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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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Friday, August 9, 2019

Flypaper thoughts Friday night in August editon


  • Nova Scotia is a tricky place
  • The summers are so incredible
  • The sky and air clear and bright and sharp
  • So powerful it makes you forget all the majority months
  • The ones that are cold and wet and grey
  • But you know what is the best thing about a tough climate?
  • People are absolutely delighted when it's summer
  • Everyone is out 
  • Everyone walks around like it's their birthday
  • Whenever I travel I am amazed that folks in sunny places are wasting it
  • The church down the street is selling ice cream cones
  • $2 and the proceeds going to the poor in Cuba
  • At 2-3 scoops for kids not sure of how much they are sending out
  • Apart from right messages
  • Much of my summer has been spent with the kids
  • Treading water at the bottom of water slides
  • You are doing pretty good for an elderly grandmother they say
  • OK you are sort of elderly
  • Breaking up fights in the back seat
  • I mean it, just one more time and that's it
  • No idea what it is
  • But I mean it
  • Crinkle that plastic bottle one more time and I am stopping this car
  • "It wasn't me"
  • Letting anyone cook anything in my kitchen 
  • Because I can take the mess
  • And believe you have to learn to chop sometime
  • They know where the band aids are
  • Their mom and uncles survived this system
  • Leaving behind wet bathing suits
  • Hearing a hundred sentences start with "It's not my fault."
  • Or "she made me do it"
  • So hot that in the evening I walk Daisy and drag the dog stroller beside me
  • She only goes in one direction and hasn't figured the we have to walk back part
  • That's what the stroller is for on hot nights
  • You have to respect someone who at 16 pounds can plant her paws on a sidewalk 
  • Like she is concrete herself
  • And won't move
  • As big as I am and as small as she is
  • So I just keep going in the direction she wants 
  • Out of respect
  • And wheel her home when she is tired
  • Sewing odd ball projects
  • Summer nightgowns
  • Bags with zippers
  • A hat for my big head
  • One size does not fit all
  • Ever
  • The return of the skort was a good idea
  • Now that's a word
  • Makes you kind of feel like putting rollers in your hair
  • Summer wouldn't be this sweet if it lasted
  • Which is really all you need to know about being alive

7 comments:

BarbaraShowell said...

One size fits all: biggest lie ever.

Anonymous said...

i'm always amazed how my smaller than Daisy dog can plant her feet and refuse to budge, while looking up obstinantly through her eyelashes. A stroller is more heat appropriate than our dog carrying in arms system, especially in the heat! Need to get back to a summer nightgown project, I was distracted.

ceci

Anonymous said...

Your flypaper thoughts are always just PRICELESS. Thank you!

Sydney

Anna said...

I love this. Summer in Sweden is the same. Although apparently not tonight, I walked a good friend to the bus and came home drenched.
But I had a lovley evening. And I have a good friend. And it's summer, even if it rains.

Gwen Van Kleef said...

I feel ya on the summer thing. No one appreciates summer like us northerners.

Jane M said...

If I could harness the energy of a determined 13 lb. terrier I wouldn't need fossil fuels ever again. Love summer, too, and your summer thoughts.

garnet128 said...

Ahh, that does sound perfect. Down here in GA it is hard to appreciate the sunshine in August when it is close to 100 degrees and over 100 heat index. Nights arn't a whole lot better. I think that is why so many people here love the fall.