Sunday, February 1, 2009

Floods, Quilts and Awards

A week and a half ago our pipes decided they'd had enough of the tree roots that were trying to invade out front. So one evening after hubbie had showered and I'd started the dishwasher, our downstairs bathroom, and subsequently much of the downstairs, flooded. What a mess!

Here's what I learned:
1. A wet/dry vac is a beautiful thing.
2. I can vacuum up 55 galloons of water all by myself (hubbie wasn't home when this was discovered).
3. All the homeowners insurance money we've been paying Allstate hasn't been in vain. They've done right by us.
4. What is a horrible mess for adults is an exciting adventure for kids. See below.
5. Modern Plumbing is such a wonderful, heaven-sent blessing!

So since our house has been a shambles and despite the fact that my son has loved seeing the carpet ripped out and several sets of workers come and go, I decided to leave my poor hubbie at home to deal with it all and take the kids up to my mom's for 5 days. Cute little barefeet and our disaster area of a home aren't a good mix.

We're back now and we still have about a week before new carpet is installed, but we've survived the worst, I think.

As always, being at my mom's house involved quilting. I've completed my Improv Quilt Project quilt top. I'll show more pictures soon. Here's a sneak peek.

I also wanted to thank Elizabeth and Anna for their sweet bloggie awards.

These two lovely friends of mine are both great bloggers. They have cute blogs, update them regularly and are always showing cute things. I'm honored that they would pass an award on to me.

I'm gonna openly admit that I'm a lazy blogger. I only blog when I feel like it. I'm slow to respond to emails. I blog for purely selfish reasons. And I'm not good about those meme things (what does meme mean?) or awards.

I know I'm supposed to pass these awards on but that sounds like work. And since it is Sunday today, I better not do it. (What with trying to Keep the Sabbath Holy and all.)

But if you read my blog and have ever commented before, I have most likely clicked on your profile and checked out your blog. And then two seconds later, added you to my bloglines list. Now I read your blog and know all about you. Commenting on here is a real commitment, didn't you know?

So if, like I said, you have ever commented on my blog, then I consider you a bloggie friend and you should consider yourself awarded with these prestigious awards. I'll be checking your blogs soon to read your acceptance speeches.

WOW! I guess I had a lot to say today.


Simply This and That said...

Sorry about the flood. ick. But your improv quilt looks fabulous. Can't wait to see more of it. ooxx`jodi

MandMStudio said...

I love the little anchors on the red fabric. So cute:)

Blakely said...

Sounds horrible about the flooding of your house, but I can remeber how much fun it was as a child when our water line broke in the front yard. The ground was soaked and they had to dig a big hole in the front yard. What memories. Hope all goes better this week.

Julia said...

I am so sorry to hear about the flood and the mess in your house. But, at least you got a nice trip to Mom's out of it! I hope that your house gets back to normal soon. :~)

Paula said...

Yikes. What a pain! Hope your house recovers soon. Glad you got to go to Nana Lana's for a few days though. I bet the kids hated that. ;)

jacquie said...

arrg...floods...what a mess, but good for you getting that wet vac a going!! loving your improv project...great colors, fantastic fabrics...can't wait to see more!

sewtakeahike said...

good thing you had the wet vac Erica! Congratulations on the award and your quilt top looks great. I can't wait to see the rest of it! I just finished up the blocks I'm mailing to Jacquie, I'm excited to see all the finished quilts.