Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Zoey, Lizzie & Piper

Guess what this post is going to consist of? Mostly puppies and Piper. We have the girls with us this week until at least Thursday, maybe longer if they want to stay longer. Our camping plans were disrupted when they got Covid. We were in London for two weeks, then they went to Paris and London right after we got home. The day after getting home they tested positive for Covid. Then, when Mandy & Piper started getting better, Brad got it. So here we are with the summer going quickly and we hadn’t had our girls to stay with us yet. The outside of their house is being painted this week. Mandy is trying to work on the phone and we figured Lizzie might be barking at them so here we are.

So far we’re having a fun time. We went to the zoo yesterday. It was HOT but we still had fun. Piper talked Papa into climbing to the top of the tree fort. It’s higher than it looks. I’ve zoomed in on them. Here they are, three stories high.

Just before we left we decided to stop for the bird show. To our surprise it was not a bird show. At the last minute they had to change it to a reptile show because it was too hot to bring the birds out. We saw a giant tortoise and a snake, I don’t remember what kind, and a skink. After the zookeepers told all about each animal, the children were able to go up and touch them all. Of course Piper was up there with all of the other kids. Dennis and I stayed where we were sitting and reminisced about when her mother was the same age. Mandy was so shy she would have never jumped up and ran down there right away. She may have taken Alex by the hand and led him down there, but never on her own.  Piper is very outgoing and self-confident and Mandy was always very shy. It’s funny to see how different our grandkids are from their parents. Jamie‘s kids are the same way.

Either Mandy or Piper took this picture of the girls on Sunday when we were visiting their house. Isn’t it sweet? They hadn’t seen each other for over two weeks because of Covid. They were so glad to see each other. Doesn’t it look like they’re hugging? Sorry about the lighting, I don’t know what was up with that.

Miss Piper has spent a lot of time giving Papa and I foot rubs, especially since our trip to the zoo. She is very good. She massages lotion into our feet and then she puts plastic bags on our feet. I’m not sure the reason for the plastic bags, but she has tells us that they are necessary, so of course we comply.

Here she is this afternoon giving you an idea of the size of the blanket that I am crocheting. It’s almost the same size as she is and it’s still growing!

I have also started another pair of socks with Knit Picks Static yarn. It is a simple cast on of 64 stitches with a  K1P1 ribbed cuff and then K2P2 for the leg. I really love these colors.

On Monday I got this beautiful package of treasures in the mail from Tammy, who lives in Kuwait. You can find her on my side bar at “T’s Daily Treasures”.  Tammy has been back in the States taking care of her mother. She has lived in Kuwait for many years and has the most interesting tales of her adventures there. I have followed her for many years and always enjoy her posts. Thank you so much Tammy. I will treasure your gift. Obviously you remembered how much I love snowman!

Tomorrow is grocery day. Mom‘s leg has really been bothering her, so she’s not sure she will be up to going with me. When she has days like that I usually take her grocery list and shop for her and Dennis buys the things that we need. Tomorrow will have the added adventure of having Piper along. With Papa and I, it will be no problem but if I’m trying to herd Mom it could be interesting with both of them. I’m always a little bit afraid Mom will walk out the door without me, but she doesn’t like me staying with her the whole time. She feels like I don’t trust her or that I’m spying on her.

My best friend Jenny is taking a road trip beginning this weekend. In two weeks so she will drive from Spokane to Maine and back again. Her aunt in Maine is turning 95 years old and Jenny wants to make sure she’s able to see her one last time. She will be stopping along the way at various relatives homes to visit them. The first place she stopping is with us. She plans to be here on Sunday and we have the honor of having her stay for two nights before she continues on her way Tuesday morning. She says we are the longest stop of her trip. That means she’ll be with us for the Fourth of July. I am so excited to see her, as it has been over a year. That’s a long time to go without seeing your best friend, although I guess it’s not technically true. We do see each other most Thursday nights on ZOOM for Bible study. Then, July 14th Dennis’ three cousins and uncle from Minnesota are coming to visit. Two will stay at mom‘s house and two will stay with us. We’re looking forward to that visit very much.

Shortly after that we will leave for our trip to Spokane. We will be camping along the way and hopefully will not have to take out a loan for diesel to get us there and back! That’s not as funny as it sounds. I cannot believe the price of gas and diesel right now. It’s absolutely ridiculous and there’s no real reason for it that makes sense to me. We plan to be gone somewhere around three weeks. It will take us almost a week to get there because of a stop in the Black Hills and then at our son’s house in Montana. We plan to have about two weeks in Spokane before we make our way back to Omaha. We’re thinking about coming back through North Dakota instead of our usual route across South Dakota. I have never been to North Dakota before and it sounds like a new adventure.

Sorry. I seem to have written a novel. 😍 Take care and have a wonderful week my friends.



  1. Looks like you're having fun with your girls! Your trip sounds like heaven. I'd do anything to get out of here for a while-that doesn't involve some catastrophe that is...lol.

  2. So good that you have family coming to visit. That's what summer is all about.

    Piper is right about the plastic bags. The bag keeps the warmth and humidity around your foot and makes the cream soak in better. Smart little lady you have there. She could wrap a warm from the dryer towel around the bags to make it work even better.

  3. Looks like you're having a wonderful time!

  4. Not much to see in Eastern North Dakota but the Western part is okay. You have a fun trip to look forward too! :)

  5. Aren’t you glad you moved when you did! You and Dennis have been a blessing to Dennis’ mom and Mandy’s family.

  6. Well I don't know of anything any cuter or sweeter than Piper, Lizzie, and Zoey. Piper is such a beautiful girl. That really is a huge blanket you are making. It is so pretty! Your trip to Spokane with camping along the way sounds peaceful and wonderful. Something I would love to do. Oh, that Bible verse has always been one of my favorites...how many times I have asked.

  7. Oh what fun adventures you are having! Miss P looks like she is growing up so fast. She always have the sweetest smile. The pups look adorable! Your projects are coming along nicely. Sending hugs your way and prayers too sweet friend. Blessings always. :)

  8. It was so good to catch up with you! Glad you are finally getting some Piper time-and the pups! Hope all goes will with the visits; your socks are so festive and the blanket is amazing! Take care!

  9. Cute pictures - Piper is growing up fast! A foot rub would be very welcome here...for some reason my feet feel tired or sore daily. I'm excited for your camping trip. I know you will have a fabulous time.

  10. How nice to have your girls for a visit! Sounds like you had a great time. Enjoy your visit with your friends and your camping trip. We have a three short camping trips planned,none of them very far away because of the cost of gas.

  11. Dear Betsy,
    Well, miracles happen!
    I think I can comment, just found out some let me on different web browser on anonymous.
    God is good!
    Am so happy you’ve visitors coming and I couldn’t get over how Piper is growing up and looks like Mandy in the foot photo .. what cute pups and a truly magnificent rug.

    Re petrol it’s all controlled.
    As is everything on this planet. By Gods permission. Simple reason is Biden’s stopped all your production increases that were going on under Trump, and which were keeping a hold on the Middle East cartel controlling the prices, now they’re dictating everything…
    For every action leads to an opposite reaction - we learnt in basic science.
    Your government now in power hasn’t learnt that … and so the people suffer.. and when US sneezes we catch the cold they say here.
    It will get worse before it gets better.
    This is like a war we are going through now, two years have passed …(not read this, this just my thinking on it all), the WW1 WW2 were five years each, only God knows how long this will last till everyone wakes up to what is really happening.. we’ve been sold a big fat lie on many areas ..
    There also was the pipeline expansion that Biden unplugged and much more, am sure it was not his hands that pulled the plug but whoever is directing the poor man, I feel sorry for him.
    He needs the LORD and it’s a sad situation, we pray on for our countries it’s the VERY BEST thing we can do. We are in huge mess too with our election just past and think maybe worse than yours!
    With prayer though there is mercy!
    Enjoy your visitors, so happy for you and your best friend I know how I feel when mine visits from Qld.
    Thanks for Sharing, God bless and keep you safe, and all those you love, hugs Shaz in Oz.x

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

    1. PS meant to say too your treasures from your friend in Kawait are truly special and love that sock yarn too. πŸ™πŸ˜πŸ‘

  12. Looks like a fun time in summer for traveling. I had thought about going away a day with Phil in October to Hood River or Newport for anniversary but gas prices and hotels aren't the best lately. We're thinking of just staying local and have fun in another city. Piper is a lovely model on the afghan you made. Have a blessed day and beyond πŸ˜ƒ 😊 Becky 🌻

  13. You have been one busy lady! Nice to be with family and make precious memories!

  14. Always so fun to read your posts, Betsy. Sounds like a fun time at the zoo, if hot. Wow....Piper is growing by leaps and bounds. I'm glad everybody is getting well again and your two pups can see each other. I wouldn't have made it to the top of that tree fort...well then, I'm getting old and not getting around so well any more. I love that big blanket you're making.....love that Piper is becoming a foot massager...I hear the plastic bags make the cream/lotion work better! You're going to have lots of company....enjoy! And do have a wonderful camping trip...sure hope you can stand the terrible gas prices. People have been siphoning gas from boats and cars, I hear. Take good care!

  15. Catching Up - glad everyone is feeling better. Piper is so much fun and she is keeping you both young. What fun to have your friend to visit! I am sure your days will be full with lots of visiting. And then the follow up family visit! It is like you are running an inn. I can't explain these gas prices either. I have read that the price by barrel (which I realize is several steps from my pump) is not very different from ten years ago. We just traveled back and forth between three states and prices the very same day were up to 60 cents different per gallon. Indiana was the highest. In the same state, stations in the two other states were 35 cents a gallon different. I just feel like it is all a game and we are paying to play it.