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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Thank you

I have officially put my feet up and, except for the wrapping, have announced to the family that they can take it from here. 

DH flies in tomorrow night, DS in from DC tonight. Momma is off work until the new year and going to enjoy herself.

I also am going to start to put together my year ender. This will come in stages.

First of all, thank you 2010 for good things that happened in your year:

I started blogging regularly and really found I enjoyed it. Thank you to my commenters who are like other stars in the universe, letting me know I am not the only one who feels this way about sewing.

Thank you to the other  bloggers I read, daily most of them, for letting me connect with them. I watch and learn ladies. I read and listen. And most of all I have verified that distances of any kind don't mean damned a thing.

Thank you to my students. Sometimes the adult administrative world of education is a pain, but you guys make me laugh, make me think, make me learn. Sometimes I walk into that classroom and feel like a standup comic and wonder, am I going to bomb today? Thank you for always being so generous and gracious to me and reminding me that you can be young at any age and old at any age too. Thanks for letting me be young.

Thanks to the dogs (I write this with three under the table, Rascal and two of the kids dogs) for reminding me that differences between species are not that important either. Thanks too for letting me still mother. OK I said it, I am not done fussing yet and these guys take all I can give out.

Thanks to opportunities that have allowed my son and husband to both work in the US this year and given me a chance to get to know that country better. I miss them both but we have all as a family benefitted so much from the reminder that national boundaries don't really matter either. At all.

Thanks for the projects that turned out. I have tried enough new things this year that I have faced some failures and some monsters (red jacket I am talking to you) so I really, really appreciate the garments that let themselves become successes and supported me as a sewer.

Thanks to my mother who just yesterday said to me "the secret of a good visit with your cardiologist is to wear your colours."

But here is the first part of a list of hopes for the New Year:

Right now one of my big hopes is that Sarah Palin completely winds herself down. She is the Paris Hilton of politics and my hope is that, without any real content, she just runs out of steam. Because I used to work for a politician, I follow this stuff, but that woman is one nasty piece of work.  Enough already.

More later.


Anonymous said...

A very happy Christmas Barbara, I've enjoyed reading your blog and I enjoyed the White Shirt Sew-Along too. Hopefully you'll get some time to sew shirts in the new year. BTW, I'm amazed at how fast you knit socks ;)

a little sewing on the side said...

I am glad your Christmas is coming together and thanks for another funny post!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Great post :) and I hope you enjoy each and every one of your days off!

Karin said...

Merry Christmas Barbara!

It's great having your blog on the scene to read, you express thing so well and I think a lot of us can relate to your musings.

Anonymous said...

Barbara, thanks to YOU for blogging regularly. I havent commented much because of technical limitations, but I always look forward to your posts.

The Simple Romantic said...

Don't know which comment made me laugh harder, the Sarah Palin or the red jacket.

Thanks for putting a smile on my face first thing in the morning!