Clackamas County Fair 2017

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The end of the summer here, and we go to the fair. It's one of my favorite days of the year and we had such a sweet time. There is no trace of toddlerishness in Amelia anymore — no stroller, no bulging diaper bags of tricks and treats, no tired tears — just pure excitement and joy at all there is to see and do. We sauntered and strolled, riding ponies, petting bunnies, buying prairie hats, eating kettle corn. How I love to see this child happy, love her smile and her laughter and her skipping and her jokes, her poses and her priorities, her excitement and her wonder and her hilarious nonchalance over things I think should spark wonder. I love it all, and I love her.

I must admit that I'm tired. Wonderfully, happily tired, but still — pretty tired. Heading into the homestretch of summer, that final sprint after the long, long marathon of summer, and I've apparently stalled out before even starting the last leg. Andy's been on vacation for almost three weeks and it feels like we've had something to do almost every single day. I know that can't be true but it felt true up until yesterday, when I huddled in my office, sewing school clothes and trying to organize my thinking about something, anything. Last week my childhood friend Jenny flew in to hang out with us just for a day (she's a flight attendant). We hustled out of swimming lessons, met her over at Kennedy School just after she landed, spent the afternoon having lunch and lounging in the soaking pool there, then we dropped Mimi and Andy off at home and she and I went up to Powell's and browsed books, then we went to Piazza Italia for dinner, then we got ice cream, then we sat at the fountain and talked, and then I drove her back to the airport around 9 p.m. It was so great to see her. I was collapsing into bed as she was getting on the plane to go back to Chicago (poor thing!).

Yesterday I cut out four pairs of corduroy pants and four calico peasant blouses with tiny gathered pairs of pockets for Amelia, who has few school clothes that fit her anymore. I ordered (from Etsy) the same back-to-school dress pattern that I'd made her last year and after I'd spent a half an hour ironing all of the pieces I realized that it was a size too small. I hurriedly ordered a size 5 and hopefully it will get here in time. We made a family trip to Fabric Depot to get thread and elastic and olive-green and rust-colored corduroy. I came home and sewed in happy isolation, breathing deeply, ripping out all my stupid mistakes and redoing stuff as necessary. It's been so long since I've sewn.

My heart is just breaking for the people of east Texas and Louisiana who are affected by the catastrophic flooding right now. I pray that the rain stops and they can rescue all of the people who are trapped and stranded all over Houston. I'm heading downstairs to box up five or six packages of unused diapers that we have leftover in the basement to send to the Texas Diaper Bank. I didn't know this but diapers are not provided by disaster relief agencies. I'm praying for everyone who is struggling there right now. If you are from the area and you have suggestions for other groups to donate to, please let me know. I really want to help.

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We are having about 110 degrees of heat the past few days in Northern CA, but in spite of that all I have to do is think of Texas and Louisiana. I hope you get suggestions on where we can donate - I know some places are "scams" so I don't want to send donations to just anybody. I'm waiting for the Fall season! I laughed at your comments about sewing and ripping out - I, seem to do that as well and I prefer hand sewing. Love the fair photos - as usual and your blog!

Thank you for donating to the diaper bank! Diapers are also not covered by WIC or SNAP (food stamps), so diaper banks are vitally, vitally important!

Elisabeth Tsubai says: September 06, 2017 at 06:23 AM

Alicia - thanks so much for expressing your concern for those of us here in Texas and for the link to the Diaper Bank. We appreciate the support from across the country (and the world for that matter). Our home was spared with moderate damage and we are out trying to help with recovery operations. And we are praying for the people who have been already impacted by Irma, and for the safety of those who are either in the path or evacuating.

That sleepy bunny.

It was so fun to see some familiar sites and faces! I have been following you since way back when and I have to tell you, the cowgirl outfit really suits Amelia. There is something about that little glimmer in he her eyes that says prairie hat no, and cowgirl hat yes! She is just adorable!

Thank you for your prayers for Texas - I live in Houston and things are drying out, but it's still a mess (and we are all praying for those in Irma's way tonight). Today I needed a bit of cheer, so I thought I'd look in on your site - I always love to read Posie Gets Cozy - the State Fair photos and story really cheered me up - and thank for letting folks know about the diaper bank site.

I always enjoy these photos and your visit there! It really does mark time so clearly. Especially the photo of the shoemaker and Mimi. To see them each year. I love those photos.

Her joy at the goat is great, and I love the grumpy bunny. Thank you so much for sharing these.

Wonderful Photos, beautiful moments.

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.