Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day

It's hard to believe that Sunday is Valentine's Day; it was just last year that I was coming home from the hospital after major surgery. As I reflect on my surgery and five days in the hospital, I'm so glad it is behind me! The first day and a half in the hospital was in a Women's ward and I was well taken care of, but the next three and a half days was not quite as good. I also know that it wasn't as easy a recovery as when I had my two c-sections; of course I was in my twenties back then which really makes a difference. I just thank our Heavenly Father that I didn't have cancer. I also thank Him for the gift of love He blessed me with in bringing my hubby and I together. I am thankful that we will be celebrating 38 years this June, the best years of my life.  I'm thankful for the love of family, my two daughters and their hubbies and kiddos as well as my brother and sister in love and hubby's family.  I am also so grateful for all the precious dogs we've had over the years.         This weekend will be filled with activities~I have quilt group this morning, we have a gathering at our next door neighbor's house as a thank you for shoveling their driveway during our snow last month. Saturday we meet some friends for lunch and then have grands for dinner so our oldest daughter and her hubby can go out to dinner. Sunday will be a relaxed day, no fancy plans here. Hope you have a great day and a Valentine's Day filled with love.
Noreen and Hunter

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Log Cabin Barn Raising

It's Thankful Thursday and today I'm thankful that I've gotten this top pieced, aside from a border. I love the color combos and pattern; I will wait another week to get the border fabric and batting, then the fun will begin.

I also want to make pillow shams to match with the extra squares I've got; since I've never attempted pillow shams before I think I will definitely look for a pattern and not just wing it. I imagine it will take about four months to quilt, maybe less depending on how many hours a night I work on it. I am also thankful for eyesight which allows me to sew and quilt, hands that still work even when stiff and a dear hubby who doesn't mind the expense of the fabric. 
What hobbies do you have that are a passion? 
May your day be blessed,
Noreen

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Recently I was contacted by Steven Manchester and asked if I would review his ebook and do a post about the story.  I was not familiar with any of Manchester's other stories and agreed to give my honest opinion.  Here is a synopsis of the book by Laura Schroff:
“Manchester beautifully describes the undeniable love and bond between Billy and his canine best friend Jimmy. The Changing Season reinforces how making one wrong decision can be life changing and the consequences can have a ripple effect that profoundly impacts the lives of others.” – Laura Schroff, #1 NYT Bestselling Author, An Invisible Thread

Initially I found this story hard to get into; I think because it took me back to a slower time, a time of youth and growing up.  I will honestly say it wasn't a book that I couldn't put down, but I found it reminiscent  of adolescence and also of loving dogs-especially one you grew up with.  By the time I got to the middle of the story, I was definitely really enjoying it.  While I wouldn't encourage teens to read it, I felt that it clearly showed the consequences for irresponsible behavior. It also covered young love and the struggles that face a couple.  Many aspects of the story took me back to my high school days.  I felt the characters were developed well and that many could relate to the story.  You can find this book on Amazon.  I am going to look at Mr. Manchester's other books and see if I want to read them.
Disclaimer:  I was provided this book in a PDF format free of charge for my honest review.

Noreen

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

National Pet Oral Health Care Month

February is Pet dental care month, a time to make sure our pups teeth are clean and free from tarter. Many health issues can occur if the dog has gum disease. Chewy gracious gave their #Chewy influencers a wide variety of dental treats this month. So many have the potential to cause problems because they might not break down, but Science Diet have created some bones that are made with real vegetables and natural ingredients. Typically, Hunter was so excited to see what came from Chewy.  Hunter and Lily really enjoyed these bones, but they were for medium dogs so I cut them in half.


Product Description:
Hill's Science Diet Dental Chews with Real Vegetables are delicious, natural treats made from only the best ingredients. They freshen your dog's breath as he chews, providing great taste and great nutrition in perfect harmony. Dental Chews come in 3 sizes, so you can have the perfect treat for your perfect dog no matter his size!
Key Benefits
  • Freshens your dog's breath
  • Great taste and great nutrition
  • No corn, artificial colors or flavors
  • Recommended for adult and mature dogs
  • Made in the USA                                                
We would rate this product four paws or excellent, it is not smelly and doesn't make a mess. A big thank you to Sydney at Chewy for all her hard work. We received the package very quickly as well, regardless on the amount of snow on our street.
 FULL DISCLOSURE: We received this product for review at no charge as a Chewy.com  #Chewyinfluencer. Receiving the free product did not influence our review. All reviews are our opinion.
Noreen and Hunter

Monday, February 8, 2016

What a Victory

Happy Monday to you!  I will be posting a bit later on Dogs Dental Month, but had to share that we had a fantastic afternoon yesterday.  The food was incredible here at our nest-one couple brought ribs-done two ways(one gluten free), fresh fruit and vege's, dessert.  Another couple brought chips & dip and contributed  to the ribs.  Another couple brought two types of wings and some special pumpkin bars(which hubby requested), while another couple brought some Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip and Chips. We supplied Teriyaki Meatballs, spinach dip with french bread, candy and drinks.  Oh yes, one of the desserts was Fritos with Peanut Butter and Corn Syrup(which I dislike and avoid using) mixed together in clumps. Let me tell you that is so addictive. Something about the salt and sweet kept everyone going back for more. 
What a great game, we had one non-football gal with us who brought her knitting but she definitely got into it.  By the time the game was over, we all were feeling so full; I think I could go for quite awhile and not eat anything but salads.  We are blessed to have a home that can accommodate 14 friends comfortably and easily.  It did help that help put a second t.v. downstairs as well.  The gals got the big screen while the guys got the t.v. that didn't have the high def.  Too Funny.
By the time everyone left, most of the cleanup was already done and it only took about ten minutes to wash the serving dishes and utensils.  We were so excited for the win, but also that Von Miller got MVP and it was a nice way to go out if Peyton decides it's time to retire.
I am glad we hosted it and think it will become a tradition. 
Hope you had a great weekend and that your week will be so nice.
Blessings,
Noreen

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Game Day

                                     

                                        All I can say today is

                     Go Broncos!

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Different View

The other day I showed some pics of our front yard and here are two I took yesterday. As you can see, the walkway is clear now, but it give a better perception of just how deep the snow was. Actually I should have put a ruler in so you could really see how deep it is.

The black box is actually a winter cover or mini greenhouse for a Japanese Lacy Leaf Maple.  We found that by doing this last year, the tree was able to survive our winter.
Today is warmer than the last two have been; right now at 8:30 it is 30 degrees, downright balmy. It's a busy day today~shopping at Costco, watching two grands and trying to get some sewing in as well as finishing a book to review. I hope you get some sunshine in your area and have a productive day!
Noreen