Friday, April 17, 2015

It's Friday and I'd swear we were back in northern California.  It rained and snowed all yesterday and today is raining as well, not the torrential downpour but a soft gentle rain.  I am more than happy to send it all back to California, because of their drought. I just wish they would keep this particular storm pattern to themselves and fill their reservoirs. Our family and friends are having to let lawns die and conserve as much as possible.  While the rain here will green up our lawns and plants, they are in need of it more than we are. 
We had a very quiet day yesterday and today will probably be the same.  We had dinner with our friends last night and it was so nice.  The hubby of my girlfriend spent a lot of time in Ireland, since his parents were born there.  We pulled out our map and itinerary and told him where we were going. We did get some great recommendations from him. 
The closer it gets the more excited we are! 
Today, hubby and I will go to the movies and then come home and cook a Corned Beef for dinner. 
I'm hoping to get more quilting done today. 
Whatever you do, I hope you have a great day today and a marvelous weekend.
Joy to you!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

From One Day To The Next

Happy Thursday to you! Earlier this week, I was able to sit outside in the sunshine and read. Look what our weather is today; it started yesterday afternoon with thunder, lightning, rain, slush and hail. Today we woke up expecting snow, but it didn't start until about an hour ago. It is a wet snow and will help our lawns green up as well as the plants, but seriously I am so in the mood for more warmth. Here is the view from our deck.

Thankfully our waterfall is continuing to run; I just love the sound!

We don't have much on the agenda today-run a couple of errands and then go to some friends for dinner. I hope that you are enjoying spring, unless it's snowing and if so then staying warm.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's outdoor Wednesday and before the storm hits tonight, I want to spend some time outside. I had such fun with my girlfriends yesterday and last night we had a game night with Kim's family-per request of Peanut, for her birthday.  Three of the kiddos have colds, I'm hoping they avoid us.
Today is beautiful, after last nights wind storm.  Snow has already hit Utah and I know it will probably arrive here tonight; I'm hoping we just get rain.  Today is wide open, so after walking Hunter I think hubby and I will head down to an Apple store to see if our mini IPad can be repaired or scrubbed.  When we first bought it, we had an issue with ghosting-meaning that I would be in one app(such as kindle)and the it would just start jumping around.  We took it in right away and the fellow was familiar with it, his wife had the same thing happen.  He fixed it and we haven't had an issues with it until lately.  Now it just doesn't jump around in one app, but goes to all sorts of different apps.  Since we are planning on taking it to Ireland, we need it in good working order.  I think they will be able to scrub it and then reinstall the hardware.  At least that is what I'm hoping for. I don't want to buy another one.  Meanwhile I'm thankful for my Iphone and the fact that I can read on it.  If it doesn't get to windy this afternoon, hubby and I will definitely go on a bike ride.  I missed one yesterday because by the time I got home, it was too windy.
I hope you have a wonderful day today.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Grooming Tools

Happy Tuesday to you! I hope your week has started on a good note; today I am heading south to Longmont to meet two friends, who used to blog, for lunch. We used to get together every two-three months, but it has been quite a bit longer since our last social.
 Today, I want to share the wonderful monthly treats from Mr.Chewy. It is always such a tough choice to decide what to pick, because they simply have the best items available. I decided to pick a Dual Brush by Furminator. Even though Hunter is groomed every six weeks, the boy can get some mats in his hair. We use a special spray-in detangler(yes, it sound like a human product), but he still gets some. I do have to bathe him between groomings or he just gets pretty smelly. Since he sleeps on our bed, I prefer not to have the dirt and odor around. The brush is two side, one with soft brush and the other side is a medium pin brush. The package states that it helps remove Mats, tangles, and loose hair.

This is the hair that we got from Hunter after his bath this weekend. It isn't much, but the brush did get rid of some mats on his ears.

Not only did Sydney send us this great brush but she also included a treat for Hunter. We choose Primal Jerky chicken nibs, training treats for dogs and bite size treats for cats. This product is made in the USA and the chicken raised without antibiotics or added hormones. We give the company 10 stars for this quality.

These treats are the perfect size for either training or to add to kibble.  In the morning, Hunter gets kibble, both Blue Buffalo Freedom grain-free and Wild Calling Bison Meal Recipe.  A friend recommended the Wild Calling so we are transitioning Hunter to the Bison, which he has enjoyed in other treats.  In addition to the kibble, I add in the jerky nibs, freeze dried Bison and Ideal Balance Breakfast Medleys, which look like miniature waffles.  Hunter eats all of his kibble by days end and in the evening he generally gets some cut up baked chicken. 
I do need to place an order with Mr. Chewy; I can tell you that the products are delivered quicker than any other company I've ordered from. There customer service is outstanding and we give Mr. Chewy a Diamond rating.  WE also rate this brush and the treats both 10 stars.
We received these products free of charge or compensation for our honest review of the products. 
If you have animals and want quality food and treats, as well as any other items you might need, visit

Our weather today is fantastic, but tomorrow and Thursday we are due for rain and snow.  What, I'm loving our warmth! 
Have a joy filled day,
Noreen & Hunter

Monday, April 13, 2015

Two Beauties

Happy Monday to you! As promised I have some photos to share from our birthday celebration on Saturday. Here are our two birthday girls, sisters just two years apart. They are such wonderful girls-Miss S on the left is now 10, Miss M on the right is 8 tomorrow. The are incredible helpers, a must in a big family,  also sweet, intelligent, thoughtful-well you get my drift. I just can't say enough about what wonderful girls, daughters, sisters, cousins and granddaughters they are. 
Two cousins and close friends. Many years ago, I had friends who were twins and their children all acted like they were one big family; I didn't understand it then, but sure do now.
The girls each got some great gifts! They were so thankful for all of the thought that went into their presents.
Little Man decided he was a ninja warrior and was twirling the sticks like he was doing martial arts. So cute. His language is exploding now and it is fun to have to telling us that he wants to go in our car with us and come home to Nana and Papa's. We are blessed beyond measure.
 Today I asked a friend if she wanted to go check out some shoes with me that were recommended for our trip to Ireland; she was in and we had fun looking at all sorts of different shoes. I will say that the gal who recommended Naot brand shoes said they were like walking in your slippers, but they are expensive. I whole heartily agree with how wonderfully comfortable they are, but the price is way too high for me. Well maybe, I might get a pair yet. I tried on every other brand that was comparable, but none were are comfy as the Naots. Don't know if there are any travelers out there, but if you are planning on walking a lot, you might want to check out this brand.
I've walked this morning and will ride later on, but for now I'm heading out to the sunshine to read an ebook.  I hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Together With You by Victoria Bylin Book Review

Good Morning Friends~Once again it is time for a book review; I'm sure you'll love this story. I have a special announcement at the end of this post.

From The Author:
"When a Lost Child warning blares over the mall's PA system, Carly Mason finds the little girl playing with a stuffed rabbit. Something about Penny Tremaine is different. An ex-social worker, Carly recognizes that the child suffers fetal alcohol effects, and a piece of Carly's past suddenly confronts her. Never again will she become personally involved with a client. The risks are far too great. But something about Penny--and Penny's handsome father--tugs at Carly's heart.

Dr. Ryan Tremaine is trying to put his life back together. With his ex-wife remarried and on a trip far away, his two teenage sons and Penny are living under his roof full time. Ryan has put his faith in his Sink-or-Swim list, a plan to reconnect with his children. The first step: recruit Carly Mason to be Penny's nanny.

Ryan never anticipated being so drawn to Carly, an attraction Carly seems to fight as much as he does. Could Carly be the missing piece that helps his family stay afloat, or will their blossoming romance only complicate things further?"

I loved this book for many reasons, Carly's love for a special needs child and her way of interacting Penny.  I have always had a very special place in my heart for children who have disabilities,  especially down syndrome, autism or emotional problems.  This book grabbed me from the start.
I wondered how the difference in faith would be resolved and it was, but in a way that I didn't expect.  I haven't read any of the authors books before, but would rate this a five star and also want to read more of her stories.  It was a quick read and I would highly recommend it.
Bethany House provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review.  I did not receive any compensation for it.
Also, this morning when I went to Victoria Bylin's website, I found out she is having a great give away-here is the link. Go visit and enter it!

I hope you have a great day and fantastic weekend.
Joy to you~

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Happy Thursday to you!  I hope your week has been a peaceful one! Today is a very special day-our oldest granddaughter turns 10 today.  I won't post photos until Monday, due to the fact that she and her sister have a joint birthday party on Saturday.
 Hubby and I had fun last night at the musical, but we both decided that we should plan on attending matinees in the future-an hour drive home is a lot when you are tired. 
The other night, while we were watching t.v. and I was quilting, Hunter curled up next to me.  We loved how his front paws were between his back ones.  He is such a joy and makes my life so much happier.
I'm off to the grocery store, then to let Hunter have playtime with a neighbor and this afternoon will visit another friend who is dealing with health issues.  Tonight we will be going over to the birthday girl's house to play games and just to be with her.  Miss S is a joy to all of our family and we are very proud of her!
Until tomorrow~