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Sewing Memories and Off-Grid Fantasies in the Stream of Consciousness



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Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is: “so/sow/sew.” Use one, use ’em all, use ’em any way you’d like. Bonus points if you start and end with any of them. Enjoy!

So, I use the word “so” a lot. I suppose it could mean, therefore, but sometimes it’s just one of those words that allow me to gather my thoughts. So, I used to sew a lot, I use “a lot” a lot, too…. In junior high school (which we not call middle school) I took home economics just so I could learn to sew and make my own clothes. I made a couple dresses and a scooped neck shirt/blouse that I wore in tenth grade to the party where my high school sweetheart and I met. I still remember that blouse. It was white with green print. And I think it looked good with my red hair. So he said when I interviewed him for the book.

I started out sewing on one of those old, black, iron pedal machines that use foot power on the pedal instead of electricity. I flexed both feet back and forth on the flat rectangular foot pedal which made the wheel turn and the needle go up and down. They had a few electric sewing machines, and I eventually got to use one of those. I know this sounds like I grew up in the dark ages, but this wasn’t that long ago – in the late sixties. The pedal machine was actually kinda fun.

I like the idea of a machine that doesn’t use electricity. Just imagine: years ago, people made all their clothes by hand. Sewing by hand can be fun, though time consuming. Once I made some curtains by hand. Where did I find the time? It was before we had personal computers, so I could watch TV while sewing on the couch. Yeah, I always liked TV, though the computer has taken the place of that for the most part.

What would it be like to live off the grid? With no TV and sewing by hand, reading books by a river, or by candlelight. Sowing seeds and reaping a harvest of potatoes, corn, beans, and lettuce? I think I would like it as long as I had toilet paper, clean, fresh water, and it didn’t get too cold. And if I had my own space, and a shower. And if it didn’t last too long. I’d like to try it for a week and see if I really liked it. But off the grid doesn’t mean without electricity, does it? Maybe having a little electricity, from an alternative, sustainable source, would be the ideal living situation. I could sow seeds, sew buttons, and sing songs like: do, re, mi, fa, so……

Bonus points!


If you’d like to join in the Stream of Consciousness or just watch it flow by, visit our host, Linda Hill at:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

15 thoughts on “Sewing Memories and Off-Grid Fantasies in the Stream of Consciousness

  1. Bonjour ou bonsoir JOANNA je connais la machine à coudre à pédale SINGER
    Je t’emmène du bonheur
    il est à côté de toi
    Surtout ne bouge pas
    Tiens ! il s’est glissé dans ton sourire
    Oh ! Le voilà dans ta belle demeure
    Pour embellir ta journée de joie et que ta soirée te soit de tout repos
    Pour toi je me dis que c’est la meilleure raison
    Alors partageons ensemble ce bonheur avec tous ceux que l’on aime et que l’on apprécie
    Regarde il brille soit comme le soleil au lever du jour ou une étoile dans la nuit
    Que Ce Bonheur restent l’histoire d’un beau jour
    Je te souhaite
    Une très belle journée ou une belle soirée

    Bisous Bernard Ton Ami


  2. Vous me rappelez ce mot de Hafiz: «Depuis que le bonheur a entendu votre nom, il a couru dans les rues, essayant de vous trouver. Merci, mon ami! ❤

  3. so useful a skill
    then, now
    and when
    the power’s gone, JoAnna!
    i like it
    a lot,
    than one 🙂

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  5. 🙂 Thank you, David. So, when the electricity’s gone, we can still sew something….or sow something.

  6. Oh how this takes me back.. to the times I would use such a machine.. 🙂 and wonderful too.. Self powered and they can go pretty fast too.. 🙂 Wonderful analogy woven and sewn within each thread too of your post JoAnna

    Love and Blessings to you

  7. My grandmother had a sewing machine like that one. Nice skill to be able to sew.

  8. My mom had a similar sewing machine…as a kid i used to make her stitch party dresses for my barbies 🙂

  9. I learned how to sew in one of those black sewing machine which folded back into a wooden table. I used a foot pedal control. I learned how to even line jackets with silky fabric. This was a great nostalgic post, JoAnna! 🙂

    • Now that you mention it, I remember using one that folded into the table, too. I love it when we jog each others memories. 🙂 Lining jackets sounds like quite an accomplishment!

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