Tuesday, August 16, 2022

True Life Tuesday: The Great Molasses Flood

I think that this maybe one of the stranger stories I have heard. We need to remember that while it is a weird one many people lost their lives or were injured in this event.

The Great Molasses Flood occurred on January 15, 1919 at around 12:30pm in the North End neighborhood of Boston. A tank containing 23 million gallons of molasses burst. The flood of 13,000 short tons rushed through the streets at 35MPH. People reported feeling the ground shake and hearing a roar when the tank collapsed. At its peak the wave was 25 feet high and flooded several blocks to depths of 2-3 feet. During the event a truck was picked up by the wave and hurled into Boston Harbor. It also caused damage to the Boston Elevated Railway and the tip of a street car was knocked off the track. 

The flood led to the deaths of 21 people and injuries to 150 more. Once the molasses hit the colder temperatures it became more viscous trapping people under the wave. The first responders to the scene were 116 cadets from the USS Nantucket training ship with the Massachusetts Nautical School. Eventually the Boston police department, Red Cross, Army and Navy joined in the efforts. The search for survivors was called off after 4 days. Crews used salt water and sand to clean up the area. Molasses was tracked everywhere and reports were that "everything a Bostonian touched was sticky". For decades after the flood people claimed that the area smelled like molasses on hot days. 

A lawsuit was brought against the US Industrial Alcohol Company who owned the tank by 119 residents. This was one of the first class action lawsuits in the state. The company claimed that the tank was blown up by anarchists but there was never proof of this claim found. The company was found liable for $628,000 or $9.82 million today. The incident led to many laws and regulations governing construction to be changed. This included requiring oversight by a licensed architect and civil engineer.

The tank was never rebuilt. Today the area is a city owned recreational complex. There is a plaque memorializing the flood at the entrance to the park. There was also a public memorial service held on the 100th anniversary in 2019. 

Friday, August 12, 2022

Friday Funnies

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Three on Thursday

Another week is coming to a close. These are the things I am currently thankful for.

1) That my online class starts today.

2) That Preston was finally able to see the ENT yesterday and the doctor is taking every precaution before requiring surgery. 

3) That I will be receiving a small amount of left over financial aid and I can pay off a few bills that have been lingering. 

Monday, August 08, 2022

Monday Musings

Here we are at the start of another week. This is what I am currently thinking about.

1) We are having problems with our dishwasher. It does not drain completely so there is a pool of dirty smelly water at the end of a cycle. You then have to run a partial cycle to get it to drain. They have tried to fix it 3 time already and I wish they would just replace it already.

2) Clark is staying up until 3 or 4 in the morning. I am trying to get him back to a fairly decent bedtime since school starts in 4 weeks but it is not going well.

3) I am also working on adjusting my schedule to make some more time for school work once my class begins on Thursday. Again it is not going very well.

Here are the pictures for the week.

Mama had a rough and tiring day so we ordered Panera for dinner.






There is a lady who works at our local Meijer who does balloon animals. Preston is always excited when dada get one for him.








I found a couple of interesting books at the dollar store. Now I need my reading mojo to come back.

Starting a new journal with another one of my dollar store finds.

I have been craving Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Brownies so I finally caved and made them. The recipe is Milly's Oatmeal Brownies from allrecipes.com.

Friday, August 05, 2022

Friday Funnies

I hope that everyone has a terrific first weekend of August.

Thursday, August 04, 2022

Three on Thursday

The first week of August is drawing to a close. These are the things I am thankful for.

1) Everything is set up and I will start my first grad school course next Thursday.

2) That Preston and I made it home before the downpour began last night.

3) That I have a wonderful husband who may think I am crazy for taking so much on but is still completely supportive.

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Wednesdays Are For Knitting and Reading

My knitting mojo has come back somewhat and my reading mojo is still waning. Hopefully if I check in on the blog it will hold me accountable and allow me to make some progress.

Currently I have two active knitting projects on the needles:

This is a baby sweater for my doctor. The pattern is the Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater and the yarn is Just Yarn Worsted in the color Turquoise. I only have to knit the sleeves and Sew on the buttons. I have an appointment with her on Monday so I am hoping to have it done by then.

This is a prayer shawl of my own design. My best friend growing up has had a couple of rough years. She battled cancer in 2018 and has recently gone through a divorce and moved back to Michigan from Florida. She used to teach French so I decided to use this Eifel Tower stitch pattern for her shawl. It is moving pretty quickly - at least once I got the math correct - so I hope to have it to her soon. The yarn is Caron One Pound in Light Violet.

This is the current novel I am reading. I have about 100 pages left to read. The premise is pretty interesting. It appears that this gentleman committed suicide 10 years after his father did using the same exact circumstances. The Detective just feels like something off and is trying to investigate what is going on. I am also reading When to Jump by Mike Lewis as my non-fiction book. I usually try to have one fiction and one non-fiction book going at the same time.