Hurricane Season Preparations

Last night, Chris and I were talking about the upcoming hurricane season and the things we need to do to get ready for it. Since we’re about 60 miles from the closest coast line, we don’t have to be as prepared as my parents do, who are less than 5 miles away from it. But there are still a few things that we need to purchase to feel really comfortable during the upcoming season.

Along with the standard bottled water, food and batteries for flashlights, we also need to purchase a battery operated radio – we had one but it’s disappeared. We also need to purchase some plastic sheeting, not so much because we’re worried about having to “shelter in place” as much as we are concerned about something breaking a window. Plastic sheeting would allow us to cover up the broken window (we aren’t close enough to the coast to warrant boarding up windows before a storm). We have a manual can opener, of course, but I’ve been thinking we might need an upgrade, since I’m pretty sure this can opener has been around since about 1952. It still works, but it’s a pain in the backside to turn. We keep medication on hand, though this year we need to make sure we keep a couple bags of ice in the freezer at all times in case we lose power, because Chris takes a medication now that has to be kept refrigerated. Additionally, we need to restock our supply of matches, disposable plates, cups and utensils. Also on the list of things to check for resupply is the propane for the camp stove – a very important piece of equipment in the aftermath of a storm. Unfortunately, we don’t currently have a gas grill because ours died, but we do have a smoker and a charcoal grill, so we’ll be keeping lots of briquets around just in case, and finally, we have decided to buy a propane burner, which will be useful for a variety of cooking needs.

The last couple of days, we’ve been experiencing some bad weather in the form of thunderstorms, which means I can’t really do any sewing. I unplug my machines when the thunder starts, like so many other sewists do. That got me to thinking that I should consider prepping a hand pieced quilt project, which I’ve talked about several times before but I haven’t actually done yet. I think it’s a good idea because you never know when you’re going to be without power. When Hurricane Ike came through Houston in 2008, we were without power for more than a week, and sometimes there just wasn’t anything to be done. I don’t really worry too much about being hit by a storm this year, but I think it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If you live in a hurricane prone area, what are you doing to prepare for the possibility of a storm?

Getting caught up

So, it isn’t that I haven’t been sewing, because I have. And it isn’t that I don’t have anything to say, because I do. It’s because I’ve been so blasted busy, I just haven’t had time to post lately. Sorry about that. But now, let’s get caught up. 🙂

First things first – my son in law graduated at the beginning of this month from his AIT class, and is currently at home, working at the recruiting station until the middle of next week. Next week, he and my daughter will be moving to their permanent duty station, and while it’s not too far away from us, it’s still further from “home” than she’s ever lived. Add to that, their baby is due in the first part of July, and it’s been very hectic around here. Oh, and let’s not forget that we’re putting together a baby shower and going away party for them this coming weekend. It’s been CRAZY busy lately! But the baby quilt is finished, and we are ready for the party, so maybe once we get the kids moved to their new home  things will slow down for a few weeks? Yeah, I don’t think it will either.

Last week, I was working on Sarah’s quilt, which I haven’t talked about at all here. While she knows she’s getting a quilt, she doesn’t know anything about what the theme might be, or the colors or anything, because it’s a gift from her husband, Erik. All she does know about it is that there is some machine embroidery involved in the design (duh, what’s the good of having an embroidery machine if you’re not going to make good use of it?!?). And last week, while working on the quilt, I ran a sewing machine needle all the way through my finger. Yes, it hurt. Yeah, it was a stupid accident. Nope, I don’t think I’ll ever do that again. It caused me to head off to the doctor to get a tetanus shot, where I was asked when the last time was I actually got a tetanus shot. Do you know, I couldn’t even remember when that was? I’m figuring maybe as long ago as 25 years … but surely not, right? But then, it could be.

Also on and off the machine is the Green Eggs and Ham quilt. I’m using the time that I am upstairs but not sewing to put stars on it. Today, there should be quite a few stars going on it because I have to do some housework up there.

And finally, I’ve been planning my daughter and son in law’s wedding quilt. Hey, don’t blame me for it not being done yet! They moved the wedding up by a year, so how could I have made it in the three weeks I had between the time they announced their plans in August last year and the September 2013 wedding date?! But my goal is to have it done for them by Christmas this year. It’s a churn dash, using the same pattern as the Ugly Quilt, but with a black background and brightly colored churns. I’ve wanted to make this version of the quilt since I first started Ugly Quilt, and my daughter asked for it, so I cannot wait! I’m so excited about it!

Oh, one other thing – I figure that when my daughter has the baby, I’ll take my sewing machine with me and maybe do some home decorating things for her while the baby sleeps. I think she’ll really like some monogrammed towels, or nice guest hand towels with embroidery. Little home improvement bits that won’t break the bank, but that will make their new house a home.

Next week after the baby shower, I’ll try to post photos of how we set up and everything. 🙂