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Weathering The Storm

Weathering The Storm

Once again we are awaiting a storm to descend upon us – Hurricane Michael. We’ve stocked up on water, and canned goods, batteries for our flashlights and gas in our vehicles. We’ve stashed some cash and charged up all our electronics. And now we wait…

We’ve been keeping watch since Sunday morning and decided to stock up on a few things Monday afternoon – about twenty-four hours too late to purchase the good stuff. Instead of packets of tuna and salmon and boxes of crackers, we ended up with Spam and Beanee Weenee’s and potatoes chips.

You would think we would have learned to shop earlier by now. The shelves were rapidly becoming bare.

We had to go to three stores to find bottled water. People were out in droves pulling cases of water off the shelves and loading their shopping carts. They get crazy about water at times like this, even though the only water they usually drink is when the ice melts in their drink!

I try not to get too worked up over these storm warnings. I told H it is probably because I have no young children around I have to tend to in case of a crisis, such as loosing power. Children don’t fare too well without their tv in times like this. Card games and board games are a thing of the past. They need their electronic fix 24/7. I’m happy with a book and a flashlight.

I was talking to a friend of mine on text earlier who evacuated because she was closer to the projected path than we were. She said to excuse her typos because she was typing fast and furious this morning to concerned friends and family. We were amazed at how many acquaintances come out of the woodwork when they think you are in danger.

To be honest, I appreciate all the calls and messages and thoughts and prayers for our safety. As much as I badmouth Facebook, it does come in handy at a time like this – as long as I have power and my phone is charged. See – I’m addicted to my electronics too!

It’s been raining here since midnight last night and we’ve gotten some strong gusts but the majority of the storm, they say is the worst one to hit the Florida Panhandle, is to the east of us.

It seems we’ve dodged the bullet again. Michael made landfall about 1.5 hours to the east of us and is continuing to wreak havoc, but in our part of the world, it’s just another storm.

Anyone need any Beanee Weenee’s or Spam?


What Hat are You Wearing Today

What Hat are You Wearing Today

Hats come in many different styles and colors. I wear many. Not so much as in actually wearing the hat, but as in doing what it represents.

My inventory of hats include – and not in any certain order –

  1. Daughter
  2. Sister
  3. Wife
  4. Mother
  5. Grandmother
  6. Keeper of all things important
  7. Writer
  8. Seamstress
  9. Pillow maker
  10. Lover of Social Media
  11. Clutter remover
  12. Mediator
  13. Self-Publisher
  14. Promoter
  15. Peacemaker
  16. Multi-tasker
  17. Blogger

I’m sure there is some hat I forgot to mention. The point is, I spread myself thin – very thin. But I like to keep busy so all is well.

At the moment I’m trying to finish my WIP. I’m not sure of the title yet. But it’s fiction and funny (it makes me laugh) and profiles the life of a working wife (Evie) with a newly retired husband (Leo). Leo needs a project to keep him busy and Evie needs time to keep her work-from-home business from sinking. This proves to be a large task with Leo underfoot. Visit Elle Knowles Facebook page to keep up with the process.

The holidays are here and that gets me working on my Etsy shop. (Yeah, I have one) Everyone needs new pillow covers to add cheer for the holidays. I’ve got a promotional contest going on now. Drop by pillowpods Facebook page and like, share, and comment on the post to have a chance to win a free holiday pillow cover. Visit pillowpods on Etsy to see all the pillowcovers. New pillow covers for all occasions coming soon!

I’m in the middle of making my newest grandchild a christening outfit. I’ve got this much done and waiting on a pants length from his mother so I can cut out the pants. I had to make that jacket pattern because I couldn’t find one with a shawl collar, but it turned out better than I expected. Hope it fits. Sewing long distance is not easy.

Andrew will be home in a couple weeks, between semesters, for Christmas, so I’m trying to figure out where to stash all this ‘stuff‘ so he’ll have a place to lay his head. BTW – today is his 25th birthday! Happy Birthday Andrew!

I haven’t gotten my tree up yet, but I’ve thought about it a lot. I wonder sometimes if H realizes this needs to be done – soon.

So that’s what’s been going on in my life. Busy, busy but it keeps me happy! What’s going on for the holidays with you?

Let me go find another hat to wear!


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