Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sunshine! Bright Sunshine!

Good Morning! Or should I say good afternoon? My goodness, it's almost 11:00! I've been so busy that I lost track of time. I've been busy vacumming, cleaning bathrooms, dusting, etc. I've kind of let things slip this week because I've been busy with my crochet hook.

I've been making more burial buntings for the hosptial and I find it's just much easier to let everything go and get them done in one "fell swoop". This is a photo of two more in process which will give me a total of eight. I think that will be all for this time as I just can't make anymore right now.

I've also been busy making a few doilies. I enjoy these and haven't made any for awhile. It sure feels strange having that cotton thread in my hands after using yarn for so long!

I have them blocking on a towel this morning and then when they are dry, they'll be starched and ironed and ready for use!

Hubby and I made a trip to Walmart last night for this little purchase. I still have to open it and make sure it works. We had a little white toaster oven that we purchased about 15 years or so ago to use in our little pop-up tent camper. It was a workhorse. Since the kids have all moved out, I find myself using it several times a week. It's much easier to use than heating up the big oven for just a baked potato or garlic bread, etc. for just hubby and I. I tried to use it to broil smashed potatoes on Monday and it wasn't working right. Last night I tried to make garlic bread and it wouldn't turn on at all. Hubby took it apart when he got home and pronounced it dead. Since I only paid about $20.00 for it so long ago, I think we got our money's worth out of it. Anyway, off we went to Wally-World and bought this beauty. It's huge compared to my little one, but I'm planning to take it to the trailer this summer and use it outside to keep the trailer cooler. It's big enough for a round cake pan and a much larger baking dish than my previous oven, so the possibilities are endless. I'll let you know how it works at a later date.

I realized as I was dusting picture this morning that I don't think I've ever shown you a photo of my son Alex, who lives in Japan. So here he is. These are pictures of pictures, so please forgive the blurriness. These were taken in Tokyo a couple of months ago. How I miss that boy. He used to sit on the end of our bed at night with his guitar and sing us to sleep. I miss that. Children do grow up and move away and I realize that, but I have days when I REALLY miss my kids. Not one of them ever gave us a spot of trouble or worry. They were all great students and we knew they loved and appreciated us. Now just why did they all move so far away?

I think I'm having a bit of a melancholy day. Blame it on the burial buntings, the fact that it's the Thursday of Holy Week, or just the fact that I'm missing my babies.

Anyway. Thank you to all that offered words of wisdom on the placing of photos on blogger. It's still not putting them where I want. I have to copy, move, delete and paste to get them where I want, but with a bit of persnickity tweaking, it seems to have worked better this morning. :-)

Have a lovely, lovely day everyone and please take a moment to remember why we celebrate Easter. It's not the big meal, bunnies or the egg hunts, althought they are FUN! It's because Jesus died for us to give us a chance to live with Him in Heaven some day.




  1. Betsy~
    I just love your heart for those who are going through loss and challenging times! The buntings are absolutely beautiful! Your doilies are also. I so hope that one day I can learn to make such gorgeous items.

    All my grown kids and grandkids live out of IS very difficult and I totally understand and empathize with your pain (cyber hugs to you today).

    I miss them all daily more than words can say. I guess it's like the death of a dream--my unspoken dream in which my kids and their kids would live nearby and I could be more a part of their lives (and them more a part of mine). I am just learning that I need to focus on the many blessings God has given me instead of situations I can't change. But, of course, that does not stop me from hoping their paths someday lead them back 'home':)

    Wishing you a blessed Maundy Thursday.

  2. Oh Aimee you have hit the proverbial "nail on the head". It IS the death of my dreams of being a hands on grandma to my grandbabies. Holiday's and such are such a pain to try to coordinate with everyone living so far apart.

    I'm sorry you have the same issues and I'll keep you in my prayers too. Hugging you back!!!!!

    Thank you for your kind words.

    Blessings to you too as we continue this Holy Week.


  3. Thank you for all your wonderful and encouraging comments on my blog! I hope you have a wonderful Easter celebrating our Lord! ~ Erika

  4. Such a wonderful thing you are doing by creating those burial buntings. My son has just turned 16 and the thoughts of him moving on with his own life soon, are creeping in. Seems strange, but life moves on I suppose.

  5. Betsy, your post has brought tears to my eyes. The burial buntings are such an amazing gift to families that have lost a little one. You are such a special person to take the time to make them. I bet you will never know what an amazing gift you are giving those families. Your son is adorable, and I bet you miss him so much. I miss Mr. 19 year old and I just saw him a couple of weeks ago, he has given me many sleepless nights with lots and lots of worry. Consider yourself very lucky that your children have turned out as such fine adults, you have so much to be proud of.

    Happy Easter weekend,

  6. Hi Betsy, I agree, you are very kind and generous to make those burial buntings. I admire you so much for that. Your son is very handsome! Will he ever come back for a visit? You should be proud of your kids. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Betsy! I thought Alex was a movie star and was wondering why you had a picture of a movie star on your blog....not that there would be anything wrong with that. He is a handsome young man, and I am very glad that he and his siblings are such a joy for you and Dennis...your special gifts from the Lord even if they are many miles from you.
    You are a wonderful encouragement to me, and I am glad the Lord allowed us to meet :)

  8. You are a better woman than I am. I would be bawling my eyes out if I tried to make those buntings! You have such a strong generous heart! You have a very handsome son and I know how much you must miss him! Isn't it wonderful to feel that pride about your babies!! Have a glorious weekend!!

  9. great pictures! I wish I took them :)I know how I miss him, but I know Shane misses him even more...but never as much as a mother!!!

  10. Your burial buntings are such a caring gift.
    Love your doilies, such beautiful work.
    Great photo of your handsome son, I'm sure you do miss him. Very hard for families who are separated by distance but they are always close in your heart.
    Yes, I wonder how many stopped and remembered why we celebrate Easter.
    Carol xx