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Success with my friend's clothes, she made me happy !!

Monday, December 17, 2012

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It snowed through the night and I did do the driveway. DH helped a great deal he loves to be out in the snow. It also helped me to remember the snow blowers controls and the procedure to start it. It has been a while I usually do the shoveling. By evening the snow was as deep as before and I feel hemmed in as I watch it get deeper.
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DH and I came to the US a long time ago. I never feel like an immigrant until HOLIDAY time, actually Christmas holiday time is the worst. That is because travel is the worst. Crowds, delays and being diverted makes it that way.

Who wants to fly to Maine at Christmas? Flying in to this state is often a nightmare. The plane being de-iced is no fun. Being re routed to other airports is no fun and we are the first to say we do not want to travel at CHRISTMAS.

We have done it before. The plane landed between snow banks at the sides of the runway. It felt like going down the slalom, all we saw were white walls on either side. We will go weeks ahead or stay weeks away IF we go. DH does not wish to be away for too long. He feels it makes us overstay our welcome.
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After Portland Maine it still takes well over an hour on good days to reach our home. In bad weather, getting there in snow means we have to drive over the snow banks at the end of the driveway or get out the shovels and snow blower to get the car off the street.
No parking overnight on streets in the winter.
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This time of year everyone else is busy with their families, that is so nice but we see very few people.
That is why Spark is so precious to me. It gives me down time. It helps with the cabin fever, it lets my brain come up with my Blogs for my friends. It keeps me in touch with others and I love to be in touch with the outside world.

I do not like much on TV, I cannot read as well as I used to. I have been asked to sew and it makes me feel great doing something I love.
I donít do crafts or custom sewing. Alterations have always been my thing to do.
My mother did alterations too, mostly for the family. When you are not well off you get hand me downs and she could make a pig's ear in to a silk purse.
I am so glad I watched her when she was working and I think I inherited a little of her talent.
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I took the jacket I spoke of last Friday and just one pair of the pants to my older lady for whom I have sewn for so many years.
The sleeves on he jacket looked so much better and the lining was puckered when she purchased it, so I got that straightened for her.

She has a problem with her stomach and only the waist was tight and uncomfortable. The next size up would have needed to be completely re-made the legs were so wide and she is slim and likes to look nice.

When she tried the pants on, around her belly was comfortably loose',she was overjoyed. They looked great and she honestly did a little happy dance despite her years.
She did NOT take them off she said she was so much more comfortable she would wear them the rest of the day. She was expecting a visitor and she said they were the best pair of pants she has to wear today, she was smiling and happy.
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That is what makes me happy.
A smiling client overjoyed with what I have done and expressing joy and thanks for my efforts.

She made me happy too. emoticon emoticon

HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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EFFIEANNIE 12/19/2012 7:52AM

    Sounds like a good day. I used to sew a lot, but not since I started working full time. Now that I only work part time, I still haven't got back into it. But since I have lost weight I want to take some of my best too big clothes and redo them to fit. That could take me a long time!

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EFFIEANNIE 12/19/2012 7:52AM

    Sounds like a good day. I used to sew a lot, but not since I started working full time. Now that I only work part time, I still haven't got back into it. But since I have lost weight I want to take some of my best too big clothes and redo them to fit. That could take me a long time!

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RD03875 12/18/2012 3:46PM

    I would LOVE to go to Maine for Christmas! LOLOL

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WOWEETOO 12/18/2012 11:53AM

    wow i love snow..and you brought the memories of maine back to me for a grand christmas present..wish i could alter but then my clthes were so big i could probably have made three or four outfits brand new by the time i cut them up so they went to goodwill..there are never enough nice clothes there for people who weigh 200 to 378 lol..they are hard to come by for sure
loves and hugs to you and yours
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MILLISMA 12/18/2012 9:28AM

    Hi Pat,

The snow must have arrived after I left. I do know what you're talking about with the flights. I remember one year spending the night at the Boston airport since we just made it to land there but couldn't take off for Bangor. A night I will not forget. Please be careful with all that snow. Thought of you as I drove by the Augusta exit. One of these times I will stop in to see you.

What as lovely thing you did for your friend. Both my mother and grandmother were fantastic seamstresses. I use to sew a lot but haven't in years.

Thinking of you and hope you and hubby have a great week.

hugs...Mary Anne

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1CRAZYDOG 12/18/2012 9:20AM

    Awwwww, that's so sweet that your neighbor apreciated your alterations so much.

I am so glad for Spark, too. Sometimes not living near family gets lonely! I have friends here but it's not the same. We moved from IL in 2007 and left family and friends. On the plus side, we do get there often during good weather.

I watched a wonderful program on PBS last night that made me think of you. It's a British show. DOC MARTIN You might like it if you haven't seen it. The start (can't remember his name) is in another show WILLIAM & MARY which I have also enjoyed.

HUGS and glad you got the snow shoveled, at least till it snowed again! We're expecting a storm tomorrow into Thurs. So, gotta get our snow blower ready to go. Had it tuned up and all, so that's done. Have to just remember how to start it again -- it'll become 2nd nature I'm sure as the season wears on.



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BETHGILLIGAN 12/18/2012 8:32AM

    Pat--I had no idea you were getting that much snow!! Be careful out there!! Your blog touched my heart. You made your friend so happy with your talents; yet all you could talk about was how happy she made you feel. You are such a generous, loving person!!!!! (and talented, too!!) Have a great day and stay warm!

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LUNADRAGON 12/18/2012 8:26AM

    That is very cool that you love alterations. I could never get the hang of it, even though I sew. I prefer being creative than doing repairs and alterations. Good for you!

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BAKER1009 12/18/2012 7:30AM

    I was thinking of mom as I was reading about the alterations, and then I saw her comment. Alterations was never her thing...though she truly loved sewing! She made my daughter some of the most beautiful dresses...from the time she was born up until she didn't want to wear dresses much anymore (around 6 or 7 years old). I think Mom is hoping for a girl, so she can make some pretty dresses again!!

Glad you were able to help your friend. Glad DH got out there to show you the ropes of the snow blower. Did he do OK with the mask again at night? Hope so!

Hugs,
Beth

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CHALLENGER15 12/18/2012 7:29AM

    Love your blogs, my friend!

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/18/2012 7:20AM

    I am so glad to read this lady showed her appreciation of your work! It is true that it feels wonderful to be comfortable in one's clothes, so I am sure she was very thankful indeed. She has found a precious help in you.
What you shared about Maine reminded me of Canada, when I used to visit my BF there! In the winter I could expect for the flight to be delayed and the driving conditions to be quite bad. But I was young and it felt like a little adventure!
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GAMMY98 12/18/2012 7:08AM

    I like being out in the snow but mostly to take pictures. Hope it is to bad today getting the drive open again. All of my years of sewing I tried my best to avoid alternations. I loved sewing and loved making my daughters their dresses and making gowns for weddings but not fixing things. You are so lucky that you can do that and enjoy doing it. emoticon emoticon

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MIDCOASTMOXIE 12/18/2012 6:19AM

    I know what you mean about winter travel and the related isolation, which feels all the more lonely at holiday time. Since the cold weather exacerbates my condition, and also since I have trouble driving after dark, the winters feel restrictive for me also. Thank goodness I have my 2 hours of instructing to keep my mind busy (lol, preparing for those 2 hours sometimes feels like a full time job!). I am glad you have found friends through Spark. I am impressed with your skill at sewing....and also that you were able to bring happiness to someone else with that talent...way to go!!! I guess we didn't get as much snow up here as you did yesterday. Today we have a slushy, crunchy couple of inches that will hopefully go away with the predicted rain. Sending you smiles!

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UUCEEJAY 12/18/2012 6:13AM

    My mother and grandmother were both great at sewing and I also experienced them "making a silk purse out of a sow's ear" as you say. Unfortunately, I wasn't as wise as you were and never mastered altering my clothes. It is a wonderful talent to have and share with others. I have never had clothing that fit me quite as well as the ones my mom made for me, especially dresses since I have a long torso and the waistband in most dresses hits me at the wrong place.
Maine is beautiful, but I can sure see how you would get cabin fever during the cold snowy winters. I like the snow because I like to ski, but we don't get that much of it here and in fact haven't had any that stayed on the ground so far. emoticon emoticon

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NASFKAB 12/18/2012 5:29AM

  how nice of you to help out & she expressed her pleasure HUGS

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ROSEWCI 12/18/2012 5:04AM

    Wow, I give people who live in the snow a lot of credit! I couldn't do it. Honestly, I don't care for the white stuff at all...and to be so isolated too. Please take special care! And enJOY the holiday!

And what a wonderful thing you did for that woman! You have a heart of gold, Pat!

Merry Christmas to you both! emoticon

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GOANNA2 12/18/2012 5:02AM

    Oh Pat, I wish I had been there to help you with the snow.
I'm suffering from the heat here. Last night we had the hottest
December since 1949 -25.7 degrees Celsius and humidity 87%.
By the way, this is the second time I am trying to write this post,
and feel those gremlins just love doing this to us.
I'm glad that the lady you altered the clothes for was happy with
your work. You are such a giving person. I'm sorry you won't be
able to travel to your son's. It's nice to stay home too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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GDY2SHUZ 12/18/2012 1:44AM

    An energetic day. I didn't know you were getting that much snow.

We, on the other hand, may have a green/brown Christmas. Most of our snow has melted, it has unseasonable warm weather and it isn't cold enough at night to make snow for the ski runs and jumps.

You do such good work with your sewing. Glad your lady was pleased.

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LITTLEWIND53 12/18/2012 12:46AM

    I know how you feel about going away in the winter. I feel like that about leaving the house in winter. Just too dangerous to be out on the sidewalks because some people do not clear them sufficiently or even not at all, and it makes walking extremely difficult (not good for someone who has difficulty walking == although they now have some kind of ice gripper to put on the end of a cane which would make it much easier.....)

Glad your client was happy with your alternations.

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TERRI289 12/18/2012 12:01AM

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123ELAINE456 12/17/2012 11:46PM

  Love the Story. You are a very Talented Lady. You should be very happy and pleased that Your Lady You fix the pants for is very Happy too. My Refrigerator went out on me and I have lost all the freezer food etc. Notified the Office Manager and will do some about it tomorrow. I'm not in the best of moods right now. Sorry about that. I hope You and DH have a Super Nice Day and Enjoy the Snow.God Best the Both Of You. Take Care. Stay Safe and Warm.

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/17/2012 11:23PM

    We are supposed to get a little snow here in the Chehalis Valley by morning. We have a 14 seat bus. Some of the residents took a road trip heading for Spanaway to see the Christmas light display. They left at 3 and got as far as Olympia and it started snowing so they stopped for dinner and turned around and came back. They drove around our town looking at the lights on the homes instead. There's plenty to see here anyway.

My pantry and freezers are will stocked so I am all snuggled in. Our building is halfway up a hill so any kind of snow or ice, my car stays parked.

I have Santa's suit altered for our Secret Santa party Friday. I am going to be the helper to pass out the gifts. Out manager is providing lunch for us. I am making a cover for a Kindle Fire for my secret person and a vest for myself. I do minor alterations for residents here.

Yes, this can be a lonely time of year for a lot of people. I just deal with it.
Don't overdo with the snow blower, you don't want to injure yourself.

Brenda in WA State

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JUSTYNA7 12/17/2012 11:15PM

    Love the story. Yup... this is the great white part of the country. You do have a lot of talents! I don't mind doing the driveway together and it sure adds up the cardio minutes! Hope that some of this Christmas you can get walking.

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ARTJAC 12/17/2012 11:11PM

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COOKWITHME65 12/17/2012 11:04PM

    Doesn't it feel wonderful to make some one happy with your talents. And you are so happy in doing so. God Bless You!

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HOLDINGMYOWN 12/17/2012 10:54PM

    WINTER~~Welcome to Canada! emoticon

The first winter we came here from Scotland 07/08...it was the worse winter of storms that New Brunswick had had in 60 years! And we had just moved into this house in Nov. that year and had no snow blower...no paved drive...etc.....etc.....I thought Alex was going to say that he wanted to go back to Scotland!~ emoticon

But he now enjoys it all~ really! We do not travel far in winter. Why stress yourself when you are retired and do not *have* to do anything? If the weather is nice...and roads are clear...and no storm forecast for several days....we *might* venture off to my hometown as we did this weekend past but most times we just stay put and do short trips round the immediate area.

I never feel * cabin* fever though. Between shovelling...snow blowing...roof raking....swimming...line dancing....and visits with friends who live close by...I cannot seem to find enough hours in my days....nor enough time to get on here in Sparks!

Merry Christmas to both you and Fred! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/17/2012 10:53PM

    I can relate. I have very little family actually so holidays are usually just the 3 of us but we do try to make the best of it and I know you do too.

You have a wonderful talent and you use it well to bless others. You bless others every day with your genuine friendship.

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HARROWJET 12/17/2012 10:52PM

    Doesn't it make you feel good to know you are making someone happy. emoticon

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