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Monday, September 21, 2015

Random Musings

Happy Monday evening my friends.  We had an absolutely amazing late summer/early fall day today.  The sun was shining and I raked 4 HUGE bags of pine needles up at the lake after a doozy of a windstorm yesterday.  I think I may have overdone it a bit as the area around my pacemaker is really sore tonight.  When will I ever learn?  Dennis is NOT happy with me.  He says I need to call him at work and ask his permission to do stuff like that.  :-). Guess what he would say? Absolutely No.  And then he would do it.  He works hard enough, he can't do things I should be able to take care of too.

So anyway, we went to the fair last Wednesday after he got off work.  I went early and checked out all of the needlework since I didn't think it would interest him very much.  He walked to the fairgrounds after work. It's about a half mile away from his office.  We ate Philly cheesesteak sandwiches for dinner and had huckleberry ice cream for dessert.  Then we wandered around and checked out all of the fun things that are found at the fair.

Look at these cuties in their coats to keep their fleece clean for judging.  I mean really.  Look at that face!  I want to give it a kiss and a squeeze.  :-)
This was a miniature fairy village in a dishpan.  So imaginative.
For Bible Study last week I made a Pumpkin Cheesecake dessert.  Oh. My. Goodness.  It was delicious.  If anyone is interested in the recipe let me know and I'll post it next time.  I don't know how to do the link thing.  One of the cool things I learned with this recipe was to put the cream cheese mixture in a ziplock bag, cut the corner off and squeeze it on top of the filling since it would be difficult, if not impossible to spread.  This is what it looked like before I put the topping on.  As it heats it spreads over the pumpkin filling.
And here it is after baking.  It doesn't look like much...but it is delicious.  You put whipped topping on top of each piece when you serve it.
I started a new blanket last Tuesday...
That turned into two baby blankets, each about 40 inches square with the border on.  I haven't blocked them yet in these pictures.
I did an easy border of chain stitch on them.  They don't have recipients as yet.  I'm trying to decide whether to donate them to the hospital or the Emergency Children's shelter here in Spokane.  What do you think I should do?
This was the lake this morning while I was raking the pine needles.  There was no wind and the lake surface looked like a mirror.  
I just found yesterday that there is a bridal shower at church next Sunday.  Uh-oh!  I always, always make the girls a queen size wedding blanket from squares like the one below for their shower.  No way do I have time to do that no matter how fast I crochet.  So. I've decided to just try to make a throw for the sofa.  Instead of 30 squares I'm making 12 plus the border.  If I have time I'll try to make it bigger.  So far I have 5 done with another about halfway completed.
Now to end with a few pictures of Miss Piper that Mommy sent me via texting.  I am so grateful for FaceTime and texting.  They baked cookies today for the first time together.  Piper measured the flour and sugar, mixed the eggs and poured everything into the mixer.  
She even scooped a few cookies.  She is getting so big!
This one was last month.  Blowing bubbles on the deck.  I love her silly self.  I can just imagine her singing at the top of her lungs in this picture.
And last night.  Some friends went to Anne of Green Gables home last week on vacation.  Mandy has always loved the books.  They brought Piper back this hat and wig and now guess who she's dressing up as for Halloween this year?  Anne of Green Gables.  That's Brad, Mandy's husband, sitting there barely awake.  He's been working some long, long hours at work.  Their friends also live right on the Cheasapeake Bay.  The land you see on the left on the other shore is all owned by the Smithsonian Institute and will never be built on.
And now my friends, I'm off to bed.  I have my annual physical exam tomorrow morning.  Fun times.  I've definitely had my fill of doctors this summer.  I hope you all have a wonderful remainder of the week and enjoy these last days of summer.

 "I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Psalm 91:2



  1. Oh you naughty girl! You need to take it easier. I hope the soreness from your raking goes away fast and that your check up is good. I do wish you lived closer.. where would your dream home be located? We can always dream! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. I hope the soreness wears off fast, I know how difficult it is to sit around when you are so used to doing everything yourself. You do need to look after yourself. My choice for the blankets would be the shelter, I am guessing they would be more in need than the hospital at this time of year. I am working on a box for the women's refuge for Christmas gifts, very often they have fled abusive husbands with nothing. Hope your health check goes well.

  3. I'm sure you want to do as much work as you can - especially to help your husband - but you need to still be very careful. Build up gradually to what you want to be able to do. Those wee blankets are really lovely. Why not give one each to the hospital and the Emergency Children's shelter? The square for the wedding blanket is gorgeous. I hope you get it done on time. Piper is really growing up fast!

  4. I think you should call me and not Dennis, I would tell you the same thing, no heavy work. I know that is frustrating to you right now, but you still need to take it easy. Love, love, love Piper, she is getting big and seems so full of life.

  5. Wow you have been busy! You need to not over do it. You are in my thoughts and prayers when God brings you to my mind.
    I love the sheep, I so wish I lived where there was farm animals. Living in Vegas is dry with life.
    I too am making lapghans and I need to make at least 40 and so far we have 23 and I'm still enjoy making them.
    Be blessed my friend and enjoy your life...

  6. I bet y'all did have fun at the fair! It's such an autumn thing to do. I hope you had cool weather for it. That makes it even more fun. I can't remember what the weather was like. It changes day to day here from very warm to down-right chilly. Love your little blankets. You are so FAST! I know I've said that before, but it's true. And the square for the couch throw is gorgeous too. She will love it no matter the size. Cute little Piper pics. She looks like her Daddy a lot.

  7. Confession is good for the soul... now please listen to your dear husband. He wants to enjoy you here on earth for as long as possible, so you are helping him when you honor his concerns for you and he knows he can trust you to do so :) Why not call the hospital and shelter to see who is most in need of the lovely blankets? Piper is growing so beautifully and she makes a perfect little Anne of Green Gables :) Your wedding shower gift will be wonderful no matter how large it is. It's pumpkin time! I made a pumpkin almond milk base for pumpkin lattes and your pumpkin cheesecake looks so delicious. I loved seeing your fair sheep...they do look so huggable. This weekend is the Flock and Fiber Festival at the county fairgrounds, but I am not sure if I'm going since it is supposed to rain Fri-Sat. Maybe my youngest daughter and I will go after church on Sunday. I was supposed to go camping Fri. night but won't if it rains. Be a good girl and I will try to be as well :) xx

  8. Love the sheep and you should know better than to rake.....raking is especially strenuous. I hope all is okay when you go to the doctor. What a hoot with the Anne wig! Too cute! I love your crochet square and I am sure they will appreciate whatever you give them. I can't imagine how long it would take to make a Queen! Don't overdo it now!

  9. Oh goodness, take it easy sweet friend. Hope you are feeling much better today. Loved seeing all the photos and keeping up with the lovely things you make, too. Blessings to you always sweet friend. :)

  10. I LOVE Piper as Anne of Green Gables--how cute! Your handiwork is wonderful and I think either of the places would be fine and, I know, they'd appreciate the blankets. Ah--your peaceful lake photo. Nice! Now--as for you, please be KIND and PATIENT with yourself and allow yourself to heal. I know it's hard (I struggle too when I can't do what I want/need to), but you just have to be good...ok? :) :)

  11. Sorry but I forgot to say...I LOVE those sheep in their coats. SO cool!

  12. Mm, seems you need a hubby to go mad on you dear Betsy, it is something to be aware of .. the LORD puts boundaries in our lives for a reason.. a wise reason, and we need heed.
    Piper is so full of fun love the images you share, rest may dear friend and pray all went well at the Dr's exam too,
    Thanks so much for popping over.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  13. Oh my Betsy! I hope by now you aren't still sore. Check with your doc about raking, but maybe next time rake for 5 minutes, rest for 30, rake for 5, rest some more, etc. Then let Dennis put your raked piles in a bag when he gets home.. Everything in moderation, right? I love the Piper updates! She is so expressive, such a precious child! Yes, I would love the pumpkin cheesecake dessert recipe! It looks wonderful, and I love just about anything pumpkin. I love your hand work, too...all of it! Take good care my friend!