Last Monday I wrote about what was on my loom and how I planned to get quite a bit woven. Then, just about 6pm I was in the studio repairing knots on the pieces of the last warp I'd woven. Suddenly Molly, our cat, came flying down the stairs, like a bat out of hell, and disappeared. I should have known....but no, I took the pieces of fabric upstairs and put them into the washing machine. A few minutes later the storm hit. What a storm! It lasted about 20 minutes. It wasn't a tornado but a down burst or something, no funnel but strong damaging winds.
DH took over an hour to get home. This is the entrance to our subdivision. Just the entrance. Between there and our place there were several more power poles down, trees across the road, huge trees, etc. There are 2 entrances to our peninsula. The other entrance just had one tree fall across the road before our place. Until Friday everyone had to go out that way. This entrance was closed.
What a pile of screws!!! I brought screw drivers and hammer and candles along to work on it. It wasn't as bad as I was afraid it would be. Used every one of those screws too!!
In driving around the neighborhood a bit Saturday, we saw several homes that had tree damage. Everyone had trees down. We lost alot of huge beautiful trees, the well established ones.
One of the things that I did when I came home was weave on Thelma. I got several placemats done in the bit of time I was here. This loom is a bit closer to the window but not great. Having no power sure kept me from getting production done. Oh yeah, that warp that was in the washing machine? I wrung it out Wednesday and hung it outside to dry to where it quit dripping, then hung it up inside to finish drying.
Our power finally came on late Thursday evening. We were thrilled to come home Friday!! I put that warp back into the washing machine to wash out the soap, etc that was still on it. It's now dry and I've assembled one of the jackets because I have to ship it tomorrow!
The other problem we had to solve was our freezer downstairs and the one that's part of our fridge. I thought you could save stuff if you didn't open the door for up to 5 days. Well, let me tell you, 3 days is too much. Because we weren't home when the power came back on, things re froze. However, it was obvious that they had thawed, melted and then re frozen. So it all went out. I did need to go through the freezer and get rid of stuff that was too old but really, this was over kill, especially since I"d just been to Sam's!
We're hoping to get our phone service back this week. Otherwise, we're back to normal. So many others aren't. Here in the Knoxville area, I"m hearing of more and more neighborhoods that will all need new roofs. Some had alot of windows broken as well, not to mention cars!
We all have stories to tell about this storm that took such a toll of lives. So many people lost their lives.
I can't complain about the inconvenience of not being able to weave for a few days. Shoot, we could be in Winnipeg where they had snow again today! It's kind of late in the season, but it does happen.
Here's to hoping for a more productive week!!!