Saturday, September 17, 2011

Just a few words about the recent flood...

Today I drove to Endicott on Rt. 17. Passed the Vestal Nursing Home with its ground floor missing all the windows. My neighbor who worked there until recently said the beds and other furnishing are piled in the front parking lot.
Home Depot has the parking lot filled with store items covered in mud. Ollie's, a new store here, which I didn't get to, is probably likewise stacked with flood refuse. Couldn't slow down enough on the road to see.
On a personal note, we were okay.
My cousin Marsha in Fairmont Park estimated 16 feet of water in her home. A picture of her in the Wed. Binghamton Press shows her in front of the house with her possessions piled at the curb.
Bob's nephew Unky (his father was Ernie, so they called him Unky, Bob told me) had his home flooded in the cellar. They have cleaned it and he, his wife and daughters are back. Two of his sons are with their grandmother.
Bob's niece Breanne had her home condemned. They were able to retrieve clothing and dishes & photos. Bob sister and brother in law are drying pictures when I stopped by today.
My granddaughter in Greene, Nikki, had 5 ft. of water in her cellar.
I'm so glad I live where I do. Thank you, God.

PA Quilt Extravaganza

On Sept. 15th I boarded a bus at the Oakdale Mall for the trip to Oaks, PA to visit the PA Quilt Extravaganza. Here's a few of the pictures I took. Thumbstall Quilters in Marcellus, NY had a display of their Do Not Touch the Quilts no larger than 12 x 12". This was one good one.

I find the catalog not real handy. Quilt lists are in the back, just a number, quilt name and quilter name.

The quilt above is Smiles. It is hand appliqued, hand embroideried and hand quilted by Sieglinde Schoen Smith. Sieglinde was the Best of Show winner at Lancaster several years ago with her Mother Earth's Children.

A special exhibit The Unspoken Truth about Color: A Dialogue in Art Quilts about Racism featured this quilt, a copy of a poster in 1760 in Charlestown.

Marilyn Belford's Persephone, holding a pommegrate.
And here's a purple and lavender bargello My Purple Heart.
It was a foggy, rainy ride down and clear coming home. I met ladies from Afton, Sidney and Guilford on the bus. Learned some new sewing tips on the way. Laughed a lot.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Where Have I Been?

Didn't realize how long since I've posted. No excuse. Just plain lazy.

Here's a tiny bit of Ella Mae's garden with Logan, who started out as her granddaughter's dog, then he went to her daughter and finally came to live with her. He's an old guy now, about 14 which is 98 in people years. Hope his social security check arrives each month.

She had a bear back in early June in her back lawn. He tore down the bird feeders.

We haven't done much this summer. Too darn hot for a long time. I had to water plants twice a day to keep them going. Recently I started picking tomatoes from those heirloom tomatoes and have saved seed for next year. I have enogh tomatoes for salad and tomato sandwichs nearly every day, not to mention a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato and fresh basil the other night. The patio is a real jungle this summer. I'm sharing my morning glories with my neighbor thru the privacy fence. Herbs are doing good. It will soon be time to bring in the rosemary, ivy, Swedish Ivy, Crown of Thorns (kids stay away from this with its inch long thorns) and the aloe plant.

Bob's been to the Dental Clinic at the Syracuse VA twice. The second time was for a consultation with the oral surgeon who had a cancellation after his appointment. He asked if Bob wanted his teeth out that day. Bob said "Okay" and it was done. Quiet ride home with him with his mouth packed with gauze. He's doing good, mouth is healing and he's eating more now.

My guild ladies are finishing up projects for Chenango Piecemakers show Oct. 8, 9 and 10th at the Oxford High School.

Only big news here is the flood last week. I came down Rt. 88 from my hairdresser's shop last Wed. afternoon to see the beginning of the landslide that has the east bound lane still blocked. A tree had slid down the hill and was on top of a pickup truck.

That morning the golf course at Chenango Commons flooded. McGirk's, a restaurant in the building was flooded. People have been working there since Friday, cleaning, tearing up stuff and all that is involved.

We were so fortunate that we are okay.

It won't be as long til I write again. (Sorry, Ellen. I know you watch for me.)