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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