Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Prairie Falcon

Good Morning to you!  Yesterday afternoon I got a call from my daughter asking me what to do with a wounded Falcon that was in her yard and couldn't fly; immediately I told her to call-but before I could finish she said "Oh it just flew, it's not hurt at all".  I was thankful to hear this~she and the kids were in the yard when she spotted this beautiful bird just standing on the grass. She walked over to get a better look and got within 5 feet of it, it didn't take off-thus call Mom, she'll know what to do.
What she found out after it took off was that it was eating a wild bunny in the yard.  So she got the kiddos inside, lest they investigate to closely and waited for hubby to get home to clean up the mess.
The falcon did go to the top of their roof-maybe to wait it out until the humans left, so it could finish its meal.  I haven't heard whether the carcass was still there when our sil got home.  Great science lesson.  Well Done Kim!!!
We got a light dusting of snow last night, but the roads are all clear this morning.  Yeah.  I'm going to be working on some sewing this morning and not sure what this afternoon holds yet.
I hope you have a fantastic Tuesday!
Hugs,
Noreen

Monday, January 23, 2017

Until We Meet Again

Many of you know that one of ours Kathy Porter, a dear blogging buddy and quilter, passed a week ago from Ovarian Cancer.  She was dear to many of us, an encourager to all, a wonderful mom and Nana to her 4 T's.  
Here is her obituary:

Kathleen "Kathy" Ann Porter, went to heaven at 9:34 AM on January 16, 2017. She died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loved ones after a hard fought battle with ovarian cancer. She was supported by BJC Hospice Care team, who provided great care for her comfort.
She was born February 7, 1951, in Highland, IL., to Robert and Doris Koonce. She grew up in Greenville and graduated from Greenville High School in 1969.  
She married Charlie Porter on December 18, 1987. He survives. Also surviving are her father, Bob Koonce, her daughter Robin Stephens, her son-in-law Mike Stephens, her four grandchildren, Trey, Taryn, Tucker and Tressa Stephens; her two sisters, Kay Koonce Holsted (Greg Olson) and Lisa Koonce (Mark Bader); two nephews Ben and Jon Holsted. 
She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris, and an infant daughter, Melinda Rose.
As a single parent, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at SIUE in June 1981. She worked at Cassens and Sons for seven years. She retired from SIUE, after 20 years of service, in 2008. During her retirement, she enjoyed helping others, spending time with loved ones, and working on her hobbies. She was a loyal Cardinal and Blues fan, as well as a long-time member of LeClaire Christian Church. She enjoyed reading, quilting, and traveling to the beach. Most of all, she enjoyed all the time spent with her daughter and grandchildren.
Condolences to the family can be expressed online through this online guestbook.
A celebration of life will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at Sunset Hill Funeral Home in Glen Carbon, IL. Her funeral will begin at 1:00 PM Friday, January 20, 2017, at Sunset Hill Funeral Home with Minister Jerry Kizzire presiding over the service. Memorials may be made to: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, PO Box 32141, New York, NY, 10087.

I got to know Kathy through blogging and can't remember who introduced me to her.  Her love of family and quilting bonded us immediately. Kathy was always there if I had a question about a technique or pattern.  Once when I was having an eye issue, she really pushed me to be seen immediately by my eye doctor.  She was also there with prayers for me when I went in for my hysterectomy, to remove an Ovarian mass.  When she began feeling under the weather and started sharing her symptoms, I pushed her to see her doctor as soon as possible.  The outcome was the same as my sisters-Ovarian Cancer.  Kathy rallied to the fight like a seasoned warrior.  Unfortunately the disease took her faster than we all expected.  Kathy fought it with courage and grace.  
I will miss this dear friend, but know that someday I'll get to meet her in Glory.
If you could, please remember her family in prayer.

Let each day we have be a blessing to others.

Noreen


Friday, January 20, 2017

In The Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson

Once again award winning authors Tracie Peterson and KimberleyWoodhouse have written a book that is rich in history of Alaska, intriguing and suspenseful and characters that draw you into the plot.
Here is Tracie's description:
 "Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and prestigious Curry Hotel outside Mt. McKinley. While John will be expedition and wilderness exploration guide for the wealthy tourists, Cassidy has signed on as a cook’s assistant. Both are busy as the hotel prepares to welcome the president of the United States on his way to drive in the golden spike to officially complete the railroad.
Allan Brennan travels to the Curry Hotel to be an apprentice of a seasoned Alaska mountain guide. Ever since his father’s death climbing Mt. McKinley, he’s worked to earn enough money to make the trek to the Alaska territory himself. His father’s partner blames their guide for the death of his father, but Allan wants to find the truth for himself. He finds an unlikely ally in Cassidy, and as the two begin to look into the mystery, they suddenly find that things are much less clear, and much more dangerous, than either could ever imagine."

You all know that I love Alaska and have seen Denali, so this book was a winner for me from the get go.
I would rate it 10 of 10.  I am looking forward to the next book in the series.  
Bethany House has provided me this book; all opinions are my own and I received no compensation for my review.  
If you love Historical Fiction look for this new book-you won't be disappointed.
Noreen

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sewing Fun

Happy Wednesday to you! For all those quilters~I want to share a great t-shirt that I found from a quilting buddy. Back in December, the 10th to be exact, I was checking in on blog friends and happened across Debbie's post at From The Strawberry Patch with her photo wearing this shirt(not this shirt, but one just like it).
Her daughter makes them and I loved it and had to have one.  Actually there are so many friends I could purchase it for, but decided it would be better to just advertise it here.
It could be for anyone who sews on a regular basis. The shirt is a good quality and the price is $19.00
I always try to support home businesses, if I can.
If you are interested I'd be happy to pass on her email address.
It is a beautiful day today and making me anxious for some of Arizona's warmth in a few weeks.
Maybe someday we will go and stay for a month, then I could meet lots of quilting friends in the flesh.  This blogging world is so small and close knit; it's fun when you get to meet in the flesh.
Here is her Debbie's link: http://strawberrypatchquiltworks.blogspot.com/2016/12/im-here-to-tell-ya.html
Hugs today,
Noreen

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

All We Need Is Love

Hello dear friends,  In the midst of the changes and politics of government, there has been a lot of really harsh comments being made by both Democrats and Republicans.  I'm not sure about you, but I'm pretty tired of it all.  I have family and friends on both sides of the arena and they are the most  equally intelligent, beautiful, inspirational, giving people I know.  I do not think of them differently because of who they voted for and I won't lower myself to calling names.  I have a dear friend whose family have wounded her deeply, by calling her names that do not reflect who she is.  The relationships will forever be broken by such words as racist, bigot etc etc.  Her heart is broken as these were the siblings she thought would never attack her due to her political beliefs.  It has grieved me to see how broken she is.  I have seen more people becoming more intolerant and judgmental towards those who believe differently.  This morning I woke up with an old Beatles song in my head and decided I have to share it.  You may think I'm a simpleton, but truly we all need to be more tolerant and respectful of those whom have different views.  In fact, some folks who are always preaching tolerance for others, have become just the opposite.

Love Is All We Need
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.
All you need is love. (All together now).
All you need is love. (Everybody).
All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.
Love is all you need.
Love is all you need

Pretty simple, if not love than how about a little respect for diverse ideologies.  May our hearts realize just how much we'll miss by breaking relationships over who is in Washington DC.  
I want to honor all those who think differently than I do, even if I don't agree with them.  We've all seen leaders and politicians that we didn't like/respect, but we respected the office they held.  
Many are afraid that we are facing a civil war here in America-I sure hope not.
It's time to wake up.
Noreen

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Monday to you!  Just about the time I start think of changing my background to a February theme-aka hearts, the snow returns and my background seems so appropriate.  I hope you all had a good weekend and found time to do something you love.  I mentioned on Friday that we were having friends over on Saturday evening for dinner and games; we started the stew on Friday and then let it simmer for the afternoon on Saturday.  I finished a new book I am reviewing-loved it and can't wait for the next in the series.  Our friends arrived at 5:00 and we had such a delightful time with them.  After a hearty meal, we played cards and then also had dessert of fresh fruit.
Yesterday, I went to church and after lunch we drove down to Denver to go to Trader Joes~they have a wine hubby likes and they are the only Trader Joes in Colorado that is able to sell liquor/wine.  As we left there it started snowing lightly. We watched the two football games in the afternoon and had an enjoyable evening; I finished the binding on a table runner while watching.  We had been in the forecast for 1-3"; we never got any last evening, but woke up to it this morning.  Hubby says its icy-which translates to "stay inside"; so I am.
Today I've started laundry and will head to a neighbors at ten for coffee and a catch up.  This afternoon will find me downstairs sewing.
Hubby and I are planning 4-5 day visit to AZ in February, to see friends and enjoy sunshine.  Right now, I can't wait.
I hope you are staying warm and enjoying life.
Hugs,
Noreen

Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy Friday to you!  It's amazing how quickly the days pass by and before you know it, I have't posted.  Oh my!  Yesterday was a full, but wonderful day; I started out meeting my girlfriend Kam at our Rec Center to walk the indoor track.  It is still to cold and there is a lot of snow on the ground-so this was our answer to needing exercise. We walked for about 50 minutes-almost 3 miles; it felt so good.  There is a new excise facility there as well as lots of classes and several pools.  WE plan to meet there once a week, at least; in April I will have my Silver Sneaker card and not have to pay-yeah!  I came home and had lunch with hubby; we always play cards at lunch, so fun.
After lunch four of the grands came over to hang out while our girl took one to a Vision Class.
After they left, a neighbor and I went to a Christian Bookstore to look at bible studies to do with another neighbor.
Today, I have my mini-group for our neighborhood quilt group; it is always so fun to see what everyone has been working on.  Hubby and I will go to the store in the afternoon to stock up~we are having friends over for dinner and cards on Saturday.  What to fix?  I think we've decided on a Beef Stew, Break and they will bring dessert.
That's about all that is new here.
I hope you have a fantastic day and restful weekend.
Joy to you!
Noreen