Friday, August 31, 2018

Blue, Blue Skies

Happy Friday Everyone.  It's my favorite weekend in the year.  Why you may ask?  Because we were married 40 years ago on the Friday of Labor Day weekend.  Our actual anniversary is tomorrow, September 1.  I just want to say it right here for the whole world to read, (well, at least all of you my friends),  I adore my husband.  I think he is the most wonderful man in the world and I wouldn't change a thing about him.  Honestly, I don't know how I got so lucky to be married to him.  He is smart, funny, patient and handsome to boot!  Happy Anniversary to you Dennis!  I am a very blessed woman and I know it.

Next, look at these skies.  They are a welcome sight after a month of brown sky.  Last night there was a very strong smell of smoke in the air before we went to bed but it was gone this morning.
 I've been working on a "Zick Zack" scarf which is a free pattern on Ravelry.  Meredith from Mereknits over on my sidebar is making an absolutely beautiful shawl with this pattern and told us about it on her blog.  I'm using Loops and Threads Woolike yarn.  It was in my stash and is either hand or machine washable.  That's important because it's a Christmas gift for Alex's girlfriend, Fifi, which is pronounced "Faye-faye".  The apartments in Tokyo are pretty small for someone to worry about blocking anything, so I want it to be easy care for her.
 A closer look.  She likes purples as much as I do so I hope she's pleased with this for a gift.  I'm using size 2 needles so it's taking quite a long time to make any progress.  This is only about 12 inches long and is three days of knitting!
 A pair of big person mittens to go with the Antler Hat and Dudester scarf for another Christmas gift.  I'm pleased with my progress on Christmas so far.
 Seven more pair of children's mittens done this week.  Yay!
 Teresa, who is "Teresa Kasner" over on my sidebar put a picture of her easy chair on her blog, showing her space.  I thought I would do the same.  Mine isn't nearly as neat at Teresa's. :-)
Dennis & I have matching Lazyboy rocker/recliners that are 25 years old.  They are just starting to show wear, but we hope to get a few more years out of them.  On my side table I have lotion, a cup with some of my most used bamboo straight knitting needles and some of my crochet hooks and pens.  A small votive holder that I use for trash, (scraps of yarn, thread, etc.)  Also some gold bond lotion and lip balm made by Debra, "Araignee" on my sidebar.  There is a little dish with progress keepers, paper clips, tape measure, etc.  Next to that are my scissors.  Then I have a notepad, devotion book and my daily planner.  There is a shelf underneath that holds my Bible and prayer notebook where I keep track of everyone I want to pray for every day.  Ladies, when I tell you I will pray for you, your name goes in this book and I really DO pray for you.  I usually have a book or two that I'm reading too, as well as any magazines that have arrived and are waiting to be read.

In front of the table is my knitting basket where I keep my current projects.  Right now there is a bag with my current pair of socks and the Zick Zack scarf I'm working on.  That sweet little camper project bag was a gift from Kris at "Simplify" on my sidebar.  She is one talented quilter, knitter, gardener and can do just about anything. :-)
 A closer look.  Yep, that's Piper on the cup.  It was Dennis' coffee cup at work, but he broke the handle off when he bumped the counter top with it.  I confiscated the cup as it has Kyleigh and Caleb's pictures on it too.  I had a new cup made for him.  Now we each have one.  Oh, I guess I forgot to tell you I keep my daily medicine here too so I won't forget to take it!  Look!  Only two pills left for today. :-)
All three animals were in bed with us the other morning.  Only Amelia actually sleeps with us but they all join us in the morning when we wake up.  I think the cats really miss us when we're at the lake.  We only have one more month there before we have to close up for the season.
And the last picture is sweet little Piper at a fly-in last Sunday in Fremont, NE.  Notice her shirt!  Brad got it at a fly-in last month, I think it was in Minnesota, but I'm not sure.  Obviously there was a car show going on too.  Piper is loving kindergarten and her teacher.
We're going out to dinner tonight with Neal & Jenny for our anniversary.  They want to take us out for our monthly date night and we're going to Applebee's.  I'm looking forward to having the time to visit and spend time with each other.  We usually come back to our house and play dominoes after dinner.  It's been a busy summer and we've missed the last two date nights because of other committments.  Neal's daughter Cassie is getting married on Sunday, so it will be a busy weekend for all of us.

I hope you all enjoy the long holiday weekend if you're here in the U.S., but I hope you have a lovely weekend no matter where you are.

Because we are having an anniversary and a wedding this weekend, this Bible verse comes to mind, but it's applicable to each one of us isn't it?

"Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."
1 Corinthians 1:4-5

Much love and many blessings,


  1. Happy Anniversary!!!!
    You are making it very hard for me to not start one of those Zick Zacks. That purple is gorgeous!

  2. Happy Anniversary - enjoy your date night and dinner celebration.

    Hmm, my knitting "nest" isn't as tidy as yours, but I have many of the same things close at hand.

  3. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *A*N*N*I*V*E*R*S*A*R*Y*!*!* Betsy and Dennis!! I love how your Zick Zack scarf is coming along. It was fun to see your "nest", the recliner and the things you keep at arms reach, very organized! I'm so glad your skies have cleared.. and ours too. Oh that darling Piper.. I hope she has a good year at school. I also hope you get to see her again, soon. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Happy Anniversary! I hope you had a wonderful dinner. Your area is much neater than mine! :)

  5. Ah dear Betsy.. I sit here in pretty sunshiny Trondheim Norway writing this..
    I'm waiting for my family im supermarket.. there is river view ahead with very Norwegian architecture all around.
    Prayer books are precious dear sis.. and yes, your name is in mine amd I treasure your prayers as does our Father in Heaven. Such precious fellowship around the throne of grace... where we find grace to help in time of need.
    Live purple zigzig of course being a purple fan.. and mittens etc very well done.
    May our gracious God bless your anniversary and in His mercy spate you both together in good health, love for Him and each other for many more to come.
    Love in Him
    Shaz in Oz.x

  6. Happy 40th and here's to many more happy years together!

  7. Happy Anniversary dear Betsy and Dennis! Your celebration plans sound lovely. Thanks for showing us your gorgeous stitches, Betsy. The Zick Zack scarf is especially stunning! I had to use the windshield wipers on the car for a rain shower yesterday, and I thank God for every drop of water that fell because it has been so dry. However, I am also grateful for your magnificent blue skies and better air quality! Sunday and Monday I have church groups I am meeting with one of which plans a picnic at Happy Valley Park for Labor Day. As upsetting as this time in my life has been, I am so grateful for the encouragement that comes as I come to God and learn afresh the truths of verses like you quoted and Philippians 4:6-7 and James 1:2-4. Thank you for your prayers and your godly example that cheers me on to live in Christ. I look forward to the next time the Lord allows us to get together, but am so grateful He allows us to be in contact through cyberspace 🤗😍

  8. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Betsy. I love that you Adore your husband. I do mine as well!!!! Here's to many more years together as Dee said. Im still praying for your health

  9. Love your ZickZack! Happy, Happy Anniversary! Have fun celebrating. And enjoy those clear skies. It's cloudy here, but the smoke is gone.

  10. Hi Betsy, I am glad to hear that your skies have cleared. Size 3 needles would try my patience I think! Love your chair and stand set up. I would like one of those! Maybe someday! Have a blessed week-end! Nancy

  11. OOPs. Forgot to wish you a Happy Anniversary! Enjoy many more wonderful years together. Nancy

  12. Happy Anniversary to the two of you! Piper's shirt is cute and she looks perfect next to that car.

  13. Happy Anniversary sweet friend. Blessings to you both. Little Miss P adorable as always. Love seeing all the lovely things you make. The scarf is totally awesome. I just might have to "look" into that myself. :) Blessings always sweet friend. ((hugs))

  14. Congratulations to you and Dennis for 40 years of marriage! What a dear blessing the two of you are and such Godly examples! May God give you at least 40 more years together, and may they be as healthy and happy as the first 40. Oh, life does speed by so quickly, doesn't it? My dear husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary this year, and we cannot believe how fast the years have gone by. I am so thankful the smoke is gone from your area, and I enjoyed seeing your favorite spot and recliner. May the Lord bless you, sweet friend.

  15. I am so sorry Betsy that I missed your wedding anniversary. Belated wishes for many more happy years together. Thankfully Gerard is doing well and was able to come home this afternoon, your prayers were appreciated.

  16. Your scarf looks amazing Betsy, you are doing such a beautiful job. It is a fun knit isn't it?