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