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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Chewy

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As you can see Hunter was so excited to get this month's treats, in fact if he could have opened it he would have.  He loved the smell and took the treat, but immediately dropped it and walked away.  Hunter is such a fussy dog and has had Merrick products before and loved them~so I'm not sure what is going on with him.  I just decided I will add it to his kibble every morning with other items I add in.  I love that they are rich in antioxidants and the perfect size for him.  Last night our daughter came over with her kiddos and their Miniature Schnauzer, who gets treats only occasionally and also when she is here; I'm not sure what the reason is but she did the exact same thing-dropped the treats on the floor and walked away.  Neither dog would eat them.  I'd be interested to know whether anyone else has had this reaction from their dog.
A big welcome and thank you to Natalie at Chewy, who is the new coordinator for the blogger program.  We love Chewy and Hunter always knows when I've order things-he eagerly goes to the box and wants the goodies right now.  
Your Chewy Influencers, 
Noreen and Hunter

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Good Morning to you!  WE had the nicest warm day yesterday-our temp actually got up into the 50's, which turned all the snow on the road to slush.  Last night we got the strongest winds and this morning much of the snow is melted or blown away.
I had a good class yesterday, but shortly after I got there my sewing machine started having problems-which led to me being very frustrated!  Thankfully, the owner of the shop let me us hers; however the whole situation made it difficult for me to really absorb one area that I needed.  Hopefully with the instruction sheet and the teacher's phone number, I'll get it down.  Now I'll take a better look at my machine and probably have to take it into the shop for repairs-oh boy; thankfully I have the granddaughters sewing machine I can use. Who ever would have thought that quilters would need more than one machine-I'm sure our grandmothers didn't have that luxury.
I hope you have an enjoyable day today.
Blessings~
Noreen

Postscript:  I just took my machine apart, cleaned it thoroughly, oiled it and adjust my needle-viola, it is now sewing perfectly!  Saved me a bunch on taking it to the shop.  The teacher yesterday says she oils her machine every time she changes bobbins-it's been awhile since I oiled it, but I'll be more diligent now.  I also know you should change your needle every month or so, if you are sewing daily.
Now, I can relax and sew this afternoon.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday Monday

Hello again. To those of you who live in California, please be safe~our family is telling us all about the torrential downpours you are getting, along with flooding and mudslides. We had hoped to make a trip out next week, but after hearing all that we said "Nope". I've mentioned a lot of birds have shown up again now that it's winter. This was a shot I caught over the weekend; let me tell you there were so many other doves nesting in our trees as well as the neighbors trees.

Going to head to Costco shortly to load up and then this afternoon I have a class at a local quilt store-just a tune up on my skills, which I need. Our weather this week, even today, will be so much warmer which means the snow will melt into slush and the cars will be so dirty. Mine Highlander is filthy, so hubby likes taking it because his is so clean.
 I hope you all have a great day!
Joy to you!
Noreen