Saturday, November 21, 2020

November Challenge Day 21

Today’s challenge is that I am supposed to tell you the best things that happened to me this year. This has been a strange year for all us hasn’t it? There have been several good things that have happened and I know I’m probably forgetting many. The best thing that happened to us this year is that we have the promise of a new daughter! Alex got engaged to Tara in the spring and we had hoped to have a wedding this fall, but because of Covid that did not happen. However, we feel she is our daughter already and she is a lovely addition to our family.

In fact, Dennis and I were over sorting through some things in our storage unit today when they called us on a video chat. Mandy and Piper joined in and the six of us had a wonderful video chat for about two hours. As I said before, I am very, very grateful for technology. It’s so fun to be able to talk together and see each other at the same time.

Another good thing that happened is that our house sold the same day we listed it. It took a lot of the stress away from selling it, when everything happened so fast. We are very much enjoying living in our RV so far. Almost every day one of us says that to the other one.  

Another good thing is that so far Dennis and I have remained healthy and so have all of our children and grandchildren.  We are very, very grateful for that fact, even though I have lost a brother and Dennis lost his sister this year.

We had a beautiful sunshiny day today. It seemed a lot warmer than it was. I think our high was 41°F but with the bright sun shining, it really did seem a lot warmer. We even took a trip to the car wash. It’s a car wash where you just stay in the car and ride the track through, so there’s no interaction with anyone else. It was the first time I had really left the RV all week, other than to drop some mail in the box and walk Chloe.  It was probably silly to do since snow is predicted for tomorrow night but it felt good to get it nice and clean again.  I must admit, I have been very spoiled having a garage for the last 20 years. I could wash my car and it would stay clean for days on end if I just stayed home when the roads were bad. Here, I don’t have that option. The car is outside through all kinds of weather.

Mandy and Piper went over to Dennis’s mom’s house this morning and raked leaves for her. It looks like they got quite a pile.  Mandy does most all of Mom’s yardwork for her, in addition to the huge yard they have at their own house. They are very careful to wear their masks when they’re around Grandma and I don’t think there’s any actual touching happening. Mom hasn’t gone anywhere since Karen died in September. The only place she has gone since March was to Karen‘s to help care for her and then to her funeral.
Piper looks like she’s cracking up laughing at something Mandy must have said.  Mom even cuts her own hair! I don’t know how she does it. I would never be able to cut the back of my hair.

I’m waiting for my Knit Picks order to arrive with the yarn for a sweater that will be a Christmas present. Until then, I’ve started making some mini socks and I’m going to try to get 25 made for an advent calendar. I have always wanted to have an advent calendar. I have made a few for other people but never one for myself. It’s late and a picture wouldn’t turn out tonight, but I’ll try to take a photo of the socks I have finished tomorrow. I think I have five done so far.

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday.

Blessings and love,


  1. You did have some very good things happen this year. It's always good to find a silver lining.... Happy weekend!

  2. I'm glad you have some things to be grateful for in this year. It's been such a hard year for so many. I would really have to try hard to find something! Piper looks so cute and so helpful to her great grandma. Her mama is raising her well. It seems to take so long for a KnitPicks order to arrive. I need to get back to my purple shawl but it seems I've got crocheter's block. I've also not gone out much, but I've had a relapse on my back being out. But it should get better. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. A lot of nice things, particularly the engagement. Gerard and I are not going out too far either. Looking forward to seeing the advent calendar, such a cute idea. Take acre and stay safe.

  4. Yes it’s always good in the hard years to learn to lean on LORD more. He’s dirtying things out especially when we can’t see it.
    Praise indeed re your home... cute photo of Piper and her gran ..
    Love your verses too.
    Thanks for sharing, and God bless, Shaz in Oz.x

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  5. Always good to look at your blessings in the midst of turmoil, because there are always more than you realize. And, a wedding to look forward to!

  6. Those are very good things to be thankful for. Wishing you and Dennis a very happy Thanksgiving.

  7. I am glad the wedding was postponed. We have 129 cases in our county that they have traced to a wedding in a nearby county. We want to keep our loved ones safe!!! I can't wait to see the little stockings.

  8. That's a lovely list of good things that this difficult year has brought you. The tiny socks as part of an advent calendar is a good idea. I look forward to seeing the end result.

  9. Your 25 mini-socks sounds adorable. I look forward to seeing your project. Unfortunately I am not very crafty and envy those who are.

  10. Yes thank goodness for facetime and zoom and all the other ways to connect!

  11. I'm glad you have had wonderful things happen this year to be grateful for. Can't wait to see your Advent socks.

  12. You live out the Scripture verse you quoted, dear Betsy. I am grateful for your friendship and influence on my life. In the midst of all the negatives you have experienced this year I appreciate your appreciation of the blessings you mentioned. 💜🤗🙏

  13. It has been a strange year, indeed. So thankful God's mercies are new every morning, and His compassions fail not!

  14. We're so quick to complain, it is wonderful to read about all of the good things that still happen! Lovely post!