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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, January 28, 2016

RV specifics

Since a few of you have asked, here is a picture of our RV with some details thoughts, flypaper style, on what I have learned about this new experience so far:

  • It is like living on a boat
  • Ship shape is not just a concept but a way of not losing your mind, or your pyjamas 
  • Can anyone tell me where I put my flowered PJs?
  • They were in my hand and then they weren't
  • If you wash your hair in water that still has the anti-freeze in it your hairstyle does't look so good
  • It will however have quite a fruity smell
  • Trader Joe's has the best frozen dinners if you are feeling Thai at a rest stop
  • It is nice to be snug with your own gear including the three vinegars you need and almond milk
  • If you don't snap the flusher back right it is possible to flood most of an RV between say exit 76 and exit 77
  • Camping World has free water and dumping
  • Dumping becomes something you get really interested in
  • Even if you are not a 14 year old boy
  • If you decide at the top of the Smokey mountains that the roads might be icy and there are too many trucks on the road you can pull into the Flying J truck stops
  • There the same trucks move over and you can stay all night, welcomed
  • One of those weird things you do and decide between you never to tell the kids
  • You can join a club that lets you stay at country clubs overnight if you golf
  • Guess who is writing this from the parking lot of a golf course in North Carolina?
  • Wonderful place for dog walking
  • Tupperware makes a microwave spaghetti maker that does al dente in less than one bottle of water
  • I can mark assignments on the road, strapped in and with my feet up
  • I feel like I am living in a tree house
  • I feel about eight years old
  • With fruity hair


Terry Carter said...

Sounds so cool. Safe travels.

celkalee said...

Now here I was, semi-somber watching a debate. I decided to check my mail and came upon this new post. I have been howling. Thank You, I needed a laugh. If you RV, you know. I travel with a 13 year old Lab, and a 93 year old MIL (with dementia) so believe me, I have stories. Have a wonderful trip.

Kathie said...

Barbara, you are a gem. Thank you for all the times you make me smile...and chuckle out loud.

SuzieB said...

Glad you are having a nice back-road kinda trip south. I-95 is to be avoided whenever possible!

In your previous post you asked for suggestions re: future indie pattern postings - so here goes:
1. Named patterns Inari dress - Perfect to wear to the grocery store in July when the weather is too hot for shorts, polyester, etc.
2. True Bias Southport dress - cute but maybe too young and bare for grocery store runs as described above.
3. Tilly Coco dress - cute - ponte knit - maybe too young?
4. True Bias Roscoe dress
5. By Hand London - Anna dress - so pretty
6. Deer & Doe - Plantain tee

Hope you decide to review something from this list - but looking forward to whatever indie patterns you review!

Elle said...

Yikes that thing is big! I'm glad you're finding good spots to spend the night.

AlaskaBerninaGirl said...

RV tip: always tell your spouse if you decide to take a little walk. You don't want him driving off and not realizing you're not there until dinner time and a hundred miles later! True story, happened to my mil and it still makes me laugh all these years later... "Mona, what's for dinner... Mona, MONA WAKE UP, Mona!..."

I'm jelly tho, I so want to travel about by RV in my retired life, with a sewing machine. Enjoy!