it came to me in a dream. Well actually in a daydream, I do that quite often. My mom used to have these things that hung under the birdcage and caught all the seeds and feathers. I thought she made them so I asked her. When she told me that she used to buy them, and knowing I couldn’t find one there was only one option left for me. I would have to make my own. So I borrowed mom’s sewing machine, picked up some supplies from Home Depot and headed home to create a wonder.
I knew my wife had some extra curtains in her closet. I found a couple that matched the window next to the birds and got to work. I took measurements, laid out my fabric, and made a few cuts. Realizing it was time to start supper, I laid my project aside on the far edge of the table. Three days later I neatly folded the fabric and put it on the deacons bench next to the table.
A week later I was again vacuuming the landing under the birds. I turned off the machine, got the curtains off the bench and put them prominently on the table. That was meant to be a reminder that this was to be my next project. As soon as the cleaning was done it was time again to prepare supper. Obsessed with getting back to my project I literally flew through supper and cleanup.
Hanging the birdcage on a hook above my desk I draped the fabric over it. I’d had some new design ideas since this all started and I wanted to try them out. Grabbing some safety pins from my wife’s sewing basket I began to tuck and pin together my creation. When it was all said and done I was quite proud of my work of art. After putting the cage back on the landing I knew that cleaning up after this would be a breeze.
A few weeks went by and my confidence grew realizing that my invention was working wonderfully.
A few stray feathers were all that managed to escape my barrier.
I was in my glory until the day my sister stopped in for a visit. She went over for a look after I told her how great it worked and that it even matches the curtains. She was quite impressed with my design especially since she’s the one who gave me the idea. She liked it all right but burst my bubble when she asked when I was going to sew it and remove the pins.
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