Over our winter break this year, we did a small construction project – building a storage loft over 1/2 the shop.
It turned out really great & I can now store all my jobs in progress & extra materials, someplace other than my work table top 🙂
Also we changed all the fluorescent lights over to ballast bypass LED’s. I really recommend this to anyone that uses standard 4 foot shop lights. Pretty easy to re-wire them, and the LED strips work in any T-8 or T-12 fixture. And for a $ 80 box of bulbs, it re-lit our entire shop.
So we had to go down to Port St Joe to check things out , and onto St Vincent (actually a week later- but the photos are all here) to check out the beach & salvage what we could.
The ride down was a little depressing – there was miles & miles & miles of broken forest back from the road as far as you could see.
Houses of course and agricultural buildings, mostly with roof damage or destroyed. There is a little town , (Wewa) with a nice little park where we’ve always stopped for the needed pee break on the way to the coast – it was heart breaking to see the park, with all it’s big beautiful trees, all broken and destroyed. The drive certainly humbled us, in that it showed how close the destruction came to our house.
This is a site of a quite large pavilion, at the end of the Port St Joe boat launch jetty. Fortunately the new boat launch looks fine.
The nice airy pavilion in the town park, where the launch parking lot is, was completely GONE.
St Vincent NWR:
We were the first people out there since the storm – no ranger 4 wheeler tracks- nothing .
The storm completely changed the entire beach .
Tom & I like to collect shells- Well, there were so many shells that Mother Nature came up with the solution for transporting them.
This handy beach cart was a real labor saver, but kind of squeaky, and no WD40 handy.
But shells were only part of what we found, everything imaginable was washed up , and some things you couldn’t even imagine.
It felt like we were on a deserted island , and we were !
We had quite a load by the time we started back- everything including the kitchen sink , which will be installed out in Tom’s shop !
Good thing the wind had dropped by the time we had to paddle all this stuff back over to the mainland.
Sadly, we had to leave our faithful beach cart there, as there just wasn’t room, as the folding mechanism had seen better days.
Well, we’re back !
As most of you know by now, Hurricane Michael severely affected the area where we live & work. And if any of you have tried to contact Sew Tec , you’d know that we have been without power, water, phone, or internet for the last 11 days. Our house & shop were minimally affected , but the areas all around us were in some cases almost totally destroyed.
I’m posting a couple of photos on our blog to show a little of our experience dealing with the aftermath of this storm – I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, and hope to never have to experience this again.
It will likely be a couple of more days before we’re completely up and running , as we have to re-organize the shop, contact individual customers, etc, etc.
We appreciate everyone’s patience during our down time.
Finally a new website with the included galleries. Simple, not a lot of fancy things included, BUT it looks clean & says what it needs to , IMO.
Something new to add to my resume :-}