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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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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Gone fishing: a blogging pause

I have been thinking a lot these days. As I walk on the beach with Mr. Rascal, stir my mango jam, learn to knit top down sweaters.

I have been thinking if I had one thing I would say if anyone ever decides to ask me advice, is this.

Make the most of what the moment you are in is offering you.

That pretty much says all I have to say about life.

Strut those suits when you are working, sit with those toddlers and listen when you are not, enjoy your hobbies and people outside the family when yours leaves home.

Do. Not. Multi-task.

Multi-tasking is code for not making the most of where you are now.


Social media, if you don't watch it, can be a way of connecting with people you don't know very well, rather than with the people you do. Sorry Twitter.

I needed to think about this.

I have been busy my whole life and work wise there seem to be more and more people who want me to do things these days.

Last summer I had major surgery and, since I can work/teach online, you know how much time I took off?

Three hours. And that is counting from when I woke up after 5 1/2 hours of surgery.

Didn't want to let anyone down.

Well that was pretty stupid wasn't it?

One of the lessons of the workplace is that it closes over after you have left in about 5 minutes as if you had never been there.

Last summer I came down here with a mobile sewing room and attempted a Chanel jacket because I would have the time. It was on my list.

Enough said about that, and I am hoping they are appreciating it down there on the rack at Value Village.

I love my blog. I love your comments and I get to know my regular commentators and I just wish I could have you all over to my house.

But I have been noticing lately that some of my favourite bloggers have retired or simply stopped posting. One has told me the well just dried up, and reading between the lines, the blog had become just one more thing on her to do list.

I don't want to get to that place, ever. 

So I have decided to take myself off the grid for the duration of my time here, which is until the beginning of June.

I am going to draft some posts when I feel like it and do a lot of clean up of this site and figure out where it is going. I have some ideas.

I am sewing a very little and thinking about sewing a lot. I want to write about that.

What I am doing is really, really enjoying myself here doing exactly what I can't do at home.

I am walking the beach a lot with Mr. R and trying to get him to understand the concept of turning around. He seems stuck on wanting to walk miles in one direction without any consideration that we have to walk the equal distance back.

I am playing 18 holes of golf with my husband everyday in absolutely beautiful surroundings.

I am canning my brains out, but only things that are hard to get in any quality at home. Mango jam, as noted, mango, lime and cilantro salsa, Papaya and mango chutney.

I am also taking Craftsy classes and using the time to upgrade my knitting. I can do this outside and have the quiet to do it.

So I will be back, but you needed to know the timetable. 

We are closed for renovations, hang in there with me.


Colleen G said...

I will miss your humour but it will force me to take a reading break as well. With a very full plate at the moment, I find myself carving out precious minutes to read my favourites every day as a diversion from the real life that needs my attention. So enjoy your golf, tell us about those interesting condiments (do you have any troubles at the border when you bring them back?) and if your husband doesn't want to turn back, call a cab. Enjoy the sunshine!

Steph A said...

As I sit here by the open window with the birds chirping outside and the air is so fresh (finally someone turned the "summer" switch ON, at least here in eastern Ontario we don't "do" spring!) I'm nodding thinking you're totally right. Go off-grid, and as you're in beautiful surroundings it makes perfect sense. Beach walks, knitting and Craftsy classes sounds like a marvelous vacation to me!

Jeanneke said...

The #1 best decision!


renee said...

Barbara, I haven't been reading your blog for very long and don't know that I've ever left a comment, but just wanted to say 'Good for you!' Enjoy the heck out of your time away, and I will look forward to your return whenever you decide that will be.

Tracey said...

Hi Barb.

I am one of your anonymous, non-posting followers. I love your blog, and always want to post a comment, but usually lack the courage for some unknown reason.

Enjoy yourself here in sunny (not this week) Florida, and more power to you for taking the time off to ruminate and just enjoy the moment. You are so right that we all get caught up in the day-to-day pressures and lose sight of the bigger picture, and more, of ourselves.

Have a wonderful time off the grid, and I look forward to 'seeing' you again this summer.

Jodie said...

Your plan sounds fabulous. I envy you your time (and all the produce to can!). My time will come this summer (teacher) and I've got 8 weeks to go!
Looking forward to seeing you on the "flip side". Enjoy your recharge time.

Karin said...

Well said. As usual, you have articulated the non-verbal swirl in my brain better than I ever could!

Enjoy yourself. If you do pop up with a post from time to time it will be a special treat for all of us. Otherwise, we will know you are having fun doing something else.

Far said...

Enjoy your holiday, and look forward to see you when you get back! :)

Sheila said...

Well said-enjoy your time. Looking forward to having you back as you will be missed.

Anonymous said...

You are a very wise woman. Enjoy your break :)

Claire S. said...

Good for you - it's a great plan to de-stress.

One of my most rejuvenating vacations was 2 years ago - I took a week off by myself, with absolutely no plans. I had 3 dogs (2 of mine, one puppy-sitting). We walked, played in the yard, I sewed, baked, read, gardened. Whatever I wanted, at whatever time I wanted. I didn't go off-grid, that wasn't part of my goal. But it was a great decision...and I'll do it again this year.

Enjoy your time !

Andrea said...

Enjoy your time off and away. Those walks on the beach are great, aren't they?

By the way, I took your advice to eat at Ben's Kosher Deli in the Fashion District. It was wonderful, thanks for the recommendation.

Vicki said...

Good for you! Enjoy the break.

Lyrique said...

Ah, I rejoice in the peace you feel. Restorative. And I'll rejoice when you feel the urge to share again. Kisses and wags to Mr. R.

Karen in VA said...

I will miss your posts, but have a great time off the grid and re-charging...

Anonymous said...

Hope you have a lovely day every day and return to us refreshed and brimming with ideas.


badmomgoodmom said...

Have a good rest and I hope to "see" you when you return.

linda said...

I will miss your stories and sewing adventures, but can appreciate everything you have said. enjoy the lovely time away from home.
linda in Australia.

Anna said...

Enjoy your holiday. Return only when you're ready.

Anna said...

Enjoy your well deserved holiday. Return when you're ready.

Cleverclogs said...

Enjoy your holiday. I'll look forward to reading more about it in June

a little sewing said...

enjoy your break, Barbara. I would miss you terribly if you just stopped blogging altogether, so take your break and relax and hope to read more when you are ready. hugs.

Maureen said...

I so heartily agree with all your sentiments. I too got myself from hospital to my office with pneumonia and sat wrapped in a blanket because 'I had to be there!' How stupid is that! Now I do push myself -when I want to, and that is the key. I wont when I don't! Have a lovely break, I look forward to your return.

patti said...

Yours is my favorite sewing blog and I will miss you while you are on vacation, but look forward to your return. Have a fantastic vacation!

Bunny said...

I applaud you for loving being in your present. Isn't that what it is all about? I also think we are way too connected. I am so tired of seeing people glued to their screens and missing the people, beauty, opportunity, and loveliness they are surrounded with and that enriches our lives. Such a sad loss but clearly one you won't be experiencing. Enjoy every moment of your vakay.

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