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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Still Smokey....

Hello again.
Same song, second, third and fourth verse.  The smoke, once again, drove me home from the lake on Tuesday.  This is getting old people.  We have to close up the trailer by the end of September because of new rules in the park.  Everything must be done on or before October 1.  It seems we lost much of this summer because of smoke.  The weather people are promising, again, that the smoke should begin to clear by tomorrow.  We shall see.  We get one or two nice days and then a week or more of smoke.  To top it all off, I got a migraine last night that is still making it's presence known today.  I get the type of migraines that the first symptom is a "hole" in my eyesight.  Within five minutes I can't see at all and then after about half an hour my sight returns, but then the headache comes.  Sometimes the headache remains for days.  I thought this was going to be a relatively mild one, but unfortunately, it's still here today.  Sometimes worse than others.  So, while it's not too terrible, I thought I would try put up a post and say hello to all of you.

As I said in my last post, Saturday, September 1 was our 40th anniversary and we spent it at the lake.  Neal & Jenny took us to dinner on Friday night where we all ate way too much.  Here we are 40 years ago. (That was my Mom's wedding dress that she wore in 1944 as a bride in WWII.)  Dennis and I are exactly the same height so the difference must be my shoes, veil and the fact that his hair is so dark it blends in to the background. :-)
 And here we are exactly 40 years later on Paul & Lori's boat at Loon Lake, WA.  Still happily in love with each other.  He's my best friend and I'm hoping for many more happy years together.  Our hair is pretty much plastered back but that's because we had been flying around the lake at quite high speeds!  We were wet too, from waves splashing in from skiers and tubers.
 We were then surprised at church Sunday morning with cake and punch after services.
 40 is apparently the "ruby" anniversary so they had little "rubies" sprinkled around the table.
We had visitors too.  Larry & Nita, Paul & Lori who all camp with us were all there of course, but Mark & Karen and Jenny all came to visit too.
 Neal & Jenny's daughter Cassie was getting married the next day so Neal was at the wedding rehearsal and couldn't come out.  That's our trailer in this photo.
 Speaking of the wedding.  Here is the Dad & Step-Mom, Neal & Jenny at the reception.  It was a beautiful outdoor wedding and the smoke actually stayed away that day.
 They were married at a venue right by the Spokane River Falls which were still flowing even after a long, hot summer.  You can barely see them behind Nick, the ring-bearers head.  Cassie was a beautiful bride.  We've known her since she was a toddler.  We wish her and Andrew all of the happiness in the world.  They are so in love and it shows.
 All of the knitting I've done this week is two pair of mittens which I didn't bother to photograph and more on this scarf.  It really DOES take a long, long time on these tiny needles.  Amelia doesn't look impressed does she? She's my supervisor. :-)
  
I thought I would show you a canoe that Alex built himself this summer out of plywood!  And it floats. :-) He takes it out onto Lake Towada in northern Japan every Monday morning and every other moment he gets a chance.  I'm really proud of him for building this with virtually no carpentry skills.  And I love the colors he chose for it.  It really stands out on this beach doesn't it?  I just heard about the earthquake that hit northern Japan in Hakkaido today.  That isn't very far from Alex and I haven't heard from him yet.  If you will, could you say a prayer for him and all affected.  I just read that several people have been killed and many are missing.
 This is a photo from his facebook page.  I have no idea what it says, but it does have his picture and the name of his company, Queen&Co.  I thought it was kind of neat.
And that's all I have.  My head is really hurting again so I'm going to close.  I hope you're all having a wonderful week and I'll be checking in with your blogs.  I am grateful for each one of you and appreciate you taking the time to stop by and visit with me.

"The LORD is my strength and my shield;my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him." Psalm 28:7

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12

Blessings,
Betsy

18 comments:

  1. There is so much to love here but that scarf....oh, my. It's so pretty.

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  2. Beautiful wedding photo, also the picture of you both at the lake. Sending prayers for your son.

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  3. I hope you feel better soon. We have had a few days without smoke now...we are grateful for that! :)

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  4. Sorry to hear you are not feeling your best, hope you feel better soon. It was lovely to see your wedding photo. Hope all is well with your son, my heart goes out to all those affected in Japan. You ill be in my prayers.

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  5. Migraines are debilitating, so I hope yours has diminished. Love the wedding and anniversary photos - best wishes to the newlyweds and to you and Dennis.

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  6. Saying a prayer that Alex is fine AND that you are feeling better soon.

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  7. I've been praying for you Betsy as I fall asleep. Oh and i want that cake

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  8. I send prayers your way sweet friend, I pray you are back to feeling better soon. ((hugs)). I so love all the pictures...so much joy and love....and you and Dennis are truly a testament to what His love joins together, no man or anything can ever rip apart. Happy Anniversary sweet friend. Ok, if you keep showing all the awesome pictures of that scarf I am gonna be tempted to drag out the knitting needles and hunt through the stash. Your scarf is awesome, as are all the things you always make. :) Praying for Alex and all those affected in Japan, too. Blessings always. ((hugs))

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  9. Alex was foremost in my thoughts when I heard of the quake. I pray for God's comfort and strength and recovery for all who are affected by the quake, and I pray for rapid healing for you as well, dear Betsy. Thanks so much for your faithful friendship. xx

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  10. Sorry you have a bad headache..hope it goes away soon. Use copaiba and panaway with carrier oil in a roller ball....that helps alot...really! My dau-in-love Erin uses it too and it helps her alot! Hopefully Alex is ok! Prayers for him and others over there. My co-worker and his family eventually will move to Hawai'i. He's over there now looking for a house to buy and they are selling their house here in OR. We've had a bit of smoke here again,but not too bad. Sad you had to many lose days at the lake this year. Always something that gets us down but God is in the midst of our lives and He loes us always! Hugs and feel better soon, my friend!

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  11. Prayers sis.. for all healing and mercies abounding .. have friends in Hokkaido too. Hugs Shaz in Oz. X

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  12. Oh, sweet friend! I am SO sorry you are suffering so much with these headaches, and I am so concerned about Alex. I am surely praying and will be so anxious to hear. I will be without internet for a period of time but will try to check it as soon as I can to see if all is well with you both. Congratulations to you and Dennis for 40 wonderful years of marriage! I am so happy for you both and trust God to at least double your years together. Much love to you.

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  13. Hi Betsy, I am so sorry to hear about your headaches . . . you are in my prayers. Love the wedding photo and the present day photo of you and your sweetheart of 40 years. Congratulations!
    I am so surprised that none of your friends know about Lincoln Rock State Park. It is just 4 miles out of Wenatchee, WA along the Columbia River. It's very near Rocky Reach Dam, but on the other side of the river. I keep a camping journal and rate our trips, this is the first park that I have given a 5 star rating to :) It's a very nice place to camp.
    You take care of yourself and try and get some rest. Like I said above you are in my prayers.
    Connie :)

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  14. I was wondering about your son before you posted as did not know if he lived in that area. I do hope he is okay. How nice the church had a little celebration for your anniversary. Would your eye/headache be an ocular migraine? I get those but thankfully no headache after. Had a headache after one time but nothing like yours. My eyes start by getting kind of blurry. Then if I close my eyes I see a zigzag start at the top and goes all the way across and then slowly back. I close my eyes and rest but after feel kind of tired. Lasts bout 20-30 minutes. I wondered if that is how yours is? Hope your better now. Nancy.

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  15. So sorry about your headache Betsy, that is the kind I get too. Just awful aren't they? Wishing you and Dennis another beautiful 40 years. You are both an inspiration.

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  16. Hope you are feeling much better Betsy. And saying prayers that Alex is fine. His canoe is great! Fletch built a cedar guide boat almost 30 years ago! Loved your wedding photo, and you two look fabulous out on the boat.

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  17. Hi Betsy, replying to the comment you left on my blog . . . and enjoying another peek at this post. You two look so happy together. Our days are cooling off too, and the nights. They are so good for sleeping. We are back to clear skies and sunshine and I love it. September is such a beautiful time of the year.

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  18. Hope you have heard from your son by now Betsy and that all is okay. The canoe he built is lovely! Ahhh. The smoke. We had a day of smoke in Utah on our way back from Texas. It was so awful you could barely make out the mountains there and was very irritating to ones respiratory system. Hope yours has finally cleared! Sorry to hear about your migraine. They can be quite awful.
    Blessings,
    Aimee
    PS: Great anniversary pics!

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