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Monday, October 20, 2014

Tah Dah

I hope you had a fabulous weekend friends! I've had such a hard time posting first thing in the morning lately, but wanted to get back on track. Here is my Alaska quilt; I purchased the fabric and pattern while in Alaska a year ago with our traveling friends. Not sure why it took me so long to complete, but now that it is done I know I'll get a lot of use out of it. O.k. on reflecting why it took so long to get done, we moved in April, went on a two week vacation and came back to unpack our new home.  Then in July, we moved our daughter & her family; when we were done with that, we went on another trip. It is a heavier quilt than the last couple I've made and will help us all to stay warm this winter. So without further adieu...


Yesterday I began cutting fabric for my new quilt-it is Birds in the Air and will be fall colors, all batiks.  A friend asked me yesterday what I plan on doing with the quilts and after so many years of making baby quilts, hubby and I will enjoy them until we pass them on to our grands. 
Not sure what is on the agenda today, but I'm sure hubby and I will think of something. 
Hope your day goes smoothly!
Joy to you!
Noreen

Friday, October 17, 2014

Jr. Sewing 101

This has been a day filled with all sorts of fun things; to begin with hubby and I took a bike ride, approx. 3 miles at a very good speed. Then after we got home, we went looking for a car for him. We test drove both a Jetta and a Passat; the Jetta reminded me of being in college-it was pretty basic. WE both preferred the Passat, but hubby is determined to have a black sedan. Initially, he wasn't looking for a new car, but the prices now seem so close between the 2013 and 2014 that he might just end up with one. I am going to do my typical online research and see what cars, in the same price range, meet or exceed the Passat. I keep saying that it will probably be our last new car, so he might as well get one he really likes. Here are the sewing pictures I promised of our granddaughters.  Making a tube for the headband.
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I just have to say that uploading the photos today was much more complicated; not the process, but blogger kept changing the sequence.  We had such a fun time; I will say turning the tube inside out was challenging for the younger girls. The buttons definitely add a bit of zing to the headbands.
I just went on a short walk with Hunter and our neighbors, so now I'm going to get this post finished so I can move onto other things that I need to accomplish today.
I finished the quilt, but hubby always does the photography and he is at work-I will post it tomorrow or Sunday. 
Have a splendid weekend and enjoy being outdoors while you can. 
Blessings,
Noreen

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Winner Is

It's Thankful Thursday and I am thankful for the blogger review program that Bethany House offers. I told you that I would give away the latest book I read "A Matter of Heart".
This morning I had hubby draw a name; in the past I've always used a random number generator, but not been too successful. This is much easier.
I am pleased to announce that Sophie, Gus' mom is the winner.

Congrat's Sophie. If you could email me your address, I'll get the book in the mail to you. I have a couple of other Beverly Lewis books that I will be sharing with you all in the next couple of weeks.
I'm off to walk this morning and this afternoon will have sewing class again. Doing the same class back to back makes it so much easier; I will post photos of the girls finished project tomorrow.
For all you quilters out there, I finally, yes finally finished my Alaska quilt; now all I have to do is roll it with a lint roller and wash the lines off and I'll share it with you.  I'm excited because now I can start my new quilt.
Blessings on your day!
Noreen

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Outdoor Wednesday


Good Morning Friends, Isn't it just a lovely time of year? It was so warm here yesterday, but today is cloudy and cooler. It was a perfect morning for a 3 mile bike ride and then a walk with Hunter.  Now it is almost lunch time and I will be juicing my veges for lunch.  Sometimes I make smoothies with fresh fruit and yogurt, but mostly I love to juice; I always feel so much healthier when I'm juicing. I generally use fresh spinach, kale, beets, ginger, an apple, strawberries or peaches and carrots.  It makes about two cups of juice; I do eat some of the pulp as well.  I've had liver issues over the last ten years or so and kale is extremely beneficial for our livers, which is why I use it. I can honestly tell you when I'm juicing for the majority of my lunches, I can feel the difference. 
This afternoon I've got two granddaughters coming over for sewing and we will be making headbands.  Tomorrow I have the other two coming over; it is so fun to help them with sewing and projects.
I hope you are having a fabulous Wednesday! 
Hugs,
Noreen

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Good Morning and happy Tuesday to you!  Yesterday was such a busy day; I had one of those points in the afternoon, that I just thought I've got to much on my plate.  Part of it is that hubby, with a bit of help from me, is looking for a new car; we went to several different places yesterday with no luck.  It isn't a "right this minute" kind of need, but hopefully he'll find one in the next month.  Add in several errands and two visits with friends and the afternoon disappears on you.  Today could end up being the same way, if I don't make a deliberate choice not to let it.  This morning, I have bible study and a luncheon afterwards; I'm hoping to sew a bit(possibly tonight) and maybe trim back our roses.  Of course, I may just decide to come home and relax(by that I mean blog hoping).  What about you? Do you ever find yourself so busy that you don't know if you are coming or going?  I woke up with a headache this morning; hopefully it will be gone soon.
Have a fantastic day and take time to enjoy life.
Hugs,
Noreen

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Matter of Heart by Tracie Peterson


I wanted to share this book with you; it has been a long time since I read anything by Tracie Peterson.  I have always enjoyed Tracie's writing and her stories, but somehow just got stuck on other genres.  This was a wonderful story to get reintroduced to an excellent author. 
The story is set in Texas and revolves around a young woman name Jessica Atherton; born to a life of privilege.  Jessica had planned to marry a man she had known all her life, but when he married another, she thought she'd never find love again.  Two men enter Jessica's life, one is Harrison Gable who is a lawyer and rich.  Being the beautiful woman she is, he instantly begins to woe her; another man also is drawn to Jessica for her spunk and forthright personality. Austin Todd is a Texas Ranger who has lost everything he held dear and plans to never become involved with a woman.  Jessica is drawn to both men, for opposite reasons.  The characters are rich and developed; you can imagine yourself living in this area. 
I loved this story and will read more of Tracie's books in the future.  I would give it ten stars.
I was provided this book by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing for my honest review. I have not received any compensation. 

I would also like to offer this book to one of my followers; just leave me a comment letting me know you are interested and on Thursday, I'll draw a name. 
Noreen

Friday, October 10, 2014

Harvest Welcome


Happy Friday to you! Here in Colorado, the sky is grey and it rained all night.  It is a perfect fall day to stay inside. Yesterday, hubby and I went to our local hardware store to get something hubby needed and I saw the green and white pumpkins out front.  Although I have had the big plastic pumpkin out for over a week, I wanted to add to it.  I loved the white "ghost" pumpkin, but have to say they are so very expensive.  The mum is my newest one this season; I love the color and it will be planted in the front bed when it is done blooming.
Today, we have two granddaughters this morning while mom takes others to the youth clinic for Well Checks.  Then this afternoon, our other daughter is having a girls tea party(hubby will have the two oldest grandsons during the time).  Tonight is the movie night for the ladies group; everything is ready  except I still need to vacuum.  It could be a very small intimate group of six or could be double that.
I love cold days, they make staying inside so inviting.  Tomorrow I have a DoTerra party to attend; in case you aren't familiar with this, it is a company that sells Essential Oils.  I've never been to one of their parties before, but can testify to the benefits of several of their oils.  On our flight to the islands last April, I sat next to a gal who had some and had to use one due to motion sickness.  Simply applying a drop of the oil to her skin, so she could smell it, helped ward of this malady.  I have also had friends use the methol oil to help with coughs.  It shall be interesting to listen to the benefits and see the prices.
I hope you have a fantastic day!
Blessings,
Noreen