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Friday, March 16, 2018


Happy Friday afternoon everyone!  The sun is shining here and although it is very chilly out, in the sunshine it feels almost like sweater weather.  I was outside a little while ago and guess what I spied in my raised garden bed?
Rhubarb!  My rhubarb is already trying to make an appearance.  This is very promising indeed my friends!  Spring must be on it's way.

I've been doing some organizing of our office/craft room since we can get rid of all of the old computer stuff, keyboard, monitor, etc.  I've spent a few hours each of the past couple of days reorganizing my yarn closet too and trying to get the chaos under control.  Well, at least as much as possible.

I had fun sorting through my Mom's old button box.  There are some gems here.
 I also found a metal tatting shuttle.  I would love to learn to tat, but haven't seen classes anywhere close by and the utube videos I've seen haven't done the trick for me.  And just look at the glass buttons!  I remember watching my Mom take buttons off of worn out clothing.  It wouldn't have crossed her mind to throw them away.  She was a child of the great depression.  The material was used as rags and buttons, zippers, snaps, etc. were ALL re-used.
 I got a kick out of the prices on the buttons that were still on cards.
 Wooden buttons too.
 I couldn't get this picture to turn for some reason, but look at those big ones!  I love to go through old buttons.  I still have another whole tin I haven't looked through.
When I finished, I kept the buttons on cards in a box, but I put the loose ones in a pretty glass jar on my sewing machine cabinet so I can see the sun sparkling off of them.

I also put out a few Easter/spring decorations.  I crocheted this flower garland several years ago.  It stays out for most of the spring and summer but the bunny will go back into storage after Easter. 
 A cute little egg tree.  I have it "planted" in an old Starbucks frappacino glass bottle filled with birdseed. It works great.
 The storage cabinet under the TV with grand child photos and knitted Easter eggs.  I'll have to get a better picture for you next time.
 This was my splurge this year.  Isn't this little family of bunnies the cutest thing you've seen in a long time?  I've been eyeing it at Hobby Lobby for a couple of months but just couldn't justify the $19.99 price.  Then when I stopped in on Tuesday, (just to "LOOK" at the yarn, you know), the bunnies were on sale for 40% off all spring decor.  On top of that there was an in store manager percentage off.  Then I had $6.11 left on a gift card Miss Piper gave me for Christmas.  I ended up giving them $1.03 for this cute little bunny family.  That seemed like a good bargain to me.
I have made a couple of  dishcloths since I wrote a few days ago and that's about it.  I've been doing several hours of cleaning every day.  I think spring fever has hit and I want to get the house in order before we go camping for the summer.

Update on my tooth.  The endodontist said he is the one who did the original root canal 9 years ago but the tooth is now cracked which is allowing infection around the roots of the tooth.  It has three roots instead of the normal two which he said makes the root canal even more challenging.  His advice was to pull the tooth because chances are that this second root canal would go bad in a few years too, because of the crack.

So next week I see an oral surgeon on Tuesday and it's scheduled to be pulled on Thursday.  Three different dentists and three consultation fees in addition to their actual charges of xrays, exams, etc.  This is getting very expensive for a tooth that will be pulled next week.  Oh well.  What will be, will be, right?

I would like to ask you for prayers for my brother-in-law Mike and my sister Melanie.  Mike is battling cancer and is back in the hospital with yet another infection.  Because of the chemo he has no white blood cells to fight the infections he keeps getting.  I miss being with Melanie to help and encourage her through all of this.  Melanie, I know you're reading this.  Huge hugs and lots of love to you both.  Just think of me coloring with you, side by side. -:)

We'll have a house full again this weekend.  Alicia and the boys are coming this afternoon to spend the weekend with Jeremy here at our house.  It's always fun to hear kids voices around the house and the boys love Chloe.  She's exhausted when they go home and sleeps for days! :-)

I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed weekend.  I know snow and ice are hitting much of the midsection of the country today.  Melanie said she's been watching rain/sleet out of the hospital windows in Omaha so to those of you in the path of the storm I pray for safety.

"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


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Back so soon

Wow!  You guys are such a great support system.  Between you and Mandy, you encouraged me to stand up for ourselves with Best Buy's Geek Squad.  So yesterday I went in, receipt in hand to ask for a refund for the $219.59 that they charged us for tech support.  Would you believe that I didn't say a word to  the young man?  He just took one look at me, must have remembered the fiasco of last week, took my receipt and refunded us the entire amount!  Not a word was said by either of us.  It was really weird.  Afterwards, I very nicely told him that friends had downloaded everything for us Sunday afternoon.  I really did say it very nicely.  He just answered VERY sarcastically, "Well good for you!"  and walked away.  It was said in the rudest tone I've heard in a long, long time.  This was the strangest and worst customer service event I've ever experienced!

Last night Alex face-timed from Japan and had me face the iPad to the laptop so he could see the screen and walked me through downloading both of our printer drivers!  They had also told us we needed to buy two new printers to replace our laser printer and ink jet scanner/printer/copier.  I am SO glad that we didn't give away the laser printer!  The Geek Squad said the the drivers weren't available for our old printers that aren't even that old.   Now I can print from both my iPad AND the new laptop.  I'm so grateful for Alex helping us with that last night.  Who would have thought he would be able to do it from his little town in northern Japan, when the Geek squad couldn't do it with the actual laptop in their hands?

Okay, done with the computer drama. (I hope.)  Like I promised, I have more knitting to show you  that took place when I was computerless.

I made two more dishcloths.  I really like this Hobby Lobby, I Love This Cotton.  It's so soft to knit with.
 I also finished Dennis' socks yesterday while I was at the tire place getting my snow tires removed.  It's 63F here today!  It is supposed to cool off a little bit but I don't think we'll have enough snow to need my tires anymore.  Anyway, these socks are made with Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in the Tiger Eye Hand Painted colorway.  75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon.  I really love Knit Picks sock yarns they are so soft and have worn well.   I did a simple k1p1 ribbed cuff and then k2p2 leg.  Dennis really likes that simple pattern as they stay up very well and don't slide down his leg in his cowboy boots.
 I finished two more nine patch squares for my cozy memory quilt. 
 Another square has begun.  These are so fun and soothing to knit on.  It will take a long, long time to finish and that's okay with me.
 I started another pair of socks, this time using the magic loop two at a time method.  However, I found it very fiddly and much prefer my dpn's.  This morning I took them off of the magic loop and put them on dpn's.  I'm using Knit Picks Stroll in Heartfelt Tonal colorway.  I was hoping to avoid the dreaded "second sock syndrome" by using the magic loop but I wasn't enjoying it at all and isn't that what we're supposed to do?  I've never not knitted the second sock of a pair anyway, so I think I'll keep to what I love.
 I also crocheted two baby blankets last week from Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn.  I made all of the squares in two days and spent a day putting them together and crocheting the border.  These will go to the Crisis Nursery.
 Dennis' Aunt Ev and Uncle Al were on their way home from California where they spend the winter with their daughter's family.  They live outside Minneapolis, MN and always stop for a week or so in Omaha and stay with Dennis' mom in the spring and fall for a visit.

Mandy and Piper spent some time with them yesterday and Piper taught them a matching game.  Aunt Ev used to work in the school system and has always been good with children.

Piper called me as they drove home after the visit and told me all about it.  She seemed to have lots of fun with them.  One of my earliest memories of dating Dennis was camping with Uncle Al, Aunt Ev and their families over Memorial Day weekend at Ponca State Park in the NE corner of Nebraska.  I'm glad Piper is getting to know them too.   Family is important.
I went to my knitting group this morning and had a nice visit with everyone.  Tomorrow morning I have to go to the endodontist to see what they are going to do about my tooth.  I hope it's not another root canal but I am tired of chewing on one side!  :-)

The rain is supposed to begin tomorrow for several days but that's okay.  If it's not snow, I'm happy and it will help the plants grow.  I hope you're all seeing signs of spring and renewal wherever you may be.

"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts."  Colossians 3:16

Many blessings and love to you all,

Sunday, March 11, 2018


I think I'm up and running with this new laptop.  I think.  All I can say is that we never, ever, ever, ever will buy anything from Best Buy ever again.  Gosh!  Did I emphasize that enough?  We think that we will really like the computer we bought, once the learning curve is complete, but...the Geek Squad failed us big time and completely wiped the hard drive on our last computer and then told us that the data was gone when we brought it in.  Um...not true.  We were still using it when we brought it in to transfer the data to the new laptop!  So we took our "My Cloud" device in for them to use to transfer to the new computer.  Yesterday, they said our back up "My Cloud" was empty.  What?!  They basically told us that they lost all of our information, documents, photos, etc., on both the original desktop computer and our external hard drive storage.   This was after we paid them $200+ to transfer our data.  To say we were upset was an understatement.  I took the new laptop and iPad to church this morning and a friend was able to transfer photos and then Jeremy looked at the "My Cloud"  device this afternoon and transferred documents from it.  In other words, nothing was lost, but the Geek Squad didn't have a clue.  They did nothing except take our money.  They had the new computer all week and didn't do a thing.  Friends fixed the issue in less than a half an hour!  Do you think they'll refund our money?

Sorry for the rant.  I try not to do that on here, but for goodness sake!  Whatever happened to customer service?  We had heard other people say this about the Geek Squad here but we didn't know where else to turn.  From now on, Jeremy will be our first stop! :-)

Dennis took this photo of me at the lake this afternoon.  The lake is still frozen over with snow on it.  We had high hopes that the snow would mostly be gone like it is in town.  We should have known since the elevation is much higher there that it would still be there after all of the snow the past few weeks.   Last year we were camping by April 1st, so we had hoped that we could take the cover off of the trailer and put the slides out today.  Then, Chloe and I could go up during the week and take a few things up at a time.  I'm SO ready to be at the lake.  But it's been a long hard winter and it doesn't look as though it's going to give up it's grip anytime soon.  It was 56 today though and it supposed to be in the 50's all week here in Spokane so maybe by next weekend we can hike in and open the trailer.  I want to be cozy in it again.  I love our trailer.
Lots of ice!
Looking up towards the cabins by the store.  Brrrrr
I'll show you some of the knitting I've done since I last posted photos.  I do have more that I'll photograph tomorrow for my next post.

I made two more squares for my Cozy Memories Quilt.  I really enjoy making each of these nine patch squares using bits and pieces of sock yarn.
I crocheted another baby blanket with Caron Simply Soft yarn.  This makes two of these in the last few weeks.  I really like this pattern and colors for a boy.
Last week Dennis told me he would like a couple more bookmarks for his Bible so I got some materials out and came up with these.  One is a verse from Song of Solomon.  The other has our names and anniversary date.  40 years on September 1!  The man deserves a medal of sainthood for putting up with me. :-)
Because it's getting late, I'll end with this picture of Miss Piper.  This was her Kindergarten Round up photo last week.  She was so excited to spend time at the "Big Kid" school.  I think she is just the cutest little girl ever.
I do have more knitting to show you, so I'll be back soon.  Sorry for the rant earlier.  I know many of you understand computer frustrations.  Dennis and I are not techies at all.  We can use the machines if they do what they're supposed to and that's about it.  Please forgive me if I was too irritated in your opinion.

I hope you have a lovely Monday with sunshine and yarn involved. :-)

"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Colossians 2:6-7