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Monday, February 22, 2016

Slow days, cold days.

Hello and happy Monday everyone!  

It's a new week and a good day.  It's very cloudy outside and chilly, but I just lit a fire in the fireplace and it will soon be cozy and warm in here where I plan to knit the afternoon away.  If it doesn't start raining, Chloe and I will take a little walk too.  I'm trying to get outside and around the block everyday and see if that helps me with the shortness of breath I've been experiencing.  We only have enough wood left for about 4 or 5 days.  Spring needs to come soon.  We do have a regular furnace but we prefer the wood stove.  The heat feels warmer.  Does that even make sense to you?  :-)

Dennis has been back at work for a week now and doing VERY well.  Thank you so much for the sweet thoughts and all of your prayers.  They are much appreciated and not taken for granted.

Last Tuesday I got industrious and baked sugar cookies.  Nothing fancy, just plain, rolled and cut cookies.  They're Dennis' favorite cookie so I thought I could do something nice for him. 
I put cream cheese icing on them and a few pink sprinkles in honor of Valentine's Day just past.
Yum!  They may not look like much, but they sure taste good.  I've been having one or two at night with a cup of tea or hot chocolate.
This was the view from the deck on Saturday.  Mt. Spokane with lots and lots of snow on it.  Thank goodness.  I never tire of seeing snow on mountain tops and after all of the fires last summer it is a very welcome sight.
Then I turned around and saw this sign that my best friend Jenny got for us last summer on our anniversary.  We hung it on the outside of the house by the patio door.  Life is indeed better at the lake.  
We had intended to drive out the the trailer yesterday after church, but it was much colder and damper then the weather forecaster had predicted.  Next Saturday the promise is 60 degrees so the plan was changed to next week.  We want to make sure everything is okay and no leaks, etc.  Usually we go out and walk around in the snow several times through the winter, but not this year.  It's been an icky and strange winter around the Queen house.  I'm determined that it WILL get better though.

I'm still making mittens.  And enjoying them too.  I haven't knitted on the shawl since my last post.  I'm determined to get as many of these done before spring as possible.  I'm sure the shawl will make it's way back into my hands before too many days have passed.   Piper saw this pink color this morning when we face timed and she sure liked it.
I don't think I showed you what Mandy sent me for my birthday.
I bought a small sampler bag of this when we were in Annapolis in December and I love it.  So yummy.  So she bought me the big bag for my birthday.  Well, the bag burst in the mail but was contained in the packing envelope.  I put it in the ziploc bag after I opened it.  We laughed and said it was a good thing nothing leaked out of the envelope or they may have thought she was sending me an illegal substance!

This is REALLY good tea.  I was surprised, but then, nothing chocolate can be bad can it?
I hope you all have a wonderful and happy week.  I think I've even managed to catch up with all of your blogs.  I am so grateful to each of one you.

"Let us not become weary of doing good, for t the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."   Galatians 6:9



  1. Hi Betsy, very nice to see your post. I am happy to hear that you have a lovely afternoon planned of knitting by the fireside. I hope your visit to the lake prove that your trailer is warm and dry and awaiting your summer of pleasantness! I wish we had a getaway like that - but we do have a week at the beach in our trailer coming up in about 8 weeks or so! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. I cannot resist a cookie like that! I have to stay on Weight watchers......but I am learning that I can eat just oNE of something!
    Glad to hear hubby is better. Love your mittens

  3. Yum on the cookies and tea! Love seeing your knitted mitten. :) Soon you will both be back up at the lake, and all this winter business will be far behind you. Blessings sweet friend.

  4. That chocolate blend tea sounds amazing.

  5. Your cozy day sounds wonderful...chocolate tea, a cookie, snowy Mt. Spokane, a fire in the stove to keep you warm [yes, it can be warmer than a furnace :) ] and plans for walks and visits to the lake while you stitch away...ahhhh...and cheering us all on to not get weary of doing good...perfect xxxxx

  6. So glad Dennis is on th emend, now you have to get that shortness of breath taken care of. A warm weekend sounds perfect for your travels to the lake.
    Hugs to you Betsy,

  7. Hi Betsy....what a cozy picture you paint! A nice fire, and knitting your mittens. Sounds perfect! I hope you get to get out to the trailer this coming weekend. I got my Mom the same sign, as she lives on a small lake.
    Happy belated birthday. How funny about the tea. Sounds yummy too!
    xo Kris

  8. I'm so glad you and hubby are doing better. Before you know it you WILL be at the lake basking in the sun. Your cookies look yummy and so does that pink yarn!
    I'm going to check the website of the tea place. Your tea sounds wonderful!

  9. Amen Betsy love your closing verse, it's so easy in this life to be weary in and weary of what we do. May the Lord keep our eyes fixed ever upward on Him.
    Mm that tea surely sounds nice and agree with Piper very pretty coloured mittens will be everyone's favourites.
    So very glad re health and praying for ongoing blessings with you both..
    ..oh and pass me cookie please...yum!!! Shaz in Oz.x

  10. Hi Betsy! It has been a while since I had a chance to stop by for a visit-and oh boy! I am so sorry to hear about your husband. How scary. I had my gallbladder removed when I was 22 and oh boy was that thing making me sick and causing such excruciating pain. I am glad he is on the mend and so glad your kiddos rallied to make sure you were all okay! Makes you feel warm and fuzzy doesn't it? I agree with the snow--so good to see it in the mountains this year.
    Take care!

  11. Hello Betsy those cookies look yummy. That's a great view you have from your deck. The tea sounds interesting - I've not tried it though. Anne x

  12. The black chocolate tea sounds very interesting. I'm not a big tea drinker, but the girls really love having a cup or two everyday. I may have to see if I can get a package of this for them. They enjoy have quite the assortment to choose from even though they have their favorites.


  13. Dear Betsy, I'm just now catching up on posts. Wow you have had some adventures in the health department lately. It seems you were right about there being a reason for not going on the cruise. Dennis' problem would have been very scary at sea. I'm sorry I missed your birthday so Happy Belated Birthday. Please take care of yourself and take the time to adjust to your meds. I know this is annoying but it is in your best interest.

    Sending you lots of hugs and love,