Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Busy Summer!

Things have been hopping here since my last post - the flood did some damage to our basement so for 3 weeks that's all we did was clean up water, bleach the floors and put up new paneling and paint - now the task of getting it all back in. Big job because we took everything to the garage or screen room so it's lots of up and down the basement stairs and we don't seem to have it in us anymore for that kind of exercise.
My brother came over for 2 days and he and Doug put up the paneling while I painted, then our son Brett came and helped put on the trim.  Looks nice and fresh now in the main storage area - now for my work room and the laundry room.  Probably won't get those rooms painted until after the show we are doing the end of September.





This lighter floor tile is the addition the family room that the previous owner added - 
so glad they put full basement...makes for lots of storage.


Our poor downtown was so flooded and all 4 bridges that cross the center of town were cut off because the water was rushing against the under side of the bridges so fast they were concerned about them being breached. See how close the water is to the bottom.
This was the last day anyone was allowed on the bridges or downtown.

National guard was here for a couple days making sure
no one crossed or went into the flooded area.

There was a mandatory cut off of power on Wednesday because the sub station was under water and they wanted to keep everyone safe - and then several 'We Eenergies' companies came in and put up 2 portable substations and we finally got power at 7 Friday night.

We were fortunate it was just water in the basement from so much rain it had
no place to go so it seeped in at the floor of the basement for days.
Downtown business and homes along the river and lake were not so lucky...
they are still cleaning up.
 Our bank got hit hard - they lost lots of money
in the vaults in the basement plus lots of documents.
 The dam is almost lost for the water coming over it -
normally you can see the rocks at the bottom.
It did reach top level at one point when it peaked.
These pictures are early on before it got REALLY bad.
 This is at the Veterans Terrace building -
the steps are covered along with the courtyard
where weddings are held.



Right in the middle of all of this we had some surprise guests for supper one night!!
Doug went on an errand and while he was out he saw an old fighter jet land at the airport - being he loves this kind of thing he went over to look -
saw the 2 fellas getting out of it and asked a few questions.  They were from Florida on their way to Oshkosh for the 'fly in' and stopped here to refuel.

They asked where a good place to 'walk to for something to eat' - he said there isn't any place close. He left to do the errand and thought he would go back and ask them if they
wanted to eat with us - they jumped at the chance so he called me
and said he was bringing home to pilots for supper LOL.

Good thing I had made our meal early that day - normally I don't start making supper until closer to the time we want to eat.  I must of had a premonition
about something to have a meal ready early!!
I made a big pot of goulash so we had that and a few other things I had on hand,
now mind you we didn't have power for almost 3 days so we didn't have much for food as we lost it all in the power outage and didn't have time to do a huge grocery run.

They couldn't have been happier or more polite and also funny -
some stories were told and we had lots of laughs.
We took them back after we ate and Doug got to get up in the cockpit - he was one happy man!!
 Scott and Keith
Such meager pickin's we had - goulash, fruit, bread w/jelly, pickles and olives...they sure did eat though!!!




Thanks Scott and Keith for a very memorable meeting - I think it was a 'God' thing - we all were in the right place at the right time...hope to see you again one day on your way though.

I must go now as I have lots to do for the upcoming show in Ohio - it is fast approaching and I already lost 3 weeks with the basement and then other commitments...
so it's nose to the grindstone for me.
There are only 6 weeks left!  Hope to see some of you there...Malabar Farms
is such a beautiful place and the scenery is gorgeous.



We will be set up in this barn along the back wall


Until next time!!!
Karen

Sunday, July 16, 2017

You've got to be kidding!!!

Well if this hasn't been the most fun week I'd be lying - Ops,  I'm lying!!!!!

Our sweet little town of 10,000+ was hit with historical rains on
Tuesday afternoon and into the night.
We had 12+ inches in less than 6 hours and the town flooded.
It came on so fast the town really was caught by surprise but I must say
they jumped into recovery mode fast.
Back in 2008 the dam crested at 12 ft. This time it was at 15 ft.!!

All of Wednesday we were able to use the shop vac and get water out of the basement -
well, not out, just tried to keep up with it until around 4:00 when they did a shutdown of the sub station...it was under water and they did it for safety reasons.
Our 4 bridges that run right in the middle of town were all closed -
the rushing water was incredible.

By early Thursday our town was full of Army National Guard standing at all intersections keeping people and cars from crossing plus there were search and rescue from 4 different cities plus WE-Energies from several cities to build 2 portable sub stations.
Power was restored around 7:30 Friday evening.

We were finally able to get back down to the basement to soak up the rest of the water and Sat. and today (Sun.) was bringing everything up to the garage so we can scrub down
the basement with bleach and then put up new paneling and paint...
it will be ongoing for a couple weeks I think.

But this town...how they pulled together was/is incredible!!!

Here's the dam on Wed. - by Thurs. there was no definition of water flowing over it.

A few people had cars under water

This is our bank from the back side

Here's the reason the bridges were closed - the water was rushing against them - and it's near the top in this picture...they feared they were breached but as of yesterday 3 were opened up and just one is closed yet for further inspection

Oh...I just now saw this fish was jumping! Didn't see it before

This is our new Veteran's Terrace building they had a whole lot of damage...the whole bottom level was totally flooded


The out door wedding/reception area at the Veteran's Terrace - there was a wedding scheduled for Friday evening. Not sure what they did about not being able to hold it here





I won't bore you with more pictures - there are so many that I took off of the Burlington
site but just wanted to share a few.

On a brighter note - we got to enjoy Miranda's 5th birthday party.
It was a Moana theme and she even had the outfit!




Besides a sundress and some toys we gave her this pool turtle and she loved it!

Last night there was another storm that was to roll through - it missed us but got Darren and MaryAnn's place. They had hail damage on the car, house, pool cover, gazebo and deck.


Hope you all have a great week - thanks for stopping by
Karen

Friday, June 30, 2017

Preparing for a show!

Good morning this last day of June!
I wish I could say summer was here but again the weather just doesn't cooperate - 
hot then cold and 'repeat'.  
Summer decorating here has been sparse - didn't put out as many geraniums this year as 
I usually do. I lost my mojo for some reason but that's not a bad thing...
less to take to the basement in the Fall.
We didn't do much for outside potted plants either and the few we did buy are getting pelted with downpours - I like rain for the flowers but it really beats them down.


I may change out some of my 'placement'of geraniums each Spring/Summer season but this one will always be in our long wood trencher on the dining room table - 
it is my favorite grouping.

Normally I would put real geraniums on this bench along with the birdhouses but couldn't find a potted one that looked nice - may have to assemble one myself.

I love this arrangement of flowers that we bought at the Mukwonago flea market a few weeks back.  When the sun is out it is gorgeous but the rain pushes it right down!!

Last week a very dear friend and I had a wonderful lunch and visit in our screen room -
I love this lady with all my heart.  We worked together for 20+ years and she's part of our 'former' co-workers  'luncheon' but this time I wanted it to be a
one on one with her and so did she.
She lost her 16 year old grandson on Memorial weekend in a horrible car crash that claimed his life and 2 of his friends.  The car hit a tree and exploded and they literally burned to beyond recognition.  Her heart is so broken and she needed to talk, so we did.
This community was so awesome - it pulled together for these 3 families - the high school held the visitation and funerals and the local food market donated the meals.....you have no idea what this community did for these families...it was beyond amazing.
I love you sweet Darlene Lemmon!!

Last month we went to the huge flea market near us and for some reason I was taken in by this beautiful pine box....it is actually a fruit crate
and I loved the patina on it and will use it at the show we are doing
in September as a display prop....isn't it great!!
For now I have it sitting in the dining room next to a cupboard and I'm putting my 'finished' penny rugs and other smalls in it for safe keeping for the show.


It does have one crazy screw in the handle that Doug will most likely take out and try and replace with something not so ugly....but I still love it anyway even if he doesn't get it fixed.

And this past Sunday we went to the same flea market and FINALLY bought a weather vane for our now, 10 year old screen room cupola - it's a weathered copper...
isn't she a beauty and just in time for the 4th...she flies high!!!
It was worth the wait.

All of this month I have been making canvas board prints for the September show.
These are two of them that we tried over our fireplace...a tad small for the space (16" x 20") so I am in the process of making two larger ones with an older looking couple (20" x 30").
So far I have made 14 different people.

Here are some of the ones that I have finished

These are the two I am making for us for over the fireplace as a 20 x 30 -
plus there is a pair in the 16 x 20 size for the show.
Even though their backgrounds aren't the same I still like them together.


Last week we celebrated our grandson Aidan's 9th birthday and tomorrow we will be celebrating our granddaughter  (his sister) Miranda's 4th birthday.
(Darren and MaryAnn's children) 


Here's the show we will be vending at.
I will post updates every now and then and when it gets closer
I'll hopefully have a list of vendors.

I can't think of anything else to chat about today so I'll say good bye for now and hope you all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!!!