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Sunday, August 9, 2015


Hello Everyone!

It's Sunday here and although I usually don't post much on weekends, I thought after my last post I should check in with you.  First of all, I know I said it before, but I am stunned by the wonderful, thoughtful comments you have all given to me.  You are such an encouragement in my little world.  I'm still in pain...the cardiologist gave me some pills for nerve end pain last week but I can't take them.  Oh my goodness I was loopy!  My sister said my pupils were dime sized after 1 little pill.  He prescribed 6 a day!!!!  I think I'd rather have the pain for awhile.  Anyway.  I'm about the same physically as I was last week but in a better place emotionally after having my big sister and BIL visit from Monday until yesterday.  We were busy all week, and I was exhausted but it was SO GOOD to see them.  I miss my sister.  She lives in Nebraska 1,572 miles from me.  She picked on me something fierce when we were kids but she never let anyone else do it!  :-)  And we're good friends as adults.  It was the first time her husband has flown in over 40 years-since he got out of the army.  He tells me he will drive here next time.  He doesn't care for flying.  She's never seen the ocean and their next visit needs to be longer so we can take them to the Oregon coast.

Here they are in Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane.  Melanie and Mike.
Blocks by the red wagon you see in the following photo.
Kids of all ages love this wagon...
including Mike!   There is a ladder in the back of the wagon to climb up and the handle is the slide.
There is a beautiful carousel that is well over 120 years old.
And the garbage eating goat.  You put paper up to it's mouth and it sucks it into it's "stomach".  The kids all love this too and it really cuts down on littering.  Everyone feeds their litter to the goat!
Spokane is famous for Bloomsday, a run in the spring.  These statues depict the run.  We really do have a beautiful downtown here in Spokane.  There is something going on all spring, summer and fall most weekends in the park.
On Thursday, Dennis took a day of vacation from work and we drove to the $50,000 Saloon in Montana to take Mike over a couple of mountain passes for the first time ever.  He's a Midwest flatlander!  Melanie has driven with me before from Omaha to Spokane so it wasn't new to her.  We had breakfast at a restaurant in Spokane, lunch in Montana and then we went back over the passes to Coeur d'Alene, ID to walk the boardwalk and we had ice cream.  Not bad.  We ate our way through three states in a  matter of hours!

Here is Mike and Melanie in a HUGE Adirondack chair at the end of the boardwalk.
And here is Hubby and me.
This isn't a good picture, but a lunch cruise was leaving as we were walking the boardwalk and there on the left is a float plane getting ready to take off.
Part of the marina at the Coeur d'Alene resort.
Another view of the plane, boat and beach.  Coeur d'Alene really is beautiful and it's a resort destination for many.  It's hard to remember that it's only 45 minutes from home.  We rarely go unless we have visitors.  There is world class shopping and eating too.
Friday afternoon our son Jamie and our two grandchildren drove over from Helena, Montana and they left this morning.  Beware... the next post will feature grandchildren pictures!  It was so hard to say goodbye to them.  We never know when we'll see them again.  The last time was Christmas!

AND, Mandy and Piper are flying in on the 18th and staying for two whole weeks!  I'm so excited.  All of my grandchildren within two weeks time.  I think they all were afraid I was dying or something and thought they better come see me one more time!!!  Ha! Ha!    Maybe I should get a pacemaker more often!  On second thought, no.  

I am very, very tired and had planned to go to the lake this afternoon until Thursday morning and do nothing, but it's supposed to be 103F on Wednesday so I think I'll probably come home early.  It will be too hot to be there by myself.  I can come home and do nothing, right?

Thank you all again for your sweet words and encouragement.  I am a very blessed woman and I know it.  You. Are. All. Wonderful!!!!!!!!

"Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us."  1 John 4:11-12

This is how you all have shown me that God lives in us.  With the love and sweet words you've had for me.



  1. I love all the photos you posted, especially the big blocks and fun wagon and trash eating goat! Glad you are in a better mood and hope it continues, along with pain subsiding soon! Will continue to pray for that and all gets healed up soon. We are having cooler weather and so thankful for that and a/c in the house. Hugs, my sweet friend!

  2. You look so young and gorgeous on that photo, it's hard to imagine you're so tired. Do take care of yourself, take your time to recover completely ! xx

  3. How wonderful to have so many of your family visiting I think this will be better medicne than those pills!

    Take it easy and get plenty of rest. Hopefully you will be soon back to full health.


  4. I'm so glad you seem to be feeling a little better. So, the theory is that you are having nerve pain? Those pills don't sound likke the answer....maybe it will just take time. I continue to keep you in my prayers.

  5. I'm so happy that your grandchildren are coming to see you! I know how much that means to you. I think your outlook is getting rosier as your sense of humor is coming back! I hope your visit to the lake is nice. We leave for our lake on Wed morning. I'm making lists and packing things. Yarn, check. Candles, check. The important things! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. Take care and get plenty of rest! I know what you mean about pain pills. I cannot take them either. REST!

  7. Dear Betsy,
    Am sorry to hear that you are still in such pain, maybe you need to see some me about sorting it out, as surely there is more than one sort of medicine for the pain you have??
    Pray for you in it for wisdom for all concerned.
    So glad that your dear ones are coming to make your heart glad ..God is very good, and very pleased for you. Enjoy your darling grandees. Am not blogging at mo will get back to it in next day or so.
    Hugs and every blessing, Shaz in Oz.xx

  8. How wonderful, all the family visits. All the grandchildren too that must be a great joy to you, looking forward to your next post to see your visit and special time spent with them. Sending you a hug and hoping you will be pain free soon.

  9. Wow I need to visit Spokane and sit in that wagon, oh what fun! I'm happy your family is visiting no matter the reason. Enjoy!

  10. It's great you're getting to see so many members of your family. Hope your progress continues and that the pain subsides.

  11. Loved seeing your photos, especially the ones in the Spokane City Park. Loved those big block letters! We drove right by the $50,000 Saloon on the way here, but we didn't stop. We were in too big of a hurry to get here. By that time, we were sleep-deprived walking zombies so probably wouldn't have remembered anything anyway! Glad you are somewhat better. Enjoy your few days of solitude and doing nothing before your company this week!

  12. I'm glad you're having such a nice time with your family, Betsy. It looks like you did some fun things together. It's wonderful that you and your sister are close. I have two younger sisters and a younger brother and unfortunately, we are not close for various reasons. It would be nice, though. Maybe things will change someday. I hope you have a great time with Mandy and Piper!

  13. Sending prayers your way sweet friend. :) I loved your photos. Always nice to see your sweet smiling face. Blessings always. :)

  14. Beautiful photos and beautiful area. You live in a lovely place, Betsy. I'm sorry you are still in pain. I hope it subsides soon. You apparently don't take much medication. I would have stopped it also. Please continue to take it easy and give yourself time to heal. I know it's a slow process and you aren't use to being so inactive. I am keeping you in my thoughts each day.

  15. What a fabulous park--my granddaughter (and I) would love it! Glad to hear you have been -- and will be -- enjoying a little grandkid time :)
    PS: That's a great photo of you and your hubby in the giant Adirondack chair!