June 22st 2018

June 22st 2018
Sunflowers have Arrived

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Just Thinking

How has your week been? Has it been as hectic as mine? I hope not. In my last post, I told you I was going to have a dye wool day. I did, and if you want I will show you my lovely wool.

I call them my Sunflower group.

Here is the story that goes with what I thought was going to be a quiet day. I had my first batch on the stove. I had the rest of the days wool soaking in the sink, and I was mixing a new batch of color. I heard the sound of a fire truck stopping in front. Earlier I had noticed that PG&E had heavy equipment out front but they have been out front so much it didn't register very much until I heard the fire truck.

I thought I maybe should at least walk outside and see what is going on. There were fire trucks in front of the house, a fire marshal across the street, so many men in service trucks, they were blocking off the street with barriers. There was a ladder truck at the end of the street and a fireman going house to house. He told me that there was a gas leak and that I might have to evacuate, but for now I needed to be prepared. I sound all calm writing this out, but I wasn't. There were men everywhere, I had men in my yard and men in my house making sure everything was safe. In and out. I just kept dying wool though as it kept me busy. I find that don't you if I can keep my hands busy, my whole body stays calm.

  Peter texted me to tell me that we had made the 11:00 A.M. news cast. I thought about it later. When there weren't fire trucks here anymore. How life is like that, you are just doing your normal things and something happens. I did think a lot about God and how He controls circumstances even when I am not aware. Maybe it is because in November someone hit a gas line just like what happened this week, and that poor family lost their entire house. It could have just as easily been me. The new family who moved in next door this weekend, were evacuated and they didn't get to come home until late at night.

But as Ma would say to Pa in the Little House Books, " Charles, all's well that ends well." I was thinking about Ma today, do you think she was really as calm as Laura made her out to be? I mean my story above sounds calm and peaceful when I read it to myself, and it wasn't like that. I was exhausted yesterday from the adrenaline that kept me going all day the day before.

I often quote this phase from Elisabeth Elliot. " The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.” I was aware all day of that and in keeping myself calm, in-spite of the circumstances.

Today though, is a new day, perfect beach weather again. A lovely May day. I hope you have a wonderful day and your weather is perfect.
Thank you for stopping by this place, and reading along. You bless my life. Sometimes the what-ifs remind me of the blessings I take for granted.


"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. "---Mark Twain





  1. Dear Kim, I can only imagine the stress of the situation but keeping busy was a good idea to work off so much adrenalin!
    The wools turned out perfect!
    I just know I will never be that calm mother Laura portrayed in her stories!

  2. I'm so glad they got it all figured out and that your house didn't blow up. I could hear the tenseness in your voice when we talked on the phone! It's never boring at your house. ;) I like your wool, I think it will make the prettiest sunflowers!

  3. Yikes! I'm glad it turned out okay! Gas is scary.
    The sunflower colors are just perfect!

  4. Your quote," The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances." is beautiful and thoughtful. I must keep it in my heart.
    I am glad your day today is better and beautiful.
    The weather here is quite cold!
    xo Catherine

  5. I really like the sunflower colors you dyed, and I'm really glad you and your family were safe through the gas leak. Yikes!

  6. Lovely shades of wool. So happy you didn't have to evacuate in the midst of dyeing wool.
    Hugs :)

  7. That freaks me out. I'm so nervous of gas. I don't think I would ever have it in my house. I'm a chicken. However, your wool looks lovely

  8. Evacuate because of a gas leak? How could anyone be calm? You know, though, I never doubted Laura's Ma or Pa. They were incredible.

  9. WOW!! NO I am very sure MOST of us would have been far from calm...scary stuff. Soo glad it all ended up well. Yep, I do believe Ma would have kept them all calm, lol. Your flowers are sooo beautiful. Have wonderful Mother's Day my friend! HUGS

  10. the wool is beautiful!!!! gas leaks, scary stuff!!!

    what a gorgeous rose!!!

  11. glad you were safe. life changes in an instant. just last week i took a 911 call from a woman saying her house had been hit by lightning and the attic was on fire. i told her to evacuate immediately, and got fire depts enroute. a family of 4 lost everything except their lives.

  12. What an experience! Glad to hear you are safe and sound x Leah


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