August 28, 2011

Aftermath

There's no hell quite like being the person in the household who nixed the purchase of a whole-house generator while the power is out and the house is heating up and getting unpleasantly sticky. Fortunately, the power, which we lost around midnight last night, is back as of an hour ago, and the A/C is back on and the fridge is humming away. And also fortunately, the same person who nixed the generator, agreed that a water-powered backup sump was a good (and cost-effective) thing, so the basement did not fill up with water even when the electric sump stopped.

We woke up to this today. My neighbor lost one of his bradford pears (we lost one a couple of thunderstorms ago). The pears grow quickly, so they're much loved in suburbia, but they have a heavy canopy and soft wood, so as the saying goes: there are two kinds of bradford pears--the ones that have split and the ones that are about to split.

Tree One to Tree Two: "Let's split."


The weather made me think of my progress on the April Snow Person by Amy Bruecken Designs. This is Lilybell ("Lillybell plays in the rain.")

Here's what Lillybell and her duck look like (she came with a bead and treasures pack):


Because they're cute and whimsical, I've been acquiring all of them. July and August have come out since I purchased this, but my latest is "Robin Beth Rocks a Ruffle." I'll be stitching it on 32 count Lakeside Vintage Lemon Ice (seen to the right of the chart) with the charted Gentle Art, Crescent Colors and WDW overdyed threads.


But mostly I've been stitching on Liz Easdon.


I've eased down onto the lawn and am preparing to stitch the over-one critters. A closeup of the house--looks like the tree on the right has some storm damage.


Here's Elvis, chewing hay this morning. Elvis: "Thank goodness the air conditioning is on because my hair gets frizzy in the humidity."


Happy week ahead, and best of luck to all of you who are about to encounter Irene!

28 comments:

marly said...

Liz and Elvis are looking good. Glad you're powered up once again. My chuckle for the day is "Robin Beth Rocks a Ruffle"! Love that! Cute series.

mainely stitching said...

Tell Elvis, Peaches and Pink that they've got three new Maine cousins! Unfortunately my danged camera is missing, so I can't post pics, but we are now proudly owned by three Silver Fox bunnies!

I'm glad you're thru the storm and all intact!

Anna van Schurman said...

Glad you are safe! So surprised you love these whimsical designs. I just see you as such a staid sampler girl. I guess I have to adjust.

The Scarlett House said...

I've been thinking about you. Glad to hear that things are okay considering. Keep your stash out of that basement...just in case.

Laurie in Iowa said...

I was thinking of you and glad you made it through Irene relatively well. Glad the power is on and the a/c is doing it's job once again.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Glad the storm wasn't too bad for you. My folks (near Petersburg) didn't get much either.

Love your sampler progress!

I have to agree with Anna van Schurman - I'm also surprised to see you stitching something so whimsical. Just goes to show - none of us (I hope) are completely predictable! That's what keeps it all interesting.

Karen said...

Glad everyone made it through the storm! You cute designs are just.... so cute!

happy stitching...

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Lovely stitching! Now I am trying to picture a frizzy Elvis! LOL! He might look like a big dust bunny!
You know they do have a type of pear tree like the bradfords that are much stronger.

Beth said...

Glad you are safe and sound!

Margaret said...

Whew! Glad you made it through and your electricity is back already. We're hopefully ok. We're watching the basement as it's flooding, but I'm hoping it won't be any worse than usual. Love your Liz! And the series is so cute!

The Fab Furs said...

Good to hear that you have power once again. The buns probably would be in favor of investigating wind/solar/human-powered energy alternatives, so that their standard of living could be maintained in the absence of a viable power grid.

Jeanne said...

great progress on your projects and glad you came through the storm okay although spent a hot night I'm sure. I always hate to see the trees lost, happens where we live all the time in storms because trees can't root very deep in the southwest.

Jan said...

We only lost a few little branches off the maple out front. The electricity went out around 9pm and came back on right before 2am. Made for some sticky sleeping (or trying to sleep). Elvis looks marvelous no matter what his hair look like. Glad you all made it through Irene.

Katherine said...

You were on my list yesterday. So GLAD you are all OK!

Penny said...

Glad you made it through the hurricane. Liz Easdon is so pretty. Elvis is cute, happy he doesn't have to worry about the frizzies anymore!

Melissa said...

Elvis always makes me laugh!

Glad to know that Irene didn't leave too much damage!

Liz E is looking great. And those bright designs - who knew that was you? Sometimes I find myself liking something that is so 'not me' or so I'd thought. Whatever makes one smile is always a good thing!

Gabi said...

Glad you came quite well through the storm. Elvis looks cute as always, and I can imagine that he wasn't happy that the airco fell out.
Liz is looking fantastic and your whimzies are cute.

Cari said...

I've been thinking about you this weekend and hoping all was well. Glad the power came back on as quickly as it did. I went for 4 days without electricity ONCE...never again !!! Love the stitching you've been up to and love that cool Elvis!! Have a great week!

Karen said...

Glad to hear you're safe and that your power is back on. Love the whimsical little designs, especially Lillybell and her duck -- too cute!

Beth said...

Your stitching looks great, and I am so glad you made it through the storm safely! Those Bradford pears are a mess, aren't they?

Crafty Green Poet said...

Elvis is adorable! Glad you're all okay and got your power back reasonably quickly.

Katrina said...

Liz is just gorgeous!!!! Glad you made it through the storm without any major damage :-).

sarahbb said...

So glad things are ok & you have your power back!

Karen M said...

Glad you, and Elvis' hairdo, came through OK. We didn't have much damage here, but one of my neighbor's Bradford Pear trees came down, also. This time it landed on their side of the lot line, and missed taking out my shrubs. They had one go last winter that crushed my small trees.

The Fab Furs said...

fyi: your 8/29 comment came through ok--maybe it takes a hurricane? I didn't know there were water-powered sumps, but I bet the house generator would've needed gasoline. Now if only we were all ducks who seem to cope better in wet weather.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Glad the bunns survived OK ... Oh, and you all too ;<)

Zoey and Cjico and Goldie totally identify with Elvis!

Siobhan said...

I'm glad to hear that you didn't sustain any damage except for being sweaty for a bit. ;) Yikes on your neighbor's tree--at least it didn't hit anything.

Love the WIPs! I'm laughing over that Robin Beth Rocks a Ruffle--too funny. If I liked my SIL Robin I might be inclined to stitch it. ;)

Michelle said...

I'm so glad to hear you made it through ok, if somewhat sticky. Liz is looking fantastic and I'm sure Lillybell is a good piece to add to the mix!