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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

And The Heat Is On!

It's Tuesday and it's a warm one outside already.  I came home from the lake yesterday because I wasn't feeling very well and it was pretty hot anyway.  Tonight we're having dinner at a friends house.  I had planned to go back to the lake tomorrow and home again Thursday for a cardiologist appointment but since it's so hot we may just wait until the weekend to go back. 

I took these pictures of these delicate daisies on the road by our trailer.  I adore daisies.  They seem like such a happy little flower to me.
This is the fountain by the store at the resort.  They usually turn it on only on the weekends to conserve water, but during June, July and August, it's on most of the time.
There's a happy fisherman perched on the top catching his dream fish.  :-). Loon Lake is very popular with the fishermen and has lots of different species in it. The most popular, (I think), are trout and silvers.  I haven't fished since I was a teenager, but lots of people up here do and I cheer them on from the campsite when I see someone pulling a big one out of the water.
It was a lazy afternoon on Sunday.  Larry and Dennis both took long naps.  Sophie enjoyed sleeping next to Dennis too.  
We had received a phone call about 8:45 on Saturday morning that a friend needed to go to the ER and didn't want to call an ambulance because of the cost.  Dennis drove almost an hour and a half to his house to get him and back into the hospital in Spokane.  After staying almost eight hours in the ER with him, he drove him home and back to the lake.  It ended up being almost 11 hours for him.  He's been so stressed at work that he was really looking forward to a day doing nothing at the lake, but he is such a good guy it would never dawn on him to say no to anyone.  So...I made an executive decision and we stayed at the lake Sunday and went to church on the Bay instead of driving back into town.  This is how he spent the afternoon and he really needed it.

My happy basket of flowers by the front door at a our "city home."
The lavender is blooming profusely.
This was my first little statue when we bought the house years ago.  I love the happy little children.
Nita had a pile of squares for me when I arrived at the trailer on Friday.  I spent most of the weekend putting these four blankets together and crocheting borders around them.  They will be going to the crisis nursery in the near future.  Perfect for some little boys, don't you think?
I did finish four more pair of mittens for the school children.
And I started a new pair this morning.  
I have about 20 more pair to make...I think.  I haven't counted recently.  I finished one of the socks I showed you last week and started the other one but since I spent most of my time on mittens and blankets there isn't much to show you on those.

I was watching Tiny Houses last night and all of the sudden the TV switched channels on it's own to some paranormal show and I couldn't do anything with the remote.  I figured the batteries must have died, although it's a brand new remote from the cable company, only about 2 months old.  They upgraded everything when Alex was home, the box, the remote and the channels too.  Apparently we had been paying for the fast speeds etc., and getting the old stuff.  Anyway, I couldn't get the battery door off at all.  This morning I went into the service center and he said, "the door just pops off. Like this."  And then he couldn't get it off either!  I wanted to laugh, but I restrained myself.  Seriously, he acted like I was fairly stupid and then he couldn't open it either.  I admit that I am very technologically handicapped, but I can change batteries.  Finally he gave up and handed me a new remote which had to be programmed.  Now it works though and I'm a happy girl.  It was kind of strange that it worked great and then just stopped.  No warning at all.

I plan to spend the day knitting mittens in my chair and reading the third book in the Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber, "Back on Blossom Street".  I'm really enjoying rereading this series.  It's my third time through them and it's like visiting old friends.

I hope you all have wonderful plans for the holiday weekend if you live in the U.S.  I'm praying for the people in West Virginia with the terrible flooding.

"Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:18

Blessings,

Betsy





Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Blue Skies

Hello my friends!
We have had some beautiful weather the past few days.  Here, let me show you an example...
People are having a grand time on the lake...
I did zoom in a bit on the sailboat so you could see it towing a covered "floatie" with some children on it.  Sorry for the blurriness, it's because of the zoom.  There were lots of boats and jet skis out this weekend, along with the fishing boats and canoes and kayaks.  Dennis and Paul canoed several miles down the lake and back Sunday evening.  They both really enjoy canoeing.

Even the dogs were having a good time.  Here is Mattie and Sophie watching Chloe walk by.  We joke that we have small, medium and large dogs.  It's really cute when they're all laying on this quilt at the same time.  The three of them really are good friends.  Such different dogs and so sweet together.
I finished putting together and crocheting a border around some of Nita's squares to go to the Crisis nursery.
I made a pair of mittens yesterday afternoon.  I brought my mitten needles home with me because I need to make at least 2 pair a week in order to meet my goal by fall.  I have fallen behind with not having the correct needles here at home the past few weeks.
I also knit on my socks this weekend.  I changed my mind on the pattern and decided to make the "Monkey Socks" found on Ravelry.
Here's a closer look at the pattern.  It's an 11 row repeat and I do have to look at each row so it's not a fast knit or mindless knit, but I do like how they're turning out.  I can't wait to see them finished.  
Last Thursday night we had an unexpected thunderstorm pop up right over Spokane during our Bible study.  One of the ladies who was sitting by the patio door jumped up and grabbed my phone and took this photo for me.  Isn't it gorgeous?
We have seen more double rainbows since living in this house than I've seen in my entire life.

My headache is a bit better every day, but is still there.  Quite annoying, because I was doing so well with my walking before this silly accident.  I was walking about 7-8 miles a day.  Now I get about 1-2 miles if I'm lucky.  Oh well.  It's much better than it was two weeks ago, it's just slow.  I know eventually all will be well again.

Chloe and I came home from the lake today because Dennis had meetings Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights this week after work.  We stayed alone there last night, but I missed my husband so we came home tonight.  It doesn't make sense for him to drive out just in time to go to bed, only to get up at 4:30 a.m. To do it all again.  Although he would if I asked him to.  I plan go back tomorrow night, or I may wait until Thursday.  Friday is a ladies luncheon for the senior ladies at church so I'll need to come back to town for that.  Next week is just as bad.  A dinner on Tuesday evening and a cardiologist visit on Thursday.   It sure chops up the week for camping doesn't it?  My goal is to be able to spend an entire week out there without driving home at some point this summer.

I hope that you are all enjoying the summer.  I saw the beautiful "strawberry moon" last night over the treetops but was unable to get a good picture.  It was amazing.  Thank you all for visiting me today.  I appreciate each and every one of you.

"You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in Your Word." Psalm 119:114

Blessings,
Betsy







Thursday, June 16, 2016

Cool Days...for now.

Happy Thursday!

It's been a rather quiet week here.  The weather has been cool and off and on showers.  I like it like this, not so hot and quite comfortable for knitting.  :-). My headache is still there, but not as bad as before.  Right now the plan is to go to the lake tomorrow evening, but last week it changed, so I'm not counting on anything. Ha!

Tonight we're having a potluck for about 15 people here at our house so I've probably been a bit busier than I should have been.  I decided to sit down for a few minutes and try to get a post up and show you what I've been up to this week.

I finished my second sock about an hour ago.  These are called "Petty Harbour" and are a free pattern on Ravelry.  The yarn is from Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in the Northern Lights hand painted color way.  It was so nice to knit with.  It's my third pair of socks with stroll and I think it's my new favorite sock yarn.  I hope it wears well too.  It is a blend of merino/nylon.  The pattern is on the leg and down the top of the foot.  With the color, it's harder to see the pattern but I like it.
Here's a closer view.  The toe is plain with a Kitchener stitch close.  Can you tell I have long toes?  I like making socks to actually fit my feet.  I was able to make the toes a bit longer and they fit perfectly.  They are so comfy and I think I'll be keeping these. Yippee!  The first pair that may actually stay with me.
I immediately cast on for another pair.  I'm debating which pattern to make, the "Hermione Socks" or the "Monkey Socks".  They both begin with the same cuff so I have a little while to decide.  This is also Stroll Fingering from Knit Picks in the Seashell Tonal color way.
A little better look at the actual colors.  Such sweet tones of pink.  It reminds me of cotton candy.
The "Lala's Simple Shawl" has grown just a bit.  I love this pattern and I'm thinking of a Christmas gift or two made from this pattern.
Did you see the cute little stitch marker in the picture above.  It's a crown!  Quite appropriate for a Queen don't you think?  I found these cute little charms at Hobby Lobby and since I only had a couple of progress keepers, I splurged and made a few new ones.  Piper likes it too.  :-). The 40% off coupon was quite handy and I made eight progress keepers for only $2.99. Not bad.
And speaking of Piper.... Mandy sent me this picture yesterday.  They were out for a walk by the Cheasapeake Bay and she too this picture.  Isn't she just the cutest?  Papa said she was missing her babies!  I don't know if she just forgot them at home or why the stroller is empty.
Today this one came with the caption that "her babies are big now!"  I just adore this little girl and miss her more than I can say.  This has been the longest stretch of her little life that I haven't physically been with her.  It's been over 6 months!  Gosh I miss her and her Mommy and Daddy.  I'm not sure when I'll be able to go see them.
Next week is supposed to warm up quite a bit.  The upper 80's again and prime lake time.  We'll have to see what happens around here.  It's been two weeks since I've been at the trailer.  As much as I miss it there, I'm trying to count my blessings and enjoy my home.  I'm rereading Debbie Macombers Blossom Street series this summer and enjoying them very much.  What are you reading?

I still have lots of mittens to make, but my mitten supplies are at the trailer!  I hadn't planned to be away for more than a day or two last time I left.  That'll teach me.  Whenever I come home I need to bring all of my knitting supplies home with me.  I'll try to get started on those again this weekend if I can get my mitten mojo back.  :-)

Well, I've got to run and get the dishes out and get everything ready for this evening.  Only an hour or so before they all arrive.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and are enjoying your summer, or winter, wherever you may be.

"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age." Titus 2:11-12

Blessings always,
Betsy