Thursday, November 9, 2006

Just checking in . . .

for a few minutes before I get back to work. I'm sitting at the computer munching on a red delicious apple - from Washington, of course - and looking at pictures of the flood devastation. Rainfall records were broken all over the Northwest in the last few days, with as much as 30" of rain falling on parts of the Cascade mountains in 24 hours. I watched a video showing one couple's dream home that was almost finished - they were due to move in three weeks from now. Three days the river was over 70 feet away. This morning part of the ground floor was flooded, their vehicles were trapped in the garage, the foundation was washing away, and the house and vehicles are expected to be gone in the next 24-48 hours. In three days the river changed course and completely demolished the new retaining wall before reaching the house.

We have been safe and relatively comfortable here in Vancouver, receiving ONLY 2"-3" of rain in a 24 hour period from Monday to Tuesday. The road I drove back and forth to the retreat last weekend closed Tuesday. At 7:30 this morning there was an incredible rainbow arching over the Safeway across the street from our Operations Center - I was headed to the Starbucks there for coffee. There is sunshine coming through the west window of my office and blue sky is everywhere. Unfortunately this is only a short break - even worse rains are expected to arrive tonight and tomorrow. Roads to Mt. Hood are washed out, and Mt. Rainier National Park is completely closed due to road damage. Coastal highways are closed from mudslides. I pray the people in the worst areas remain safe, and follow evacuation orders without question.

Since the credit union is normally open on Saturday our "official" holiday is Saturday. Those of us who work Monday through Friday receive a "floating holiday". I'm taking mine tomorrow, and will spend the day quilting. I can hardly wait! Hopefully I'll have a lot of good progress on various projects to share with you tomorrow night.

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Gratitudes:

1. Peppermint Mochas are back!
2. Sunshine coming through my window
3. My 20 1/2" square Creative Grids ruler - makes cutting appliqué backgrounds a snap
4. A hardworking, valuable partner in my department at work
5. People, for once, are driving safely and wisely in the torrential downpours we've been having

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8 comments:

Linda_J said...

This is fairly weird, Patti but bloglines flashed back to your first blogging post--in Jan 06!! Good picture of you by the way, LOL.

I am so sorry to hear about all that rain and devastation in your area, OR, BC etc. No part of the country is immune from natural disaster of some sort but that doesn't make things any easier.

Sweet P said...

Oh . . . a 3-day weekend. How much fun you could have! Enjoy!

Screen Door said...

Enjoy your free day!!!! Sounds like a pretty cool deal...

Susan said...

Enjoy your floating holiday tomorrow. I'm glad you are literally floating!

Cher said...

hurray for quilting time! especially after tonight's guild meeting..I bet you come home inspired. Have fun!

Juliann in WA said...

glad you are dry - we had a number of families who got stuck on the other side of a flooded road and couldn't get to school but forutnately no damage to their home
happy quilting
juliann

KCQuilter said...

Patti, so glad to hear you aren't in the flooding area! Every time I saw the flood pix on the news I wondered about you and hoped it hadn't reached your area. Have fun quilting!!!

Libby said...

The floods are just devastaing -- glad to hear you are not in harms way. Hope to hear soon that the forecast is for drier weather and people can start getting back to normal.