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My Life in Bags ~ I have a Bag for Almost Everything!

Updated on November 18, 2016
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Seafarer Mama/Karen is a joyfully home-schooling parent who holds a B.A. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Elementary Education.

Girl Scout Brownie Leader's Bag

A reusable Girl Scout cookie bag, which I carry my Brownie leader supplies in.
A reusable Girl Scout cookie bag, which I carry my Brownie leader supplies in. | Source

What's in a bag?

Are you a parent like me? Are you active and involved in many endeavors, and do you organize your life by assigning a "home" to everything?

I do! That is one way for me to keep my home and my life manageable.

Sometimes things need to leave their homes and come with us, though. They get bored and need some fresh air, so we need to take them out for walks and day trips. I often oblige by taking each bag with me to a special destination, at least once each week.

The picture to the right is my Brownie Leader bag, in which I carry the books and supplies that prepare me for leading a girl scout meeting for my daughter and her Brownie sisters. Our meetings usually occur every other Friday afternoon. Since we are members of a multi-level home-schooling troop, so it is convenient for us to meet mid-afternoon, instead of later in the day when other troops meet.

After checking in and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Girl Scout Promise, and Girl Scout Law, each level separates to work together on completing a journey, which usually involves learning a skill and conducting a public service project.

Monday's work bag

My personalized canvas work bag is my constant companion on Mondays, when I travel by train to work in Boston
My personalized canvas work bag is my constant companion on Mondays, when I travel by train to work in Boston | Source

Work

I am a text-reader for National Braille Press. I read the text for standardized tests that are transcribed into braille, and a braille proofreader makes sure that the braille matches the print.

I travel in to work in Boston on Mondays because that is one of my husband's "weekend" days off. That is my day to be there, so I am the one who is called first for any tests that need to be proofread on a Monday. I am usually there for eight hours. Since I park at a train station and commute to Boston, I usually carry in my bag the reading I like to do on the train, a folder of art work made for me by my daughter, and the lunch/snacks that keep me going throughout the day.

Since I love reading for a living, I also take a book home with me to text-read. I create audio files online, which I send to my boss when they are completed. The books I bring home vary, ranging from young readers' chapter books to adult novels. They are transcribed into braille by a trained braille transcriber, and my audio files are used to proofread the braille.

Tuesday's Co-op bag ~

My home-schooling co-op bag lives in the trunk of our car, so that it is always there when I need it ~ at least once a week.
My home-schooling co-op bag lives in the trunk of our car, so that it is always there when I need it ~ at least once a week. | Source

Home-Schooling

Most Tuesdays between September and May will find my daughter and I at our home-schooling cooperative. This is where students form study groups around subjects of interest, guided by two adults.

Though we have been involved in a variety of activities with the founders of this co-op, this is the first year of the co-op's formal operation in its present form and we are thrilled to be part of it. The bag pictured to the right lives in the trunk of my car, so that it is there for me to grab on Tuesdays. My daughter's basic supply box lives in it, as well as a Twister game and a few books and magazines. I usually bring additional things out to the car to put in it as they are needed.

I usually assist one of the adult study group guides while my daughter enjoys exploring the subjects she loves best. Sometimes we overlap, but often we do not. Some of the study groups in which she has participated include: cooking the fall harvest, Leonardo DaVinci as both artist and scientist, Camp Half-Blood (Greek Mythology popularized by Rick Riordan's books), and board game design.

Wednesday's Music Bag

This bag I designed via Cafe Press and bought to carry my music in to choir and ensemble rehearsals.
This bag I designed via Cafe Press and bought to carry my music in to choir and ensemble rehearsals. | Source

Music

"Without music life would be a mistake." ~ Friedrich Nietzche

My life would not be complete without music. Since sheet music is often made of paper, it needs protection from the elements, so I have a bag to carry my music in. That music is often kept in a folder for extra protection.

On Wednesday evenings I usually attend choir rehearsal. I often play flute in various ensembles for special occasions, and those rehearsals are often held on Wednesdays, too ~ luckily in the same place.

I love to sing and play instruments. Besides flute, I also play mandolin and guitar. The place that I sing and play most is my UU church. I also perform at open mics. I also love to participate in local drumming circles.

What better way to hold all of my music than a bag of my own design? The picture of the tulip is an original photograph that I took over 5 years ago, and through Cafe Press I have a store titled "Karen's Creative Images." A link to that store is provided under the image of the bag, by clicking on my name. Perhaps you will see a design there that you will love. You are invited to take a look.

* This bag does double duty as my writer's bag. In it I usually keep a pad and pens to jot down ideas for hubs, poems, stories, etc.

Thursday's Knitting Bag

My purple quilted knitting bag has been in my company for many years, and I use it to carry my knitting to my local public library on Thursday afternoons.
My purple quilted knitting bag has been in my company for many years, and I use it to carry my knitting to my local public library on Thursday afternoons. | Source

Knitting

On Thursday afternoons, our local public library hosts a knitting circle for the youth in our community who want to learn to knit. A couple of ladies who are veteran knitters, and who host a knitting circle for adults on Wednesday mornings, guide the young people in the steps to creating a knitted item, whether it be a baby blanket or a doll's scarf. Hot cocoa and a treat are provided to the participants by our children's librarian.

This is another way that my daughter enjoys both expressing herself artistically and getting together with other children around her age. I usually bring my own bag of knitting to practice off to the side while she participates in the group. I also bring the bag to her room in the evenings while she reads to me her bedtime story.

My Weekend Sewing Bag

This bag was made for me by my daughter, and carries my sewing/mending materials.
This bag was made for me by my daughter, and carries my sewing/mending materials. | Source

Sewing

Finally, I present to you the bag that holds articles of clothing in need of mending. Needles and thread of many colors live in the bag, as well as a small teddy bear's overalls, a shirt, and a pair of pants. I take this bag to the common house and sit by the fire to stitch the holes closed with loving care. When I have worked my way through all of the clothes in my bag, and the overflow basket in my bedroom, I will begin embroidering unique patterns on the pockets of my husband's work shirts.

My daughter made this bag at an art camp in Virginia two summers ago. My mother arranged for her to attend this camp while my daughter visited with her that summer.

A Bag for Every Activity in My Life

Activity
Category
Day of the Week
Type of Bag Used
Home-Schooling
Education
Tuesday
Reusable cloth grocery bag
Girl Scout Brownies
Education
Friday
Plastic reusable tote bag
Knitting
Education & Pleasure
Thursday
Folksy quilted bag
Music & Writing
Pleasure
Wednesday
Canvas bag of my own design
Sewing
Mending & Art
Miscellaneous moments
Canvas bag painted by daughter
Work
Functional
Monday
Large personalized canvas bag
All of the bags in my life have a purpose ~ to carry the things I need to take with me from place to place. Most of them have stories behind them. Do yours?

Do you organize your belongings into bags?

Do you keep belongings that you carry from place to place in a special bag?

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© 2014 Karen A Szklany

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    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      4 years ago from New England

      Thank you, Denise! Yes, the bag thing can be pretty contagious...and habit-forming! :0) I think my daughter has caught it, too. :0) She has a bunch of bags she works from, too.

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      Denise Handlon 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      OMG My family has dubbed me the 'bag lady'. I think I inherited it from my mother, although hers was mostly baskets. I was in my undergrad classes when I started doing the bag thing and haven't stopped. I am always on the lookout for new bags to add to my collection and can ALWAYS find a use for it no matter what size. Loved the hub! UP/U/F and sharing.

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      4 years ago from New England

      Thanks for stopping by and letting me know that you share in such wackiness! ~:0)

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      So many bags, thank goodness. So I am not crazy. I have many bags as well. Every bag tells a story in some weird and wacky way. Great hub.

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      4 years ago from New England

      Hi Eric ~ So good to see you here today. Glad you enjoyed my stories about bags, and that they resonate with your wife's experience, too. Hope you are having a great day. Thanks so stopping by to read!

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      4 years ago from New England

      Thank you, Billy! So glad to know that you were entertained by the "yarns" about all of my bags. ~:0) Hope you are having a great day. The sunshine here is so wonderful and I am looking forward to taking my daughter...and my "art bag" to our local botanical garden for a stroll.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My wife is definitely a "bag" lady. She would rather use bags than chests of drawers. Great article!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great topic for an article. Wonderful imagination just to think of this one...and then your unique voice, which is oh so comfortable to listen to, did a great job of telling us about all your bags. Loved this and who would have ever thought it possible. LOL Seriously, nice job of writing.

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