Wednesday, September 2, 2015

One of the Reasons We Love Colorado

Happy Wednesday to you! After seeing the Elk in RMNP on Sunday, I've been thinking about all the blessings of living here in Colorado. This morning while driving, I spotted a Bald Eagle soaring overhead; it thrills my heart when I get to experience so much beauty in our state. I began thinking about this bear we saw up in the Poudre Canyon five years ago. So after digging through my files, I finally found our photos.


What an amazing creature! Now here in Colorado, people are having lots of problems with bears breaking into their homes etc. in search of food, but we have invaded their land and I guess this is one of the consequences we humans face. I wouldn't be happy either if I had a bear break into my house, but I sure felt blessed when we were graced with his presence. I wouldn't be too happy if one lumbered through our campsite either.  Last night on the news, the mentioned they had closed one canyon due to two mama bears and their four cubs.  Smart idea.  One issue that makes me angry is that many folks won't use the correct type of garbage can, that is bear proof and that creates more problems for many areas.
I hope you have a glorious day and are thankful for the blessings in your life.
Joy to you!
Noreen

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Such Beauty and Strength

Happy September!  As I promised yesterday, here are the photos of the herd of Elk we saw on Sunday in RMNP. I am always awed by these beautiful creatures~both their strength and majesty. There were several large bulls all chasing the cows, with little ones all around. For the first time ever, we even got to see a calf nursing. We were in fairly close proximity, but it never ceases to amaze me at how close some people will try to get-not realizing the danger. We also have a very nice lens, so aren't as close as it appears.







Being in the mountains always refreshes me and Sunday was no exception.  We got to see these and also took a lunch and walked around a lake.  The crowds are at peak right now, which makes parking a hassle, but worth the time and patience.  One of my cousins was in RMNP recently and said she saw three moose.  We know they are over Trail Ridge on the other side, but have not seen any in the park.  I also love Moose, so hope they migrate over. 
Yesterday's adventure with my neighbors was fun; unfortunately the restaurant was not as this mall so we had to eat in a food court. No worries though, shopping at Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn is always fun-even if you don't buy anything. 
Today I'm off to have coffee with my ladies bible study group and get caught up before our first meeting.  I hope you find some time to do something that brings a smile to your face and heart.
Blessings,
Noreen

Monday, August 31, 2015

Good Morning, I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Ours was good, but hubby had to work late Saturday night due to a big golf tournament. I spent the afternoon sewing and reading, so felt like I accomplished a lot. Though I did decide that I need more light fabric for my quilt. The tans are just too dark and won't make the contrast I need. Live and learn. These are pics that hubby took Saturday night-the colors are due to the haze we still have lingering, from all the fires in the west.

Yesterday, we went up to RMNP and had lunch and a short hike. We saw a huge herd of Elk and were able to get some great shots-I'll post them tomorrow. It was fun just to get up there. Later on, a couple at the end of our cul-de-sac hosted a party to get to know the new families. Today, I'm taking Hunter to the groomer and then will head down to a big mall near Denver with my other neighbors. This week should be pretty relaxed, but bible study and sewing start next week. I hope you have a day filled with vivid and beautiful colors.
Hugs,
Noreen

Friday, August 28, 2015

Lunch With Friends

Happy Friday to you! I know you must be excited for the weekend, I am and it is the start of football season. I can hardly believe those words are out of my mouth; when we moved here I rarely watched football on t.v. Didn't mind seeing a game in person, but never could get into televised games. I didn't grow up watching games and it was difficult for me to understand. So Saturday, when the Broncos play the 49er's, we'll be watching and hollering.
Yesterday, I took my neighbor Pat to lunch to meet another neighbor and her best friend. We went to a wonderful restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I had the grilled Chicken salad, Pat had a pasta dish, Patty had the quiche and Sandi had the Salmon salad. To say they were delicious is almost an understatement. Here they are; I felt a bit like a "foodie" wanting to take photos of the dishes.

After a nice lunch, we walked over to a gallery that has incredible works of art-from pottery to enlarged photographs of the Rockies. This store is one of my favorites; I often buy greeting cards there because they are works of art and cheaper than other commercialized cards.
On the way home, I stopped at my favorite nursery, where they are selling Palisade Peaches and bought more; initially I only intended to buy one bag of 5-6 to slice and freeze, but ended up buying two bags.
Today is a somewhat quiet day; Lily is settling in with Hunter and they are so happy together.
I will be sewing more today and enjoying a more relaxed day.
Blessings,
Noreen

Thursday, August 27, 2015

It's Thursday and I've got a full day ahead of me.  I've already walked, next is a haircut and then shortly before noon, I'm taking one neighbor up to a wonderful restaurant, to meet the new neighbor with her best friend, for lunch.  One the way back, I'm planning on stopping and getting 10 lbs of Palisade Peaches; we absolutely loved these peaches and think they're the best we've ever tasted-so I will be slicing up the peaches and freezing them for winter. Not sure how well they'll freeze, but I can use them for smoothies. 
This afternoon I will be down in the sewing room and later Lily will come over for the next week. Our daughter's family will be heading to the Islands for the week.  Our air is finally clear of all the haze from the fires in the west; I'm thankful!
I hope you find some time to do something you enjoy today.  Remember the weekend is almost here.
Joy to you!
Noreen

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

National Dog Day

Every dog has its day and it’s August 26th~ National Dog Day!

National Dog Day was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. It’s celebrated August 26th every year to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure, and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and “abuse-free life”.

Our Hunter has brought so much joy and love into our lives, I just can't fathom my life without him.  I am pleased to say that a new box from Mr. Chewy arrived today~I order three new treats/mixers for his kibble.  Mr. Chewy makes it easy and reasonable to spoil our beloved companion.  If you have a pup in your life, make sure to give him some extra loving today.

I hope you have a day filled with lots of love!

Noreen & Hunter

 

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Outdoor Tuesday

Good Morning Friends, How is your summer winding down? Most children are back in school and the days are showing signs of fall. I think Fall is my favorite season-because of the beauty of the changing colors and the crisp cool air, as well as all the scented candles I bring out with my other decorations. The other day hubby was at the golf course and took these two photos. He said they were the same hawk, but the coloring looks different to me(maybe it's just the shading). We love seeing the wildlife here; the Pelicans will be departing soon and the geese are here, but more will arrive.

We heard Coyotes the other night, it has been quite awhile since we heard them.  It was nice because they weren't too close.
Today is going to be a warm day and I'm heading out to walk and then will start sewing. 
I hope you find joy in your day!
Hugs,
Noreen