You would think….

…that the tornado hit inside our house!


This is the state of my crafting these days. A mess of yarn, fiber and fabric. Some of this is from a few little boys who decided to play in my workroom, some is from an over stressed mama who’s just throwing her things everywhere. So not much is being done other than knitting on my Diminishing Ribs cardigan, since that is safe and accessible in it’s own bag.


Things are kind of coming together around here. We are waiting to hear back from our insurance company as to what will be covered. The obvious outside stuff should be fine, but we’re worried about the inside. The tornado basically gave our house a big shove and there are probably 20-30 major cracks in the plaster around our house as well as a lot of cracks in the stucco outside. Since we own a  home that is almost 85 years old, there is a good chance they might try to blow it off as “pre-existing.” So, keep your fingers crossed for us.

I’m having trouble adjusting. It’s funny, I’m usually a major problem solving, a get-to-it kind of person. But since the tornado happened I’m having a hard time. I feel like I keep wandering all over the house, not really sure what to do. Even making oatmeal this morning seems too complicated. Considering the kind of year we’ve had I suppose that’s pretty normal, but I just want to get back to normal. Which is why this is so hard, I guess. We had thought that maybe all our drama was finally behind us. And then, after the year we’ve had, we get hit by a tornado! Reality TV would love this family, it’s almost too much.

I hate to complain though. I keep thinking of the toddler who died here last year in a tornado, and the 200 lb log that hit our house about two feet above where Spinner was sleeping and it just makes me sick to my stomach. So, push on, Knittyfamily….we’ve gotten through everything else, right??

I’ll be canning tomatoes today, and tomorrow visiting my entries in the MN state fair. If you’re a local and you go, the brown and red longies and the brown and white marled yarn are mine! That will be fun to see.

Almost forgot, one last tornado item to share and then this knitter is DONE with tornadoes. The Skeptic shot this picture in the alley, a piece of wood impaled in the side of the electrical pole:



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10 responses to “You would think….

  1. I’m listening to Bridge Over Troubled Waters as I read your post. You’ve got some seriously strong mojo to keep on going and LOOK! you ARE! Let me know if you need to drop the boys off over here so you can chill or play with fabric/yarn sometime soon. I’m around!!!

  2. Take it easy on yourself and try to give yourself time to process what happened. It can be hard to be patient with ourselves when all one wants to do is ‘get over it’ and put it behind oneself. Having your home compromised and processing the almost/what if’s is a big deal. Give yourself a chance to catch your breath.

    We’re going to the fair next weekend. I’ll keep my eyes open for your work!

  3. I feel for you…the part where you really don’t know what to do, even making oatmeal…you and and your family went thru a TORNADO…
    I’d give myself a big break if I were you. That would shake anybody’s life. I would focus on the fair (I hope we get to see your entries)…
    -my craft room looks like that without the tornado…that’s because I have a 4 yrs old “cyclone” in the house, hehe.
    I hope you guys can find a sense of normal soon. It must be scary especially with little ones. Crossing my fingers with the insurance and good luck at the fair.
    You are in my thoughts.

  4. *hug* Do you remember how everyone wandered around in a stupor after 9/11? I think it’s a very normal reaction to disaster… I’m just really glad that all of you are ok.

  5. It’s amazing how resilient we truly are, deep down inside, isn’t it? I would feel shaken-and-stirred, too, if a tornado had hit my home. Take it easy, and I’ll cross my fingers for you to win big at the fair!

  6. Hugs, KM. You’re amazing.

  7. deb

    Not an expert by any means – BUT – it’s a pretty big deal what happened to you. And what you describe now sound just a teensy bit like PTSD. Cut yourself some major slack; all is well; you are safe and the house did it’s job. The feelings you’re having will pass; just know when to reach out to someone if they don’t, OK?

  8. I think we were talking about glasses of wine “before” the tornado. Now, I think you’ll definitely need one.

    We are going to the fair on Thursday evening (adults only) and Saturday (the whole gang.) I’ll look to the longies!

  9. It’s always hard to settle back in when you’ve been badly shaken. If you’re like me, the canning will be therapeutic. You’ll have to concentrate on one specific thing up front, but your back-corner mind will work in the background on solutions to other problems and, best of all, you will accomplish something. And accomplishing something always makes me feel I can tackle the next thing and the next…

    You’re doing great! You’ve been through a lot!

  10. Guinifer

    I can be like that too. I just want everything to be FIXED and it leaves you feeling unsettled.

    Don’t let the insurance company bully you – if you feel they are treating you unfairly, push back!

    Also? My craft room is feeling very disheveled right now. My kids will be going to school soon though and I will have time to work on it!

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