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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Snowy Portland

Sunday I took a road trip to Portland with my Chloe for company on the drive.  Look who greeted me with her surprised face she's just started making.   Yep.  She's definitely well worth the six hour drive each direction don't you think?
I think this is her "I'm so happy that you're here Grandma" face. She loves the little heart box I brought for her. She puts all of her mail in it and carrys it around the house.

Today I had lunch at Bocelli's with the "blogging girls".  We have a great time, every time. The waitress has a hard time taking our orders because we can't stop talking long enough.  Here we are as a group.  My goodness how I've come to love these ladies and their generous hearts and lovely spirits.  From left to right-Gracie, Me, Teresa and Taci.  If you've never read these ladies blogs be sure to check them out on my sidebar, you'll be glad you did.
Taci & Gracie

Teresa and me.
Look at the little gifts we brought each other.  Gracie made those cards for each of us and she wrote the names of all of the restaurants we've met for lunch at on the front.  Teresa gave the three of us birthday girls chocolate hearts and a card she made with a picture of all of us on it. Taci made us beautiful crocheted cloths with little hearts on them, an emery board and hand sanitizer.  Gracie gave gifts of yarn to each of us and a potholder.  I knitted them each a heart for Valentine's Day.
After we sat and visited awhile Taci had to go back to work. Boo!  Teresa and Gracie did some work on my blog, finally giving me a reply button that I've tried to figure out since I started this blog and enabling comment moderation to help with the spam.  These ladies are pros at figuring out blogger and I'm always picking their brains for help when we meet.  Thank you again girls. I appreciate you and your help so much.

Gracie also had to leave, so Teresa and I wandered across the street to an antique store.  Look at the goodies there.  I like this cabinet and it's worn look. I'll bet it has a history don't you think?
We both liked this shelf and the light behind the glassware but my favorite part was the Japanese fishing floats.  There were also some old canning jars with the screw on metal one piece lids.  They were a little pricy for me though at $28.00.
A closer view of the floats.
And when we looked closer, we discovered that they were reproductions, not the real thing. So none came home with me today.
Aren't they pretty though?  I've always wanted some of these floats, especially since Alex lives in Japan now.
Beautiful vintage tablecloths.
And I loved this little desk and hutch and its happy color.  Here I found one of my treasures to take home.
Look at this precious little cloche. It's about 5 inches tall and I'm trying to think of ideas for it. The little blue jar with a bail is about 4 inches high and I think it would be great with a candle in it.  Aren't they sweet?  That's one of Piper's books in the background to give you perspective.  It's a 5 inch square book.
Here are my sweet gifts from the girls.  The yarn is variegated purple colors.  These girls sure know me well don't they?  This little table and chairs were one of Pipers Christmas presents from Hubby & I.  It's really a nice solid wood table and chairs. We got a similar one for Kyleigh and Caleb a few years ago and they hold up very well and are nice looking too.
A friend gave me a Michael's gift card for my birthday.  Piper and I went shopping yesterday and I found this sweet box with a magnet closure and these little birds.  The birds were only 69 cents each  and the box around $5.  It's a nice size box about 8 inches square that I think will be ideal for keeping some of my small knitting things organized.  It has a magnet closure and reminds me of our trip to Paris a few years ago.
And that, my friends is the end to a lovely day.  If the snow continues to fall in Spokane, I just may be here a little longer than planned.  If that happens, I hope to get together with the girls to have a crochet/knit time, otherwise I'll be driving home next Monday. Again that's IF the weather cooperates.  I already miss Hubby and feel bad for him home alone.

Have a lovely evening my friends.
Blessings,
Betsy








23 comments:

  1. What a wonderful birthday celebration for you ladies! You always have so much fun! I love all of the yarn and gifts you gave one another. And Piper...oh how cute she is!!! So nice that you make the trip so often to visit. She will really know you well.
    Thanks for bringing us along on your day. I enjoyed it!!
    xo Kris

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    1. We did have fun! I'm very lucky that my son-in-law wants me to visit too.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  2. Oh that Piper is adorable! It was fun to spend time with you and the girls today. It's always too short, isn't it? Have fun with your little girl. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Way too short of time. I need to learn a faster way to get here.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  3. Sounds (and looks) like you're having a GREAT time here in Oregon! Love your little Piper's facial expressions:)
    Blessings,
    Aimee
    PS: You'll have to come down to the beach if you want to find an antique Japanese glass float to take home. There hiding hundreds of them for people to find:)

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    1. I've tried so many times to find one up and down the coast from Lincoln City to Coos Bay and I've never been lucky enough to find one. I won't give up though. Each time we visit I'm out there early in the morning looking.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  4. I liked the floats at the shop when I went there, too, Betsy, and I especially love the cobalt blue jar you purchased. Thanks again for your lovely Valentine's Day card with the pretty red knit heart pin. It was such fun to visit with you today...and your Piper is definitely worth a six hour drive...going and coming. Please thank Dennis for sharing you with us :) xx

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    1. Thanks Gracie! I'm thinking I may crochet a little cover for the jar and out a candle in it. What do you think? I had so much fun once again with you lovely ladies. Dennis is lonely...and cold. It was -8 there this morning plus the wind bringing it to a -27F. Brrrr.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  5. Betsy, you are all so beautiful, you can feel the love you have for each other pouring out of the photos. Love all the present you have given each other, you are so thoughtful. And that Piper is so sweet, look at her darling personality! So glad you are there to visit.
    Hugs to you Sweet Betsy and have a wonderful time.
    Meredith

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    1. Thanks Meredith. We always have so much fun together. Oh my goodness! Piper definitely has her own personality. Very strong willed and knows exactly what she wants. Very unlike her mom was at that age. :-)
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  6. Look at that sweet little face!!!! My she is getting so big. Love those little pick-tails. ( my mom used to fix my hair like that when I was younger...I hated it but now I think it's just adorable) A lovely day for sure Betsy. You are all so lucky to be able to have lunches and shopping sprees. What a lovely bunch!!
    Take care and if you do go home....be careful!
    xx Shari

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    1. I'm sure the pig tail stage won't last as she'll be like every little girl that hates them, but for now we enjoy her cuteness. :-). Thanks for your concern about my drive. It seems the entire country is dealing with nasty roads this winter.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  7. Hello Betsy, A very lovely day indeed. It such a blessing that you all found each other and are able to get together often to enjoy each other company. Piper is such a sweet little girl. I am sure she enjoyed going shopping with you. Your Paris Treasure Box is very pretty.. I wish you safe travels home to Spokane. Hugs Judy

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    1. I'm very lucky that I get to visit so often and happy that I retired 4 years ago so I have the freedom to visit. Hubby is sweet to let me go too, I know he's lonely at home.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  8. Oh Miss Piper is so adorable! Love that happy face when she saw you. :) Children are such blessings, aren't they! :)

    Love your get together with the other ladies. So many lovely treasures you share with each other each time you meet, but the one that always stands out, is the treasure of your friendships. :)

    Love the little shop and all the things your bought...love that blue glass, so pretty.

    Wishing you a safe journey when you head home...until then, enjoy your stay. :)

    Blessings to you and your always sweet friend.

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    1. Such a nice message. We do have lots of fun and enjoy each other's company. The shop was so sweet and there are lots of shops in that neighborhood left to explore.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  9. How nice, your lunch looks like a wonderful time. I'm so glad you're able to get together with the ladies.

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  10. It iS nice. I wish all bloggers could do this. You can never have too many friends.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  11. Hi! This is my first visit to your site and I loved reading about you...you have made such nice friends through blogging...wonderful! Your Grand daughter is so cute! Have a great day!!

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    1. Hi Linda, I'm so glad you came to visit me here. Yes I have made some lovely friends through them blogging world. I think Piper is pretty cute too, but then I think I'm a bit biased. I hope you come back again and again to visit.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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    1. I thought so too. Wish I could have taken it home with me. Thanks for visiting.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  13. My Dear Betsy, thank you from the bottom of my heart for that lovely card that arrived in the mail a day ago. I am so, so thankful for your kindness and generosity. You have made my week.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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