Thursday, September 7, 2017

Our hurricane preparations

Several readers have expressed concern about Hurricane Irma and our location here in Charleston. My husband wrote a blog post here that outlines our plans for the storm.

As part of getting ready, today I put about a dozen quilts in the mail to get them safely off the boat. Six of them are the little wheelchair quilts I made for Quilted Embrace. I donated them to the Cobblestone Quilters guild in Charleston as part of their Community Outreach program. I was going to try to meet one of the guild members and give her the quilts, but ran out of time and decided to just mail them to her house.

The second box contains toddler and baby quilts for my Project Linus chapter in California. I've shipped them to my Mom. I'll be flying out to visit her soon, so I'm hoping she'll wait to open the box for when I'm there. She enjoys seeing my quilts in person before passing them along to Donna at the PL chapter.

Our biggest concern, of course, is keeping ourselves safe from the storm. We will not ride it out on the boat unless the forecast changes drastically. Leaving the boat unattended means if something goes wrong, we won't be able to fix it, and there is a small chance that the boat could suffer some serious damage. We will be taking important items with us in our rental car, such as critical paperwork, food and water, our computers, a week's worth of clothing, etc. I'm thinking I might take my Juki, too. It's easy enough to stash in the trunk of the rental car.

We downsized our life from a condominium to a 40 foot motorhome in 2004, so we don't really have much. Some clothes, some dishes, some linens, a very few mementos. In 2014, I started quilting and now I have fabric! And thread, and notions, and two sewing machines! I'm more attached to those things, but they are all replaceable.

We just learned on the radio that the US Navy is anchoring some war ships up the same river. I'm not sure if I feel better that we'll be surrounded by naval vessels, or terrified that even the Navy is worried about Irma...

15 comments:

  1. Stay dry and keep us posted!

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  2. all the best.... I think yoiu are very pragmatic... things can be replaced but you can't....
    Hugz

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  3. Glad to see your post as I had been wondering if the storm was going to impact you. I'll be hoping for the best for you!

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  4. We're following here on our News channel - keep safe and well!!

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  5. do hope you stay safe and the boat doesn't sustain any damage

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  6. I like your train of thoughts ... 1. keep yourselves safe, 2. post off finished quilts to keep them safe and 3. get the Juki into the car! Seriously though, you and your hubby are the only things that can't be replaced should the worst happen. Will be praying for the safety of all in the path of the storm.

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  7. Been wondering about you with Irma on its way. Stay safe.

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  8. So you thinking of others before yourself by sending those quilts out. I'll pray for your safety as well as that of everyone in the path of the storm. And that your belongings and boat make it through so you can continue to be a blessing to so many by making your beautiful quilts.

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  9. I so admire you, all downsized. Now, praying for your safety and for all of those in the path.

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  10. Thinking of yuou and hoping you stay safe. Of course pack the Juki :)

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  11. So many wonderful comments. :) Everytime I watch the news I get a pit in my stomach....I can't even imagine what you are going through. It's informative reading your preparations and know you are both in our thoughts and prayers. V

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  12. Oh, my! Stay safe. It sounds like you have a good plan and you're saving the most important things - including yourselves!

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  13. I was wondering if you were still around charlston . We have been watching Irma on tv and it looks terrifying. I know I shouldn't say this but it made me smile that your first two paragraphs were about saving your quilting

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