A Slender Thread by Katharine Davis: Chapter Heading Word Definitions

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A Slender Thread

Even though I couldn’t finish this book, I love what the author did with the chapter heading word definitions.  Aside from the cleverness of interlacing the chapter heading words with the title with the theme of the book (admittedly so), they spoke to me on a more general life level (especially since I’m a knitter – a fiber artist – and had previously gotten tangentially interested in weaving), so I’m sharing them ‘cuz maybe they might speak to you too.

(Chapter 1) Weave: Make cloth by interlacing threads on a loom.

(Chapter 2) Loom: A device to hold warp threads taut so that the weft threads can be woven under or over them.

(Chapter 3) Castle: The largest upright part of the loom.

(Chapter 4) Warp: Threads running vertically in weaving.

(Chapter 5) Weft: Horizontal Threads interlaced through the warp of a fabric.

(Chapter 6) Tenterhooks: The hooks on a tenter, the framework for stretching wool to prevent shrinkage after it has been washed.  When one is under tension, one is “on tenterhooks.”

(Chapter 7) Threading hook: Long skinny hook for threading warp.

(Chapter 8) Thread: Fine cord of two or more filaments twisted together.

(Chapter 9) Web: Woven cloth, but also the cloth remaining on the loom.

(Chapter 10) Shed: Open space between upper and lower warp threads.

(Chapter 11) Yarn: A continuous strand of twisted thread.

(Chapter 12) Draft: Map of the pattern to be woven.

(Chapter 13) Spin: Twist fibers into thread.

(Chapter 14) Spinster: A woman employed at spinning.

(Chapter 15) Woolgatherer: A person who wandered through the fields gathering tufts of wool left on low branches from the sheep that had been grazing there.  To woolgather is to indulge in fanciful daydreams.

(Chapter 16) Texere: Latin for “to weave,” from which the English word “text” is derived.

(Chapter 17) Shuttle: Tool that carries the weft threads through the shed.

(Chapter 18) Boat shuttle: A shuttle resembling a boat.

(Chapter 19) Loose ends: A woven piece not properly tied off.

(Chapter 20) Tapestry: A woven cloth, sometimes depicting a story.

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Book Excerpts: A Slender Thread by Katharine Davis

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A Slender Thread

” . . . Instead, Margot’s heart stubbornly refused to lift.  It was as if she couldn’t make room for happiness now. . . .”

I quote this somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but I really have felt sometimes (and I’m sure not for the last time) that there is so much other “stuff” in my life that there is quite literally no space available for happiness.

There is only one lonely quote from this book because, unfortunately, I put this book down and couldn’t finish it.  That’s Very unlike me, but life’s too short to force myself to finish a book that doesn’t pull me through on its own.  <shrug>

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I Got Over It

Over it

So, recently a work colleague achieved a new level of status at our company and in their (yes, it is a single person, but I am using the plural pronouns to be gender-neutral – I’m anonymizing as much as possible, while still sharing the guts of my emotions – which is what this post and this blog is all about – me!) career.

This person’s achievement affects my job description/responsibilities and we had that conversation this past Tuesday.

When I was recounting the story to my sistas (their word for all of us and I love it!) at Support Group that night, I confessed that I had approached that particular work relationship for the first 18 months or so (I’ve been there a tad over 2 years now) with warmth and friendliness (which unfortunately has not resulted in the type relationship I was hoping to build – but please look around at my quote editorials about being the only one fighting for a relationship and deciding enough is enough) and . . .

. . . I paused at this point to choose my next words, and one of my sistas (well, our sista leader actually), piped up with:

“You got over it.”

This had me actually laughing out loud, and reflexively (gently) slapping her arm (she was sitting next to me) in solidarity.

So, yes, I got over it.  🙂

Quotes That Speak To Me: Probably You

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It is

I didn’t even have to think about this one.  I’m pretty sure it’s me – on both sides (mom’s/dad’s) in fact.  <shrug>  Oh well.  Insert Popeye here.

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Quotes That Speak To Me: Unwanted

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Unwanted

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Yes, this is it exactly!  I got tired of being the only one fighting for the relationship.  I was snarked at one too many times (and once by someone I Never expected to snark me!).

I’m trying to do it without rancor – for myself since the ones who’ve been let go don’t care, they probably don’t even know – but I am still struggling with the guilt of deciding that the letting go had to happen.

Ah well, as my favorite heroine says: “Tomorrow is another day.”

Quotes That Speak To Me: Black Sheep

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Black Sheep

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Oh my, how this made me smile when I found it on FB.

The irony is that those in my family who (were they to be honest with themselves, if nobody else) would recognize themselves in this quote (as I actually know some of them should), are most probably not reading me anymore – if they ever did.

LOL!