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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Still Hot But Not Complaining...

It's still really hot here, in fact it's supposed to be well over 100F through next Tuesday, but I'm really not complaining.  So many people have it far worse.  We have wildfires burning all around us, but nothing like the absolute inferno's in California.  My heart goes out to the people around Redding, California who have lost absolutely everything.  And in Greece, where so many have died from the fires.  Meanwhile, people on the U.S. east coast have lots of rain.  I don't mean to make light of it, but I think I would take the rain right now.  We desperately need it.

On a bit of a lighter note, I have some crafting to show you.  These are the baby blankets I crocheted last week.  I snapped the picture before I washed and blocked them so they look a bit wrinkled.  I also always add the colored border once I know if the baby is a boy or girl or what color the nursery will be.  I always like to have a few in my gift closet ready to finish.
 I finished these socks last week.  Did I already post a photo?  I can't remember, I've had so many photo trials recently.  I do know that it is Knit Picks Stroll Tweed in the "Reindeer Heather" colorway.  I used the Hermione Pattern.
 Piper requested some rainbow wristwarmers in the same pattern I used for her Mommy's wristwarmers.  I adapted it a bit to make them smaller to fit her little hands.  I have plenty of yarn left to make her a matching hat.
 Then a pair of plain vanilla socks were finished on Friday, made with Knit Picks Felici in the "River Rock" colorway.
 These are my current socks on the needles that I began Friday night.  I'm using the Hermione Pattern again and the yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Tweed in the "Heather Thirst" colorway.
 As you can tell, I do both cuffs, then the legs, then turn the heels, the foot and finally the toes.  That way, both socks are done at the same time.  I love that!

We came home from the lake about noon today, (Saturday).  It was SO hot we couldn't stand it and figured we could sit in the AC at home as well as in the trailer. :-)  Plus we decided to go to Applebee's for dinner tonight with Larry & Nita and then we'll go take a swim in their pool at home!

So when I got home, I was going to take a picture of the socks in progress to show you and look who decided to make themselves comfy on my lap.  They do like to snuggle.  Frannie is on the arm of my chair and is 14 years old.  Amelia is by my feet and she's 16 years old.  Both are in amazing shape and act like much younger cats.
Nita bought a wading pool last weekend and this was us at the lake cooling off by dipping our feet in the water.  The beach itself is jam-packed with people so we haven't even been going down there.  I haven't even been in the lake this year.  Sophie is on my lap and I have no idea why I look like I'm 7 months pregnant in this picture.  I do have a belly, but I don't THINK it's that big. :-)
 Larry bought his dream car on Thurday.  He and Dennis have been looking at Corvettes for him for many years now.  This is what he got.  A 2002 Corvette Coupe.  Dennis took it for a spin last night on the highway toward Canada.  We won't say how fast he went!  (That's our gazebo, trailer and my car in the background.)
 Look at that smile!
Not a whole lot of other news.  It's been so hot and smokey that we've been staying inside most of the time.  Not unusual for July and the end of August.  We usually have about 3 weeks of pretty hot weather and then 80's, which is just perfect.  By next Thursday it's supposed to be 85F for the high which will be very welcome.  I really, really don't want to complain, because I would rather have the heat than 3 feet of snow, which I know will come in a few months.  That I REALLY detest.  The yellow jackets have been absolutely terrible and very aggressive this year which I was just told today means a severe winter.  I hope not.

How are all of you?  Although I've experienced technical difficulties with my blog, that still aren't figured out completely, I have been trying to keep up with all of you.  Do any of my readers have blogs that I don't know about?  If I don't comment on your blogs, it means I don't know about it.  Could you leave me a comment or a link in a comment?  I would love to visit you.  I have made so many friends with this blog and I am so grateful for it.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and are enjoying your summer.

"Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the sould and healing to the bones." Proverbs 16:24

Blessings always,


  1. Larry's new Corvette is pretty spiffy.

    Vera (The Threaded Lane) and I were just commenting today that the red maples are already turning color AND her apple tree is dropping leaves. Could this portend an early autumn?

  2. Hi There, It's true... When we gripe and complain about things such as the weather, we always just need to look around. There are always many more people and areas in much worse shape than ours... I don't like the heat ---and luckily, the past several days have been really nice here. I know that the Summer heat will return --but I am enjoying TODAY!

    You are so incredibly talented... Keep up the good work. I love Piper's colorful wristwarmers.... How special!!!!

    Bet the guys are enjoying that Corvette... My hubby would love it also.


  3. Hi Betsy, so good to catch up with you and all your news. I love those rainbow blankets! I even have the old original pattern book for it! I made one long ago and it was a huge challenge for me so I'm so amazed you have the pattern memorized! That's neat your friend finally found his dream 'vette and I bet Denise loved zooming down the road in it! I fly out on Tuesday.. wish me luck! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Temps were moderate today and promise to be the same tomorrow. I plan to organize boxes in the garage while it is cooler. Love the wading pool idea. I'd probably be sitting in the middle of it! The socks and blankets are lovely. I like the idea of adding the border later - very clever.

  5. Oh the heat and tomorrow 96 but Tues it cools to mid 80s here. Love all your projects and stash for gifts later. I'm feeling much better today. Out for 6 hours, mostly at Shutterbug event further south. Learned a few things about photography that will help me more in various ways. Dennis looks cool in the Corvette. Glad Larry finally found the one he liked. Hugs and blessings my friend! Stay cool! 😎

  6. Oh, that car. My BIL has a red one that he brings down to the car show at the Farmer's Market every Friday night for people to oogle. They have a club down here and it's quite a sight to see them all lined up.

  7. Hi Betsy, boy it is sure hot out where you are. I too feel so horrible by the people who have been affected by those horrible fires. Here we are a little warmer than normal but nothing crazy like the rest of the country. Love all that you have made, I swear your hands are never idle. Sending you cooling thoughts.

  8. I will say that although I don't like mid-winter, by the end of July I am ready for cooler temperatures. The humidity has been wicked here in Southern Ontario this year. You are such a fast knitter, I am slow compared to you!

  9. I am in awe at your talent with sock knitting, I do so wish that we lived nearer so we could sit together and exchange some skills. The baby blankets were beautiful too and such a great idea to have some ready to be gifted. The smile was a joy, men and their toys!

  10. Oh, my! Those beautiful baby blankets! I just love them! The babies who receive them will be wrapped in lots of love, because I know you put an amazing amount of love in every, single stitch! I think of you so often, because your dish cloths are my 2 favorites! I can feel the love each time I use them. I wonder if you don't even pray over the things you make for people. I wouldn't be a bit surprised, because I can just feel it. You don't know whose hands your beautiful creations will end up in, but we can all know where they came from, and you send out comfort and love to us all! How blessed I am to have you in my life, sweet friend. And, I don't know why, but when I saw Larry in his car, it brought me to tears. I don't even know them, but I know how much a cherished dream means. And, when it comes true, there are no words to describe the joy. May Dennis and you spend many years enjoying that car with your friends in good health! Sending love and hugs your way and trusting God is comforting all of you in your recent losses.

  11. Pretty sharp car! No wonder Dennis looks so happy. Nice sox and wrist warmers! I hope the fires are contained soon so that you don't have to put up with smoke. Nancy

  12. Nice car!! You have been busy! Your baby blankets are so pretty! I envy anyone who can knit socks!! :)

  13. What a car. Im not even a car person and I LOVE IT. Beautiful side by side sox. The fires in Yosemite make me sad. :( We are very low humidity and 70s. PERFECT weather for gardening, paddleboarding ,horse grooming, campfiring, and letting the garden breathe a bit from the hot humid days preceeding these. Bless you my pal!

  14. Hi dear sweet sis,
    Well hope it’s cooler there for you now, our winter is awfully spring like here.. enjoy your posts and your doings as we pop into your life for a brief visit. I’m sitting with my dad in the nursing home, he’s sleeping listening to music on my phone so I’m using iPad to write this. He’s very up and down and in the hands of the Lord. Alone, safe love ginger cards no all wise hands.
    How blessed are we have a Saviour like that...
    Glad Dennis had spin in Corvette with you, what fun.
    Hope you’re keeping well.
    Hugs Shaz in Oz. Xx

  15. Lots happening around your place . . . sounds like a busy life, but also a relaxing one. All the crocheting and knitting work that you do is marvelous. You're so talented! Those baby blankets are beautiful.
    Isn't it fun to sit around with your feet in a cool tub of water , on a hot day.
    Stay cool.
    Connie :)

  16. Ooh that Corvette is gorgeous! It's been hot here in Arizona plus we have thunderstorms almost everyday. Last night we had a pretty intense storm which came right after the church's pool party at our local pool. We weren't sure it was going to happen since we had thunderstorms early in the day. Right now as I type this the fluffy clouds are moving in.

  17. Catching up with you after a busy time with my sister and husband. Our heat has abated the past few days, so hopefully yours will too. I love all of your finished projects, especially the blankets. What a great pattern with fun yarn.

  18. Bravo for all your beautiful stitching!!! So fun to think of Dennis zooming along :) xx