Growing up the the bay area, San Jose, California, I have felt earthquakes in my time…
It was something expected on the west coast, but it has been many many years since one has happened near me.
And so the rude awakening at 2pm with the cabin swaying and Sadie going bonkers was quite a shock! With no after-shocks, thank goodness!
2am is a groggy time to be awakened by anything – and it took some time getting back to sleep after that.
The quake happened just north of Lenoir, which is directly SOUTH of the cabin about 25 miles. 3.0 is SMALL on the Richter schale, but still.
Earthquakes in the Blue Ridge Mountains?
We left for home about 7:30 am after making the decision to stay the night since everything we had hoped would be done by dark just wasn’t. If we had come home last night, we probably wouldn’t even have felt this tremor, rumble and boom.
As soon as the car was unloaded I headed right into mail room mode:
Jeff called this the “Leaning Tower of Books!”
Say good morning to the sunshine pouring through my window and get right down to business!
The “Nickel Quilts & Borders” books by Pat Speth are in and I have caught up on MOST of the back orders! Guess what is out now? 200 Blocks by Quiltmaker! But more are on their way.
Scraps & Shirttails II is running VERY low, and when I tried to order more, I was told that they too are backordered because they have gone to reprint, with a print date of Dec 18th. I’ll be contacting those folks via email to let them know.
I am within a day and a half of being TOTALLY caught up on everything!
This all went out today ---
The lines at the post office are horrendous of course, it’s the last week before Christmas. The two back bins and part of one of the front bins are all pre-stamped so those were just drop off…but others needed customs forms and weighing. Let’s just say it takes a while when there is a line out the door of a one window country post office!
And don’t think I’m going to let that stop me from my 5 minute power purge! I came right home from the post office and set to it…ONE more desk drawer:
Auughh! This will never do!
I dumped it out and started pitching, sorting and making quick decisions.
The one thing I had never done with this drawer was put in hanging folders. They don’t go front to back on this drawer, they hang side ways and I didn’t think I’d like it….
But let’s give it a try anyway.
While purging I found:
Hey! My old wallet! With $32.00 in it! Merry Christmas to me!
Sweet memories! I sure love the men these boys have become!
Hello, sweet reward! How long have you been in here?
This is my favorite chocolate bar EVER, hands down. It has a dark and sultry sweetness with a slow burn….Mmmmmm! Do you think it’s still good after who-knows-how-long? I’m afraid to open it to find out!
SO MUCH BETTER!
I have put this chore off for so long because I have had so many OTHER things on the front burner and it really didn’t seem to matter…. And now it’s done. And I can open up both of these drawers, know their contents, find what I’m looking for, and smile that YES! I did this! And it didn’t take too long, and it is nice being proud of just little accomplishments.
Did it take more than 5 minutes? Yeah..maybe 15 total. 5 of that 15 was locating some empty hanging folders from the file cabinet upstairs. The rest? Piece of cake!
Are you participating in the 5 minute power purge? I don’t post about it every day – I am only able to do it when I’m home here ((And not swamped)) But if you are participating, leave a comment below on your latest accomplishment! It can be big or small – and it WILL encourage others to downsize, clean out, straighten up, and enjoy what we have just a little bit better!
Tomorrow on the blog --- I’ve got a special giveaway featuring a DVD by very talented friend of mine!
I hope you’ll stop by and see what it’s all about….you could be the lucky winner!
Have a great Monday Evening, everyone!