Author Archives: jottingjoan

About jottingjoan

retired former newspaper writer. Many children and grandchildren. One husband.

Jean sews through social isolation

The orders to stay home during the pandemic shut down the sewing group at Marrable Hill Chapel as it did at many others. Stacks of fabric, boxes of thread, bags of lace, rick-rack and bias tape sat idle on shelves. … Continue reading

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The hard part of mental illness

My cousin’s first hint of something amiss began with daily long distant phone calls filled with angry rants. The parents on one side of the country looked at each other with astonishment and concern as their son once again dumped … Continue reading

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The no sleep night

During quarantine, Mother’s Day looked rather glum until I read my daughter’s Facebook posting. I well remember this test of motherhood on a sleepless night with my youngest child. Happy Mother’s Day to my mom. Probably the most accurate depiction … Continue reading

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Carrot cake

Carrot Cake recipe from Cook’s Illustrated magazine Jan-Feb. 1998 edition 2 pounds of carrots grated fine (makes about 7 coups … a food processor saves a LOT of time grating and scraping knuckles.) 1 cup plus 2/3 cup granulated sugar … Continue reading

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More face masks

Prompted by the COVID-19 threat, my sister sent a face mask pattern. She said that face masks reduced the spread of a virus outbreak in Asia. She stitched a few masks for herself and friends. I looked at the email. … Continue reading

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Hershberger Hippies

I never intended to form the “Hershberger Hippies Cub.” However, with three Hershberger family members involved in falls resulting in a broken hips, the club is here for good. In January, I slipped in mud, did a sideways split, fell … Continue reading

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Covid-19 and the Internet

During this time of widespread closures and slower pace of life, we are allowed, even forced, to watch how differently individuals and governments respond to the time’s uncertainties. The email request for face masks sent me scurrying to the sewing … Continue reading

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Tooth Fairy

After reading the following on Facebook by Gordon Bell, I asked his permission to share it with my readers. He graciously agreed. My daughter lost a tooth last week. She gets all jacked up about losing teeth because she knows … Continue reading

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If you promise to paint …

“During spring break we will paint your room,” Sharon and Jacob promised their daughter Caroline. Brother Eli asked to have his room done as well. The little sisters’ bedroom was painted last fall. They shopped for paint and found a … Continue reading

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Sew many ideas

Sewing items from yard sales overwhelm my sewing room. Occasionally I acknowledge I must get rid of something. That’s how I recently met two lovely ladies. First I met a local seamstress who alters and sews clothing. For her, I … Continue reading

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