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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 14, 2018

Flypaper thoughts Comfort Inn edition


  • Five days on the road now
  • Currently in Georgia, tomorrow in a state park in Florida, in Panama City
  • Been pretty chilly
  • Tour director says if we stay in the rv it has to be without water
  • Pipes freezing etc.
  • Mommy doesn't do no water
  • So it's been road side Comfort Inns because they take multiple dogs no problem
  • Have Miss Daisy with us and Birdie, my son's dog who is on to relocation in Austin
  • At night I go and walk the treadmills in the hotel "exercise rooms" to unkink
This is the team as documented by the tour director whenever I leave the room at night:


  • No need to ever ask me why I have a dog
  • Who says older women are invisible?
  • Do you know it is possible to order a significant amount of fabric on an iPhone with a dog wrapped in a blanket on your lap
  • With a pillow on that lap
  • The blanket and the pillow and the head under my elbow is so someone can pretend she is not where she is
  • Hang on guys
  • We're parking soon and Benny is at the other end of this trip Birdie
  • You just hang on
  • Listen
  • Whatever are the Big Four going to do?
  • Four pattern companies now owned by one entity
  • So many patterns that already look identical
  • I am waiting for the call
  • Even got my phone plugged into the front of the car just in case
  • Waiting for them to call and ask me what to do
  • You'd help me out
  • Well, I would say, maybe you can start with the instructions
  • Like stop telling new sewers to staystitch knit necklines
  • Or make basting stitches and ease in sleeves in T shirts
  • Try writing the word serger in
  • And stop listing "faille" as a suggested fabric on the back
  • You don't even remember what that fabric is
  • Admit it
  • And how about not having all the coats unlined so a sewist has to figure that out herself
  • If Google doesn't stop changing sewist to sexist
  • I may just have to stop Googling
  • That would show them
  • I'm going to be adding to the list all night in my head
  • Of what the Big Four should do
  • In case they find where they put my number
  • My husband did a DIY security system
  • An iPhone and thermometer pointed at the front door from the inside
  • He gets an alert when someone moves and he checks it out
  • Did that man duct tape this to my china cabinet
  • Don't even have to ask
  • Best not to picture that
  • So far we can report that the relatives are coming and going
  • As expected
  • Some are studying in the quiet
  • Some sleeping over after concerts
  • Is that mail on the table?
  • Decided he isn't going to respond to the alerts any more
  • Turns out home security is a violation of privacy
  • Do you know that instead of packing enough underwear
  • I packed enough fabric to make enough underwear
  • I am pretty sure I am going to get a cowboy hat in Texas
  • Miss Scarlett says sure Babs just don't say my name out loud when you wear it
  • She is growing up
  • Kind of too bad
  • Her sister and brother will think I am beyond cool
  • 6 and 3 are good ages
  • Gee I love these trips
  • Except the no kids part
  • Apart from that every minute of it
  • The truck stop where they pack up six rolls with two chicken pot pies to go
  • Two days' supper out of that one meal
  • The fact I know every place a dog can pee between the giant plastic peach in Georgia and the Canadian border
  • Seeing other's peoples homes flash by my window
  • What are their stories?
  • This week it was 25 years since my wonderful dad died
  • On the exact anniversary the phone rang
  • He won a prize from the gas company
  • His name is still on the bill 
  • A quarter of a century later he is still lucky
  • A sign says my mother
  • Of course this is dad
  • Kind of comforting
  • Next week going to fly back to Winnipeg for her 90th
  • Having a party
  • Here's a list of my friends she said
  • Over a 100 people
  • Turns out nearly all can come
  • We are renting extra coat racks
  • You've been to Winnipeg in January?
  • Those policemen on Portage Avenue still wear buffalo coats?
  • If they do we are going to need those coat racks
  • I think we had better roll some extra sandwiches too
  • We are all wearing fascinators
  • Google it if you are too young
  • And if you are still Googling
  • Not out in protest
  • Haven't worn a fascinator since we put on white gloves for church
  • And felt particularly fasicinating
  • About 800 years ago when I was 8
  • Apparently 90 feels the same as 8
  • Kind of comforting too
  • And to finish, another picture
  • The one I told my daughter I wouldn't show
  • She's far away right
  • Jalie's wonderful pyjama pattern on Christmas morning in some nice thick flannelette
  • Pretty beautiful daughter for someone who was up early with three kids I thought:
  •  I never looked this good when it was me




13 comments:

Sasha said...

Flypaper thoughts are my favorite! Sounds like you might be staying at St Andrews SP in Panama City? We love it there. Breakfast at Andy's Flour Power is the best, or at least stop by the bakery!

Let us know how that underwear plan works out for you. :D

Kathie said...

Your flypaper thoughts always make me laugh out loud. Both photos are great. I had two Corgis...at different times...they both worried a lot when the bathroom door was closed...pretty sure they believed there was another way out of there and maybe they would never see me again. And yes...75 is exactly the same as 8, so is 55 and 40, but I didn’t realize it then. Please, some photos of you and your mom in your fascinations.

Moosiemoose said...

Thank you for this. I chuckled and giggled all the way through this but the photo of the dogs really did it. You just have to love dogs. My Mom and sister just got back from Winnipeg so Mom at 93 could see her twin and older sister. I hope it warms up a bit for you but you are probably used to it. Jean

SewRuthie said...

Your daughter looks great in her PJs, happy travels!

AJW said...

So good to hear from you while you are on the road. I have several cuts of faille in my stash and I love it. They are silk and still waiting for the perfect pattern(s). So we disagree on faille. But I definitely agree on the matter of lining coats. Seriously, why go to the bother of sewing an item like a coat, which typically requires a significant time investment, and NOT line it??? Short-sighted, to say the least. Safe travels and keep writing!

Kansas Sky said...

Enjoy your road trip!! Your kids are a bunch of luckies! Your dogs, too. And .... not to mention a husband who will put duct tape on a china cabinet. Pretty clever. .... Safe travels.

sewingkm said...

Your flypaper thoughts always make me smile. As a Texan we are having super cold weather now. Off to Austin this morning to see our youngest daughter and look at houses for our move this year. Stay warm! Karen

Ellen Miller said...

Thank you for this morning's Flypaper Thoughts! They are very funny, but also very wise. Today's Flypaper Thoughts will ease me into the day's work- which seems like an insurmountable mountain of work. I will keep the image of the iPhone taped to the china cabinet in my head- for whenever I need a giggle! and ordering fabric while in the RV, covered by a dog. In my case it would be covered by a cat... Thank you, Barbara

Beth Kauffman said...

I wish I could add to your list for the Big 4. You've been pretty comprehensive. How about practical? A design that I could actually (age 64 and kinda fit) wear. In public.

Your daughter looks like you, no lie.

Anonymous said...

Happy Trails! While you are waiting for the Big Four to call you, here is my suggestion: take one of the companies and market it strictly for "mature women"--you know, the ones who learned how to sew in Jr High and are now over 60 and still sewing but spend more time adjusting patterns to fit than we do to sew?
The patterns will have adjustment lines drawn in to lower the bust point, slope the shoulders,increase full bust adjustment,rounded back adjustment, drooping butt adjustment....

Lisa D, San Francisco Bay Area

SuzieB said...

I agree with Lisa D. regarding a pattern line for mature women. Ditto everything she said plus this: don’t make all mature women’s designs resemble tents. Nothing looks worse than draping my 60-something body in layers of shapeless fabric!

Sorry you’ve had such cold weather for your trip. I’ve done nothing but whine about the weather since Christmas- Only one day was warm enough for a beach walk with my dog.

theresa said...

I second Lisa's suggestion. I'm of that age as well. Almost the only Big Four patterns I buy anymore are McCall's Palmer and Pletsch as most (but not all) of the adjustment lines are already there.
Theresa in Yucson

Anonymous said...

The watchers in the hotel room picture is priceless - do they bark much at noises in the hall, etc, I wonder? We are constantly hushing our little dog in hotels; she can't accept that strangers are allowed to walk around inside the same building with us......

ceci