Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Rainy Days and Camping

Hello again my friends! Here I am back home for a day or two and it's raining. Actually, I love to be at the trailer in the rain, it's very comforting to hear it on the rooftop. Yesterday we had showers on and off all afternoon. I just sat in my cozy rocking chair and knitted the afternoon away. Love it. I was going to stay there again tonight and come home tomorrow, but Hubby had a last minute meeting scheduled for tonight. That meant that he would have stayed at the house in town, AGAIN, because it just doesn't make sense for him to drive to the lake, just to go to bed and then get up extra early for the drive in to work. So sad. We were both looking forward to this evening when there is no one else in the campground and it's so very quiet. We eat dinner when he gets there, and then take a long walk along the lake. By then it's bedtime. Oh well. Since he was teaching a finance class last night I was there alone. I didn't want to miss him for a second night so home I came! I'll be going back Friday morning so it's not a huge sacrifice. :-)

Here are some photos for you. On Saturday I baked a rhubarb pie from rhubarb that I picked from my garden Friday morning before I went to the lake. This was my first pie attempt in my little toaster oven. It took twice as long as normal to bake and doesn't look that great, but it tasted wonderful if I do say so myself. I'm not a huge fan of rhubarb like Hubby is so that's saying something!. Next time I'll use my propane oven in the trailer and see how that works. Then, of course you HAVE to make cinnamon chips with the leftover pie dough. I've done this ever since I baked my first pie. My mom did it too. Our kids, (and Hubby) love them. It was such fun rolling out the pie dough at the trailer. I have a fully stocked kitchen there! A few more spices and I would never need to come home!

One of my blog friends, Judy, asked me to make here a few dishcloths in her favorite colors. Judy, here is a sneak peak of what I mailed to you yesterday! I hope you like them!

Hubby and I planted 17 pots of flowers on Saturday. Just petunias, red geraniums and marigolds, (marigolds are supposed to help keep bees away). I love flowers and can't wait until they grow a bit and fill the pots. The gazebo/screen room is so nice for sitting and having a cup of tea in the morning while reading my Bible. Yesterday I sat there and read the ENTIRE book of Psalms! All 151 chapters. I had intended to read 20 and just kept right on going! It was so cozy there. It started sprinkling rain and I just sat in there reading and listening to it hit the canvas roof.

I built this little rock wall yesterday with Chloe's help and our little red radio flyer wagon. Hubby bought it out last week for me and it worked very well. We've had our little wagon for 33 years now and have used it to move furniture, mix cement and of course, the kids have played and played and played with it! It was well worth whatever we paid for it so long ago. Anyway, I built this little wall so it would be small reminder in the dark that there is a drop-off there. I may make it a bit bigger at some point, but I do like it. How about you? Any advice? Bigger or not?

I'm making two more dishcloths for a friend at the lake and then I plan to finish the socks in hot pink that I've started for my secret sister at church. What are you working on and is it beautiful weather where you live? After tomorrow we're supposed to be in for a warm and dry spell. I certainly hope so.

Have a lovely day everyone. I'm so happy to be able to call you my friends.




  1. What a nice time you had at the lake, sorry you had to come home.. I think you'd be happy staying there for a month! We have our 2 littlest boys here, our DIL is weeding for us.. it's such a jungle out there! The weather is being halfway kind right now, with rainstorms going through occasionally. I wonder if I can knit with 2 littlies here? ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. I love a good rainy day, they are few and far between here in Florida. I love gray clouds and raindrops on my sunroof. Right now we have blazing sun. Love tyour beautiful dishcloths, I think they are far too pretty to use.
    Hugs to you sweet Betsy,

  3. Hello Betsy,

    I hope your warm and sunny weather does arrive.. OH, how that Rhubarb Pie and Cinnamon Chips looks very very delicious..

    I think your wee brick wall is a good size and with the lights it should be a good warning to the edge.

    With you reading the book of Psalms it reminded me when I was a about 10 years old My Grandma said if I memorized Psalm 23rd. she would buy me a white Bible with a zipper and My name engraved on the cover. I memorized it very quickly and I was so proud when I repeated it to My Grandma. I still treasure that very first Bible.

    The dish clothes look sooooooooooooo very very pretty.. Thanks for making them for me. Much appreciated.

    Have a lovely week. Hugs Judy

  4. Your pie looks delicious! My mom always made those sugar-cinnamon chips, but she shaped them in long strips and called them "puppy-dog tails." Now I make them too. Seeing your pie makes me want to get in the kitchen and make an apple pie. I just happen to have several apples to get rid of. I think I'll do that. You'll probably see pictures of it on the blog tomorrow. Apple Pie Inspired by Betsy!

    I know exactly what you mean by the rain being comforting. I feel that way about it to.

  5. Yum on the pie...and the chips, too. :)

    I love that you were only going to read 20 and then ended up reading the entire book. It's easy to get caught up in the Word...and nothing better I can think of to get caught in! :)

    Hang in there, Friday will be here before you know it and you can relax again at the lake. :)

    Sending hugs and blessings your way dear friend. :)

  6. Love that you have potted all of those flowers! I have been doing the same!

  7. Betsy~
    Now you have me hungry for pie, cinnamon chips and a beautiful screened room by a gorgeous lake to read in:)

  8. Hi Betsy. I am here to catch up with you. I have been away for a few days. I see you have been at your "happy" place!! I know exactly what you mean about happily knitting away while you are in a place you love to be! Love the picture of the lake. So peaceful.
    Love the dishcloths too. And gol darn, I did not see your heads up about the email sale at Michael's! I was gone anyway. Love the clear bin storage idea!!!
    XO Kris

  9. I am envious every time I read about your lake :) I do not think we will be buying our property this year either. Taxes. Hard when you are self employed and nothing is held out. I love the wall. My thought is to make it higher.
    Currently, I am working on a special order hat. (Tam) I have an order for three and have the first one about 90% done. They are done with sock yarn on size 2 needles. I love knitting sock yarn and I love knitting with small needles. The work looks so fine and delicate. I will post a picture as soon as I finish.
    I am so happy to have my computer back so I can keep up with you and your adventures :) I have lots to post, just do not know where to begin.
    It is raining on my side of the mountain also. I am so tired of it. I have lots of annuals to get planted, but do not want to be out in the rain to do it. They will just have to wait. I am thinking it is suppose to clear up tomorrow and Friday. Hope so. I really want Summer.

  10. Nice, beautiful pictures my dear friend. I loobe the wash cloths they are so pretty. Of course I love mine. I have it upstairs in my craft room. I'm so lucky :) hope the sun returns very soon and that you enjoy the sunny days :)

  11. Betsy I just know you saved some of that pie for Neal...right? ;)

  12. Now I'm thinking I need to go make a rhubarb pie! I don't think I have ever made one - but I have lots of rhubarb!

  13. Love all the stuff you are doing at the lake. It's so homey!

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  15. Oh how I wish I could be in a camper by the lake. I really miss our camper in the mountain. We would go up on Friday night and come back on Sunday night and I loved it. It was so peaceful there. But camping doesn't work well with my RA now. What a lovely place you have to camp. I'm sure you get re-energized and uplifted there.


  16. Hi there Betsy ah fab pie and also the pickeis of where your stay by the lake must admit I wonder what happens to your little gazebo when it rains as does not look very weather proof or do you put it up and down.. oh and ma reading through Psalms too there are 150 actually think unless your Bible is different to mine :D

    oh and you have a spam comment just two above this by anonymous, which you prob should delete as they have embedded their spam site as link on your comments (not good! so rude!)... if you want to know how to get rid of them email me, love Shaz in oz.,x

  17. We want to go to the lake garda hotels and i hope we can swim there, too.