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Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Fall

Autumn blessings from my heart and home to yours!!! I always love this time of year; many of the things I love are Mums, Changing Colors, Autumn Candles, Hot Tea on a regular basis in the evening, football, quilting and hearty dishes like Chili. In fact, I made a big pot of Chili yesterday; it is the only chili recipe I really love. So I'm sharing a few of my favorite things today-this tree is in our neighborhood and yesterday as I walked Hunter I spotted it. I can tell you that many Burning Bushes on the street are quickly turning a bright red-another plant I love, but we don't have any at our new nest.

The next photo is one I found years ago on the internet-I love it.

Finally, this little man as we call him, was helping his dad mow the lawn yesterday. In actuality, daddy was really mowing it and little man decided to help. Once our son-in-law stopped, this cutie kept pretending. He just thrills us-he is so blasted cute!!!

Today Hunter goes to the groomer and I'll be happy with his being cleaned up a bit. Thankfully, we don't let him get really shaggy, but I always know he needs to go when I start noticing mats.
I hope you have a great day today and that you are seeing sights that show Fall is here.
Joy to you!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mr. Chewy

As many of you know, we are followers of Mr. Chewy and love their blogger program. Yesterday, Hunter got a box at our front door. It is almost like he knows that the box will contain items for him. Although this months samples were canned food, he seemed interested. We choose to sample Merrick Limited Edition Homecoming Holiday grain free food.

After I opened the can he was very interested and even gave it a taste test.  Typically, Hunter doesn't like canned food unless it is the really inexpensive brands that offer no nutritional benefits.  He doesn't typically  do anything but walk away when he smells canned food but he gave it a taste test,so it was a good sign.

As you can tell, he was mighty impressed with this food.   This flavor has Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Butternut Squash in a Gravy.  I am very impressed because it is not only grain free, but natural.  Another added benefit is that my picky pup loved it.  Hunter gives Merrick Homecoming Holiday food a:
A Big Thank you to Sydney and Andrew at Chewy. com
If you are a blogger and are interested in this program, let me know and I'll get you the information you need.
We've had a very productive day and now it's time to clean lunch dished and then visit you all.
Enjoy your weekend.
Noreen & Hunter

Thursday, September 18, 2014

It's Thankful Thursday and I'm thankful for another day! This photo was taken at sunrise Sunday morning, as we drove our friends to the airport. I'm not one that usually sees the sunrise, unless it is when we are in the Islands. It was a beautiful site though and I was glad to be with our close friends while viewing it.

I mentioned we went to a Sculpture garden on Saturday morning and this is one of my all time favorite pieces. Maybe, it's because I cherish my role as Nana.

This is one of my other favorite pieces-you can just imagine a grandfather like this. This statue is so realistic, it is just an amazing work of art.

I've already been out walking with Kam and it was a bit shorter that usual. Her pup, Lexie, has been a bit slower and we just wanted to make sure she was feeling o.k. Later, I'm hitting one of my favorite stores, Fine and Funky, for their Fall Clothing sale. This afternoon, I'll have two more grands over for sewing lessons. I'm so thankful for Pinterest and the info that you can get there. I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoying the beginnings of fall. For those of you who are in Ca. amidst the smoke and wildfires-be safe my friends! I am thankful for those who serve to protect us-especially the firefighters. I am thankful for living in a time as this.
Hugs, Noreen

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Handsome Pup

Happy Wednesday to you. This morning, Hunter and I are joining two friends and their pups walking around our local town lake. It has been quite awhile since I joined these gals; I am looking forward to it, as I'm sure Hunter will be to when he recognizes where we are. Yesterday, it was in the high 80's and since Hunter was smelling pretty doggy, I decided to give him a bath. I just have to say, he is one sad looking pup at the beginning. 
After the bathing is over, we begin the long process of blow drying his hair.  He doesn't mind this to much.
The end result was well worth it; however, I must say that he looks dry but after about thirty minutes his hair gets curly again.  

 I hope you have a wonderful day; I will be as I've got two granddaughters coming over for sewing. Now I just need to figure out our lesson; why I ever threw out our books from our "intro to sewing", I don't know. I'm sure we'll figure something out.
Joy to you!
Noreen & Hunter

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

More Of The Herd

There is nothing that makes my spirit sing more than being outdoors and seeing wildlife. Here are a few more photos from Rocky Mountain National Park. These creatures are so beautiful; I hope you agree.

Today I am starting a new ladies study with some friends at a new church.  I'm very excited to be again studying the Bible and spending time growing with close friends and hopefully new friends.
Yesterday I not only walked 2.5 miles, but also got out my bike and road almost 4 miles; I hope this starts a trend for me. I've missed riding and right now the weather is perfect.  I hope you have a day filled with the beauty of the great outdoors.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Joy In The Moment

Happy Monday Morning to you! I want to challenge you to find joy in each moment today. 
Here is some inspiration.

His rack was huge.

On Friday, we drove up to Idaho Springs to pick up our good friends from California. We had planned a get away prior to meeting them, but do to weather concerns, we choose to postpone the trip. We did head up early though, to do some antiquing and see the historical part of Golden.  Although we didn't have a lot of time, we will head up there sometime soon.  After picking up our friends, we came back home; had a wonderful visit and dinner.  Saturday morning, after a nice breakfast we took them to a Sculpture Park before heading up to Estes Park to have lunch.  Our friends haven't had a close up look at  large herd. We took them into the Park; they weren't expecting to get a close look and were so excited.  Although the third photo looks like the biggest bull is going to bugle, he just opened his mouth but made no sound. In all the years we've observed Elk during rutting season, I have never seen this behavior before.  There were two other bulls in the vicinity, one was very young and just getting horns and the other was mature, but clearly not the head. This is not the bull that we saw about a month ago; we also saw many of the doe's with radio transmitters on them.
Our friends have known us since our daughters were toddlers, so it was fun for them to get to say hi and see their kiddos.  We are hoping that they will be moving out here in the next year, in order to be by three of their four daughters.  They come to Colorado many times throughout the year; typically we get to see them at least once or twice. 
We took them to the airport yesterday morning and then had a productive day at home.
Today, I am walking with Kam and then have to return some dog food I got that bothers Hunter's digestive system.  We are back to beautiful weather, after a week of rain; I am very thankful and hope to get in more walking and biking.
Hope you have a great day.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Good morning to you, this is for all my chicken loving friends.  I love seeing all the chickens roaming free in Kauai. Not sure about being awakened before sunrise by them, but they are so fun to watch. I love the bright colors of this big guy.

Today I am thankful that I have eyes to see, ears to hear, arms to hug, love to fill my heart ,as well as my other senses. I am so thankful to be living this life and that I am surrounded by those I love. I am so thankful that my sweetheart planned our trip to Kauai. It was such fun just to spend time alone together without golf. O.k. it was fun for me! I am thankful to be back at home now with hubby, doing those things I love the most-spending time with the grands and their parents, walking Hunter, quilting, enjoying football on t.v.(until we moved here I hated watching it on t.v.), spending time with those that mean the most to me and savoring every minute the Lord grants me. I am trying to kick up my exercise a bit-I did a fast walk Wednesday and went on a quick 2 mile ride. I am thankful for the dear friends who will be here with us for two days.  I am thankful that I live in such a great Country and enjoy the freedom that others secure for us.  I am thankful for Grace each day.
May your day be sweet and filled with thankfulness.Hugs, Noreen