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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

And The Heat Is On!

It's Tuesday and it's a warm one outside already.  I came home from the lake yesterday because I wasn't feeling very well and it was pretty hot anyway.  Tonight we're having dinner at a friends house.  I had planned to go back to the lake tomorrow and home again Thursday for a cardiologist appointment but since it's so hot we may just wait until the weekend to go back. 

I took these pictures of these delicate daisies on the road by our trailer.  I adore daisies.  They seem like such a happy little flower to me.
This is the fountain by the store at the resort.  They usually turn it on only on the weekends to conserve water, but during June, July and August, it's on most of the time.
There's a happy fisherman perched on the top catching his dream fish.  :-). Loon Lake is very popular with the fishermen and has lots of different species in it. The most popular, (I think), are trout and silvers.  I haven't fished since I was a teenager, but lots of people up here do and I cheer them on from the campsite when I see someone pulling a big one out of the water.
It was a lazy afternoon on Sunday.  Larry and Dennis both took long naps.  Sophie enjoyed sleeping next to Dennis too.  
We had received a phone call about 8:45 on Saturday morning that a friend needed to go to the ER and didn't want to call an ambulance because of the cost.  Dennis drove almost an hour and a half to his house to get him and back into the hospital in Spokane.  After staying almost eight hours in the ER with him, he drove him home and back to the lake.  It ended up being almost 11 hours for him.  He's been so stressed at work that he was really looking forward to a day doing nothing at the lake, but he is such a good guy it would never dawn on him to say no to anyone.  So...I made an executive decision and we stayed at the lake Sunday and went to church on the Bay instead of driving back into town.  This is how he spent the afternoon and he really needed it.

My happy basket of flowers by the front door at a our "city home."
The lavender is blooming profusely.
This was my first little statue when we bought the house years ago.  I love the happy little children.
Nita had a pile of squares for me when I arrived at the trailer on Friday.  I spent most of the weekend putting these four blankets together and crocheting borders around them.  They will be going to the crisis nursery in the near future.  Perfect for some little boys, don't you think?
I did finish four more pair of mittens for the school children.
And I started a new pair this morning.  
I have about 20 more pair to make...I think.  I haven't counted recently.  I finished one of the socks I showed you last week and started the other one but since I spent most of my time on mittens and blankets there isn't much to show you on those.

I was watching Tiny Houses last night and all of the sudden the TV switched channels on it's own to some paranormal show and I couldn't do anything with the remote.  I figured the batteries must have died, although it's a brand new remote from the cable company, only about 2 months old.  They upgraded everything when Alex was home, the box, the remote and the channels too.  Apparently we had been paying for the fast speeds etc., and getting the old stuff.  Anyway, I couldn't get the battery door off at all.  This morning I went into the service center and he said, "the door just pops off. Like this."  And then he couldn't get it off either!  I wanted to laugh, but I restrained myself.  Seriously, he acted like I was fairly stupid and then he couldn't open it either.  I admit that I am very technologically handicapped, but I can change batteries.  Finally he gave up and handed me a new remote which had to be programmed.  Now it works though and I'm a happy girl.  It was kind of strange that it worked great and then just stopped.  No warning at all.

I plan to spend the day knitting mittens in my chair and reading the third book in the Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber, "Back on Blossom Street".  I'm really enjoying rereading this series.  It's my third time through them and it's like visiting old friends.

I hope you all have wonderful plans for the holiday weekend if you live in the U.S.  I'm praying for the people in West Virginia with the terrible flooding.

"Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:18

Blessings,

Betsy





Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Blue Skies

Hello my friends!
We have had some beautiful weather the past few days.  Here, let me show you an example...
People are having a grand time on the lake...
I did zoom in a bit on the sailboat so you could see it towing a covered "floatie" with some children on it.  Sorry for the blurriness, it's because of the zoom.  There were lots of boats and jet skis out this weekend, along with the fishing boats and canoes and kayaks.  Dennis and Paul canoed several miles down the lake and back Sunday evening.  They both really enjoy canoeing.

Even the dogs were having a good time.  Here is Mattie and Sophie watching Chloe walk by.  We joke that we have small, medium and large dogs.  It's really cute when they're all laying on this quilt at the same time.  The three of them really are good friends.  Such different dogs and so sweet together.
I finished putting together and crocheting a border around some of Nita's squares to go to the Crisis nursery.
I made a pair of mittens yesterday afternoon.  I brought my mitten needles home with me because I need to make at least 2 pair a week in order to meet my goal by fall.  I have fallen behind with not having the correct needles here at home the past few weeks.
I also knit on my socks this weekend.  I changed my mind on the pattern and decided to make the "Monkey Socks" found on Ravelry.
Here's a closer look at the pattern.  It's an 11 row repeat and I do have to look at each row so it's not a fast knit or mindless knit, but I do like how they're turning out.  I can't wait to see them finished.  
Last Thursday night we had an unexpected thunderstorm pop up right over Spokane during our Bible study.  One of the ladies who was sitting by the patio door jumped up and grabbed my phone and took this photo for me.  Isn't it gorgeous?
We have seen more double rainbows since living in this house than I've seen in my entire life.

My headache is a bit better every day, but is still there.  Quite annoying, because I was doing so well with my walking before this silly accident.  I was walking about 7-8 miles a day.  Now I get about 1-2 miles if I'm lucky.  Oh well.  It's much better than it was two weeks ago, it's just slow.  I know eventually all will be well again.

Chloe and I came home from the lake today because Dennis had meetings Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights this week after work.  We stayed alone there last night, but I missed my husband so we came home tonight.  It doesn't make sense for him to drive out just in time to go to bed, only to get up at 4:30 a.m. To do it all again.  Although he would if I asked him to.  I plan go back tomorrow night, or I may wait until Thursday.  Friday is a ladies luncheon for the senior ladies at church so I'll need to come back to town for that.  Next week is just as bad.  A dinner on Tuesday evening and a cardiologist visit on Thursday.   It sure chops up the week for camping doesn't it?  My goal is to be able to spend an entire week out there without driving home at some point this summer.

I hope that you are all enjoying the summer.  I saw the beautiful "strawberry moon" last night over the treetops but was unable to get a good picture.  It was amazing.  Thank you all for visiting me today.  I appreciate each and every one of you.

"You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in Your Word." Psalm 119:114

Blessings,
Betsy







Thursday, June 16, 2016

Cool Days...for now.

Happy Thursday!

It's been a rather quiet week here.  The weather has been cool and off and on showers.  I like it like this, not so hot and quite comfortable for knitting.  :-). My headache is still there, but not as bad as before.  Right now the plan is to go to the lake tomorrow evening, but last week it changed, so I'm not counting on anything. Ha!

Tonight we're having a potluck for about 15 people here at our house so I've probably been a bit busier than I should have been.  I decided to sit down for a few minutes and try to get a post up and show you what I've been up to this week.

I finished my second sock about an hour ago.  These are called "Petty Harbour" and are a free pattern on Ravelry.  The yarn is from Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in the Northern Lights hand painted color way.  It was so nice to knit with.  It's my third pair of socks with stroll and I think it's my new favorite sock yarn.  I hope it wears well too.  It is a blend of merino/nylon.  The pattern is on the leg and down the top of the foot.  With the color, it's harder to see the pattern but I like it.
Here's a closer view.  The toe is plain with a Kitchener stitch close.  Can you tell I have long toes?  I like making socks to actually fit my feet.  I was able to make the toes a bit longer and they fit perfectly.  They are so comfy and I think I'll be keeping these. Yippee!  The first pair that may actually stay with me.
I immediately cast on for another pair.  I'm debating which pattern to make, the "Hermione Socks" or the "Monkey Socks".  They both begin with the same cuff so I have a little while to decide.  This is also Stroll Fingering from Knit Picks in the Seashell Tonal color way.
A little better look at the actual colors.  Such sweet tones of pink.  It reminds me of cotton candy.
The "Lala's Simple Shawl" has grown just a bit.  I love this pattern and I'm thinking of a Christmas gift or two made from this pattern.
Did you see the cute little stitch marker in the picture above.  It's a crown!  Quite appropriate for a Queen don't you think?  I found these cute little charms at Hobby Lobby and since I only had a couple of progress keepers, I splurged and made a few new ones.  Piper likes it too.  :-). The 40% off coupon was quite handy and I made eight progress keepers for only $2.99. Not bad.
And speaking of Piper.... Mandy sent me this picture yesterday.  They were out for a walk by the Cheasapeake Bay and she too this picture.  Isn't she just the cutest?  Papa said she was missing her babies!  I don't know if she just forgot them at home or why the stroller is empty.
Today this one came with the caption that "her babies are big now!"  I just adore this little girl and miss her more than I can say.  This has been the longest stretch of her little life that I haven't physically been with her.  It's been over 6 months!  Gosh I miss her and her Mommy and Daddy.  I'm not sure when I'll be able to go see them.
Next week is supposed to warm up quite a bit.  The upper 80's again and prime lake time.  We'll have to see what happens around here.  It's been two weeks since I've been at the trailer.  As much as I miss it there, I'm trying to count my blessings and enjoy my home.  I'm rereading Debbie Macombers Blossom Street series this summer and enjoying them very much.  What are you reading?

I still have lots of mittens to make, but my mitten supplies are at the trailer!  I hadn't planned to be away for more than a day or two last time I left.  That'll teach me.  Whenever I come home I need to bring all of my knitting supplies home with me.  I'll try to get started on those again this weekend if I can get my mitten mojo back.  :-)

Well, I've got to run and get the dishes out and get everything ready for this evening.  Only an hour or so before they all arrive.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and are enjoying your summer, or winter, wherever you may be.

"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age." Titus 2:11-12

Blessings always,
Betsy









Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday Morning

Good Morning my friends.  Yes, it's Sunday morning and I'm at home.  A very rare occurrence because I almost never miss church.  My headache is still not cooperating though.  It seemed a bit better yesterday and then I turned my head too fast last night...or some silly thing like that, and it came back full force.  I didn't think I could handle the music so I stayed home this morning.

It has been a productive week for me though.  Besides the hats I showed you a few days ago I have another two finishes and two starts so I thought while I was sitting here alone I would share them with you, my friends here in blogland.

First up is my gumdrop blanket.  The pattern is loosely based on Lucy at Attic24 granny stripe blanket.
The edging is just a simple two round single crochet.  It hasn't the been washed yet as I finished it late last night so it still looks pretty stiff.  It will soften up perfectly after washing.  I have no idea where this blanket will go.  I'll put it in my "gift closet" and it will either go to charity or wherever I feel compelled to give it.  It think it would be great for a toddler or baby boy because of the bright colors. 
I also finished the top secret project for Mandy for Christmas.  I can't wait to show you all but it will be awhile...like after Christmas!  Ha!  I'm very, very happy with how it turned out.

I made my first attempt at crocheting a knitting bag on Friday.  It took me most of the day because I ripped it out several times, but I do like how it turned out.  I love the bright, summery colors.  Since it was made with Sugar and Cream cotton it will wash very well and could actually be my knitting bag for the beach at the lake, if I ever get back out there. HA!
I also started a pair of socks using Knit Picks Stroll Fingering yarn in Northern Lights hand painted Merino/Nylon blend.  This yarn is so soft to work with.  I'm using a new pattern for me called "Petty Harbour", free on Ravelry.  Do you like my DPN holder and project bag I made last month?  It reminds me of my growing up years in the 60's and 70's!  The bag is the perfect size for socks.
I also started a new shawl, "Lala's Shawl", another free pattern on Ravelry.  I was given this yarn a few years ago by an older lady at church who no longer knits.  It was made in Turkey and is 100% acrylic but incredibly soft.  I have four skeins of it and I'm really, really liking using it.  I like how the soft stripes are forming in the pattern don't you?
So that's pretty much what I've been up to recently.  The weather was pretty nasty yesterday.  We went from hot, hot, hot early in the week to 53 degrees yesterday.  Dennis went to the lake and took the clean towels, sheets, and a few other things out that I had packed and ready to go.  He also brought back the refrigerator stuff I was stressing about!  Ha!  He was going to mow out there and he did fill the mower with gas but it started pouring down rain so he sat in the camper and drank a glass of iced tea hoping it would stop but it didn't show signs of slowing so he just came back home.  He said it rained so hard he could barely see the highway at times.

Today the sky is as blue as blue can be and is predicted to be in the 70's.  We had planned to go out to the lake today but I think I'll wait a few more days.  That's okay, I have lots to do here and I've enjoyed catching up on podcasts that I can't watch at the lake due to Internet restrictions.

In my last post I was asked if Dennis did all of our yard work.  Yes, he does and he really enjoys mowing, trimming and edging.  He says it relieves the stress of his long hours of sitting at a desk at work. My job is to trim all of the bushes which is a huge job in and of itself.  Last summer they really got away from me when I was down for a couple of months.  This year has been a bit better so far.

Alex face-timed Friday night while Dennis was mowing.  He said he actually misses helping him with the yard work like he did when he was home.  His plans to buy a house in northern Japan have fallen though.  Apparently the house is too old to get a bank to loan him the money for it.  Although it's in great condition, they much prefer new properties.  At least he is getting his earnest money back because the issue is with the house, not him.  He is disappointed though.  He has been saving and saving whatever he could and he actually could have paid for the house, but then not had the money for his company's start-up.  I think renting for now is a much better thing for him.  Not as much stress as owning property when he's trying to get his business up and running.

Mandy and Brad had visitors this week.  Brad's best-man from the wedding, Matt, his wife Amanda and daughter Sadie came to visit for a few days before a family wedding that was close by.  It sounds as though they had a wonderful time together.  Brad taught Matt how to fly years ago, so they have that in common too.  Amanda is an ER nurse, Matt is an ER doctor and I think Mandy said Amanda's dad is a life-flight nurse.  Since Mandy is an RN too, she said she felt they had all the bases covered in the event of a problem while they were out and about touring D.C.!  HA!

I hope all going well for you all and that you're enjoying your summer.  I so enjoy the comments you leave for me.  I truly do feel that you have all become great friends of mine.

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I just heard about the terrible shooting in Orlando just a moment ago.  Tragic.  My prayers are with each and every person touched by this horrible tragedy.  This verse popped into my mind just now and seems appropriate.

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has NOT overcome it."  John 1:5

Hate CANNOT be allowed to win.  The LIGHT will overcome.

Blessings my sweet friends,
Betsy





Thursday, June 9, 2016

Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime!

Does anybody else remember those lyrics from a song?  I have no idea what song it is, but the lyrics just popped into my head and won't go away.

First of all, I want to thank each one of you for your well wishes on my head.  I do still have a headache and the doctors office called me for a follow-up this morning.  They told me I may have one for days, weeks or even months.  Yuck.  Anyway, I will persevere.  It's not "quite" as bad as earlier in the week, but still annoying.  I thank each one of you for your concern.  It always amazes me how sweet my blog friends are.  Why does that surprise me?  You are all wonderful. 

I told you I would post a photo of the front yard so I just stepped outside and took a few photos.  There are more bushes and a tree to the right, but I would have had to stand in the street and didn't think that would be such a great idea based on my luck with injuries. Ha!
The left side of the house, gate andsidewalk.  I really like our curvy sidewalk, one of the young men from church put it in for us and he designed it to match the back patio and it's stamped with a pretty pattern you can't see because of the shade from the tree.

This was a tiny little lavender plant two years ago.  We got it from a small farm at the base of Mt. Spokane.  It smells divine and is about 40-48 inches across now.
I think I posted these pictures before but I'm not sure.  Alex took both of them at Riverfront Park when he was home last month and he put them on Facebook last night.  Isn't my Hubby handsome?
I don't care for the fact that these photos show just how "large" I am.  Oh my goodness, I have a lot of weight to lose but it is what it is and I can't hide from it now can I?
More roses from my garden that I cut this morning.
A different view.  I love these roses.
More progress on my gumdrop blanket.
Teresa is a friend from church who teaches 1st grade. Another teacher had the hat on top in this photo that she bought at World Market.  It's the one with the blue band on top.  Teresa loves this hat.  She also thinks I can knit and crochet anything.  Her confidence in me astounds me at times.  Anyway, she brought me the hat Sunday and I tried several different yarns before I found one of a similar size gauge, although it isn't the same fiber content.  The original hat is really stretched out too.  But the bottom one is the one I came up with.  She didn't care about the different color stripes, but wanted the design of knits and purls.
What do you think?  Well, I found it so absolutely comfortable I made one for myself today.
Mine looks pink but that is really purple, grey and black.  Yes, I made a winter hat in June.  It was such a quick knit, about 3 hours that I really enjoyed it for a quick finish.  Everything else I've been working on takes a lot longer so this was nice.
It looks small, but it covers over my ears and is machine washable.  I made both hats with Loops and Threads chunky Charisma yarn.

I hope all is going well with you all.  The weather has cooled down and is predicted to be unseasonably cold this weekend with rain.  I'm still planning to go sit in my trailer at the lake with my big bottle of Advil for my head.  Dennis really didn't want me out there by myself this week, so I've been entertaining myself at home from my recliner.  However, I'm really missing it out there, not to mention that we had planned to be there last Sunday so I have a lot of food in the refrigerator that is probably going into the trash now.

I hope you all have lovely plans for the weekend and will be enjoying the summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime!

And something I think we all need to hear at times...

"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1

Blessings,
Betsy












Tuesday, June 7, 2016

It's a bit toasty out there.

Hello everyone.  It's been an interesting week here.  We've had record setting hot temperatures in Spokane.  Upper 90's F is ridiculous for the first week in June.  I have stayed inside in the air conditioning so far and have appreciated that cool air blowing through the house very much.

The reason I'm home and not at the lake?  It's something that would only happen to me. I am the most clumsy person I've ever known.  I hit my head at Home Depot on Saturday.  Not a huge hit, just a big enough bump that I saw pretty stars.  We had a missionary family staying with us Saturday night so I took some Advil and persevered with making dinner and breakfast for them.  However, instead of going to church Sunday morning, I drove myself to the emergency room and found out I had given myself a concussion.  I have had a horrendous headache ever since.  I just wish it would go away.  This would have been a nice few days to be playing in the water at the lake and I'm sitting in my recliner instead doing this...
I've been watching lots of knitting podcasts.  This one is "Wet Coast Knitters" from Vancouver, BC.  But I've been catching up on all of my favorites.  There are three I try to catch whenever they post something new, "Legacy Knitz" which is a mother/daughter podcast that is my absolute favorite.  "Periscoping Sisters",  which are two sisters, one in California and I think the other is in Georgia.  Also "The Grocery Girls, two sisters from Canada. Their family owns a grocery store, hence the name.  They are all wonderful knitters and are hilarious to watch.  There are lots more though that I like to watch when I have time.  Much better than television in my opinion.

Dennis filled my prescription for hydrocodone last night.  I didn't want to take it, but the headache finally got to me.  Whoa!  One pill at bedtime last night and I don't think I'll be taking anymore.  I do not like how I felt at all.  I think I'll stick with Advil.  Seriously, I don't know anyone who does the stupid things I do.  But we didn't think I should be all the way out at the lake by myself right now so here I am trying to make the best of things.

One of the things that I was doing at Home Depot at the time of my unfortunate accident was purchasing marigolds for the garden bed that previously held green beans.  Here they are all planted.  Would you believe I went outside yesterday and one of the pretty little flowers you see here had the flower cut off just below the flower and it was laying in the grass.  What in the world?  Today all seemed fine.  I can't figure out what is happening in this bed this year.  If whatever it is kills these flowers, the bed will remain empty...or maybe I'll stick some plastic flowers in here.  Ha!
I decided I needed something to work on that took absolute no brain power this week because apparently I have managed to bruise my poor brain and it's not processing things very well.  So I found some half balls of yarn in my stash and a full one pound skein of cream from Loops and Threads.  I started this granny stripe blanket from Lucy at Attic 24 and started a baby blanket for charity.
A close up.  It looks like gumdrops to me.
Chloe isn't too impressed.  She's missing running at the lake and playing with Mattie.
Not much else to report.  I'm just sitting and watching podcasts and crocheting when I'm not dozing off.  My house is a mess.  I haven't cooked since breakfast Sunday.  Poor, poor Dennis.  I really think he got a bum deal when he married me.  It's always something wrong.  I guess it could be worse.  We are planning to go to the trailer on Friday if my headache is better.  Has anyone out there had a concussion?  How long will this headache last anyway?

Okay.  This was just a quick check in so you all know I'm here.  Take care and I am trying to keep up with all of your blogs.  I hope you're all enjoying the first days of summer.

"Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin." Psalm 51:1-2

Blessings,
Betsy






  

Friday, June 3, 2016

Home

It's Friday night and we're at home.  Unusual but not all bad.  Dennis just finished mowing the grass.  Isn't it pretty?  I think he does a wonderful job.  This first picture is a little dark, but I like the sunset showing Mt. Spokane way in the background to the left of the blue spruce tree.
A little brighter picture.  Notice the empty garden bed on the left?  I had green beans planted here and they were doing great.  They came up in 6 days and were about 3 inches tall.  Every morning I would go out and a few more were gone.  Something was eating them off at the base.  Nothing, (no animals), can get into the yard and I'm told cutworms are bad this year so maybe that's it.  Tomorrow I think I'll buy some marigolds to plant in here just so it's not empty all summer.
Papa's shed and our new flowering pear tree.  It survived the winter just fine.  If you remember, we lost a flowering pear in this same location last fall in a windstorm.  You can just see my geraniums in the half barrel.  The front yard is even prettier, but since I'm in my nightgown I probably shouldn't go out and take a picture!  Ha!  The lavender in the front is blooming so pretty.
I did cut some roses and brought them inside.
Another view.
Two pretty buds.  I wish I could bottle this scent.  Heavenly.
On my walk this morning I came across this rosebush.  It belongs to the office administrator at our doctors office.  He lives just a block from us.  Isn't this gorgeous?
A brown iris at the lake.  This thing is the biggest iris I've ever seen...each bloom is about 8 inches tall.
Here are four blankets I put together over the weekend. Nita made the squares, I crocheted around them, joined them and put a border on.
All done.  I washed them last night and this morning I delivered them to the Crisis Nursery along with two other blankets I made a month or so ago.
I wanted to share my little tea rose that Jenny gave me while I was in the hospital last year.  I handed it over to Lori and she planted it behind our trailer.  I've had many of these over the years and have always killed them.  Lori has an amazing green thumb.  This not only survived the winter, planted in crushed granite, but it has about 10 buds on it!
Duck prints I found on the beach yesterday morning during my walk.
I spent 8 nights in a row at the trailer and came home yesterday.  We have some missionaries and their family staying with us tomorrow night and I had lots and lots of laundry to do after being gone for a week.  This morning I visited a friend at a care center where he is getting 40 days of I.V. Infusions for a severe infection in his foot.  He's diabetic and you can't mess with those infections when your diabetic. After that I went to knitting and had a fun time visiting with the ladies there.  It is good to be home too.  I'm torn between my little "tiny home" at the lake and the "big house" in town.  They both have draws of their own.  I love walking at the lake.  Not so much at home.  I had over 14,000 steps and over 7 miles yesterday.  35 flights of stairs.  (That's what happens when you have lots of laundry and hang it outside.). Today I barely got 10,00 steps so far and it's after 9:00.  All of this walking, walking, walking and I weighed myself this morning.  In two weeks I lost a measly .6 lbs.  Not even a pound!  It's so discouraging but I will persevere and keep it up as much as I can.

I need to clarify something from my last post about the boat ride.  It's not our boat.  :-) It belongs to Paul and Lori and they generously share with all of us.  Dennis has his boating license so he can drive the boat for the water skiers.  They have even offered to let us use it when they aren't there, but we've never done that and now with the tachycardia it caused I can't imagine ever borrowing it on our own.  Also, the golf cart is owned by all three of us couples.  One was found on Craigslist that was fairly inexpensive and we all chipped in a third.  We share costs of the upkeep too and it all works out pretty well for us.  Just wanted to clarify that we really don't have lots of "toys".  What we have is pretty much shared amongst us all.

I hope you all have plans for a wonderful weekend.  My sweet husband is taking me out to breakfast tomorrow after we FaceTime with Mandy and Piper.  We'll run a few errands and then have a bunch of people over for dinner.  I think I'll make my homemade chicken and noodles, they seem to be popular.

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." Colossians 2:15

Blessings always,
Betsy