Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Sunshine and cold

It is an absolutely gorgeous morning here, the sun is shining brightly but it is cold, cold! You can tell how windy it is by the flag blowing in the breeze. We even had snow all day Monday after having a cookout on Sunday afternoon with highs in the upper 60s. Such crazy weather changes. We have freeze warnings for the next few days, but next Monday is supposed to be 87F!

I have made a little bit of progress on Piper‘s blanket. It is very wide and I just don’t seem to have the crocheting/knitting time I had before so it’s going to take a while. I expected that and it’s fine. Some things are more important.

Mandy picked up this embroidery kit at the Target dollarspot. Piper wants to learn and I’m looking forward to teaching her soon.  It is mainly satin stitch so it should be an easy project.

Look at this mess! These are curtains for the living room, patio door, spare bedroom, office, our bedroom and kitchen. They all came about 10:00 last night by Amazon. Mandy is going to help me put them up this weekend since I have no drill to install the curtain rods.  They also all have to be washed to get the wrinkles out.

I spent one evening putting Dennis’s desk together. I hope to work on the file cabinet this afternoon.

I thought I would share this picture with you. I made it for Mom right after dad passed away in 1999. It’s one of my favorite crossstitch pieces I’ve done. She loves reading about angels and how they are around and helping us all of the time, although most of the time we are unaware of it.

The visiting nurse will be here in about half an hour so I need to get over to Moms. Monday I had my oil changed and got a grocery pick up order, along with going to the hardware store and stopping at our new credit union. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, but I’m hoping things will start to calm down a little bit. I’m amazed at how much I was able to get in my little car that has helped make the house feel like home. I have photos sitting around, my own bedding, towels and toiletries.  I have my own dishes, pots and pans and silverware. People are still amazed that it all came in the car with me.

I’m finally able to keep up with your blogs, although sometimes it’s very late in the day before I can comment if mom has an early appointment somewhere. And then yesterday the screw fell out of my glasses when I got dressed. Have you ever tried to find the screw when you can’t wear your glasses? Ha! I couldn’t see anything. So I had to make a trip to the eye doctor to get my glasses repaired. It’s always something isn’t it? I was able to get Mom out of the house though, to ride along with me and afterwards we stopped at Runza and picked up lunch. Have any of you heard of Runza’s? They were invented here in Nebraska and they are delicious. Hamburger, cabbage and onions inside of a bun.

I hope all is well with you and I’ll try to be back here soon. Maybe I’ll have hung curtains to show you!😍

Much love and many blessings,


  1. Nice to hear you’re settled into your new home. The errands will gradually diminish and you’ll be able to relax a bit. Runzas are delicious. I’ve always known them as cabbage rolls.

  2. Looks like things are starting to come together for you. Hopefully you can get a bit of calm soon so you dont burn out!
    Take care!

  3. Sound like you know how to pack a car! The desk looks great! You are a handy woman! Angels are always around and busy helping us! So glad you have Mandy to help you with the curtains:) No drill in that packed car!!

  4. You are making remarkable progress. It's so nice that you were able to pack things that make your new house your home. Good luck with the curtains, so nice of Mandy to come and help with that project. Happy Hump Day!

  5. You have done so so much Betsy. I love the angels stitchery. I forget about the angels all around us. There are so many details to moving. It will all be set up soon. You have already done the hardest part.

  6. Lots of things to do in a new to you house. A bit at a time. I remember visiting a friend in Omaha 15 years ago. A friend said to check out Panera cafe. It was delicious. Asiago cheese bread is a fav of mine. One close to where we live now. Try it, you'll like it. Flatbread pizza is delicious too. I'm getting things cleaned up in back part of house soon. Transplanted a couple plants last night. A few more today. Have a blessed day my friend!!πŸ˜ŠπŸŒˆπŸ‘—πŸ™πŸ°

  7. You're one busy lady! I think it's so neat that you have a new home to "feather your nest" in. I look forward to seeing your curtains up. Good job on putting the desk together. I bet you miss Dennis for things like that not to mention his company! Can you crochet or knit while you're with his mom helping out? Give Piper a hello from us. Don't work too hard! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. really have your hands full! You did a great job on the desk. That's a nice set up. I've been trying to get The Mister to get one like it. He works on an old kitchen table that belonged to my first husband. I hate it.
    The cross stitch is so sweet. I started one to memorialize my mom but I've never finished it. I think I bit off a bit more than I am capable of with it and I lost interest.

  9. There's so much to do and also you don't ever get an entire day to attack all the things you want to do but hopefully soon things will ease up a little.
    I'm impressed that you were able to put that desk together. You're very handy.

  10. I am so amazed with all your energy and all you have accomplished! I can't wait to see the curtains hung.

  11. Bravo for so much progress! Now be sure you schedule in rest/crochet time!! It feels so good to get things put together properly doesn't it. I was amazed that I bought and assembled by myself a wrap around a planter metal trellis several weeks ago, and Elisabeth and Gary were impressed!😁The counted cross stitch angels are a beautiful reminder of the angels all around us! πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ™

  12. I looked up those Runza sandwiches on the internet and I must say they do look delicious. I'd love to try one! Wow...a pile of curtains....that should keep you busy all weekend. You sound like you're making good progress so that's great and you got Dennis' Mom out for an outing....that's great too! Good for you! and you put Dennis' desk're very handy! Take care!

  13. How beautiful to turn a house into a home--you've got the touch!

  14. Oh Betsy, you sound like a whirlwind! You are doing SO MUCH!!! I hope you are also taking time to relax a little bit. The Runza sounds good!!

  15. I know that Piper is more excited in having her grandma near by than in having her blanket finished :) You are both going to have fun teaching her to embroider and won't it be nice when your curtains are all up. That will give your new home a much more cozy feel.
    God bless you sweet friend.
    I'm going back to the eye doctor today, experiencing a lot of pain in my right eye since the surgery. Please keep me in your prayers.

  16. Beautiful angels cross stitch. I am sure your Mother must treasure it. Amazing that you have done so much already to your new house it must be beginning to feel like home. Piper's blanket is really lovely. What stitch are you using? Stunning colour too. keep well Amanda x

  17. So glad you got moved okay! You guys are so efficient! I can tell you are very busy and yet you still have time to blog. You are amazing! I've been a slacker when it co mes to blogging and reading others blogs. I keep trying to get better. I'm so happy for you to have your family nearby. You've waited a long time!

  18. That Runza sandwich sounds delicious!

    Sounds like you are busy, but *happily* busy. That's a good way to be. Your new place will feel like home before you know it, especially when Dennis moves down.

  19. Never heard of Runzas before. Lunch sounds delicious though if I could get a GF bun! We have up and down weather also. I think you get a lot done. Nancy

  20. You've been a busy girl. Hope your weekend is pleasant.
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  21. Hi precious sis, thanks for your comment on my Craft blog today, your bright witness in comment at top of comments was specially appreciated, may it shine to others.
    I think my Christian blog post on "why did God give mum cancer?" It might have published when you were super busy. Its the last one on blog, so just hit link below, thats if you hadn't read it.
    I'm amazed at how you're accomplishing things, Betsy.. even Dennis's desk etc that's a skill I'm not great at, putting together flat pack with inefficient instructions!
    Love Piper's blanket and cactus embroidery, I've my two pieces I did at 8 yrs old.
    Am weary so wont chatter anymore. Praying for you all, that curtains are up ok and all folds gone.. that's a chore!
    Thanks for sharing, and may God bless and keep you and all whom you love safe and well.
    Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz. X

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