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Written by Eloise Foster Latoof   
Thursday, 04 December 2008 03:36


I tend to obsess on things from time to time.   Sometimes the obsessing takes a turn to cooking.   I will make tons of cookies with nuts, chocolate chips, etc.--or without.  It seems as if I can't make enough or make them fast enough to suit me.   That's obsessing, isn't it?   The post office officials, clerks in stores, et. al receive pretty tins chock full of treats.   Hopefully, I won't start stopping strangers on the street to force them to try my culinary treats.   That's my hope, anyway.

Lately, the obsession has taken a turn to purchasing and making quilts.   The fabric stores beckon to me.   So does eBay.   Also, thrift stores.   My neighbor has given me all her scrap leftovers.   It just won't stop.   Hope I don't beg from strangers just to get a few bits of fabric patterns that happen to call to me.   I'm especially interested, at the moment, in paper doll fabric.   Hope nobody wears such in my presence.   I don't think I'd ask for it.  Hope not.

Last week, my air-conditioning man had to go in my attic to make an adjustment to the heating unit.   Not only did he fall on our broken steps leading to the upper echelons of our house, but he said that he could not even move amongst my hoarded treasures stored up there.   He said, "You must turn loose of some of that crap."

Crap?!   Crap?!   I almost fired him on the spot!   But not only did I need him, I really like him.   I've known him his whole life.   So I smiled weakly and told him that I would get it cleaned out.

Well, people aren't jumping for joy when you offer them a job.   In fact, they avoid you--especially if it involves actual labor.   After calling around and thinking a college kid (or two) would like and need to make Christmas money, I was enlightened!   They didn't want a job.   My, how times have changed.

My next brainstorm to get a body or two to help me clear out my treasures was to call a church.   No dice.    Want-ads?   Same story.

Then my 55 year-old housekeeper recognized the dilemma and offered herself and her husband to take on the monumental task.   The couple came early on a Saturday.  (She had on the prettiest patterned shirt.)   My husband quickly left the house, so we had an army of three.   It took us eight hours to accomplish most of the goal.

Who knew what treasures were there?   We threw some to the curb, washed a treasury of fabrics (for my latest obsession--quilts), re-packed sentimental items, double black-bagged the actual trash--of which there was a lot, and put salvageable items in clear bags by the curb for other pack-rats to store.   And the pack-rats came.   Every clear bag was taken to be stored in someone else's attic, or to be sold on eBay, which I'll probably re-purchase.

My attic is now cleaned, and my housekeeper's shirt (with the pretty pattern) is  woven into my latest quilt. 

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angela - 12-11-2008 10:32

mama, thank you so much for repairing the quilt we built together when i was 11. it is beautiful. all is well. snow is on the ground, and ti is cold!!! glad to have my quilts. love, angie
Mean Dean - 12-04-2008 16:44

My good friend, who is an intellectual & like-thinking clone to "Lady Latoof," says quilting is therapeutic. In 1953, I remember 2 teens walking from 8pm-3am, collecting flags from the Ponte Vedra Golf Course. These are now a quilt, somewhere in FL, or maybe even on EBay. My ex-wife has a "Quillow," which is a quilt that folds into itself, & can be used as a pillow. It is also in her college colors, & includes scenes personal to her life. A real treasure!
Mean Dean - 12-04-2008 16:28

A national problem, lazy self-centered Americans under 30. Just wait until THEY want some help. When these "laid-back" loafers ask me for help, I suddenly have a major new disease, which is highly contageous. Our last two generations just don't, nor want to - get it. Does anyone see the many high-priced toys these unspanked undisciplined rowdy rug-rats receive now? Their parents are establishing a generation of Wussies, so don't look for their help at old age either.
Mean Dean - 12-04-2008 16:08

Now I have a few obsessions (?), but those darn cookies going to "postal officials" just frosts my...ah...brain. As a former Railroad Postal Clerk, who studied more, worked harder, worked nights, including 14 hour 1-way trips - never received a single gift from patrons. The lowly door-to-door mailman, one of the easiest non-study jobs in the postal service, gets all of the gifts. However, I've heard U R a great cook, so your eaters are feeding your obsession.
angela - 09-23-2009 08:46

in your defense, you give away the quilts you make. so, getting material from others make the quilts a story unfolding. it gives the quilts history.
eloiselatoof@aol.com - 12-04-2008 04:01

i simply MUST lose this obsessing trait. i also like retro fabric.
eloiselatoof@aol.com - 12-04-2008 03:58

if anyone has any paper doll fabric, save it for me. NOW, i have really done it--begged on moonbaby!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i like other people-themed fabric, too. i have lost all sense of shame.
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