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Monday, July 20, 2015

Still hanging around.

Happy Monday my friends!  Yes.  I'm still here, alive and kicking.  Well...not really kicking.  This was the extent of our weekend.  Excitement huh?  These other people with me, including Paul and Lori also went out on the boat skiing a few times, but I had to stay behind.  No water sports for me right now. 

Larry, Nita and Sophie relaxing.  Can you see Hubby's cowboy booted feet on the table?

Then there is Hubby and Chloe behind him, with MY feet at the bottom of this picture.  That's my summer home.  My happy place.  Our trailer.  Hubby built those stairs for us.  He's built them for several people at the lake now.  Much nicer than the metal trailer steps.

One of the older men that works at the resort brought me this beautiful bouquet of flowers from his wife's garden.  They have a "real" house down on the lakeshore.
Yesterday Dennis mowed in our lovely 95F heat.  Chloe likes to help him.  She lays right in his way and he has to stop the mower while she moves to another spot...that he hasn't mowed yet.  So it goes, over and over until the grass is cut.

You can see my rhubarb there in the bed on the right, still growing and I'm still harvesting.  On the left are the green beans that I've been picking every  other day for about a week,  Ssshhh.  Don't tell the doctor!  I snap, blanch and freeze them for mid-winter goodness.  So far I have 6 quart size bags.

Our happy girl.

We had a shed built last summer while Mandy and Piper were staying with us before the big move to D.C.  Piper kept calling it Papa's House.  One of the teenage girls at the lake makes signs so we had her make a sign that she gave us this weekend.  Dennis put it up last night.  What do you think?

And here he is by his "house".  Nope.  It's not a doghouse and I would NEVER make him sleep in it.  This man is a saint among men.  He has taken such good care of me since my surgery.  Well...he always takes good care of me.  He spoils me rotten!
I got the baby blanket done but not much more.  It hurts to move my arm much so I'm reading more than I'm knitting and crocheting.
An update on the saga of Betsy and the pacemaker...

Nita took me to the doctor last Wednesday and they did a chest xray and made an appointment for Thursday to see the actual Electrophysician that put in the pacemaker.  That is a cardiologist that specializes in these machines!  To make a long story a bit shorter, the nurse who took me back to the room on Thurs. told me that they had an operating room reserved for Friday morning to redo the leads from my heart to the pacemaker and to plan on at least two nights in the hospital.   I was shocked and burst into tears right then and there.  She had no idea I didn't already know and she felt terrible for telling me that way.  The doctor came in and decided that since I was so upset he would do a few more tests and wait until this Thursday to see if the problem resolves on it's own.  Meanwhile, he sent me to the lake with strict orders to do nothing.  No lifting anything heavier than 5 lbs.  No walking more than 1/2 a block and on and on it goes.  So I sat at the lake and crocheted and knitted some.  Read a lot and visited with all of our friends who stopped by from resort.  It IS good to know that we have lots of friends.  But I'm really very tired of all of this and just want to feel better.  May I ask for your prayers that when I go to my Thursday appointment that all will be well and I can drive, and walk and get on with my life?

I have had the absolute best care and I have complete faith in my doctors and that helps a lot.  Poor Dennis is worried sick and that worries me.  He has a very high stress job on top of all of this and I don't want to be the cause of him getting sick.

Well....this was a bummer of a post wasn't it?  Sorry about that my friends.  Life has good times.  Life has not so good times.  This too shall pass and soon I'll be up and doing my usual "thing" so I just have to be patient don't I? 

I'll be back soon and update you all.  I think I've caught up on most of your blogs.  If I haven't, please forgive me, I tried.  :-)

"Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9



  1. Thank you for taking us all to the lake for a day. Despite your health issues, your photos are so relaxing for the reader. I do hope you feel better soon, and prayers are sent up.

  2. The lake looks like the best medicine! I'm so glad you were allowed to go. But what a bummer that they might have to redo the leads... I will be praying for you daily. Love the blanket, and the sign too. Let everybody take care of you...hugs.

  3. The verse is a perfect focus for the end of this post and your circumstances, Betsy! I'm glad you were able to go to the lake. The flowers you were given are so pretty. Yay for your good friends, another completed blanket and your good green bean crop. Papa's House sign makes me smile as does knowing how Chloe helps Dennis mow the grass :) My prayers for your healing continue!!! xxxxxxx [a hug from me to you for every day of the week :) ]

  4. Yes, do not be afraid, my lovely friend ! My father had a pacemaker too and even when it was put in (it must have been a long time ago because the battery was changed in 1983 ... exactly at the same time that I was giving birth to my daughter; quite a day for my mother !), the procedure was quite common. However, nobody likes going back to surgery ! You'll be all right and I'll certainly pray for you ! All the best from France xoxo

  5. I am praying for you dear Betsy.

  6. Prayers for you both sweet friend...and I know you will back up and doing all the things you love to do in no time. Blessings always sweet friend.

  7. oh dear me, I prayer and hope everything works out for the best.

  8. You and yours are in my prayers, may you go with God by your side.

  9. I am glad you have a nice lake resort to be resting in while there is down time for you. Better than a hospital bed for sure. My continued prayers for your healing and all will be well by your next appointment. Praying for Dennis as well. Be strong and of good courage, as Jesus is with you, always! Never leaving nor forsaking you! Hugs, my friend. :0}

  10. It is so difficult when our bodies cannot keep up with our dreams and wishes or when we have setbacks in our health. I know. I will be praying for you Betsy. May the peace that only God can give be with you and may you receive good news this week.
    PS: Beautiful manicured lawn! Love the sign too:)

  11. No it is not a bummer of a post because you are still here writing it. I am sending you positive, prayers and thoughts as you go through this difficult time my dear, dear Betsy. I am glad you are resting and following doctors orders. And yes your dear Dennis is a Saint, but so are you. Take good care of yourself and let us know right away what the doctor says.

  12. I agree with Meredith.. you are here to write it.. so all is good. Remember the alternative! We're in Pryor, OK.. meeting Dayle's brother for dinner in a half hour. Then tomorrow on to see my girls. I miss you, take care of yourself and I hope all goes well with the latest thing they have to do. Smile.. be happy.. and I hope to see you soon. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  13. Betsy I came across your blog via another blog you commented on. We are also on Prayercoverings3 together. I will keep you in my prayers.

  14. Oh, dear! Sending prayers your way!

  15. I think the best medicine you can have is that lake. Please rest and follow the doctor's orders. I know it is hard and annoying, but in the long run, you will be better for it. Prayers.

  16. Dear sweet Betsy,
    I know it is hard path, but it is Gods chosen path for you at the moment, I do so know what it means to long to be well again ..
    Been there, if not with pacemaker, many other ills, and so will pray for it for you, but will also pray the LORD will give you grace to bear whatever He in His all wise wisdom chooses to send you and Dennis.
    I pray for Dennis to rest in the verse on your post. Be strong and courageous, be not afraid.... I will trust and not be afraid is what the Psalmist said...too.
    And thanks for popping over, dear sweet sis, Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}