Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Getting Paranoid!

I've noticed a disturbing trend over the past few years...seems like I go places and they flood.  I moved to Medford Lakes back in 1999 and a few years later we had a flood.


Two years ago, we went to Nashville and stayed at the Gaylord Opryland.  It was raining when we left and it flooded.



Last week, Grace and I took a few days to head north and enjoy one of my favorite places...southern Vermont.

Here's Grace last Wednesday in front of one of our favorite breakfast spots...Dot's.



And sure enough, it was raining when we left Vermont on Thursday and over the weekend, Wilmington, VT had catastrophic flooding.  (and I won't even mention that Ludlow, Londonderry, Bennington, Brattleboro and all my other favorite places in VT flooded too.)



At the end of July, Grace and I were in Wayne and Paterson, NJ so she could take a few classes at William Paterson University.  And guess what?  Wayne and Paterson also flooded this weekend.



Is it any wonder I'm becoming paranoid???  Just a heads up...I'll be heading to Houston for Quilt Festival in November.  If Houston floods, I'm staying home and never going anywhere again!

If you would like to help the relief effort in Vermont, you can donate to the Vermont & The New Hampshire Valley Red Cross and earmark your donation for flood relief. For New Jersey you can donate to the Penn-Jersey Red Cross.  There are many other organizations who are helping with flood relief up and down the east coast, check in your area if you are able to help.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Canoe Carnival...

is over for another year, and it was a good one!

video
 The lake was windy and rough, almost every float had to be pushed off the sand at the beach, then towed down the lake.  This video came from an observer at the beach...shortly after we were pushed out, the wind took our pizza off the top of the float!  Our theme this year was "A Night in Venice" and our music was Dean Martin singing "That's Amore".  It was a wonderful evening...here are a few more pictures!

 
Ellen, Andrew and Grace




Almost ready to launch, just waiting for nightfall!









Off we go!

The boss...all ready to row this monstrosity around the lake!

 q