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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