I know it dates me, but I loved David Bowie and especially his song, ‘Changes’.  Remember the platform shoes?  The glittery makeup?  The wildly spiked hair?  He must seem pretty odd to today’s music lovers who have bands dressed in fox suits croaning “what does the fox say?”  (clears throat, with affect)  Things change.   Or do they?

My dear and only sibling has sold her house and is moving to the south.  My son is interviewing with a department in the south.  My daughter is determined to return to the south.  Maybe I should have entitled this post ‘the south’ instead of ‘changes’.  Of course we are not talking about one spot, we are talking about Savannah, GA, Austin, TX, and Naples, FL.

I am remembering that when I was young I also moved about.  First it was Ithaca, NY.  Then off to Laguna Beach, CA.  The Boston sirens sang and we moved to the north shore of Swampscott.  And then back to New York where our first home was built in horse country.  Now I live across the river in apple country. . . far, far from the south.  I’m trying to make sense of it all – wondering how I will bear to be apart from the people that I love.  When I need to wrap my head around my troubles, I usually find myself in the sewing studio.

There is something strangely comforting about cutting fabric into pieces and finding pleasing combinations when rejoined.  A scattered mind can be quieted by the repetition of sewing strips together – or by listening to the gentle hum of the machine and the hiss of the iron.  It’s no secret that I find solace in my sewing studio.DSCN7244DSCN7234DSCN7233I’ve had little use for words this weekend as I ponder these changes that are arriving, one after another.  I know that I will have to find peace with the decisions my loved ones are making.  But no one said that it would be easy!DSCN7236DSCN7240DSCN7239I leave you with two little blocks which are the beginning of a secret gift –DSCN7242And of course C (changes) is, inevitably, next up.

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mother of two amazing individuals, daughter, sister, artist, partner - devoted to knitting, quilting, gardening,writing,painting, reading, sewing, longing to live by the sea
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7 Responses to cha-cha-cha-changes

  1. paulina says:

    When everyone left for Woodstock, someone had to stay behind so that when it was over, there was a place for everyone to call home. Then from my rooms they decided what to do.. If you move South, all sense of home will vanish. Be HOME. Be where everyone KNOWS, where THE SOFT BLANKETS LAY.


  2. Hi Jody, pondering big changes can be overwhelming, but then sometimes they be the beginning of some of our us greatest adventures! 🙂 I love living here in the south. We moved here to the Low Country about 8 years ago. We are in the country, small town area, about 40 miles from downtown Savannah. But boy, the area is sure growing. There was nothing out here for miles, now new businesses are coming in bringing jobs, beautiful subdivisions, stores, and entertainment.

    I lived in Long Beach CA for most of life and moving here was certainly a change in culture. Life runs at a much slower pace, even when it is running fast. 🙂 But once I slowed down and took a breath, I felt so much calmer and the southern hospitality made me instantly feel at home. It is home for me now and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

    Some people have trouble with the heat and humidity and truthfully it can be a challenge especially if we enjoy working out of doors. Even if you think “I love the heat!” the mosquitos and sand gnats will keep you out of the garden for periods of time. I think you have to be someone who is content being indoors now and then, to really enjoy living here. The summer can be pretty intense, but on the good side, it only lasts for about 3 months or so and then the rest of the year it is very comfortable. It can get a little cold in the winter but it is probably mild in comparison to what you are used to in the north. Depending how south you get, it only snows once or twice a year and melts away in a day or so. Fall and Spring is especially nice.

    I actually love the way the humidity softens the air. It is something that is hard to explain but you will experience the sensation almost instantly the moment you get out of the airplane and step outside into the sunlight. It is very pleasant. Everything inside and all the houses are air conditioned so it is pretty easy to endure, especially if you have a positive attitude about it.

    The storm season begins in late May and goes through August. The storms usually come out of no where and rage for short periods of time, especially in the afternoons. On the good side it is beautiful how freshen the air making everything smell so cool and sweet.

    But on the more serious side, you do have to get used to looking at the weather everyday in the summer and learning how to read the sky. Tornados do touch down now and then and we have periodic warnings. There have been hurricane evacuations but not for about ten years. The gulf stream usually carries the hurricanes past us and they make land fall up north fall in South Carolina. But again, we take all warnings seriously.

    The historic area of Savannah is really beautiful and has a neat artist vibe, with the SCAD school of arts and design. There are many galleries and two wonderful museums. My niece has some of her paintings in one of the galleries downtown. Its a beautiful place to visit, but it is also really beneficial to drive far into the surrounding country side. A lot of times when people come to Savannah they see only the historic district and miss going into the countryside, which is where some of the nicest properties and houses are. Well as Forrest Gump used to say: “Well, that’s all I know about that.” 🙂 I hope you have a lovely evening ahead! With Love, Delisa 🙂


  3. Hi Jody, P.S. I love David Bowie!


  4. I’m really enjoying your blog & how you often hit on the common threads that often run through complete strangers lives. Those blocks are beautiful – all of them !


  5. suz says:

    David Bowie…..yep
    My son moved from Chicago to Laguna Beach….he’s never coming back
    but it’s home to him and his children………I raised him right
    miles aren’t the same as they were when I was growing up ( that’s way back)
    it’s not like they fall off of the planet
    But me….I love it here in the Midwest….
    ….Your squares are so adorable
    My Amy put Isla’s sweater on Tuula…….we cried and we thanked you…did you hear us?
    your one heck of a wonderful woman
    No matter where our loved ones are they are with us
    love the glue


  6. Natasha says:

    What a touching post, and so true that cutting and sewing can bring a sense of peace and calm to a tumultuous heart. So sorry that your heart is hurting. Your blocks and the fabric you choose to use in them is absolutely wonderful!


  7. Love how you present things of life. Moving is so difficult sometimes. And how I loved David Bowie too!
    Your squares are sooo nice, especially the one with a bee 🙂


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