Friday, October 6, 2017

finally FEMA and work of one kind and another

The samples are out of the kiln, two molds are made, and Tuesday I visited FEMA to make sure that they were satisfied that I am who I say I am, and started back on demolition.

The paneling in my studio room will have to be replaced because it is so old they don't sell it anymore besides the fact that it's really ugly. 

During the initial demolition, only about 4' up was removed, enough to expose the wood so it could dry but I learned Tuesday that the county in my precinct will stop picking up flood damage and construction debris after October 26th. Hence the continued demolition. I've just about got all the paneling down. Most of it was easy enough except for two sections that I almost had to chew off and the way they encased the windows has me scratching my head. But the good news is that after consulting Rocky about the rest of the sheetrock in the back bedroom, I don't need to tear it all out up to the ceiling after all. I wanted to replace the old blown-in insulation but he said that he wouldn't, it wasn't wet, was still good so just leave it be. The repair work on the structure is done and Rocky is replacing the old siding shingles, which were brittle with age and nearly impossible to get off without breaking, with hardy board. Then we start on the inside.

The FEMA inspector finally came out yesterday morning. She took pictures, took pictures of some of my pictures, measured all the rooms and the water mark, wrote stuff down while I recited what all had been in those rooms and was lost. Now we wait and see how much money turns up in our bank account.

Later, I went to the Social Security web site to check on something and I noticed that instead of my account being listed as Ellen A Leva, it now reflects the new Social Security card with all four names and has me listed as Edith E Leva. Thanks FEMA.

After the FEMA inspector came out yesterday I engraved a number on each of the 44 color samples and added their formulas to my list of samples made which now numbers 143. That may seem like a lot but it's not really. Then I set up my little flat lap in the shop and ground the points off the edges. The first two rows are a transparent color over an opaque color. The bottom two rows are a transparent color mixed with an opaque color. These are for the rocks and sand for the drowned feathers. Not too many for the sand. May have to do more.


  1. How do you keep track of all of the hats you are having to wear these days?

    1. I don't. I just do whatever seems needing done the most on any particular day. I didn't make the molds though. that's Marc's job.

  2. I complain about small renovations that I choose to have done in my house. You job is massive and I am happy to read that FEMA really is there to help you out. That is reassuring.

  3. You reminded me, it's all about record keeping. We had a small book in one of the loom benches. We called it The Bible. It had every threading for every pattern we ever wove. It had design notes for clothes, and how to cut them. And so forth and so on. If the house were to burn down, one of us had to leave with The Bible. I donated it to the design school in Cleveland. It has the towel pattern in it. I asked for a copy back. They've lost it. Sort of fitting, yes.

  4. Once we get past this season, I'm going to get serious about photographing and recording everything around here -- preferably by January or so. I keep saying I will, but every storm is another reminder of how important it is, and how important it is to keep records. Beyond that, I once started putting all of my blogs in a hard copy form. I believe that needs to be done, too.

  5. Well, you have certainly been busy. I'm glad the FEMA logjam was finally broken and things seem to be moving forward. And new paneling -- a bonus! (Very much looking on the bright side, there.)

  6. You art is a nice respite from the craziness of bureaucracy. I am so sorry for all this mess eating into your plans, though. Let us hope that winter is the perfect rest.

  7. I agree about the paneling - good to see it go! I like the transparent mixed with the opaque best :)

  8. I love these samples you've done, the colourways and appearance of texture - wonderfully pebble-like. You amaze with all your energetic demolition and reconstruction work and then switch and turn your hand to delicate glass creations


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