Marla, what an AWFUL memory to have, and to have happen, especially during those impressionable years!! (did Mrs. XX ever have children????)
I was always in awe of our sewing teacher ("and then you pin it in the middle, in the middle, in the middle, till it's all pinned in . . ." " . . that last stitch is going to be so close to the edge, you won't believe it . . "), and one garment she sewed: a beautiful long-sleeved, high-necked beige blouse with lacy overlays around sleeves, collar, and vertically on the blouse itself. I just couldn't believe she made
I enjoy sewing and have even made a few "real" (= lined, buttonholes, underfacing, etc) dress jackets. I really enjoyed creating my kids' Halloween and skit costumes when they were younger (they don't need that now
), too. Nowadays, though, my carpal tunnel flares up if I sew a button on, lol!
Cook? Taught myself, really, same as you, Marla. I'm no gourmet cook but I do feel free to experiment w/recipes, to adapt them to my own tastes.
Clean? What's THAT?????