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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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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Flypaper thoughts

  • The spouse is now at the North Pole
  • Promised the girls if he sees Santa he will take a picture
  • Unless Santa is too shy
  • Didn't want to take a scarf
  • You sure know who grew up in Manitoba and who didn't around here
  • The scarf is to breathe through so you don't freeze your lungs
  • Everyone knows that
  • My sister wouldn't wear hers one year
  • Noticed white patches on her cheeks
  • Frozen solid
  • Girls in grade eight were always getting taken to the hospital because their nylons froze into the skin of their legs
  • Prairie girls everywhere will know one of these girls
  • They smoked young too
  • I need more TNT top patterns
  • I put the scarf in the bag
  • Same morning Mr. R went in for emergency bladder surgery
  • Couple of stones to match the rocks in his head
  • A fox terrier may win best in the show but that doesn't mean you can take him to water and make him drink
  • Putting a smidge of tuna at the bottom of the bowl to get him to drink down to it
  • Vet gave me a 10 mm. syringe and said use this to force him to drink three cups a day
  • Worked out that means 75 syringes I have to get past those black gums every day
  • Works out to a syringe every 5 minutes hours I am awake
  • That's when I came up with the tuna idea
  • Really want to sew a T shirt
  • Spent the last 12 hours in the ER with my daughter
  • Did you know you can have gallbladder attacks when you are pregnant?
  • Well now you know
  • One of the doctors couldn't take in the fact she has had five pregnancies, two of them misses
  • Really?
  • Really?
  • I couldn't take in such a bonehead graduated medical school
  • Sit down mom 
  • All good now and I took her out for breakfast and forced her to eat an egg white omelette
  • When I got home the house was dark and cold and the power was off
  • I went to bed Valentine's day with a guy with a cone on his head wrapped in my polar fleece housecoat
  • To be clear it was the dog in the housecoat
  • Life is full of surprises
  • The lights went on at 3:00
  • I was planning on cracking those remaining 39 papers this weekend
  • Think I am going to thread up the serger instead
  • You know exactly why


Graca said...

This Manitoba prairie gal had a good chuckle, not at the emergency trip stuff, the other winter memories notes. Come to think about it I haven't worn a scarf all winter either. Hope everyone is on the mend, feeling better and things have warmed up.

Barbara said...

Thanks for the comment Graca, my mom and two sisters are in Winnipeg and every once in a while I think "just what I need is at North West fabrics."

Karen in VA said...

Wow.... you're life is never boring...hope you daughter and Rascal are feeling better..

annie said...

There are times. Guys will never get it. I include husbands, male terriers and certain doctors. It would take a whole book. I absolutely love to read your blog. Maybe because I am married, to a doctor, and have a terrier, a Jack variation.

ElleC said...

We also have a dog who has had bladder stones and he doesn't drink enough water either. I make him dog jello, gelatin made with beef and chicken broth, Cut it into cubes and he loves it. We call is chbello. I should patent it. It's a lot easier than syringing (is that a word??) water into his mouth. I have done that too, also had an IV bag hanging in my living room getting saline into a dog subcutaneously. That was fun too. Chbello is easier.

I have also had frostbite on my face. Not fun. Still hurts like hell when it's really cold out.

Anonymous said...

Wow...sounds like an insane week. I hope the sewing makes it peaceful.

Jacq C said...

It astonishes me that you have any trouble getting family members, dogs, doctors etc to take our advice when you talk so much sense. My SiL had gall bladder problems during and after all her pregnancies - apparently quite a common issue. Hope everyone is on the mend very soon and you get some much deserved sewing time :)

Suze said...

I've been a lurker since I took your webinar from Burda and you seemed so approachable and awesome. I live for your flypaper thoughts. They get me through at 1 AM when I'm finishing up a paper that's due tomorrow (I'm 44, you'd think I could do better than the rest of my classmates? No. Maybe I have better excuses, similar to many of yours, but that's about it) and I need to read something that's lively and intelligent and so real. Thank you.