Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cozy Days!

The temperature has dropped and so I'm spending as much time as I can in front of this:
So  toasty warm.  Sophie seems to like it too as this is where she's spending her time  On my lap.  This photo was the beginning of a sweater I knitted for her on Monday.  It's finished now and I'll show it to you being modeled by Miss Sophie herself next time.  I forgot to take a picture for today's post. 
I am enjoying having her around.  Shee sleeps all snuggled up to us every night.  She's under my arm right now.  Tiny little thing.

See my new sign?  I used to have a tiny little picture above it.  Dennnis and I bought this picture for our 25th anniversary because it reminded us of the narrow streets of Paris.  The frame was bright gold and neither of us like it.  I rubbed some black paint on it to age it and we like it much better.  It hangs in our dining area and this sign was perfect.  A bargain at 50% off at Hobby Lobby last month.
Do you see the quail on the shed roof?  I see five here now but originally there were about 10 up there.  By the time I got my phone to take a picture several had flown away.
This is what I've been working on Monday night and yesterday.  I'm an official "square joiner" for a craft group.  We have crafty people all over the US and Canada who donate and there is a different recipient each month.  I have been remiss in joining squares the past few months with all of the activity around here.  So.  I have begun making some blankets.  Ladies from the group send me 7 inch knitted or crocheted squares and then it's my job to crochet a border around each square, join them together and then crochet a border around the blanket and mail them to the recipients.  Here's the latest one, finished last night and washed today.  (See Sophie in the upper right corner?)  The blankets I'm making this month will go to the Navajo reservation in Arizona.
Another view.  This blanket is about twin size.
I have squares stashed everywhere!
A  pile of red, white and blue squares that I'll make into a lapghan this week for the Veteran's Home.
Nita likes to crochet but only knows how to go back and forth in double crochet.  No problem.  I told her how many rows to crochet and she gives me the squares.  She like's purple!
These will be given to the local Children's Crisis Center.  The top one is toddler size and the bottom one closer to crib size.
That's about it.  The weekend wore me out.  Monday morning I spent 3 1/2 hours getting the oil changed in Dennis' truck.  They were so busy putting snow tires on it was a long wait.  Then I got home, called Dennis and we realized they had used the wrong oil.  So yesterday I had to go back to get it changed AGAIN!  At least they expedited me and I didn't have to wait as long.  Now it's at the dealer for warranty work.  I'm pretty much stuck at home with no vehicle.  No problem.  I love to be at home with my yarn, fire in the fireplace and Chloe and Sophie.  :-)

I still need to get my snowtires mounted and put on but I think I'll wait a week or two until the furious rush dies down.

Have a lovely afternoon my friends.  I'm going to get my crochet hook out and start working on bordering some squares!

"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you"  Psalm 119:11

Blessings always,



  1. I'm glad you're getting some cozy rest time by the fire. You're so good about doing these blankets to help those in need. I'm proud of you. Will you be in Portland during December so we can have another holiday luncheon here at the farm with the girls? ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Snuggled up by the fire with crochet and four legged friends sounds a real treat. You are doing a great job joining up all those squares, how fabulous that the blankets are going to such good causes. They will be so appreciated I'm sure.


  3. We are cold here in NY. Snow continues to fall on us here in Western NY. I really wish we had a fire place here. Stay warm.

    I just love those blankets. I am going to work on some. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Cozy stitching by the fire with a furry friend and a worthwhile project sounds perfect, Betsy. The blankets are lovely and practical blessings in the making. I'd love to be there stitching with you :) I am almost done with the knitting part of another bunny!
    For the Orthodox first week in Advent I just read Isaiah 11:1-16 with a new friend yesterday. It is so amazing to realize how God loves us and planned the way for us to grow in love with Him, isn't it! xx

  5. How are your Md kids doing? I know how much you will miss them.. BUT--I'm sure you are glad to be home.. We've had some horribly cold weather here lately... The warm-up started today--and we are READY...

    Love all of your squares and the blankets. I love purple too---so that one caught my attention.

    Love your fireplace.. Stay WARM.

  6. It has been cold here lately. But tonight it was warmer and Phil and I went on a walk in the rain. I wore my new boots and glad I did. Love all the cozy afghans you are putting together. Glad you are home. Hugs!

  7. Hello my dear friend. So glad you are back. I keep missing your posts. I just got this one. Will check n see if I can catch up on them. Hope you had a good trip back and that you r doing well. Will we see you before Christmas ? I know you have been traveling so much that is probably last thing in your mind, but we miss you. Hope to talk to you soon. Loves

  8. All those wonderful blankets for worthy causes makes my heart sing. Keep warm and stay safe.

  9. Yay! Sophie is back. Good for Chloe and you! She looks so very much like our Henry.
    What a wonderful thing those blankets are.♥

  10. Snuggled up by the fire is a perfect place to be ! I am Elizabeth " Simple Pleasures " your newest follower

  11. Awww such sweet little company you have while you are making those blankets. :) Wishing you a warm and lovely day sweet friend. :)

  12. Wow, look at all those fun squares and blankets! Sounds like you are getting a nice break to spend with Sophie and the warm fire. Enjoy your me time!

  13. First, Sophie is very sweet.

    And second, I LOVE those blankets. How awesome that you get to join together squares that were made by someone else. Ha! :) They all turned out so great and are for such wonderful causes. I hope I will be able to do such things next year when I no longer have a day job to get in the way. :) Just gotta get through this school year.

    Nita's smart -- double crochet is my favorite stitch. Seems to go so much quicker than single or triple. The purple squares are lovely.

    Sending warm wishes and blessings, Tammy

  14. You definitely deserve some cozy time by the fire after everything you've had going on these last few months. I think it's amazing how much charity work you do, you must be full of grace. Sophie is very sweet, I can tell you really enjoy having her around. I hope you have a good weekend.

  15. ah every cloud has silver lining enjoy your crafty time, i hear it has been very cold over there . every blessing thanks for popping over, Shaz in Ozx

  16. I have always liked stoves with glass doors that allow you to see the fire. Makes a room seem even cozier.

  17. Hi Betsy,
    Did I miss something? Who is Sophie? Are you dog sitting? She is cute! I love that purple and green afghan!!! Sorry about the oil change fiasco. I had to stay home today to have our septic pumped and to wait for the cable guy to come. I had a nice cozy day sewing!
    I hope you are now well rested from your trip. Time to snuggle in for the winter months.

  18. That fire looks awesome! This past week I visited my sibling who has a woodstove -- it was nice to be warm:)
    Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving week!
    Blessings, Aimee

  19. I would love to be stuck at home with you in front of the fire catching up and crocheting.
    Hugs to you Betsy,