We did all the things that research indicates will make you a happier person - click here to read the list from Time.com website.
If the research is accurate, we should all be deliriously happy this week!
Here's the top 8 things:
1. Thank someone.
A big thank you to Harry and Sharon who hosted the event in their home. We were treated to a viewing of an incredible collection of vintage and people powered sewing machines. Thank you to the people who provided yummy food, and who organized and participated in the raffle and block swap. Thank you to everyone who generously shared their knowledge of and experience with vintage machine maintenance and repairs. And thanks to Marge for the mementos she made for everyone.
2. Spend money on someone else.
Oh boy did we spend money! On machine parts, and books, and new/old machines, and we bought raffle tickets to support the cost of the event. Technically I guess we spent money on ourselves and funding our fun, but that's okay too :)
3. Give 5 hugs. Done!
There were so many wonderful people to meet. This is Sharon (our hostess), me, and Carol (our organizer). It was fun to put faces to the names of the people from the Treadle On yahoo groups.
4. Do stuff you're good at.
Well I'm good at it now, since I have gained the knowledge and experience that the experts shared with me.
Don't give up - when you're just about ready to quit, it will work!
Grease on gears.
All important tidbits!
5. Do 5 nice things for others.
Mostly others were doing nice things for me, but I was nice also! LOL!
How many hands does it take to mount a hand crank? These were just a couple of the hands that worked on this one - many people also gave suggestions.
6. Create something to look forward to.
Note to self - attend next year's event!
7. Spend time with friends.
8. Before bed, write down 3 good things that happened today.
*safely travelled to Michigan and back, with only a couple of "detours"/being lost!
*met amazing and talented sewing machine experts, and learned some new skills that I've always been interested in!
*saw some of the most beautiful and rare sewing machines on the planet!
I left home with one machine needing repair, and came home with three machines needing repairs.
How did that happen?!? LOLThat's a whole other story for another day.