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Monday, January 27, 2014

Busy Weekend

Goodness it was a busy weekend here at the Queen homestead.  I had my class Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Friday but we did get out early on Saturday at 3:30.  I hurried home and got Hubby and we met some friends at the Spokane RV show.  We had a great time looking at all of the campers and RV's.  It amazes me the things that are in some of them...and how people can possibly afford to buy them!  Afterwards we went out to dinner and had a wonderful time visiting.

I'm not sure what my plans are with CASA. I have been sworn in and have officially completed the training. I could get a case as early as today, but I'm not sure it's for me. I want to talk to my supervisor and discuss my options as to what I can do in-house with the program.  I don't think "on my feet" very well and that is needed as a CASA.  The situations you find yourself in can be unusual to put it mildly.  I also tend to be emotional and when attacked verbally, (which is guaranteed to happen), I cry.  At 54 years old I know this about myself and I also know it isn't likely to change.  That would NOT be a good thing to happen on the witness stand and it would undermine anything I had done on a case.  So....I'm praying and asking God to lead me where He wants me to go.  I so appreciate the comments and emails of encouragement from all of you.  I am blessed indeed to have friends like you.

Yesterday we were greeters at church, (we have been all month for January), so we had to be there extra early.  Our small group provided the hospitality lunch for visitors and we served 34 people.  Hubby and I then went right out to take communion to the elderly in the church and the people who couldn't come because of illness or the weather.  We finally got home at 4:30 in the afternoon and I collapsed into my recliner.  I didn't even pick up my knitting or crochet although I finished two baby hats during my few free minutes since Thursday.  I spent the evening watching HGTV and surfing the net on my iPad.  Some would consider it wasted time, but I needed the relaxation and mindless activity.

This communion kit was made for my husband about 27 or 28 years ago by his cousin.  Isn't it beautiful with the inlaid cross?  The side joints are also dovetailed with different woods.  It is very smooth to touch. You would think it was one solid piece of wood.
He also cut out a piece of foam that fits the bottle, bread holder and cups perfectly.  We can take communion to eight people with this beautiful kit.  Can you see the little nick by the clasp?  That was where Hubby fell on the ice about 20 years ago while carrying it.
I did get some squares cut out of my leftover fabric.  These are the squares that I'll use for my "quilt as you go" quilt.  I have lots more to cut-maybe a few today or tomorrow.
I love Knit Picks Dishie for dish cloths and started a new one Satuday night.  I gave all of mine away except two.  I WILL keep this one!  :-)
The doily hasn't changed at all, but hopefully I'll have some time tonight.
I have laundry in the dryer and I've been to the grocery store and to pick up prescriptions.  I also went up to the church and raked 3 big garbage bags full of leaves from the stairwell that blew in during the windstorms we've had lately.  Funny thing is that they were all oak leaves and we don't even have any oak trees around the property.  The winds were fierce and must have blown them in from a distance.

I'm heading back to Portland and my Piper next Sunday. Yippee!  I'll be there a week and I hope I'll get to see my "blogging girls", Teresa, Taci and Gracie.  It sounds like Brad & Mandy could be moving before too long, much farther away from us, so I need to get my Piper time in now.  Mandy has been asking me to visit so off I go!  It's sure nice being retired and having this freedom.

Have a lovely afternoon my friends and I'll be back soon.



  1. Betsy I will pray in agreement with you that God will show you the way you are to move forward with your CASA ministry.
    He knows your heart, and He knows the need of where you will be a perfect fit for them. :)

    Gosh, you've been so very busy.

    I know you will have a wonderful time on your trip Sunday...and fingers crossed you will get to see your "blogging girls", too.

    Hugs and blessings always sweet friend.

  2. Hello Betsy, I will pray that God will show you which way to go with your involvement with CASA. I do not really know what kind of situation you would find yourself in but it sounds very difficult. To me our court system is very intimidating and I would not feel comfortable being in these kind of situation. I think you have been very brave person with a very kind and caring heart to pursue this training.

    I wish you a very wonderful visit with your wee grand daughter Piper. I also wish you all a great time visiting with Teresa, Taci and Gracie.. Big Warm Hugs judy

  3. Betsy, the doily I'm working on doesn't have a name other than it's the March Doily from A Year of Doilies Book 5. Now that I look at yours and a picture of mine next to it, it is different. Wish I could help you!

  4. Betsy.. do follow your heart on the Casa thing.. you'll figure it out for the best. I'm glad we've set a date for our lunch together.. always fun! I'll be able to tell you how Dayle's knee replacement goes - it's tomorrow! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. I think your interest in CASA is very commendable but I understand your concerns because I would feel the same way. I am very sensitive and emotional and I get upset easily at hearing other people's problems and worries. I think praying is best. I know you will follow your heart and make the right decision.

  6. Hello my dear friend Betsy, I can understand your concerns with being a CASA. I have been in this filed for 24 years and it can be very hard and stressful. I am at a point in my life I want a more relaxing job... So I understand your concerns. I do know that there are many other things you can do to help children if you want to be involved and help them. I hope mi day does not move somewhere even farther... We love that you come to visit so often.
    Can't wait to see you next week. Love the dishcloth and the docile. So pretty!

  7. Betsy, I work with several Guardian's that work strictly with Medical Foster Care children and the Medical Foster Parents, they do on occasion see the real parents but most of the time they visit the children in already approved homes that are fostering these medically challenged little ones. That really cuts down on the exposure to hostile parents and families. It might be an option for you. I am glad you are planning a Piper visit, I sure hope they are not moving that far away, I want you to get your Grandma fix and see your lovely friends.

  8. Prayers for God's guidance and direction for you, Betsy! And, oh, but that communion kit is just so beautiful. :)

  9. Hi Betsy, I hope you find the right way for you with CASA. You want to do it because you know it is a valuable service, at the same time you don't want to let anyone down. We can change some things within our selves, you care deep inside, as I am sure many others do, but your difficulty is keeping the harder exterior - that is not easy. I'm sure your prayers will help you find the way.
    Beautiful communion kit, special.
    Carol xx

  10. Betsy, you are wise. Your concerns are valid, and a part of the process of God showing you how you can partner with His work. I am agreeing with your prays for guidance, and believing with you that God will show you your next step.

    Is it a done deal that Mandy is moving??????

    I am so looking forward to seeing you next Tuesday!

    Love with hugs,

  11. Ha Betsy had to laugh at your last comment as retired seems to mean busier than every but is lovely to visit folk that is for sure.. will pray God will give you mercy and grace with the CASA situation, Shaz in oz.x

  12. An interesting post that I enjoyed reading.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.