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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Sunshine and flowers

We have had some beautiful weather here and also a very stormy weekend. Through it all I’ve been enjoying time at the lake.  I have geraniums planted and a few hanging pots.

Here is the outside of our trailer. Sorry about my car parked in the front.

Here is a view from the road between Larry and Nita‘s trailer and ours. We have the gazebo with our dining room table, which unfortunately we have not been able to use this summer because we can’t have meals together because of the nasty virus. Beyond that you can see our “living room“ furniture. We try to keep a distance between us when we’re outside sitting and visiting.

Miss Piper and Mandy went on a 7 mile bike ride the other day. This was taken right after they finished. 7 miles is a long way for those little legs and tiny tires! I’m very proud of her. And don’t you just love that helmet?  She even has a seat to take her babies along on a bike ride.

I had never before seen an iris of this color. It belongs to a friend of mine here at the lake. She has several dozen of them planted outside of her trailer. They are all gorgeous right now.

I have been working on this baby blanket since last Friday. It is so time consuming. There are so many ends to weave in, and I try to do it as I go so it’s not overwhelming when the blanket is finished. I’m crocheting the border now, so not too much longer.

These are the socks that I showed you last week. All I had done then was the cuff and I did the rest of the leg Thursday evening. I haven’t picked it up since I started working on the blanket. Hopefully I can get back to them soon. I like how the pattern is turning out.

Mandy and Piper went to the zoo this morning. Facemasks were required and only a certain number of people were being let in at a time.  They had a trail you had to strictly follow and you were not allowed inside any of the buildings. They had a great time though. Life is certainly strange now isn’t it?

Wishing you all a wonderful week.
Much love and blessings, 


  1. Looks like you have a lovely little sanctuary.
    Those irises are similar in colour to some I have (mine are a little darker, I think). Irises come in so many colours! It's amazing.

  2. I love the colour of your Iris! This is the time of the year that we get to enjoy Irises in all their splendor, and dream about adding a new one (or two).
    It's good that Mandy and Piper had an enjoyable time even if they couldn't go into any of the buildings. I hope they didn't miss too many exhibits.

  3. It is lovely to see your pretty lake home, your latest beautiful stitches, some of your dear family, the wonderful unusual Iris and the encouraging verse. This morning I knitted a few more rows on the current baby blanket I have been working on for months. I have been trying to crochet a towel holder like the ones I made at Christmas because a friend asked me for a beige one. The only beige yarn I have is a cotton blend and the pattern looks wonky compared to the ones I made in acrylic so I am trying to figure out why. Thanks so much for posting, dear Betsy. I am smiling at you and sending hugs. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿงถ

  4. All in all, I think we have been pretty good at adapting to the changes. Life with definitely be "different" for quite a long time. I guess we have a NEW normal.

    Your post was so uplifting today. Love seeing all the HAPPY pictures.

  5. I am so glad that you are able to get away to your beautiful lake home. Love the outdoor area so that you can still visit with your neighbours. A joy to see Miss Piper, how wonderful that she is able to go on such a long bike ride. Uplifting post. Take care and stay safe.

  6. Ahh love seeing your trailer each summer Betsy with gazebo and all. Praying before too many monthsyou can eat together.
    I love that Iris, I think I've seen that colour in UK you don't see them often here so notice them, they grew wild in villages in Italian Switzerland, I remember it fascinated me. They dont grow here cos too jot but did have them in Melbourne garden. Oh wow that blanket really does have a lot of detsil,, overworking it too, it looks, wise tp stitch in threads as go. Sanity! Love socks too very pretty.
    And miss piper is super cute
    Praying much dear Betsy that the Lord will comfort you indeed!
    Psalm 147:3-5
    He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
    He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
    Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
    Thanks for sharing, and may God bless and keep you and all whom you love safe and well.
    Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz. X

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

  7. Glad you are able to enjoy your favorite place. The flowers are all beautiful. Mandy and Piper are certainly making the best of a bad situation!
    Enjoy your summer!

  8. you did that much on the baby blanket in less than a week?!? wOW!! So glad your people were able to get themselves out...and the zoo!!! Lucky lucky lucky!!! One of my favorite haunts but unfortunately we don't live near one.

  9. Lovely flowers out now. Newer roses are blooming. Plan on planting them in the ground once the house gets painted. I enjoy seeing all your photos in this post including Miss Piper and Mandy. We had a thunderstorm Sat. Usually just a clap or two of thunder. This lasted 45 minutes. Have a blessed day my friend!๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒˆ

  10. Your lakeside retreat looks so lovely Betsy! It must be so relaxing to be there. Love Piper's head gear - LOL!!

  11. Very pretty setting, so serene. Your crocheted blanket is beautiful! And I really hope to learn to knit socks one day... for now, I make lots of dishcloths. I enjoy your blog, have a nice day.

  12. Being at the lake would make social distancing easier, especially with beautiful scenes in every direction. Love Piper’s helmet!

  13. Betsy, first of all 7 MILES, that is amazing. You have been in my thoughts all week. Just because you are a special friend. It looks like your lake home is so inviting. I am so glad you have a peaceful place to go to.

  14. Piper continues to amaze me! That's a big bike ride! She must enjoy it. If my kids complained for 7 miles, I would have lost it. I love all your camper photos Betsy. Hope you are soothed by nature as you grieve......
    Your socks are great

  15. It's such a nice quiet setting. Piper looks so cute with her helmet and yes that helmet is adorable. Seven miles is a long way. I dont think my chubby legs would like that. lol
    Anyway dear friend take care and enjoy your creativity.

  16. Camp looks very relaxing and beautiful. I'm glad you are getting to enjoy it even though it is "normal". I love your socks are turning out.

  17. What a beautiful place you get to enjoy in your gorgeous and roomy new trailer. I'm happy for you that you found it. I wish we had a place like that to put ours. I'm proud of Piper for keeping up with her momma on that long ride! That sock is turning out lovely and that is some complicated looking blanket! I hope you get to stay there a lot this summer. Luckily our back deck is a happy place for us and I'm glad we have it especially this year. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  18. Your trailer looks so inviting! The color of the irises are beyond beautiful!
    Great job on the baby blanket! What fun. And Piper...well, she's a grand grand!

  19. What a wonderful sanctuary your camper is. And that iris is amazing! The baby blanket is very cheery.

  20. That Piper is such a cutie pie, isn't she. That is a long bike ride! The Iris is beautiful. Such an unusual color. I sure like your trailer. Looks like a lot of fun.

  21. Oh, life IS so strange right now, dear friend. It is somewhat heartbreaking to me, to be honest. Nothing feels right, but we know that our God is in control of all, and His eye is upon His own. I love the set-up at your lake home and how you have your flower garden. It is just beautiful. It seems so sad that you can't eat with your friends and have to be so separated. I have never seen such a time in all my life. I am glad you can be there, at least, and you can enjoy your beautiful new camper and the view and everything. May God bless you always.

  22. Definitely very strange and trying times. Glad you are able to enjoy time at the lake. Wow! 7 miles. That is a lot for a little girl. Bravo Piper! All those tiny granny squares. That's why I tend to go for giant grannies. And if it's in a variegated yarn, all the better. Not so many ends. :) I'm a lazy crafter. Take care of yourself.

  23. Our zoo is also open with the same rules, but you can't go on any of the little rides which Little B loves so we won't be visiting for a while. Love the blanket Betsy. Stay safe my friend.

  24. Hi Betsy! Oh I love the Henry Doorly Zoo and have spent awesome times with our Grands there! Now my grand are mostly growed up!!
    I aqm so happy that you are spending time at the is good for you I am certain. That Iris is beautiful I bet its name is Copper something or another.
    Yes those ends will drive you nuts...have you ever done join as you go? I have a lapghan I should was using up stash!

    You have lots of projects is a good thing! :)