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Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

Here it is, another holiday weekend come and gone.  This one is near and dear to my heart as it is the one where we honor the brave veterans who have served our country and the many who gave their all for our freedoms.  I am so grateful to each one.  Although we did spend the weekend frivolously at the lake, we went into the small town close by the campground and observed a ceremony honoring those who have died in service to the country.  It was very moving and I'm thankful for having the chance to be there.  We have many veterans in my family including my husband, father, brother and brother-in-law among others.

It was a weekend of lots of wind.  When I arrived last Tuesday this is what I found in the roof our our gazebo.
The nearest thing we can think of is that a branch fell from a tree, (there were many laying around), and poked a hole, which then tore this perfect "skylight" as Dennis called it.  As luck would have it, we had decided just a few weeks ago that we had gotten almost 4 years of use from this canopy and that we were pressing our luck in trying to get another year.  I ordered a new one from Amazon that arrived Tuesday morning.  The guys put the new on on Friday and it looks wonderful.  I think I'll order another one to have, just in case.  They say there are only 7 more in stock so we want to have another before they're discontinued.

It was COLD on Saturday.  Look at us.  Lori, Me and Nita.  We look like ice cubes but we're die hard campers.  :-). You can see the tablecloth blowing in the wind by the door.  It was like this all weekend.  But at least we all had our sunglasses on!  HA! 
It was warmer by the gas firepit.  Here are Paul and Dennis enjoying the warmth.
Beautiful flowers.  I think they are rhododendrons, but I don't know much about flowers.  These are along the road where I walk everyday at the lake.
Today dawned much, much warmer and blue skies.  By the end of the week it's forecast to be 91F.
We have a wood burning firepit here and the gas one next door.  It's nice to have the choice.  When fires are banned because of wildfires, we can still have the one in the gas firepit.
Yours truly on our first boat ride of the season this afternoon. Not a great photo, but then I never take good pictures so I might as well share it.  Ha!  The ride was so much fun.  Bald eagles were swooping down over the boat the entire time.
Dennis and my toes as we flew across the lake.
I'm not sure how many rides I'll be taking.  The vibration of the boat seems to do something with my pacemaker.  The same thing happens if I'm around loud music.  I can actually feel my heart beating faster and it feels that my heart is actually in my throat.  Very strange.  When I checked my Fitbit while we were on the boat it said my heart was beating 188 beats a minute!  I think the vibration actually triggers tachycardia or something.  Anyway, a boat ride, as much fun as it is, isn't worth feeling so icky, so I think from now on I'll just be waving at the others as they pass by the camper.

As I said, I came out here on Tuesday and went back home Thursday morning and did laundry and made macaroni salad along with a few errands.  I was back by Thursday afternoon and don't plan to go back home until Thursday of this week.  We'll come back Friday night but home again Satuday because we have a missionary and his family staying with us one or two nights this weekend.  I hope to come back early next week again.  

It was very busy here with nearly everyone who has a trailer at the park, here this weekend.  Now, at 10 o'clock at night, everyone is gone except Dennis and I.  It's so quiet and I'm loving it.  From hundreds of people, down to the two of us.  Our good friends Neal and Jenny came out this evening and Dennis grilled steaks for us for dinner.  Then we took a ride around the park in the golf cart.  Jenny and I waded in the lake for awhile.  Yes, it was warm enough and felt wonderful.  

I was able to put four baby blankets together over the weekend.  Nita made the squares and I crocheted around them, joined them and crocheted a border.  These will all go to the crisis nursery here in Spokane.  I'll try to remember to take a picture for you after I wash them later this week.

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and, if you live in the United States, have taken a few moments to remember those who gave their all for us.

"Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else." 1 Thessalonians 5:15

Blessings always,
Betsy




Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rainy Days continued...and continued!

It's still raining.  Okay, yes.  I know that we need the rain.  But days on end of rain are not my thing.  And although we live in Washington State and people usually think it rains all of the time here, that couldn't be more wrong.  Seattle gets a lot of rain, but they are on the other side of the Cascades mountains.  We're in the high desert here in Spokane.  It's usually fairly dry.  Oh we'll have a day or two of rain but then it's gorgeous again.  It was beautiful the entire time Alex was home.  Now that it's lake time, it's been raining and it's predicted to continue through the holiday weekend.  Oh well.  I still like to be in the trailer, listening to the rain on the roof, but at some point we have to leave the trailer and take Chloe for a walk.  And in the process get completely soaking wet.  So I haven't gone to the trailer yet this week.  I had an awful migraine most of the weekend.  Yesterday after going to the mall to try to get my walking in without turning into a duck, I sat and worked on my mystery project and watched knitting podcasts all afternoon.  Seriously, I hardly ever watch television anymore since I discovered podcasts.  And now I have found, wait for it... another whole world of CROCHET podcasts!  I don't think I will ever have enough time to watch them all.

I did add a bit to my socks.  This is Knit Picks Stroll Fingering weight yarn and it's so soft with just enough nylon added to make them strong enough for socks.  These are some of my favorite colors.  I'm just using a plain vanilla sock pattern with 2x2 ribbing for the leg portion.  So comfortable.
My blanket has a few more squares added.  For those of you who have asked, I'm using a US size 2, nine inch circular needle for my blanket.  The squares are 44 stitches.  You pick up stitches as you go and the squares are worked directly onto the blanket, not added later.  Be warned.  This blanket is addicting.  Someday I may make one out of worsted weight yarn.
I received this beautiful gift in the mail yesterday from the generous Araignee.  You can find her blog on my sidebar.  I really think that there is nothing this lady can't do.  She crafts everything and I don't know where she gets the time to do it all.  She sent me three bars of soap, a lotion bar in a cute tin, stitch markers from the 2016 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  And a sweet little card.  I wanted to go the the festival with Mandy this year but it just wasn't meant to be.  How sweet of her to send me the sweet stitch markers.  Thank you so much Araignee.
Sandra from the SamIAm blog on my sidebar has been reading these Ladybug Farm books.  They tweaked my interest when she said if you liked the Mitford Series, you would like these.  I looked on Amazon but really didn't want to spend the money right now.  So after a wasted trip to the big box bookstore of Barnes and Noble, where the teenager working looked at me blankly when I asked if they had these books, I went to the library!  Lo and behold they had this one at our branch, another at another branch which will be sent to me tomorrow and the third one is damaged.  They will try to get the damaged one in a week or so if possible.  I think that's the entire series.  So I was going to start reading this one but will wait a day or two to see if the first one arrives.  I would much rather read them in order.
That's about it.  I was out of commission most of the weekend with my migraine and didn't do a thing. I get them VERY rarely, thank goodness.  I get the octicular migraines where I lose my sight, I go completely blind, and then the pain comes.  The doctor told me years ago that each one would be progressively worse.  He was right.  But it's been several years since I had one, so I really can't complain much.  It just frustrates me to lose time on my projects.

Do you have big plans for the holiday weekend?  Dennis is taking a vacation day on Friday and we're spending it at the lake.  It was predicted to be a beautiful weekend, but they are changing the forecast to rain.  I don't care.  We'll still be there enjoying our time reading and I'll be knitting.

I hope your plans are wonderful too, but, especially if you live in the United States, you'll take some time to remember why we celebrate this holiday.  I appreciate each and every one of the military men and women who gave up their lives for the freedoms we have.  I also remember each of my family members who have passed on.

"Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst." 1 Timothy 1:5

Blessings,
Betsy



Thursday, May 19, 2016

Rainy Days

Hello everyone!  It's good to be here, chatting with you.  It's been a busy week.  I've been walking, walking, walking and averaging about six miles a day for the last week and a half.  Would you believe I've gained over 1 lb.?  How in the world is that happening?  Oh well.  I'm really enjoying the walking while at the lake.  Here at home it's not so easy.  Today is cold, rainy and dreary and so I had to force myself to go wander the neighborhood this morning.  At the lake I see fun things like this while I walk.
There are three baby birds in this nest.  I've been watching them since they hatched. Not sure what kind of birds they are though.  Mama, (or Daddy), stays close by at all times scolding me for getting so close.
Here's an old fishing boat, waiting for it's owner to take it out and find some fish.  I wish I knew the stories it could tell of previous voyages.
Sorry about the blurriness of this picture.  It's a bald eagle believe it or not.  Actually there are two of them that nest in a tree right next to our trailer.  I had to zoom in as close as I could with my iPhone to get this photo of him.  I can't find the words to tell you the feelings I have in my heart when I see these majestic birds in flight.
The cabins are ready and waiting for their summertime occupants.
Each cabin is a bit different.  Some have porches, some don't.  There are 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms and even a house that sleeps 14.
I took part in a swapless swap for sock yarn mini's.  You send the lady a set amount of money and she buys skeins of sock yarn and then makes mini's and sends them to the people who participated.  It's a great way to get different yarns for projects that use small amounts of yarn.
This is what was supposed to be in the bag.  10 mini skeins.  But she actually sent me 18 mini's.  Wasn't that sweet?
This is my Cozy Squares Blanket that I'm using the mini's on.  It's not going very fast because I'm working on something different most of the time.
I like the way I'm making the squares all orient in the same direction.  This is an addicting thing to work on.  I do think that if I was starting over I would make the squares a bit bigger.
Of course I had to share this picture of Piper that Mandy sent me.  Polly decided she would like to take a nap with Piper on Tuesday.  A toddler bed isn't quite big enough for a three year old and an 80 lb. Labrador!  So sweet though.  She stayed in the bed with Piper for quite a long time.
My sweet Chloe had to go to the vet this morning for her annual check up.  She got two shots and is sleeping now.  It always makes her very tired when she gets her vaccinations.  The vet said she's in wonderful shape for a 10 year old lab.  He kept saying she was one of the sweetest dogs he's seen.  She just sat and wagged her tail while he examined her and even while he gave her the two shots.  It's good to know she's doing well.  I can tell she has slowed down significantly over the winter.  She can't run as long as she used too...but then again, neither can I!  Ha!

I hope all is well with you all and that you have a wonderful weekend planned.

"Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments." Deuteronomy 7:9

Blessings always my friends,
Betsy