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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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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Trips and technology

Don't fall over, I am back blogging.

Wrapping up the old life to move it down to Florida for two months has taken some time.

My house is re-ordered and will be ready for my house-sitter by tonight. He is a surfer and film-maker friend of my youngest son, and between places, so staying here suits us both. Very nice guy and will cut the grass if it ever starts growing again. Not completely sure why I am doing the big clean up because I am sure he isn't fussy, something I'm suspecting based on the dust bunnies he has in his very own vertical hair, but I know he will take good care of the place and he does need a place to stay.

Tomorrow I teach my last live class of the term and my husband and Rascal are picking me up at school with the car all packed and off we go. I have an elaborate schedule of stops near wi-fi on the way down so I can teach my remaining online classes - that strange woman in the parking lot with a laptop and a fox terrier on her lap and a headset on (and a man snoring next to her in a reclined driver's seat) would be me, if we cross paths. Just tap on the window and I will wave.

I will also be teaching two courses while I am away. I am amazed that technology has given me all this flexibility in my life. Teaching in a class room, that you have to walk to up a steep hill in the sleet, is one thing. Marking in a lawn chair under an umbrella is another.

Yesterday I told Miss Scarlett I was going to be away for a while and I would really miss her and she patted my face and said "Don't worry Babs, we will Face-time."

She is three.

I have a had a good, but too over-booked year this year, and I am so needing to reconnect with myself and my own interests a bit. One of the things I am going to do is clean up this blog, which is as messy as my sewing room right now, and catch up on my Pattern Reviews.

I am taking just dress fabric with me and some knitting. I have signed on for a Craftsy Fair Isle vest class and will have the time when I am away to figure that out.

Off I go now.

I have to load all my empty mason jars into the trailer with the motorcycle, the golf clubs, and the surf board my husband has borrowed, optimistically. I am really looking forward to continuing  my Florida canning routine (you can take the girl out of the prairies but you can't ...). I have to  remember to pack my stitch counters and wash Rascal's dog bed too.


After that I think I will sit on the front steps and wait.

In my winter jacket.


Jodie said...

Have a WONDERFUL time! I'm just in from walking the dog and shovelling the driveway (2 more inches of snow here in Alberta)...If you get time to post on your adventures do. But enjoy yourself and "recharge" as well. I borrowed that pickle book you recommended from the library recently (by Jennifer McKenzie). Good inspiration for the snowy Spring we are having.
Take care and travel safely!

Cleverclogs said...

Have a wonderful time!

meredithp said...

Hmm...just where do you stay in Florida where your spouse would require a surfboard? I guess hurricane season starts June 1-maybe he'll get lucky. :-)

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Andrea said...

Barbara, as I read this, I am sitting out on the upstairs balcony in shorts, enjoying my coffee, while listening to the variety of birds singing and children playing. It is truly a gloriously beautiful day here in Florida. The sky is so blue, only a stray cloud here and there, just the right amount of breeze rustling the trees.
Have a safe trip, and enjoy your time in Florida.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Have a safe trip! I'm sure you will enjoy the warmth and sunshine of Florida. As well as sewing a few pieces, knitting on your vest and filling those empty mason jars. I look forward to reading all about these new adventures!

KayoticSewing said...

That was a cute comment by the 3 yr old!!

Hope this break turns out as lovely as you envisioned... Enjoy Florida!!!

Karin said...

Have a great time! Can't wait to hear what you make, edible or wearable, either s good!

a little sewing said...

time for a road trip! sounds like fun, although I know it's a lot of hard work, too.
Enjoy your trip down the east coats and if you cruise through Maryland, shoot me an email - if you can squeeze it in, we could meet for coffee or whatever.

Anonymous said...

I have been that woman searching for wi-fi in any parking lot so I could join into a meeting. I hope the traffic gods smile so you reach all you designated spots in a timely fashion. ;) Enjoy Florida, we are not going to make it this year.

Lois K

gwensews said...

I applaud you for being such a traveler! I envy people who can just pull up stakes and venture to new places. I'm afraid I am a home body and not comfortable anywhere but in my own space. Good adventures to you and enjoy the Florida sun!

Mary said...

Have a great time! I have just returned from Mexico and know exactly how you feel in taking care of two homes (my 2nd one is an Arctic Fox trailer). Enjoy resting.

Judi Pinkham said...

Have a fun trip and a sunny, warm 2months down there!

Jean S said...

Don't worry, Floridians can, too. My brother won first place one year in the Dade County fair. For mango chutney, of course.

Safe travels!

Erika said...

Hi Barb! I don't comment often, but in my imagination, my comments are interesting enough to be remembered ;) Anwyay, I love your blog for the combination of common sense, politicalness, and sewing. I have just clued in that you might come by us on one of these drives. We are in the Triangle in North Carolina. You are always welcome to use our living room for your online class stops! With bonus dog-friend for your dog and sewing talk.