Tuesday, September 8, 2015

One Week

It's been one week since Mandy and Miss Piper left and I still miss them.  I came home from the lake about noon today and the house was SO EMPTY.  So, I got myself busy and went shopping.  First for yarn, because what makes a knitter/crocheter happier than new yarn?  Then for groceries.  Not so much fun, but necessary, none the less.

This was the lake on Saturday.  After Saturday the rain began.  And it rained off and on again on Sunday and Monday, but you won't hear me complaining.  Not at all because we needed the rain.  The fires are still burning, but the fire crews are gaining on them.  But when I woke up this morning and it was still sprinkling and COLD, I decided to come home and get a few things done.  Tomorrow I think I'll head back up there because it's supposed to be sunny.  I'm taking the carpet cleaner and cleaning the carpets in the trailer.  That's if Hubby will let me do it.  He's afraid I'll hurt myself, and I admit, it will be the most rigorous thing I've done since my surgery.  It's getting to be the time of year to begin getting things ready for fall and closing up.  No I don't want to believe it, but it will come whether I want it or not.

Nita was sitting in front of her trailer on Saturday enjoying the sunset.  It was a beauty.

I took these pictures last night.  The flowers were a week old and look how perfect they still are.

My anniversary flowers are still pretty too, but this is a bad, bad photo of them.

This is our youngest son, Alex, who works at Keio University in Tokyo.  He was playing the flute in the Nebuta festival in Aomori in Northern Japan.  He lived there for several years and wants to move back.  It's very rural and he likes it there much better.  He is one of the only non-Japanese that is allowed in the festival.  That speaks as to his involvement in the community.  That is NOT his hair, well, it's his hair but it has some time of whitening on it for the festival.  His hair is brown like his Dad's.  I miss this boy.  I had planned to go to Tokyo to visit him in October, before the summer of illness.  Now my cardiologist says no way can I go for awhile anyway.  It's been two years in August since I've hugged this boy and we miss him very, very much.  He does face-time with us almost every weekend for which I'm grateful.  And SO glad it's free!!!!  We usually talk an hour or more.

This is the never ending sock yarn zig zag blanket that I've been working on at the lake.  It stays at the trailer and wasn't touched for several months, but I put about eight inches on it last weekend.  I like all of the different colors.  What do you think?  It's about 30 inches wide and almost 4 1/2 feet long at this point.

This is a project I started last spring at home and this is as far as I got with it.  The squares are about 6 inches each.

I plan to make more squares with these two purples and some cream and grey.  My favorite colors but I don't know what I'll do with it when I'm done.  This was my yarn purchase for today.

Amazon brought me this book on Friday.  I've never had a Mollie Makes before and I really like some of the projects inside.  Look at that blanket on the cover!  Oh my goodness!

Some edgings for flannel receiving blankets.

Of course no crochet book is complete without a ripple blanket.

I picked the last of the green beans about a half hour ago.  I'll freeze these and pull up the plants tonight.  I sure didn't get as many beans as usual this year.  It must have been something in the weather.  I amended the soil before planting but they just didn't produce.

I also made a big bowl of macaroni salad for dinner.  That Tupperware bowl and lid was a wedding shower gift from 37 years ago and it's still going strong.

We're also having hot dogs made by a friend of Brad's dad in Wilbur, NE.  They sent us out some meat awhile back.  This is the last of what they sent.  We had some yesterday for lunch and we'll finish them tonight.  Nothing like the hot dogs you buy in a store.  These are all meat and you can surely taste the difference.

The last picture is of strawberries given to me last night from Barry at the lake garden.  I put sugar on them and bought shortcake cups at the grocery store for dessert tonight.  Yum

Since Blogger is being difficult and not letting me write UNDER the picture to end the post, I'll close here.  I hope you're all having a lovely week and I appreciate each and every one of you.

"The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness."  Jeremiah 31:3



  1. Hello my friend! It looks like the old Betsy is coming back.. you're doing lots and looking forward to many things.. and buying yarn and cooking! I'm a nervous wreck about the big event at Multnomah Falls tomorrow. Gracie is coming! I wish you could, too. I look forward to seeing what you make out of Mollie Makes book... I think I have that one! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. You sound like your chipper self again!!! The lake photos are always so pretty!
    Happy Anniversary!!! Where oh where did those years go?
    I know you ate missing your kiddos and grands!!

  3. Oops. That sent before I could correct my word....ate to are.
    So happy you are better my friend!!
    XO Kris

  4. Such a shame that you are unable to travel to see your son, how wonderful that he is accepted into the community, that speaks volumes. The Mollie Makes book looks interesting, I fancy the crochet edges on the receiving blankets and did wonder about edges on some pillowcases.

  5. Sounds like you are keeping busy, but don't do anything that will stress your body out. Everything will happen in time. It's so great that your son has immersed himself so much into the Japanese society. We are hoping to visit the country one day as my husband is the distributor for a paper company there. Love the colorful blanket. Take care, Tammy

  6. Betsy - just want you to know that I reply to every one of the comments you make on my blog - but I'm wondering if you receive them. It says 'no reply' in the address bar when I send you a message... Sorry if you're not getting them!

  7. Hi Betsy, it's really nice to see you doing more now. It seems like you're feeling better and getting some strength back, and that you're cleared to get back to normal before too much longer. You've been busy with some lovely things. Your new book looks really good. I love the blanket on the front cover. I'm sorry you haven't been able to see Alex in a while. I hope you'll be able to visit one another soon. Take care and enjoy the rest of the week.

  8. Goodness, you have been busy. I so love the blanket you are working on, it's just to lovely. Oh the purples..love them so much. :) I can't wait to see what you do with those little squares. Hope you are feeling better sweet friend. Enjoy all the days you can up at the lake, because I think fall is just about upon us...we are suppose to get into the 40's Sunday night....Whew...I'll be thankful to see Summer go...she was really nasty this year. Blessings to you always sweet friend. :)

  9. Your zigzag blanket it lovely. I like the thought of macaroni salad with hot dogs. I am maybe gonna make potato salad instead for tomorrow night's dinner with wiener wraps. I want to get some peonies maybe this weekend at the peony gardens that are still blooming, close to us. Have a good weekend, glad you are feeling better but take it easy for awhile. Looks like rain is heading our way next week...Yippee! Have a blessed weekend my friend! Love and hugs and prayers!

  10. ah a wonderful post again Betsy and yes can smell those strawbs from here .. love your multi blanket .. fabby colour graduations, nice way to use up yarn.
    ... your other blanket squares sound wonderful, too... sad isn't that winter has to come. I am glad ours doesn't last that long, but in some ways after your summer it will be good to have the changes so the firefighters etc can rest.
    That is a boy to be proud of dear Betsy, and understand you heartache at separation. Do take care, be kind to yourself and dont do too much too quickly now.
    Thanks so much for popping over.
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

  11. Betsy! I am so glad to read your latest news...although sorry that you have not been able to visit Alex in person and give him a hug for a long while. You are my inspiration for learning to Face-time more with my oldest son and his family. The sock yarn ripple is really neat! By the way, the yarn I used for the baby blanket is self striping so I did not have to change yarn colors at all. It makes it look like I am able to count stitches to form complicated patterns when we know that is not my gifting :) I have started another baby blanket using the same brand yarn in the Easter Basket colorway which has our favorite purplish hues. Your yummy looking food is reminding me it must be time for brunch since I haven't had breakfast and it is almost noon! I hope you are having a happy weekend! I miss you, my friend! xx

  12. Hello Betsy and first of all stop it with that cleaning immediately; gosh, I understand that your husband is scared. This is the only time in your life when you can be a bit lazy without feeling guilty, enjoy it and let the others do the work .. or just let the work be undone !..... I hope the fires are out by now; we've had a lot of rain too here and I am enjoying it. I love a good Fall and it has to arrive some time. I understand though that you don't want to leave your beautiful spot at the lake, it looks heavenly. All the best from France !

  13. Betsy, I am getting all caught up in blogging land after a busy week. The photo of your son is amazing. I so admire him for living where he does and embracing the culture. It is a testament to him that the is allowed to partake in the celebrations. I love your blanket, squares and new yarn. If I was Dennis I would be voting no on the carpet cleaning, that is a LOT of work. Be careful.

  14. Oh Betsy! I just want to give you a hug! What a hard summer you have had- and I can so relate to the melancholy feeling that sets in when the grandchildren leave. If I am home alone I usually sit down and have a good cry! And to have your son so far away! I have been there too--my oldest son spent 2 years in China and would love to go back....but I don't want him too!
    Your life on the lake looks so lovely and relaxing--I hope my husband and I can have a spot like that if and when we ever get to retire. :)

  15. I'm so happy my dear friend because by the way you are describing your days it looks like you are going back to your happy and healthy self. It looks like you have been busy and enjoying your life without too much pain anymore. I'm sorry that Mandy and Pioer had to leave, but I'm so happy you had such a great time with them. Miss you my dear friend.