Monday, June 22, 2015

Technical Difficulties Abound!

I'm home!  I have been home since last Wednesday afternoon.  It was hard leaving this little girl who gives the absolute best hugs and kisses.  I miss her more than words can tell.  I miss her Mommy just the same.  It doesn't matter how old they are, leaving your kids is horrendous.

I loved my time with them.  And Piper loved Grandma to braid her hair.  It looks like Anna's in "Frozen". Look how long it's getting.
The girls took me to the airport Tuesday afternoon.  Three...three of my flights were cancelled.  They ended up driving all the way back to Baltimore to pick me up and then back to the airport early Wednesday.  Mandy had to get Piper out of bed to pick me up and out of bed to take me back after only a few hours.  I felt so bad.  I had terrible seats on both flights home since I was being rebooked.  I tried to be optimistic, but it was NOT fun.  The best part by far was seeing Dennis waiting at the end of the ramp at the airport.  I love that man with my entire being.

Gracie sent me a headband that she created with yarn I gave her that I bought on my last trip to Japan.  I love it.  The cute card was from Gracie's vacation in Oregon.  Isn't it a perfect reflection of what she wrote about it on her blog, One Saylor's Log?   (It's on my sidebar if you've never visited her before.)
This was what I returned home to.  My little Chloe was so happy to see me.  Notice open windows and doors.  That didn't happen in Maryland with the high temperatures and high humidity.  I love the northwest.
The lavendar that we bought last year at a farm on the base of Mt. Spokane is blooming profusely.  Purple is my favorite color and the smell of this is unbelievable.
It has grown 3 times it's size from when we bought it last summer.
I like my cute kids with their umbrella.  I've had them under this bush for 13 years now.
My Chloe.  She's such a sweetheart and never leaves my side when I'm home.  I honestly don't think I'll ever have another dog after her.  She would be impossible to replace.
The flowers at the lake.
More purple.

I have no idea what any of these flowes are though.  Lori planted them and has wonderful taste.
The guys put in a sprinkler system at the lake while I was gone.  Can you believe that?  They worked hard both Saturday's while I was gone and I was really surprised.  It is nice not to have to spend hours watering the grass every day while there, but a sprinkler system at the lake?  Crazy.

Now to the technical difficulties.  When I had to get a new phone in Annapolis last week, I apparently lost my unlimited data that I was grandfathered in with them for 14 years with Verizon.  I now have very little data considering I face time with my "girls" every day and with Alex in Japan once a week.  During the winter it's no problem because we have wifi at home but in the summer, I have to use my hotspot and phone at the lake.  In five days I used 3/4 of my monthly allowance!!!!  This was face-timing only about 15 minutes a day, not hours.  Apparently video takes tons of data.

All of this to say,  I had no data left to check blogs or anything else.  I'm supposed to get a call from Verizon on Wednesday to see how this can be resolved.  I hope all will be well.  I will definitely be checking all of your blogs whenever I come home and doing my posts then unless something changes.  Please don't give up on me.  I love you all and will be in communication whenever I can.

Meanwhile on the knitting front I've made three more sweaters like the one I made Piper.  They are all going to various charities.  I've also been working on the zig zag sock yarn blanket while sitting at the lake the past few days.  It's very tedious but I like the way it's turning out.  I'll try to remember to take a photo for you.

I hope all is well with every one of you and I'll be checking in again soon.

"Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life prosperity and honor." Proverbs 21:21



  1. I'm glad you made it home after all that horrible mess ups on the flights. I really don't want to fly much anymore. That's why we're driving to Oklahoma! I hope you get your data plan back.. you have to watch those people! Throw a fit if you have to. I just wish I could have a new phone like yours. Hope to see you in Portland one of these days. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. I so can empathize with you Betsy! Miss my kids very, very much. Sigh.
    Glad you made it home safely despite all the travel issues. Gracie makes awesome headbands--very pretty! Both our white and purple lavender are going crazy--I am going to try and harvest them this week, that is if our snake "sentry" leaves his post. One can see that Chloe has a sweet nature from the pics you've posted before...
    Ah, technical difficulties. We seem to max our full speed Internet allowance almost every month and we're already at the highest level. I so wish our Internet had unlimited data like my smartphone does. Good luck to you on getting your situation worked out.
    Blessings, Aimee

  3. What a mess when flights get cancelled then ya have to get another one. Glad you got home now. Love your lavender. I keep thinking of putting mine out in the back where there is more sunshine. Not happened yet. Maybe out front though would be better so I could see it. I thought about having a little lavender farm....not gotten too far yet! Hopefully you can get what you need in your data plan. Should have been able to keep it like it was....all of the stores should have same info on your plan, you'd think! Take care my friend and enjoy your summer back home in WA! Hugs and prayers, Becky ;-}

  4. I don't like to leave my beloved daughters and grandchildren either so I know how you feel. The bonus for me I drive to visit mine, it sounded quite the ordeal with your flights. Happily you are safe and well. Hope you manage to sort your phone contract out.

  5. The sprinkler system at the lake made me chuckle.

  6. These little red flowers look like "oeillets de Chine" (dianthus sinensis) to me. I'm happy to see that you got home safely, even with all the technical hitches. By the way, I love your dog, she looks just perfect ! x

  7. sad to have to say good bye to the little one, but glad you got to spend some time her. That sucks about your data plan. Hope it gets resolved soon.

  8. Good to hear you're home again safely though it's hard to leave the girls behind. I think the deep pink/red flowers are dianthus or commonly called pinks. We have quite a few in our garden. Our lavender is just starting to bloom.

  9. So glad you are safely home. The flowers look lovely. Goodness, what a bad deal with the data plan. I hope they can help you out in some way. Hope you have a day filled with many blessings sweet friend. :)

  10. Welcome home, Betsy! [Especially after your arduous journey] I know Chloe, Dennis and your friends are enjoying your presence even though you are missing your girls. Teresa's advice to you about resolving your data plan issue made me chuckle. Can you even throw a fit if you have to, Betsy :) Your sprinkler system at the lake made me chuckle, too, but what a blessing! And I especially love your lavender and want to plant more here, too. I'm glad you enjoyed your card and refashioned Japanese yarn. I'm praying for blessings for you and yours and sending you cyber hugs, Gracie xx

  11. hello,
    your garden looks wonderful. love your flowers.i have two little lavender plants and they are starting to bloom.
    blessings regina

  12. You are such a dear blessing, Betsy. I love to come by here and read your posts. Little Miss Piper is getting so big...and that beautiful, long hair. I know you must have hated leaving her. God bless you and comfort your heart when you miss her. So thankful to know you are safe back at home with your dear husband and dog. And the flowers are just lovely! What a welcome home! Much love to you, sweet friend. :)

  13. I am glad you got to visit with Piper and Mandy and that you made it safely back home. I also hope your problems with Verizon have been resolved. I have 2 gig of data and I seldom use very much of it. I'm never very far from home so the wifi is always running. I hope everything can be worked out. The flowers are so lovely both at your home and at the campground. Dear Chloe. Sweet dog.