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Keeping busy
Created By: Jeree Phillips

My grandfather passed away when I was 4, so I never really knew him. For as long as I can remember, my grandmother always had a project going. She made quilts, and clothes. She did beautiful embroidery, and also crocheted afghans, bedspreads, and tableclothes. As I child, I spent alot of time with my grandmother, and I always wanted to do what ever she was doing. When I finally turned 9, my grandmother presented me with a crochet hook and taught me how to crochet. Now I could crochet just like my "Mamaw". She started me on small projects. I made potholders galore. Then I graduated to more difficult patterns with double and triple crochet. I had a chignon (bun cover for your hair) in every color you could imagine. Somewhere around junior high, I traded in my crochet hook for other timely interests. In 1985, my grandmother passed away, and I became the owner of all her old crochet and quilting patterns. They were boxed up and put away in my garage. Now - fast forward 20+ years. My doctor has told me it is time to lose some weight. Knowing now that heart problems run in my family, yes, that is what killed my grandfather, I decide it is time to make a real effort to get the weight off. I do really good for the first few weeks, but then the evenings seem to catch up with me. Watching television in the evening had always been a good time for a snack. So I decided it was time to do some cleaning. The garage had years of clutter, maybe that could help keep my mind off of snacking. One of the first boxes I opened was 'Mamaw's' patterns. As I sorted through the box I remembered how much I enjoyed sitting with her in the evening and crocheting. I found an old crochet hook in the box and the next day made a trip to our local craft store to purchase a spool of bedspread cotton. It had been years, but with a little research on the internet, and a book from the local library, the memories of how to get started and how to crochet started to come back. I have spent many evenings since that day 6 months ago, crocheting. Everyone on my Christmas list last year got a scarf. I have also lost 38 pounds. But I also realized that my grandmother's projects

kept her busy. Her projects kept her spirits high.

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