Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Flowers, 'fraidy holes, and flashlights

I did a flower arrangement for our Tuesday morning women's Bible study and it was a huge success. And now I get to enjoy it... I love the pink tulips!

Not too long after we were first married, a storm came through Memphis. I told Kevin we needed to decide on a 'fraidy hole. He had no idea what I was talking about. My parents grew up in Oklahoma and were very familiar with storm shelters. So that's what I grew up calling the place where you take cover during bad weather. I remember one visit to Oklahoma when I was little where we all went down to the 'fraidy hole in the middle of the night. My Boompa stood in the doorway of the garage watching the storm blow. Mom said not to worry - he only came down when it got really bad. He didn't come down that night. He was such a funny man.

So we used our 'fraidy hole last night for the first time since living here. I don't, as a general rule, go down to our basement. It's unfinished and kind of creepy and all I can imagine are the huge spiders lurking behind the water heater. Luck would have it that Kevin did a major clean out of some of the leftover junk in the basement a week ago. I have to say that it was quite nice down there (relatively speaking) and I've never been so thankful for our little 'fraidy hole. The whole basement adventure was great fun for Caroline and Tigger.

While in the 'fraidy hole, Kevin introduced me to the most fantastic of all flashlights (our electricity was out for about 5 hours). It's a Sears Craftsman 19.2 Volt fluorescent flashlight. If you don't have one, you need one. Just on the off-chance you need a really bright flashlight. This thing is awesome. It's as bright as the noon-day sun. I'm not kidding. I was knitting by the light of this thing. And not big, bulky yarn - little, tiny baby yarn. Apparently this super flashlight was part of a tool kit I got for Kevin for Christmas. (Yay, me!)


The Davis Family said...

I am glad that you all had a safe place to stay and weathered the storms OK. We just finished our basement so we love getting to go down there.

The Barnett's said...

Glad to hear you guys didn't have any damage.

Grammy and Grandy said...

We are so glad you had that basement! We were worried about you when we couldn't reach you by phone! Thank goodness for that "Fraidy Hole"! We will be getting that flashlight! Maybe I should learn to knit first!HA!

Michelle said...

I'm glad you guys were safe from the storms! It was crazy, crazy. Basements are great.

Mama Liscious said...

I wish we had an actual "hole" -- we ended up in the closet under the stairs! And I have to tell you, we have that VERY same flashlight, and it is the BEST. Seriously. I'm glad you guys are okay!