Thursday, August 30, 2012

Last Thursday in August

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, much appreciated. 

My heart goes out to all of those who have lost their homes from flooding from Isaac. It makes what we went through tiny in perspective. We just hoped and prayed the rain would stop and our cottage, etc. wouldn’t be flooded. We only got a little more rain after that last big deluge, and the sun is shining and it is very hot and humid today. Swampy smelling too.

This morning I went out to trim the Mexican sunflowers, after that I trimmed the Louis Philippe roses and the bougainvillea growing up over my shed. I had made me up a quart of Gatorade to drink and was good to go. After doing the trimming and cutting up and bagging the debris to be picked up Friday, I decided to mow.  I just took it slow and easy and kept drinking my Gatorade. We found it in powder form and it’s much cheaper to buy it that way than buying it already made up.

While I was mowing I noticed the front drivers side tire was looking kind of flat. I told DH and he came out to look. His neck is still bothering him, so he showed me how to read a tire gauge and put air in the tire.  Then he had me slowly back the car up and turn the wheel sharp so that a good portion of the wheel was out of the well, so that he could see if there was a nail or something. He didn’t see anything. But, we did hear a hiss of air when the tire got to a certain spot. I mixed up some soapy water then we put some on the tire until we saw where the air was bubbling out, making more bubbles. It was a split in my tire. For Pete’s sake. So, my car is now sitting at the tire place getting two new front tires, another unexpected expense. Last month it was a master cylinder and a new radiator. My little Mazda MPV is old, made in 1990. Runs great though, although the ac pooped out soon after we bought it.

I had sent DH an email I got about living in the moment the other day, and reread it again after we got home from leaving my car to have the tires put on. Every day is a gift and there are lessons to be learned, there is beauty to behold and we have much to be thankful for. Things could be oh so much worse.

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Part of this peach colored flowering Porterweed broke off in the winds from Isaac. Zebras love these flowers.

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This is a needlework piece I started in March, and hadn’t done any more on it until someone mentioned it to me when she saw it in a photo of my workspace. I bought a yard pf the background fabric yesterday and love it.  

I’ve still more to do on this as I don’t feel it’s finished yet. Many hours have already gone into this piece, but I can’t seem to stop. I made the crocheted flowers and edging bits and the heart. When the creative work is all done, I’m just going to mount the heart on to the background fabric, (after the fabric has been washed and pressed) and leave it at that.

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Well, that’s it from Plum Cottage.

Count your blessings.

FlowerLady Lorraine

23 comments:

Nancy J said...

Lorraine, we have had photos of Isaac and the destruction,so glad you are safe,A truly lovely heart, hours of delicate work, will be lovelier when on background fabric, will you use the dusky pink? Cheers from Jean.p.s.

Lynn said...

Lovely post ~ words to be grateful for. You are a special lady with special talents.

Leslie said...

I really like seeing pictures of your needlework. So, so pretty.

Sunray Gardens said...

Pretty blooms and your crochet pieces are really lovely. Sorry about the tire. It's always something it seems.

Cher Sunray Gardens

Becky said...

Love your stitchery bit - GORGEOUS!

~~~~~ eli ~~~~~ said...

Love, Love, Love the heart! ;-)

Georgianna said...

Hi Lorraine, I've been thinking of you and I am so glad to hear you are all right and that you didn't have much damage from the storm. So sorry about the tires – these things are never convenient. But you are so right to count your blessings. I hope you have a stress free weekend and much better week ahead.

Georgianna

Floridagirl said...

Sorry about your tire woes. We seem to have some major unexpected expense come up every other week. Stresses husband a lot. Your crochet work is so beautiful, and I love the peach-colored porterweed.

Mrs. Mac said...

I have been away and have company .. no time to watch the news and I didn't even know about the hurricane.
Hoping all is well.

Karen said...

Good Morning, dear lady! I am so happy to hear Isaac didn't flood you out completely. I was holding my breath looking at your earlier posts and seeing the water getting ever higher made me nervous. Thank goodness you made it through, soggy but safe.

The butterfly is so pretty. They must flock to your lovely garden in droves since your flowers are always enticing them. I know if I were a butterfly, I'd love your garden.

Though it is a shame to have to buy new tires, it's a good thing you noticed the problem in your driveway and didn't have a blowout on the highway far from home. Though I know how to change a tire, the thought of having to do it on a busy freeway would frighten me no end. I just priced tires the other day for my car, oh...expensive.

I love, love your embroidery, such delicate pieces of art. Bless you and DH, and have a wonderful weekend!

Pam :) said...

I'm glad you made it through the storms unscaved. I hope your beautiful garden fared well too.

I love your hand work.. its lovely, Lorraine. You are a woman of many talents.

Darla said...

Sorry about another unexpected expense...count it all joy..
I have that porterweed, it roots easy. Hopefully tropical storm or hurrican weather is gone at least for a while. Your needle work is just gorgeous!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Your words are always special to me.
How talented you are.
So much we have to be thankful for :)

Friko said...

Glad to hear that you are safe and well and working happily. Bummer about the tire, but things could be worse, you are right.

That's a lovely piece of work, will you show the finished article?

GRACE PETERSON said...

What a beautiful piece. Your work is so delicate and interesting. The closeups really show how intricate it is. Fabulous! I bet it's good therapy too.

You are so right about having an attitude of gratitude. Even though life can be so challenging and even heartbreaking at times, things could always be so much worse.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Lorraine, So sorry about your tire and other problems with your car. When it rains, it pours.... Right??? (And you all had your share of rain too....)

Love your needlework project. You do beautiful work.

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

sweetbay said...

So glad the rain is gone and you can get out in the garden again!

Marti said...

I'm so glad it didn't get worse for you this time. Your flowers still look good too.

Jeri Landers said...

You have the right attitude, "things can always be worse". And such is life, as we are wishing for rain. I love the delicate beauty of your crochet pieces. I am so glad that women keep alive the treasured tradition of needlework!

Gayle said...

I used to be so good at saying "things could be worse" and now I've turned into such a negative person I can't stand myself. I've got to kick this bad attitude before things do get worse!!

As always your work is beautiful.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Both the good and the bad in your post, and I am so sorry for the bad, but the good is so lovely.

The work that you do is amazing...I was on Pinterest and saw the cutest little crocheted earring of starfish, and thought of you.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Autumn Belle said...

Glad to see the butterflies are back with the sun shinning again. I saw the hurricane announcement over CNN and it sure looks scary. Hope the storm clouds are gone for good. Your needlework is lovely and sweet.

Vetsy said...

Hello Lorraine. I hope that the rain is slowing down in your area. We are just getting that rain today. I had to bring some of my outdoor plants in because the rain appeared to be drowning them.

I enjoyed your inspirational quotes it helped cheer me up as well..for troubles come and go. Yes I' learning to count my blessing as well. Love your Crocheted heart..It's very pretty.