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Monday, March 1, 2021

Spring?

Good morning everyone! It’s March 1! That makes me so happy. Spring is definitely in the air this morning. I hear the birds chirping outside and there’s even a bit of blue peeking through.  It’s 50°F outside and it’s supposed to get even a little warmer by mid afternoon.

I was able to get a last-minute vaccine appointment for Dennis for today. About 5:30 on Friday afternoon a friend called and told me there were some appointments available so I quickly got online. I was able to get the next to the last appointment for Dennis. He gets his first Pfizer vaccine at 3:50 this afternoon.  Yay!

I was able to finish two baby blankets in the last week. First was this blue one that I showed you in my last post.

Here is a closer view. I really enjoy doing filet crochet. I think the diamonds make a very nice pattern in the blanket. I’ve made this in solid color yarns and in my opinion, that is even prettier.

Here was another one that I just kind of made up as I went along. I did follow a pattern for the heart but I can’t remember where I got it. I know there are YouTube videos and patterns on Ravelry for crocheted hearts like this. Then I just added rows in the two colors as I felt like it.  There are several people on YouTube making blankets with the hearts in them so I thought I would join along.

Both blankets are about 36 inches square. I think that is a good size to use as a crib blanket. What do you think?

Last night I made these two baby hats. The one on the left is newborn size and the one on the right is for a micro- preemie.

I posted this in Facebook the other day. It sure shows how I feel on some days.😂🤣😂
We were away from the RV for almost 2 1/2 hours yesterday afternoon. I don’t remember how long it has been since that happened. We took Dennis‘s truck to be washed and then drove to the place he’s getting his vaccination today. It’s downtown and on a medical college campus that we’ve never been to before. He didn’t want to be hunting for it today, so we did a reconnaissance trip. We had mail to drop at the post office box and then we went through the car wash again because it didn’t get clean the first time! That’s what happens when you have lots of snow and road gunk. It was fun just to be out driving around town again. It did seem strange though, and there were an awful lot of people out. I actually felt a mild anxiety about being around so many other cars. I don’t think I’m going to be the only one feeling that way as life resumes some sort of normality. We’ve all been cooped up for so long.

We wired the money for the house last week, signed all the final documents and did the walk-through by video. The official closing is supposed to be tomorrow, but for all intents and purposes, it’s ours now. I am anxious to go back and start living life again. 
Wishing you all a wonderful first day of March. I hope the weather is as beautiful where you are as it is for us. Blessings, 
Betsy



Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Sunshine...for awhile

Isn’t the photo below glorious? Beautiful blue skies...for another hour or two and then a “wintry mix” is supposed to start falling. I choose to enjoy this while I can. Chloe and I went for a long walk around the airport this morning. I watched a helicopter take off and two planes practicing their touch and goes while we walked.  Then it was back home to start some laundry and catch up on blogs. It is sure nice to have running water again and not have to lug our laundry all the way across the park

This is my view right now, because don’t let that blue sky fool you. It is 18° F at the moment. Chloe and I are definitely enjoying the heat coming from that electric fireplace.

My mother-in-law told me she didn’t have any gloves or mittens. Whether that’s true or not, you know me. No one shall go without mittens if I’m around! I got some Hobby Lobby Yarn Bee yarn, just like what I used for my own mittens, made her a pair and mailed them off yesterday. They don’t quite match, but close enough.

I’ve also been working on this baby blanket for a couple of days. I am using Lion Brand Ice Cream Big Scoop yarn in the blueberry color way.  I have had this pattern for a long time and I can’t remember the name of it. I’m using an H crochet hook and really enjoying crochet right now.  This will also go into the donate pile. Sorry about the trashcan and the sink. Finding places to take pictures is difficult. I found a new doily pattern online last night that I think I’m going to try next. Most of my patterns are packed up somewhere in the depths of the storage unit so I’m going to try something new.

I thought this was funny and wanted to share with all of you.

We are set to close on the house in Omaha early next week. I spent quite a bit of time yesterday getting the utilities set up. We have a U-Haul trailer reserved for the beginning of May that we will pull back with some things from storage. We have also ordered a POD for the first part of September.  I’m getting excited as it is starting to feel that this is really happening. This is the fifth house that we’ve bought and it’s always a stressful procedure, but buying one we have not even been in before is even harder.  Well, I guess that’s not quite true. About 30 years ago or so, I walked from the front door into the kitchen with a plate of cookies and back out. That’s it! I don’t remember anything about it. We are very grateful for the photos that Mandy took for us when she walked through. And something I have also learned through our years of marriage and our moves is that you can make virtually anything a home as long as you are together and happy. We have so much work to do once we actually get in the house.  I’m trying to remember the following verse from the Bible. This has been an anxiety ridden year for all of us hasn’t it?

I hope you are all doing well and staying warm and healthy. 

Blessings and love,
Betsy 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Cold and snowy...Anyone else have the same?

Happy Thursday everyone! Well it’s Thursday evening about 10:00 right now on the west coast, so I guess for most of you, when you read this it will be Friday! Happy Friday! I hope you are all staying warm and dry and have electricity. Oh my, I feel so for the people in the south who aren’t prepared for this kind of weather. As miserable as it is for those of us up north and in the midwest, at least we’re fairly used to it. My prayers are with everyone who is dealing with issues from the cold and the snow. As for us, my wonderful husband was able to repair the parks water spigot and as of last night we have running water again. Almost an entire week with no running water taught me to appreciate every drop that comes out of the faucets. I am just so grateful that we did not lose electricity like so many have, so we were able to stay warm.

I decided to get the St. Patrick’s Day decorations out when I put away the Valentine’s Day ones. It’s not an easy task to take the decorations out of storage, so I just thought I would do it all at once. I don’t have very many, just this banner of crocheted shamrocks and the plaque.

And during our one day of sunshine this week I was able to take this photo outside by our door.  For those of you who haven’t discovered the joys of command hooks, I have to tell you they are wonderful. Especially in campers. You can put them anywhere and they have all sizes. They even have waterproof ones for the shower. We use them all over the RV for various things. This is a waterproof one that would usually be used in the shower, but I’ve had it outside ever since we moved in. It’s held fast through thunderstorms, hail and snow. But when I want to take it down, it is so simple. You lift the hook up and pull down on the little plastic adhesive tab on the bottom and it will come off without leaving a mark.  This is not a commercial, but they are a great invention! They even make soap dishes and all kinds of special little hangers. We have two key holders that are held up with command strips. I will try to take a picture of one of them during the daylight.

I took this photo Tuesday when I took Chloe to the dog park. This is really a pretty place that we’re staying in isn’t it? We have received at least another five or 6 inches of snow since then and it’s coming down again all night tonight and tomorrow. But then, we are supposed to have a big warm up into the mid to upper 40s by the weekend and the start of next week! Hooray!

Another view from the dog park.

I had to pick up my grocery order Tuesday morning and this is what I drove through on the way there. Thankfully it had just started snowing so there wasn’t anything on the roads yet. If I had scheduled it just an hour or two later it would have been a mess. As it was I had to drive all the way across town later that afternoon to our accountant and came back on the highway at 15 mph the entire way because the road was a sheet of ice. After watching four cars slide off the road into the median ahead of me, I called Dennis and told him to come home through town and not get on the highway. It was too late for me and I was committed. There were no more exits until my own! The other cars were all going the same speed I was.  Obviously I made it fine. It was pretty bad. Seriously, around here most of us are used to driving in this stuff and it takes a lot to cause multiple slide offs, because most everybody knows the rules of winter driving, but when it’s ice there’s not a lot you can do. Snow you can work with and drive in fairly easily. ICE, not so much.

I did get some mittens knitted since my last post.

And two more pair yesterday.

I even knitted myself a pair of worsted weight socks yesterday. I use them as house slippers around the RV. I made myself a pair in October and I completely wore them out. Even after mending them at least twice they were too far gone to repair again. I don’t know if it’s the hard floors or my feet that are so hard on them. I do have to say worsted weight socks are much, much faster than normal sock yarn. These were finished in just about three hours!

How are you all doing in the craziness of the weather?  It’s not only cold and snowy here, but I saw on the news that the UK has also had a lot of snow and cold. It’s crazy! I think we are all ready for spring.

My best friend had her second Moderna shot on Monday and about eight hours later started running a fever and had body aches, chills and a headache. She was off work for two days. Tuesday she had a fever of 100.8 all day and could barely move because her muscles ached so badly. I made a big batch of homemade noodles and took them chicken and noodles, salad, rolls and cookies for dinner so she didn’t have to worry about making anything. Tuesday turned into a really busy day.  They live fairly close to our accountants office so it didn’t add any extra driving in the snow!  I’m happy to report she went back to work today. We had Bible study tonight via zoom and she’s back to normal with just a sore arm. These vaccines aren’t for sissies.  I still have not been able to get Dennis scheduled for the vaccine yet. He’s had a strange cough for about a week, but he thinks it’s sinus. It doesn’t seem to be getting any worse but we’re keeping an eye on it. Mandy said he can’t get the vaccination if he’s sick anyway, so I guess it’s not a big deal if we have to wait a while.  I would appreciate prayers for him that the cough doesn’t turn into something worse.

Not a whole lot of excitement here this week. Just trying to get through every day without much water and making trips to the laundromat when no one else was there, kept me entertained all week. It has snowed at least a little bit every day. With the exception of Tuesday and the excitement of driving on the ice I’ve stayed home entire week. I hope you are all staying safe and warm.


Blessings and love, 
Betsy