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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Green Spring!

Finally!  Spring seems to  have arrived to stay here in the Inland Northwest.  I have lots of pictures this week so hang on tight and here we go!

This first photo is the beautiful view from the highway on our way the lake to open up the trailer on Saturday.  The snow is still on the mountains but it's gorgeous in the lower elevations.  We're actually supposed to hit 80 on Friday but then back into the 50's on Sat. & Sun.  Well, we've had a gorgeous week so far so I will NOT be complaining at all
 We moved the final bits and pieces from our house out to Jeremy & Alicia's new house on Monday evening.  Here's my handsome Hubby with his truck.  It's sure been used a lot this week.  Three loads to the lake and several to Jeremy & Alicia's house.  Their moving van brought the furniture from the old house yesterday and now the unpacking begins.  They are about 35 minutes north of us, in the mountains.  They have 10 acres with the option to purchase another 10 acres that adjoins their property.
 The view as we left their driveway Monday evening.  Such a stunning sunset.
 Out the front door is this gorgeous view.  I told Alicia I'm going to bring a rocking chair and just sit on the front porch and rock and knit.  This field was full of deer on Monday evening.
 Happily, they have a 7 foot fence around the yard to keep the deer out.  There are already raised garden beds, a dog run, a big play area and this fire pit, all within the fenced area.  We put the fire pit to good use on Friday evening when we took a load of boxes to the house for them.  We roasted hot dogs and made s'mores while listening to coyotes howl in the "not so far off" distance.  Seriously, they were pretty close and scared the boys a bit. 
We stopped in Deer Park, WA for a hamburger after taking a load of things to the lake on Sunday. 

The ZIPS hamburger place has recently been remodeled and I think these metal sculptures that are used throughout are beautiful.  Each is a bit different and there are at least 15 of them.  Moose, Buffalo, Elk, Deer and Bear are depicted. 

We saw a herd of Elk off of the road when we were driving to Alicia and Jeremy's on Monday night.  There must have been at least 50 elk, but I couldn't get a good picture of them as they were quite a ways from the road.  We were on the Elk/Chattaroy Road so it is appropriately named!

 I also got a new gift for myself.  Two sets of Knitters Pride zing dpn's.  Oh my!  If you like to knit with dpn's you have GOT to get some of these.  I bought two sets so I could knit socks two at a time and thus avoid the dreaded second sock syndrome. 
 I have used my Knit Picks dpn's for years, but have been disappointed in the quality of them.  One end will be nice and pointy and the other end is dull and rounded.  These Zings are so great.  Not quite stiletto sharp, which is dangerous for me, but very, very close.  And with tax and shipping, both pair were under $13.00 which I think is a wonderful bargain.  I bought them online from WEBS if you're interested, and no, I don't get anything from recommending them.  I just think you'll like them too.  :-)

Here are my socks this morning.  Both are finished through the heels and one is halfway down the foot.  And look! I can even take photos outside now!
I have another cozy memories square on the go.
 When I was at Michael's yesterday they had these sweet little tea light candle holders on sale, two for $4.00.  I think they will work great on the outside coffee table at the lake.  The wind won't be able to blow them out and I love the blue color.  They are like mason jars and have a screw on metal lid with a bail that lifts the tea light out.
My lake sign on the house.  Soon, my friends, as in very soon, as in two nights away, I will be in my trailer at the lake sleeping if all goes as planned.
 My favorite place to sit and read my Bible in the mornings when I'm home and the weather is good.
Well, it's been another week and the update on my back is that the chiropractor says it's doing great, but I don't see a lot of difference.  My absolute best friend in the world Jenny, is a massage therapist, but doesn't do it for a job anymore.  Anyway, she has set up her massage table in our bedroom and comes and gives me massages.  For free!  Is there anything better?  She comes to our house and give me massages.  And not only on my back.  Oh no!  She also gives me FOOT massages!  Oh. My. Word.  It is lovely.  It is heavenly.  It is WoNdErFuL! 

She is the best of friends. (and not only because of the massages).  Seriously.  I am so very blessed.

And now I think I've rambled on enough.  I hope all is well with you my friends and that you are having a wonderful spring, (or fall if you're down under).  I am enjoying reading all of your blogs about the flowers blooming and how excited we all are after the very long winter that has stayed past it's time.  :-)

There seems to be so much anger in the world today.  I'm so glad that our blogs are a place of peace and kindness. I remind myself of this verse almost daily. 

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

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

Isn't that a wonderful promise?



  1. I love that our blogs are a place of peace for each other. I love double point needle tips Zings will go on my list . Smores and coyotes....ahhhhhhh. My kind of peaceful

  2. Hi Bets!!! Oh my gosh, I miss you!! My laptop has had a bug, and I haven't used it in ages. Hope it is fixed now. Too much to say here, but know you have been in my thoughts. I will call soon!!
    xo Kris

  3. Free massages sound wonderful! Good for you, Betsy. I hope all of this treatment will be the key to your recovery. I'm so glad it's getting warmer and more springlike there now, it's been a long time coming. I'm happy to hear that you've been back to the lake and are getting ready for summer. It will be here before you know it. Take care and enjoy.

  4. Spring! I'm still waiting for some warmer weather but at least things are turning green. We missed all the flowering trees because of the cold.

  5. I just got some Zings, too; haven't seen any in shops yet though. Enjoy the nice weather! Looks like it's on both sides of the state for once!

  6. Apparently we are ALL getting Zings!!! I bought two sets last month (size 1 and size 1.5). I LOVE them and they are SO affordable.

    We certainly could use a little more gentleness in this world for sure. I too am glad for my blogging friends that give a little respite from the craziness.

  7. Glad your days are warmer too! It was hot here but I went to the beach and escaped most of it. Got home a bit ago. Watered my outdoor potted plants. Nice find of dpn. I have a set and not knit sox yet but will eventually. Hopefully your massages will help you feel better too. Nice that you're set up at the lake and helped move your friends items. Busy days! Hugs and blessings!

  8. Glad Spring is coming to your area.... Your friends new home in the mountains sounds awesome.... IF I were younger --I'd choose a home in the mountains with some acreage... I love where we live now --but there are homes all around us! BUT---we are too old now to move to the country (where we could have some acreage).... We need the convenience of living close to 'facilities' at our age....Oh Well. The joys of getting old.

    Glad you are finally getting some Spring in your area. We are supposed to warm up some this next week.... I'm so ready to put away from sweats until late Fall!!!!!

    I saw some gorgeous TULIPS in your state on another blog post.... I think she said Skagit County (or something like that)... The Tulips were amazing there. Have you seen them?


  9. The pictures are beautiful. It is a blessing to have a friend who gives massages, and for free. WOW. I am so happy for you and to have spring on top of it all. God is wonderful.

  10. Ahhh, a massage in the comfort of your own home is a true blessing. She's a wonderful friend.

    Love all your photos. I'm thrilled that Spring has arrived in your area. Enjoy.

  11. Oh, sweet friend! I am so sorry you are still not seeing any improvement in your pain level. I am continuing to pray and believe alongside you that this chiropractic treatment will eventually pay off. Your friend, Jenny, sounds like a true gem...oh, my back and foot massages! And, she even comes to you!!! Who has a friend like that, these days? The world is so cold and bitter and mean, but there are still truly GOOD people to be your best friend, Jenny, and YOU, sweet friend. You are a blessing and gift to us all. Sending love and hugs your way today!

  12. It is a wonderful promise, Betsy. I love reading your parting verses in your posts! Today I read Psalm 96 NLT silently and then out loud and then wanted to broadcast it to the whole world...God is mighty to save!!! I love reading your posts and am sad when I have not always managed to comment, but you are dear in my heart and I treasure the times we have shared here and in person! Blessings always! xxxxxxx

  13. Yes to the massages!! They must be wonderful. Lucky you to be going to the trailer. More relaxing in store for you I hope. That looks like the same color yarn I bought. Wonderful verses at the end. Have a wonderful week-end! Nancy

  14. I am thrilled that you are able to go to the lake for the weekend, hope you find the inner peace that you so enjoy there.

  15. You have lots of neat news.. your friends ranch seems amazing.. too bad you can't get the property next door! But I know you want to eventually move nearer your daughter and GD. I do hope the chiro manages to get your back adjusted so you can be pain-free. You new dpns look pretty nifty. We went to Maryhill Museum today, the Indian artifacts they have there is amazing. Miss you! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  16. You have been very busy Betsy, and your back must be better or you would not be doing all that you are. Have a wonderful week my friend.

  17. I'm so happy Spring has arrived for you and that you are able to go to the lake!!! Yay! Your photos are glorious and what a beautiful spot in the mountains with fence and raised beds etc. It sounds perfect.I love your sign and your candles and your socks! Thank you for recommending the Zings as I appreciate when other knitters recommend things. The sale on wool at Knit Picks goes until May 2nd. I can't felt my slippers to see if they 'work' as it calls fro a zillion removable stitch markers which I don't have so I will order those along with the wool for the Christmas presents while it's on sale and just take a chance. Amber of Yarn Hoarders made lots of them so I think I should be good to go. Lucky you with a massage therapist! I love foot massages....they are the best!
    Enjoy your week and your lake!

  18. So glad to hear that SPRING has finally arrived for you and that your camper is now open!! Loved seeing all your pictures - love the metal sculptures at the restaurant, your little new tea light holders, the fire in the pit (aren't they the BEST???). And so glad to hear that your back seems to be mending. What a fortunate thing to have a friend who can give you massages. Looking forward to seeing your lake pictures once you are there for a few days - enjoy!!