The Mid-Night Crisis

August 15, 2011

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Whenever the phone rings in the middle of the night, the news can’t be good.

But ours rings more than the average family. Matt is often getting calls or texts at 3:15am to report that the baker didn’t show up or the salt is missing…or that the power is out and there are puddles of water on the floor!!

Apparently last night’s storms knocked out the power. It’s still out. We’re closed for the day. And a tree branch knocked a hole I the ceiling that led to water all over the kneading table and floor!

Thankfully the leak is almost fixed but the power isn’t yet on. I’m much more concerned about the food in our fridge than the loss of business today. We had a catering order that we couldn’t fulfill (Matt took them granola + granola bars in lieu of freshly baked sweets) and he’s still there hoping the power returns and our food is still at safe temps. Hopefully our fridge is so big it held in the cold.

I was up from 3:15-4:15 crisis planning, calling the power company and tweeting with Dominion Power in bed, thanks to my smart phone :) I luckily fell back asleep (Matt went in to assess the situation) but I’m still feeling pretty tired.

Better a Monday than a Saturday!

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Breakfast was a yogurt, berry + muffin bowl. Ironically I still had a Carrot Raisin Walnut muffin from Saturday to eat!

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I bought some Oikos with a few coupons Stonyfield gave me at BlogHer. Forgot how good that stuff is!!! Topped with bluebs, rasps, banana, Warrior Crunch, CRW muffin and sunflower butter

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Vanilla Tea by Adagio

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Other major events of the day: dentist appt.

Let’s hope that one doesn’t turn into a cavity crisis!

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1 Ann @ Day by Day August 15, 2011 at 7:54 am

The phone ringing in the middle of the night always shocks me… it’s only happened to me a few times. I hope the power situation gets resolved quickly! Hopefully a big part of your customers are also blog readers so they’ll know you’re closed today!

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2 Angela August 15, 2011 at 7:57 am

I hope it all works out okay and you don’t lose the food in the fridge.
Fingers crossed for you :)

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3 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 15, 2011 at 7:59 am

I’m sorry that you had such a crazy crisis! At least you have a positive attitude and were able to handle it quickly :)

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4 Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 15, 2011 at 8:01 am

I read somewhere recently that food is fine in a closed fridge without power for 12 hours. So it should be ok!

Fingers crossed the power comes back on soon.

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5 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 15, 2011 at 8:01 am

That’s a terrible way to begin the week! Good thinking to bring your catering customer granola. these have been so crazy storms. :(

Good luck today getting everything straightened out!

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6 Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories August 15, 2011 at 8:01 am

Lucky you could go back to sleep! At times like that, I am UP…or at least up for a while. Here’s hoping everything is back to normal by tomorrow and you sell out the store!

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7 Hannah August 15, 2011 at 8:02 am

Oh no! …. maybe it was angels trying to get a taste of your granola ;)

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8 khushboo August 15, 2011 at 8:06 am

What a nightmare of a situation to be woken up to! Glad you were able to still carry out the catering job!

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9 Sweet and Savvy August 15, 2011 at 8:06 am

Wow! Hope everything works out! at least you had an awesome breakfast:)

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10 Jennifer August 15, 2011 at 8:07 am

oh gosh that’s terrible! I hope you guys will be up and running asap!

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11 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 15, 2011 at 8:07 am

Oh no!!! I hope the food in the fridge is still okay!

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12 Cait's Plate August 15, 2011 at 8:11 am

Gah, so sorry to hear about the drama – I know that feeling of heart pounding when the phone rings in the middle of the night! It is NOT fun! Glad that everything seems to have worked out for the most part though – fingers crossed for you!

Good luck at the dentist! I used to love it when I was little because there was a treasure chest that we could take toys out of – now I just get nervous for it because cavities = money out the door!

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13 Molly @ RDexposed August 15, 2011 at 8:12 am

No phone call before 8am brings good news. Always my motto. I had a 7am phone call 2 weeks ago-same thing, no power at work!

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14 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 15, 2011 at 8:17 am

Oh no!! That sounds like quite the disaster! We had some thunder and lightning last night but not enough to knock out the power -thank goodness! I hope everything is sorted out and back to normal soon!

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15 Mom August 15, 2011 at 8:18 am

Oh no! How big is the hole in the roof?

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16 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 8:25 am

Not that big – it was a small branch

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17 Mom August 15, 2011 at 8:40 am

Sounds like something that would happen at the Turner-Strudwick house. Good luck!

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18 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 11:01 am

Yup. Leaks pretty much sum up my high school years. Midnight drips on my dresser, gushes in the fireplace, the occasional leak right on my bed!

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19 Mom August 15, 2011 at 11:07 am

I am cleaning under your sister’s bed and found her old leaking roof buckets and wonderful essays about Ducky and San Diego!

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20 Mom August 15, 2011 at 11:09 am

Oh my gosh GUILTY MOTHER. And I just found YOUR baby book that I never filled out!

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21 Emily c August 15, 2011 at 11:40 am

I am actually so happy to read this! I am having major guilt about my 3 year old’s blank baby book. It’s nice to know they still turn out okay even if everything isn’t recorded. :)

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22 Mom August 15, 2011 at 11:44 am

Emily–I actually kept baby calendars for each of them, but do fill in the baby book! Wish I had, especially since when I got it, it was so pretty. Now it’s kind of yellowed..

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23 Morgan @ Life After Bagels August 15, 2011 at 8:22 am

no – middle of the night calls are never a good thing

I’ll cross my fingers for your food – I remember when we had a huge black out in Ontario a few years ago (no wait it was like 8 years ago) and the news kept saying that if we had kept the fridges and freezers close during the power outage (it lasted something like 20 hours) that we could still safely use the food

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24 Jennie @ Designed to be Fit August 15, 2011 at 8:24 am

I don’t think there is anything worse than waking up to an emergency call!

Except maybe the dentist…which I am off to as well!

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25 Kori August 15, 2011 at 8:28 am

I hope that your power is restored soon and that the food is still good!! I’ve been going to the same dentist all of my life, and I love all of the dentist technicians and people at the office. I actually look forward to my appointments. :) I hope yours goes well and no cavities are found!

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26 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 15, 2011 at 8:30 am

Oh no, I hope the power comes back on soon! I feel your fears, now that I’m the chef at a private school and it’s my responsibility to feed the kids and staff, I’m a freak over the temps on the fridge and freezers. It freaks me out to not be there on the weekends to check them. Good luck today Kath.

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27 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 15, 2011 at 8:31 am

Oh I don’t miss those midnight calls! My husband would get called all the time when people wouldn’t show up for the night shift (happened a lot) and have to go in to work from 11-7am. Not fun. Owning your own biz definitely has some ups & downs! Hope you guys get power back soon and can save the food!

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28 Amanda at the red table August 15, 2011 at 8:33 am

Oh no! I hope everything works out okay. The weather can wreak havoc on just about anything!
Question: I notice that you use a lot of sunflower butter. I’m a peanut butter fanatic, but it’s not the best thing to eat in quantities other than a tablespoon at a time, if that. Do you consider sunflower butter a better alternative health-wise? Or do you just prefer it?

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29 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 8:34 am

I think they are equals, but I just love the taste of sunflower butter. I try to eat 1-2 tbsp max per day

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30 Erika @ The Teenage Taste August 15, 2011 at 8:35 am

My pulse ALWAYS quickens when I hear the phone ring at night. I get so scared and worried! :-?
Sorry to hear about the power and the hole. Hope it all gets fixed soon! :-)

PS – Good luck at the denist! :-D

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31 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 15, 2011 at 8:39 am

Good luck with the dentist – never a fun appointment!

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32 Sara August 15, 2011 at 8:41 am

Yikes! Hope everything gets resolved today. Sorry you lost a day of business. Good luck at the dentist – I think you are due for some good news!

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33 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 15, 2011 at 8:42 am

I used to love the dentist, but once I started getting cavities in college I hated going! Good luck!

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34 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 15, 2011 at 8:49 am

oh no! I hope everything turns out alright and you’re back in business tomorrow!

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35 Sarah@The Flying ONION August 15, 2011 at 8:53 am

Ugh. I have this intense fear of the dentist, although I’m in slight recovery after changing where I go (no more heartless poking and prodding..lol!)

I hope everything turns out okay with the bakery!!

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36 Natalie@NoshingWithNatalie August 15, 2011 at 8:58 am

Hope the power comes back on soon and you can save your food! The dentist gives me the willies…big time! Hopefully you will be cavity-free. :)

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37 Meaghan O'Connor (My Spoonful of Inspiration) August 15, 2011 at 9:06 am

Sorry about the bakery! I hope everything turns out okay! Good luck at the dentist! :)

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38 Rachel August 15, 2011 at 9:08 am

I don’t know the cost or logistics, but have you looked into getting a generator to run the cooler in this circumstance? We live in a rural area with many power outages, so generators are very common out here.

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39 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 11:01 am

We haven’t but we should..

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40 Donna August 15, 2011 at 11:54 am

A 5000-watt gasoline powered generator is about $750 and only uses a gallon of gas every two hours.

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41 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 11:58 am

Yikes!! That’s good to know. I don’t know if we even have $750 worth of refridgerated products. Thankfully wheat is room temp!

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42 Mary Frances August 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm

You could ask your ‘business’ neighbors if the power is out frequently. If so, it might be worth the initial investment. Also, the products might not have been worth $750, but if a generator would prevent loss of business for a day–I’m sure it would pay for itself. Just need to check how large of a generator would be required to run the refrigeration and ovens. Also, you would have the cost of securely ‘housing’ the unit and getting permission from the property owners to have a small ‘shed’ or fenced containment behind your shop for a generator.

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43 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites August 15, 2011 at 9:14 am

kath, I have to say that in spite of a few minor crisis’ you still manage to maintain a positive attitude! that’s one of the reasons I absolutely love reading your blog! That and your amazing oatmeal concoctions ;)You set a great example.

Mama Pea’s Tweet this morning actually reminded me of your positive spin on your crazy Monday thus far! : “Eliminate your negative thoughts! Your life will not change until your way of thinking does.”

Good luck at the dentist and Happy Monday!

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44 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 11:02 am
45 Shayla @ The Good Life August 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I totally agree with what Sarah said. You’re so positive Kath and that’s why I’ve always loved reading your blog for many many years! :)

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46 Hillary August 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

What a way to start your Monday, eh? Glad everything seems to be working out!

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47 JT @ The Faux Foodie Girl August 15, 2011 at 9:22 am

WOW!!! What a start to a week!!!! I forget all those aspects of owning a bakery. Hope everything gets fixed in time and good luck!!!!

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48 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 15, 2011 at 9:23 am

Oh man! I really hope all is well at the bakery. I’ll keep y’all in my thoughts today.

Have “fun” at the dentist! Happy thoughts all around today.

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49 Cait @ Beyond Bananas August 15, 2011 at 9:24 am

Oooh no! I hope that everything gets fixed ASAP and that power is restored in time so all of your food is saved! Sending lots of positive thoughts your way today, Kath!

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50 Jenny August 15, 2011 at 9:24 am

Talk about a rude awakening! As always, you seemed to manage to keep an optimistic view on everything. I’m pretty sure your fridge will have kept cool enough, if the door wasn’t opened! Bigger fridges or freezers should stay cool longer… Last summer, the power went out in the building I lived in for about eight hours. I didn’t open my fridge until the power came back on, and when I did, the thermometer read 7 degrees Celsius… Only slightly off from what it should be!

Nevertheless, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you – as I’m sure many others will!

Have a good appointment at the afternoon! Surely the day will go well, what with that positive attitude and outlook of yours. :)

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51 Ashley@MyFoodNFitnessDiaries August 15, 2011 at 9:33 am

At least your breakfast was yummy looking (and tasting I’m sure too)!

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52 CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/ August 15, 2011 at 9:46 am

Oh my goodness, good luck getting everything squared away! That had to be so stressful receiving that call in the middle of the night! Hopefully you have a good dentist appointment and a better rest of the day :-)

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53 robin August 15, 2011 at 9:49 am

Im hungrrrrry and your breakfast sure looks yummy. I commented 2or3 weeks ago you had rubbed off on me concerning exercise, Im still at it. And glad to report down 7 pounds.

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54 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

Nice!!!

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55 Robin August 15, 2011 at 9:51 am

Oh my! Our power actually was out last night as well. I hope yours comes back on soon, and the frig stays cold. Good luck at the dentist. I’m kind of strange- I love that clean feeling walking out of the dentist’s office.

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56 Monica August 15, 2011 at 9:55 am

Sorry to hear about the stressful start to the day! Hopefully things get sorted out soon!

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57 lynn @ the actor's diet August 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

argh! sorry about that!!! the other day last week our car had been stolen from our driveway. we found it a few hours later from lojack, but it was a horrible way to wake up!

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58 Emily August 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

Ugh I am so sorry, what a lousy way to start off the week :( Hopefully the power get’s back on soon and tomorrow is back to normal for you guys!! Good luck with the dentist…after a cavity and wisdom teeth removal and less than a month, I am sooo over that place! Thinking of you guys today!

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59 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

Ugh – NOT a good way to start the day!! Praying that things get better and not too much damage was done!
What a great husband you have btw!! Sounds like he’s a keeper!

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60 Amelia August 15, 2011 at 9:58 am

Hope everything works out for you. That is no way to start a week!

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61 Tessa @ Amazing Asset August 15, 2011 at 9:59 am

Blehh sorry to hear that that happened!! I am crossing my fingers that it gets fixed asap! :)

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62 Errign August 15, 2011 at 10:02 am

What blah way to start a day! And the dentist to boot! Hope the food is okay & the dentist is cavity free :)

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63 Meredith August 15, 2011 at 10:02 am

EEK!! I hope power at the bakery comes back on soon for the sake of your fridge food! Our power lasted through the evening storm with all the hail, but went off sometime during the night! Showing up to work with wet hair = classy ;)

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64 Johanna B August 15, 2011 at 10:28 am

I lost all the food in my freezer/fridge earlier this year. I feel for you – your loss would be so much BIGGER. Got my fingers/toes/eyes/etc crossed for luck.

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65 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled August 15, 2011 at 10:42 am

That is totally not a fun way to start the week. Hopefully that’ll be the worst of it and the rest of the week will be a piece of…muffin?

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66 kaila @ healthy helper! August 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

Sorry to hear about the bakery! Hope everything is back up and running soon!

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67 katie @KatieDid August 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

I’m sure some good exercise and lots of veggies will cure a little sleepiness, but you obviously know that! I also had quite the exhausting weekend but just got a glorious 11 hours of sleep and am raring to go for the week ahead!

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68 Emma (Namaste Everyday) August 15, 2011 at 11:18 am

my fingers are crossed for the food in the fridge! I’m sure those people were happy to receive the granola and bars cause I bet all of your stuff is delicious and crowd-pleasing!

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69 Kate @ NaturaStride August 15, 2011 at 11:31 am

Aw, man. No good. At least it can only look up from here? Good luck!

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70 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 15, 2011 at 11:56 am

What a nightmare! I hope everything gets resolved soon.

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71 sara @ real fun food August 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Must have been crazy storms in the US this weekend!! The stage collapse at the Indiana State fair also made the news in England this weekend. I’m from Indiana and it was so sad to see.

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72 Kristen, Sweetly August 15, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Yikes! Fingers crossed that everything gets resolved quickly! Hopefully some things are salvageable. At least there was a good Oikos breakfast when you had to crawl out of bed.

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73 Kelly August 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm

WOW! I guess I never think about the other side of running a business. It is stories like those that make admire small business owners! Hope it all gets worked out soon!

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74 [email protected] August 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I hope everything gets back on track soon!!!:)

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75 Kathy W. August 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Our power goes out pretty frequently, as in multiple times a year. So I’ve looked up freezer times in the past–food should be good for 48 hours in a full freezer, 24 hours in a half-full freezer. More info here:

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/keeping_food_safe_during_an_emergency/index.asp

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76 KathEats August 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Thanks

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77 Margo @ peanut butter trees August 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Oh no!! I hope everything at the bakery is okay and that there’s not too much damage. Yikes!

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78 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats August 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Hope everything gets resolved quickly! :)

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79 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Oh no I’m so sorry to hear that Kath! I hope everything is fixed now!

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80 Angel7 August 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Sorry to hear about the hole in the ceiling! I hope it is fixed soon!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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81 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine August 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Way to keep calm! I would have been running around the city like madwoman by that point ;)

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82 Jonathan @ World of Diets August 16, 2011 at 3:32 am

Wow, you seem to be taking it very well. I hope that no big damage was done.

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