Sandy makes landfall

While hundreds of thousands of people along the Atlantic Seaboard prepared for the arrival of Sandy, I tended to a few errands that I had been able to ignore for the weekend. But as I ran my errands, the events of another October were never far from my mind.

In October of 1999, I lived in the area of North Carolina afflicted by Hurricane Floyd. I was relatively new to the area, and did not really know what it meant to get ready for a hurricane. so while I made some preparations, there were many things I did not get done because I did not realize their importance.

Once the storm was over and it was time to assess the damage, it turned out that I had weathered the storm just fine.

I did not live in an area of town that got flooded, but I lived within easy walking distance of many homes that did flood, and I learned that getting through a hurricane without injury or damage is part preparation and part dumb luck, and I am hoping that the people in Sandy’s path get a good measure of each so that they are able to first ride out the storm and then recover from it.

So, as I went about my errands today, and then, when I finally picked up my crochet, the people in Sandy’s path were never far from my mind because I know that they will need material assistance and reserves of resilience once Sandy has passed, and I know that crafters everywhere are going to want to contribute to the rebuilding as so many of us believe that a good crocheted blanket can make anything better.

But today, I had more modest goals.

First, I added another round of border to my granny square sampler inspired fat-bag-to-be:

A sampler of crochet squares for a granny square fat bag
A sampler of crochet squares for a granny square fat bag

and I toyed with the idea of adding yet another border round, but ultimately, I was unable to decide a) if I wanted to add yet another round to the border, and b) what colors I would use if I did.

Unable to reach a decision, I set the fat-bag-to-be aside and made an effort not to get any further behind on the 101 Crochet Squares crochet-along I am working on. This week was week 95, so I have just six weeks left to get caught up, and I worked a square from many weeks ago, square 54, using an 5.5mm hook, and Red Heart Super Saver bright yellow, grape fizz, and light periwinkle. Here is the resulting square:

Crochet Square 54 from 101 Crochet Squares
Crochet Square 54

As for Sandy, I know that when the waters recede people both near and dear to me as well as total strangers will be needing help, and I for one, plan to be ready when they do.

One thought on “Sandy makes landfall

  1. Nice, thoughtful words. I’m glad you weathered Floyd (because I only found you recently, tee hee) but also that you are safe now. We just had terrible winds and power outages (so far). You are right, many people will need our prayers and our help.

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