I got a call from Matt at work this afternoon asking if I was alright. What? "Mom, it's raining so hard here and the birch trees in front are almost bent over." He then asked me to listen as he held the phone in the air. The wind and rain were really loud so I told him to take the dogs and his brother (gee, I hope I said take your brother and the dogs but I can't be sure) to the basement. Anyway, he was concerned that I was driving in the mess. As it turned out I hadn't left work yet so it was fine. But, about 5 minutes later he called back and said the tornado sirens were going off but everyone was in the basement. When I finally left work, a 25 minute drive took me an hour and 45 minutes. None of the traffic lights were working so it was chaos on the main road I travel AND there was a ton of water in many places not to mention trees down, power outages and just plain rude drivers. We did have some damage and here are a few pics but for the most part, not too bad.
Here's a picture of our back lawn, a few branches down, nothing too serious
But these are our elm trees which are huge and the breaks in the branches are too high for us to get to tonight. More storms are supposed to come through and I hope these branches don't come down on our fence, the neighbors yard or our doggies while they're outside. We'll call someone tomorrow to take care of it.
Here are a few more pics from my subdivision (sorry for the blurry one, it was a drive by)
However, the biggest disaster in my yard is this.......
Yep, I took an outside pic last night, I must have gotten distracted, walked away and forgot about it and look what happened to my tornado stricken Friendship Sampler. I don't think the colors look like they've run so I think it'll be okay but can you BELIEVE it!!! I am a DoRk!!! It is soaking wet!!!
I may be a DORK but I am one savvy, shopping dork! Look what I found at the GW yesterday! I will repaint, stain and otherwise pretty this up but I love it. The best part, there was a sticker on it for $15 but when I got to the checkout the gal said "That's not our stitcker, that must have been someone's garage sale price. Here's our sticker" - can you see it? Yep! $4.95. Whoo Hoo! I love a bargain. Oh, believe me, I love spending money even when it's not a bargain and I have a few very pricey addictions that shall remain nameless but when you find something like this - it allows you to indulge every now and again on those not so bargainy items, right?
And Finally - this was supposed to be the headliner today but the tornado won out.....
LORRAINE and I have decided to do a SB SAL together on Sail Away. She and I have become blogging friends and are going to start this on August 5th which happens to be my, dare I say it, 50th birthday. Aaagh!!! Somehow, Sailing Away with 50 on the 5th just seemed appropriate. Lorraine and I will have to figure it out - neither one of us have ever done an SAL before but we're really looking forward to it. So, if you have this and haven't yet stitched it, I hope you'll join us, if you have it in progress, I hope you'll finish it with us and if you need to buy it to join us, by all means, get going. Let either Lorraine or me know if you'd like to join in - we'll work out the details and keep you all updated. It'll be fun, I promise!
That's it for today - I hope wherever you are that you are safe and protected from the weather. Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments you leave me! I appreciate it so very much and look forward to seeing a new ones and finding new blogs and new blog friends!