Saturday, August 8, 2009

Along came the sun and dried up all the rain...

...although as you can imagine, the sun shining on all that saturated ground makes things pretty steamy around here. It turns out that we got TWICE the average August MONTHLY rainfall in about an hour and a half. Apparently three weather fronts all met over the metro area and decided to stop and chat for a while.

Things are pretty much back to normal. I mopped the basement with a bleach solution. Twice. Now when the air conditioning kicks on it smells a bit like a swimming pool. Not too bad, all things considered. I was going to throw away the sheets we used to divert the overflow into the sump pump (blech!), but instead I tossed them in the washer with hot water and a cup of bleach. Twice. They actually came out clean. The shoes we wore to wade through the water also got the bleach and hot water treatment. After drying in the sun for a few days they also seem to be okay.

Aside from cleanup duties I haven't been doing too much sewing this week. This morning I cut the gold material for this test block for the Provence stars. Not the best sewing job, but the pieces are the right size, so I'm going to go ahead and cut the fabric for the stars I have finished. It is hard to get these to come out square because of all the little pieces. They are a LOT more fiddly than six-pointed stars. I have only done six so far, but I've got lots of diamonds cut out and I'll continue to piece stars as long as the fabric holds out. I've got a couple of setting ideas that I want to try out.

School starts up again next week, so posting may be sparse for a while. The first few weeks are always exhausting; I don't anticipate being able to get a whole lot of sewing done. But some friends and I have planned another mini-retreat in two weeks, so I have that to look forward to.

Have a great weekend.


Ali Honey said...

It sounds like you coped really well and have dried out quickly. The bleach sounds a sensible precaution.

Laura said...

We got lots of rain this weekend, too, but luckily no flooding here that I heard of. It's great that you were so prepared, and that everything came clean with some hot water and bleach.