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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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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Flypaper thoughts, yup we are still at this place edition

  • I remember, not that long ago
  • Saying, well we will see you the end of the summer 
  • When things are back to normal
  • I think we all are pondering life more these days
  • The only folks I am losing patience with
  • Are those who are pressing on and expect you to too
  • What part of a global pandemic aren't you getting?
  • But it is good that we are doing what other generations did
  • Considered that life is fragile
  • And should be lived with some thought
  • More than anything I am finding I want to read more
  • Of the old philosophers for instance
  • Of course so far I am only reading quotes on Pinterest
  • But that's a start
  • Seneca had things to say I can tell you
  • Overall though 
  • This is what I am thinking myself
  • Sickness and death are part of life not some kind of mistake
  • Almost everybody before us knew that
  • It's part of the deal
  • So it's important to 
  • No matter what you are faced with
  • To find what learning you could be doing from it or in it
  • This is what I have got so far
  • A fabric stockpile is a good thing
  • If you are ever going to be holed up for long
  • You'll need it
  • Canadians get this anyway I think
  • We are always braced for The Big Storm
  • That's why we have chest freezers
  • And figure a furnace, heat pump, pellet stove and generator in the garage should just about do it
  • Friends are a good thing
  • Possible the most important good thing
  • If you ever doubted that this big storm came to remind you
  • Never before in my life have I so deeply enjoyed the company of other people
  • Been so thrilled by new friendships
  • Fascinated by the conversation of people in the neighbourhood
  • Daisy and I meet
  • A retired policeman who had both hips done
  • Fascinating
  • And grandmothers, like me, running summer day camps
  • Dusting off the picture books, filling the wading pools with the hose
  • Making vintage lunches for kids who say is it healthy
  • Which reminds me of a grievance
  • Why does A&W have a grandpa burger, a mama burger
  • A papa burger, a teen burger and a baby burger
  • But no grandma burger?
  • There are pictures of grandma doing the cooking
  • But no burger of her own
  • 4,000 years of human history summed up right there
  • Me
  • I had to order an uncle burger
  • Yes the uncle got one
  • An uncle
  • Those guys arrive late and leave before the dishes
  • Who do I talk to about this?
  • Back to friends
  • There is something that you let out when you talk to a friend that you are not supposed to be holding in
  • If we all lived as if the most important thing in the world was other people
  • Pretty much any problem I can think of right now would be solved
  • And you know what?
  • I am glad Seneca took the time


Sarah Wale said...

As always, you speak for us all ... but especially Grandmas. I think we should start a Grandma's Burger movement!
Stay well and stay happy.

Judith Newman said...

Barb, I'd add one other thing to your list I realized this afternoon as I was delivering a new colourful face mask to a friend - We have today. We have to live today - do something for someone else today, enjoy whatever it is you're doing today, because tomorrow is unknown. Yes, plan, but very tentatively because tomorrow the world might change yet again.

I keep an eye on the "confirmed cases" number each day, realizing it's a picture of the infection level 5 days ago! Really we're living in a 5-day future right now. The infection level we know about today is really 5 days old that's when the reported infection occurred - tomorrow there could be a spike in the number of infections - so enjoy the relative freedom today provides because tomorrow we may need to hunker down again.

And keep in mind we're doing all of this for kids - so all kids can go back to school safely! Please, wear a mask, keep a distance, wash your hands - it does keep the infection at bay. Here in Nova Scotia we've had 11 consecutive days without a new confirmed case - let's keep that run going.

Marcia Swanston said...

I enjoyed that post... and it was nice to bump into you today at the veg place. You're right about dogs :)

I hope we will be able to meet as a group again sometime soon.

Patricia said...

As always, an absolute delight when your post pops up in my reading list, and your words of wisdom light up the day. This Australian grandma is also sewing and reading her way through the pandemic. We find joy in the small things, a special piece of music, a bud on my daffodil plant, our first baby zucchini in our potted veg patch. And I too am losing patience with those who do not get it. In our area, it tends to be young adults - we were all young and silly once, but I wish they would pay attention. The latest fad seems to be finding a way to bust through State borders without being caught. And thus creating potention Covid hotspots. Must go and read Seneca, and order an uncle burger, just because. Hope Nova Scotia remains Covid free. Keep an eye on my daughter in Ottawa :)

One who sews said...

I lived on the border of Canada and NY during my college years and know what you mean about being ready for the next big storm. Yes, it is good to have a stash!