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Is this a Good Storm Shelter?

I know tonight is supposed to be Five Questions Friday. I had them ready and sent to Eric but he was uncomfortable answering them. Because he gave me good reasons AND the fact that I sent them to him so late didn’t give me much time to compose another set, my only option was to let him off the hook.

Instead, I decided to share this little video I found when I was talking to my cousin earlier this evening about us getting a storm shelter down here in Tennessee. We were both laughing about it.

But first an important disclaimer to both of our parents who I know read this blog: Most people in our area do not have a shelter or even a basement for that matter. So it’s probably due to the fact that we are New Englanders and tornadoes terrify us. We have been here for almost 3 years and I have only met one person so far that has a basement. And it’s actually not her basement, it’s her brother’s who lives next door. Nobody else that I have met, has a basement or even a storm shelter. And come to think of it, New England has many snowstorms and wicked blizzards. And those terrify Southerners. But us Northerners take it in stride. So it doesn’t matter where you live in this country, weather is unpredictable anywhere you live.

This video was shared on YouTube by a woman who lives in Florida. It’s her own invention of a storm shelter. I just love her 89-year-old mother and the dog Malty and those cool helmets! (you’ll see). But I’m not sure how they will be able to keep those lids fastened. And when they open the lids, that dog looks like they don’t have a prayer. FYI, you don’t need to watch the whole video. It’s 5 minutes long but the first 3 minutes is funny. The rest of it is how she built these, in case you are interested.


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And The Handles Are On

When I said last week that Mr. Basketmaker has been especially busy and productive, I meant it. For the past three weeks he has woven a whole slew of his cottage mini baskets. Yesterday they were all waiting for their handles…


And today when I walked into the workshop for my afternoon visit, they were all hanging to dry…


They are so cute! (I don’t think he likes it when I call them that… but they are!)


I know I’ve mentioned before that he has had a running waiting list for his mini’s that go back ten years (sad to say) so if you are one of the ones on that list you should probably email me to claim your basket asap because these puppies are on their way to North Carolina on Thursday. Miss Tracey stopped in on Monday on her way back from Kentucky to Georgia and put her name on one of them before he even applied the rims.



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Mr. Basketmaker’s Docu-Mendation #1

Hello folks! Most of y’all know that we love documentaries. And one day I said to myself “I really should share a good documentary when I come across one.” So that’s how  Mr. Basketmaker’s Docu-Mendation came about.

But first, I have a disclaimer of sorts. I am not an experienced critic so these posts will not be reviews of a documentary but more of a suggestion of one that I have enjoyed watching. Of course everything is subjective and all docs aren’t for everyone. With that said, let’s go over my criteria I use before I recommend a documentary:

What makes a good Mr. Basketmaker’s Docu-Mendation?

  1. I Have to be Engaged in the First Five Minutes: This is a must. I have started and turned off many docs in the first five minutes. In my experience they don’t get better… period.
  1. Subject Doesn’t Matter: Some of the best docs are about things I normally would have no interest in. Which means I check out a LOT of them.
  1. They Need to Tell a Personal Story: People are the central factor in a good doc. The more interesting, or even more odd the person, the better.
  1. No Main-Stream Historical Themes: No Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, etc. types. If you want this stuff, turn on the History channel.
  1. The Day After Test: If I think of the film at least once the day after watching a particular doc, then it is worthy of my suggesting it.

So, with that being said, here is my first Mr. Basketmaker’s Docu-Mendation:

One evening I searched Netflix for a good documentary to watch. Because I enjoyed it so much I knew I wanted Lynne to see it the next night. Normally, I watch docs before encouraging Lynne to watch since for her, to sit through a whole movie, she needs a few facts about why it’s really good. Let’s just say she watched it in full.

The documentary is titled Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

I’m making  this my first Docu-Mendation simply because I wanted the first one to be light and fun.

I found it on Netflix and when I was done watching, it hit on all five points of my “What makes a good Mr. Basketmaker’s Docu-Mendation.”

Normally I wouldn’t have ever watched this film. But my number two on my criteria list is “Subject Doesn’t Matter.”

The subject: a Jewish Hollywood agent.

Now, if you know me, you know I’m not a big fan of Hollywood. I can’t believe I gave this one a chance but I’m glad I did. The array of talented people that Shep Gordon touched throughout his life will keep you riveted. It’s a feel good doc and that goes a long way for me.

To view the film trailer click here:

If you don’t have Netflix, you can rent it on Amazon for $3.99 and have 48 hours to watch it. Click image for link. 

And finally, please leave some comments, good or bad, as it will only encourage me.

Doc on!

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