Friday, December 20, 2013

Snow! Again!

It's snowing here. Just in time for me to NOT go to my knitting group this afternoon. We meet at the top of what we call the "South Hill" here in Spokane. To give you an idea of what that hill is like, most streets are closed up and down the hill anytime it snows more than an inch or two. And you have to understand that we all know how to drive in snow, are very used to it and it still has to be closed. Very treacherous. Well, I guess I should say, MOST of us know how to drive in snow. There are always a few who think they can out perform simple gravity and laws of motion! :-) They always learn that they can't, to their own peril.

I've got most of the car packed and so I'll use this unexpected free time to finish up the laundry and knit! It's always fun to find unexpected time for knitting isn't it? That was the first bag that I packed, yarn for mittens since I can get a lot of knitting done while Hubby is driving to and from Portland. Not sure how much will get done while there, since Miss Piper will occupy most of my time. Gracie, however, has invited me to come and knit with her at her home while I'm on the west side and I'm going to try my best to visit her. She has such a cozy home, full of love and peace. If you haven't, you should visit her at One Saylor's Log. Her blog appears on my sidebar along with Teresa and Taci's, two other wonderful bloggy friends who live in the Portland area. We're all meeting for lunch next Monday at Teresa's farm just outside of Portland. Yippee! And speaking of Teresa. She and her husband Dayle sent a generous check to help with the mittens. See the goodies I was able to purchase at Michaels this week!
I've already started turning the yarn into mittens as you can see by the next photo. I've finished these since my last post.
Thank you Teresa and Dayle from my heart. I know the children will thank you too when they have warm hands.

I have a warm fire going this morning and I think it will be much appreciated with the snow falling outside.
It's nice and warm in here and it even looks a bit like Christmas, even with no tree this year.
I adore snowmen! They are my main Christmas decoration after the nativity and angels. This table sits at the end of our hallway, by the bedroom and guest bath doors. Hubby made me this table for our first Christmas together out of scraps of wood. We had NO money. It has kept a place of honor in all of our homes. It held the family candle at our 25th vow renewal ceremony and I love it.

The little ceramic snow "couple" in the second picture have been with us for 34 years! The candy cane was broken off one year when Mr. Snowman came out of storage. It was easily repaired though and he still looks happy!

The bottom shelf holds a Mr./Mrs. salt & pepper set, a snow globe and nutcracker snowman. All gifts from lovely friends over the years.

Another simple nativity in our bedroom. I like the reminders everywhere in our home of why we are truly celebrating this happy season. God's son came to earth for us as a tiny baby. It's a true miracle. I NEVER want to forget it in the busyness of Christmas.

And now my friends, I'm off to knit some more mittens and maybe sip some tea by the fire. It sounds heavenly doesn't it?



"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to men on whom His favor rests." Luke 2: 11-14


  1. Hi Betsy, happy holidays! My son is here enjoying the warmer weather as it is very, very cold where he is in Colorado. Bless you for knitting up all those mittens. A friend at school said we should make scarves and hats for our workers at school, but there are 70 of them so we would have to start from now to have them ready for next Christmas. :) Enjoy your time with the girls and Piper! Tammy

  2. Betsy.. be careful driving over here! I'm so glad you got the check for yarn.. we're both very grateful that you're making the mittens for children in need. You're a champ! See you on Monday.. fun fun fun!

    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
    *M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. I am smiling at you Betsy :) I enjoyed visiting you through this post and you cheered me up. Although it was snowing when my daughter left for work at 8am the snow did not stick at all and it is raining now. (I know you are not thrilled with snow, but I like it when I can be warm and cozy at home and not have to shovel it or drive in it :) At any rate I am going to turn on my pretend fire, make some tea, listen to some Christmas music and crochet while you knit across the internet gathering :) Blessings on your drive and I look forward to seeing you Monday!!! xx

  4. I keep thinking of you and all those mittens and how those little children now know what the true meaning of Love One Another means. I smile at knowing that you have touched their hearts by letting the love of Jesus be reflected in your mittens. Bless you always and safe travels, too.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. :)

  5. Betsy you are so dear to be making all of those mittens. And our Teresa and Dayle, are so dear to contribute to the cause! Do be careful on your journey to Portland. Have a very Merry Christmas!
    Love your snowmen, and I too have quite a collection of them here!
    xo Kris

  6. How nice of you my friend. Your house looks wonderful and what a huge heart you have... The mittens are looking great,

  7. Ooh, unexpected knitting time is always a good bonus!
    Enjoy the snow - we're not even close to being cold enough for it here this December.

    Wishing you and your family a wonderfully magical and merry Christmas xx

  8. Hope you are managing to keep warm and safe.
    Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Carol xx

  9. Can I give you a big hug right now!!!
    You are so amazing for making all of those mittens for the children and how thoughtful of Teresa and Dayle, they are such wonderful people! Your home looks so warm and cozy and your home still looks very christmasy even without a tree....the little snowmen are the cutest. Wishing you and your family a wonderful day tomorrow....
    M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S !!!

  10. Wishing you and yours Betsy a magical Christmas time...Merry Merry Christmas

    Amanda x

  11. Hello Betsy, It has been lovely getting to know over the pass year. I have enjoyed reading about all your adventures and seeing all your lovely knitted and crochet creations. I would like to wish you and your DH a Very Happy, Healthy and Blessed New Year. Hugs Judy