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Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Thankful Thanksgiving

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! We are certainly thankful for getting back our little bit of normal here in our home and lives. I've always enjoyed a simple life... but I really do enjoy me some electricity too... brighter lights in the evening and the spoils of a washer and dryer! Whoo-hoo! Seriously... I did good without electricity for awhile... until I realized I was soon to run out of clean clothes! ;-)

We're all good now. Home is safe. Tree is gone. Yard is clean. Tummys are full... back to stitching...


This pinkeep was started the night of the storm. It's a design by Country Rustic Primitives called "Bewitched". I stitched 1 over 2 in called for DMC threads on some prewashed osnaburg. The back of this pillow is black wool. Front and back was stitched together right sides facing out. I cut some fringes in the black wool and then pulled some threads out of the osnaburg for a frayed look and stuffed it firm with natural cotton. I think the messy edges of this pillow work well with the design... kinda like straw sticking out of a scarecrows shirt...

Anyways, I can't believe how quick this year is coming to an end. We missed out on some Trick or Treating because of the storm... today is Thanksgiving Day... and Christmas will be here probably before I get all the decorations up and cookies baked!

So, for now... I will enjoy the blessing that is today... and hold on to this bit of peaceful heaven for just awhile longer...

Until next time... stay healthy and keep on smiling!


Friday, November 9, 2012

Sandy and Athena

The Monday after the previous post was mostly OK during the day.... but, as it turned to dark in the evening, the winds of Sandy really started picking up. Then, the lights started to flicker. I watched from the front door as the skies lit up with bright green and turquoise from transformers exploding around us and in the distance. The sound of the winds a constant growl. And then, the lights went out. No power. No rain though either.... so that meant no flooding for our neighborhood.

We awoke Tuesday with less winds, a yard full of leaves and small branches.... and a backyard with a pine tree squashing our chain link fence. But, that's OK. The tree missed our garage by 6ft. :-)


Our home survived... we survived... we're OK. :-)

Yes... we had trees and wires and poles down in our neighborhood and surrounding towns. Yes... many traffic lights were not working on the major highways and many back roads were not passable (because of said trees, wires and poles). Yes... we waited in line for gasoline to fuel our generators and fill our cars so that we can still get to work... and yes... it was 9 days after Hurricane Sandy when Nor'easter Athena went through...


Same tree... but, with snow? Yep...

While we have our power restored... there are many, MANY folks that still do not have power after 11 days... and many are delayed in rebuilding the damage to their homes... and getting back to the "new normal"... I'm sure you have seen the devastation on your local news channels and internet... please keep them in your prayers...

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!


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