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!