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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, January 9, 2017

About to go on the road again

A few pictures for your amusement.

On Wednesday morning we are pulling out for three months in the US mostly the south and Florida. Heard too on Friday that the middle son, who now lives with his wife in New York, has been transferred to San Francisco as part of a promotion.

So this will be the last trip to stay in New York for a while, and I will be adjusting my head to the West Coast. I might be there in early summer this year and definitely our winter trip next year will be towards that destination. This child has always introduced adventure into my life.

In case you are wondering why we go to so much trouble to go south every year, involving often elaborate working remote arrangements, this is the view from my front door right now to the RV, which I have to pack this afternoon:

For me this has become the only real way to travel. Think of it as sort of a mobile sewing room- I am taking a huge machine, a serger and all my tools and ironing equipment. The samples for my book might even get made on picnic tables around the continent. Bet not every author can say that.

I am sad of course to leave family here for a few months, my grandchildren who wink at me, my spectacular daughter and also this guy, my youngest, whose job has always been to keep me up at night.

Here is he last week, 300 feet in the air, on a windmill - he works in training and business development for a company based here. I mean my nerves, he sends me this stuff to freak me out:

So later folks, from the road.


Carol in Denver said...

I always wonder, when I see a person in a dangerous situation, "What do their mothers think?" I want my family to be adventurous, but safely so. If it were up to people like me, few frontiers would be challenged.

Another item: having children and grandchildren far away for people with few resources means few trips to visit each other. Families can fall apart in such situations. Yes, letters and computer images etc. are fine and good, but snuggling on a couch with grandchildren knits heartstrings together. Personal warmth is important.

Sydney Brown said...

Oh, you are going to enjoy fabric shopping in Britex (expensive) in San Francisco and Stonemountain and Daughter in Berkeley (more reasonably priced). Fabrix in SF is also worth taking a look at for very good deals if you see something you like. SF is such a great city, especially if you like to walk.

Scenic Route said...

Good for you! After spending the last 11 years living and working in a 3rd world country, I'm convinced that 1st world ideas of safety are an illusion. That is a great picture of your son! That said, this mother would be having heart palpitations. SF is one of our favorite cities--still so much character. We just spent Christmas with some of our kids there and FYI the cable car goes right by Britex--2-for-one, right? However, I just read that Britex will probably be moving to another location this year after 64 years in same building--still in SF I think

Anonymous said...

It is SO cold here, heading south sounds amazing!

And San Francisco.....what a great city, I have never had a bad time there. And not a terrible flight, with Miss Daisy sleeping in a carry case under your seat.

My kids have the opposite approach to risky pursuits, all I hear about is how safe they were. The ski slopes were practically level, no one ever was hurt at varsity college sports events, cross country bike trips were all on traffic free roads, etc etc. Mom's personal sheltered workshop. Not sure which is worse!


Mary Helen said...

SF is a fun place for so many reasons. Shams at Communing with Fabric can advise you on all the good fabric places. She blogs for Britex so will know about the move. Maybe you could meet up. Margy at A Fool for Fabric probably also has recommendations.
Have a safe trip and sewing along the way sounds like an adventure.

Nana said...

I guess that you may change your snow bird flight will take a different flight. If you come through Mississippi anytime, look me up. Love your blog and would enjoy visiting and meeting you.

TracyKM said...

Yikes! At least in Canada we have good training and safety standards...though I see he's not tethered to anything!

TracyKM said...

(And it's a wind turbine, not a windmill) LOL. I got chastised by my engineer-husband the first time I said windmill. Too bad they can't be used to mill anything :)

Barbara said...

Oh he's tethered believe me, the rope is attached to the floor behind him, believe me I checked!