Thursday, September 1, 2011

We Survived the Weekend...

We prepared for the worst and although we had lots of rain and lots of wind, we had only had to deal with being without electric and small branches and leaves all over the yard. I was actually concerned for the first time in 30 years living in this house that the large oak trees, one in the front yard and one in the back, might fall because the ground was already so saturated. We decided sleep in the downstairs family room on Saturday night just in case.

My daughter Meagan and her husband Erik, who live just across the street from us had no damage, just some time without electric. Holly, Chad and Dylan have been staying with Chad's Mother as their electric is still out. Having a well, they also have no water. Dylan stayed here with us on Monday and Tuesday which was entertaining and exhausting, but when he left, the house was so empty.

I received an email from my niece asking about my hydrangeas. She is hosting a baby shower for her friend the end of September and wanted to know if there were still flowers on my bushes that she could use for decorating the tables. I was feeling sad that the hydrangeas would not get used this year. Two years ago Meagan used the flowers from the bushes my garden, which turn burgundy and green this time of year (like the photo above), for centerpieces and decorating at her wedding. Last year I dried them and they were used for the wedding of the daughter of my best friend in February. I'll be drying some for myself to use in the house but am so glad Leslie can use them for the baby shower.

Need to get to the shop on this beautiful day to fill some orders and work on adding up inventory for the shows I'm doing this fall.

Also I can still use votes for the OC Photo Contest. I think I probably can't win as I don't have hundreds and hundreds of FaceBook Friends like some of the other entrants. Seriously, who can have 967 friends.


  1. Really good idea about sleeping downstairs! Glad it wasn't necessary though. No power, is no fun.

    Your hydrangeas are beautiful! I bought a plant this spring, but it just didn't grow, and died shortly after I planted it.

    Have a nice afternoon!

  2. Happy to hear you are safe and dry! You got my vote!
    xo Cathy

  3. Good to hear everything is ok at your house. I can't imagine how I'd feel with that coming towards me!
    How many more votes do you need? I voted for you. Maa

  4. So glad to here you didn't sustain any damage. I don't blame you a bit for sleeping downstairs. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

  5. Glad you didn't have any damage from the storm. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous! They will be beautiful at the baby shower.

  6. Oh and hey Pat, found you on twitter and followed!