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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, January 15, 2017

Flypaper thoughts somewhere in Virginia version

  • Stopped for the night and tomorrow will keep heading south
  • The right direction to go for a Nova Scotian in January
  • Had a magical visit with the son and daughter-in-law in NYC
  • Poignant because this is probably the last one before they move to San Francisco
  • Which will also be good
  • But snow falling as you walk in New York streets, past the doormen
  • Past the older people out and about 
  • Who in any other city would be holed up at home because you need a car 
  • Past small bright bars and dogs in coats
  • Past facades that are just the way they were 50 years ago
  • New York is its own time capsule
  • And for a while it has been mine
  • Now on to the next thing
  • With kids, of any age, it there is always a next thing
  • Even if the last thing is perfect
  • But we all need next things 
  • And some times we even know it
  • Have passed the time on the drive plotting my sewing
  • Tell me
  • What's with all jackets right now being presented as unlined?
  •  As if that was a good thing
  • Truth is linings cover a lot
  • And keep you from feeling you should do fancy seam finishes which take about 47 hours
  • And such a pain to draft your own lining pattern
  • Which just goes to show these patterns are no time savers
  • Do you think if I attempted a knit moto jacket, lengthened I could do it without losing my mind?
  • We will see
  • I have decided it is easier to sew more jackets than it is to lose weight
  • I want some Indie designer to hire me to help with the instructions
  • Just ran across a poor new sewer posting she was having trouble with step 117
  • Listen there is research on this
  • The mind can only hold onto 5, maybe 7 points, max.
  • You need to stop and give headings
  • Things like telling folks what they are actually doing and why they are doing it 
  • And when they are done you write "You have now completed the body of the dress and just need to put in the sleeves"
  • Or words to that effect
  • So they can breath out
  • 117 steps
  • That's just not fair
  • Is there any thing more annoying than that voice on the GPS
  • Unlike perhaps it is your own voice saying that GPS is annoying
  • When you are not the person personally stopping traffic in Manhattan 
  • With a large RV with a car attached behind it
  • Not to worry
  • That nice lady from New Jersey just went around us and drove up on along the sidewalk
  • After she had a talk with us
  • Didn't know you could drive there
  • We don't do that at home
  • Tomorrow we are getting a new GPS that tells you what roads, bridges and tunnels you are allowed to drive an RV on
  • Seems like a good idea
  • Also tomorrow
  • Driving far enough south so the water lines are not at risk of freezing
  • And I get my running water back
  • Also a good idea
  • We wait all year for these trips
  • It's our big excitement
  • Now off the bed with a small mad black dog
  • Real grass tomorrow Daisy
  • Real grass


Lyndle said...

Feels like I was there myself! Lovely. Can visualise the RV + car stopping traffic. And the nice lady from NJ. I hate unlined jackets too. I don't see the point, unless it's really a cardigan in disguise.
Happy travels!

Nana said...

keep the thoughts posted.....love to follow the trip.

celkalee said...

The adventurer, Manhattan, RV with car, and a dog. The things we do that we never thought we could. My intent as well once placement for demented MIL secured. I need to escape, with sewing machine of course, and dog. Bravo, happy trails!

Candis said...

You bless me!

Marianne said...

Hahaha, I can just imagine the scene with the RV/car, New York streets, nice lady driving on the sidewalk, and GPS! I have a GPS but my marriage doesn't need a 3rd opinion on where to drive, so it mostly stays at home in a drawer.

I'm a bit envious of the southward drive, but I was just told that the winter is "half over" by some measurement that counts days of cold weather, so I will console myself with that. I love my home, but who needs 5 months a year of cold weather? An RV driving south sounds very sensible, especially when it can carry the dog and sewing machines! Hope you have a great time, and I look forward to your book!

garnet128 said...

Said it before, say it again....I just love your flypaper thoughts.

Anonymous said...

How true that there is always a "next thing" with grown children - what a helpful way to frame it. Sounds like you got to Virginia in time for some nasty weekend weather here! At least you are just passing through. Appreciate the update.


Kathie said...

Your flypaper posts always make me smile and often snort with laughter. Any day with a post from you is a very good day, indeed. Thank you

annie said...

Why do I think "Nice lady from N.J." is a bit of sarcasm?

theresa said...

Barb, we did a long three week driving vacation in Oct and the spouse insisted on a GPS. I was against but after the second day started calling her "Selma" after a futuristic card sized computer in a 90's TV sci-fi. Selma became very handy in places like D.C. but not so good in telling us which toll roads we could drive on without an EZ-Pass. When there are multiple lanes on an exit it is nice when Selma tells you to be in the left most right hand exit to catch the correct interchange. Enjoy your trip down south with Daisy and the spouse.
Theresa in Tucson

Susan said...

Happy trails, and did you know that some GPS systems allow you to input a voice of your choice? I have my granddaughter's voice directing me through traffic, which always makes me smile.

AJW said...

What Kathie said.

Gloria Glamont said...

I so love your blog, Barbara! Thoughtful, quirky, funny and so often useful! I've been having such trouble commenting - I think I finally have it right! Rest assured, though, I read everything you write! ~ GG (AKA PP from Toronto)

Abbey said...

The idea of an RV towing a car through NYC makes me smile...especially since, in my imagination, I'm not driving *behind* it, haha! I hope you all made it to the Real Grass safe and sound. =)

(And YES, why all these unlined coats?!? A jacket I could understand, but coats? Sheesh...)

Jane M said...

I think no lining coat and jacket patterns are right up there with sleeveless winter dresses...presented as "fashionable and current" just to save some mega-corporation bucks. We'll be right behind you on the drive to Florida in ten days. Enjoy the sunshine and vitamin D. Does Miss Daisy get excited to be back in her home state? Little Lucky the rescue dog loves visiting his home state friends when we hit town.