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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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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Flypaper thoughts somewhere in Nova Scotia sometime before Christmas version


  • I have down tools on the sewing
  • There are folks who will be coming expecting to eat
  • My husband will take over Christmas cooking on the day
  • In his male mind the only time to think about Christmas is for about 5 hours every year
  • Now my own idea of Christmas is the equivalent of launching the invasion of Normandy
  • Needless to say I do gifts
  • His contribution is to say lots of time and they don't expect anything
  • I am dealing with a crazy person
  • Obviously
  • I am not expecting Pinterest but focused eyes would be helpful
  • Any guess what I got for my last birthday?
  • A bidet attachment for the toilet
  • If I had sat in a room for a hundred million years
  • This is not something I would have thought of
  • "It was your birthday and I was in Canadian Tire"
  • "And I thought, can't be hard to plumb that in"
  • Bingo problem solved
  • But he makes a hell of a turkey
  • Christmas is huge for me
  • Yes I realize that many people don't like it
  • But my Auntie Bonnie who was a glamour girl 
  • In the dances at the beach during the war
  • Who used to wear knee high nylons with her summer dresses in her old age
  • Still believed in gloves
  • And whose favourite saying was
  • "In life you have to have your jazz band dancing"
  • She was onto on of the great truths of life
  • Nice afternoon yesterday
  • Visited my friend who is now in a memory unit in long term care
  • Early onset
  • My own feeling is that he had so much life he kind of used his quota up early
  • Lately he has said the dog's name 
  • So I went with his wife, my old old friend, to do dog duty
  • Folks who no longer were sure who they or the family are
  • Still look at a dog and smile
  • Soul to soul
  • Can't take time too seriously
  • Just some things are out of synch
  • But never underestimate the ability of the universe to send you something to your heart
  • Tomorrow our baby girl from California arrives
  • She looks so much like her dad, my son, that it is eerie 
  • Of course she is herself
  • Sometimes like all mothers
  • I think can I have them back just for one day
  • And then suddenly here comes this one just like her dad
  • And I have that day back
  • Who would have thought?
  • So to me that's what Christmas is
  • You never know
  • You just never know

8 comments:

Carol in Denver said...

Lots to meditate on here but I'll focus on one: how is the bidet attachment? I used one by Toto (in a Japanese bakery/cafe near me) and thought it was heavenly.

Jeanneke said...

Yhank you so much for this gem of a Christmas post.
May Christmas be Merry and Bright and the year to come bring the so much needed Light.
To you and yours.

Love and blessings from the Netherlands,

Jeanneke.

Helen Marshall said...

Thankyou for the lovely posts this year and merry christmas!

Diane K said...

Meditations for the soul with some humor, too! Merry Christmas to you and yours, Barbara. Thank you for your lovely writing, I always look forward to each one.

Abbey Sews said...

As always, I laughed out loud. And, saw the deeper side of things. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Xmas at this best of holidays:)

Anonymous said...

As the light comes back slowly I'm hoping we all have more sewing and family in the new year.

Thank you for all your work.

ceci

Carol Lee said...

Christmas and family are special to me too. I had some of the best days of the whole year this week. Your fly paper thoughts always make me smile.

mariestitches said...

Thank you Barbara. Your posts make me laugh and sometimes cry, all within seconds. I wish you and your family both health joy in the new year.