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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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Monday, December 24, 2018

Flypaper thoughts Christmas Eve 2018 version

  • Well where have I been?
  • Planes, trains, and automobiles
  • OK not trains
  • No one has read my memo requesting transcontinental train fare the same price as the current equivalent of being in a glove box for half a day with the option to spend $20 on pesto salad, minus the pesto and minus the salad up higher in the air than anyone lets themselves think about
  • I made a good business case
  • We could fill those trains with middle aged women who like to knit and want to have their scissors and circulars handy
  • And stretch their legs and play cards in the observation car
  • Or take advantage of the five pieces of luggage currently allowed on most trains
  • Listen there is a huge audience quite happy to be captive who has already figured out quite a few years ago that it is the journey that matters 
  • Tap this market
  • Until they do I am left to wonder why on earth anyone has a beer in an airport bar at 7:30 a.m.
  • Unless they are folks who are wishing for trains
  • My trip to Berkeley to meet the new granddaughter was wonderful
  • This one is going to be a real piece of work, highest of praises in this family
  • She's starting out by being really good at being a baby
  • So proud of my son who could work as a doula if the tech industry crashes
  • Does the middle of the night feed with her one bottle of the day
  • And changes sides to replicate the breast
  • That's my boy
  • And discovered this trip at Stonemountain that my DIL is a world class fabric shopper
  • She feels every piece and drags the bolts around so she can put them together so she can decide which one would be best
  • I am bringing a machine next time and we are getting right into it
  • This is of course as good as it gets
  • Made three meatloaves, 2.5 chicken pot pies and two curried vegetables for the freezer
  • You can take the woman out of Nova Scotia
  • Plus cookies from the NYTimes since I am old school but cool school
  • I have missed you so much since you left my house
  • But know I now where everything is in your kitchen
  • I can let out my breath
  • You are still you and I am still me
  • Bless the daughter-in-law who gave me that back
  • Going to be a wise mother
  • Stopped over for a day in Vegas due to a flight cancelation
  • First time I went there for a conference 20 years ago I thought it was glamorous
  • This time I noticed the runs in the show girls stockings
  • And the diaper sized safety pins holding some outfits together
  • Doesn't matter how many feathers or how high the boots
  • I still see students
  • And want to ask them
  • Does you mother know?
  • Are you a mother?
  • Maybe who was in the Rat Pack were rats
  • No undoing that now, not going back
  • Think the town knows that
  • Came home and sewed some Love Notions North star pullovers
  • Got to do my own best patterns list
  • Might put that near the top
  • Speaking of which
  • At the top of my list of things I was not expecting
  • Was the bidet contraption my husband attached to the toilet
  • Surprise
  • Your Christmas present!
  • I recognize a man who remembered it was Christmas when he was in middle of the plumbing department
  • Hopes he likes his pullover
  • That man's a star
  • Merry Christmas
  • It feels like a very good one


Sheila Munro said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year xx

Shiny Green Penny said...

Merry Christmas. I am a blog lurker of yours and just wanted to reach out and say how much I enjoy your posts. Keep on creating. Your flypaper thoughts are the best stream-of-consciousness posts I have read. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas! I love your flypaper thoughts, so real!
Glad you got to meet your granddaughter, and your d-i-l is lucky to have you for a m-i-l :) Here is to many hours of you two bonding around that sewing machine.
I hope I have your energy, wisdom, and positive attitude when I get to be your age! Right now I am enjoying the lull between my own babies (my oldest is 23, youngest 6) and the grandbabies to come (hopefully!!!)
God bless!

Kansas Sky said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS my dear cyber friend!!! I hope this is a magnificent day for your whole family. You have richly blessed my life and I give thanks for you. On to the new year!

Sydney Brown said...

Always such fun to see a flypaper thoughts post from you! I think I will be making a trip to Stonemountain myself in the next month or so. Such a fun store.

Moosiemoose said...

Merry Christmas to you and all of yours. Thank your all your blogs and laughs that ensue. Love the Flypaper additions. How about you get your DIL a machine and that way you don't have to drag one there. You can visit more often (hello, grandbaby) hold the grandbaby and teach her to sew. Jean

Diane Kaylor said...

Haha, I love your comment about your husband and the bidet seat ”contraption “ he got you for Christmas! My husband got me one last year. It has a heated seat, which at first I thought was over the top but now I wouldn’t want to do without it. Spoiled, I guess! 😁
Love your posts. Merry Christmas to you and your family