Saturday, January 2, 2016

A New Year

Happy New Year a day late!  Goodness we have had a day around here.  Busy, busy, busy.  But first, look at what the temperature was on our deck this morning at about 8:30.  Yep.  You read it right.  It was 3 degrees BELOW zero.  It got up to a whopping 13!  I think it's supposed to be warmer tomorrow though and almost hit freezing.  I sure hope so.  It would be nice to have some of the icicles on the roof thaw out, although they are gorgeous to look at.
Here, I have some pictures to show you just how pretty it is.  This is the blue spruce tree in our backyard.
A solar light next to the patio.  I like the little snow "hat," don't you?
Our pear tree in the front yard with the neighbors Christmas lights behind.  It has been so cold, none of the snow is even melting OR falling off of the trees.  That's unusual.
About ten minutes from home.  I took the following three pictures as we were driving on errands today.
I think this looks like a Christmas card don't you?
So crisp and clean.
And this is our Christmas present to each other.  We bought a new 55 inch TV.  We got a wonderful deal on it.  We've never had a TV in this room, but decided we would like to be able to stay upstairs and not have to go into the little family room downstairs.  This way I can light a fire in the wood stove directly to the left of the TV in this picture and can actually enjoy the heat.
The chair underneath will be moved and we're looking at console tables to go under the TV to hold the electronics.  And that's not all.  My wonderful husband bought us two new Lazyboy recliners today too!  We have two Lazyboy chairs that we bought about 22 years ago.  They are still going strong and will remain in the family room.  They're rocker/recliners.  The new ones are wall hugger ones.  We've owned both knock off brand recliners and the true Lazyboy brand chairs and hands down, we recommend paying just a little more for the real thing.  They last forever.  The mechanisms don't seem to wear out.  We even bought two of them for the trailer at the lake last year.

Boy oh boy.  For people who weren't going to get anything for each other for Christmas, we kind of went nutso today!  Dennis' 60th birthday is next Saturday and my birthday is February 1 so we're counting the chairs and TV as Christmas/Birthday/Birthday presents.  Whoo Boy!  We never, and I mean never, buy expensive gifts like this.  I think we're done for a long, long time.  I'm looking forward to being able to knit and watch TV upstairs by the kitchen.  I can cook and basically stay on one level of the house for everything except laundry.  That was a big deal last summer when I didn't feel well and the stairs were a challenge for me.

I have 34 pairs of mittens done and ready to be delivered to the school next week.  I still have more to make, but I want them to have the ones that are done as soon as possible.  I'll take a picture so you can see them for the next post.

I hope all is well with each one of you my friends and that the new year is all that you've wished it to be.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" 2 Corinthians 5:17



  1. Our temp is cold enuf here that the snow would look great here. Megan went to McDonald's after work today. There was an ice cream cone on the ground and it was frozen. Nice gifts you bought for each other. New recliners would be nice one of these days. Take care my friend.

  2. The temperatures are above average for the time of year and no snow, although we have had a lot of rain. The snow is looking indeed, just like a picture postcard. Wonderful gifts. Wishing you a wonderful New Year.

  3. I am so glad you treated each other and I am glad you can stay on the main floor now. With your back and your heath it is really much better for you on some days. When my back was hurting it was so hard to climb stairs. My big boys have rooms upstairs mine is on the main floor so I did not have to climb up often but when I did ouch! A wonderful supportive chair, a lovely tv and lots of mittens, hooray!
    Hugs to you and stay warm and safe,

  4. The pictures are awesome. Snow is always so pretty to look at. I hope the temps get higher so you all can thaw out. :) Hubby swears by his lazy boy chair, they truly are worth the little extra they cost, for like you said, they last a very long time. My love seat is from there, and it seems to be holding up just like the chair, too. Gosh, you are a mitten making machine! I know they will treasure your love gift when they get them, too. Blessings to you always sweet friend. :)

  5. my goodness that is cold...we measure in Centigrade here in the UK and I see that is -19C!Happy New Year to you.

  6. Wow, you're all set now! That's the same size of TV that we have and we love it.. and the new recliners, too. Now you can knit mittens to your heart's content and have something to watch and keep you company. With the fire.. that's exactly what's going on here right now. I found a new beret crochet hat pattern that I would like to try. I wear my hats 3 seasons out of the year, I might as well have some nice ones! I love your snow.. we had some this morning and it's still coming down, the little tiny cold flakes. I miss you and hope to see you sometime soon. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Happy New Year and with god's blessing may it be better than last year. hugs Jaana

  8. Well done with your new investments, Betsy! I hope you thoroughly enjoy them. Your photos of the snow are definitely card worthy. We have nearly two inches of snow and too much ice. Someone's truck slid into our driveway! I'm so excited you have knit so many mittens and know lots of little hands will be warmed by them. Stay cozy, my friend :) xx

  9. Happy New Year to you also! We had guests throughout the Christmas holidays so things have been quite busy here! Congrats on your new gifts - enjoy! Your lovely snow pictures left me wishing for more here-although we did get a wonderful, but short-lived, taste of beautiful winter recently :-) Stay warm, stay safe and may God bless you both.