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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Works in Progress!!

Happy Thursday to all of you! It's been a very hot and unusually humid past few days here in the Northwest. Now I do understand that to a lot of you, 30-40% humidity doesn't seem bad, but when you aren't used to it, well, it's just miserable. When we lived in Nebraska I would almost get annoyed with the "wimps" who complained about how humid it was!! My goodness how opinions have changed and the mighty have fallen!

Anyway, I came home from the lake yesterday afternoon to do laundry and grocery shop. My washer has been making an ominous noise,"ker-thump, ker-thump" when it is in the spin cycle. Last night Hubby was home and heard it too. He's planning to take the thing apart this weekend sometime and see if he can fix it. It sounds as if the drum has come loose from the frame, at least that's my professional opinion! :-) And we all know what that's worth.

These first two pictures are the free flowers and plants I found on my doorstep a couple of weeks ago. They've brightened up considerably since I planted them. It was sure great advertising for the greenhouse as I've had a few other friends have flats of flowers show up at their house too.



The rhubarb is still doing well. I know it's supposed to be a springtime plant, but this workhorse always gives me rhubarb well into August. It's not woody or anything either. One plant gives us plenty of rhubarb to last through the winter.

I think my "July" dishcloths turned out well. I have actually made two of the larger size ones. The small one was the first and then I added stitches and went up a needle size because I wanted a larger dishcloth. A gentleman at our Bible study was admiring it as I finished the other big one last Thursday. He's a veteran and wanted to buy one. Well, that's NOT going to happen. A veteran pay me for a lowly dishcloth? No way. So I gave it to him then and there and he was so happy. I don't think he'll use it though no matter how much I told to. I can always make him another one if something should happen to it. That left me with one large and one small one for the yearly sets, which is okay.


Baby hats as always and I have another almost finished on the needles.

I started this baby blanket last night but I think I want it a bit smaller so it will probably get ripped out today and re-started. I've had this yarn for awhile now. It's Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly and oh my goodness it's soft. I wish you could feel it through the screen!

Then we have my poor Pimpelliese. I get this out and work on it for an hour or two and then something else calls my name and it gets put aside again. I tell myself that I don't need it until winter so it's fine. It will be finished at some point.

Lastly is another scarf I started last winter. It was a splurge for me with my birthday money last February. The yarn is Kraemer Sterling Silk & Silver made with 63% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk, 15% Nylon and 2% Silver. I think it will be pretty when finished but it takes much concentration for the lace and so I have to be completely alone to work on it or else I get off on the count. After all, if there is a conversation happening around me I want to be part of it! :-)


Either late tonight or tomorrow morning early Chloe and I will be heading back to the lake. We came home yesterday and it seems as if I have been away for days already. I get so much done in the day or two I'm home, just so I can go back to my "other life" at the trailer. Hubby happily makes the drive back and forth to town every day for work. He likes relaxing at the end of the day in our chairs overlooking the lake. During the week it's so QUIET. Only two or three other people in our entire area. The weekends however, they are completely different. To give you an idea, last year there were 7 trailers in our part of the resort. This year there are 37! Obviously word has gotten out and people are flocking to our little park. I'm happy for them, but missing the peacefulness we've had before. We have even started thinking about buying our own little piece of land but then there are lots of headaches involved in that. Wells, septic systems, electricity, roads to be built and on and on. I think we'll just keep up with what we have for awhile anyway.

We have been going to a Bible study on Monday nights at the lake. There are about 14 people or so there every week and we're studying the seven churches in Revelations. It's amazing the way those churches compare to the way the world seems to be heading. It's nice to have like-minded people around. They are a great group of people and would do pretty much anything to help each other out.

And now I need to get busy and bake some treats for our Bible study group here tonight. I think I'll bake a rhubarb crunch cake. With vanilla ice cream. Oooh yum. I can taste it already.

For those of you that would be willing, could I ask you to keep little Miss Piper in your prayers? She's been having a rough time of it for several weeks now. The medication has stopped working and she has been very sick and not gaining weight. She's only in the 9th percentile for weight and is such a little thing, she can't afford to lose even more weight. Of course, this is really hard on Mommy. Mandy is about at "the end of her rope" so to speak. Piper is up almost every hour at night since she can't lay flat. When you have to work full-time it makes it hard to get through the days. If I had my way, I would be there helping out, but I can't leave Hubby alone indefinitely. He's easy going about me going to help so much, but he really does miss me.

Thank you my friends, I appreciate each and every one of you more than you know. My wish is that each and every one of you would feel the love and care of our Heavenly Father.

Blessings,
Betsy

12 comments:

  1. Sending prayers for little Miss Piper. Bless her heart. I am also praying for her Mama, I know it has to be really hard on her, too.

    The book of Revelations is such an awesome book. It tells us that we need to stand fast and rest in the knowledge that in the end the victory is all God's. Praise Him forever.

    Oh I would so love to be at your Bible study group, to sit out before the lake and study God's word. What a true blessing.

    Wishing you a most wonderful day filled with many blessings dear friend.

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  2. How I would LOVE to be part of your Bible study right now -- such a timely study! Maybe we could start a Skype Bible Study--LOL:)
    I will be praying for healing for baby Piper and peace (and strength) for her mom. God be with them both!
    Blessings,
    Aimee

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  3. Oh bless the darling little one, she will be in my prayers for sure, as will her Mom and Dad. I think hubby just might have to do with out you for a week or two, he will understand.

    Good luck my sweet friend,
    Meredith

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  4. Thank you so much for your sweet little note. It made me smile !

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  5. Prayers for Piper AND her Mama. Those things can be stressful!

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  6. So sorry, Miss Piper has not been well! I am adding my prayers to yours.
    Love with hugs,
    Gracie

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  7. Hullo Betsy i say amen so be to the prayers above for Miss Piper (and include my great nephew 3 mth, Hudson Peter, who also has struggled with health since birth as well. May our all wise gracious loving Father in heaven have mercy on them and their mothers and heal and undertake for them in every way needed at this very moment and beyond..

    ...and so loved your post Betsy agree with you on Rev 1 to 3 those are illuminating chapters for today.. and also on the veteran. May God bless the dear man, love Shaz in oz.x

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  8. Hi Betsy, I'm so sorry about little Piper having difficulties and her mom not getting enough sleep.. it's hard for them. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. I do hope you can come back for a while and help them out.. and maybe we can see you then, too. ((hugs)), Teresa

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  9. Betsy, I am hoping Miss Piper is doing better by now. It is so frightening when our babies do not feel well. I will keep her in prayer also. Sounds like otherwise you have had a busy week and loads of fun at the lake. Love your flowers and all of your knitting. I am just a few rows from finishing my last hat in the three hat order I received a while back. I certainly did not plan on it taking so long, but sometimes life just gets in the way.
    Take care and have a Blessed weekend.

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  10. That is a lot of rhubarb!
    Lovely knitting, I especially love the patriotic squares.

    I'm not a fan of extreme weather changes, either.
    I hope your washing machine can be easily fixed and that Miss Piper is back to her usual happy self, soon xx

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  11. That is a lot of rhubarb!
    Lovely knitting, I especially love the patriotic squares.

    I'm not a fan of extreme weather changes, either.
    I hope your washing machine can be easily fixed and that Miss Piper is back to her usual happy self, soon xx

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  12. Oh my dear friend I thought I was one of the few crazy people that keeps on knitting all year round not matter how hot it is outside... But you are just right there with me... Ah ah! And how many pretty and beautiful projects you have going :)
    I'll be praying that Piper starts feeling better and that Mindy gets a little rest so she can feel more rested and have energy to work. Let me know if I can do anything to help k? I miss yo :)

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