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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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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Flypaper thoughts: well we are still here version

  • Needless to say we are all still homebound
  • On some level I am enjoying it
  • There is a relief in limits
  • Got to remember that when this is done
  • I am working with what I can find in the house
  • Turns out I can find a lot
  • Turns out good thing I never kondo-ed my life
  • Clutter, particularly in my sewing room
  • Is what you live off of in hibernation
  • These notions, this fabric, these patterns
  • Are to me what nuts are to a squirrel
  • Something to live off of until spring
  • We are making masks
  • Like crazy people
  • For the nursing homes, for the food bank, and even for some of my daughter's patients
  • My husband has gone into full obsessive mode
  • Developing systems and timing his unit production
  • Sometimes that guy is my hero
  • Food comes slowly by delivery
  • We are cooking what we have on hand
  • Simple
  • I am noticing that all the selfie shots in social media
  • Are now replaced by pictures of people doing things with their households
  • More pictures of kids not being rushed around
  • Board games
  • Cards
  • Baked bread
  • The dog and the cat
  • Notice how much people are not missing
  • Not the stuff but the people
  • I try to not think about that part
  • I have one family in California on the other side of a border I can't cross
  • I can't get closer that a few meters to my grandchildren just a few streets away
  • I have another son who is thankfully in this country for once but I can't go visit
  • Will he be gone when I can?
  • These are little hardships
  • My big lesson from these weeks is that I already have every thing I need
  • And everyone
  • How much of our baggage have we laid down during this?
  • How much do we not really need?
  • How much do we really not need?
  • How clear it is what is precious
  • Like the FaceTime chats with a one-year-old
  • Like the fact of living with a hero
  • Like the kindness of my neighbours
  • Of women on bikes dropping elastic off at my door
  • Or the sight of a neighbour who carries an ancient dog outside for the fresh air
  • Wrapped in blankets and immobile in a cart
  • But with his nose lifted to the smells of the breeze
  • How beautiful is that?


Kansas Sky said...

Oh, how you bless my life. Keep safe up there. You and your hero. ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Sarah Wale said...

Thank you, Barb. As always you have put it in a nutshell. I second what Kansas Sky says! Bless you and your family and all of us who value your friendship, advice, wisdom (and blogs) so much.
Stay safe, stay strong, stay sane ... and stay sewing!

Lyndle said...


Margaret said...

Thank you for this, uplifting as usual. Stay safe.

sewingkm said...

Your posts always make me smile and warm my heart. Stay well. Karen

Kathie said...

Barbara, you’ve done it again. This is poetry. I share these posts with my very best friends and brag that "I know this woman in Nova Scotia who writes the most amazing lists she calls Flypaper Thoughts!”
All the best to you and yours,

annie said...

Your last four lines are so poignant for me. Until last Thursday afternoon, we too carried our elderly terrier outside several times a day. He had lost the use of his rear legs. So my husband bought a set of wheels for him. It gave him two more years of sniffing. He was 17 1/2.

Moosiemoose said...

I agree this is poetry and so uplifting. Today it made me smile. God bless you and keep you and yours safe. Jean

Helen Marshall said...

Thanks Barbara, Keep safe

LinB said...

"I can't throw that away. I might need it, someday."

Someday is here.

Just before thrift stores were closed as being nonessential businesses where I live, I bought a giant bag with hundreds of brand-new nylon zippers in it for $5.99 US. I am definitely going to need THOSE. Don't care that they are all either yellow, pale green, or turquoise. I will not need to buy another zipper for several lifetimes.

Anonymous said...

What a lifeline these thoughts are. Hope all your far flung family is keeping well.