Friday, June 14, 2013

No Power? No Problem.

Yesterday afternoon the terrible thunderstorm hit with massive winds and there were tornado warnings in the surrounding area.  Thankfully no tornadoes touched down but the whipping winds did snap off a few limbs and made the power go out about 5:30 p.m.  Then the storm passed, no rain, but also no power.  It was still daylight as the looming rain clouds passed but still too dark inside the house to hook.

I got out my candles, flashlights, batteries for the radio and had everything ready to go if the power didn't come back on before bedtime.  After all was set up remembered that I had my AC/DC portable OTT light so could hook in the living room.  Well the old charge lasted for about 20 minutes then that light was gone.

No power?  No Problem, out to the back porch is where Ben and I retreated to.  I filled his KONG with a bone which kept him busy for at least 3 minutes (it is between his front paws), but happily I hooked with a glass of wine on the back porch. 
Then when it became too dark to hook out there and even darker inside, began thinking of the women who lived before the electric light.  Obviously they did what they could by candle light and 'early to bed early to rise' to take advantage of as much daylight as possible.  I'm sure they didn't stay up until 10 or 11 p.m. and up at 7 a.m. (remember, I'm retired now).  Sometimes I wish life was a little slower and more humble but when face to face with the reality of the old and new technology, the electric light bulb is way better. 

Still haven't started binding the Oh Deer rug and this is what I've accomplished so far on the Henny Penny. 
As you can see I'm just hooking in blocks of different colors and won't change that.  But do think that I'll outline the left bottom clover or leaf with one of the duller reds as I think it would balance it better.

This has been a fun rug and really didn't think I'd pull out any loops to keep it free and appear as tho 'she used what she had'.  But that bottom left clover is bothering me.

Hope you all survived the bad weather of the last couple days and h ope you have a great weekend.

Thanks for dropping by and please be kind to one another.



  1. If you breath wrong in this area we lose the lights.
    but we have not had that kind of bad weather lots of rain but that is it. I always wonder how they did the samplers by candle light.

  2. We haven't lost power like that for a long time, but I have three oil lamps loaded and ready for when it DOES happen! Glad you got a little work done on your rug before the dark took over your evening. The rug is looking good!

  3. The Henny Penny rug looks fabulous just as it is! Love it!
    I agree... one of the more appreciated inventions was the lightbulb... and I sure can appreciate indoor plumbing too! lol!
    Stay safe in the storms!

  4. I have to admit I like and want my creature comforts. The days of ole do not appeal to me other than in some decorating around my modern conveniences.

    I like Henny Penny as is.

  5. I love your Henny Penny Rug!!! I am so glad you had no tornadoes touch down near you.
    Since I am a new follower and maybe I missed this but is that your own design or is it from someone else?
    I guess, is it available to buy the pattern?
    I hope you don't have any bad weather for awhile.
    Lovely work.

  6. Saundra ~
    I'd make a lousy pioneer woman!!! I want my electricity and indoor plumbing :)
    I absolutely love your Henny Penny!!! So old and primitive looking.
    Pug hugs :)

  7. Hi Saundra,
    It surely rattles the nerves during bad storms then having to deal with power outages at the same time! I don't work well by candlelight!
    Your Henny Penny rug is fabulous! I love the colors... very interesting together and has that old look that isn't that easy to achieve! It's wonderful!!
    Cathy G

  8. saundra,
    Here in Florida, we have hurricanes and tornadoes, but at least no snow.
    One of the reasons I bought my house was because in this little encave, all the utilities are underground. So far, even with the strong winds, no power problems. In the country, I seemed to lose power quite often because of all my trees. Glad to see you are prepared.

  9. I am speechless....I love Henny Penny. I didn't know you had been working on this one. I am BEHIND in my blog reading tho. Gorgeous Gorgeous rug.


  10. Saundra, your rug is looking marvelous! Yes, i think you're right, use a dull red to outline the other corner.
    Take care,


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