Friday, September 16, 2016
Its 1979 and Jo was 13 -- And I was 26
1979 - Jo was 13. This was the year of holidays for Jo! She went on an adventure holiday to Wales with the school where she went pony trekking and tried archery. Then she went on holiday with her Grandparents. Neither had been well and it was felt they needed someone with them in case of emergencies! They stayed in a caravan in Cornwall and Jo was thoroughly spoiled by them. Anyone with sibling will understand the freedom of time away and being The Only One. Later in the summer Jo's family stayed in a caravan in Sussex. A short break in a Derbyshire Youth Hostel with the school completed the year. The school holidays were heavily subsidised to allow children from deprived areas a chance to experience things they might not have done otherwise. Like ponies!
In 1979 I was recently divorced with two boys, 4 and 2, hardly making ends meet and living with my parents... I just started a brand new job - it was an amazing opportunity for growth and it was a great fit for me - I AM STILL THERE!. I was finally making $150.00 a week (seriously that was the deal) and I was able to move out of my parents home and rent a place with one of my closest friends. I actually even owned a car. It was pretty amazing what I could do with $150.00 a week, and two kids, and still feel rich. Writing this little memory reminded me, the best times of my life often were when I had the least.
Selecting the stitching piece to share was a struggle, let me tell you. So I had to go with Halloween. And I had to pick two.
This is from Pine Mountain This is a one nighter. And the only little bit of cuteness (?) is the spider. I think this would make a great scrap book page -
It's Halloween, The Drawn Thread. I fell in love with this witch. She really is green with purple hair.
The chart actually does not end after the witch. But I ended it here. Well there really isn't much fabric left under the witch. And, I really don't ever believe I have to follow the chart exactly ever. There is a picture below showing the whole chart.
Have a wonderful, wonderful day, Jo. Seriously for me, life gets better with each decade.