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Friday, December 5, 2014

Finished!

Happy Friday my friends!  Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your house?  Just look what we have at ours.  Snow?  Nope.  Ice.  We had freezing rain yesterday morning and again last night.  That, my friends, is about 1/4 of an inch of ice on the sidewalks and streets.  It may not sound like much but oh my goodness, the absolute havoc it plays on the roads!
Last night after Bible study, Dennis and I had to take two ladies downtown, one to the bus plaza and one to the senior plaza where she lives.  Usually some friends drive them, but the roads were so bad they didn't trust their car to go any further than their house.  I have these amazing snow tires on my car that the colder it gets outside, the softer the tires get and they do REALLY well on ice.  Kind of like suction cups!  I didn't want him driving all the way back home by himself so I went along.  It was terrible, even with my car.  The roads glistened with ice and the hills...oh my goodness, the hills.  Needless to say, I breathed a prayer of relief when we were safely back in the garage.  So today is the second day in a row I'm carless.  I've been making him drive my car to work both days because of the ice.  I love, love being "stuck" at home.

My very last Christmas gift is done!!!  Drumroll please!  My I present Caleb's Wonderful Wallaby Sweater in Denver Broncos colors!
It didn't turn out to be absolutely awful.  The top of the hood wasn't supposed to be blue, just the trim around the edge, but I ran out of orange and couldn't find more in that dye lot anywhere.  It kind of looks like a football helmet when it's on, (if you stretch your imagination), so I think it will be fine.

I also put together three more blankets for the childrens shelter.  Two for boys and one more for girls.
One more wheelchair blanket for the Veteran's Home.  This makes a total of 3 for the Veteran's Home and 7 for the children's shelter.  I was going to deliver them today, but since I'm carless it will be Monday if the weather cooperates.
The suitcases have made an appearance and swim trunks and swimsuits have been tried on. (Eeek!) That is NOT a pleasant experience.  SInce we only take carry-on and don't check bags, there isn't much to pack.  I become a minimalist when I travel.  Only this one bag on the right and a diaper bag like tote with lots of pockets.
Tonight is date night with our best friends, Neal & Jenny.  We'll go out to dinner and then come back here for a rousing gme of dominoes.  I know. We're boring.  But we can talk while we eat and play dominoes and that's the entire point of getting together.  We try to do this the last Friday of each month, but the past few months have been crazy with Mandy's move and Jenny's job.  Last week was Thanksgiving  and they had lots of family here so we bumped it back a week.  I'm looking forward to it.

We also have some people we've never met staying here tonight and tomorrow night.  Our  neighbor passed away very unexectedly last Saturday.  He was diagnosed with cancer less than 5 weeks ago.   They are very close to our age and sweet people.  His wife is overwhelmed with family coming in for the service tomorrow and doesn't have room for everyone.  We've volunteered our two guest rooms and she is very grateful.  We do this quite often so its not unusual.  But...we're leaving Tueday and have a family of four people who are using our house while we're gone.  It's another friend who's daughter, son-in-law and grandson who are visiting from New York.  Her apartment isn't big enough for all of them so we volunteered ours since it would be empty while we're gone anyway.   I'll need to get all the sheets washed and have everything presentable for them by the time we leave.  Plus finish packing too.  Whew!  

We get home from Hawaii on Wednesday night at midnight.  Our houseguests may still be here and then Friday at 6:00 a.m. I'll be flying to Portland for our ladies bloggers lunch with Gracie, Taci, Teresa and this year Becky will also be joining us at Taci's new home.  I'll fly back home that evening because we have a full day planned for Saturday!  I'm looking forward to seeing the girls.  It's been quite a few months since we've been together.

I hope your Christmas plans are going well.  Take a deep breath and let it out. :-)  I'm enjoying looking at blogs showing all the decorations and preparations.  In the midst of it all, I hope everyone is remembering the reason for the celebration.  The birh of the Christ child, Jesus.

"Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago."  Isaiah 25:1

Blessings,
Betsy

14 comments:

  1. What a wonderful Bible verse. Thank you Betsy.
    I have begun Christmas here. ;) Not done at all, but....
    The sweater is great! Be careful with that ice!!

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  2. I agree with Vickie that the Bible verse is awesome. God is alway so faithful isn't He. :) Oh Betsy the sweater is perfect. I know it will be well loved. :) I totally understand the ice thing, in KY we seem to get a snow/ice mix all the time, and it's horrible stuff to drive in...sending prayers that you will all stay safe out there. Love the many blankets you have made, as well. Blessings to you always sweet friend. :)

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  3. Betsy, you are the busiest, kindest, most generous person I know. How nice of you to share your home to so many people to help out. I think your grandson will love that wallaby! We are mostly decorated around here with some clean up afterwards left to do. I so enjoy seeing all the sparkling lights and such around the farmhouse. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  4. You are so busy Betsy, and so, so productive. I hope you have a really wonderful time on your trip, you deserve to have a bit of rest and relaxation.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  5. So glad you were able to traverse the ice safely! We have ice storms down here and I would prefer snow. What kind of tires are those? I need some like that. I admire you as you really walk the talk when it comes to being a Christian. My Mother was that way and although I gave up organized religion I do have a very strong relationship with my/our God. We have so many blessings and miracles in our life every day if we only take the time to give credit where credit is due. Have a wonderful time in Hawaii and your blankets and giving are beautiful! You are such a wonderful woman...I'm blessed to know you! Take care sweetie!

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    1. The tires on my car are the brand name Blizzak. On my Hond Accord that I had before this car I had a knock off brand that did the name same. They were great tires too and cheaper than the Blizzak's. I may go back to them when these wear out because of the cost difference. Thank you for your sweet comment.
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  6. You and Dennis are not the least bit boring to me, Betsy...dominoes and all :) So glad you are safe in spite of the ice! Being housebound has helped you come to a drum rolling worthy finish to your stitching projects! Well done! Now you have caused me to wonder...can you buy yarn in Maui...will you buy yarn in Maui :) Have a fabulous trip! See you soon! xx [Exalting and praising the Lord with you!!!]

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    1. Gracie, I have searched the island on previous visits and have only found a few skeins of Red Heart at Walmart which I passed on buying! I will be looking for a yarn shop again on this visit. Maybe a new one has opened since I was last there a few years ago. :-)
      Blessings,
      Betsy

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  7. With all that ice around, I think I would be a little nervous. Your wallaby sweater is beautiful and you are so generous for the children and veterans. Hope you have a wonderful break.

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  8. I am glad you are able to stay home with all that ice around. The UK usually grinds to a halt in those sort of weather conditions, as, somewhat stupidly, we don't tend to fit winter tyres.

    Hope you have a wonderful trip, you are a superstar loaning your guests rooms for your neighbour in need.

    And hope your package will arrive before your next trip (fingers crossed for the UK and US postfolks!!)

    Helenxx

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  9. Hi dear Betsy! I have missed you! I don't know what to comment on first. So I will pick Hawaii!! Oh how we love Maui!!! Have a wonderful, restful, relaxing time!!! I don't think I could ever go anywhere with just a small suitcase!!! Good for you!!!
    Your Wallaby sweater is fabulous! I adore it. My son in law is from Boise, and he would love that too!!!
    The blankets you have done for charity are all wonderful. You will wrap some lucky people with warmth and love.
    And how very sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. And what gracious friends you are to offer up your home for guests to stay.
    You, my dear friend, are a beautiful soul!!
    xo Kris

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  10. You are such a generous, kind person. They will all appreciate that you opened your home to them. Your Wallaby sweater is really cute! I love the colors and I think it turned out beautifully. The charity blankets are wonderful and they will be much loved. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I hope you're having a good weekend.

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  11. You are an amazing woman Betsy! It is always wonderful to hear how you allow yourself to be used of God for those in need. Have a great time in Hawaii and then in Portland:)
    Advent Blessings, Aimee

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