Monday, May 22, 2006

The best laid plans...

We had been planning for months for a birthday party at the beach for my daughter. We literally spent five minutes there before it started raining...hard (it has never rained in the month of May the 14 years I've lived in the Bay area). Whatever...we are flexible parents and we adjusted...but then life became complicated.

We discovered a major leak (waterfall) in our basement, a direct benefit from the aftermentioned thunderstorm. While hubby was visiting neighbors to locate a ladder, I'm on my hands and knees under this waterfall trying to unplug the drain with a screwdriver (we could not have a flood on top of everything else). After checking on the kiddies, I notice out of the corner of my eye, our living room lamp was smoking (Hiroshima-like). Now I have 9 girls shrieking and barricading themselves in a back bedroom (they definitely need a fire drill refresher course) while I'm trying to figure out how to put it out (flinging my wet clothes on it was a brief option).

Anyways, the fire was put out (somehow the finial had fallen into the halogen lamp) and it was time for the parents to return. I'm trying to explain why my husband is on the roof, why all our windows are open despite the rain, and why there is a 2 foot layer of smoke in my house. Not sure how many will return for next year's party!

My agenda for the next day:
1) meet with roofer at 7:30 am
2) shop for a new lamp
3) fly to Barbadoes

Thanks for listening!

A bit of crafting amidst the chaos...a crocheted rosette square for Nikkishell's Wall of Yarn
display. The flower is made from a strand of fingering weight wool/acrylic and Berroco's Opulent X. The other is a quickie beach tote from an ulpholstery sample. The texture remined me of those $1 straw mats in Hawaii.


pinky said...

OH! Honey, how did you ever survive? I'm sorry you had such a rough time, but it seem like the party will be remembered!!

And at least you got to create some more stuff even with the chaos. The beach tote is smashing!!

caitlyn said...

Yikes, sorry to hear about the drama! I hope your daughter enjoyed a good birthday nonetheless...
I like the crocheted square and the tote! Very resourceful of you to use the upholstery sample.

Megan said...

Oh my, that is what I call chaos! I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time, but it makes for a great story. You poor thing. I think fly to Barbados is a great idea!

Kris Shanks said...

The beach tote is beautiful. Never thought we could get too much rain in Northern CA, but this year is proving me wrong.