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Wednesday, July 26, 2023

A Tough Week and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all.  This has been a tough week in more ways than one.  Last Thursday, our city issued a full water ban after some complaints of a gasoline smell in the water.  Our area of Tennessee has been plagued with horrible storms this summer that have put TONS of trees on houses, knocked out power for days, and overwhelmed the drainage systems, causing flooding in homes that aren't anywhere near a flood zone.  We have been very lucky.  We had some limb cleanup and lost power a few times, but thankfully, no damage has occurred to the structure of our house. 

The wind and rain have been so powerful with these storms though, and one of our water treatment facilities lost power and had recently been powered by a huge generator.  As it turns out, the generator was faulty and leaked a large quantity of fuel- between 100 and 500 gallons, according to the city-  into our water supply.  The only thing we can do with our water is flush toilets (and believe me, I'm grateful we can do that).  Not even boiling can get rid of diesel.  

As of today, we are still under the water ban with no real end in sight.  They've fixed the generator leak, finally found the breached pipe that allowed diesel to get into the closed reservoir, and now they're in the neutralizing and flushing stage.  I'm holding onto hope that we're just in this for a few more days.  We have been eating out (outside of our city) because we can't wash dishes easily, and we're doing laundry and showering at my father-in-law's house, one town over.  I'm so grateful that we have somewhere we can get ourselves clean, wash our clothes, and refill our water jugs, and I'm certain I'll never take clean water for granted again.  Though it's been a huge inconvenience to us, restaurants and some businesses are being hit hard.

I've also been preoccupied with some things happening in my family.  My grandmother had major back surgery four weeks ago and has not been recovering well.  She was readmitted to the hospital yesterday and they found an infection which hopefully explains her decline.  A couple of weeks before HER surgery, my grandfather was hospitalized and had to have an infection surgically treated, and HE has been in skilled nursing for the past six weeks.  I went to Louisiana for a week in June to help out, but my mom has been carrying the heaviest load these past several weeks, caring for both of her parents (she lives in town), as well as my aunt when she is able to come into town to help.  The best I can do from six hours away is listen to my mom when she needs it.

The family worries have been going on for awhile, and the new addition of the water issue feels like the last straw.  I'm finding it so difficult to motivate myself to get into my sewing room.  I have managed to finish my secret project and meet that deadline, but beyond that, my mind is just too full to start something new.  It's been one thing after another since we returned from the beach in May, and though I don't usually share a ton of personal stuff, my sewing drought has been so extensive lately that I wanted to let you know why.

If you've read this far, and if you're the praying type, I would appreciate them first and foremost for my grandparents, for my mom and aunt, and finally for the restoration of our city's water.

Yesterday, I just wanted to play with some color, so I opened up my cabinet and started pulling.  I have no idea what I might make with this fabric pull, but I do love the palette.  I do know this- the pattern I choose will be easy, and not require much brainpower, because right now I just don't have it to spare.

Last week's party was one of the highlights of my week, as it always is!  Nancy from Grace and Peace Quilting shared this quilt top, and you should definitely check out her post to see photos from her huge National Parks road trip!

This absolutely adorable quilt is also from Nancy at Grace and Peace Quilting.  I just couldn't help but share both from her!

Love this scrappy finish by Maggie at Making a Lather-

And finally, this sweet little quilt is from Jen at Handmade With Heart-

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  1. Oh Kelly, that is a lot of load to carry. I will definitely be praying for your family and for the water to be drinkable soon. Sending you a lot of love.

    1. I'm praying also. Seems everyone I have talked to this week is overwhelmed by something. Me too. Your situation is such a challenge. Prayers for grace to make it through it all, also for your family. God is faithful!

  2. Oh that is just so much!! I am empathizing and sympathizing with you! I will definitely be praying for you all. Just so you know - you listening to your mom - that is more helpful than you think - I am glad she has you to talk to and bounce things off of. We had our water well go out one time and while it stressed me - the kids loved eating out lots of days in a row - so maybe a good memory will come of it ;-) Sending lots of good thoughts!

  3. Ugh - how awful with the water situation. I'm also very sorry about your family troubles. Fingers crossed that things will start to settle.

  4. I am so sorry, the water issue alone is quite a burden-no repair date to look forward to makes it that much worse. Working your days around water-getting it, washing and hygiene needs much be incredibly exhausting.
    But the heart hurt for your grandparents must be the worst of all. As Alycia said, being there for your mother-giving her a sounding board is a great gift that must lighten her load more than you know.

  5. Sending hugs and best wishes. The worst is behind you and things will only get better from now. You got this.

  6. So sorry about your water problems. It is so difficult to live in a home without access to water. We have a well, but when the power goes out, no water. Hope the problem will be solved quickly.

  7. just breathe and do what you have to do - prayers for you

  8. that is hard to have to keep filling water containers - good to be able to still flush the toilet though. Hope the grandparents will improve soon - I feel for your mom being a caregiver though it can be so rough

  9. Oh, Kelly -- my heart goes out to you and to your family. Of course I will pray for you. May God strengthen you and your loved ones in these difficult days, and may you feel the presence of the Holy Spirit walking beside you in moments of darkness. Sending you so much love.

  10. Oh, Kelly. I'm sending prayers for you, that the pressures of life would be lessened and that you are able to seek out the good in every moment of each day. Hugs.

  11. Oh, Kelly, what an awful lot to have on your plate at once. One day at a time. Makes one appreciate what we do have, when so much goes wrong. I wish you peace and good health to your grandparents. Make sure your mother is taking care of herself, too.

  12. I'm so sorry. Thinking of you, sending hugs.

  13. Oh Kelly, not having water is HUGE ... well, I guess you know that now! Hopefully, it will be over SOON!!! I'm praying for you and the health of your family members!

  14. Good luck with all. I feel your pain. At the weekend our office/ sewing room which is in the basement of our house got flooded. We had to mop up and got about 30L of water off the place.... not fun

  15. So sorry you're dealing with family health issues and water woes. I'm hoping for the best for your whole family and sending positive thoughts your way. Hang in there!
    PS - I really like your color pull.

  16. My goodness but you've had a lot on your plate these days! I'm so very sorry. I completely understand about loved ones being long-distance, and wanting to DO something to help! With 18 hours between me and my 93 year-old dad, and past hospitalizations, I know how that feels. Of course you're wishing everyone well, including those precious caregivers. Prayers for all of them. As for the water situation, I've been through that too, way back in 1993 when the City of Des Moines (Iowa) water treatment plant was overwhelmed with flood waters. Like you've experienced, it was a challenge to live day-to-day, and for us it lasted several months! Indeed, we do not forget how much we appreciate having drinking/bathing/laundry water at the ready! I pray that it's all resolved soon. Bless you. I like your fabric pull too, and recognize at least two prints that are in my own stash. We have good taste!

  17. Thank you, Kelly, for featuring my 2 quilts! I've been distracted as well, with my Mom in the hospital then her place closing up and having to move her. I'm just catching up on your blog, and praying that your family is healing and your water system is corrected.


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