Thursday, March 26, 2015

Yes, Another One

When a gal has 11 grands, you know there are going to be some back to back birthdays and there are!
Pictured above are two special sisters, Miss D on the left and Miss A on the right.  Today is Miss A's 5th birthday~Happy Happy Birthday Miss A.  Five years ago, hubby and I were just getting ready to go to Kauai for two weeks(just to be clear, I did not schedule the timing of our trip-my dh did).  It was so hard for me to leave my girl with her newborn plus her three older girls. 
Miss A is quite the character~she has a unique sense of style and will only wear clothes that she likes.  She knows who she is and will not bend to pier pressure, if it doesn't align with her standards.
She makes us laugh and loves her family, especially her Papa.  I can't wait to see how she grows and matures over the next year.  WE love you so much A and pray God's blessings over you!

I hope you all have a great day! 
Hugs, Noreen

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb?

Morning friends,  Many of  us grew up hearing sayings such as "March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb", referring to the weather.  In California, I always took it to mean that it would be windy.
I now know that it refers to weather in general and how quickly it can change.  Here in Colorado, it changes daily if not hourly.  Yesterday was windy but pleasant, then during the night it began to rain(which I did not hear, but hubby told me about) and it's pretty wet outside now.  Our furnace it even running, something that hasn't occurred in weeks.  I was supposed to meet Kam and another gal for a walk, but that was cancelled-can't say I'm upset. A good day to stay inside I think. Yesterday, I met Kam and we went on our normal walk in her neighborhood-between 2.5-3 mls.; it felt so good.
Later in the day, I spent some time dusting and cleaning house as some neighbors were coming over for a visit.  By last night I was tired.  The rest of the week is full, I have two grands coming over for sewing today, a lunch with our financial advisers tomorrow, two grands coming for sewing tomorrow afternoon, a birthday party for one granddaughter tomorrow night and a lunch on Friday.  Guess my body better be back into normal activities, because it seems my schedule is back to normal.  Not sure what the weekend holds, but in there I will be quilting in the evenings. 
I hope your week has been good so far and that you have time each day to kick back and rest a little.
Joy to you~
Noreen

Monday, March 23, 2015

Happy Spring to you !  Happy Monday as well.  We had a good weekend, enjoyed the sunshine and Hunter was elated because his 'cous, Lily, was here for the weekend.  Needless to say, we spent a lot of time outdoors and our neighbor brought her little guy, Dukie, over to play.  Hubby and I did take the two pups for a walk yesterday and then piddled around in the yard, enjoying the sunshine.  Today I had a doctor appoint with my primary care-we needed to look at my blood pressure meds and make a change.  A good appointment and my new med's were waiting for me when I got to Wa**art.  I had some other things to buy as well, so it took a little bit to get everything.  When I got home, I took Hunter for his walk; one good thing is my doctor actually told me that bike riding would be easier on my body than walking-so this week I'll probably start riding again.  I'll continue to walk each day-Hunter loves it so much. 
As you can tell from the photo above, my St. Patrick's Day decorations were put away and my Easter decorations came out.  I do want to do some more cleaning for spring, but trying to give my body more time to heal. 
I hope you had a great weekend and that your day started out on a positive note.
Hugs,
Noreen

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring

The first day of spring-how wonderful!  I remember being a teen and always being thrilled with Japanese Cherry Trees that were blooming, Daffodils that were springing up as well as Tulips.  I still get excited at these happenings; somehow they make the world brighter.  Daffodils have always been one of my all time favorite flowers, with Tulips coming close.  When hubby and I went on our second date, a drive to the ocean, there were Dafodils growing wild on the side of the road; he stopped and picked me a bouquet-he had my heart then! 
Yesterday was cold for most of the day; in fact, I spent the day being lazy, stitching almost all afternoon and evening.  Today promises of warm sunshine and there will be a walk this morning.  I'm taking a friend out for her birthday lunch and then have to run to buy a shirt for one granddaughter's birthday next week.  I already have other things for her.  I've learned much this week in regard to recovery-namely if you push yourself two days really hard, you will be exhausted for a full day afterwards.  It is difficult to remember that when you feel good and want to be back to your normal activity level.  Hopefully, another couple of weeks will have me there.
I hope your day is filled with touches of spring!
Hugs,
Noreen

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Another Great Read

Happy Thursday to you. Our spring weather has left for a couple of days; I'm thankful because the last two days were filled with activities and I was beat by last night. In fact, I'm looking forward to a low key kind of day. Yesterday afternoon we had our two oldest grandsons over and ended up playing a game of Golf Monopoly. It's been years since I played and the boys are at the age of being sharp competitors; let's just say I took all three guys to the cleaners and gave them a whooping. I had three properties with four houses on it, they had to pay the rent in real estate. They finally gave up, despite the fact that I wasn't charging them the full amount. Of course, this is a once in a lifetime event.
When our family went up to Estes several weekends ago, I found this book at my favorite quilt &gift store. Being that the story took place in Sisters, Oregon I knew I had to get it. It wasn't a quilt story, but one that held my interest and made me want to return there. I wasn't disappointed.
From the author:


















LOVE FINDS YOU IN SISTERS, OREGON

"Hope Bartolli has avoided Sisters for years—both her hometown of Sisters, Oregon, and her two sisters who live there. But when the thirty-two-year-old corporate lawyer returns home to attend her beloved grandmother’s funeral, she’s surprised to learn that she has inherited Nona’s old house, her little dog, Andy, and an unexpected friendship with Nona’s handsome attorney. If she had any hopes of burying the hatchet with her sisters, these “gifts” from Nona aren’t going to help. Hope wants more out of life—but is she willing to take the risks to get it? And can she trust her family to stand by her side?"




I have to say I would have given it away, but instead I put it in the mail to my BFF in Ca. We hope to get up to Sisters in the next year, for their outdoor Quilt show. It is hard to get lodging, even when we have a timeshare up there. I thought this book might wet her appetite.
I hope you have a great day and find something today that will put on a smile on your lips and a song in your heart.
Joy to you!
Noreen

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What A Win

Happy Wednesday to you! Half the day is gone already and I'm just getting to this. I've accomplished a fair amount today, but still have more things I want to tackle. Walking, a trip to Costco, taking a granddaughter to her orthodontist appointment, lunch and just now sitting down. At the beginning of the month, a blog I follow had a birthday giveaway. Jacque at Doodles of my Mind is a wonderful lady, filled with creativity and wonderful projects. I never thought I'd win, but entered anyway. Well, Jacque notified me that I had won a Double Zipper Bag she made; she is an excellent seamstress as well as has a great eye for color and design. Isn't it just so cute! This is the back of the bag, which measures 7"x9"-a perfect size for traveling.  I love the bright aqua and the gray polka dots.

The bag/pouch has two zippered compartments and inside I found a small travel size Hand Sanitizer as well as lotion.  I love the chickens, in fact I love this bag!  It will be perfect for our trip to Ireland this summer.  Jacque has a wonderful blog and shares her handiwork~she embroiders, knits, quilts, sews(waldorf doll clothes and accessories) and makes hooked rugs.  I've really enjoyed getting to know her and I think you will too.
So go by and tell her hello, you can find her here:
http://browndogprims.blogspot.com/
http://facebook.com/thechocolatepuppy
https://www.etsy.com/shop/thechocolatepuppy

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

                                       May the blessing of the Irish be upon you today.
I've got a full day today~Hunter goes to the spa today and if he knew it this morning he would not be happy with me!  I also have an appt. with my surgeon for my final checkup; later both daughters and our 11 grandchildren will be here for our traditional Irish dinner, namely Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots, Rolls, Dessert.  I know by this evening we will all be feeling content and happy.
Yesterday our temps got up to 84 and it was wonderful outside.  Today will be in 50's, but hopefully the rest of the week will warm back up again. 
I hope you have a fantastic day, filled with a bit of mischief and laughter.  Stories will be told around the table tonight.  I'm excited as well, because this June hubby and I will embark on our first trip to the Emerald Isle; we will be spending two weeks there.  I am so looking forward to this; hubby surprised me with this trip and I want to be back in shape and ready by the time we go.
Blessings to you!
Noreen