Saturday, March 7, 2009

Madness and Mayhem

It's been a crazy 24 hours here in Melbourne. I got home from work yesterday to find one of my two dogs, Jack, missing. Poor Millie was sitting by the back door wimpering. A frantic dash outside and a bit of yelling for Jack, and my neighbour stuck his head over the fence to say that Jack was with them. He'd dug three holes, got out of the backyard, and was found wandering around the street by the neighbour, so they'd taken him in for the day. This is the third escape this year! At least he is home safe, and I spent some time today filling and and blocking up a lot of holes!

After that was all sorted, I headed to my physio appointment...and got taped up again! I've been forced into good posture, so I can't slump at the moment. It's not going to stop me doing any sewing though. It does stop me from sleeping on my side though, which I'm not too happy about.

Then last night I decided to end the week with a bit of a girls night in; some TV, pizza, a bottle of wine, and the company of a Canadian friend. So, we'd finished eating, and were chilling on the couches, when my chair moved and the door behind be banged. I figured it was just Bella being silly, until the couch continued to shake, then the cabinet next to me (and the glass lamp on top) began to rattle like crazy. My friend and I just looked at each other, both clinging to the arms of our couches, thinking "It's not just me, is it?". It stopped after about 10 seconds, after which we dashed next door to find out if it was something, rather than just a glass of wine too many.

Turns out that it was a proper earthquake (my first), measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, and was felt about 100km from the epicentre down in Gippsland (yep, near where they've had fires). No damage here, just a minor fright, followed by a bit of excitement. There have apparently been a few after-shocks, but minor (I think I noticed the one during the night...).

And...I finished piecing "Catch a Falling Star" this afternoon. It's too big to hang on the line for a photo, so I've had to drape is across the front lawn. The dappled sunlight makes it a bit hard to see, but you get the idea.


Lynda said...

Your new quilt is fantastic - love everything about it. What a night you had. Hope you're feeling comfortable enough to do what you want this weekend.

Carol said...

OMG what a scare! I love your is absolutely beautiful!

Jeanne said...

Your quilt is beautiful! Nothing like a little excitement while you're trying to relax. VBG

Kate/Massachusetts said...

Your quilt is stunning! Earthquakes are scary things...glad you are okay!

Teresa said...

I am amazed that you are able to complete so many quilts. Where is your cape?

Glad you are ok.

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Catch a falling Star is so pretty!

As for earthquakes? Whoa!!! Glad that nobody or nothing got hurt or damaged.

I hope your dog doesn't dig up holes again and take off; what a fright for you!

Renee said...

it's looking fantastic Kate - It is going to be a gorgeous quilt

Bec said...

This quilt is awesome! Well done. What a fabulous quilt close up and far away, and such lovely colours! How was it to make?
Bec xxx