Tuesday, April 16, 2019

It’s been awhile.

Hello my friends. I am back after a bit of a break. I tried to keep up with your blogs but didn’t comment very much.   I have spent the last seven days playing with my sister. We had a wonderful visit. Since we see each other so rarely, I decided to spend my time with her instead of on the computer. I know you will all understand. We didn’t do anything extra special. We spent lots and lots of time talking, no surprise there. :-). Dennis also took the day off last Friday and we went to the Bavarian city of Leavenworth, here in Washington state.

Here is the picture of Melanie and myself. It was a beautiful day in Leavenworth. The snowcapped mountains just added to the beauty. 

We also drove up Stevens Pass towards Seattle a few miles so we could watch the river rushing down the mountain with snow melt.  There is a wonderful candy shop just a few miles up the pass. Of course we made a stop there and bought chocolate!  No surprise there either! Ha!

There was a beautiful horse drawn carriage giving rides around the town.

Other than that, we just ran errands, watched some videos and movies on television and just spent time together. The week absolutely flew by. I took her to the airport this morning and I have to admit, we both cried as we hugged goodbye. I miss our family. Living in a beautiful part of the country is wonderful, but family is important. It’s worth leaving these beautiful mountains if it means being close to them.

I did get some knitting done while we visited. So far I have 48 mini Christmas stockings done.  I just started the multicolored skein of yarn. I like how they look.

I also made some dish cloths for Melanie and her daughter, my niece Chaela.

Piper had excitement last week too. There was a father daughter dance at school. Don’t they look nice?

We are leaving on Saturday to go to Portland, OR Saturday night and then we will go out to Lincoln City, Oregon on Sunday. Saturday evening we are having dinner with Gracie and Becky who are “GrandmaBeckyL” and “...One Saylors Log” over on my side bar.  Another blogger, Taci, may be joining us. She is “Tacistudio” over on my side bar, but she no longer blogs, although she does have an Instagram account. We will miss Teresa who is “Teresa Kasner” over on my side bar, because she won’t be in Portland that day. However, a little birdie has told me we may still be able to meet up. More on that later.

We will stay in the Portland area on Saturday and go to church where Mandy used to attend when she first moved to Portland. We know several people there too and we’re looking forward to celebrating Easter with them all before we drive out to the coast.

I can’t even express how excited we are to be going to the coast. It doesn’t sound like the weather will be great, but we don’t care! It has been several years since we were at the ocean. We both love to just sit and watch and listen to the waves break upon the shore. It calms our souls. If we do nothing else except sit on our balcony and watch the ocean and have at least one bowl of fresh clam chowder a day, we will be happy people! Ha!

Thank you for all being patient with me. I don’t think I’m going to have a chance to actually read each and every post I’ve missed, but I have read a lot of them and I will try to keep up again from here on out.

A referral has been sent to another neurologist regarding my back so I’m in a holding pattern there. Tomorrow morning at 7:00 I have a nuclear stress test on my heart. I don’t anticipate them finding anything wrong. I think it’s an over abundance of caution on my cardiologist’s part.  I am glad that he is concerned and takes preventative measures rather than waiting until something happens though, so I won’t complain.

Larry had knee replacement surgery this morning. After I took my sister to the airport I went to the hospital and sat for a couple of hours with Nita until he was in a regular room. Once I knew he was doing alright I left to come home and get some laundry done. She just texted me and said they have decided to keep him overnight.

Everybody needs to get healthy quickly because May 1 we are allowed back up at the lake. We are planning to open up the camper that first weekend in May. I must admit, I’m getting excited to be back in my little trailer.  It’s been such a cold and gloomy spring that I haven’t been as anxious to get out there as I normally am. Hopefully the weather will clear up once May arrives.

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday afternoon. Thanks for being patient with me.

“Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”  John 6:35



  1. Oh, my...that's a lot of knitting! Your trip sounds wonderful. Bon voyage!!!

  2. Love all the stockings and the dishcloths, I'm thrilled that you had a wonderful visit with your sister. Have a Blessed Easter

  3. Happy Easter! I am so jealous that you get to go to Lincoln City, I really like the Oregon coast....I feel the same way about the waves...but the waves make my husband nervous.
    I am so glad you can comment again, hopefully something worked!
    Prayers you get good news with the Cardiologist.

  4. What a nice time with your sister! That has to be good for your soul. And, soon you will be at the coast. Enjoy and safe travels!!

  5. Have a fabulous time in Portland! Have you ever gone to Twisted? It's a great yarn shop! Sounds like you and your sis had a very fun week. Hurrah for sisters! Mine lives far away, too. Happy Easter!

  6. Oh, I am so thankful you had such a lovely visit and time with your sister! Times like that are so precious and come to mean more to us the older we get. I know you will be glad to get back to the lake and look forward to reading about your adventures there. God bless you, sweet friend. I missed you and am glad you're back!

  7. Ah dear precious friend and sis, Betsy, so lovely to have you back rambling along and sharing with us again, I missed you!
    I’d forgotten re your sister coming.. so glad very glad you had such a lovely time and have some more nice times coming up. Pray for journeying mercies there.
    Love all the knitting and your hands were busy while doing all that talking with your sister. 😊
    I had phone call this afternoon from my skin specialist results from a biopsy ..and have an SCC to remove in an hour’s surgery on my right shin, yes!!L ..the very boniest part! Glad the LORD knows what He’s doing but the words “cancer cells present” weren’t nice to hear.
    Ah well, one moment at a time, trusting in His care. Op is May 1st.
    Thanks for your lovely comment on my Palm Sunday post, yes that little thought I shared really blessed me, and I guess it could be applied to this situation too. A higher purpose in view. Praying for you and health too.
    Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

    {Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  8. Piper looks sweet as usual.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your sister.

    Hope you get up to your camper as planned. Sounds like for you it is a very relaxing place.

  9. Wow you have been busy. All of the pictures are lovely. I don't know if you knew this but I have had both knees and shoulders replaced. Just let him know not to hate the therapist.

  10. I'm so glad you get to go to the coast and am looking forward to having a nice meal with you and Dennis. Hopefully you can come and see our trailer, too! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. love your dishclothes and those stockings......

  12. Wishing you and your hubby a safe and very blessed time on the coast! Enjoy 😊

  13. What a beautiful time spent with your sister. Hoping the new doctor will be able to help with your back. Lots of knitting still accomplished. Have a wonderful trip! Nancy

  14. Good Morning Betsy, My. my, my, you are a busy gal. I think it is wonderful that you are able to get out and do a bit of traveling and to have time with your sister. I haven't been to Leavenworth in years, such a pretty town. Your little stockings look like fun and what a sweet project to carry with you. It's always nice to have a small portable project.
    Thank again for your prayers, we appreciate each and every one in our behalf and accept them with open hearts of gratitude.
    Happy Easter sweet friend.
    Connie :)

  15. Your visit with your sister sounded just perfect Betsy. And I hope you testing all went well and you are able to enjoy your wonderful weekend visiting your good blogging friends.

  16. Somehow I missed your posts last week, but am enjoying them now! Good to see your sister and you together and it is wonderful you got to visit Leavenworth with a bit of snow on the mountains...so pretty!