Then yesterday Alicia and her boys drove to our lake place from their home in Moses Lake, WA. It's about a 3 hour drive. Kale and Hayden are about the same age as our grandchildren and they treat us like grandparents which is really sweet. They swam all day, (literally in the water for 5 hours straight!), and then we came home and grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and had watermelon and macaroni salad. Yum! Then we watched the new Beauty and the Beast movie which was wonderful. They spent the night with us at our house and then left this morning to do some school shopping and a doctors appt. They may be back the weekend of July 29 with their Dad. Dennis is preaching that Sunday and they want to go to church with us. Dennis baptized both Alicia and Jeremy and also performed their wedding. Alicia worked for me for a number of years when I was a bookkeeper. They are a really sweet family and we enjoy having them for visits. You may remember that they had Thanksgiving with us last year.
Here's a somewhat smoky view at the lake yesterday. The smoke is from fires in Canada and also across the Columbia River in Washington.
Nita's flowers are thriving. She hasn't even been at the lake for almost a month but Lori takes good care of the watering for her.
Nita's container zucchini plant. Again, Nita planted the seeds and then Lori took over. Look at all the blossoms!
There are lots of little zucchini's in there. Can you see them?
Chloe and Maddie. They are such great friends and really miss each other in the winter. We're doggy sitting Maddie this weekend while Paul and Lori go canoeing and biking the "Trail of the Coeur d'Alene's" in Idaho with some other friends. Last weekend we had Sophie. I think I should hang out my shingle as a dog sitter! Both Sophie and Maddie are very easy to care for and all three dogs love each other. Larry and Nita are camping in their motor home on the Columbia River in Oregon until Sunday. They just arrived this morning and Nita sent me a text saying she should have left Sophie with me. There are a bunch of other dogs at the campground and she's so little she's scared to death. We would have had all three dogs if they would have left her with us!
This is the little purse my grandmother crocheted way back in the 1800's. I keep it in my cedar chest to preserve it. The stitches are the tiniest I've ever seen. The hook must have been a "0". The thread is just that...tiny, thin thread. She was about 8 years old when she crocheted it and the workmanship is so perfect it's almost unbelievable.
She even put a zipper in it...perfectly.
Look at those tiny clusters! I remember her telling me that her grandmother made her do it all by herself with no help so she would learn to do it right. She's the one who taught me to crochet and I'll forever be grateful to her. I miss her. She taught me so much about sewing, yarn work and cooking.
I made a spaghetti salad this morning for a luncheon I'm going to tomorrow. It's best if it sits at least a day to let the flavors marinate together. Doesn't it look good for a hot day?
My English Rose bush bloomed this morning for the first time this year. Usually it's around the 4th of July so it's a bit late this year. I just love the gorgeous lavender color of these flowers.
"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galations 6:2