I’ve been frustrated with WordPress for a long time but things got even worse. Something as simple as changing a font or color must now be paid for. While I respect their business model I also respect my right to change hosts. I’ve gone ahead and migrated all of these posts to a new blog which, while needing some tweaking, is going to work out well.
I did this over the past few days while trying to sort out my thoughts about the Boston Marathon. Please visit the new Major Thoughts Blog as this one will no longer be updated. I’ll get back to sewing and quilting and all good things over there.
Thanks – I hope you come along and continue the ride.
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We are just starting out on the most recent “snowpocalypse” to be forecast with the typical accompanying hysteria and panic shopping. This one is different, however, because the Weather Channel saw fit to give it a name – NEMO. This makes it easier to track on Twitter & other social media – I get that – but NEMO? Seriously?
I’m sitting here writing this fresh out of the shower and with wet hair. After listening to
Note Use of Local Dialect
sustained winds HOWL for the past hour I thought it would be prudent to scrub down, shampoo and dry my hair while we still had power. I’m not one for panic shopping (bread, milk and eggs are de rigueur out here) because we keep a pretty well stocked pantry and I’ve never had a craving for French toast during a blizzard. If it weren’t for the nagging fear of losing power I’d be happy as a lark. I love a good blizzard as long as I’m safe, warm and have access to charging devices like my iPad.
Not sure how this storm will shake out but all signs point to “very bad” and I worry about people who are not safe or warm. Let’s all worry about them instead of preempting TV shows to announce another inch of snow has fallen and that everything closed is still closed.
It’s never a good sign when I’m playing around with the look of my blog. It is an indicator of one of two things: brain freeze ( I got nuthin’) or time-out (when I’m stressed, heat stressed, anxiety stressed, etc. and anything I put on the internet would be of the shock and awe variety, and not the “good” shock and awe, either. ) So there you go. I’m playing with the look of my blog. (Okay, I’m in time-out.)
In the meantime I have an amazing labor of love to occupy my hands. A very good friend has one of the wall hangings made by my mother. We used to sell them in our store here in Gloucester and then mail a check back to her where she would cash it in and buy more quilting fabric. (Mom kicked ass that way.) Linn has had this beauty hanging in her home for many years and recently asked me to take it home and give it a wash – she was nervous about doing it herself. Okey dokey. Washed. Line dried in the approaching scorching heat. When I took it down I noticed that the sleeve on the back of the hanging had some places where the threads had just let go. Age happens. I found a spool of black thread and a sharp needle and I’m redoing the entire sleeve. It is a miracle that I’m able to do it without clutching it to my chest, crying, and refusing to let it go. (Eleven years later I think I’m finally making progress with my grief.) I’m actually enjoying the process, loving the chance to work on something my mom made, and grateful for the fact that Linn GETS IT.
There are not a lot of people out there who “get it” when it comes to quilts or, for that matter, anything hand crafted. Paintings in galleries are found “worthy” but quilts, knit socks, hats or scarves are just KRAFTY with a K and not “worthy” of being looked at as serious creative expressions that require time and talent. It has been an uphill battle for years. To show my serious intent I was going to start a quilt guild here in Gloucester and call it “Quilt Bitches” and we’d all get Harley-Davidson tattoos (but the motorcycle would have a quilted seat.) Cool, right? ‘Cept I’d never get a tattoo.
A quilter’s quest for street cred is apparently a life-long venture. This is made more difficult by The Learning Channel’s newest program, Craft Wars, hosted by….. TORI SPELLING. Seriously, TLC? I personally believe the only time she’s had a hot glue gun in her hand was when she was replacing some hair extensions that had fallen out. A Twitter peep of mine remarked that while she did watch the debut show, she found “Tori’s clown-like makeup distracting.” TLC needs to learn (oohh, how ironic…) that credibility is an important part of attracting an intelligent and respectful audience who – when given intelligent content from creditable sources – have a way of going out and spending money with the show’s sponsors to recreate those ideas in their own home. It’s a concept.
Time to get back to sewing the sleeve on this wall hanging. Linn was skittish about washing it herself because she wanted to make sure it was done carefully and properly because she loves this thing as much as I do. She respects the time, effort, labor and creativity that went in to producing it. She gets it.