It's been quite a week here in Virginia! First up, we have been dealing with smoke from the huge fire that has engulfed the Great Dismal Swamp which is about an hour or so away from us. Yuck! The air has been so bad for several days that there have been several days with air quality advisories. Then we had the earthquake last Tuesday and now a major hurricane. Oi! So, as I am sure you have guessed by now that our sewing retreat was cancelled due to the storm. We went for one day and then everyone headed for home to batten down the hatches or bug out depending on how close to the coast they lived. Many of the ladies there have homes close to the water and they had to evacuate and head for higher ground. Thankfully, we live a little more inland and we are not in the direct line of fire. Although we have been getting hammered all day long with insane winds and tons of rain. Our front yard has a nice little river running through it which is normally not there and the back yard now has a small pond...which also is not normally there. So far we have been incredibly lucky and we have not lost power, but it has been flickering all day and tons of areas around us are without power. I'm actually amazed that we haven't lost power ourselves. Currently, we are watching our very tall trees sway in ways that looks very un-natural and we are praying that none of them snap and land on our house. Oops.... okay, the power is really flickering now. We may loose power any second. I just lit a few candles in preparation for a long powerless evening. Please say a prayer for everyone in the path of this massive storm to keep them safe.