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Nov 2, 2012

Hurricane: 1, Sewing Mojo: 0



Friends, I cannot lie: I have not sewn all week.

As far as tomorrow's Halloween Costume Ball, the neighborhood where it's to take place is still without power.  Ticket holders have been offered reimbursements.  Even if it were to happen, Halloween is over.  I'm just not feeling it right now.

There's a chance the city will reschedule the big costume parade, and perhaps by then I'll have my costume-sewing mojo back.  I do want to finish, especially my harem outfit.  Michael's pretty happy with his costume already -- in fact, we went to a show last night and he wore his brocade vest (as yet unembellished).



Even though we didn't lose our power here, it feels spooky walking around at night on streets that are completely dark.  So many people look disoriented and exhausted -- they're over it.  Stores in my neighborhood are pretty much all closed, though three blocks north things are all but back to normal (no subway yet).  Every day we've had friends come over to shower and recharge their phones.  The whole atmosphere doesn't leave me wanting to sew -- or to do much of anything.

One upside is that, since that I can't run much due to my still-healing ankle, and my pool is closed due to the hurricane, I've dug out my old Rodney Yee yoga DVDs.  I used to practice yoga regularly a few years ago but fell out of the habit due to a back injury, and I've rediscovered how good it feels.  I'll definitely be adding it to my exercise routine moving forward -- a silver lining!

Friends, that's all for today.  I'm seeing some great costumes in our Halloween Sew-Along Flickr page and I hope you'll continue to post photos there. 

Have a great day, everybody, and happy sewing!



21 comments:

  1. :) hope your sewing mojo will come back with gusto! take care and happy weekend!

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  2. I'm just a few blocks uptown from you and while we have power, this sense of gloom just lingers about. Grocery stores with lines around the block, empty and under stocked shelves... and yet life must go on. Or rather, it *does* go on, which is all the more depressing. Sending good shabbas thoughts your way. xo

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  3. Things will settle down, and it will get better. In the mean time, I LOVE your last photo - that is me at my serger. LOL Sending a big e-hug your way and a casserole to share with whoever comes over.

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  4. It's a tough time and probably made more painful by stuffing up hallowe'en. Hurricanes can be so damned inconsiderate!!
    There are no rules that say you need to sew every day. The mojo will return when you are ready.

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  5. I'm glad you guys are OK! Things are rough across the Hudson as well. Yikes. Be safe & stay warm over there. :(

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  6. I'm glad you haven't lost your blogging mojo. xx

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  7. Ditto Valerie! It's totally understandable about not having any sewing mojo.
    By the way, I love how you always find the best pictures, like the last one. Is that Lucille Ball?

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    1. I knew it was Lucy but I do not know what her machine is! I have a Free Westinghouse with a similar motor but completely different head. Just wonderin...Anyone know?

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  8. Good energy sent your way, and good thoughts!!!!!! You will sew soon. The yoga is a great idea. I do dance stretches and yoga on my hall carpet, with my cats, and Tica, our rescue doggie. We lost power for up to 6 weeks in our famous Ice Storm. Somehow a fun time was also had.... Cathie, in Quebec.

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  9. Glad to hear you are holding up, but I don't think I would be sewing either given the circumstances. Just good to hear that you guys are fine though.

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  10. I'm glad to see that you're doing okay.

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  11. Forget your sewjo, you're doing the most important thing, helping others, and that is wonderful.

    You and Michael are contributing a safe private place to clean up (put a value on that!),helping people stay connected, and being a port in the storm (and the storm is far from over). That's emotionally exhausting.

    After yoga, deep breathing, and meditation, take a bow. You opened your door and gave when it mattered the most.

    Your friends and their loved ones will remember that, and so will we.



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  12. I know many people in your area and NJ that are going through rough times as a result of SANDY! Hopefully things will be restored to more "normalcy" soon and you too will be back with sewing mojo intact.

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  13. Hi Peter,

    Thank you for posting in such a dificult time over there in NYC. MPB has yet gave me so many moments of joy and I thank you so much for that! Your lack of sewing mojo now is completly understandable! Now, I thought so much about you when I found a very interesting site, that reminds me so much of Cathy... Have a look. Who knows if it can make you dream about a future project for our favorite top model. ;-) I hope you have fun!
    http://uniformfreak.com/


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  14. been there, been there...i start making lists and figure out just what i CAN and feel like tackling...life slowly returns to normal and mojo will return. vest is wonderful, will definitely be sending brocade 'le smoking' to my son after seeing that photo. very best wishes to you and yours, glad you're able to help out friends...

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  15. I've been feeling the same way, Peter! (see today's post) But... in our case, we have stored up enough "quality time" with the kids, that we really haven't lost anything by not doing stuff for a while. We've caught up in other (emotional) ways with family and friends, and, from the sound of it, so have you!

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  16. It's understandable that you are not in the sewing mood, Peter. Priority number one is that you're safe. You'll get your sewing mojo back in no time. :)

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  17. I have been a bit worried about you. I almost texted you the other day to make sure you were okay and then thought I was being overbearing. My sister lives in New Rochelle and just got electricity back and still can't find gas for her car anywhere. What a mess. Glad you and Michael came through no worse the wear.

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  18. I have felt the same way. An undercollar has been waiting all week for me to give it attention. Tomorrow I promise I'll get it done and the rest of the coat will follow quickly. It always does.

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  19. Give yourself some time, Peter. Maybe oil your machines, organize your work space etc. Sometimes loading up the machine with white thread helps to get started but dont worry about stuff - you have been traumatized.

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  20. I've been feeding, warming and recharging the phones of storm refugees since my power came back on Friday. It's exhausting, but important. It does feel like it was the year without Halloween, doesn't it?

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