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Tornado Alley

The skies turn dark, the clouds start to boil and we know it's tornado season in Oklahoma! It just usually doesn't happen in February but last week it did! Our meteorologist daughter emailed early in the day and warned us to be aware...conditions were right for a major storm outbreak. She was certainly correct. My sweetheart works in west OKC and, at his company, they took shelter three different times as the sirens sounded and tornadoes roared very close to them. One touchdown was just north of his location. The real damage in the afternoon was in Edmond, north of OKC. At our house, there was wind, rain and hail. In the early evening, a tornado did tremendous damage at Lone Grove, south of us near Ardmore, and lives were lost. We pray for that community.

We've lived in Oklahoma all our lives and every spring and fall we know to watch the western skies. I can tell by the feel of the weather and the smell when storms can develop. And we love severe storms season...it's just part of life here!

The past week has been a busy one but I'm so pleased with the results of our work. The larger room - formerly known as the second guest room with a sleeper sofa and my sweetheart's desk and bookcases - is now sunshiney yellow with MOST of my sewing stuff in place. (The guest room and office is now in the smaller room and fits very well.) I still have a little more to do but it looks so nice with shelves around the walls and my sewing machine out in the middle of the room with a big table beside it to use for cutting and holding quilts as I sew. I'll take a picture when everything is in place. There's a small tv with vcr right at viewing level from the sewing machine and my collections of Christy, Anne of Green Gables and Sarah Plain and Tall are right there for peaceful watching and sewing. I can't wait to get started!

But sewing may be delayed a little. We've decided to go ahead and do some more painting...after two years of all white walls, we crave a little soft color in some rooms just to make them more warm and homey. Since painting requires moving furniture, etc., I'm getting my spring cleaning done as well! I love moving into the spring and summer with the house deep-cleaned and organized. Then I can spend time outside with a clear conscience.

I have gotten a little sewing done. My girls loved the Valentine purses I made for them. My older daughter is a Native American scholar and writer so I chose these fabrics for her.

My younger daughter loves the combination of pink and brown so I knew she would like these fabrics.

It's time to get back to putting fabrics and patterns away!
Hope to finish the sewing room today!
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
Hope your day is happy, productive and blessed!


( 4 comments — Howdy Neighbor )
Feb. 18th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
The purses are beautiful! :)
Feb. 19th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I so hoped they would please the recipients!
Feb. 19th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
i don't envy you living in Tornado alley. I lived in it most of my 51 years (KS, IL).

I LOVE the purses! I'd love to learn how to make them but I'm such a chicken.
Feb. 19th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Storm season is tense but I love it! I look forward to watching the sky turn colors and the clouds move!
I'm so glad you liked the purses. Actually they are not difficult to make...I used a regular McCall's pattern. Even the zipper went in easily. I adapted a little since I was using charm squares and quilting myself. One of these days I'll make one for myself :)
( 4 comments — Howdy Neighbor )


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