When my Mum was a girl, her grandmother taught her how to play solitaire and how to sew when she was sick in bed.
Those were the days before antibiotics, so a chest cold could keep you in bed for a few weeks.
We often played solitaire with Mum when we visited her in her retirement apartment. Sometimes I showed her my sewing.
When she was very weak, she would point to the cards she wanted moved, and Russ and I would move them.
One game of “solitaire.” Six hands.
When she moved to the nursing home, she no longer had a suitable table and she was always in a wheelchair.
How could we play cards?
I love my Smartlap Portable Desk, but it did not fit the arms of her wheelchair and it was too heavy for her to use.
This was my solution.
I used a piece of foamcore to make a tray to fit her wheelchair.
Just in case a visit involved an ice cream sundae with extra chocolate sauce (very likely), I covered it with plastic contact paper.
- easy to store
- easy to clean or replace
- reminds me of Mum
It is perfect for sewing Grandmother’s Flower Garden now.
I can print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo and carry a very small portable sewing kit, so I can sew anywhere, any time.
Mum and I both liked “things to put things in.”
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I think I’ll listen to Petula Clark again today. How about you?
Linda & Monkey
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