Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Second Try

Happy Thursday to you! A little over a week ago I shared that I got a new pair of running shoes; I thought they'd be so good, but found out the first time I walked that they caused my toes on my left foot to hurt. In fact, I didn't even make a short walk, but had to turn around. I took them back the next day, which was last week and talked to a clerk at the store. I had planned on getting my Asics brand, but tried another brand on that actually felt better. The clerk gave the brand, Saucony, a very high rating. So I thought the worst I can do is have to return them too. The great thing was the unbeknownst to me, I had a $50. credit at the store-have no idea what it was from; they said it was from 2 years ago-so my total cost was $35. So this is my new pair of walking shoes. I ended up getting one size bigger for comfort. I'd been told that with running shoes you always take .5-1. size bigger, who knew?

I am pleased to say that after walking 3.5 miles yesterday they were fine. They do look so long! However, it give my toes plenty of room. So I'm keeping my receipt and box and will return them if something changes. I've never had to do that before, but have never spent as much money on running shoes before either. Hunter gets groomed this morning and after I drop him off, I'm meeting friends for coffee. This afternoon, I'm getting a hair cut. I'll be cutting fabric at some point, for my upcoming class in Sisters, Oregon. I hope you have a lovely day!
Joy to you.
Noreen

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fight Song

Last night hubby and I watched a show that we only watch occasionally-America's Got Talent.  It was nearing the end of the show and a young high school girl, age 16, came on to sing this song.
Her story is that a year ago, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer and this disease has impacted my family.  Eleven years ago, my sister passed away from it after an 8 year battle with multiple surgeries and many rounds of chemo.  A year ago, I discovered I had an Ovarian cyst/tumor and faced that awful question of whether I also had it.  I am so very thankful that I did not have it; however the unknown was terrifying, especially given the fact that I watched my sister battle through it.  I have a dear blogging friend, Kathy at Empty Nest Full Heart who is battling it currently.
As this young high schooler sang, the entire audience gave her a standing ovation.  I loved her spirit and was so touched by her; to be fighting for her life at such a young age shows that she truly has a courageous spirit.  May she live a long life and defeat the odds.
Cherish every day you are given!
Noreen

Monday, June 20, 2016

Family Treasures

Happy Monday Friends, This past weekend hubby's sister and her companion came for their first visit to us; it was a great time of catching up and showing them our town. Hubby's sister Gay was here to do research on family geneology; she's written so many books(yes I mean books)on the family tree. Years ago, she discovered that hubby's great grandmother was best friends with Margaret Tobin Brown-wife of J.J. Brown. in fact, hubby's great grandmother was matron of honor at the wedding of Margaret Tobin and J.J.Brown. If you don't recognize Margaret's name, she was better known as the Unsinkable Molly Brown. Hubby's sister was given a tin-type photo of Margaret Brown and Margaret Boylan. Over the years, in her extensive research, Gay contacted the Molly Brown Museum in Denver and sent them quite a bit of information that they didn't have. Her trip here was planned around seeing family homesites and also going to the Museum to donate the tin-type. We drove down this morning and were given a private tour prior to donating the tin-type. Here is the photo hubby took of it. Unfortunately it had not been stored properly and had been folded in half-so you can see some deterioration. The museum staff said they would talk to their experts and see if any of the damage could be restored.


The other item that they brought out from Ca. was an oil painting  by hubby's dad.  He was such an incredible artist and most of his work were seascapes, so we are happy to have this landscape.  We are not sure where it will be hung, but we will enjoy it.
With having guests all weekend, I didn't get much time to visit with my girls, so I'm off to see them now.  Hope you had a great weekend.
Hugs,
Noreen

Friday, June 17, 2016

38 Wonderful Years


Today Hubby and I celebrate our 38th Anniversary and I couldn't be more thankful for this incredible man I married. He has always been the love of my life, my babe, best friend, champion and partner. Where or where have the years gone?! I am looking forward to this new year together and hopefully many more! We are getting ready for hubby's sister and companion arriving tomorrow. We did go out on a bike ride this morning, 3.68 miles down in 25 min. Now he is washing our cars and then we'll be going to Whole Foods to stock up on good food. Tonight we are going to our favorite restaurant, we'll be having great seafood as we reminisce about our life together.
I also want to shout out to my friend Kris at Simplify because it is her anniversary too.
Blessings~
Noreen

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Summer Cuts

It's Thankful Thursday and one of the greatest blessings in my life is family! Here is our youngest, Kim, with her four girls sporting new summer haircuts.
Our Peanut, as she was nicknamed as a baby(bottom row on right)wears braces; for Mother's Day the Orthodontist held a contest for his patients.  The patients could write a short paragraph on why their mom was the best mom in the world.  Well Peanut and another child won; the prize was a gift certificate to a day spa down the street. Now this spa is the one I recently went to for my facial; I can tell you that it is high end and wonderful.  What's a mom to do, but share this prize with her girls as well-so they all got pampered yesterday.  None of the girls had been to a salon before and I dropped by to say hi-they all had such fun.  The granddaughter standing in front of Kim had hair down the middle of her back(I'm not sure she'll cut it again, but it grows so quickly that will be long soon), now it's below her shoulders.  Her two sisters got theirs cut right above their shoulders and Peanut got hers cut below her shoulders.  Let me tell you that girl has the thickest hair and she is only 9.
I think they all look beautiful.  Both our daughters are so beautiful that they can wear any hairstyle and it looks good.  Mom and Daughter time-there is nothing like it.
I'm headed out for a walk and then will meet this crew at the pool for some fun in the sun.  I hope you count your blessings today!
Noreen

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Shoes

Happy Outdoor Wednesday to you! Yesterday was a great day~I took my neighbor shopping with me, I needed some new tennis/walking shoes. Another close friend who always wears Oasics told me that getting a running shoe is better because they are lighter than a tennis shoe. I have worn Oasics for several years now and have been happy with them. So, I went to a running store to get advice and to be fitted properly. Firstly, a very nice young college girl was working and although very sweet, she didn't have a lot of knowledge about running shoes except her own preferences. When I was young, I always had pronated knees and ankles; that has changed over the last several years though. I asked about prices and the majority of shoes were over $140., there were two pairs on sale for $120. O.k. so here is where I become very frugal/cheap. Since I'm not a runner and don't do 50 mile fundraisers, I don't feel I need such an expensive shoe,(after all, we are going to Sisters in a few weeks and I'd rather have some money to spend there).  I wasn't impressed with her knowledge, so we moved on to Sierra Trading Company. I have to say I love that store! After trying on three different brands and price levels, I choose this pair. They are Brooks Launch 2 Road Running Shoes.
I also love the colors; wasn't crazy about the other shoes in neon green and orange.  I haven't worn them out yet, but know they will work for the walking I do.  Yesterday, I walked three miles in the morning and last night we went on a 3 mile bike ride.  Even with walking, my thighs are not looking very nice, so figured it was time to kick up the exercise another notch.
I didn't sleep well last night, so am skipping walking this morning with my friend and may just go on a bike ride after breakfast.  Tonight I get to take Copper and our grandson to dog training, so I'll try to get some photos.
I hope you get some time outdoors, even if just to smell the flowers.
Blessings~
Noreen

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ideal Balance Breakfast Medleys

As a #Chewy Influencer, each month we receive a product to test with Hunter and review. The blogger program from Mr. Chewy is a wonderful way to sample products before you buy them. When you have a pup as picky an eater as Hunter, it really helps. I do get most of Hunter's treats from Mr. Chewy and we love the entire staff.  It looks like something I would have made for him.



Just as we humans need a great breakfast to give us a good start to the day, our dogs need a boost in the mornings, too. Breakfast Medleys are tasty, soft, waffle-shaped breakfast treats for your dog so he can enjoy a great snack as he starts his day.
Key Benefits
  • Natural, grain-free treats
  • Real chicken is the #1 ingredient
  • No corn, wheat or soy
  • No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors
  • Recommended for adult and mature adult dogs
  • Made in the USA
It was hard to get a picture of Hunter eating this up; typically I will break it up and put it on his kibble-hoping to entice him to eat it.  Again, I will say he is picky.
We give this product a four paws for their taste and quality.
Thank you to Mr. Chewy for great customer satisfaction.  You can find other pet products here:
www.chewy.com

Noreen and Hunter