Friday, August 26, 2016

National Dog Day

This morning as I was reading the blogs I followed, Mary at Home Is Where The Boat Is, posted that today is National Dog Day.  I remember celebrating this in years past, but today is special because Lily and Copper are coming over to stay with us for the next week.  I celebrate Hunter each and every day and love all of our family dogs, as well as countless others.  To Me, Home is not a home without a dog.  I've told you all that I have a wooden sign that says: Life without dogs, I don't think so!
As I was reading Mary's post this morning, I saw that she posted a youtube video on dogs...it is very touching, so be prepared.  Here is what I anticipated tonight with Lily and Hunter snuggled up together.
 I'm excited about having Copper here-love this girl!  Just hope she's o.k. with her pack being gone. 

I tried to get the youtube video to load, but it won't-so go to Mary's, say hello and watch it.  So touching.

May your weekend be blessed!
Noreen, Hunter, Lily and Copper

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Once again it's Thankful Thursday and I am blessed beyond measure, so much to be thankful for.  Yesterday we had a great lunch and visit with our Ca. friends. We went to a brewery and I had a great salad, hubby had fish & chips.  On Tuesday o had stopped at a store after the shoe store and picked up a gel pad for the ball of my foot. Yesterday I put it in my shoe and my foot didn't hurt-although we didn't walk much.  This morning I walked 3 miles with my neighbor and I had no issue. I know I still need to see a podiatrist, but for now I'm one happy girl! I will be walking Copper twice daily for the next week, so it will be much easier. Our weather has definitely turned cooler, with some rain as well do I put away our beach towels. Our pool closes next weekend and it's doubtful whether we'll get back.-due to cool temps.
That's about all that I have going on here. I hope you have a splendid day and count your blessings-life is short and every day is a gift!
Noreen

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Happy Wednesday to you!  I can't believe I didn't get a post up yesterday, but some days are just like that.  I have found that if I walk in my sandals my foot does better~so yesterday I took Hunter on a short walk and was fine.  Later on, I went to visit a friend; she's had lots of major foot issues over the years and told me about a great online store called Foot Smart.  She suggested a deep heel cup so that it took pressure of my toes.  When I got home I did indeed check the site out and from what I can determine(not being a doctor or foot specialist), it sounds like Morton's Neuroma.  The symptoms are mostly pain in my toes-especially the pads of my toes and numbness.  So I decided not to check out Good Feet, because they only deal in expensive  orthotics.  I did go to a high end shoe store though, where I know they are very knowledgeable about foot issues.  I've got to say I was so surprised and pleased that the owner asked if I had seen a podiatrist; when I said no, he told me that "sure he could sell me a pair of new walking shoes, but if I didn't know what my foot issue was, it would be a waste of money".  I can't remember ever having a salesman tell me that.  I tried on a couple of different brands-Vionix, which I didn't like at all and has a negative heel and the pair I liked were New Balance.  However, again the man stressed that if I don't know what is causing the pain, getting a new pair of shoes won't necessarily fix it.  I ended up walking out and telling him I'd be back. So, I'm now thinking of seeing a specialist to determine just what the issue is.  In the mean time, I guess I'll be wearing sandals or biking.
Today hubby and I are heading down to Longmont to see our friends who are here dog sitting and maybe take them up to RMNP.  The weather is iffy and I'm not sure whether that will happen or if we'll just go out to lunch together.  You may remember that she comes out at least once every year to take care of her brother's dogs-usually 10-16 Springer Spaniels. Here she is with her little pup.
 Here was one that was such a love.  I'm not sure how many dogs she and her hubby will be sitting for, but it is lots of work.  I did hear that there is one puppy in the bunch; unfortunately I can't stay inside the house due to my allergies.
Her hubby will be here for another week and then head back to northern Ca.; at that point I'll be down another time and take her out to lunch.
I hope you have a great day!
Blessings~
Noreen

Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy Monday to you!  I hope your weekend gave to lots to smile about.  We had a great one and yesterday hubby was off for the entire day-yeah!  So what to do, but drive up to Estes Park.  I've been having an issue with my left foot-nothing much, just some pain in my toes which developed when I bought the wrong pair of tennis shoes.  After I returned them and tried another pair, I quickly returned those as well.  I have loved my brand and got another pair the same brand.  I haven't worn them outside until Friday and  you guessed it my toes were still bothered.  Not as much as with my the other brands I tried, but enough that I didn't want to walk 3 miles.  So my wise daughter suggested just wearing my Sketcher sandals until my feet were better.  Good idea.  Yesterday, we walked Hunter down to the end of the street before jumping in the car to head to the mountains.  I wasn't planning on hiking at all, but that is what we did.  We had a wonderful day up there, the sun was out and it was just perfect.  There were times when I could tell my toes were annoyed, but in all it wasn't a bad hike.  So including walking Hunter, we calculated that we walked over 6 miles. After we were done, we went to lunch at our favorite place up there-The Egg and I.  Instead of just having a quick salad for lunch, I had the special omelette-it was so good and left me comfortable, but I decided not to eat dinner.
Other than that, not much was accomplished over the weekend.  This week will be pretty open-today I may go bike riding with Kam; figured it's better for my feet than walking.  I am also going to the Good Feet store and see if they have any recommendations for me.  Hubby has a pair of Reebok tennis shoes that have a deep gel cushion and I may end up with a pair of those.  Having bought one new pair of Oasic shoes, I don't really want to buy another new pair but a girl has to walk.  I can tell the problem starts in the ball of my foot and affects my toes, especially the tips of my toes.
I also have a friend(and her hubby)that are dog sitting down in Longmont, so I think we'll take lunches up to the park on Wednesday so they can see the beauty we enjoy.
I hope you found some time to get outdoors over the weekend and that your week starts out well.
Joy to you!
Noreen


Friday, August 19, 2016

Happy Friday to you!  I finally put all my Patriotic decorations away, but I'm not quite ready to get all my fall ones out yet.  I've mentioned that once a month I attend a quilting club held at a store; I just joined in February and so glad I did.  We come away with a pattern for a block each month and a separate special project-maybe a table runner, apron etc etc.  By the December meeting our quilt top will be together-yeah!  These are 7 out of 8 blocks that will be the center with sashing, another pinwheel border and a wider border.  What I love about this club is that the teacher/owner of the store shows us the block, gives special hints and has very detailed instructions-which I really appreciate.  I will say I've redone a couple of blocks because I didn't like the color combo.  I'm not into really scrappy quilts and love the civil war colors on this.  It's been fun to see the blocks all the other ladies have made-some are floral, some oriental, some scrappy and lots of color variations.  By the time December rolls around, I will have finished my red & white wall hanging from Sisters, have a good portion of my "Sea" quilt done if not finished and be ready to quilt this.  I have several Christmas projects I'll be working on as well.  It sounds early to think about it, but trust me when I say it will be here before you know it.
I hope you have a great day and weekend!
Hugs,
Noreen

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Post Script on DentaStix

This morning, bright and early, Fed Ex delivered a box for Hunter; it was from Ms. Sydney with his new DentaStix in it.  He knew it was from Chewy and chewed up that dentastix so quickly that I didn't get a picture.  They are truly the perfect size for him, as  you can see.

Pedigree Dentastix Fresh Dog Treats are chewy textured treats that are designed to promote oral health & breath-freshening in adult dogs. They are brown X-shaped, stick-like snacks which deliver daily oral care efficacy in tasty convenient treats. The unique texture is clinically proven to reduce plaque and tartar build-up. Look for the patented X-shaped treat.
Key Benefits
  • Unique shape & texture
  • Reduces plaque & tartar builup
  • Freshens breath

As a #Chewy Influencer, I can't say enough about this company~their customer service is the best out there.  We love their blogger program that allows us to select treats for our beloved pets and blog about them.  We have received this product in exchange for our honest opinion and review; we receive no monetary compensation.
Make sure you go visit Chewy for all your pet's needs.  Thank you Ms. Sydney for your prompt attention.  You can find Chewy here:  chewy.com

Noreen and Hunter

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It's Outdoor Wednesday and I'm going to walk shortly with my neighbor, the gal who is 70 and walks a minimum of 3 miles every day.  She really puts me to shame; however when it works out I always try to walk with her and another neighbor.  Yesterday I had my quilt club meeting and won a bottle of
I have never used this product before, but have started using starch on some of my smaller quilt pieces. I'm excited to try this, because I heard ladies raving about it at the store.  I will let  you know my opinion once I use it.  The club I belong to has one block per month which is definitely doable.
I just got back from walking and am so hot!  
I hope your week has been easy and you've had some time to enjoy the weather, unless you live in Ca. where there are more wildfires or in Louisiana where there are so many areas flooding-then I pray for your safety.
Blessings~
Noreen