Life has been a whirlwind for us these past few weeks.Â Of course, Hurricane Dorian was expected for a very long time and preparations were non-stop.Â With 3 acres of patio furniture, potted plants, a standing basketball hoop, pool, and other miscellany, it seems there is always more you can do to prepare for a Cat 5 hurricane.
Additionally, I spent more hours in front ofÂ the television than I have in the past year.Â The weather and each of Dorian’s tiny turns to the east and then the west were monitored vigilantly.Â The weatherÂ had never seemed so important.
But living 30 miles inland from the coast, we were spared. Our damage amounted to two downed palm fronds and a few clumps of Spanish moss.Â But days were spent waiting and watching Dorian’s painfully slow progress as it viciously battered the Bahamas and inched up the Florida coast.Â We thanked God for His mercy, prayed for the poor Bahamians who were suffering bitterly, and prayed for those still in the storms path.
We had a cruise to the Bahamas scheduled for Sept. 2 and that was cancelled, of course.Â By the time the storm passed, we were rebooked on a cruise which departed from Port Canaveral Sept. 5, just 30 hours after we received confirmation.
The purpose and highlight of the cruise was spending time with our two younger grandchildren, 10 yo Alastair, 6 yo Vivian Rose, and their parents.Â We had a fabulous time.
The “cruise” dress I made in such a rush for Vivian Rose was done well before the hurricane was due to make landfall.Â Inspired by a gorgeous dress made by famous smocking plate designer Terry Collins, I ordered the fabric the very day she posted her dress on-line.Â The pattern is Children’s Corner Louise.
This is a terrific pattern, a blank canvas for a variety of embellishments.Â Or it is lovely as shown as a jumper or sundress.Â The bodice is fully lined.
While making this, I faced many of the problems familiar to those of you whose grandchildren do not live nearby.Â Though Vivi soon will be 7, she is very tiny. Yet her mother declared that she wears a size 6 and that’s what I should make.Â So I did.
Obviously it it too large in every respect except the length.Â You can seeÂ the gaping armholes in the first picture.