We've seen a lot of rain in the Midwest during this past two weeks and yesterday's storms in the Chicago area were pretty bad. Mark works in one of the northwest suburbs and had to go in the basement of his office building twice because of tornado sirens. His drive home took almost two hours because of downed trees, power outages, and flooded streets. We live far enough north that we didn't experience the high winds, but the lightning was wicked!
My brother and his family live in Chicago, but fortunately they did not experience any damage to their home. There are a lot of trees down and fallen limbs on their street. The lightning started a fire in one of the alleys near their house, but it was put out without any further damage.
The lakes and rivers in our area are flooding surrounding homes. Fortunately, we do not live in an area that is being flooded, but are concerned for friends and family who live near the Fox and Des Plaines Rivers and the many lakes in the area. We're on sandbag alert!
The skies are heavy and grey here today, so I'm choosing a photo of a ring basket that I took at the beginning of summer - one with a little bit of sunshine! This is the first one that I experimented with making a little larger than the pattern called for.
I hope this finds you all nice and dry! I'll be away from my blog until the end of next week. See you then!