Thursday, July 24, 2014

Something For The Blog

Apparently, there were storm warnings on the radio all yesterday morning only I don't listen to the radio so didn't hear them although I wasn't totally unprepared when it arrived because my husband phoned around noon to let me know that the storm was about an hour out of town and heading our way however...





... there's lots of rain and then there's LOTS of rain. The street above is very close to where I used to live and the intersection below is a key one for people making their way up and down that main road.





It was completely flooded for a long ways down the hill and there's not really any way to turn around unless the guy at the back starts backing up and away and you all turn one by one. Hmm... not likely to happen.





This area is across the valley from me, where my friend used to live. She's away on holiday and saw the flooding on Facebook and called from Quebec to see if I was okay. After her call, I looked up the images on-line. It's amazing how quickly rain can accumulate. The storm only lasted twenty-five minutes. A river ran by my place and it looked like a waterfall was coming off the roof but we didn't have any pooling like this. It all kept running downhill from here.





I was out most of yesterday morning and only got to altering the pattern - Butterick 5881 - after lunch. I was determined to finish something for the blog so I started sewing with the underdress and bottom layer. To make sure I'd have enough of the main - raspberry - rayon batik fabric, I used another lightweight stripe for the underdress.





I'm changing the instructions somewhat eliminating the little slit openings, substituting an ornamental placket at the front for the functioning one, and adding binding at the neck and armhole edges instead of sewing the neck and armhole seams right sides together and flipping the underdress to the inside. That way - with binding - I'll make sure that the visible edge is entirely in the batik although I may look for a contrast fabric before I commit to that - possibly a black silk dupioni that would showcase top-stitching and buttons.





The underdress is basically a slip. I pressed the side and shoulder sleeves toward the front so they'd be in the opposite direction of the seams on the fashion layer and planned to place the layers seams together instead of both to the inside. Except for the bottom. Just in case that seam would be visible in the wind or with sitting, I sewed it seam toward the inside.

Today is a mostly at home day. I'm hoping to get a lot more done on the dress.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - safe and dry

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater or lesser persons than yourself. 
- Max Ehemann

14 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! Now aren't you glad you live near the top of the hill? My neighbor has a pond, the rest of the neighborhood tilts in that direction, and all the rain run-off goes through the bottom of my back yard. Sometimes we look out the back windows and say, "A river runs through it." We realized all this before we bought the house, so it is not a surprise. We've never seen run-off like what is in your photos.

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    1. At least you knew the water would run that way before you bought the place and you can plan around it. Better than discovering after the fact. I've been in Kamloops forty-four years and I've never seen rain like that. Very unusual.

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  2. The storm hit us and lasted about 2 to 3 hours. We had almost the same amount has Kamloops but over a longer period of time. Water did run but no flooding. We are still having showers pass through and am sure it will last for several more hours, if not most of the day.

    I am glad I got out of Kamloops before the storm hit. Half way home, it started to rain and by the time I was 10k from home it was pouring rain. I had to park the Explorer in the carport (tight fit and first time ever) to unload the groceries. We stood outside watching it rain and listening to the storm. All I could way was WOW.

    I did look at pictures of the storm in Kamloops and one caught my eye. It was of children kayaking in the lake on the street. Sun was almost shining and the kids looked like they were having a great time. Two other pictures were remarkable shots of lightening.

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    1. I saw that same picture. VERY fun.

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  3. Glad you escaped the bad flooding, Myrna! As I'm watching videos of people trying to drive through it, I'm thinking "Why are you all not home sandbagging the basement or something?" It's like a horrified fascination sets in. Probably nothing you can do except try to clean up afterward anyway.

    We had a big rainstorm on Father's Day here in Vancouver but the flooding wasn't nearly as devastating as yours. Also they've been replacing our runoff drains in the city which made me very happy. We get a lot of rain around here. :)

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    1. One wonders why they would try to drive through it. I think it's because you can't judge how deep the water is. There are crews out trying to clean up. All the streets need work because of the gravel, pine cones, tree bits and other things. They're all littered. I'm not sure how much rain Kamloops is set up for but we're supposed to be semi-desert so I imagine not this much this quick.

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  4. Your storm made lots of news here. Glad you weren't flooded at all. It rained very little here, softly. But the grass welcomed it.

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    1. I saw it on CBC last night too. Strange way to make the news. Kamloops is so green right now. That's not at all normal for late July.

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  5. Good time to be on higher ground. Glad your place didn't flood.

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  6. I'm guessing y'all don't have storm drains there? OR the rain was falling so fast the drains couldn't handle the run-off? Glad you and yours are safe! Here in Texas we could certainly use some rain, but, of course, I don't wish to have flooding..............

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    1. We do have storm drains but they couldn't handle the load. There was an inch of rain in twenty minutes. Too bad we can't share with you.

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  7. I love the raspberry and gray together-this is going to be so pretty. Here is southern Arizona we are in the midst of monsoon season and have had a very dry year so far. Your photos look familiar :-) but replace the home style with stucco or adobe...

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    1. I thought the two fabrics looked good together too only the stripe is just for the underdress and will only be seen in a wind. I may play with the remnants and see what I can use them for.

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