Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tea with Kathy and tornado talk

Yesterday, while working in my yard and garden, cleaning up from the hail and rain, my dear friend Kathy, who lives in another town about 50 miles from me, drove into my driveway.  I was so surprised, I forgot to get any photos, even when I showed her how far I had gotten on her scrappy journal.

 Kathy had a doctor appointment on the opposite side of town from where I live, so I decided to take her to a new Chinese restaurant I had heard of.

 I ordered hot tea for both of us, but the server had not brought our tea, yet.  So, you have to settle for watching us drink water this Tea Tuesday.  Although this was a Chinese buffet, you could buy various buffet lines, including sushi, which we opted to not get.

Next, it was off to the doctor's office.  I fell asleep sitting in a chair in the waiting room while Kathy waited in frustration in an exam room for over TWO hours to see the doctor after they took a few X-rays.

When finished, she insisted on taking me to the Singer Sewing Center near my house, after I had told her on a previous visit I wanted the belt (seen above upper left) to fix my Grandmother's treadle sewing machine.  Before we went, we stopped by my house and I picked up the instruction manual to my sewing machine.  It's no secret I have wanted to do some free motion stitching, but my feed dogs don't drop.  I learned they had a foot I could use for my machine.  These people are SO nice to me.  They even showed me how to set it up, or I would never have figured it out myself.

I apologize for these photos.  Even though my camera sucks, the late afternoon light and shade cast severe shadows and a few washed out spots.

Did I not mention these people are nice?  They also showed me I have a plate that I can place over my normal plate, which is plastic and will take the place of my feed dogs dropping.  I remembered seeing it in my kit of accessories, so opted not to buy it.  I actually paid about the same price for my new free motion foot as Kathy paid for my new sewing machine belt.  Now I just need to get busy.

Once Kathy went home and I went to my office to remove these photos from my camera, I learned about the Oklahoma tornadoes.  I was shocked because it was like I had lived in a bubble.  I felt I had missed so much, and yet, I had only been gone a few hours.

Watching the scenes of destruction to the state to my south, I was reminded of a friend from Oklahoma City, OK who had visited one year during tornado season.  When we learned there was a tornado warning, we headed to the basement.  My friend was shocked that I didn't have a weather radio or TV in my basement studio to watch the impending storm.  She told me that all the stations in Oklahoma City (OKC) would be focused on the weather, the storm, and the radar.  She said there would be spotters and storm chasers in the field, along with helicopters in the sky flying around the tornado as it passed nearby.  I was well aware of storm chasers, but was shocked there were so many other activities revolving around, and dedicated to, tornadoes in Oklahoma.

Last night as I watched the devastation unfold on TV, the body count rise, and the helicopter shots of the various storms, I was reminded of what she had told me those many (about eight) years ago.  One channel spokesperson said these meteorologists were treated like gods in Oklahoma because they were so dedicated to saving lives.  I can only hope all of my Oklahoma friends' lives were spared during this time of destruction.

I'm well aware this is off topic, especially for a Tea Tuesday post, but I wanted to be on time this week and couldn't help worrying about the people whose lives have been disrupted in Oklahoma.   I hope you'll drop by and tell me what you are drinking today.  And if you want to leave a nice thought for our Oklahoma friends, even if you don't know anyone who lives in Oklahoma, I'm sure they will be grateful.

15 thoughtful remarks:

Dawn said...

Whoop whoop re your sewing machine Elizabeth, can't wait to see what you come up with. I saw some footage re the storms too, scary stuff, thoughts and prayers with everyone.
Huge hugs x

see you there! said...

Yes, thinking of those in the path of the tornado. Really scary.

Glad you got your sewing machine parts and that they were so helpful at the store.

Darla (drinking coffee this morning)

Monica said...

It is so devastating and hard to fathom how lives can change so fast.
Stay safe you two.

Lisa Graham said...

Hi Elizabeth...I am glad all is well there at your house. We were fine too. It was noisy and a little nerve wracking. My heart is broken for Oklahoma today.

Halle said...

How wonderful for you that you got some new machine parts. I'm sure they'll be very helpful. I too was shocked when I read about the OK tornado. I don't watch TV so it was only when I got on the computer that I saw and was greatly saddened. Makes me want to circle up with the family and not let anyone leave.

Divers and Sundry said...

it is shocking how fast and destructive tornadoes are. One moment and lives are changed forever. we've been thinking about these devastated communities since we heard the news.

i tried some jasmine tea http://divers-and-sundry.blogspot.com/2013/05/jasmine-tea.html but not at a chinese restaurant. i'm a sucker for a chinese buffet.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

So tragic for all those lives affected. OUr hearts go out to all those little children in Moore. xyx

~*~Patty S said...

all hearts go out to everyone in OK Elizabeth...hard to take in so much devastation and loss

I was busy on my T Tuesday post yesterday and not plugged into the news either...things can change in a heartbeat

what fun you're going to have using your dear grandmother's treadle for your free motion stitching...it is something I have wanted to try too

Happy T Tuesday to you my friend...here is my post for today:
http://bitze.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/finding-beauty/
oxo

Kim Andersen said...

I'm glad you're ok .... And hope you stay safe throughout tornado season!

How cool it will be to get your old treadle sewing machine functioning - I hope you share a picture of it :)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

My heart and prayers are with everyone in OK and others in places where severe weather takes its toll.

Happy for your that you escaped major damage and can now play with your sewing machine again.

Rita said...

What devastation in Oklahoma! Prayers go out to them.

So you're going to be doing some fancy sewing. I'm jealous that you have a treadle sewing machine!! I adored my grandmother's ever since I could remember and my mother gave it away before she even asked any of us kids. Well, she gave most everything away before she decided to ask us kids. Not a surprise, knowing my mother--LOL!

I hope your friends are safe. And you stay safe, too!

voodoo vixen said...

Yay to the fixing of the treadle... my Mother used one for many years and I think they are good exercise too!

Such a sad sight to watch the news of the tornadoes, my heart goes out to the people who have lost so much but was completely warmed at the news bradcast of the old lady that survived and found her little dog while they filmed her...

Dianne said...

I get the impression that people who sew are always willing to lend a helping hand and give you tips...hence the nice folks in the sewing store. maybe it's like a quilting bee-- only with machines...any way, it is so sad about the tornadoes and its victims! We in Ohio get our share, but not usually like that! Glad you are safe and had a nice visit with Kathy. two hours is an awfully long time to wait! =(

Dianne said...

P.S. --I learned to sew on a treadle machine. Not sure I could still do it! but grandma's machine had way better stitches and tension than my electric machines! good luck!

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