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Friday, January 13, 2017

Still Brrrrr!

Hello Everyone.  It's a snowy winter wonderland outside right now.  This is a photo I took earlier in the week.  The next day I took an identical one!  It seems to snow almost non-stop right now.  We have flurries today.  A best guess is about 4 to 4 1/2 foot of snow in our yard right now.  Next week is supposed to actually be above freezing for the first time in I don't know how long, so hopefully some of this will melt.
A picture of our little Princess Piper yesterday.  She asked for a princess nightgown for Christmas and her other Papa and Grandma did a great job finding this one! 
And how do you like this one?  Her Doc McStuffins outfit, lamby hat and sunglasses!  That's my girl!
Here's the finished scarf I made Dennis.  I asked him to model it and this is what he did silly man, but you can see the stitch pattern very well this way!
And I took this one just before he flew off to Vancouver, BC for work a few days ago.  He really likes it.
I've been having fun knitting socks. 
I really enjoy doing two at a time, but I do still like my dpn's best of all.  I've tried magic loop.  I've tried the 9 inch circular needles but always come back to dpn's.  It's fun to do them at the same time.  Two cuffs, two legs, two heels, then two feet and two toes.  No second sock syndrome that way.  Since this photo I have one foot almost done.  See my cute project bag from Kris?  I love it!  Thank you again Kris.
I've also been making "magic balls" of sock yarn using the magic knot method.  Not sure what I'm going to make with them but have some ideas.  And I've been watching knitting podcasts as usual.
I've had lots of time to work on these projects because while Dennis was in Canada the snow plows came through and plowed me in. AGAIN.  Three foot berms of ice and snow.  I got about half of it cleaned up and down I went on the ice.  I messed my back up and have been sitting on ice packs ever since.  That was Wednesday and I still hurt.  So this will be short and sweet because I can't sit in the desk chair long at all.

I told one friend what happened and next time I looked out the window, two couples from church were out there doing this.   I feel really, really bad because they are all older than I am.  It's so nice and clear.  I called them my snow elves.  I don't think they would have even told me they did it but I happed to look out the window and see.  Wonderfully nice people.
So, I'm trying very hard not to be upset about this...on top of everything else.  I had just told Dennis before he left that I had had 6 days of feeling good so he wouldn't worry about me. Now I'm stuck again.  I can't drive because I can't move quick enough if I had to with my feet from the gas to the brake.  Oh well.  Have I ever said how much I detest snow and ice?  I do.

Some of you have asked the name of the yarn I used for my mittens since it's non-pilling, but I haven't been able to go to Hobby Lobby to check and I threw the labels out.  I promise that when I can walk again without pain I will do that for you.  Please forgive the time it's taking me.

And now, I'm going to cut this short and get back to my ice pack. :-)  Thank you all for being there for me.  I so appreciate it.  And yes, Dennis got back late last night so I'm not alone now.  It's amazing how much better it is when he's home and I'm not alone in this big house.

"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27

Blessings my friend,
Betsy




Friday, January 6, 2017

Brrrrrr...

It's Friday!  I'm so glad.  I have gotten used to having my husband around and this week it was back to work for him.  Although it was just a four day work week because of New Years, I'm looking forward to having him here for a couple of days.  When I was working I always dreaded the stretch between New Years and Memorial Day because there were not any holidays for those five months.  Now I'm on permanent holiday and I love every single minute of it.

This has been my place quite a lot for the past week.  See how happy and content Chloe is?  We watch a lot of knitting podcasts together and since the temperature has been down to -14F on our deck more than once this week, -7 this morning, we've been hibernating inside.  It hasn't been out of the teens since last week.  This weekend is supposed to warm up to freezing and then we're to get lots more snow Saturday night and Sunday...just in time for Dennis' birthday on Monday.
I did make myself a pair of mittens.  After well over 150 pairs of mittens since January, I finally made myself a pair.  Mine were five years old, full of holes and the first pair I ever made.  They were my practice/learning pair and had lots of mistakes. I thought I probably should make some for myself, you know the old, shoemaker who's children have no shoes story!  :-)

Well, I made these and wore them to church Sunday morning for the first time.  I ended up giving them away...
...but no problem.  Monday I bought a new skein of yarn and made another pair!  This is a new yarn from  Hobby Lobby.  I can't remember it's name but it is SO soft and isn't supposed to pill at all.
The Christmas Eve cast-on socks that I finished last week winged their way across the country to Brad's feet.  They fit!  That's always a concern when making someone their first pair of socks.  After that I don't worry so much because I keep notes on everyone's individual stitch counts.  This makes my heart happy.  Seeing them on my kids feet.  I can help keep them warm from far away.  Gosh, I miss them all so much.  I face-timed with Mandy and Piper this morning as usual, and then hung up and cried.  I miss them.
I crocheted Dennis a scarf 39 years ago just before we got married.  He STILL wears it when he snow blows and shovels.  I've been begging him to let me make him a new one because that one is made with the old Red Heart Acrylic that is like plastic.  Virtually indestructible.  It still looks good!  He had no interest in a new one, but finally, while we were buying yarn for my second pair of mittens, I talked him into choosing yarn and when we got home I gave him several patterns to choose from and I began this scarf for him.  This will be more for with his good coat and he can keep the old one for shoveling and winter work!  This is a free pattern on Ravelry call "The Dudester"!  Quite the name.  :-)  I did remove one pattern repeat because after knitting about 12 inches on it, I realized it would be way too wide.  So I ripped it out and began again.  This is about 8 inches wide and I think it's just about right.
You do see wrapped gifts on the table above.  We had our annual potluck/gift exchange at our house last night for our Bible study group.  I had set the table out for gifts early in the afternoon.  I do a little at a time and then sit awhile.  Then a little more and sit.  Repeat as often as necessary.

While at Hobby Lobby I found this snowman from Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer for $.83.  That's right.  Eighty three cents!  He was originally $14.99.  When I look at him I can hear Burl Ives voice from the movie.  I just love snowmen and leave them out most of the winter.  They make me happy.
I took these pictures on Monday from about a block away from our house.  Aren't they pretty?  That's Mt. Spokane.  Nothing like my blogging friends Mt. Hood in Oregon, but pretty nonetheless.
Frost on the deck earlier this week.  I think it was -11F when I stepped outside to take this.  I know it was too cold on my slipper covered feet!   :-)
That's about all I have.  I've really just been staying inside and trying to keep warm.  I just heard on the news a moment ago about yet another shooting, this time at the airport in Ft. Lauderdale.  I fear what's happening around our world with all of the hate and I'm so glad that I have you my friends.  We live all over the country.  All over the world, and yet we are still here for each other.  I wish that for those that are filled with hate.  To realize that no matter who you are, what you look like, we are not so different inside.  The majority of us just want Peace.  And Love.  And for me, the source of that peace is Jesus.  The author of love.  I didn't have a New Years wish before.  But as I type this, I would wish that everyone would experience His love.  Then the madness would finally end. 

And I'll end with that and wish you all New Years Blessings and a year filled with love and peace all over this world of ours.

Today's verse from my devotion was very appropriate.

"Follow God's example, therefore. as dearly loved children and walk in the way of LOVE, just as Christ LOVED us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:1-2

Blessings always my sweet friend,
Betsy






Thursday, December 29, 2016

The "In Between" Days

Hello Everyone!

Here we are in what I like to call the "In Between" days.  These are the days between the hustle and bustle of preparing and celebrating Christmas and the hope and promise of a brand new year.  I find myself becoming a lot more introspective during these days as I grow older. 

It's quieter in the stores this week.  Oh my goodness is it quieter!  I went to Walmart yesterday to buy Dennis' some socks and mouthwash and a few other staples and I got the first parking spot next to the store.  At 10:00 in the morning!  There were about 20 people inside the store!  I loved it!  The older I get the less I like crowds and find myself feeling a bit claustrophobic.

It's been a quiet week here.  Lots more snow with even more forecast tonight and Saturday.  Brad requested a pair of socks so of course I wound some into a ball using my swift from Paradise Fibers that Dennis got me for Mother's Day last year.  I love this swift.  It collapses in about 10 seconds to put into a nice bag that it came in.
Pretty yarn!  This is Knit Picks, Tiger Eye Hand painted fingering weight sock yarn.
This is my progress as of about an hour ago.  One sock done and the other about 3/4 done.  The color in the above picture is what it looks like.  I don't know why the bottom one is so washed out.
We've had lots and lots of snow over the past few weeks.
See how nice and clean the driveway looks here on the far right in the picture below?  Please ignore the trash cans...it was garbage pickup day when I took this photo on Tuesday.  Well, that night, just as Dennis was climbing into bed about 9:30 the snow plows came through and put a 3 1/2 foot berm of snow and ice across the driveway.  We've  learned from past experience not to let it sit overnight because it freezes rock solid and you can't get out of the driveway or break the ice up.  So, we got dressed and outside we went to break through the  ice tower.  After we did ours, we also cleaned two single ladies driveways and two men that we know get off work around midnight and wouldn't be able to park their cars when they got home.  So, five 3 foot berms, double driveways worth of ice and snow later, we headed inside around 11:15 and went to bed.  Dennis wouldn't let me do much, but I shoveled just a little and cheered him on! :-)  And this my friends, is why I detest snow.  It's pretty to look at and play in, but NOT fun to shovel at bedtime just so you can get to work the next day.  Our entire neighborhood would rather they just didn't plow our streets because we're one of the last neighborhoods to be plowed since we're fairly level with no hills.  The snow is packed down very well by traffic by the time the plows come through, then they just leave a nasty layer of ice behind.  Okay.  Enough complaining.
Looky, looky, looky what Mandy got for me!!!!!  A skein of Muffin's yarn!  Muffin is an award winning sheep from last years Maryland Sheep and Wool festival and that is her picture on the card.  She bought the last skein they had available of the award winning yarn for me.  I'm trying to decide what to make with it.  There are 73 grams in the skein.  I also have two little 25 gram skeins of a lighter weight leichester wool that was sent to me last year by Helen in the UK.  I would love to make a pair of mittens for myself, but I'm not sure there is enough yarn.  Any ideas?
Gracie (One Saylor's Log), sent me this sweet knitted cloth and two wonderful bars of soap.  One is lavender and one is oatmeal.  How sweet and they smell yummy. :-)
This is how we spent much of Christmas Eve, Christmas and the days since then.  Dennis has rigged up several DVD players, a VHS player and our bedroom television to transfer our family movies from VHS to DVD.  It's taking forever because they have to tape in "real time".  I can't watch them right now because I start crying from missing my babies.  I catch a peek though once in a while.  Last night I walked in just as 5 year old Alex was saying, "I love you Mommy!" and I lost it.  Tears ran forth.  Why can't they stay small and at home?

After we, (and by we I mean Dennis), gets them all transferred to DVD, we're hoping he can duplicate them much quicker.  We want to give each of the kids a set and various friends who are on church videos.
Here is a photo I found of our beautiful city of Spokane at Christmas.  This is a photo of Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane.  It really is a beautiful place to live.
I have succumbed to the Gilmore Girls frenzy.  Debra (As I See It Now), sent me the first season which I am almost halfway through watching.  I have fallen in love with Stars Hollow, the fictional town it is set in.  Everyone knows everyone and watches over each other.  I grew up in a very small town in Iowa with just 2000 residents.  We all knew each other and if you misbehaved, your Mother knew before you got home!  So, with Dennis' permission, I just went to Amazon and purchased seasons 1-7 for my birthday present.  That will take me awhile to watch won't it?

Otherwise, I'm just staying inside and warm, knitting socks and mittens and watching podcasts.  I'm so enjoying them.  I just found a sweet lady who I think lives in Ohio.   It's called "Naturally Kim's Knitting" and I've been watching past episodes and catching up.  She is such a sweet, sweet soul and loves her family and her grandkids.  The episodes are usually around half an hour so don't take a huge time commitment.  If you like podcasts, I highly recommend hers.

And now I need to do some vacuuming.  Chloe is shedding something terrible right now.  It must be that she's growing a heavier coat for the cold weather.  I hope you all have a wonderful day and a safe and warm New Year.

My favorite verse was the verse on my devotion this morning so I thought I would share it with you.

"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31

Blessings,
Betsy