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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

It's Tuesday...

Hello and happy fall to you all.  This is what it looks like in my neighborhood.  Most of the trees have begun to turn and drop their leaves already.  It seems a little early to me this year but it is pretty isn't it?
We've had a yummy roast in the crock-pot the other night. A sure sign that fall is here.
Dennis' sweater is finished.  It is a little big, but that's how he likes it.  Yes, it was supposed to be a Christmas gift, but I never can keep secrets from him.  :-). This way he'll be able to wear it soon.
I finished a pair of socks yesterday.  These are for Alex for Christmas.  Yes, he'll wear them.  The wilder the better!  This yarn is a dream to knit with.  It's Knit Picks Felici sock yarn in the Dark Side colorway.  I almost want to be selfish and keep them for myself, they're so comfy.
I've made four more dishcloths with this pattern, all in different colors.
And yesterday I began a new shawl for myself.  Those of you who know me, know that I love, love, love purples and lavender.  This is my third shawl in this pattern which is called the Random Act of Color available on Ravelry.
Here is my start as of ten minutes ago.
And this is one in the same pattern that I finished already and showed you a few months ago.  The other is made of the same colors and already wrapped for Christmas.  This one is promised too. It's a fun and fairly fast knit, but does require lots of counting.
On the way to the lake.  We got run over by a train!  This is just down the hill from our turn off to the park and this is the train that runs right behind our trailer.
It's been one of those weeks again.  If you're tired of the Betsy saga I'll say goodbye now, but if you want more of my adventures stay tuned!

Friday night we were at the lake and I put my jacket on to take Chloe for a walk.  Well, there was something, I don't know what, in the sleeve that bit or stung me in my upper arm.  Long story short.  My throat began closing, a trip to Urgent Care, a ride in an Ambulance to the emergency room and lots of drugs and observation later, I was sent home.  That was Friday.  Sunday morning I was back in the emergency room because of a reaction to the drugs they gave me.  Suffice it to say, I still feel awful.  My arm is swollen and I feel shaky from the inside out.  Generally awful.

Can you believe it?  Who does this stuff happen to?  I feel like a cloud is following me around everywhere.  We're supposed to begin closing up the trailer this weekend and finish next week but at this rate, I feel so icky I don't even want to leave my recliner.  If it weren't for my knitting and crocheting I think I would lose my mind.

I've been watching knitting podcasts and now I've discovered full time RVing podcasts.  That's been keeping me entertained.

Thanks for always listening to me my friends.  I know that I'm not the most upbeat sometimes and I'm sorry about that, but this is my life.  I appreciate you all sticking by me no matter the idiotic things that I tell you.  :-)

I hope you're all having a lovely fall and enjoying some cooler weather wherever you may be.

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



  1. Betsy, you are certainly not having a good run at the moment. Hopefully things will pick up for you and you will feel better soon. You will certainly be in my prayers. I love the pattern of the shawl and the colours are beautiful. Take care and take things easy.

  2. Thank you for showing Dennis in his sweater! It looks perfect on him! Your shawl is going to be gorgeous. So sorry to hear about the spider bite.. I bet that's what was in your sleeve! You'll have to make sure and shake your jacket out next time! Eek! I hope you get over the effects of it soon. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. Oh yikes! Betsy, I am so sorry to hear of your bite (I bet it was a spider too). Hope you are feeling much better soon. Dennis' sweater looks wonder and I love your shawls.

  4. Oh My Goodness... I am so sorry to hear about your latest trauma, Betsy... Bless your heart.. Did they figure out what bit you? Was it a Brown Recluse Spider? I have read that their bite is HORRIBLE... Hope you are feeling better now---or SOON.

    Dennis looks great in his sweater. I love that color! One positive thing you need to continuing saying is that your problems so far have not affected your hands... SO---you can keep on being creative!!!! That is a GOOD thing.


  5. Dennis looks real sharp in his new sweater! So sorry to hear of your bite; hope you never get one like that again. Love your shawls; now I need to go check out that pattern. Take care, and feel better real soon! Hugs, too.

  6. Oh, sorry to hear of your scary episode. It's not just you. Really. I have things like that happen all the time. I stuck my hand in my pocket once at work and got stung by a wasp. My whole hand turned black. I've slammed my thumb in a door the day of my best friends big 70th b'day party and ended up in the hospital instead. Last year the week before our big skating competition I dropped a pot of boiling water on my foot. I could go on and on... I used to think it was just me but reading all the misadventures of my blog friends made me realize crazy stuff happens to everyone. Feel better!

  7. Oh so sorry to hear of your bite and yes spider was probably was the culprit. I wake up with bites sometimes and know there was some intruder! Nice shawl and sweater. Praying you heal soon and get back to normal life, whatever that is. I put a roast in crockpot yesterday and a jar of marinara sauce. It was so good and served it with a quinoa mix with brown rice and Italian seasonings. Take care shake the spiders out of your life and spiders and bears....oh my!!! Hugs my sweet friend! Prayers too!

  8. I thought the sweater was supposed to be a present so was surprised when you posted him wearing it. Ha! Ouch! I wonder what bit/stung you? From now on, shake out anything you plan to put on to make sure there's nothing hiding in it or on it. Really, you've been through a lot with all these health scares. I do hope things will settle soon. Thank goodness for our hobbies to see us through. You are always making such wonderful things for others and for very good causes. Take care!

  9. Oh dear, I've had so,e nasty bites in my time but mercifully never had a reaction like yours Betsy, puzzling sometimes why things like this happen, but God is in control, and allows things fir His wise purpose, and as you've ended with He is our fortress trust in that and rest in Him.
    ... Rest you're being told, so listen to your body. I'm told that often enough :)
    I love purple and mauves too, and so look forward to your shawl... creating under your fingers.
    LOVE those socks for Alex. Brilliant work,
    Shaz in Oz.x

  10. Certainly glad someone was at the lake with you so you could get the care you needed quickly. I hope the swelling and the internal shakiness goes away soon.

    Your knits are fantastic: Dennis' sweater looks fabulous on him.

    Happy knitting while you get some rest.

  11. Lake season is over already? You should be here as it is just getting cool enough where I am wanting to get outside and get some work done. It amazes me here as these people retire and have their house on the lake and their boats and great decks overlooking the lake and their big grills and you never see them outside! LOL! It must be just a status symbol? You guys really enjoy your time outside at your lake. Your trees are gorgeous. Some are turning here but still mostly green. I'm so sorry you got stung and are having such a reaction. It's funny, while I was typing this my bug/pest service called! LOL! Maybe your trials and tribulations are an example to the rest of us to appreciate good health when we have it? I was thinking I HAD to get out and mow today and now I am grateful I CAN get out and mow today. The sweater looks good on Dennis and those socks are gorgeous! You just sit tight and heal up and enjoy your knitting time and podcasts. You are right where you're supposed to be doing what you're supposed to be doing! Yes, crock pot season is upon us! Have a great day!

  12. Bug stings can be serious with a allergic reaction. You take care of yourself!

  13. Oh those TREES! They are gorgeous!

    I hope you are feeling better soon. Stings can really wreak havoc on your system.

  14. Oh goodness that sounds awful about your arm. I will keep you in my prayers sweet friend. I do hope you get to feeling better. The trees are so pretty, I love fall. The sweater you made your Husband looks lovely. I am in love with your shawl. Great colors. Do you like using that yarn? I have a skein or two laying around and have not used it yet. I can't wait to see your lovely shawl all knitted up. The socks crack me up. I think the wilder the better, too. :) Wishing you a most lovely day sweet friend. :)

  15. Mercy! I am glad you are on the mend, but so sorry for the scary health challenges you had! Your trees are spectacular and I love the stitching projects you have finished/are starting. I am hoping I can visit with you at the end of the month at the beach...I tentatively am planning to be in CA from October 31- November 5 to celebrate my sister, Carolyn's 75th birthday. May you be well in Jesus' name, dear Betsy! Love to you and Dennis

  16. Oh I am so sorry for that terrible scare and now the after effects. And you are so right having something to do with our hands can keep us from going crazy!
    Your ability for knitting is amazing! Did put you on my sidebar!
    The fall colors are always so beautiful!
    Hugs, Roxy

  17. Oh so sorry about the sting. I hope it was not a brown recluse- watch the bite mark close! Your knitting projects are so pretty- love the sweater and the are so talented! Have a lovely evening, and feel better soonest!

  18. Hi Betsy, I feel pretty yucky myself but it is from chronic lyme disease. I hope you get better soon. There are no pat or quick answers for chronic lyme. We were full time RVers at one time. 2 and 1/2 years. Saw so much of the country and climbed lots of mountains in the national parks. Your sweater and knitted sox are so nice and the shawl will be so pretty in those colors. You are a great knitter! Nancy

  19. Here it is Friday and I am just getting to this post. I am praying that you are feeling much better by now Betsy, what a mess, I feel so a bad you had such horrible reactions. Do you think it was a spider? Keep a close eye on it my friend. Thank goodness for knitting and crochet, I would be even more of a basket case without it.
    Sending you a healing hug,

  20. Your photos are lovely! And your meal looks scrumptious! I love crockpot meals. :)

  21. The trees look fabulous, love their color. Here in Australia we are heading
    into our Spring time. You wouldn't think it though with the weather we've been
    having!! lol. Love your dishcloths, the pattern is super.

  22. Hi Betsy, I'm just catching up with your blog. I'm sorry to have missed so much lately. Now I'm having trouble even finding new blog posts because my blogroll disappeared from my sidebar and that was how I was getting new posts. Apparently this is a problem for a lot of Blogger blogs lately. I hope they fix it soon! Anyway, it's nice to catch up with you. Your socks are so cute and Dennis's sweater turned out beautifully. I'm sorry about your sting and trip to the ER, how awful. I hope you're feeling all better now. Take care and enjoy the beautiful fall weather now that it's finally here!

  23. Dear Betsy, I'm just getting back to reading blogs. I'm so sorry you have been having so many problems. I love those socks. Hang in there. There's always light at the end if the tunnel.