Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Good Morning!  It's another dreary winter day.  A little more snow fell overnight and the clouds look like they're ready to dump even more although the weatherman says it won't.  We usually have crisp blue skies in the winter, but we're under what is called an "inversion" this week which is keeping it cloudy.  Bleh.  I haven't been feeling well either.  A trip the doctor yesterday and some antibiotics given so here's hoping I'll perk up soon.  All I want to do is go from the bed to my knitting chair.  I'm sure glad I got Christmas all done early this year. :-)  I have a few things to show you but not much knitting so here goes.

Since it's been over a week since I last posted I have some photos to share. Lots of photos. Dennis and I had a "date night" to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho last Tuesday after work and we walked all around the resort.  My photos aren't very good but they'll give you an idea of the beautiful lights.  It was so COLD!

Santa came flying in with his reindeer.  They twinkled on and off and actually looked as if they were flying.  Up, up and away!
 This sign for 2017 was at least 30 foot across.  I didn't know how to get a good perspective of it's size for you.
 One of the parking garages!
 The clocktower by the lake.  The trees light up the beachfront.
 These were taken on the boardwalk on the lake itself.  The docks were all lit up with dozens of huge displays. We couldn't walk very far on the boardwalk because it was icy from frost with the water underneath.

 I sure wish I had been able to get better photos for you, but I wanted to give you an idea of the scope of these displays.  They are massive.
 Then we went inside the resort itself to warm up a bit.  This wreath was wider than our garage door at home.  At least 15 foot across! Where do they get ribbon that wide?
 Up close on one of the beautiful trees in the lobby.

 Across the street at the  Shops at Coeur d'Alene, there were beautiful displays too.
 That green and white box is taller than I am and I'm 5'10"!
 This was where the line formed to get on the huge boats that take people out to Santa's village.  There are light displays all around the lake, which is HUGE!  Santa calls out each child's name and it's so exciting.  However, we couldn't get tickets. It's sold out for the entire month.  There were people dressed at Snowmen, toy soldiers and elves to entertain the people while they waited to board the boats.
Now for the little bit of knitting/crochet I've completed.  I've made two pairs of Kathyb's wrist warmers this week for my friend Jenny and a co-worker of hers. Their offices are quite cold and so I told them I would make them wrist warmers.  These are for Anne.  She chose Knit Picks Stroll Tweed in "Farmhouse Heather".
 These are for Jenny who chose Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the "Pansy" colorway.  Thank you for this great pattern Kathy.  It knits up so fast!  I made each of these pair in less than a day.  These lavender ones are the same size, I don't know why they photographed with one shorter than the other.
I've also been working off and on on this blanket for Marilyn.  I love the pale yellow and hope she likes it too.
I did make a couple of dishcloths and gave them away.  I think I'm forgetting something else too but I'll think of it later after I publish this post. :-)

I'm going to leave you with some pictures of Miss Piper.  Santa came to her house to see her and she was SO excited.  This is the very same Santa who used to come visit her Daddy and his brothers, Brian and Bill when they were small.  How neat is that? I love this picture.  He left her a sparkley snowflake with LED lights to put in the window on Christmas Eve so he's sure to remember that's her house! :-)
 Here is Santa, Piper and her Daddy. 
They all went to a local nursery to see the displays last weekend that we used to visit when we lived in Omaha.  I love the happy faces.
Well, my friends.  I'm tired and I'm heading for my knitting chair.  I'm really not enjoying being under the weather at all.

I hope you're all having a great December and are ready to celebrate our Saviour's birth.  I also hope you can all slow down and remember the reason we're celebrating this season of joy.

"Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever." 1 Chronicles 16:34

Blessings always,


  1. What a fun time you had -- thanks for sharing your photos! Sorry you're feeling 'under the weather', but a warm bed & cozy knitting chair are the best places to be! God bless you, Betsy!

  2. So sorry you are not feeling well Betsy. Hoping the antibiotics kick in FAST. Coeur d'Alene looks like a fun place to visit. So festive. But I bet it was wicked cold!! Stay warm and take care of yourself. (PS I'm knitting those fingerless mitts too - love how fast they are).

  3. Couer d'Alene is a gorgeous area, and seeing your photos of the Christmas decorations brings back my impressions of the area. It looks like a holiday wonderland.

    Of course, the same Santa visited Piper as well as her Dad. There's one one Santa, right! 😉 Piper is such a lovely young lady.

  4. It is wonderful to see the colored lights displayed-especially by the water!
    Feel better soon!

  5. Betsy, I hope you feel better soon. Send your snow here to Arizona! We want snow, well our family wants snow. Sending you big hugs!

  6. Hope you are feeling much better soon!!!

    The photos show how festive it was out there. Love the snowman and toy soldier by the line for the boats.

  7. That is so neat that you went to that lake and saw all those gorgeous decorations! You've also got a lot done on the knitting and crochet front. I need a new project! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)
    *M*E*R*R*Y* * *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*

  8. I loved seeing all those lights!!!! I would be like a little kid in that setting. It really is magical. Thanks for sharing. Feel better soon!

  9. thanks for sharing the lights and Christmas fun in Idaho! Hope you feel better soon. It's been cold here for over a week. Not been out seeing anything Christmas-y with Phil. Megan and I went to a Christmas parade first Friday of the month though and that was fun. We had a 4.0 earthquake today. I was at work when it happened. It felt like something hit the north side of the building. A lady customer said it was an earthquake as she's been in CA and knows what they feel like. A bit scary but we are fine. No damage. I'm working on a couple calendars this evening. I am behind but it's gonna be ok! Hugs and stay warm and blessed!

  10. Hi Betsy, so sorry you’ve beenand are poorly, pray the meds sore have your feeling all right soon, dear sweet friend.
    Thanks for sharing all the picks, truly celebrate Christmas in a big way over there, lots of work by many hands... love the hand warmers, and know which colour is your fav... and mine too.
    Cute little Miss Piper. I’ll be honest I don’t like Santa Claus and the hype around it, he takes it from the One Who is the real reason for CHRISTmas.... “he knows when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows if you’ve been bad or good.. you better watch out, Santa Claus is coming to town, etc.”
    God alone is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.
    The world loves to distract us, sadly.
    Sending big hugs and prayers dear sweet friend, Shaz in Oz.x

  11. Oh, dear friend! I am SO sorry to know that you are ill! I do trust it passes quickly, and may the dear Lord heal you so you can enjoy this Christmas season! So thankful you got yours done so early, as you said. I love the picture of little Miss Piper and her family! And, the light displays are just amazing! My favorite, of course, was the one of the manger scene. I am praying for you and trust you feel all better very soon!

  12. Bless your heart... Hope you feel better soon. Christmas is no fun when one is sick.... That weather made me shiver... It's cold here --but no snow..... They 'say'???? that we may get either rain or SNOW around Christmas... SO---it would be great to get some snow for Christmas since that is so RARE for our area... We'll just have to wait and see.

    Great Christmas pictures... My iPhone takes almost better night pictures than my Canon... SO--I use the phone for night shots now and the Canon for day ones.

    Merry Christmas and GET WELL.

  13. Hope you get to feeling better soon sweet friend. ((hugs)). So glad you two had a lovely date night. The place looks amazing. Little Miss Piper looks so adorable. I can't get over how quickly she grows. Sending prayers your way for healing sweet friend. Blessings always. :)

  14. #1 Piper JOy with Santa! I LOVED that.
    #2 So glad you like the fingerless recipe ! Makes me happy
    #3 Your light display sharing is part of the joy of the season for us bloggers! Love the photos
    #4 Please feel better Betsy!!!! I want you to feel great. You deserve it!

  15. Hi Betsy, I'm just catching up with your happenings. I hope you feel better soon! I'm sorry to hear you've been feeling ill. I loved seeing the Christmas lights, how beautiful. We'll go out driving around to see the lights in different neighborhoods sometime next week. I always enjoy that tradition. Your knitting is beautiful and such kind presents for others that I know will be appreciated. It was nice to see Piper and her parents. I don't think I've ever seen your son-in-law before, but wow, does Piper look like her Daddy. They look like such a nice, happy family. I hope you have a good weekend, Betsy. Take care.

  16. I hope you are feeling better by now Betsy. Your night away sounds wonderful, what an amazing place to visit. Piper is adorable and looks so thrilled to be with Santa. Rest my friend.

  17. Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well, praying that you will feel better soon. Looks like a wonderful date night, the Christmas decor was a joy to see. A joy to see Miss Piper so excited seeing Santa.