Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Fun


     A person can only stay inside so long, before the need to get out and about takes over.  Recently we saw McFarland USA advertised when we saw another of Kevin Costner's films.  Today, I talked hubby into going to a matinee; what else do retired people do when the weather is cold? Usually, we go to Tuesday matinees because of the price break. A couple of bits of trivia-one of my dearest friends grew up with Kevin and I heard about the fun times she had with his family.  Secondly, my closest friend from my teens coached Cross Country in Carmel Ca. and her team ran against McFarland  for years-she told me they were an incredible team!  Also, part of the plot revolves around my hubby's high school in Palo Alto, Ca.  I attended another high school in Palo Alto. 
I have to tell you that this movie is one of my all time favorite movies!  If you are looking for something to do this weekend, take in this movie-you'll be glad you did.
We don't have plans for the weekend; more snow is forecast so we will probably stay in.
I hope you have a fantastic evening.
Hugs,
Noreen

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It's Thankful Thursday and I want to know what you are thankful for?  Today the sun is peeking through the clouds and the snow has stopped, for now, so I am thankful for the hope of spring. I am thankful that it has been cold and snowy while I've been recovering~it is much easier to stay in and take naps when the weather outside doesn't beckon me outside.  I am thankful that each day has gotten easier physically and that running errands doesn't totally wipe me out; I will say my idea of running an errand is going on a drive with hubby and letting him get out of the car. I am thankful for my faithful friend Kam and her bringing me lunch yesterday. I am thankful for the love and care my family are giving me-especially hubby doing most of the cooking and chores.  I am thankful that spring looms ahead and gives me a goal to aim for-lots of walks, biking and garage sales.  I am so thankful for the answers to prayer concerning my recent surgery.  I am thankful for all of you dear friends, who have prayed for me, encouraged me and continually checked in on me.  I am blessed indeed!
May your day be filled with blessings and may you find unexpected smiles and joy throughout your day!
Hugs,
Noreen

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review on Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey

Happy Wednesday to you!  When I got home from the hospital this new book came for me to review.  I love Bethany House Publishers blogger review program, if you are a blogger and interested in receiving books to review you should check out Bethany House.
Here is a synopsis of story from the author:
"Alaskan Courage Series – Book 5
Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now paired together on Yancey’s search-and-rescue canine unit, they begin to put aside old arguments as they come to see each other in a different light.
Then a call comes in from the Iditarod that will push them to their limits. Kirra’s uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing. Frank’s daughter has been kidnapped. In order to save her, the man must use his knowledge as a mechanical engineer to do the kidnapper’s bidding or she will die.
Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is only threatening a girl’s life, but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen."

There are two book genre's that  I am drawn to-firstly any books about the Amish/Mennonites and secondly-stories that take place in Alaska. Dani Pettrey has woven a masterful tale of intrigue that centers not only on Dog Mushers and the Iditarod race, but also the oil industry.  I found this book to be so captivating that I was able to read it within a day.  Initially I was concerned because it was book 5 in a series that I hadn't read, but found it wasn't an issue at all.  The characters are well developed and the story one that could take place today.  I love Alaska and given my love for dogs, it isn't surprising this book held me captive.  The author reminded me so much of Dee Henderson, in fact at first I wondered if she was writing undo another name.  I loved how Dani weaved scripture through the story as well.  Now that I've finished it, I want to go back and read the rest of the series.  I would give this book 10 stars. 
I received this book from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing, free of charge in return for my honest review. 
If you need a great book to read this winter, look for any of Dani Pettrey's books, you won't be sorry.

Noreen

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Community

Happy Tuesday to you! This is the sight we beheld this morning when we got up. I love Doves; I know they can be very aggressive to smaller birds, but I love their sweet look, besides them mating for life. I thought it was interesting that they are almost in lines-wonder if it is just because there was a spot without snow or if it is a behavior.


I have to tell you that yesterday was such a nice day for me; I took a nice two hour nap and felt so good afterward. Last night, I slept without extra pillows around me and was actually able to sleep on my side all night. I think some of the soreness of my incision is lessening; this gives me hope that each day I will continue to feel better, if I don't overdo it. Today I see my G.P. and hopefully will work out a new medication for my blood pressure. I'd love it if I didn't have to take any ever, but given my record, doubt that will happen. We are having a break in the weather today, as you can tell from the photos.  Tomorrow another storm is rolling in with several days of snow and also this weekend.  Guess winter finally decided to show up.  I know California is craving some moisture.  All in all, having snowy days just keeps me inside more(at least this winter); I miss taking Hunter for our walks, but I'm not venturing out to walk until there is no snow/ice on the sidewalk. 
Blessings on your day!
Noreen

Monday, February 23, 2015

Just Another Day

Morning Peeps,  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I have a book review I need to do, but today is just another 'take it easy' day.  Friday I was feeling good, so hubby and I ran two errands; the first one wasn't bad at all, but I should have skipped the second one(to the grocery store).  I can tell you that I was that little lady pushing the very small carts-so I could walk very slowly.  I knew I'd need a really good nap when I got home and I did.  What I didn't count on was that it would keep me worn out all weekend.  Lesson learned; I'm taking a step backward from now on and just relaxing all week.  I still wake up sore every morning; trying to transition to my side during the night, but boy oh boy do I get sore.  One nice thing was(you know I'm not up to par when I finish this)a huge snow storm this weekend that kept us housebound.  We just kicked back, watched old movies-one was "Music and Lyrics" and was pretty good.  We also watched a Hallmark movie and caught some of the Oscars. 
Today will be a day of trying, yes trying, to get caught up with all of you my friends.  I'm really hoping that within the next week or two I will begin to feel an end to the soreness.  I know it will be a good 4-6 mos before I'm back to normal, but I'll take little victories as they come.
May your day be filled with smiles!
Noreen

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Good Morning to you.  Thank you so much for all your thoughts concerning my doctor appointment yesterday~it went better than I anticipated, however what I wasn't expecting was just how fatigued I felt for the remainder of the day.  You all remember the saying about two steps forward, three back; that is exactly how I felt.  All in all, I've felt relatively good; keeping myself relaxed and napping each day.  So by the time we drove to the doctor's office(30 minutes away)and then waited until I was seen, it was like my energy level tanked out and I was on empty.  I'm thankful to say the staple removal wasn't as bad as I thought.  Hubby and I had planned to make one quick stop on the way home, but choose to come home directly. I had a nice lunch and then took a two hour nap; I figured I'd be back to normal when I woke up-but I wasn't.  I had been warned about how quickly one gets tired after a surgery, now I know.  Last night we watched the last episode of one of our shows-The Mentalist.  I actually stitched too while watching.  I had a very hard time getting to sleep last night-I think my poor body just was totally exhausted.  Today I work up a bit achy and also very emotional-which is generally a sign of being tired.  So today I'm not doing a thing. I'll be on the couch shortly. We are anticipating a huge storm on Saturday; hubby is going to try a new crock pot recipe to last us through the weekend. 
I hope your day is blessed and that you have many, many reasons to be thankful.  I do!
Hugs,
Noreen

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Outdoor Wednesday

Happy Wednesday Friends~I'd rather be doing this(photo taken 3 yrs ago), but alas I'm thankful to be up and around.  It was so windy here yesterday that the snow is almost gone, but it is still cold outside.
Today is the day I get my staples out-such fun, don't you think?!  When my oldest granddaughter found out I had staples holding my incision together, she had this horrified look on her face. She immediately asked if they were like staples you use when you staple papers.  Yep, that they are.  Thankfully this grand isn't the type that would like to see them-let me tell you that my belly is still swollen and has some bruising, so it is not a pretty site.  Anyway, like many good patients, I will take a pain pill and some Tylenol before I go.  Been through staple removal two other times and it is not a cake walk.  Hubby took me out for a drive yesterday morning; my clothing wasn't comfortable so we didn't drive much. I'm stopping by one or two stores today to see if I can get some yoga pants that have a really big waist.  Don't know how long the swelling will last, but need to be comfortable. 
This weekend we are due for another snow storm-maybe 8" of the white stuff.  It's o.k. though, I will be able to hang out and stitch. This year our weather has been so different-all over,  California is in a drought, our area is having a light winter and back east is getting what the rest of us aren't. 
I hope you are able to get outside and enjoy fresh air today. 
Blessings on your day.
Noreen