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I am a mother, a 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 book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon



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Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to you all. And I would like to share my own Valentine's Day thought with you.

One of the best things about being a grown-up is that you see and appreciate love in more places. I am so glad to have left behind the stage of life where it had to be the guy or nothing. It's so good to be in a place where good love is as big as romantic love. It is a good thing to let your definition of true love grow.

I spent today with Miss Scarlett who was down with a cold and quite happy to toddle around my house with my "jewels" on (my old out of date necklaces) sit with me and look at books and give me lots of snotty nose kisses. I was happy to make the dogs happy with a long off leash walk in the snow at the golf course, and for the handmade heart ornament my daughter made last night before she went to bed  for her shift this morning at 7:00 a.m. at the hospital.

And I talked to my 83 year old mother today too who read the Valentine's Day card she got from the group she does reading tutoring at the local elementary school with "You rock. You no everything."

I also got a nice email from a friend I made when I was 17. She lost her husband before he was 30 and gone on to be the aunt who never misses the game. People who know how to love aren't held back from much.

So I hope some of this touched your life today. And Happy Valentine's Day from me.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The latest from the completely lost it department

I didn't get any, not any, sewing done this weekend. I did manage to go down into my sewing room and give it a few wish-I-was-here looks, but that was it.

On Friday I am flying down to DC to spend a weekend with my son and on Sunday afternoon going to Knoxville for the week to visit with DH who is still there.

It's my spring break from school and for me to get out of here is an operation not unlike the invasion of Normandy, and that's not an operation that regretfully involves much leisurely sewing.

I now have both household dogs, Mr. Rascal and my son-away-at-school's dog Birdie, on homemade, vet approved food. It started out as a health thing for Mr. R's diet (working great, latest bloodwork was perfect) but I couldn't stand the look in Birdie's eyes when the R man got the great food, and actually since Birdie is the gentleman of the pair, well it was only fair ...

So I have spent pretty much the parts of the weekend I was not marking student papers making and freezing 50 dog meals. I know I never got it together to be this organized or considerate of my children when they were all at home, but then again I never had to pay vet bills for them.

I am also wondering what I am going to be doing when I am in Tennessee. DH and I will be together in DC and the weekend at the end of the visit but he will be working during the week. Since I am flying I won't be taking my machine, but in our last conversation he told me that there are now 13 boxes of fabric I have ordered in his hotel room and that has cheered me right up during my no sew weekend. I have no recollection of what I ordered over the last couple of months, apart from the fact I got some real deals and I needed it.

My plan is to take all my cutting stuff and cut patterns out while I am there, and do some knitting. No interruptions. Won't that be great?

I will have a car so I might go off and see a few sites too, like any fabric stores I can find. Anyone have any suggestions?