Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Eye Exam and Value Village!

Hello and happy Tuesday everyone.  It's been a very good day today. Not one bit of dizziness and I've gotten a lot done...but more about that later.

Yesterday I went to the eye doctor for my yearly, (or every three years because I forget to go!), exam.  I've been having lots of blurriness in my left eye the past three weeks that was a little concerning.  All is well.  Apparently that is the eye that is a little bit weak anyway, and the beta blockers that they have me on for tachycardia can cause blurriness because it relaxes not only the heart, but the eye muscles as well.  He tells me that should go away as my body adjusts to it.  The good news it that it also lowers pressure in the eye and it would reduce chances of glaucoma.

After the eye appointment I drove down the street and walked around the mall three times upstairs and three times downstairs.  It was raining too much to walk outside but I thought I should get some exercise.  I'm NOT a mall person and it surprised me how quiet it was there.  Not many shoppers there at all.  A good place to walk for exercise.  I'll have to do more of that next winter.

And now the fun stuff.  Here is another lapghan I made over the weekend and finished yesterday for the Veteran's Home.  I put the squares together with no rhyme or reason as to color.
I started this one last night.  It's just a plain granny stripe blanket and very easy to make without much thought.  I'll put a border on it of some sort and hopefully show it to you finished next time.
Another pair of mittens are on the needles too. Don't you like my fancy project bag?  I like the clear bags because I can see at a glance what is inside.
My Easter banner is hanging front and center on the kitchen island.  I know St. Patrick's isn't over yet, but I wanted to be sure and have this out for awhile too and Easter is early this year.
My wonderfully sweet friend Teresa Kasner, (over on my sidebar), helped me find this little knitting bunny on EBay last year.  She has one like it and I fell in love with hers.  She sits on my Hoosier cabinet all year long.  It was love at first sight.
Dennis' orchids from his hospital stay are still blooming profusely.
I love the different colors.
Friends who stop by think that they're artificial.
It has been a good day and I've accomplished a lot.  I was at the grocery store by 7:30.  After putting the groceries away, I face-timed with Mandy and Miss Piper.  I've washed three loads of laundry including the kitchen curtains.  I'm getting ready to go iron after this post is done.  

I also went to Value Village and bought Pipers summer wardrobe.  I can't believe the wonderful prices I get on clothes for her. Over twenty items for less than $30.00!  I'm pretty picky and only choose things that are in "like new" condition.  Sometimes they even have the original tags still on them.  I've been doing this since she was born.  Every spring and fall I make a trip to Value Village and get her lots of clothes.  For the price of one brand new outfit or dress, I can get her things for the entire season.  Tuesday is senior citizen day for those of us over the ripe old age of 55!  So I got an additional 10% off of the sale prices.

Of course now I have to mail them to her instead of taking them to Portland.  Mailing usually costs more than buying the clothes themselves, but it's still much less expensive than buying them new.

I roasted a chicken last night and will make my homemade chicken pot pie for dinner tonight.  I saved a recipe on Facebook that used crescent rolls for the dough, but I think I'll just use my tried and true homemade dough.  There will be enough chicken left for a couple more meals for us.  Not bad for a $4.50 chicken from Costco.  At least 4-5 meals!

I hope you're all having a wonderful week.  Spring will soon be here.  I'm already enjoying the longer days with sunshine lasting into the evening hours.  I bought seeds for my garden this morning although I will be patient awhile longer to plant them.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28



  1. You must be feeling better with all that you're accomplishing! I always admire everything you do. I'm glad there was an explanation about your eye.. that would be scary. I've lately had little dizzy spells.. makes you wonder. Sending wishes for lots of flowers to you. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Hello Betsey lovely to catch up with all your news. Glad that your eye is nothing to worry about. You do get on so well with your makes. I've been making some Easter cards. Signs of Spring here. DH and I did a little gardening on Sunday as wethervwas good - though still chilly. It was lovely yesterday but I took my Aunt shopping. She has only one eye and sight in that is very poor. She is 91and struggling greatly but does not make life easy for herself. Hugs Anne x

  3. More progress! Yay, for feeling better and getting so much done! Your chicken meals sound yummy. I have found a cod fish chowder recipe that I have really been enjoying. I brown a bit of bacon with chopped onion then chop a head of cauliflower and add it. I put a serving of cod on top of this in the crockpot and pour a little boiling water over it, then let it cook on high for an hour or so. A half hour before I want to eat I pour in plain almond milk and add salt and pepper...no thickener or potatoes... and I think it is delicious...but none of my kids have asked to try it :) I admire your latest stitching and shopping...and your knitting bunny is precious. Cheering you on to more healthy days! xxxxxxx

  4. Ah such a post full of lovley things Betsy do love when you pop and chat awhile with us.. Chew the cud as my pop would say, gla short eyes are okay, eyes are very important to us.
    Great ee the walking I do it every day, usually 5 times a week at least and make s big difference I think. I do few hills too in my walk, and if wet I've been known to go walking around the shopping centres too. Good spot when wet or really cold.
    Builds up good energy and balance I find as we get older.
    Glad for summery buys for little Miss Piper.:D
    Thanks so much for sharing, Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  5. So thankful to read that you are feeling better and still working on projects. I frequented a Value Village store when we lived in Milwaukie and there were good deals. You can stuff quite a bit of things in a bigger priority mail box for $18. But it's not the same as driving them to Portland! Our shopping mall close to us is nice to walk around. Some spots are open but there's mostly covered spots. I've walked around it and stop in and shop at the same time. Glad you can do that. During the week is a good time. Have a good week, my friend! Hugs!

  6. Good to hear you are feeling better Betsy! You certainly were productive! I too, love the knitting bunny! So sweet.
    How nice to find such bargains for sweet Piper! I bet her Mommy really appreciates that!!
    Be well my friend.
    xo Kris

  7. You are certainly feeling better, your post is so uplifting. Your crochet work is beautiful, I am working on lap blanket ready for next Winter for my dear Dad. Such a great idea to search out the bargains for Miss Piper, a real help I am sure for the family. Take care.

  8. I am glad you are feeling better. Keeping you in my prayers that with each day you will be even more better. Love the blankets you made. I, too, use clear bags to keep my projects in for the same reason. I like to see what is in there. Wishing you a lovely day sweet friend. Blessings always. :)

  9. Your stitching donations will be much appreciated!!
    How lovely of you.
    Mmm chicken pot pie, that sounds so good!

  10. Hi Betsy, I'm glad to hear it wasn't anything more serious with your eye. My husband has been having some problems with a twitchy feeling in one of his eyes and he had it checked out only to learn it's probably his normal allergies making it happen. They gave him some new medications and it has helped. We were relieved. Eyes are so important and you have to keep them healthy. Your blankets are lovely. You got some great deals for Piper! We have a store here called Thrift Town which must be similar to Value Village. I was just there on Friday and all clothes were half-price. I bought my son some short-sleeved t-shirts for 50 cents each, in good shape. Perfect for his summer wardrobe and he's already wearing them now. I hope you're having a good week, Betsy.

  11. So happy to hear things are okay with your eye, scary stuff blurriness, medication can do crazy things can't it? You have been so busy with your shopping and knitting. I know Piper will love all of her new outfits.
    Hugs to you Betsy,