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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Some Surprises

Happy Wednesday!  It's a cloudy day, but at least the rain has stopped for the time being.  I just got home from the chiropractor again.  I've been there every morning this week.   I don't want to complain, but it has been a rough week.  I even missed church on Sunday and I very rarely miss church.  I have been in so much pain and it's moving around my back.  He said that's normal when you start working on one area, another starts telling you that it has issues too.  He even asked if I had ever broken my tailbone, (yes, three times!)  That area hasn't hurt in years but it is now.  So he's working on that too.  It's hard not to get discouraged but I'm trying to remain hopeful.

Now onto happier things.  Alicia celebrated her birthday on Saturday.  She was the recipient of the Beachcomber shawl that I showed in my last post.  She loved it and she wears shawls often so it was  a good place for it to go.

Here is a photo of the sweet family that is staying with us.  We bought a cake and had ice cream for Alicia's birthday.  Alicia and I walked through the new house to inspect it yesterday and then they closed on the house at 8:30 this morning.  The movers will pick up their stuff in Moses Lake, WA on Monday, deliver next Tuesday and they plan to stay at the new house that night.  So we only have one more week with them.  This house is going to be really quiet.   Here is the sweet little family with the birthday cake.
Poor Jeremy got in at 12:30 a.m. this morning from a business trip and his car wouldn't start at the airport.  It's a brand new company car!  He took a taxi home from the airport so he wouldn't wake us up.  I took him back to get his car this morning while Alicia took the boys to school, (an hour of driving round trip from our house.)  Security jump started the car for him and he walked into the closing for the house at exactly 8:30!  Needless to say, they were a bit stressed.  I drove straight to my doctor appointment and walked in 10 minutes early so all worked out well.

Fun surprises arrived in the mail this week.  I got this lovely package from the generous Debra who is "Araignee's Tangled Web" on my sidebar.  She so generously sends out packages of her homemade soaps, lotion bars and lip balm, along with a sweet little card.  I love the lotion bars and have received them before but this is the first time I have gotten lip balm.  Oh. My. Goodness.  I love it.  I keep it right by my chair and use it often.  It's wonderful!  Thank you so much Debra.  You are a sweetheart to all of us.
And then....I got some beautiful sock blockers from Sherri at "Sherri's Needle Crafts" on my sidebar.  These are the exact sock blockers I've been eyeing for quite some time from "Must Love Yarn" but just never felt right spending the money on myself.  And surprise, surprise!  Here they were in the mailbox last week!  I was so surprised and so happy to get them.  Sherri, thank you so much.  It was an unexpected blessing and I just love them.  Aren't blog friends just amazing?

The socks are a pair of  mine that I've been wearing for several months that I just put on the blockers to show you.  I just wash them in the machine and sometimes they go in the dryer if I don't catch them to air dry them.  Even so, they are holding up well.  They are knit with Knit Picks Felici yarn and SO soft and comfortable. 
I finished my wrist-warmers made with Knit Picks Stroll Tweed in the Farmhouse Heather colorway. using Nancy's pattern.  She is "Wyoming Breezes" on my sidebar.  It was a very quick and fun knit and I've already gotten lots of use from them.  It's been very chilly here and they have really helped keep my hands warm.  Thanks for the great pattern Nancy.
Alicia needed some potholders for the new house since she had thrown away her old ones.  She picked out some cotton yarn from my closet and I crocheted her these double thick potholders on Sunday and Monday while nursing my back in the recliner.  The three big ones are about 8 1/2 inches square and I finished the skein with the smaller 5 inch square.  These four potholders used a one pound ball of Sugar and Cream cotton.  I love using mine.  They provide lots of protection against heat with the double thickness and wash so well.
I finally found a few flowers!  Finally.  These are in Nita and Larry's back yard.  Pretty purple...
And a couple of happy daffodils.  Maybe spring will finally be on the way.
I hope all is well with all of you.  I don't have anything exciting on my needles right now.  I still have a pair of Hermione socks on the needles in my "to go" bag.  I'm also working on another square for the cozy memories quilt.  I need to make some mittens but I am just not feeling it right now.  Maybe because we're all so sick of winter and I don't want to think about another winter coming soon.  :-)

Take care and I'll be back soon.

"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." James 1:19



  1. I am in love with your potholders. I am going to have to look into that pattern. The way the yarn pooled is beautiful!

  2. Just caught up again on your latest and enjoyed seeing Alex and your pretty Spring String of flowers and the Pioneer Woman bowls on your cabinet. It has been so rainy and chilly here, but our big old cherry tree is bravely starting to bloom anyway. So glad you are enjoying your guest family and the beautiful shawl you made is a precious birthday gift. I am praying Isaiah 53:5 NKJV for your healing! Please give dear Chloe some love pats from me. xx

  3. I think you and Dennis are so nice to have your friends stay with you so long. I bet your house will be so quiet when they get to move into their new home. Our little boys have a friend over and it's neat to hear them chattering away in the living room. That's nice of you to make those hot pads. I use that pattern too and it really makes some very effective hot pads. I might have to make one of those using my KnitPicks CotLin yarn. I sure hope that we both get some warm weather! And I hope the chiropractor fixes all your problems so you can be pain free. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Chiropractor all week? Ouchy but hope it helps soon. Glad your young friends got their house. Glad you got nice things in the mail. We're getting warmer weather here this week finally. Prayers for your pain to subside in your back. Hugs my friend!

  5. It must be so nice to have company for awhile, you have been so generous. I am in awe of your beautiful knitted socks, they look amazing. I am a great fan of knitted/crochet potholders/cloths they are so hard wearing. Hope you get some comfort soon and are pain free.

  6. Praying for you dear sis.. dear Betsy, that our dear Lord in His great mercy will bring you through the dark clouds of thecvalley of pain to sunshine bright in His goodness and mercy.. Jehovah Ra'ha "the LORD that healeth". I love the seven names of Jehovah in OT most know Jehovah Jireh "the LORD will provide " but they dont know many others. They're the names in Hebrew. Ive done ladies Bible studies on them.
    Love your gorgeous gifts dear sis.. and your creations. Rest up.. enjoy your family.. comfort your heart when they go that there are no goodbyes in heaven... praise Him!!!

  7. Sending prayers your way sweet friend, that soon the pain will stop and you will be back to normal. Blessings always ((hugs))

  8. WHat a lovely thing you are doing for that family! You are their angel! TO make their closing on time and you get to your appointment early. Saying a prayer for your back Betsy. Maybe your mitten thoughts are spot on. It is hard to think of winter winter winter. We are in SPRINTER here in Wisconsin. (winterturningtospring) The suns shining. Im thanking God for many things. The sun is one of them

  9. I'm glad you enjoyed knitting the fingerless mitts. I love the pattern and have used it several times.

    Sorry to hear you are struggling so much with your back. I hope you find some relief and improvement soon.

  10. I hope your back starts feeling better soon. When your back hurts it is hard to do much of anything.


  11. So sorry about your back pain! I hope it goes away soon. What pattern did you use for that potholder? A friend made one for me long ago, and it's almost worn out! Love all of your projects and glad your rain has quit; we've had a couple sunny days here, too. Yay! Sending hugs over the mts.

  12. Amazing blog friends, indeed! What blessings, to receive those thoughtful gifts. I don't blame you for not wanting to think about winter. I'm so ready for spring!

  13. Aw...the sweet, little family look like they are just precious people! I know your house will seem very quiet and sad after they leave. It is always such a blessing to have loved ones in our homes and lives to share the everyday. We miss that when it is gone, and life can seem so different after having that blessed experience. Your creations are just beautiful, as always, sweet friend. I am SO sorry you are hurting so much from the chiropractic manipulation. May God lessen your pain and help you! My dear husband suffers SO much, and God recently led us to an amazing product that we bought for him that increases blood flow. It is an all-natural spray called, "The Good Stuff". I would NOT believe this if I hadn't seen it, in person. He has pain in SO many areas of his body and you can spray this stuff on all areas, and the relief is nearly instantaneous. He is moving better and more freely than I have seen him move in a long time. I cannot stop praising God for what He has done and how He led us to this product. If you are interested, please feel free to email me, and I will give you the information. We don't sell it or have any affiliation with the company, but I can tell you how to get in touch with them. I just thought of it when I read of your suffering. I am surely praying for you, dear friend.