July 01, 2012

Dead Wood

Hi, everyone! If you watch the Weather Channel, you probably know that on Friday night Virginia (and several other states) got walloped by a cluster of terrible thunderstorms that knocked down trees and killed power to over a million customers. They're estimating that power won't be restored to everyone until the end of the week. We were very fortunate; although the power flickered on and off about 20 times, it finally came back and stayed on. It's really hot--it was about 102 today, so we appreciated the A/C. Likewise we appreciated not having this tree limb fall on the car. The tree is being taken out tomorrow; the canopies of these pears (decorative--no fruit) are heavy and the wood is soft, so they tend to split easily.


With such high heat, there was nothing better than stitching inside all weekend. I worked on Elizabeth and Sarah, but I don't really have anything to show--just more alphabets. But here's a little progress on a snow globe Christmas ornament from 2011 by Blackberry Lane. I'm stitching with DMC over one on 30 count linen.


Here's a photo of the project:


And thanks to Nicole, who showed her "Charlotte Clayton," I took mine out. This is the third time I have started this project--I didn't like the fabrics I used in the last two. This is 40 count Picture This Plus, but I can't remember the name of the color. It's a very blotchy pink/orange that looks just right with the NPI colors of the design. So far I'm pleased.


We have kept cooking to a minimum to keep the house cool; the bunnies counsel eating lots of nice chilled salads. It's even better if you can eat them while lying on a chilly tile floor.


Happy Fourth! You know what I'll be doing, and it isn't going to be shooting off a bunch of firecrackers in the heat!

25 comments:

Daffycat said...

Oooo, close call on the car! We have those pear trees all over here too. They are very pretty but they never last long either wind or snow/ice gets them.

Pink looks huge! Or is Peaches just petite?

marly said...

I've always loved the Clayton sampler but never noticed the border. Too busy looking at the cat and motifs. I like it!

barbara said...

Pink and Peaches look so happy and content! :)

Jan said...

Yep, that was close. Glad you're okay. We came through fine too.

Melissa said...

Glad to hear you are all OK. Your progress is looking good. Try to stay cool.

Beth Pearce said...

Glad to hear that you made it through with not too much damage. I love Marie's designs and the Snow Globe ones are some of my favorites.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Oh thanks for the update - we have been worried about all of you in the heat and the storm track ...

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I am all for staying inside and stitching!

Annette-California said...

Close call on the car. Midnight ride is going to be a beauty. Love the colors. Your sampler border is looking beautiful. Its weird your having the over 100 degree weather and we've only had a few days of it. Usually its scorching here in California.

Chris said...

Glad to hear that you made out ok in the storm. Those Bradford pears are so vulnerable.
Your Charlotte Clayton start looks great. It looks like it will stick this time :)
Have a great week!

Giovanna said...

Glad that you're ok and have power! Charlotte looks great on that fabric (3rd time? wow...), and the ornament will be lovely.

Margaret said...

So glad you kept your electricity -- and AC! Also glad that pear limb didn't fall on your car! I was wondering how you fared in the storm. Glad you took Charlotte back out -- she's still one of my favorite stitches. Love your globe ornie too -- I can't deal with that kind of stitching. lol!

Katrina said...

Oh wow, so glad it missed cars and home!!!! And especially happy you have electricity :-). Fun projects and sweet bunnies!!!!

Anna van Schurman said...

Only two kinds of Bradford Pears, split or splitting. :) You are so good to keep trying new fabrics with a project. I usually just give up. Or stitch on boring old fabrics.

Tazzy said...

I'm glad you're all right. Those storms were scary eough here in Ohio.

Your rabbits look like they're having fun with their chilled salads and your stitching is looking lovely as always!

Jeanne said...

Glenna I've been thinking about adding some of those snowglobe ornaments to my stash so will be watching to see how yours comes alone.

Thankfully you still have A/C, without it here I would be headed to a hotel quick LOL! The bunnies look cute and yes they have the right idea about summer menus.

Katherine said...

Glenna - those Bradford pears are awful, aren't they. Great progress on the stitchy front. Happy Independence Day!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Extreme weather everywhere! Glad you're all okay

Lovely photo of Pink and peaches.

Catherine said...

Glad to see you survived the storm with little damage ~ thank goodness the tree fell the way it did!
Hope you are staying cool!

Karen M said...

Glad you are OK. Those pear trees are a menace. Our neighbor lost 2 in the last year, falling over into our yard. Luckily they missed our cars, too. Those trees should really be sold with a warning label!

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Brigitte said...

Good to see that the branch fell down on the other side of the tree. You were lucky!
I love the fabric colour of Charlotte, the red of the border looks great on it.

Michelle said...

Glad the tree wasn't worse than it could have been and your power is on!! Hope you're enjoying some time stitching in the A/C this summer. Can't wait to see your progress on your pretty pieces. Charlotte is a beauty!