Thursday, February 14, 2008
Close to Nowhere
Sewing up a storm!
It’s certainly been an eventful week in my world.
Tuesday wasn’t a good day any way you looked at it. Pappaw passed away that morning and then the afternoon and early evening brought terrible storms.
Most of us in this area were very lucky. Some of us found debris from the Oxford area that wasn’t quite as lucky. Abbeville suffered a great deal also.
I have no idea where I heard it and I have no idea if it’s correct or not, but I “heard” there were 60+ tornadoes Tuesday night. Those were certainly “ill winds.”
I guess the “best” story I’ve heard so far has been about the vet in Oxford, Dr. Harland. Several reported that Dr. Harland was missing in the storm and found later. My oldest granddaughter heard, from several sources, that Dr. Harland had been blown away and (this is the best part) a monkey who is a permanent fixture at the veterinarian clinic, escaped and found Dr. Harland.
I live very near Abbeville and Oxford and many in my community and church use Dr. Harland as their vet. They were all terribly saddened as another rumor was that every animal at the clinic had been killed in the storm.
I am happy to report that those rumors are just that -- all Dr. Harland’s patients/animals survived (although a couple of outside cats still haven’t come back home yet). The monkey was tossed around a bit in his cage, but he’s okay. And no, Dr. Harland wasn’t lost in the storm -- good thing, because the monkey didn’t get out of his cage.
The clinic is gone though and according to a story in the Oxford Eagle, he’s more than likely not going to rebuild --- he’s 66 now.
On the way to Pappaw’s funeral we drove past much of the damage on Old Hwy. 7 in Oxford. It was as devastating as what we saw in New Orleans, just not quite on that large a scale.
The weatherman on Channel 5 said this morning that this was the fifth Tuesday in a row that it was raining and cold with a winter weather mix warning.
Wonder what Tuesdays are gonna be like when it’s spring and thunderstorm and tornado season?
• Friday night went a long way to making my week less miserable. A well-known art quilt teacher, Rhonda Blassingame, came to teach a workshop at my quilt guild in Oxford. She spent the night with my friend Jane and we had dinner together with another quilting friend/neighbor Sonja Tuttle.
We spent the evening drooling all over her quilts at our own “private showing.”
The embellishment workshop Saturday was fun, but almost anti-climactic after Friday evening.
And I found a whole lot of uses for a lot of the “junk” stored in my new sewing room!
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