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Friday, February 6, 2015

Another Tah-Dah!

Happy Friday everyone!  Wow!  It's warm here today.  53 degrees at 9:00 a.m.!  Is it really February?  I know this won't last, but I'm determined to enjoy it.  The rain is falling too, but it's SO MUCH better than snow falling, right?

Here is the poncho Tah-dah!  I like this one much better than the one I made last month.  Teresa, (the lady I gifted it to), seems to like it and the brighter colors, but this is definitely more "me".  It is three tones of grey.  Very light, medium and a charcoal gray.  What do you think?
Here's a horrible picture of me wearing it, but at least you can get an idea of how big it is.  I wanted it bigger because I plan to wear it at the lake this year for warmth around the campfire.  I wanted it big enough to be able to put my arms up in it  :-)  Sorry about the quality of the picture.  As I've said before, I am NOT a photographer.  Not my talent at all.
The mail has brought even more sweet surprises.  This cute birthday card is from Taci.
And she made these wonderful mats out of wool and crocheted a very pretty edging around it.  Thank you Taci.  I love them.
There was another package too!  This one came from beautiful Gracie.  She made me a Birthday AND and Valentine's card.  Also this colorful mat/hot pad and a dishcloth.  Thank you sweet Gracie.  I love them both. :-)
My goodness this has been a wonderful birthday week.  Almost everyday has brought another package in the mail.  Thank you all for making this birthday so special.

I've had my Valentine's decorations out for a couple of weeks now.  I enjoy looking at them, so even though it's early, I tend to put them up right after the Christmas stuff comes down.  This is pretty much all I put out anyway.  Just a few hearts hanging about.  Those are Teresa's Scandinavian hearts made into a garland.  

See my kitchen?  What you see is what you get.  Even my McDonalds ice tea cup on the counter in the background.
I have hearts hung on my cabinet doors.  The one on the right is from Helen.  I love it.
Hearts show up draped on a few things on the wall too.  See my new birthday angel from Nita there on the right?
Here's a sneak peek at a couple of sweater sets that I made this week for Taci to take to Brazil.  I'll take a better picture for you later.
I have news!  Dennis and I are flying to Washington D.C. at the end of the month to see Piper, Mandy and Brad.  Brad's parents, Dennis and Marilyn will be there too.  We really enjoy their company.  Alex was supposed to be there on a business trip for the University.  He was going to be visiting Harvard and Univerisities in both Baltimore and D.C. too, but his trip was canceled this week.  I'm SO disappointed that we won't see him.  It's been almost a year and a half since I've been able to touch my baby.  Thank goodness for FaceTime.  He is so good about face-timing with us once a week or so.  Not always easy with a 17 hour time difference.  But....we do get to see Mandy's family.  Dennis will be there for a week and I'll stay 2 weeks.  After all, I need as much time to play with Miss Piper as I can get, right?  

Ellen is staying at our house with Chloe for us while we're gone.  We are so grateful that she is willing to come stay here whenever we travel anywhere.  And Chloe loves her.

Now I need to get busy with my laundry.  I haven't figured out a way to get it to fold and iron itself so I can knit and crochet more.  Does anyone out there have an answer to this puzzle?

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by payer and petition, with thanskgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, whch transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians, 4:5-6

Blessings

Betsy

17 comments:

  1. Betsy enjoy your trip and family.
    Rosezeeta.

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  2. Well, I have figured out a way not to iron, Betsy : ) I just rarely use anything that needs it! I love the baby sweater sets you have made and the poncho looks just right...I think that pattern is so clever to have a turtleneck. While I am excited you get to visit Miss Piper and family, I am disappointed for you all that Alex's trip was canceled : ( It is wonderful that you are having a Happy Birthweek, remembered and celebrated by friends and family, and God is blessing you with warmer weather, too! When I saw Teresa's post with photos of her pretty patch of snowdrops on the farm I thought, "Now that's Betsy's kind of snow : ) xx

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  3. I'm with Gracie, I don't wear things that need ironing.. but I do have to fold. I hang my tops on a hanger so I don't have to iron them, too. I'm amazed at how quick you can make sweater sets.. it would take me 6 months. I do like the little hats for Taci as I can make one in a day. I'm happy you get to go see Piper but am also sad that Alex can't come. wah. Hope you have an easy flight. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  4. OH.. and I love your poncho.. you look great in it. I bet it will be perfect to wear around the campfire at the lake. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. Love your poncho. It looks like it will be very comfortable at the lake. I may have to consider one later. So happy for you to be going to see Miss Piper. Oh and Mandy and Brad, also. Enjoy time with the sweet little girl. I don't iron anything anymore. I try to make sure it is taken out of the dryer right away but that doesn't always happen. So I make a lot of use of the wrinkle release cycle. :)
    Hugs,
    Sharon

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  6. How neat to get to go to the DC area to see family.. I know you are excited about that.. Glad also that you have someone to be there at your home for Chloe while you are gone... Sounds wonderful!!!

    Love the Poncho... Gorgeous!!! Love the colors.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  7. Your poncho looks nice and cozy and you did it quite fast. Too bad Alex won't be there when you are. But you will enjoy Piper and family. love all your gifts you got over the week. Fun!! take care, my friend from rainy part of Oregon as well. :0_

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  8. Hi my dear friend Betsy. I'm so happy you got your package. I know it is just a simple little token but it was made with so much love. They are pot holders made with Pendleton wool to reminde you of oregon. I love, love , love thee mitten, sweater, hats set. The babies are going to be so stylish.thanks my dear firnd for being so generous with your time and for putting so much effort to help this cause. :)

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  9. I love the poncho! And I like them nice and big! I think it'll do the trick for you while camping. I've been hearing about all the rain up there. Dry and either really cold or really warm here. Glad you had a nice birthday!

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  10. Love the poncho...it looks awesome on you! :) Enjoy your visit with your family, sorry about not getting to see Alex. Your home looks so wonderful with all the lovely things you have made and were given. Blessings always sweet friend.

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  11. The poncho is beautiful, a real delight. Love the colour combination, perfect for sitting around a campfire. Have a wonderful trip and enjoy your family.

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  12. I wrote one comment and the server disconnected....I'll make this one short....love the poncho, happy belated birthday and so glad you get to go see your family!

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  13. I love your sweet Valentine decorations! <3 Your poncho is beautiful! I didn't realize it was as long as it is until I saw you modeling it. I love the length! So excited about your trip for you! I know you will soak up every little moment and hug that you can while you are there. What a treat! Happy Belated Birthday, Dear Betsy! *hugs* :)

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  14. I missed this post when you published it, my feeds are becoming such a problem. Your poncho is beautiful! I love it. I think it will be very warm and cozy and I like that it's long. Your trip sounds wonderful. I am sure you will have a wonderful time. Safe travels to you and Dennis. I hope you're having a good week so far.

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  15. I'd love to find a way to get the laundry to do itself! Your poncho is lovely - well done.

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  16. Your poncho is beautiful. Lovely color combination. Our Elementary Principal returned from Boston a day early because of the impending snow storm. Hope you are still having mild temperatures where you are. Looks like we are getting dust again. Will be a nice trip for you the end of the month. I'm happy you are having such a wonderful extended birthday celebration. Best wishes, Tammy

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  17. You look wonderful in that poncho Betsy, the colors are perfect. So glad you were spoiled for your birthday. I hope you had a wonderful time and have many, many more. Great news about the trip out East, sorry our son will not be there but you will get to squeeze that darling Piper and that is wonderful.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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