Whew! Okay - first stuff first! Thank y’all so much for the thoughts, prayers and wishes. I’m very sure that’s what got us through a very scary night. As I mentioned, this wasn’t my first hurricane (I’m telling my age here, but that was Camille and I was 2 and only remember the waves on Bayshore Boulevard, hunkering down in my Dad’s battalion Quonset hut, finding billiard balls like Easter eggs in bushes, and whole roofs laying on the yards across the street from their houses, 'nuff said?)
Anyway, we are pretty much in better shape than many other people in the area. All of us and the doggies are great, just hot. We have no power or running water, but we planned for that and expected it. I’m telling you, these older Florida homes, built in the '50s and early '60s, the kind called Mid Century Modern a/k/a concrete block ranchers, were made to get through a nuclear winter!! Many of the homes from the '70s forward, including the one I was raised in, have sustained major damage, and don’t even get me started on the acres and acres of subdivisions we call the “Golden Ghettos” that have drained this state of its natural resources and water supplies. They’re now a bunch of matchsticks.
We lost our 60 year old pink grapefruit tree and sour orange tree. The Japanese maple outside our bedroom window is gone as well, along with our molded concrete (and I’m talking molded into the slab, along with the benches, the only things that weren’t cast together were the decorative tiles!) picnic table and benches. Again, original to the house, 1957. All night long I kept hearing something metallic banging and couldn’t figure out what it was - it was the neighbor 2 houses down’s roof tiles piercing our well tanks! Luckily, we have 3 - one for the sprinkler system, one for the septic and greywater, and one for the real house water. The sprinkler and septic took the brunt of the tiles, mainly the sprinklers! And hubs said that we can divert the others to the house well once we get electricity back on. Hopefully, that will be soon! I would love to have a hot meal and a shower!
Now, back to knitting… Julia, I nearly finished the main part of my wrap last night, but I’m having trouble with the math. Never have been very good at it, lol! My plan (and yarn) is to have 11 scallops, at 154 stitches on each side of the shawl. So exactly how many extra stitches do I add to EACH side? 12 for a total of 166 per side and 322 for the shawl? Or 12 total and 310 for the shawl?
Or am I so far off it’s not even in the ballpark and I need to go find a bunch of people to take their shoes and socks off so I can start counting?
Going back to the Stone Age,