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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, March 27, 2020

Flypaper thoughts: still in quarantine edition

  • Well we still have a pandemic don't we?
  • I only hope it doesn't get too bad too fast
  • There will be many stories out of this
  • Hardships that are invisible
  • I am thinking of my friend whose marvellous husband 
  • Just went into a memory care facility
  • Because he has early onset
  • Now she can't go and see him
  • I wonder what he thinks
  • My mom said to me
  • We got through the war, we got through the flood (Winnipeg in the '50s)
  • We can do this
  • Of course we can
  • My first father-in-law was in forced labour in Russia in the war
  • He walked back to Hungary in the winter
  • How did he do that?
  • The secret he said
  • Was that he made sure, even if it was with snow
  • He washed every day
  • Now that was a something
  • We are at the end of week one of self-isolation
  • Daisy has a ruptured disc in her neck
  • So she is on bed rest for a month and a half at least
  • She's in the dog stroller in the day and not liking it
  • But that's the way it goes
  • Ever tried to keep a dog from moving their neck?
  • But we can do it
  • Main crisis at the moment is the shortage of flour
  • My husband is a stress baker
  • And I am a stress eater 
  • A very successful marriage
  • I made a decision to dress every day like I was still going to the office
  • I sorted my enormous button collection on Tuesday wearing my pearls
  • I knew I had them for some reason
  • I had a female boss early on who told me
  • If I was going to have a decent career I needed pearls
  • Never wore them
  • Thought I was too young
  • Too matronly for me
  • But turns out they are perfect quarantine wear
  • So this is what I was saving them for
  • Tomorrow I think I am going to put on stockings
  • Covid-19 what do you think of that?
  • You will be hearing from me again

Monday, March 23, 2020

Flypaper thoughts: quarantine version


  • Home now after an odd trip home
  • Double time
  • In the house for two weeks now
  • All good except Daisy
  • She has a very bad foot/shoulder
  • Trying to do telemedicine with the vet
  • If all else fails will have to leave her in the yard 
  • And have someone take her in
  • Strange times
  • My DIL in Berkeley has a a cough
  • They aren't tested but she's been told to behave as if she has the virus
  • Two front line health care workers here
  • And a son and his girlfriend now separated by a border
  • Hard when they sail out of your own safe harbour
  • Not entirely patient with those who are noncompliant
  • We need to get this done
  • However
  • My neighbour left muffins at the end of the driveway
  • My son put his hand to the front window
  • My husband is cheerfully stress baking
  • I discovered a pattern piece I lost
  • I am getting that sock knitted
  • I folded the laundry as soon as it came out of the dryer
  • I am making sure I wear jewelry and my lipstick every day
  • I am using up all those Christmas bath bombs
  • And eating peppermint patties
  • I had a group chat with four seven-year-olds
  • I made a lesson plan for my virtual home schooling
  • Bees, capitals of the provinces, and creative writing
  • I am modifying my old 4th year writing syllabus
  • Work with what you have
  • I think later in the week we should do cover letters 
  • And how to address an envelope
  • 6,8 and10, seems to me to be about time
  • I have an idea for fractions with coloured water and measuring cups
  • It occurred to me that I am living the life of a '50s housewife without a car in the Canadian winter
  • Pretty close to being that person anyway
  • Unpacking so I can get sewing
  • Need to see those stitches form in a line
  • Just want my dog to get better
  • Happy with our leaders here
  • That matters
  • Someone smart I worked with said to me once
  • Never stand too close to insanity
  • It is contagious
  • So true, so true
  • I think I will sew small things tomorrow
  • Important to sew in different proportions to events
  • I am thinking of you
  • One day this will be past