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Monday, November 23, 2020

November Challenge Day 23

Happy Monday everyone. Today’s challenge is to tell what my favorite childhood book was. That would be impossible for me. I was a major bookworm. I loved the Boxcar Children, The Bobsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea.

When we moved to Spokane, the movers couldn’t believe how many boxes of books we had. They said they had never moved another household with as many books as our family had!  In my mind, that’s a good thing.

A few people asked what I was going to do with the advent mini-socks. I plan to crochet them onto a chain and then hang them across our slide-out in the RV. Maybe someday I will have a fireplace mantle again to hang them on.  I wanted to put numbers on them somehow, but I’m not sure how to do that. Do you have any ideas? I thought about just sewing the numbers with white yarn. And then I thought about buying numbered buttons to sew on, but I haven’t had luck finding any yet. Jenny has kindly offered to fill the socks with little things. I’m going to give her the money and she’s going to fill them so I can be surprised every day! She offered to do this for me. Isn’t she the sweetest best friend?

Alicia called me about an hour ago. Apparently all four of them have Covid. Their neighbor has it and the kids were at their house playing at the end of last week. This other family rarely leaves the mountain either and they were in each other’s “bubble,” but the neighbor had to go to Idaho last week. So far they seem to have mild cases. All have fevers and are achy and Alicia has lost her sense of taste and smell. If you would pray for them I would appreciate it. They sure mean a lot to Dennis and I and I hate to think of them sick.

Jenny also called me this evening and said that she and Neal were both tested today too. She has a cough and so needs to be tested before she can go back to work. She is the person who trains the caregivers for an in-home elder care company. She can’t be around them if she’s sick, so they have to make sure it’s not Covid. She thinks it’s just a sinus drainage thing and I sure hope so too.

It seems it’s getting harder and harder to not have contact with someone who has Covid, so many people are sick.  I guess all we can do is the best we can do, right?

My big project today was organizing all of the food that I brought into the trailer when we moved in. It was such a rush to move and I basically just threw everything anywhere it would fit. I wanted to have things more organized where like items were together. I had started stocking up a little bit at a time way back in January when Alex warned us of what was probably coming based on what was happening there. Nothing big like you saw some people on the news. I would just buy a few extra cans of vegetables or fruit or beans, etc., every time I went to the store throughout the spring and early summer.  We had a nice little stockpile going on. Nothing huge, but it would keep us going for quite awhile if stores ran out of things. Then we moved into the camper. Whoa! Where was I going to put all of this food? Well there’s an empty spot under the sofa where you usually keep blankets.  I have lots of canned goods there.  From the two blue lids (peanut butter,) to the right, is a double layer of canned goods.  ⬇️  I wrote on the top of every can what was inside. That way I can see at a glance without having to shuffle through them all.

This doesn’t even begin to count what I have in the pantry and in the big closet in our bedroom. There are over 100 cans of beans, fruit, soup and tomato sauce in the closet. I also have all of my baking supplies, and meats, rice, syrup, spices, salad dressing, and on and on stored in there. I would be willing to guess we could live a good six months on the food we have. Of course, when I was buying all of this we had no idea we would be living in an RV. I definitely will not be buying any staples in my grocery orders for quite awhile. The only things purchased will be fresh vegetables, dairy and meats.  Re-organization took me most of the day today. I wrote down everything we had and how many cans, bags, boxes, etc., there were of each item. Tomorrow I will type it all into the computer and hopefully I will be able to keep track of what we actually have with a spreadsheet.  I thought that all might be of interest to some of you. Do any of you have anything similar?

I have one more photo tonight. Two snowmen that I don’t think I’ve shown you yet. We ended up getting about 2 inches of snow last night, but most of it melted today as our temperature went up to 35°F.   I like those kinds of snows.  It falls during the night and melts away during the day and I don’t have to shovel it.❄️☃️❄️

Our family suffered another loss this morning. Dennis‘s Aunt Ev, who lived in Minnesota with her husband of almost 70 years, died this morning. She was 90 years old. She was a wonderful woman who always cared about family. Every year she would write a long, long Christmas letter catching us all up on the cousins and their kids. I will sure miss that letter. Please pray for Dennis‘s mom. This is the third sibling she has lost this year, along with her own daughter Karen. I talked to her today and she’s really having a rough time of it. It is hard to be so far away when we feel she really needs us there with her right now.

I pray that you are all safe, healthy and happy. Take care of my friends.

Blessings,
Betsy

Sunday, November 22, 2020

November Challenge Day 22

Today the challenge is to write about our dream job. My dream job is the one I’m living right now. The thing I have most wanted to be long as I can remember, is a wife and a mom. The people that mean the most to me in the world are those that I call my family. I have been a wife for over 42 years to the most perfect man in the world. I am not exaggerating.  Most of you know that we have three wonderful children Mandy, Jamie, and Alex. They have in turn, given us three more children. Mandy‘s husband Brad, Jamie‘s wife Crystal, and Alex’s soon to be wife, Tara. We also have the three smartest, cutest, and most creative grandchildren ever born. 😍 Kyleigh, Caleb, and Piper.

As I was growing up, the thing I’m most wanted to be was a nurse, and in fact received a full scholarship that paid room, board, books and tuition to Iowa State for nursing school. But, I got married instead and I have never regretted it. I had planned to go back to nursing school when our kids were done with college, but having had a stroke that affected my memory when I was 37, it wasn’t meant to be. There is a lot of memorization to being a nurse you know!  Mandy is living that dream instead!

Some of the jobs I have had in my life are waitress, shipping clerk, nursing assistant, daycare provider, secretary, administrative assistant, bookkeeper/office manager.

I worked full-time from when I was 14 years old until I was 51. All three kids were out of college and our house was paid off and we were debt-free when I quit working. Dennis had been trying to get me to stay home for a few years, as I was in a job that wasn’t the best atmosphere. However, since we taught Dave Ramsey‘s debt-free living class, I thought I better put “my money where my mouth was,” and I stayed there until we were completely debt-free.  I absolutely love being at home now.

I’ve also done quite a bit of volunteer work and I am a trained CASA for the state of Washington. A CASA is a volunteer representative for a child in the foster system and is their liaison with the courts.  I haven’t been active with that recently, because quite honestly, I grew fed up with the court system and what some of those dear children go through.

I have done some knitting today on the mini-stockings for my advent calendar. I have 11 stockings done and another one on the needles. Only 13 1/2 stockings yet to do!

Don’t you just love that sweet knitting bag? My friend Kris who used to blog but doesn’t any longer, made it for me several years ago. It has camping trailers and trucks on it, with snowman and Christmas trees too. It couldn’t be more perfect for me.🎄☃️

It’s been a very quiet Sunday. I haven’t even left the RV. Dennis took Chloe for all of her walks and I have just stayed inside. We attended two different online church services, which we enjoyed very much and we learned a lot from both of the pastors.

Wishing you a lovely Monday and I hope you are all safe and healthy.

Blessings and love, 
Betsy

Saturday, November 21, 2020

November Challenge Day 21

Today’s challenge is that I am supposed to tell you the best things that happened to me this year. This has been a strange year for all us hasn’t it? There have been several good things that have happened and I know I’m probably forgetting many. The best thing that happened to us this year is that we have the promise of a new daughter! Alex got engaged to Tara in the spring and we had hoped to have a wedding this fall, but because of Covid that did not happen. However, we feel she is our daughter already and she is a lovely addition to our family.

In fact, Dennis and I were over sorting through some things in our storage unit today when they called us on a video chat. Mandy and Piper joined in and the six of us had a wonderful video chat for about two hours. As I said before, I am very, very grateful for technology. It’s so fun to be able to talk together and see each other at the same time.

Another good thing that happened is that our house sold the same day we listed it. It took a lot of the stress away from selling it, when everything happened so fast. We are very much enjoying living in our RV so far. Almost every day one of us says that to the other one.  

Another good thing is that so far Dennis and I have remained healthy and so have all of our children and grandchildren.  We are very, very grateful for that fact, even though I have lost a brother and Dennis lost his sister this year.

We had a beautiful sunshiny day today. It seemed a lot warmer than it was. I think our high was 41°F but with the bright sun shining, it really did seem a lot warmer. We even took a trip to the car wash. It’s a car wash where you just stay in the car and ride the track through, so there’s no interaction with anyone else. It was the first time I had really left the RV all week, other than to drop some mail in the box and walk Chloe.  It was probably silly to do since snow is predicted for tomorrow night but it felt good to get it nice and clean again.  I must admit, I have been very spoiled having a garage for the last 20 years. I could wash my car and it would stay clean for days on end if I just stayed home when the roads were bad. Here, I don’t have that option. The car is outside through all kinds of weather.

Mandy and Piper went over to Dennis’s mom’s house this morning and raked leaves for her. It looks like they got quite a pile.  Mandy does most all of Mom’s yardwork for her, in addition to the huge yard they have at their own house. They are very careful to wear their masks when they’re around Grandma and I don’t think there’s any actual touching happening. Mom hasn’t gone anywhere since Karen died in September. The only place she has gone since March was to Karen‘s to help care for her and then to her funeral.
Piper looks like she’s cracking up laughing at something Mandy must have said.  Mom even cuts her own hair! I don’t know how she does it. I would never be able to cut the back of my hair.

I’m waiting for my Knit Picks order to arrive with the yarn for a sweater that will be a Christmas present. Until then, I’ve started making some mini socks and I’m going to try to get 25 made for an advent calendar. I have always wanted to have an advent calendar. I have made a few for other people but never one for myself. It’s late and a picture wouldn’t turn out tonight, but I’ll try to take a photo of the socks I have finished tomorrow. I think I have five done so far.

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday.

Blessings and love,
Betsy