Friday, January 23, 2015

It's another Friday, so I'm here to wish you a great day!  I had such a fun day yesterday and got something in the mail that put the icing on the cake, so to say.  I received a written report on my genetic test(Brca 1&2) that I had two weeks ago. I was thrilled to read that my result for negative for this gene.  It means simply, that I didn't inherit the gene my sister did for Ovarian cancer and that my girls won't need to have this test in the future.  I am still waiting to hear about the CTscans and meet with my doctor, but it made my day. 
Last night, hubby and I watched a show on the Smithsonian channel about American women in the late 1800's who married Earls, Barons and such in London and Paris. It was very similar to Downton Abbey, but the true stories of Aristocrats marrying wealthy Americans.  I was also surprised to find out that Princess Diana great grandmother was married to a man from Ireland with my maiden name.  That got me to wondering if my family wasn't only a distant cousin of the Kennedy's but also Princess Diana.  We only watched one episode of it and the following show was American Princesses; I will definitely have to look for this series and record it.
Not much happening here this weekend.  I hope you have a restful weekend and do something fun!
Blessings,
Noreen

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Greetings from beautiful northern Colorado. I so love these crisp mornings, when the sun shines on the snow covered Rockies. I just got back from walking Hunter, with our friends Kam and Lexie. My ears are still cold, but I feel full of energy. Yesterday I finished my latest quilt top; now the real work will start.

When I purchased this last summer, I didn't realize that it would go so well with the colors in our guest room. This was such a fun pattern to make and although it is much busier than I typically make, I think it will make a nice nap quilt for our guests. I will probably use a tan fabric for the back; I have no idea what quilting pattern I will use on it.
 Today is a very busy day; I'm taking Kam to lunch, a belated birthday lunch and then I have a haircut this afternoon. It will be good to have it taken care of prior to my surgery. I still haven't heard anything, but imagine my Doctor is dealing with the insurance company. We don't have much planned for tomorrow or the weekend. Hopefully the weather will be as nice as they are predicting and hubby and I can get out and go for some nice walks.
I hope your day is filled with sunshine, contentment and peace.
Joy to you!
Noreen

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

From One Day To The Next

Happy Wednesday to you. Usually, I call this outdoor Wednesday but not today; it will be indoor Wednesday to be sure. It has been so nice and made many of us longing for spring, even though we are still in Jan. The other morning I happened to see these doves on our Pergola; at one point there were over a dozen. Love seeing them!
This is the view this morning; the snow has started and I for one am glad that I can stay inside and assemble my latest quilt. I think the snow has stopped and that will be just fine. I've so enjoyed taking Hunter out on walks during the nice mornings.
Since there are lots of new movies out, before the Academy Awards, hubby and I may go see one today.  American Sniper is supposed to be incredible, but the story looks sad too-just not sure I'm ready to see it in a theater. 
I wanted to tell you that the CTscans went well yesterday and I had no negative issues with the contrast.  Some people get sick from it; I sailed through it just fine.  I won't know today or tomorrow about the results and am waiting for my doctor's office to call to set up a consultation.  I did find out that my genetic test might be covered by insurance and that would be wonderful. 
I hope you have sunshine in your area today, if not make the best of it.  Life is short; as KB says "Seize the day".
Hugs,
Noreen

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happy Tuesday everyone.  This is just a stop and say hello, because today I have my CTscan today and have to eat in the next 15 minutes so I can start the three hour fast. I've had two CTscans in the past, but still this situation is different. Our health is so important to us, especially as we age.  Please take care of your body and make sure you have a healthy lifestyle with good food and exercise.  My situation did not result due to poor choices, but still the future can be uncertain for all of us.
Blessings to you today!
Noreen

Monday, January 19, 2015

Good Morning to you!  This morning, Hunter and I went over to Kam's so we could walk with her and her Aussie. It was a beautiful morning and great time catching up; between the weather and the cold I had, it's been a long time since we walked.  Hunter cried the entire time I drove over; he always does that when he knows we are meeting friends.  On my way home, I was blessed to see not one, not two but four bald eagles sunning themselves in trees near the river.  I am always in awe when I catch glimpse of these majestic birds.  It truly made my day! I guess I am easily pleased.  Our weekend was good; I actually got some sewing done on Saturday, it felt so wonderful.  I hope you had a good weekend and that your day is filled with wonder.
Joy to you!
Noreen

Friday, January 16, 2015

Beauty

It's Friday my friends and that means most of you have a weekend ahead of you,some of you might even have Monday off. Yesterday was such a good day~I had two grands over for sewing and they finished one square that will become a doll quilt or just a starting point of more quilt squares. I also got a text from our other two grands that showed they spent the afternoon making another square, it blessed this Nana's heart.
  One of my friends is a great photographer and is always finding old barns to take photos of, so I asked her to direct me to some so hubby and I can go out exploring.  There is one in Lyons, but not sure we'll head that far. I know there are some in Miliken and Johnstown, so we might just go cruising.  I love the beauty of creation and even though I've shared this photo before, it is such a gorgeous sky that I wanted to share it again.  Tomorrow I will go watch three of my youngest grands take their rock climbing class; one imparticular doesn't like climbing but Mom & Dad decided to have her take a class(just one session of four classes)to work through her fear.  Once she has done it, she will know she can overcome obstacles that intimidate her.
She has her cousin there and some other friends who are also climbing and I truly think that helps.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy this journey called life.
Hugs to you!
Noreen

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful that we have sunshine and blue skies again. I am thankful that tomorrow is supposed to get up to the high 50's.  I am thankful for seasons of life~yesterday I mentioned one of my all time favorite songs; that was the season in my late teens and early twenties.  I was into everything that was Folk.  I was a folk dancer, taught some P.E. classes at my high school and loved it.  Every day at lunch, a group would gather to dance and several times during the week I would attend different groups or lessons-Friday night was dancing at Stanford University.  I think when I started working and my girlfriends that I danced with moved away, I stopped going.  A big mistake on my part.  One of those friends still dances and goes to Hungary several times a year to spend a month dancing.  The other area I loved was music and I was all about Folk Music and playing guitar.  I met Joan Baez in high school and even corresponded with her for a short while.  My best friend and I would play at Open Mike at a coffee shop; lest you think I was good-I wasn't, but she carried us.
I loved John Denver!!  I saw him in concert once; his music was so incredible. I think that is when I decided I would love to live in Colorado.  It only took me 40 years to move here, but here we are.
I gave up my guitar when I had my girls-it was just one of those things that went by the wayside. 
I know I could take it up again, but now that I have grandsons that play I listen to them.  That was the season of adventure and experiencing new things.  I am so thankful for that time and for my best friend then that kept me out of some serious trouble. I am thankful for angels watching over me during those years of wandering.  I am thankful for Redemption.  I am so thankful for the man of my dreams that I finally snagged after years of knowing him-my hubby was another life saver for me.
I am thankful that I now call Colorado my home, with all it's beauty and the continual change of weather.  There is a saying(I'm sure in most snowy areas)that if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change-this is so true of our lovely state.  I am so thankful for my daughters; God knew I needed them before I ever did.  They are best friends and confidants; my strength and the reminder of all that is good.  I am also overwhelmed by the love of God to give me 11 daily reminders of His love in my grands.  The joy they bring is indescribable. 
I am thankful-o.k. maybe not as much as I should be, that I got my CTscans scheduled for next Tuesday.  I am thankful that within a month the surgery should be a thing of the past and I should be on the road to healing.
I am thankful for the wonderful friends here in Co.-Kam, my bff, all the gals from church and bible study and of course my family and friends back in Ca. I am so thankful for all the friends, like you, that I've made from blogging. Your support, love, friendship and prayers have meant so much to me. Life is good and I for one plan on living a long time, enjoying every day!
Whatever you have going on today, remember to give thanks!
Joy to you~
Noreen