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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime!

Does anybody else remember those lyrics from a song?  I have no idea what song it is, but the lyrics just popped into my head and won't go away.

First of all, I want to thank each one of you for your well wishes on my head.  I do still have a headache and the doctors office called me for a follow-up this morning.  They told me I may have one for days, weeks or even months.  Yuck.  Anyway, I will persevere.  It's not "quite" as bad as earlier in the week, but still annoying.  I thank each one of you for your concern.  It always amazes me how sweet my blog friends are.  Why does that surprise me?  You are all wonderful. 

I told you I would post a photo of the front yard so I just stepped outside and took a few photos.  There are more bushes and a tree to the right, but I would have had to stand in the street and didn't think that would be such a great idea based on my luck with injuries. Ha!
The left side of the house, gate andsidewalk.  I really like our curvy sidewalk, one of the young men from church put it in for us and he designed it to match the back patio and it's stamped with a pretty pattern you can't see because of the shade from the tree.

This was a tiny little lavender plant two years ago.  We got it from a small farm at the base of Mt. Spokane.  It smells divine and is about 40-48 inches across now.
I think I posted these pictures before but I'm not sure.  Alex took both of them at Riverfront Park when he was home last month and he put them on Facebook last night.  Isn't my Hubby handsome?
I don't care for the fact that these photos show just how "large" I am.  Oh my goodness, I have a lot of weight to lose but it is what it is and I can't hide from it now can I?
More roses from my garden that I cut this morning.
A different view.  I love these roses.
More progress on my gumdrop blanket.
Teresa is a friend from church who teaches 1st grade. Another teacher had the hat on top in this photo that she bought at World Market.  It's the one with the blue band on top.  Teresa loves this hat.  She also thinks I can knit and crochet anything.  Her confidence in me astounds me at times.  Anyway, she brought me the hat Sunday and I tried several different yarns before I found one of a similar size gauge, although it isn't the same fiber content.  The original hat is really stretched out too.  But the bottom one is the one I came up with.  She didn't care about the different color stripes, but wanted the design of knits and purls.
What do you think?  Well, I found it so absolutely comfortable I made one for myself today.
Mine looks pink but that is really purple, grey and black.  Yes, I made a winter hat in June.  It was such a quick knit, about 3 hours that I really enjoyed it for a quick finish.  Everything else I've been working on takes a lot longer so this was nice.
It looks small, but it covers over my ears and is machine washable.  I made both hats with Loops and Threads chunky Charisma yarn.

I hope all is going well with you all.  The weather has cooled down and is predicted to be unseasonably cold this weekend with rain.  I'm still planning to go sit in my trailer at the lake with my big bottle of Advil for my head.  Dennis really didn't want me out there by myself this week, so I've been entertaining myself at home from my recliner.  However, I'm really missing it out there, not to mention that we had planned to be there last Sunday so I have a lot of food in the refrigerator that is probably going into the trash now.

I hope you all have lovely plans for the weekend and will be enjoying the summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime!

And something I think we all need to hear at times...

"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1



  1. Goodness, Betsy, I hope your headache goes away asap.. poor thing. I like YOUR knitted hat better than the original and I love yours best. Won't you model it for us? You're amazing how you can make a knitted thing by looking at it. We're having fun at the beach. Right now though my poor daughter is sitting out in the cold wind in 3 jackets while the girls play in the sand... LOL!! Home again tomorrow evening.. after a trip up to Astoria and home through Longview. Please get well.. you are loved. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Hi Cutie, I just HAD to check on you.. Glad you are gradually doing better... Head damage is nothing to play around with --as you know... God's blessings on you.

    Love this post.. Just seeing your lovely home and that picture of you and hubby just warms my heart...

    Love the little hats too....

  3. What a beautiful couple you are and-what a house! It's spectacular. My poor lavender looks like a stick. I don't think it's going to make it. The hats are fabulous. I wish I had done something more interesting with mine. I like your knit purl texture.

  4. You are certainly blessed with a beautiful home and garden and yes you really have got a handsome husband. You certainly look very happy to be together. Hope you are well enough to get away to the lake this weekend, look after yourself. Take care.

  5. Your house is nice. Will have to come check it out sometime. Glad you're feeling better and praying you heal up completely. Thankful it's not worse case scenario! I have lavender plants too and enjoy their fragrance. I've got 3 big ones and two smaller ones. It rained here yesterday. Was cold when I left work. Such a change from last week's heat! Staying home with not anything special happening. Our grad party was fun but thankful it's over. Hugs and take care my sweet friend!!

  6. I think you two are so cute. I always love seeing your smiling faces, so full of love for each other. Your home and garden are lovely, too. I adore your flowers, always so pretty. Blessings to you always sweet friend. :)

  7. I do know that song ... but from where? So I googled it. “Summertime, Summertime” Performed by The Jamies (1958 & 1962) :) A fun little song.

    You and I are in the same boat. I've had migraines off and on all week, after a stomach bug that put me out of commission last weekend, and now a UTI that is so irritating. No fun at all. I don't want to keep taking medicine all the time. My husband tells me I'm falling apart.

    Love the pic of you and hubby on the bench. Great job on the hat and blanket.

    P.S. I started this comment early this morning and now am just sending it about 12 hours later, at nearly 9:00 p.m.

    Have a good weekend.

  8. Your hubby is a winner! Get to the lake. we intend to drive to lake Michigan, 10 minutes away, and just walk in the sand. Always makes us feel relaxed

  9. Hope you get to the lake this weekend Betsy! Your house and gardens look lovely and you two are so cute together!! Love the hats.

  10. I remember the song, but can't sing the rest of it! :) I love your dress- it looks so comfortable. I've been looking for one similar to that, but everything is too low cut for me. Pretty lavender bush and the sidewalk is neat. Have a lovely weekend!

  11. Betsy, you are beautiful inside and out! Dennis is a lucky man to have you by his side. I sure hope your head feels better, concussions are no fun at all. Promise me you will rest and take care of yourself.

  12. I love your house! My favorite color is yellow and your landscaping is impeccable! Does Dennis do all that? You are a very sweet couple! Oh and yes, I remember that song!

  13. I always forget to mention something....the hat(s) are darling! Get well soon!

  14. Your house is just beautiful! And your roses! So lovely indeed! I am so thankful you are feeling a bit better, but sorry to know your headaches remain, bless your heart. And, you are NOT fat. I think you look just fine, and I am sure your kind husband does, too. You make a lovely couple and compliment one another so well! Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos, and I hope you get out to the lake real soon!! :)

  15. I do remember that part of the song :) I'm glad you are feeling a bit better. It is so lovely to see your flowers and pictures of you and Dennis help me feel like you are a bit closer. I like the hat you made for yourself the best, but both look comfy and cozy. We were so hot at camp for a few days, but it was lovely to be warm and bask in the sunshine, then just before we came home the temps dropped into the 40's at night and I piled on layers of clothes and blankets to stay warm...I bet a hat like you made would have helped! Love to you and yours xxxxxxxxx