Monday, October 24, 2016

Tea Time

It was that time again with our girls, such fun! Such good training. An excellent lunch of Tomato Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Salad, plus a Paleo Pumpkin dessert. Enjoy the pics.

Boys will be boys; while the girls sipped on tea and discussed their favorite book, the boys played upstairs and as you can see there is more than one comic in our family.  Mr. B loves showing off his skill at weight lifting.

Hope you had a great weekend.
Joy to you!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Another Great Product from Chewy

Hello Pet Lovers, Ms. Sydney from Chewy always gives us so many excellent choices and this month's is a perfect example. I am so aware of the need for dental health in our dogs and always looking for items that will help with keeping Hunter's teeth and gums healthy.
This Bristle Bone is the perfect size for him.

He loved it and I'm sure it will help.

Here is the description provided by Chewy:
It's a doggy dentist's favorite tool and a doggy's favorite chew… all in one! The Busy Buddy Bristle Bone Dog Toy has nylon bristles and rubber nubs that stimulate the gums and remove plaque and tartar as dogs entertain themselves gnawing and chewing trying to get their hard-earned reward: rawhide! Bristle Bone Dog Toys are available in multiple sizes and include 4 treats.
Key Benefits
  • Durable nylon and rubber construction, includes 4 Busy Buddy treat ring refills
  • Comes with all-natural rawhide treats
  • Nylon bristles and rubber nubs that stimulate the gums and remove plaque and tartar
  • Made using compressible rubber that's perfect for medium-strength chewers
  • Available in multiple sizes
The only drawback is that just four treat rings come with this toy.  I love that they are made in the USA.
You can find other great products here:   They have incredible prices and customer service; check them out!

Disclaimer:  We received the treats free of charge as a Chewy Influencer.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Happy Birthday To Our Girl

This Sunday is our daughter, Carrie's, birthday; unfortunately we will be in California for the Stanford-CU football game. Last night we celebrated our girl; we all gathered for dessert and showered her with love. She is such a remarkable woman~so kind, mature, grace-giving , thoughtful, loving; the list could go on and on. We all love her to pieces! I don't know what her dad and I did to deserve such an incredible daughter, we are so thankful for her. I fixed an apple and blueberry crisp(Paleo recipe)and everyone enjoyed it. You know you've got a large family when there is only a tiny bit left from a 9"x13" baking dish.  Here she is with her youngest.
Her hubby is a clown and this was so cute to watch, little Miss E was giggling at her daddy.
We will be heading out tomorrow for the weekend, it is just a short trip-but will be filled with lots of fun.  Rumors have it that CU actually has a chance this year; in the past it has been a landslide on Stanford's side-can't wait to see how we play.
Hope you all have a great day today.
Blessings to you!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Cottage by Michael Phillips

Once again, a timeless treasure has continued the saga of the "Secrets of the Shetlands" by Michael Phillips.
Here is a little bit from the publisher:

"When Loni Ford is informed that she has inherited property in the Shetland Islands, she laughs. She wants nothing more than to sell it and be done with it. But when she arrives in the North Sea enclave, she is stunned to find that "the Cottage" is not at all what she expected, nor is David Tulloch, the man most of the islanders believe to be the rightful heir.

The locals could hardly be more surprised that the heir is a woman--and an American. Loni, in turn, finds the islanders quaint and a bit behind the times. Expecting David to be as provincial as the rest of his clan, she discovers that there is far more to the man than meets the eye. And there is something about the peaceful atmosphere of the place--and the character of its most prominent citizen--that soon gets under her skin."

I read the first book in the series and was totally delighted; it had been some time since I read any of Mr. Phillips books.  Of course, I love all stories that take place in Scotland or Ireland and this second book was no exception.  I already felt like I knew the characters and Mr. Phillips continued to embellish his characters in a rich and deep way.  This story transports its readers to the place.
I loved it, but it left me wanting more; I hope his next book comes out soon.
I would highly recommend this series to everyone.  I rate it a Diamond Rating and will look for this series to continue.  This is a series I will keep for my family and others who love historical Christian Fiction.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing.  No review, positive or otherwise, was required; all opinions are my own.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Eye Candy

Have I told you enough how much I love Maine and all of New England in the Fall?  When my days get busy and I am in a rush, I can always day dream about New England. Hope you enjoy!

These pictures make me want to jump on a plane and head there; but the colors would possibly be past their peak by the time I arrived.  The thing is when you take photos of the incredible colors, they never turn out as vibrant as they are in person; at least this is what we found on the two trips that we made years ago.  Our last trip was for our 25 anniversary and was 14 years ago, so I'm thinking we may need to go back next fall to celebrate our 40th anniversary.  We'll see; I remember talking about having a small condo there so we could spend each autumn there, but somehow our ship never came in.
I'm off to my Fig Leaf(quilting) club today and then hope to get to the sewing room this afternoon~I am so behind in my projects.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Our colder nights have helped bring the vibrant autumn color to the trees and I'm so thankful for the beauty we behold. Enjoy!

Our burning bushes just didn't turn this year-I think because they are still so small.  These are in our neighborhood and I get to walk by them daily when I do my 3 mile loop.  Love them!

Such a stark contrast against the blue sky with puffy white clouds
This year has been the best for colors since we've lived here-coming up on 9 years.  I'm going walking in a few minutes and then plan to spend the day sewing. I did my best to get to the machine this weekend, but we had several activities that hindered it; yesterday we had our snow bird friends over to catch up before they drive their rig out to Borrego Springs for the winter.  We had such a good time catching up and they'll be back over the holidays, so we aren't bidding them adieu yet.
I hope you had a great weekend and that your week starts out well.
Joy to you!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Happy Friday to you.  As usual, last night I was running around getting dinner together and totally forgot to take pictures.  I will try to remember tonight to take some;  our guests enjoyed the Butternut Squash soup-which was actually three recipes combined, the roasted root vegetables and cornish game hens.  Ruth brought fresh berries for desert-yum is all I can say.  I love fruit, more than bread even and since it is towards the end of the season, I throughly enjoyed the strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.  We played a couple of games-one of cards and two of Sequence.  Today I walked and then went to my quilt meeting.  It was such fun; I always learn new techniques and tricks and today was another example-the hostess shared her method of making table runners with "Quilt as you go" method.  On the way home, I took some photos of brilliant maple trees and Aspens; I am still awaiting them to arrive at my inbox so I can share them with you!  This weekend I've got to work on my Fig Leaf project-we are supposed to have it done by Tuesday.  My good friend told me that the instructions were very difficult to follow, so I am going over to her house tomorrow to have her show me what she learned.  It is cooler here, bits of sunshine poke out and then disappear behind the clouds.  Every one I know has already turned their furnaces on-it's that cold in the morning.
I was so disappointed in our football team last night-just didn't seem like they were all there mentally and playing as well as normal.
I hope you have a great weekend.