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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Home!

I'm home!  I tried, I really did try to comment on all of your lovely posts but I finally gave up.  I did read most of them and hopefully, starting today, I'll be back in a somewhat normal pace of life.  But, oh, how I miss my girls!  Being torn between two places is pretty hard.  I couldn't wait to be back with Dennis, but now I'm missing Mandy and Piper.

It was a beautiful flight to Omaha.  I had a layover in Minneapolis each direction and, I must say, people were really nice there.  I had a little over two hours with each layover, timed right at mealtime so I picked up some very unhealthy airport food, and the people working there were so nice.  The wheelchair pushers I met in the concourses and the golf cart drivers who whisked by me as I walked always smiled and said hello and have a nice day.  It really gives me hope that the world isn't nearly as bad as the news would have us believe.
Look at this face!  I mean, really.  Who could resist that smile?  Not this Grandma. :-)
There was a sign outside her preschool classroom on her birthday.
Mandy and I made these tutu's for the little girls who came to the family party.  Mandy did most of the work.  All I did was sew the waistbands.  She painstakingly tied each piece of tulle onto the waistband.
Then she clipped them to a ribbon tied to the railing.  We made them different sizes to fit the different girls attending.  The tiny one second to the left is for a 6 month old.  Isn't it precious?  They were a definite hit with the girls.
Piper got a Belle dress up dress from Dennis' Mom, Pipers great-grandma.  To say that was a great gift for her would be an understatement.  She loves Belle.  Here she is sitting on her great-uncles lap,  (Brad's uncle) showing us their matching clothes. They definitely have lots and lots of family around in Omaha.  Quite a difference to when they lived in Maryland.
One of her birthday gifts was this fairy garden.  Mandy had to work the day after I got there so Piper and I had fun with the garden.  She painted the dish and some of the ceramic pieces and then we planted the grass and other seeds.  This was growth after just 8 days or so!  It really is quite magical when you think about it. 
I think she did a beautiful job.
When I got home late Tuesday night I found out fall had arrived while I was gone.  The trees were still green in Omaha but this is what greeted me here in Spokane.
Gorgeous!
After Piper was in bed in the evenings, Mandy and I spent time knitting together while watching Netflix.  Here I am all comfy on the loveseat with both of her cats.  Amelia and Franny always remember me and love to sit and sleep with me.  If you look closely there is a cat on my lap and one of the arm of the loveseat.  They look just alike and blend in with the furniture.  They are great cats and are getting up there in years, but they always remember Grandma!
I finished a pair of Hermione socks and left them for Mandy without remembering to take a picture.  I finished these on the plane home and they are the Petty Harbour pattern.  Sorry it's a bit blurry.  It's very overcast and the lighting is awful today.
I bought this yarn at Hobby Lobby to make a chemo cap for a friend at church who was diagnosed with Leukemia. 
And this is a mystery project that I began yesterday.
All was not roses when I got home.  Our neighborhood had some issues with unruly teenagers over spring break.  While I was gone, last week virtually every house for a 3 block stretch was "egged" including ours.  All of the neighbors have an idea of who may have done this but no proof.  Then, at 2:15 am Wednesday morning, after I got home from the airport late Tuesday night, we woke up to someone hitting the front of our house with bats or sticks, by the time we got our wits about us and got to a window, they were running down the street.  We went outside and this greeted us.
They had broken both of the lights by our garage doors.  The infuriating thing is that we had just replaced the old lights with these last month.  They automatically go on and off with sunset and sunrise and were not inexpensive.  I had to go buy two more yesterday and Dennis will replace them tomorrow. 
I talked to several neighbors yesterday and apparently we were the only ones hit with the vandalism this time.  Eggs to bats.  It sure sounds like things are escalating.  My question is, "Where are the parents?"  Who lets their kids roam at 2:15 in the morning?  The lady that lives across the street from the teen everyone believes is the "ringleader" says that he comes and goes at all hours and has already broken several windows in their house this week.  The police won't do anything because we don't know without a doubt who is doing it.  I filed a Crime Check report but they told me nothing will be done.  They don't even send the police out over vandalism.

We have lived here over 15 years and never, ever had any problems before.  It's always been a very quiet neighborhood and this makes me just sick.  I'm almost afraid to go to sleep now.  Not a great welcome home.

On a much happier note, we're hoping to take the small trailer out for this weekend before winterizing it.  Dennis closed up the lake trailer while I was gone so that's done for the year.  We really would like to use the little trailer at least once this year, but snow is falling pretty close to home today.  We'll see what happens.

I had a good time while in Nebraska.  I was able to spend a lot of time with Mandy, Piper and Brad.  Mandy started working every other weekend as an RN so Piper will be at home with Daddy those weekends.  A nice arrangement with no need for daycare.  And there is family to fill in when needed.  I'm happy about that.

I also spent a day with my sister and we drove to the very southern edge of Nebraska to Beatrice and visited our aunt who has recently had to move into an assisted living facility.  I try to visit Aunt Joyce when I go back home, but was unable to go when we were there in July so I was really looking forward to this visit.  I also saw my cousin who is only 11 days younger than I am.  We grew up together so that was a special treat too.  :-)

Dennis' brother was also visiting from Florida and I hadn't seen him in over 10 years!  We were able to have lunch together too.  I also had several visits with Dennis' mom and sister.  Family is such a blessing.  Because everyone lives there, we are struggling with the decision of where to live after retirement.  We love Spokane, but family is family.  Decisions must be made.

Now I need to get some cleaning finished before Bible study here tonight.  It's good to be home, my friends.  I'll try to catch up with you all soon.

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful."  Colossians 3:15

Blessings,

Betsy

















Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rain!

Hello my friends!  We have rain!  Blessed rain!  I know that many people are inundated with water, but we desperately needed rain and it has been coming down sporadically for several days now.  It's wonderful.  I think it is forecast to be over with as of today for the foreseeable future, but it helped with the smoke and dust so much.  Our air quality is "good" for the first time in months.  We are so thankful for that.

My prayers are definitely with the people in the south and in Puerto Rico right now and with the people in Mexico too.  So many needs.

I finished this crocheted twin size blanket last night.  I washed it this morning and Dennis and I will deliver it to the Veteran's Home to our friend tomorrow when Dennis has a day off of work.  He has two more days off before the end of October and he will have used up his vacation days.  I have so enjoyed having him home on most Friday's for the past couple of months and it will be hard having him at work all week again!  These are just simple granny squares joined with the "join as you go" method.  Double crochet around four times for the border.  I thought Bob would appreciate a simple border.
I have worked on a few dishcloths and a baby blanket that is in the trailer at the lake so that's all the photosI have to show for progress.

I did decorate for fall this week though.  I sorry the photos are a bit dark because of the rain, but here you go anyway.

I bought these two sprigs of leaves and flowers and the pumpkin at the dollar store yesterday.  Total spent $3.00!  I think it looks nice.  That's a picture of Dennis and I at our 25th anniversary party which was *gasp*, 14 years ago!  Oh my goodness!  It was Hawaiian themed and we went to Hawaii a few months later.  We wanted to wait until it was snowing here so we could really enjoy being away. :-)
On the shelf under the TV.  I know, we should probably hide those wires, but they don't bother either one of us so they just hang there.
I bought the pumpkin at the 70% off sale a few years ago at Michaels.  The leaves are from the dollar store last year.  A big bag for $1.00.  You'll see them throughout my fall decorations.  Of course my grandchildren's pictures stay out all of the time so I can see their sweet faces.  Oh, how I love them.
The "Give Thanks" block was bought at Hobby Lobby this week.  It was $2.99 and 40% off of that.  When I got to the check out stand, she took ANOTHER 40% off because of what she called wear on the corners.  I think it's supposed to be like that.  I didn't ask for anymore off and offered to pay the normal sale price.  So I think I paid around $1.00 or so for it.
This was a dollar store find this week too.
I made this pumpkin a couple of years ago out of a book I had read and had two copies of.  I love it.  The flowers are from the garden at the lake last week.
A sign from a few years ago and the crocheted autumn leaf garland I made a while back.
The ceramic pumpkins are from last year at Michaels and the burlap one is from the dollar store.
I've had all of this on the table by the front door for a few years.  Nothing new to see here! :-)
Oops!  I guess this isn't a fall decoration.  It's Sophie!  She's been here for a week now.  Nita and Larry are on a New England cruise and Hurricane Jose is putting quite a kink in the ships cruising plans.  They have had to skip at least one port because of high seas and when Nita emailed me yesterday, the ship was rocking and rolling out at sea.  I do enjoy having Sophie here.  She acts as if she's at  home, which I guess in a way she is.  We spend a lot of time with her between here and at the lake.  They are due to be home Monday morning and I leave on Tuesday.  I'll miss her cuddles but when I get to Omaha I'll have Mandy's two cats and sweet Polly dog.
I probably won't be posting for a couple of weeks because my phone will only do pictures, but I will try to keep up with your blogs.  I'm going to be flying to Omaha on Tuesday until October 10!  Piper turns 5 on September 29 and I get to be there!  Gosh, it's been a long, long time since I flew anywhere.  I feel as if the world is being opened up to me again.  Maybe I will be able to go to Japan and see Alex again sometime.  Please pray that my heart does okay on the flight and the vibrations don't cause the tachycardia to kick in.  I have no fears about it because I've been doing so well.

I've also gone to acupuncture three times this week for my feet and she's worked on my back too.  They are both feeling better, but especially the muscles in my back even though she can do nothing to the bone itself, I am so thankful for her.  She's such a sweet young lady and she's so good to me and very thoughtful.

I've got to get busy around here.  We had a potluck for the senior ladies at church today at noon that I was in charge of and tonight we're having a potluck at our house for 19 people.  Who planned that on the same day?  Me?  Oops!  I didn't look at a calendar before planning it and goofed up.  Oh well.  I just made double the food and it actually will probably end up being easier this way.  Tonight we're having a baked potato bar and chili since it's turned so much colder.

Did I mention that it was 34F this morning?  Last week it was 97F.  The roller coaster weather of fall has begun.  We're going out to the trailer tomorrow for the night and I'll start bringing some food and clothes home.  That way if Dennis has to close it up while I'm gone he won't have so much to do.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.  If you're in England, are you going to Yarndale?  I think that would be so much fun.  Maybe that could be on my bucket list.  :-)

"But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Galations 5:22-23

Blessings,
Betsy














Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Sad Week

Hello my Friends.  It's definitely been a week.  I know how hard it's been in the south with dual hurricane's and Hurricane Jose possibly on the way.  Meanwhile, it seems as though with all of that news, the fires that are STILL raging here in the northwest and the millions of acres that have burned have been forgotten.  People have lost homes, ranches, farms.  Their way of making of living is gone in a puff of smoke!  National monuments have burned to the ground and the fires still rage on.  It's been a long, long time since I have heard anyone on the news shows, other than local news, mention these people.  Lots of us know Teresa in Oregon.  She and her family have been on an Evacuation Alert Level 2 for over a week.  That means she has to be ready to leave her home and everything behind at a moments notice.  This particular fire was all because a teenage boy decided to light fireworks in tinder dry, no burn conditions.  What could lead him to take such a tragic route?

We had a school shooting here yesterday.  In the tiny town of Freeman, WA which is on the southern border of Spokane, a teenage boy shot and killed one boy who bravely tried to stop him and three girls who are hospitalized.  The boy who was killed had lost his father in June in a tragic accident.  His poor mother and sister.  No reason for the shooting is known as of yet.  Speculation runs rampant. What could lead him to take such a tragic route?

An Eagle Scout in a friends boy scout troop committed suicide Tuesday night.  He had everything going for him.  A bright young man by all accounts.  What could lead him to take such a tragic route?

There is some good news.  While nothing can be done now about the last two  tragic events to change the course of events, snow and rain is forecast in Montana this weekend, although not in the Glacier Park area where one big fire is burning.  We may get some rain next week for the first time in three months.  We've broken all records this year for the amount of days over 90 degrees straight and also for no rain.  We're all praying for downpours across Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana.

Our world is going crazy at a rapid pace.  My prayers go out to each and every person affected by the hurricanes, fires, shooting and deaths.  My peace comes from God.  The author of peace and love.  I hope you can also turn to Him for comfort in these troubling times.

Now, more cheerful things.  I was given two beautiful bouquets at the lake last Sunday.
Aren't they beautiful?  This one looks right at home with the vintage table cloth I found in a thrift store for a mere 50 cents a few years ago.  It really helps to makes the trailer nice and homey.
The smoke cleared a little bit for two days last weekend and it was beautiful, although you can still see a slight haze.
This is what it looks like again today!  Yuck!
So, I've been busy knitting and praying for all of the situations that I have absolutely no control over.  These were knitted with some Hobby Lobby "I Love This Cotton" that was given to me as a thank you for making the cell phone purses.  I also made another cell phone purse with this yarn but gave it away without taking a photo.  All three were made with just one skein!
The end of a ball of Knit Picks Dishie Cotton that I had left over.
These two were also "I Love This Cotton" and I made a small square washcloth which was given away at the lake.  All from one skein.  This is quickly becoming my favorite cotton to knit with.  It's so soft.
I have two pairs of socks on the needles.  I think I have figured out the magic loop method of knitting socks which will be great for airplane knitting. I can't tell you how many dpn's I've lost from dropping them on an airplane!  This is the "Petty Harbour" pattern.  It's free on Ravelry.  Knit Picks "Mocha" yarn.
I have no idea why this is so blurry.  I know the light is bad on all of the photos because it's almost dark at noon from the smoke but the blurriness is all MY fault for some reason.  :-)  These are "Monkey Socks" which is free on Ravelry and Knit Picks yarn.  I will leave these socks alone now and save them for knitting on the plane and at Mandy's house.  I've turned the heel on both, so it should be mindless knitting and easy enough for travel along with being small enough to fit in my purse.
I have reached the halfway point on the "Pimpleisse" shawl and am beginning decreases.  This might go to Mandy's too.
I can't take much carry on with me because of the weight limitations for my back, so I'm trying to find small projects to take along.  All of my clothes, etc. will have to be in a checked bag.  I usually only do carry-on, but I fear those days are over.  I'll take my medications, wallet and knitting on the plane with me and that will be about it.

I have only worked on the blanket for the Veteran's Home for two evenings but it's coming along nicely.  Each square is about 5 inches across.  I may add more rows to the length if I have enough yarn.  I think I'm gong to run out anyway and have to buy more and if that happens I will definitely make it longer.
Are you ready for a happy picture after all of the "ick" I shared with you?  Here's Miss Piper enjoying a quiet moment fishing with her other Papa in Nebraska..  This little girl has a lot of people who love her.  She informed me that she didn't catch anything but had fun anyway.
I hope I didn't upset anyone with all of the "stuff" I shared.  Sometimes life is like this.  A series of not so great things.  I think it's important to share the bad along with the good with your friends.  And I DO feel that you are all my friends.

I actually sewed a dress yesterday.  I cut it out Tuesday night.  Most of it was sewn in the morning.  Then I went to acupuncture which went very well.  I came home and put in the sleeves and hemmed it!  Oh, it felt so good to sit at my sewing machine again.  I just have to remember to pace myself and do a little at a time.  I bought material today to make two more, a sundress for next summer and a short sleeve dress.   I use the same pattern for all of my dresses but the sundress just has interfacing around the armholes instead of sleeves.  It sure makes getting dressed really easy!  I've never been a big follower of fashion trends anyway.  :-)

The verse I would love to share with you today is one that Marilyn from the blog "Mountaintopspice.blogspot.com" shared this week.  It's so appropriate and speaks to my heart today.  I hope it brings you some peace too.

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust." Psalms 91:1-2

I hope you all have a wonderful, much calmer week ahead and that you feel free turn to the One who can comfort us through anything we face.  He's just waiting for us to ask Him.

Blessings,
Betsy