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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A little of this, A little of that...

Good Morning friends!

It's a beautiful Tuesday here in sunny Spokane, WA. Fall is definitely in the air. Coats are worn, at least in the mornings and evenings and a layer of frost is on everything when I wake up in the mornings. Hubby and I officially winterized the trailer last weekend, so that's done for another year. So sad. The weekend was absolutely stunning as far as weather goes. Sunday after church, we had lunch with our "best friends forever", *smile*, Neal & Jenny. Then we took what was going to be a short drive to an area I hadn't been to before. We ended up driving 85 miles around two lane highways and byways, enjoying the fall colors and just talking. A nice relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I didn't take any pictures though and can't believe that I let that opportunity pass by.

Monday I ran lots and lots of errands and got much accomplished. I even made a big pot of chicken and homemade noodles for dinner. Here's a peek for you. The first one shows the noodles rolled out. Then the noodles are cut and drying on a tea towel. Finally, bubbling away in the pot with the chicken. A perfect fall dinner. I also had a green salad and cranberry sauce with it. Yum! Yum!
I think I'm finally even beginning to figure out how to make smaller batches for just Hubby and me. I usually end up freezing a big bag of leftovers, (which isn't a bad thing!)

Miss Piper also had her one year checkup yesterday and all is well. Still some dietary issues,(no dairy,) but she's growing very well and is a happy girl. She did get four immunization shots and that was agonizing for both her AND Mommy. I think Grandma should have been there, don't you? :-)

On the knitting front, I managed to make quite a few pairs of mittens this week, bringing me up close to 70 pair!
Barbara, a blog reader also sent some hats to add to the school children's box. Thank you Barbara! She sent several others too, but I already gave them to Lindsay on Sunday. They are going to be nice and warm for some little kids.

As a carry along in my purse I've been knitting on this scarf for Alex for Christmas. I think I'm safe to say that, since I'm fairly certain he doesn't read this blog!!! I finished the dishcloths that I had the order for, so now this is my easy to carry project.

The pictures don't do this yarn or pattern justice. I hope after it's finished and blocked it will photograph better. This is the beautiful yarn I bought in Gresham at Little Lamb and Ewe, after my lunch with the girls. Yes, it does have patches of pink in it, but that won't bother Alex a bit. He's secure enough in himself to wear a little pink! :-)

I'm not sure if I mentioned it before, but in just a little over 3 weeks, Hubby and I will be heading to Tokyo to spend some time with Alex. I want to finish this scarf for him by then so I can see him open his early Christmas gifts. He's busy planning activities for us. The fall leaves in Kyoto and he mentioned the Japanese Alps in Nagano where the Winter Olympics were held. I would be happy just to spend time with him in Tokyo. We've already traveled around Japan quite a bit and would like to just sit and visit with him. But...he wants to show us places we haven't been yet so off we'll go!

And now, I'm off to Greenbluff where all of our lovely orchards are. I want to buy a box of apples to make applesauce and pie filling. Hubby has a client in from France and won't be home for dinner, so I have lots of time to get those apples done...if I just get a move on and go. I'll take some pictures to show you our beautiful countryside.

Have a lovely day. "This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."




  1. You've been knitting up a storm with all those mittens!

    Yay! on getting to go to Japan in 3 weeks. I am so looking forward to your updates and pictures on that trip. :)

    Yum on the apple things you are going to make.

    Love the scarf. It will be warm and I know he will love it because it's made with love by you!

    Blessings always sweet friend

  2. I love knowing what is new with you, Betsy :) Alex's scarf is handsome! You are making great progress on your stitching projects. My youngest daughter made yummy apple crisp with the apples the Grands picked from our tree yesterday. I am imagining your house is going to smell so wonderfull as you make applesauce today :)
    Gracie xx

  3. Hi Betsy! A great post of all the things you're up to. I'm excited for you for the trip to Japan.. I hear they have great prices on pearls.. you should get some! Take some photos of your apple-ing today. Loved seeing your homemade noodles, just like my mom used to make. I'm going to work on my craft studio a bit today while the sun is shining. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Hi Betsy! My goodness you have a lot going on these days don't you! I am especially happy to hear you are going to exciting! "Fall" really hasn't arrived here in Louisiana yet. Some of our trees are starting to turn different shades of yellow and we only had one cool spell that came so fast and left all in the same day I really didn't get to enjoy it yet but it's coming....I can feel it!
    Hugs to you....Shari

  5. It sounds like you're having a nice time lately. The chicken and noodles sounds so good, I have always wanted to try making that. How exciting to be planning a trip to Tokyo, I can't wait to hear all about it.

  6. Yummy! Those homemade noodles made my mouth water! I bet that soup was great in the fall weather. Love the scarf you are making. That yarn looks so pretty. I bet it is even prettier in person, like you say.

  7. Your mittens continue to be a blessed gift, and those hats are really wonderful, how nice of your friend to join in. I am so excited for you going to visit your son. he is going to love his brand new scarf.
    Hugs to you,

  8. Wow--I really love the scarf you're making for your son! NICE! You must be SO exited with only three weeks left to go!
    Mmm! Homemade noodles--yummy:)

  9. You are such a prolific knitter. You even make noodles from scratch. I'm impressed and so glad that so many will benefit from your knitting outreach.

  10. Hello Betsy, Your mittens and hats are multiplying by leaps and bounds.. I am sure they will be gratefully received... Have a most wonderful trip to Japan.. Travel Safe and know we all will be thinking of you.. Hugs Judy

  11. Thank you Betsy, we totally enjoyed the drive and it was perfect before going to the hospital!