Sunday, September 29, 2013

A very stormy time was had by all

I've always wanted to stay by the ocean during a big storm.  I got my wish this past weekend.  My Tangled Threads quilt group rented a house just south of Arch Cape, OR (which is just south of Cannon Beach on the northern Oregon coast).  We were right on the ocean - the view was magnificent.  We quickly talked through what we would do in the event of a tsunami, cleared out the cars and settled in for the weekend. 

 

Here is the "sunny view" from the deck.


Unfortunately we didn't get the "sunny view".  It was pouring rain throughout the 2 hour drive to the house (not counting a stop at Center Diamond, the Cannon Beach quilt shop).  By the time the cars were unloaded we were drenched.  Wind and rain was our pleasure the rest of Friday, with the addition of lightening during the night.  The wind was blowing too hard to hear any thunder.

Saturday was worse.  The remains of a typhoon arrived early Saturday morning, with driving rain and winds around 40 MPH with gusts up to 60.  The huge windows across the ocean front must be very strong glass, because they didn't move at all when the wind hit them.  The above umbrella was folded up but still attached to the table.  The table was blown backwards down the side deck and tipped over to lean up against the spare propane tank next to the barbecue.  The very large, heavy grill was rolling back and forth from one part of the deck to another until brave Sue donned her rain gear and moved it up next to the house at the far back of the side deck.  The chairs were blown off the balcony and into the yard.  Your can imagine the fabulous wave action we got to see all day Saturday.

We stayed cozy warm inside with this view and this large table for quilt projects.



Luckily the wind died down about noon, and the rain let up a little - just long enough for us to head into town for lunch at our favorite restaurant in Cannon Beach (the Lazy Susan - fabulous food!).  As another storm front was due mid-afternoon we decided to buy a large pizza, more salad fixings and snacks, and wine before heading back to the house.  That way we didn't need to venture out again.  Good thing too - as the second storm front did arrive shortly after we got back.

I didn't take any pictures - it was just too dark, gray and stormy for anything to photograph well with my small camera and small skills.  (I "borrowed" the above pictures from the vacation rentals page for the house). Believe me - it was a marvelous adventure.  It rained all the way home today also, though there was little wind (thank goodness!)  No slides to block highway 101 so we were trapped on the coast.

I did manage to finish the binding on three quilts while we were gone, plus a little quilting on a fourth quilt.  I didn't touch the applique I took.  Isn't it always the way - we think we can accomplish three times as much quilting as we actually do in the time allowed. 




All have light colored backs so I will write the labels directly onto the back of the quilts.  This gave me a great feeling of accomplishment!

5 comments:

Slightly Off Quilter said...

It sounds like you had an adventurous weekend ! But just think of how much you would NOT have gotten done had the weather been clear and sunny because you would have been too busy enjoying the view ! Added plus that the table umbrella did not spear the propane tank !

cityquilter grace said...

what a gorgeous venue patti! and the ocean can be gorgeous even in bad weather, if you can see it that is....lovely little quilts...good progress!

Maureen said...

What a wonderful time you must have had. Even getting drenched, I am sure you all dried out quickly. I love the two applique quilts you finished!

Teresa said...

Nothing cozier than a storm outside and quilting inside, as long as you are safe. Sounds like a good weekend with friends. Although, that oceanfront deck would have been great for an early morning cup of coffee if the weather had cooperated. Nice projects that you finished up,

Teresa said...

Nothing cozier than a storm outside and quilting inside, as long as you are safe. Sounds like a good weekend with friends. Although, that oceanfront deck would have been great for an early morning cup of coffee if the weather had cooperated. Nice projects that you finished up,