Hello Friends, I hope that you all are well. As you all may know, I live in the Midwest. If you've been watching the weather here lately, you will have noticed that we have had a TREMENDOUS amount of rain. So much so that our basement flooded. This is the first time that has ever happened. The only other time that our basement has ever had water in it is when the water heater broke! However, this time we're talking about a full on life changing debilitating flood. Our basement was finished and it was beautiful. My husband did it himself and he is a perfectionist and everything down there was perfect. I just can't express to you how amazing my basement was. However, yesterday, my beautiful floor became a large pile of rubble in the back yard, as did a large portion of the drywall. Now here's another thing--my studio was in the basement. This "studio" was my sewing room, my craft room, my design and photo studio. Plus on top of all of that, all of my yarn is/was stored in there. It's still in there--oddly that's the only room that didn't get covered in water, but here' s the thing--everything in the basement has got that horrible smell to it--you know the one I'm talking about--smells like a cross between a wet dog and a garbage dump!!!! Here's the kicker--the water is still coming in!!!! It's ground water I think and I'm terribly afraid that it's not going to stop until the river recedes some. the Mississippi River is amazing. It is our largest source of income and our biggest enemy at times. I am beside myself my friends. I know that my stash is ruined and I know that as soon as the water stops coming in, I'm going to have to go in there and dispose of it all and I also know that it's going to be incredibly painful. I know that most people are probably thinking, "it's only yarn, lady, get a grip!" But I know that you all--my fellow yarn enthusiasts and people that lead the life of crochet will understand that I am not being melodramatic or overreacting when I say that I am devastated. There is just so much comfort in knowing that I can go to my room and pull out something amazing and then hopefully create something amazing and now that is gone. All I have right now is the yarn that was in my go bag. Notice I say "right now" because we all know I will start replacing as soon as I have time! HA! I am devastated my friends. I am at loose ends. When you lose the place that you live your life, you just don't know what to do with yourself. Please pray for us my friends as we try and rebuild. I know that a lot of people have it a lot worse than we do right now, and I don't want to pretend that my loss is as devastating as theirs, but my friends, my loss is pretty devastating to me. So, until next time my friends, peace out and please let's remember to help one another.