Yesterday I was sewing on the new wool skirt for A when all the power went out with a slight pop. I jumped up and raced to put on my shoes, ran to the car and sped across town to my elderly relative’s house. This relative is on oxygen so a power outage is very bad indeed. I hoped the outage was limited, but the traffic lights were out all across town. I raced inside the house and switched the relative to the portable tanks, so everything was back to normal, healthwise, when the fire engine and the paramedics showed up. I had not called them, so it was some sort of technical glitch alarm thing from the oxygen machine alarm going off. They half unloaded the gurney and swarmed toward the house, only to have me tell them that everything was fine. They were mildly annoyed but turned around and went back to their trucks after making sure the relative was OK. And I have to say that firemen look splendid both arriving and departing. A most excellent view.
That pretty much used up the rest of my sewing time, so I sat around and laughed and talked with the relative and waited for the lights to come back on. Apparently the outage had caused something to go wrong with the refinery over in the next town, but we knew nothing about that until the power came back on about 40 minutes later. We watched the news about the trouble at the refinery with huge plumes of black smoke rolling across the area, and heard that there was a shelter-in-place order for the next town. My daughter decided to shelter in place somewhere else and came over to sit with us. She could see the fires at the refinery from where she lives. So all ended well, we had a good dinner, then everything was back to normal.
I have the wool skirt all cut out and am working on the darts. It is a simple A-line skirt and I am underlining it. The fabric was a 5-yard length of mystery fabric I got off some sale table years ago, so I did a burn test. It burned vigorously and left no hard beads of melted anything, so I assumed it was some natural fiber, and since it smelled like wet dog when I pressed it, I would say it is wool.
Today I have no errands to run and hopefully no emergencies to handle, so I expect to get a lot done on the skirt.