Hurricane Ivan "visited" Pensacola, Florida last September and did a number on my daughter's townhouse. It is still under reconstruction and she won't be able to move back in for several months. Hurricanes are so horrible, but people in Florida say they prefer them to California earthquakes. Go figure.
Well, I have just returned from visiting Pensacola. While I was there, Hurricane Katrina had Pensacola in her crosshairs before moving a hundred or so miles west. Once we realized we would not have to evacuate, we hunkered down and knit during the storm -- I even got a new knitter hooked! It was a great way to take our minds off of the storm raging outside. We still got plenty of wind -- 70-80mph-- but did not incur any damage. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those in the Gulf cities who were not as fortunate.
Right now, I am thinking of the Bette Bornside Company, a yarn shop in historic New Orleans that I have done business with for several years via mail and Website:
Bette Bornside Company was established in 1986 as a retail mail order supplier of medium-priced, quality yarns and accessories to knitters and crocheters. In 1991, we expanded to include a retail shop at 2733 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70117.
We are located in the Faubourg Marigny, an historic district in New Orleans, adjacent to the French Quarter. Our neighborhood, which runs along the Mississippi River, was established in 1806, and is a time capsule of 19th century New Orleans.
I wish them well. Be safe, Bette Bornside, be safe.