Friday, January 20, 2017


Hello My Friends.  It's been a strange week and I'm so happy to drop in here to chat with you for a few moments.  I thank you all for your sweet comments and well wishes for my back.  I'm still sitting with ice packs and heat several times a day and have only been out of the house once this week for just a half hour or so.  I ran to the store between ice storms to get some bread, milk and fruit.  Then I've been inside again. It's a good thing I'm not one to go "stir crazy".  I love being at home.  It's where my heart is.  When I worked full-time, my heart yearned for home.  However, I would like to be able to be up and doing things. 

I haven't been doing absolutely nothing though.  I finished my Hermione socks made with Knit Picks Stroll yarn in the "Frozen" colorway.  I love them and they fit perfectly.  I did adapt the pattern a bit to fit my feet.  That's a perk when you make your own socks.  You can make them to fit the strange things about those particular feet!
I made a doily for my gift drawer.
I finished four more pairs of mittens.
I started another doily last night.
I also started a corner to corner blanket from left over sock yarn.  I'm not loving how it looks though so it's in hibernation until I make the decision whether to rip it out and start on something else or not.  :-)

I did get this in the mail all the way from Edinburgh.  I won it from C.C. and Dami at the Geeky Girls Podcast for their 52 weeks of charity KAL.  It was lots of fun. I also won a beautiful shawl pattern designed by C.C.  They are a mother/daughter team of podcasters who are Americans living in Edinburgh while C.C.'s husband finished seminary school.  It's a fun podcast to watch.
I couldn't let the opportunity pass to share Miss Piper with you.  She made this bird for Mommy all by herself.  Mandy gave her paper, scissors and markers and she brought this to her a little while later.  Of course, I think it's the cutest bird ever.
She has been struggling with making e's in her name and looky!  She finally did a great job of writing her entire name.  For a little one that just turned 4 I think she did a GREAT job.
A couple at our church went to California where the bride grew up to have their wedding with family on New Years Eve.  This past Sunday after church they rededicated themselves in front of their church family since none of us could be there for their actual wedding. Then there was a wedding luncheon with cake and flowers.  I, unfortunately, was unable to be there for that either because of my back.  I rarely miss church and I was so disappointed to not be there.  Our doorbell rang on Monday night and look what they brought to me.  A piece of wedding cake and flowers from the decorations.  Wasn't that sweet of them? 
"Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on His law day and night. Psalm 1:1-2

I love and care for each one of you my friends.



  1. Oh sweet friend, I do hope your back gets to feeling better soon. I have you in my prayers. Little Miss Piper is doing awesome! Love your socks. What a wonderful thing that couple did for the church to share in their happiness and to bring you flowers and a piece of cake. ((hugs)) and blessings to you always. :)

  2. Your socks are a masterpiece. I love being home too. Thanks for letting me say it. I longed for home when I worked too. Piper is such a joy to watch. Take good care of the back. I wish you could come over and sit in my hot tub. It really makes the back feel better.

  3. You've made good use of your hibernation - great finished items! So fun to see the pride and excitement in Piper's eyes.

    It was sweet of your friends to bring you flowers and a slice of wedding cake.

  4. I do hope that your back is improving. Love how the socks came out and LOVE the doily. Good job on getting more mittens done. That was nice of your friends to bring something by when you had to miss church. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. Your sox look cozy. I'm ready to get my fuzzy boots on. Still waiting on furnace part. Phil drove to ups and hopefully it will be there or Sat. Held up by the storm...probably got stuck on I-84. Sigh but thankful for what heat we have. Piper is sweet! Thanks for sharing updates on her. I enjoy them very much. Hope you all thaw out soon! Hugs and praying your back heals up soon. Owies are no fun!!!

  6. Betsy, your creativity is so amazing and inspiring! Thanks for letting us admire your projects and your sweet Piper...I love her smile :) It is lovely that you got to enjoy wedding cake and flowers from friends. You are loved by many including me. Thanks for sharing the parting verse, too. xx

  7. I love the doily, a beautiful gift made with love. Piper is coming on in leaps and bounds bless her, a wonderful achievement both at creating the bird and mastering the art of writing. How wonderful to be visited by friends when you couldn't make church, so thoughtful of them. Take care still praying for a speedy recovery.

  8. Look at all you have to share-awesome! I love the pineapple pattern in doilies-they are great to crochet and wonderful when completed!
    The Hermione socks look amazing, too. Keep producing beauty while you recuperate!

  9. Sounds like you're handling being cooped-up pretty well. I like it too. Love your new doily. You can't go wrong with pineapples. Keep getting better! ♥

  10. Oh, made me miss being a teacher. Teaching the little ones how to read and write was always so special. I would have loved having a cutie like Piper in my class.
    Love those socks. That yarn looks great with that pattern.

  11. Great socks! Your doily is AMAZING! Your little Piper is a real cutie.

  12. Oh, dear Betsy! I am praying for you and trusting Jesus to make your back well very quickly. I know how hard it is to be an active person and be in a condition where you can't do the things you need to. Oh, it is so trying. May the dear Lord bless you and relieve this pain completely. Your socks are just beautiful, and they look SO warm. And, that doily! I am amazed at how fast you can whip something like that is just SO pretty. And, of course, little Miss Piper is a little doll, as usual. It was so good to see a post from you and to know how you are feeling and progressing. I will definitely continue to pray. Sending you love and hugs!

  13. Oooh how kind of the newly married couple to come and visit you like that when you are so poorly. I'm like you, I'm a homebody, I love being at home, and sometimes begrudge time spent away, however not fun at all when you are house bound.. but as you say and show you've not been idle. Love your socks, can't imagine what it would be like to have such beautiful socks on your tootsies. 😊
    Miss Piper is beautifully clever in doing her "e"s and that's the teacher me speaking 😉

    Praying much for ongoing healing dear Betsy, keep looking up to the sweet Lord Jesus, as it's only mud underneath, as a dear old saint used to write to me ... he's in glory now.

    My life verse is " looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith." Hebrews 12:2
    I think his above exhortation subconsciously affected the choice of this verse.

    Thanks for sharing your lows and joys, you are precious in Gods sight. Never forget that,
    Hugs and prayers,
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  14. I too love staying at home! Your yarn is the same yarn I used for my Jingle socks that I cast on Christmas Eve! You will love it! I'll have to watch the Geeky Girls....sounds interesting. Piper is good.....great small motor skills! Glad you got to partake a bit in the wedding festivities. I asked a question about the Hermione's sock pattern on my post today....maybe you can answer it as you just finished them. The picture on the pattern looks shorter than yours too.

  15. That was super sweet that they thought of you! Love your socks- now I coulod definitely use a pair of those. My one good pair of smart wool socks got holes in the heals and I reluctantly threw them out. I'm ancious to get another pair soon and they are(were) they warmest socks I owned. Miss Piper is adorable!

  16. I love the socks you made for yourself! You have been quite busy making so many different things! I'm so sorry about your back, but what a precious way to learn that your church family loves you so much, for them to share part of the celebration with you! God is so good to us! Hugs to you today :)

  17. Yea for Miss Piper on both of her recent accomplishments 😄 Great job! Love your handiwork Betsy...always beautiful!
    God bless!

  18. Your socks are wonderful. I can just imagine how comfortable and warm they are. Perfect for our cold, cold winter. I am so sorry to hear about your fall . . . I'll be praying for a speedy recovery.