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Hurricane Gustav

DONNAKAYE | Posted in General Discussion on

Folks, we live about ten miles north of Lafayette, Louisiana.  Gustav is headed straight for us.  We’ve hunkered down.  Just to let you know, I had just finished (earlier this week) reorganizing all of my fabric stash and, in the process, lovingly folded and placed each piece of fabric in its own ZipLoc (or in some cases, coordinates).  Now all I’ve have to do is put my Bernina and my Elna in gigantic ZipLocs.  You know I have a sickness if all I’m worried about are my fabrics and sewing machines.  Come to think of it, think I’ll put all my patterns in ZipLocs too!


  1. jane4878 | | #1


    I hope Gustav runs out of steam or misses you. You're in our thoughts. Stay safe and take care.


  2. kbalinski | | #2

    Best of luck, we have you, your family (and all of your sewing stash!) in our prayers.

    Kristine in (hurricane free) Michigan

  3. sewelegant | | #3

    Gustav is doing his thing right now in your area so I am glad you took care of "first things first" 

    Pots and pans can be replaced, but all your sewing treasures are unique.  Hopefully you will not have to endure a tornado, a flood is bad enough.  Your  power is probably out by now and you won't read this until it's all over, but we wish you all the best of luck.

    Edited 9/1/2008 12:38 pm by sewelegant

  4. sewslow67 | | #4

    Oh dear, DonnaKaye.  I would do exactly what you did and are doing as well.  As a previous poster has already said, these are treasures than cannot be easily replaced like pots and pans. 

    Now then, on a somewhat practical note; if you need a temporary place to stay in case the storm hits your property, you are welcome to come and live in our guest cottage - rent free.  I know we are far away, (I live in BC, Canada), but just the same, you are welcome here.  Sometimes, feeling safe and loved, is more important than distance ...and distance can be your friend if you need time to think and recoup before moving forward.

    This is not an "empty" offer; I am serious here.  In the meantime, do take the best of care of you, for you cannot ever be replaced.  You shall be in our thoughts and prayers.  Please do keep one of us informed as to how you are doing if at all possible.

  5. Josefly | | #5

    Watching and hoping your home is not impacted by the storm, and that all are safe.

  6. rodezzy | | #6

    You are in the love and grace of your creator and I will send up all I can for the safety of you and all people in the path of this weather drama.  It's so scary. 

    1. DONNAKAYE | | #7

      I'm here!  We just got our power back.  In Hurricane Rita (2005), we didn't get our power back for nearly a week.  Everyone, including state and local government, was ready this time.  Don't have running water or cable TV yet, but air-conditioning is more important than both of them combined in South Louisiana.

      My sewing studio is on the second floor of a metal two-story building.  My husband has the vast majority of it for his workshops.  We live in a double-wide (a very expensive and sturdy one, hurricane rated, I might add) and it's anchored into a concrete slab, so on the house we only lost ONE WINDOW SCREEN!  But we always evacuate to the metal building (built with steel and concrete) during hurricanes.  So guess what I did till the power went down at 2:30 in the afternoon?  I sewed!  After 2:30, I cleaned out boxes and coordinated some fabrics (a project that has been ongoing for the last several weeks).  My Jack Russell found herself a nice little nest in some rolls of fake fur (covered by plastic and bed sheets) that I had laying on the floor.  This morning, after the electricity came back on, I went back out to the studio and finished my fabric-coordinating project for good.  Now I'm ready to rock and roll on the sewing machine(s) again.

      We fared pretty well here in Lafayette.  The storm made landfall at Houma (due south), and then traveled up Highway 90 to Lafayette and then north to Opelousas and Ville Platte and Eunice and then up into Rapides Parish.

      Your prayers paid off!  Thanks, everyone!  And thanks for the many invitations to come and park myself at your homes!

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        ThreadKoe | | #8

        Thank God you are Ok. As I was saying to JunkQueen, I haven't been sleeping due to worry. I hope all is as well with any others, and they check in as well. Cathy

      2. rodezzy | | #9

        Good going.  Glad you and all are safe.  You are a busy one.  You got a lot done besides all the storm around you.  What a trooper. 

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        JunkQueen | | #10

        Good to hear from you. I was having visions of Rita myself, when we were without electricity for a week, also. I knew Gus must have gone right over you and was praying for the best. Glad you are back ---- and making the most of your time!

        1. DONNAKAYE | | #11

          Where were you for Rita?

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            JunkQueen | | #12

            I was here in Nac, out in the country. You know she swept right up through here just decimating our forests, hence electrical power, which we were without for a week. Our rental in Tenaha lost a roof. We were stranded along with our neighbors in our rural subdivision with water and trees and high lines over the roads. When it was safe, the neighborhood men cleared the trees from the road so we could get out. There was just so much damage because of all the tall pines and big oaks uprooted and down all in this area.

          2. rodezzy | | #14

            That sounds so scary.  I'm glad everyone is safe. 


          3. DONNAKAYE | | #15


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            JunkQueen | | #16

            Nacogdoches. The sister city of Nachitoches.
            Legend has it they were Indian brothers.
            Nachitoches sent east, and Nacogdoches sent west from the Sabine River.
            Their missions were to create settlements.
            Nacogdoches is the oldest town in Texas. Lots of history of Texas here.

      4. CarolSewsAZ | | #13

        It was so good to hear that you and your family are safe.  I used to live in Scott so I am familiar with your area.    I remember watching the flood waters rise and what a helpless feeling that is.  You have been wise to have your sewing studio on the second floor of a reinforced building.  I really miss the area with the beautiful scenery.  And the food, how lucky you are to be able to get fresh seafood that is such a treasure here in Az.

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        VKStitcher | | #17

        I'm so glad Gustav passed you by with no damage.  Here in central NC, we had heavy rains and wind from Hanna this past weekend, but no flooding in our area.  Praying that Ike will steer clear of you as well.

        1. DONNAKAYE | | #18

          Well, I saw in the Weather Channel this morning that Ike will probably hit Louisiana (again), so I'm trying to get as much work done as I can this week....d.

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            ThreadKoe | | #19

            It never rains but pours, guess you must be getting behind on all your projects by now. Hoping all is well. Cathy

          2. rodezzy | | #20

            I wish you well.  Sending up prayers that it passes.

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