Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Some Finishes

I finished a lot of projects here at the lake over the weekend. My back was amazing! I certainly hope it stays like this. Although I tried very hard not to overdo it, I was able to take some walks and actually sit outside in my folding rocking chair with everyone. It was wonderful. Today I’m pretty much alone up here. Everyone went home in our area last night except us and Paul and Lori. Paul and Dennis went into work early this morning and Lori will go home in an hour or so. I’m planning to stay until tomorrow when I have a doctors appointment and then I’ll be back on Friday! Oh, how I love summers at the lake.

It is so quiet today after the busyness of the weekend. But, I do love watching the children on their bicycles and there were even some brave swimmers in the lake with the water temperature at only 61°. I can’t believe they weren’t blue when they got out!!!  I enjoy the bursts of activities of the families on the weekends, but I do love the quiet of the weekdays here.

Now for some of my finishes.  Another dish cloth from Hobby Lobby’s “I love this cotton”. I barely had it off the needles when Lori claimed it.  She’s already using it to wash dishes in her trailer! I absolutely love it when that happens.

I finished the border on another nine patch square.
And I finished another baby blanket I started when we were here last weekend. This is using the “Granny’s Favorite” dish cloth pattern, with size 10 needles and Loops and Threads Big ball of “Impeccable” yarn.  I weighed the skein before beginning and I knit until I used 1/2 of the yarn and then started decreasing for the other side. It worked out perfectly and I only had about a yard and a half of yarn left. I have to remember to do that more often.  I weighed it first because I wasn’t sure whether to believe what the label said was in the skein or not. It was correct though.

Dennis ordered me a set of Pioneer Woman mixing bowls off of Amazon. I have had these sitting in my cart on Amazon for probably six months or so, but didn’t want to spend the money on myself. I absolutely love these. There are five bowls all with different patterns and lids for each one. They are made of melamine, so I don’t have to worry about breaking them and they aren’t heavy at all. They are perfect for the trailer, but I will definitely be taking them home and using them this winter in the “big house.” The quality is very good on these, plus they have rubber grips on the bottom of the bowl so they don’t slide while you’re stirring. Yesterday I made a coffee cake for breakfast at the camper and it was so much fun to use these bowls. Isn’t it amazing how a simple bowl makes it fun to cook?
It finally stopped raining on Sunday and we were able to have a campfire.

The wood was so wet though, that it didn’t burn for very long. It turned into smoke signals going across the lake. :-)  Lori and Nita were determined to make a fire, but they finally gave up. They used bellows and lighter fluid and they still couldn’t make it burn. We really wanted to have a campfire this weekend while everything is so green, because we know within a month or so all campfires will be banned because of wildfires. It happens every year.  And we wanted Smore‘s. That didn’t happen either, the fire didn’t burn long enough and the coals weren’t good.  We still had a good time sitting around and talking.

I picked this bouquet of lilacs yesterday. They smell heavenly.

And guess who had her last day of kindergarten last Friday? Isn’t she sweet. I just love this little girl.

She also got a new bicycle this weekend. Look at that helmet! You can’t miss her coming down the road. It’s Poppy from “The Trolls” movie. She even has a baby carrier on the back to take Paddy along with her on her rides.  Would you be able to guess from these photos that her favorite color is pink?

Mandy and Piper took Grandma, Dennis‘s mom, to the cemetery yesterday to visit all of the graves. Mandy was sweet and sent us pictures of all of the gravesites with the flowers that she took decorating them. All of our family is buried there, except my grandparents who are buried at the Stateline church on the border of Kansas and Nebraska.

I hope you all had a good weekend and if you were in the United States, took the time to remember those who have died for our freedom‘s. It seems that it is getting less and less popular to honor those who fight for us. I think it is so important to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and also to honor our veterans who are still alive.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and are enjoying the spring weather if you are up north and for those of you down under I hope your winter isn’t too severe.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” Second Corinthians 4:16

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7



  1. Your space at the lake is so inviting Betsy! Sorry your campfire didn't work out (that happened to us on our camping trip). Piper's bike helmet cracks me up - too funny!! Wonderful news about your back - hope the good feelings continue.

  2. I enjoy reading your posts about your time at the lake, it really is your "happy place" isn't it. You'll have to share your coffee cake recipe. You've got your outdoor living area decorated and set up so nice at the lake. I wish I was close enough to drive out and spend the afternoon with you. Dayle remembers after his return from Vietnam how people didn't celebrate them, but he thinks it's much better now how people seem to be more patriotic. Have a lovely day my friend. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. So sorry that it didn't work out as hoped with the campfire. I am so thrilled that you are feeling so much better and able to do a little more. Long may it last. I did smile at the photo of Piper on her bike, the cycle helmet made me smile. Have a great day.

  4. Your trailer at the lake looks like heaven. You are so lucky to have a place to go to and relax. I've talked until I am blue in the face but The Mister is going to end his days like his mother did-sitting on a pile of money. I am sorry but you just can't relax at home like you can in a trailer on a campsite even if you do already live in the woods. My parents always had a trailer by the water and I guess if I want one I'll have to wait for my second husband to buy me one. Lol.....

  5. So glad your back is doing better!!! Your weekend sounds like it was good; the weather here on Sunday turned nice also, but it's cloudy right now. Love that dishcloth and its pretty color. I've made those blankets, too, but with smaller yarn. What a good idea to use a sz. 10 needle and bigger stuff! I had no idea that your Piper and our Stella are the same age. Pink seems to be the color for little girls, that and purple.

  6. Did you just hear me CHEER???? Yay for your back feeling better. I am so happy that the Botox is working!!!

    Piper is adorable on her bike and I'm glad to see that Paddy is all belted in and riding safely. Safety first, you know. LOL

  7. So good to hear that your back is better! Your Piper is so cute...love her helmet! :)

  8. Such good news about your back, long may it continue.

  9. Your post was so much fun. There certainly is a lot going on with your family . . . I love that you have your place at the lake, it must be so much fun, besides being so relaxing. Oh, and Piper, what a little doll :)

    I am touched by your prayers on our behalf and that your bible study group is praying too. When the Lord says that the second commandment is to love one another . . . I can not think of any better way to do that, than through prayer. Thank you.

  10. I'm so glad you are feeling better! Moving around and being part of the life happening around you is so appreciated! (I can certainly attest to that!) The baby blanket is so pretty and such a great idea! I can smell the lilacs-wonderful! May the LORD keep you in relief for a very long time!

  11. Betsy, I am delighted that your back is feeling good! We failed at a campfire too this weekend. Also , we have had so much rain it is hard to get the wood to light and stay lit. Piper is going to first grade! I love that she decorated the graves at the cemetery. We grew up doing that. My husband did not and it shows in his dislike of cemeteries!

  12. Such a lovely view you have of the lake! Very nice. Am thrilled to hear your back is better. Thank God! I know you've been so miserable. Just went to a kindergarten graduation last week - cute pix of Miss Piper as always😉

  13. Good News: so glad your back is better, you got lots of lovely stitching done, time well spent at the lake and precious photos of Piper :-) We had a smokey campfire at Lis and Gary's but a good cookout, games, conversation, and admiring their progress of unpacking. xxxxx

  14. I can't believe little Miss Piper is already finished with Kindergarten. Where does the time go? SO thankful to hear that your back is so much better, my friend. All glory to Jesus for giving you relief and allowing you to enjoy the lake so much. I love your new bowls! Yes, it surely does make cooking fun to have such pretty bowls to use and look at. God bless you!

  15. I am so glad your back is feeling better Betsy. Maybe you have finally fond the solution to your issues. Piper is adorable, I can't believe she is heading to first grade!