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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father' Day!

Hi Everyone~ Another week has passed and it did go by rather quickly.  I spent several days at the lake and several days at home.  I have been knitting, but on a new shawl and baby blanket that are currently at the trailer, (where I'm returning within the hour), and I forgot to photograph them.  Since I can only blog on our home computer I won't be able to show them to you this week.  So, I'll show you a few other items around the house.

Dennis is mowing right now, so I ran out and took a quick photo of the marigolds and rhubarb.  See the first pass of the mower around the rhubarb?  Gosh, that rhubarb just keeps going this year with our cool weather.  I've harvested about 14 one gallon bags from this plant already and it needs picked again!  Yum.  Lori made rhubarb/apple crisp at the lake last night and it was SO good.  We had vanilla bean ice cream with it.  Not weight watcher friendly, but delicious  nonetheless. :-)

The marigolds haven't grown much in recent weeks either because of the cool, wet weather.  That is supposed to change to more summer like over the next few days so maybe they'll be huge by the end of the week!  Ha!
Friday afternoon I was sitting in the trailer knitting during a big windstorm and I heard a knock on the door.  Our neighbor a few doors down was coming to visit and brought me this beautiful folk angel as a gift. Isn't she lovely?  We have the best friends.
She is joining some of my other favorites on the Hoosier cabinet.  The purple sheep I received as a blogger gift and my knitting bunny live there.  A depression glass plate that belonged to my Grandma and a cookbook full of vintage things too.
I am so glad we found this cabinet a year or two ago.  It's one of my favorite pieces of furniture.
Yesterday we made curtains for the trailer.  The accordion blinds that came with the camper are breaking, one by one and they are SO expensive to replace. They do get a lot of use and most everyone is or has experienced the same problem with their blinds.  I much prefer the cozier look of drawn curtains at night anyway.  Nita brought out her portable sewing machine.  I cut the fabric, Nita sewed the hems or rod pockets, whichever was needed.  (I don't have a cabinet large enough for my Instant Pot, so it  has to sit out in the open.  I'm not fond of the look of it, but I don't want to give up the convenience of the Instant Pot either.)
Dennis is a wonderfully good presser.  He pressed the panels before I cut them and again after they were sewn before we hung them up.  Lori and Paul contributed the little ironing board and iron to the endeavor.  It was a group effort!
This was Larry's contribution.  :-)  He held Sophie.  I forgot to get a photo of the curtains all hung so I'll do that this week for you too.  The loveseat Larry is sitting on is the one that we brought from home last month.  We gave our other sofa to another couple at the lake who had an identical one that had had a lot of use.  We rarely used ours because we have our lazy-boy recliners to sit in.  Now, we have four recliners and our trailer has become the gathering place on evenings when it is too cold or rainy to sit outside. 
Yesterday I made Thanksgiving in a Crockpot for all six of us, Paul, Lori, Larry, Nita, Dennis and myself.  It was really good.  The recipe was given to me last week by a friend at the lake.  It was a cool day and after making curtains all day, it was nice to have dinner ready for us in the evening.

Here's the recipe.

In a large crockpot layer but DON'T stir together.

4 Chicken Breasts
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery OR chicken soup. (I used celery and it was delicious.)
2 cans drained green beans
2 boxes stuffing mix
extra sage if desired, (I used about 1 tablespoon dried sage.)
1 small can chicken broth, (pour over everything)
french fried onions (Like used for green bean casserole)

Cook on high for 6 hours and then turn to low until you're ready to eat.  I did about 2 extra hours.

Let me know if you try it and like it. :-)

Update:  The physical therapist really worked over my back last Monday and I have been in intense pain ever since.  He said at the time that he was sure my back wasn't broken anymore hence the more intense therapy.  WELL SURPRISE!  They did another x-ray on Tuesday and the bone is still broken with NO healing at all no wonder the things he did hurt so bad.  Basically my back feels like it is on fire all of the time now.  I see my Primary Care doctor tomorrow to discuss options.  I would appreciate any prayers you could send up.  This is definitely getting old and we're planning a 26 hour drive at the end of the month with another 26 hours back home.

This is why Nita was a sweetheart and sewed my curtains for me.  There is no way I could possibly sit at the sewing machine that long.  I appreciate her doing that for me so much.  Just as I appreciate each one of you who asks how I'm doing and shows such love and concern for me.  Thank you, thank you. :-)

"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Luke 6:38

My friends, you have all given love and caring to me and I appreciate it very much.  I hope you all have a most wonderful week.



  1. I'm so sorry for the added pain and know you will see the Father's hand in even this. So glad for the encouragement your rec'd..

  2. Good friends are priceless!

    I hope your doctor can give you some options so you can go on your trip and be relatively pain-free.

    The Hoosier cabinet is a treasure.

  3. Your wooden angel is pretty and nice place to stash it...on your hoosier. My item I'd like to have but it's ok. I got the window I wanted! Glad Nita made the curtains and I look forward to seeing them next post. Sorry your back is still hurting and pt man should have been more careful. Megan's almost done with hers and it's feeling somewhat better. I'll be praying for your healing as you need that for your trip to see your family! Have a blessed and healthy week, my friend. Hugs!

  4. So sorry to hear about your back. I know how miserable that can be. You are so lucky to have such good friends. That is quite the assembly line you've got going there. Daddio loved to iron and was so much better at it than I ever was. Every time I see an iron I think of him.

  5. Oh dear dear dear Betsy, how I feel for you in all this. I've felt for while something more is wrong, and I think I've said so..
    .. I do hope and pray they get to the bottom of the issue of non healing and solve it for you. Properly, not I think this or that as in therapist's case, but really making sure with an MRI or CAT scan. Seeing it all in 3D so soft and bony structures can be checked... plus maybe pathology tomchekc other things out. I don't know but mercifully the LORD does, so praying much for you.
    Think your team of helpers are wonderful. Great curtain work etc... and love rhubarb too.
    Hugs and prayers dear sweet sis,
    Psalm 103
    13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

    14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

    17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

  6. You most certainly will be in my prayers. I am praying that you will find some relief and that you will be able to travel to see your family comfortably. You are blessed with some wonderful friends, looking forward to seeing the curtains hung. Take care.

  7. Hi Betsy, Sent up a couple prayers for you after reading this. I do hope that they can figure out what is the problem soon and you will have a pain free trip coming up. Your Hoosier cabinet is no lovely. Lucky you. It is wonderful to have neighbors that helped you make your curtains! There are still so many good people in this wicked world and we are blessed to know some of them Feel better soon. Nancy

  8. Love your Hoosier cabinet - what a find! And, you are so luck to have such wonderful friends Betsy. I hope the doctor will give you some options that will work for you I know how much you are looking forward to the trip!

  9. OH Betsy. I will be praying to the Blessed MOther to help your back. Im so sorry about the pain. Your angel is so darling and I love the cabinet. I want to make our porch cuter and You are an inspiration. Blessings to YOU

  10. I send prayers your way for healing of your back sweet friend. ((hugs)). It is sweet of everyone to help you, that is exactly what friends do. They are there in the good and bad times. I look forward to your photos of your new projects. I am glad you are getting to go to the lake, such a peaceful place. Wishing you a lovely day and a super wonderful week. Blessings always

  11. I love reading about your life at the trailer. You have such good friends there and so many happy times. I'm really glad for you. Your new friend who brought the angel sounds so nice. The knitting bunny reminds me of some bunny figurines that my mother has, called Bunnykins. She has about three of them, doing different things. Thanks for the recipe, it sounds really good. I love making dinners like that. I hope your back is healing and that you get good news next time from the doctor. I'm glad your friends are able to help you and Dennis. Take care and have a good week, Betsy.

  12. Your activities at the trailer sound so nice.. making the curtains.. the nice friendships you have there. I bet that dinner smelled fabulous while it was cooking!! It was fun to see the purple sheep and knitting bunny being on display. I like the idea of having 4 recliners in your trailer! I'm upset that your therapist hurt you so bad. You need to call his boss and tell him what he did. I hope you're better by the time of your trip. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  13. Well, even if after your appointment, I am asking God to give wisdom and knowledge to your caregivers for your healing. I am so glad you have loving family and friends, and I enjoyed seeing the Curtain Crew at work, with Larry's important contribution :) The rhubarb and Thanksgiving meal sound yummy! Sending you loving thoughts, dear Betsy. xx

  14. In the recipe do you make the stuffing before you put it in the crockpot?

    1. No! You just dump the dry stuffing on top. No butter or anything. I used Stovetop but my friend used Walmart brand and said it was delicious. I hope you like it.

    2. Hi Betsy,
      I made the recipe today. We enjoyed the flavor of Thanksgiving and how easy it was to make. It made so much! My in laws were gifted half.
      I hope you are relaxing and I hope you get some answers on your back soon. Prayers for healing coming your way.
      Thanks again for the recipe!

    3. I'm so glad you liked it! Yes, it does make a lot. We love leftovers so that's never a problem for us. Thank you for your prayers. I appreciate them more than you know.

  15. Oh, dear friend! I am SO sorry to hear that the bone is not healing at all!!! My, I know, this had to be a great disappointment to you. Bless your dear heart. I trust the dear Lord will lay His healing hand upon you SOON and mend what is broken and give you relief. I hate to think of you being in such terrible pain all the time. Your place at the lake is just beautiful! That kind of living just calls to me, and I think one of the neatest parts of it are the friends you meet and become close to. It is so sweet that all of you can be together and enjoy such wonderful friendship and fellowship. We consider doing something like this one day...who knows what the dear Lord may have in store! God bless you and heal you and just allow you to thoroughly enjoy this summer at your beautiful lake home! Sending love and hugs to you. :)

  16. You are blessed to have such dear friend Betsy. And they are so blessed to have you. I am sending you healing thoughts for that bone to heal flawlessly. Enjoy your time at the lake.