Last week was definitely weird here in the South. The Snowpocalypse a few weeks back was bad enough, but the Icepocalypse was much worse for us. Augusta was the hardest hit by that storm, and here we were right in the middle of it all. Turns out ice storms are momentum killers…who knew? I spent last Wednesday trying to get things done on the computer in between power flickers, until Wednesday evening when it sputtered out and died entirely, and proceeded to stay out until… wait for it… Saturday morning! Not cool, Mr. Winter, not cool…
Quilting related work was almost non-existent. No power == no machine, no computer to work on patterns, not enough light for hand work most of the time and no iron of course. It’s amazing how completely dependent our lives are on having electricity at the flick of a switch, and even more amazing how little we realize it until it’s not available. As I said on Twitter, funny how some days you’d just like to read all day, until there’s nothing else to do and then you’d rather not!
I did have to relent Thursday evening and turn on the stinky gas fireplace as the temperature continued to dip lower and lower in the house. I totally despise that fireplace because the smell is disgusting–no, it’s not leaking gas or anything, it’s the smell of the burned gas that is offensive to me, and yes, I realize that my sense of smell is VERY overdeveloped. I even recently considered having the installer come round and yank it out and replace it with an electric one just for the ambiance, but obviously I’m glad I didn’t do that now! It pushed the temperature in most of the house back up to an acceptable level each day, so we’ll just keep it as insurance against the next uncharacteristic weather event in the South and be glad we have it at all!
Other than being warm enough most of the time, we fared pretty well, considering everything. We had lots of quilts to sleep under–go figure!–we could charge phones, readers and iPads in the car, and we had plenty of food on hand. With the gas grill outside we had hot dinners and even hot coffee, which makes everything better! We played a few board games, read a lot, and wondered hourly when Georgia Power would get around to our area for repairs. 😕
I was doing okay with it all until Friday night when Mother Nature added insult to an already injurious situation and threw us an earthquake! Truly, that about threw me over the edge. This was only the fourth or fifth earthquake I’ve ever felt in my life, and it was the biggest. Yes, I realize that 4.1 isn’t that big a deal to some folks and we were ~30 miles from the center, but when you’ve never lived through anything bigger and never lived anywhere that regularly experiences such things, it’s a big deal. It might not have been so awful if we hadn’t already been in the middle of a weird situation, but we were, and so it was. 😯
I did get a small bit of quilting related stitching in during the day when there was enough light coming in the window in the afternoon:
I’ve finished the stitching around the circles now, and I thought perhaps the quilt was done but I’ve since decided to add a line of embroidery around the outside edge:
I love this Weeks Dye Works #5 Pearl Cotton! It’s hand dyed with lovely variations in color. I’m using a few different colors and trying to change them at appropriate times so that the color change is gradual and I really love the effect. My mother and I did one of our email brainstorming sessions about a name for this quilt, so as soon as I get this part done I can label it and share the whole thing!
Other than this one small thing, I’ve just been trying to get back into things after an interruption of a few days, which is work in progress all on its own. What was I doing or planning to do when we lost power? What emails have I not answered? What projects were delayed? What’s on my calendar for the rest of this week? Do we have anything to eat now that much of our perishables have perished from lack of refrigeration? How is it already three quarters of the way through February? It’s like going on vacation only we didn’t get any souvenirs! What’s up with that?
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