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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Toilets, Sinks and Showers, Oh My!

Thank you all for your wonderfully kind words about dear Teresa. I’m sure your messages meant the world to Dayle and the rest of her family. She will be missed by so many people all over the world, but especially by the family. I thank you again for caring.

I wanted to share this table that I got for $30.00 on Facebook Marketplace. If you’re looking for almost anything, you’ll find it there. This is the cutest little table. I wish you could see the beautiful wood grain.

This one shows the true color much better.  It does have a blemish on it in the corner that Dennis intends to try to fix, but I have plans to put a plant or doily over it anyway. It was well worth the $30.00 in my opinion.

We went to dinner last Friday with Mandy, Piper, Mom, my sister Melanie, niece Chaela and her husband Tim. We had a wonderful time. We laughed and laughed and just enjoyed each other’s company as we haven’t been able to for so long. When we came out, this is what we found with my car. A hit and run. Who does that? It was such a disappointing end to an otherwise happy evening. Mandy had to crawl over the console from the other side and she drove to Tim and Chaela’s house where he was able to pop the metal out enough so I can open the door.
Dennis took it in to the body shop yesterday and they ordered the parts and scheduled it in for next Monday. It’s a relief that I will have it back before he leaves for Washington. I don’t want to be without a car in case I need to take Mom somewhere.  It’s unbelievable what repairs cost these days! Oh, and although it wasn’t a very nice welcome home, it could have been worse. I hope this person thinks about it and never does it to anyone else.

I wanted to share this little corner of the yard. I spent 4 1/2 hours weeding this little bed. It was filled with clover. I pulled it all by hand and hopefully will be able to keep it up much easier now.

Look at all of this hosta. I think I need to thin it but I’m not sure how. I’ve never had hosta before. Do I cut it back in the winter or leave it alone?

The same questions with this, which I believe is a bleeding heart. It looks very overgrown to me.

As I said before, Dennis is here! This was the moving crew that helped him load the u-haul in record time.He was loaded and on the road by 9:00 Saturday morning. All he had to pay them were donuts!😍From left to right, Kale, Jeremy, Hayden and Neal.
Ready to go!  He drove to Sheridan Wyoming the first night and on to Omaha the next day. They were LONG days of loading and driving. Then, when he got here, Mandy and Piper helped us unload the trailer.  Dennis and I unloaded the truck Monday morning after we returned the trailer. I couldn’t believe how much they put in these two vehicles. I unpacked all day and we still have boxes waiting.

Then, both of the toilets needed replacing. We have been to Lowe’s several times in the past few days. Our nephew Tim, came and helped Dennis take out the old and install new ones. Not a fun job but these two did great and it was a bonding experience. πŸ˜‚ Tim is standing. That’s Dennis, down on the floor. Look at that lovely teal tub!  Two contractors had appointments but only one showed up and he never gave us an estimate. So frustrating. We want to get rid of the scratched and stained tub and sinks. We’ll see if we actually find someone.  Tim is always the first one to help out and we’re very grateful to him.

Dennis also bought me a new kitchen sink and faucet which he will install soon, 
I am very blessed. I have made two pair of mittens but not much else, crafting time has been severely limited. I hope that will return soon. I miss my yarn!πŸ’œ
Blessings and love for you all,
Betsy




Thursday, May 6, 2021

Sad News


My friends it is late Thursday evening and this is not the post I had planned to write tonight. Instead I have very sad news to share with you all. Teresa Kasner’s husband Dayle reached out to me tonight to tell me the sad news that Teresa passed away unexpectedly today as a result of her recent illness. He asked me to reach out to her blog friends and let them know that she’s gone as he has no way of accessing her blog.

For those of you that knew Teresa, you know how much she loved her family, her flowers, her friends and her many collections, especially jadeite. She was a wonderful friend to me and I enjoyed our many visits together along with our husbands and other friends. This is just another reminder to me of how fragile life is and how we never know when our time on this earth will end.

Teresa was vibrant and full of life and none of us expected this. I was just speaking with her two days ago and she was warning me not to take NSAIDs if possible, including Aleve and ibuprofen as it caused some of her issues. I’m passing that warning along to you because I know she would want me to.

I pray that Teresa is now in the arms of our Heavenly Father and has no more pain. I know that many of you also cared for her.  Please remember her husband Dayle and their sons, Travis and Shawn and daughter Amy as well as the rest of the family in your prayers.

Blessings and love,
Betsy

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”  Matthew 5:4

Monday, May 3, 2021

A busy week!

My goodness the time is flying by.  I did finish the socks that have been on my needles for over a month now.  They are made with Kroy Socks in the Blue Rag colorway.  As soon as I took them off the needles, Mom put them on her feet. I barely had time to snap this photo! She loves the socks I make.πŸ’œ

Miss Piper stayed with me Thursday and Friday nights. We had such a great time. She was a huge help to me in putting together some storage cubbies. Also cleaning around the house. Her allergies were acting up and we didn’t have her cough medicine here, so we went to the drugstore to get it. She saw this bag with travel size bottles and pouch in the clearance section.  It was just $5.00 and normally was $19.99. She was thrilled to get it. Excuse her bangs. The wind was blowing like crazy Friday and she had been working hard. I found her dress for last week while shopping with Mom. The photo below was taken at moms place. It has a lot more furniture than mine does.😍 The photo bomber is Mom’s cat Maple. She’s a sweetie.

Piper chose a pale yellow yarn I had in Caron Pound Of Love skein for a blanket for her baby. I just made up a simple border of single crochet, half double crochet and chain stitch.

It’s the perfect size for Piper’s baby in her little swing. The swing was one Mom was going to throw in the garbage because it doesn’t do all of the little extras anymore. It just swings. Piper loves it and it entertained her for hours. She carries a backpack everywhere with her stocked with diapers, baby wipes and extra clothes for her babies. She’s learning to be a mommy very early. The swing has found a new home at our house.
After her shower Thursday night we shared bowls of ice cream. I was in heaven. We had so much fun.

On Saturday morning five of us, Melanie, Chaela, Mandy, Piper and I went to have our toes done together.  Piper chose my toe color to match hers. I have to admit that I have never had teal toenails before, but I’ll do a lot of things for that little girl.

These are the storage cubbies she helped me put together. Not only did she hold pieces together while I put the screws in, she hammered all of the nails in for the backs all by herself. Then...she helped me lift the two on top up of the lower ones. I can’t believe how hard of a worker she is.  Those cubbies aren’t easy to put together. The yarn you see is all yarn I brought with me from Spokane, except the teal on the lower left. I bought that for Piper’s blanket.  Dennis has several, (many), more totes to bring too. I think most of those cubbies will be filled soon. I’m also sure there will be a lot of reorganization too.

Dennis is set to fill a uhaul trailer on Saturday and start his first trip here pulling it with our truck. On Memorial weekend he will be loading the POD. Then, he should be able to leave Spokane and move for good by the middle of June if he is able to sell the RV by then. He will be commuting to Spokane for a week or so each month.

Mandy has been mowing for Mom and I and her yard own too. She mowed yesterday and our grass had grown about 6 inches in a week!  I am so grateful to her. The dandelions are still prolific. 

The church here is very active with the Open Door Mission locally which supports homeless of all ages. I think a lot of my charity crafting will be going there this year and I’ll see how that goes for next year.

I hope all is well for all of you and you’re enjoying family and baby steps back into society.

Blessings,
Betsy