Friday, June 24, 2011

It's a Special Friday

Today is the day to comment if you would like a chance to win the

We Survived the Crazy Electrical House Fire of Friday May 13th, 2011 Giveaway

If you are just tuning in, I had a super crazy-pants, ongoing insane, endlessly frustrating, but we-are-all-happy-to-be-alive-and-in-one-piece experience that you can read more about here and here and here and there's more if you are interested. 

To celebrate nearing the end of all the repairs, phone calls, yada yada yada... I am having a giveaway for you, my blog readers, whose wonderful comments helped me through all the craziness and kept me company in the endless 90F degree days and not-much-better dark nights for 25 days. 


Now for the details:

Giveaway is for nine bright happy fat quarters, three 1/2 yd cuts of pink fabric, a Moda Quilt Pink charm pack, five or so patterns, and the book Clever Quarters, Too. 

Drawing via Random Number Generator on June 30th at 8:00PM EST.

Comment on this post only.

 Since I am all about disaster and emergency preparedness, please leave a comment on your plan for getting your family, pets, loved ones, and/or yourself through an emergency or what you have packed in your disaster kit (if you don't have either one of these, now is your chance!!!)
If you need some tips, here's a link to the ASPCA's disaster preparedness info for your pets.

Please make sure I have a way to contact you if your profile is set to "no-reply." 

That's it.  Be prepared and be safe!
 

31 comments:

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

We are fortunate to have family -- who love animals and have a spare room -- within a mile of home, so our plan would be to prevail upon them. As to the kit, I need to get going on figuring that out. I'd love to win your give-away, especially those brights -- I'd make a quilt for a hospice kid with them.

free indeed said...

We've had a similar situation happen a few years ago..not as close call as yours, but scary none the less. The electric company's insurance contact was super to work with so we didn't have the headaches either. Since so much of our home is old fashioned, we were able to stay in the house in the subzero weather because our wood stove/furnace heats the house and water...anyhoo. Children are all grown, so it's just hubby and I. My one thing to grab in the event of an emergency is my grandmother's quilt...I'd leave all the family photos etc behind and save that one thing...

Monica said...

Our disaster plans are simple simple its just the two of us and we have no pets.

Plan in case of fire or other disaster at home: bust out the window to the quilting room and start throwing out the quilts and fabric. And then head to the Hilton.

Plan in case of tornado: get in the bathroom and cover up with ALL the quilts. With as many as I've made over the years, they should be heavy and thick enough to protect us. Never mind that we'll need a tank of Oxygen to breath under there.

All kidding aside, we do have safety plans, etc. ready...even for a nuclear plant meltdown.

I'm glad all your electrical woes have come to an end and you can relax and quilt again.

Needled Mom said...

We once lived in a high fire area and we were evacuated several times. We had our items that could not be replaced in one area and we grabbed those first.

If it was an emergency we would be welcomed at our children's homes who live within 10 minutes from us. Guess we would have to keep changing homes so they would not think we favored on or another!!! lol

Anya said...

Wow...I read your long story about what happened. Thankfully, you weren't hurt (I hope the Bernina was OK as well).
One of the things in our kit is a hand-crank radio...we've actually used it a few times when the power was out.
Thanks for the chance for the giveaway!

Deb said...

I've never had anything like this happen, and sadly I have to say we'd not be prepared. We have no survival kit or a place to go if some tragedy would happen. Guess we should get to planning!

Carol said...

Glad I have a firefighter in the family.

Cathi said...

We have a bag close to the front door in which there are all the prescription meds used by anyone in the household, cat food, people food, bottles of water, a flashlight, extra batteries, a battery-powered radio, etc. Kitty carriers are right there too. Every month, I change out what's in there and replace it with fresh items.

Marge said...

Because my husband came from Europe and was a boy during the war, we always keep a tin of matches, cases of water and a good supply of medical supplies.
Close calls come in many forms, but yours was very scary. I am so glad that all is now well, and thanks for the chance at your give-away. We have a program called new beginnings and I donate quilts to them every year. Thanks again.Marge

Shakerwood said...

Our plan is to go to your house. At least I know you have new wiring and a lot of clout with a major power distributor!

Just in case, I'll come up with a Plan B.

mc76904 said...

We would have to lean on family to help us out. Since we have many relatives in the area, I think we would be ok.

Mary said...

Our pets all live outside, so that's taken care of. We have a cellar in case of tornado, and if something were to happen to the house, we have lots of family nearby to rely on. So glad your family is safe and you are about to put all this behind you.

Brenda said...

I have no clue what we would do, I guess that means that I need to start thinking about it.

Gari said...

Ever since we lived through, and evacuated from, several hurricains in NWFL I have a list of what is necessary and where everything is. I can pack the car in 5 min with food, clothes, meds, dogs, cats and birds. I got really good at it. Now in AL I feel safer but I am prepared to live without electricity but I'd prefer not to do it again. ;-)

Louisa said...

Well beyond the usual stockpile, the big concern is the river between work & home, should the big one (earthquake) hit & the bridges go down. I suspect a long walk, though the good news is, it is walkable in a day (14 miles).

Michelle said...

I'm glad you are all safe and sound too! I sure hope the drama is coming to an end!! I'm ashamed to say, we really don't have a great emergency preparedness plan. This is definitely the push I needed to realize we need one!

scottylover said...

Glad you survived! It was a rough on that is for sure!

We had a tornado go through less than 3 miles away from here, very scary! We don't have a plan, but have been trying to figure out what we would do. Guess we need to get on that one, huh?! :)

Sandy A

robin said...

Sorry to say that we don't have much of a disaster plan, though we do have a generator and a plan to meet at another building on our yard, should there be a fire.

Margaret said...

Being an old Army nurse we were taught to LOOK---THINK---THEN ACT.
I leave the keys in the doors that are deadlocked, so that we can get out in an emergency, we have no pets just each other,

Waytogojb said...

The first thing that comes to mind now that the kids are grown and have moved on is -- where's the dog and where are my shoes. Seriously, I am glad you are all safe and back home.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

All our kids and animals are gone. I would just get my DH and myself out.

If time permitted, I would get the quilt I made for my Mom.

Anita said...

Our kids are a little older, but we used to have a "meet spot" at the park in case we got separated. The thought of not knowing where they were was enough to scare me. We also have a non-expired fire extinguisher in the house for all types of fires, know where the gas/water shut off is, have first aid ready and lots of "meals to go". I also keep a spare set of clothes and shoes in my car.

Jayne said...

I'm afraid I don't pass the "be prepared" test. We live in a very remote part of the county, more than 6 miles from a fire department. I will have to go all the way back to a terrible ice storm we had about 6 years ago to say that we put in a gas fireplace to keep us warm in the event of extended power outages. If we were to have a fire, Lord help us. We will be at His mercy!

Becky said...

So glad to see that things are almost back to normal for you. I've always though we should purchase a flexible ladder in case of fire during the night (we sleep on the second floor) I'll add that to my list plus some type of snuggle pack to carry Rusty:) Hope to see you soon!

hadacres said...

We live in the country, so besides the RV that is always stocked, have several generators that will run the well, freezers & fridges. The critters would be happy in the RV as well.
Love the pillowcases, sent mine in a bit ago. Doesn't it make you feel so good to be able to do this little bit for our service folks.

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

What an awesome mix of quilting delights. Please count me in and thanks for the generous giveaway!

paulette said...

Our big thing is Earth Quakes so yes I have a kit out in our garden shed away from the house so it will hopefully be accessible in case our house gets flattened...hopefully without us in it!! You stay safe!!
Paulette

Linda K said...

So happy to hear that things are "almost back to normal" ( because, really, who wants to be " normal"). I confess that we have no kit, but do have wind up flashlights and radio! I guess that needs to be a topic of conversation with the DH in the near future. My quick plan is to throw the pups and all the quilts I can carry out the window and follow behind! Thanks for the chance to win your great give-away!

Michelle said...

Thank goodness no persons or pets were hurt! And that things are starting to get back to normal.

We don't have a plan or kit. BUT thanks to you bringing this to my (our) attention, I will make a plan. Thanks for the chance!

gill said...

I've never experienced any sort of disaster so I'm sorry to say I have no plan at all - Maybe I should have?? or could I just borrow yours??

Sandy said...

While we have talked about funeral plans, we have not talked about diaster plans. I think that I will bring it up at dinner. Thanks, and glad to hear that you are doing well.