Friday, May 22, 2015

Signs of Spring and Hope

Happy Friday friends, It is so hard to believe it is Memorial Day weekend; in the past, it has been so warm, we've waited anxiously to have the pool open. This year we are waiting anxiously for warm weather to move in and stay for good. I was chiding myself this morning about my whining and realized I'm thankful that we haven't had snow every day for the last month. Yesterday was cloudy and cold, but it didn't rain at all. In fact, Hunter and I got out for a walk. In Kam's yard, she has an abundance of Johnny-Jump-Ups and I thought they looked so much like spring. A neighbor of hers planted them years ago and now they have overtaken her side yard. At least they are beautiful.
About a month ago, my grands said "Nana have you seen the bird nest in the bbq?"; I hadn't so looked. At first, I thought they had just gathered up straw and pine needles and made it. I also figured they were going to be in trouble with the mess; they hadn't made it. The funny thing is that the lid had been closed and the Robin was getting in through a hole in the back. So last week the girls announced they had eggs in the nest. Yes indeed, they were Robin eggs and so pretty; there were five in all. Yesterday Kim announced they had baby birds; the grands didn't even know. We opened the lid to the bbq and we saw four tiny beaks begging for food. With all the rain, I'm thinking the Mom found a nice dry place to build that nest. We are not sure what happened to the fifth egg, but we did count four beaks. Here you can only see three(sorry about the fuzzy photo), but they are so precious. I'm glad it is in their bbq and not ours-we use ours almost every night, even in the winter. I have spotted some sparrows around our gutters, so it wouldn't surprise me to find a nest.
We don't have too much planned for this weekend; tonight is our grands End of the Year program and that is always wonderful. I will be taking photos of each girls with their pillowcase and other projects. 
Today is another rainy day, so I think hubby and I will be going to see Far From The Maddening Crowd.  I doubt there is much else happening, I may be going to an Open House of a quilter that used to have a store here in town. She closed it after her husband died, but has reopened it in her home in a nearby town. 
We are possibly going to get temps in the high 60's and low 70's.  I can only hope, until then I'm waiting.  AT least I'll be ready for Ireland and cooler temps there.
Blessings,
Noreen

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I can't believe how quickly May has flown by(wish the rain would do the same)!  I'm getting ready to go for a walk in the cold, with Hunter, so this will be short.  Some of you don't watch t.v. and some don't believe in it, but here we do. For many years, too many, hubby and I have been big fans of Survivor. This year hubby decided not to watch it due to some of the attitudes being portrayed.  I continued on and I will tell you that last nights finale was refreshing in some ways.  The man who won gave a testimony of his faith and said that was how he made it through the loneliest times of the show.  Another man, who I didn't like, was harboring a grudge against the winner and told him so.  I was impressed that the winner apologized and asked for forgiveness for hurting him.  It was so refreshing to see reconciliation and forgiveness given and received.  It ended the show on a very positive not for me.  I'm not sure I'll watch next year, but I'm glad it ended like it did.
This time of year there doesn't seem to be much on t.v. to watch while I quilt, maybe if our weather gets back to normal we will be able to be outside walking and riding.
Hope you have a great day!
Hugs, Noreen

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Outdoor Wednesday


Happy Wednesday to you!  Ever since we've lived in Colorado, I've wanted a rain gauge.  For some reason though, I never got one until last weekend. It probably has to do with the unusual amounts of rain we've had this last month.  When we were on a walk on Sunday, hubby mistakenly pointed out a very pretty rain gauge and that was it-we headed to get some groceries and stopped by my favorite nursery on the way home.  This is very delicate looking and I worry that the glass might break if we get hail; you know I'll be running out and bringing it in if that is the case.  However, now that I have one I can check the totals each day.  For the last two days, we've gotten a bit over 1.25".  Considering that we have had constant rain up until today, I know we are well over our normal rainfall amount.  You can see my Oregano next to the rain gauge and also my Peonies, that are about ready to bloom.
Today's weather is so damp and cold, it chills you.  Hubby says it feels like snow; I think that it reminds me of coastal fog and rain.
I've got to grands coming over today for sewing; we will finish their pillowcases and I will make sure I get pics.  Tomorrow the other two come over and then on Friday night we will have the end of the year program where each grand gets to highlight what they've done in school this year. 
I hope you are staying warm! 
Blessings,
Noreen

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May Showers Bring June Flowers

Good Morning to you!  I hope you had a great start to the week; my day yesterday was pretty low key. The storm started yesterday afternoon with a light mist falling; it continued to be light until the middle of the night, when the sky opened up.  It was raining so hard it woke me up and continued to pour on and off during the night.  This morning I took Hunter outside, the last rain fall bothered him and I wanted to make sure it was not the start of something new.  I checked my brand new rain gauge, that I had wanted for years and we got about 1.5" of rain during the night.  Not as much as I thought, but still a good amount.  We are supposed to get rain every day this week.  I truly feel like we are living in the North West.  This is just so unusual for us, even during our Monsoon season we just don't get this much rain consistently. 
Hubby and I will be heading down to an Apple Store today to get my mini IPad fixed and have my phone checked-the battery depletes too quickly on it.  Then we may begin stocking up on chicken and turkey for our freezer;  word has it that chicken prices are going to skyrocket due to how the Bird Flu has ravaged chicken and turkey farms across the country.  We don't eat a lot of eggs, but we have a couple of friends who have chickens, so if need be we can always buy some from them.  Last time hubby and I ran to Costco, we couldn't believe how much the price of beef has gone up and now this with chicken prices set to soar.  Oh well.
I hope you have a wonderful day and that the sun is shining for you.
Noreen

Monday, May 18, 2015

My Husband Rocks!

Good Morning to you! Last evening after dinner, hubby and I heard something hit the house-I asked him if it was a golf ball, to which he said no. He went out to check and then knocked on the window for me to come see. Behind our couch, there was a baby sparrow; it had apparently flown into our window. It was stunned, so hubby and I moved the couch out so we could put it on the cushions. When he saw us moving things, he started flying and we were glad until.... As he flew away, he just went to our stair railing and then he hoped into our drain spot(reminder to self, get some chicken wire to cover the open down spot). Oh no. We could see him but couldn't reach him. What does a wonderful husband do,but run down under our deck to see if we can hear him. We did, the problem was that the drain goes into the storm/drainage ditch. So hubby ran and got his electric drill and an extension cord. He took the bottom part of the pipe off and then went to the top and dropped the extension cord down it, hoping that the little bird would be in it. Unfortunately, the extension cord dropped but no baby bird came out. I was ready to give up, when out of the black hole of the bottom drainage pipe the little bird flew. We couldn't believe it! I figured he was a goner and that the heavy rains would was him out to the storm pipes. Yeah! We watched him fly to an Italian Cypress and then fly off. I bet the whole experience scared him. My hubby does amazing things in order to save animals; several years ago we saw a calf hoping over a fence and hubby rounded that boy up and herded him back. My man is quite a catch and I'm so glad he's mine!
May your day be filled with smiles, giggles and lots of love!
Noreen

Friday, May 15, 2015

Garage Sale Time

Happy Friday Friends~During spring, I always join my best friend Kam, to go to garage sales. I never was an avid shopper before moving here,but once I started going with Kam, I loved it. It might have been just hanging out with her or the fact that she loves to get a good deal, but this is about the fourth year I've been spending Friday mornings with her. Since we moved, I scaled back-too much stuff to pack up; even though I have no intentions of moving again, I still don't want to get carried away and buy things we don't need. So this morning, bright and early, we hit my neighborhood sale; she is looking for wedding items for her daughter's summer wedding and I just was looking. I only found two items, but it was fun to get out with her. The Iron scroll piece on the wall was one items that I couldn't pass up-it was so cheap. We have several of these decorations and I can tell you that when you buy them at a store, they aren't cheap. I love how it looks above our entry way table.
The bowl is new; I had a decorator plate there before but the colors were wrong(yes, I'm one of those gals), so hubby and I found this and I love it.
This basket full of sunflowers spoke to my heart, so I couldn't resist.  I have several pieces of sunflowers I put out in the summer and this will probable be on a counter or the table on the deck outside.  I've never considered myself a "yellow" person, but this house lends itself to more earth tones and my sunflowers.
My girlfriend from Ca. is due any minute; she flies home tomorrow and it will be nice to spend a little bit of time with her before she heads home.  We have friends coming for dinner and cards, it should be such fun.
May your weekend be filled with joy!
Noreen

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tah Dah

Hello friends; I hope you are doing well this morning! So I've mentioned that we had the floor in our shower redone; it was a fiberglass composite which didn't drain(our tile guy had never seen the product before and he's been tiling for 30 yrs). Our bathroom is in earth tones and we decided on this tile pattern because it went with the different hues. The best thing about it, is that the shower now drains completely-yeah!!!! We love the look as well, but having the darker shades makes the very large shower look a bit smaller. That's o.k. because it is still huge; we checked the price of having the entire shower redone totally with two shower heads and a bench, but that would have cost more than my surgery.


For all of you who are gardeners and experts on plants, specifically herbs-here is one for you.  I realize you probably won't be able to tell from the photos, but this is a mystery.  This herb is growing out in one of the beds-it is voracious, has a mild smell and attracts bees.  Last summer I asked the previous owner what herb it was and she thought it was a Oregano or Marjoram, but not completely sure. 

The one thing I will say is that I wish she had planted it in a garden pot or box, because it truly takes over a large bed. When I was with my girlfriend Cyndi the other day, I thought it resembled Greek Oregano, but hubby said no when I showed him a photo of the plant. Yesterday I ran to our town nursery to see if they could identify it and they actually pulled out a book on herbs. It has somewhat of a fuzzy texture and right now there isn't a scent. Last year, during the summer when the scent was strong it reminded me of sage. So the only herb the nursery gal thought of was Borage, but there are no flowers with it(that I can remember). So I will probably take it to another nursery that I get our plants from-they are very knowledgeable. If any of you recognize this, please tell me. I do wish it wasn't in the bed as it takes over everything by summer and if I can't use it for cooking, then I'd rather it not be as aggressive.
I've got another somewhat full day and I've got two grands coming over this afternoon to work on their pillowcases.  We have to have them done by the 22nd for the End of the Year program; best get working on them.  They've all turned out so well and I love how each granddaughter's personality shows by their use of fabric colors and patterns.
Be blessed today!
Noreen