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Thursday, September 3, 2015

At the Lake


Happy Thursday to each one of you.  Here in the U.S. we're getting ready to celebrate Labor Day weekend, which is considered to be the last hurrah of summer around here.  For me, I hope to spend lots of the next month or two at the lake since I've missed most of the summer between my pm surgery and the smoke.

Our 37th anniversary was Tuesday and as a not very nice gift, Mandy and Miss Piper left at 6:00 a.m. to fly home to D.C.   This was the little Miss waiting for her hot chocolate to cool enough to drink at the airport after we dropped her off.  Starbucks has a coconut milk hot chocolate that she loves, which is nice since she can't have any dairy.  Look at those tired eyes.  It was about 4:30 a.m. and she was a trooper.
Looking out of the airplane window.
And yesterday, home in her kitchen cooking away.  I gave her the apron while she was visiting and she's putting it to use already.  Mandy said they've had a tea party already and Piper "baked" the cookies.  The poor thing was fussy the last hour or so of the almost 6 hour flight.  Sneezing and just fussy.  She said her ears hurt at landing for the first time ever and she's flown several times.  Yesterday she woke up with a full blown cold.  Gosh, we miss her.  Last night I found Papa going through his phone just looking at her pictures. 
I went to the lake immediately after they left Tuesday morning.  I could not stand to stay in the quiet house another minute.  Everywhere I looked, I saw my girls, so I escaped.  Dennis wanted to take me to dinner somewhere nice for our anniversary but I offered to grill him a nice steak at the lake and he jumped at that.

Last night, after we ate dinner, we walked down to the community garden.  With all of my "stuff" this year, I didn't plant anything.  Barry, the man who works down there every day who is in his mid 80's was there.  He retired from the resort two years ago but still does all the gardening in a huge plot.  He sent us home with a half dozen ears of corn, a bowl of strawberries and this beautiful bouquet.

I'm holding them as I sit and wait for Dennis who had gone to the camp office for a minute.  Chloe is intently watching for her Dad who is just beyond the playground.  She wouldn't leave me though.

These were some beautiful flowers that Dennis got for me.  Simple.  Just the way I like it and purple, my favorite color.

I took these this morning before I came home.  The blue sky is back at the lake.  At the bottom is the garden I told you about.  Where you can see dirt on the right is where the potatoes were planted.  This garden usually supplies the food bank for several small towns around Loon Lake.  For some reason the potatoes had blight this year and not one potato was harvested.  Very sad for the people who worked so hard and for the people that depend on this garden for their winter food.


It is SO GOOD to see blue sky again though.  I didn't think the smoke would ever be gone.  It may come back, because the fires are still burning.  The fire closest to us here in this picture, is about 7 miles away as the crow flies.  You wouldn't know it in this picture though would you?  The wind has been from the SW and blowing the smoke away from us.

Another of the view from our trailer.

My geraniums by the front of the trailer are doing well though, even with my neglect this summer.
I came home about 1:00 this afternoon to do laundry and we have Bible study tonight.  Tomorrow I'll go back, bright and early to spend the weekend there.  We will come back to town for church on Sunday as Dennis is giving the sermon this week.  We usually do come back for church every weekend.  It's only 25 miles so not far at all.  Then I hope to go back to the lake in the afternoon for a few more days.


There is a definite chill in the air here...it was 41F this morning when we woke up.  We went from 90's last week to highs in the 60's this week.  I much prefer it this way.  I read two books and knitted on my zig zag sock yarn blanket while being cozy inside during the past two days.  I forgot to take a picture of it, but it's growing quite well. The wind was blowing and I didn't like that because of the fires, but I was cozy and warm inside my trailer.  I love it there.  It's my HaPpY place. 

Please continue to pray for the people who are threatened by these fires and for the firefighters and support people.  They are all exhausted.  I feel guilty for lazing around but I really don't know what I can do to help.  Except pray.  Military helicopters and tankers were flying back and forth over the lake while I was there so I know that they are actively engaged in fighting the fires along with our local resources
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I hope you all have a lovely weekend
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I have rested on this verse a lot the past few months and I hope it will give you peace too.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28



Blessings,
Betsy