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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sunday

Just a short post today.  It’s still snowing.

This was yesterday...and it was a SMALL pile of snow in the Michaels parking lot.  There were several much, much higher but I couldn’t get close.

This was this morning on the way to church.  The weatherman said last night that the forecast had changed and we would not get snow overnight. Ha! We woke up to about five fresh inches on the ground. No time to shovel before church so Dennis just finished snowblowing after we got home.
Whee!  This tiny little hill is notorious for people sliding through the bottom of it.  I don’t know why it’s always so icy.  And wouldn’t you know? That car you see ahead of us slid sideways into that fence at the bottom just before we got there. We stopped to check on the people and they were fine. Unfortunately their car had a few dents and scratches all over the side of it.  I am so proud of my little car. So far this winter I haven’t slid once with my new snow tires.

This is what I woke up to this morning. Mandy sent me this text this picture along with the text, “Piper after “helping” daddy snow-blow! Soaking her feet and drinking hot chocolate!”

That looks good to me.

And finally, Dennis bought me this cart yesterday at Michael’s. We had looked at them when I took the picture of the snow pile above, but I decided that I didn’t really need one. He went out to run a few errands later in the day and look what he came home with for me.  I truly have a wonderful husband and I feel so very blessed that he loves me. This will be nice to keep the majority of my yarn supplies in by my chair, and then when we have company I can just wheel it into the office to get it out of the way. I think I’m going to love it.

Lest you think that is all the yarn I have, don’t worry.  I have a closet full in the office. This is just holds my current projects.

I have made 14 of the little mini-stockings and I used one full skein of the green sparkly yarn and some of the white. I’m starting a sweater for Miss Piper today.  The camping project bag holds my sock yarn nine patch squares.  The pink bag holds a pair of socks.  I have a box in the top that holds stitch markers, tape measure, row counters, etc.  It’s nice to have everything handy.  

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

Blessings,
Betsy




Friday, February 15, 2019

Oh the weather outside is frightful!

I feel like a broken record these days. It’s snowing again this morning. Dennis snow blowed at 5:30 this morning before he went to work and the sidewalks are already completely covered again. Thursday was the only morning this week he didn’t have to use the snowblower before he went to work. Thank goodness it let up a little bit yesterday because I had two doctors appointments and I really needed to get to the grocery store. Just as I drove in the garage huge fluffy snowflakes started falling again! It was perfect timing. I hadn’t been out of the house from last Friday until Wednesday evening. Do you know what? I didn’t mind it at all. I’m quite a homebody.

I thought I would share a picture I took yesterday of an icicle hanging off of our neighbors house.

It is even longer today. They are so dangerous that I’m tempted to go over there and break it off but I don’t want to damage his roof.

I put a call out on Instagram a week or so ago asking if anyone had leftover sparkly Christmas yarn that I could buy from them to make the Christmas stockings for the veterans. After I posted the request on Instagram, a worker at our local Hobby Lobby found two skeins in the back stock room. One each of red and green, so I got started on the stockings. Then I received a lovely email from Linda C. who is a reader of my blog. She is one of those loyal readers who doesn’t comment but always reads. She said she would like to send me some yarn. Oh my goodness! Look what arrived yesterday. (Not the gift wrapped package. That’s a 25th anniversary present for Neal and Jenny.)

Oh, and as a sidenote, look at my flowers from Trader Joe’s. They are the ones they gave me for my birthday two weeks ago today. They are still blooming beautifully!

I couldn’t believe it when I opened it. This is what met my eyes when I opened the box.

Six skeins of sparkly yarn, a skein of I love this Cotton, and a box of Valentines chocolates. And it arrived on Valentine’s Day! Wasn’t that sweet?

Linda sent me this cute little green frog tape measure too!  Isn’t he the cutest little thing? And so far I have nine stockings done. I think I should easily be able to get all 100 done before Christmas. Thank you so much Linda. I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am for your generous gift for our Veterans.

I also finished the heart granny wheelchair blanket.  This was sure a fun one to crochet.  I do have to wash and block it yet, so the edges won’t be curled.

I also knitted two hats to deliver to the Veterans when I take the blankets next week. I hope to get a couple more hats made before then.  These two were made using the leftovers of a Caron Cake.  Dennis prefers the rolled up room for extra warmth over the ears and I prefer the beanie type. So I will make some of each.

I am still going to make a few pair of mittens for the first graders at the school this year, but I think most of my focus will be on the Veterans. When I delivered the mittens this past fall they were very happy to get them, but they also told me that since the school has been on the news so much they have been getting a lot of donations from various places. The need isn’t as much as it was even a year ago. I think that is wonderful! I will still continue to make some mittens for them but I’m not going to get myself stressed out about trying to have at least 120 pair each fall.  

I guess that’s what you do with charity crafting. You try to fill a need as best you can and if someone else steps up and starts helping that group then you can move on to someone else who’s need is greater at that time. That doesn’t mean I will be forgetting the children though, and any of you who want to continue to make mittens for them, I will be more than happy to deliver them along with my donations.

I’m also going to continue making blankets for the Babies of Homelessness in Seattle.

I am scheduled to have more injections in my back next Tuesday. I’m not looking forward to it but hopefully it’s helping in the long run. I also go to the dentist that same morning. That’s going to be a fun day isn’t it? Ha!

Thank you all for your wonderful comments and prayers regarding my nephew Brian. If any of you are on Facebook and are interested, you could go to my brothers page and there you will find story after story regarding Brian. My brothers Facebook page is under Lynn Saathoff.  The one that really affected me was when the 911 dispatcher, as part of the funeral service, had a last call for Brian. I was sitting here in the living room with tears running down my face while listening and even just typing this I can feel a lump forming in my throat. There is definitely a brotherhood within the first responders. They truly care for each other and that’s as it should be.

I sure hope winter loses its icy group on us soon. The snow plows came down our street last night during the night for just the second time this year. Thank heavens they put gates on the plows this year that block the driveways. We used to have 3 to 4 foot ice berms when the plows came through and we dreaded hearing them coming down the street. In fact, most of you will probably remember that’s how I fractured my back. Trying to clear the berm from the snowplow. Anyway, this morning when we got up there was no berm! Dennis was a very happy man.

I’m wishing you all a wonderful weekend. Stay warm and cozy for those of you up north and for those of you down under , I’m praying for the firefighters and that you will have a break in your hot weather. 

Two verses popped out at me this morning when I was doing my devotion and I thought I would share them both with all of you today.  Those of you who read my blog are some of the most generous people that I know. I am blessed to call you my friends.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

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

Many blessings, 
Betsy





Monday, February 11, 2019

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday to you all! I would like to start this post by thanking each and every one of you for your heartfelt wishes and thoughts regarding my nephew Brian. I’m told that the visitation yesterday was standing room only with lines out the door and the funeral was planned for this morning. He was a very well loved and respected young man and will be very missed. I’m sorry I had to miss it, but it’s good to know that the rest of the family is rallying around each other.

And reading other blogs it sounds like snow is hitting everyone. We have had around 15 inches or so just since Friday. Dennis has been snowblowing several times this weekend, including this morning before he went to work. A winter storm warning ended at 7:00 this morning and another one is set to begin this afternoon. We have another 15 to 18 inches predicted by tomorrow afternoon and snow is in the forecast every day for the next seven days. 

And that’s exactly what I get for talking last week about what a mild winter we’ve been having. People are threatening to hunt the groundhog down and shoot it. He predicted our winter was almost over. Ha!

This is what fell overnight. About 7 inches.

One of our neighbors was out snowblowing this morning.   I’ve been hearing a lot of snowblowers during the last couple of hours.  The snowplows had come through twice during the night and there was already a layer of new snow on the streets. School hasn’t been canceled though. Some had a 1 to 2 hour delay, but it takes a lot to cancel school here.

If another 15 inches fall tonight we will have well over 3 feet of snow on the ground. And, of course, I have another doctor appointment up on “the hill” Wednesday morning with the spine doctor. Now you have to understand. I grew up in the midwest, we live near the mountains here. When I say “the hill” this is no midwest hill. It’s steep. Very steep. I’m hoping the snow plows are out in full force before that appointment.

I have a hat done and packaged up, ready to go to the post office for this year’s crochet challenge for Warm-up America. The recipients will be Walter Reed Hospital for veterans and servicemembers and their families. You could choose to either crochet an afghan or knit this hat. They provide the patterns for you to use. This was a very easy hat and only took me about two hours with worsted weight yarn.

I have also finished one wheelchair blanket for the veterans home and started another one yesterday morning.
This one is finished, but not washed and blocked yet.

I still have several more inches to crochet around this one.

You can’t tell in this picture, but it was snowing pretty hard. The robins were all fluffed up very fat and huddled in masses in the trees in the backyard yesterday. One tree had at least 100 robins in it. I felt so sorry for them. Our temperatures never got above 8°F all weekend and the lows were much lower. They probably don’t know what’s happening. I’m surprised we have robins in February anyway, but as I said, until now it’s been a mild winter

This area was all clean when we went to bed last night. It just keeps coming down.

Judy asked about the pattern for the sweater Piper was wearing in one of my last posts. I tried to find it and I think it is called the “girls all-in-one sleeveless top” by Marianne Mel. It is a free pattern on ravelry. I have been very bad about answering your questions and I will try to be better.  I always forget when writing a post to go back and check for any questions you might have had. If you’ve asked me a question and I haven’t answered it, please ask again and I will try to remember to answer it next post.

Stay safe and warm everyone.

“He sends His command to the earth; His word runs swiftly. He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes. He hurls down His hail like pebbles. Who can withstand His icy blast? He sends His word and melts them; He stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.”   Psalm 147:15-18

Blessings,
Betsy