Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fun, Fun, Fun

It's outdoor Wednesday, so hubby and I have decided to go to the mountains. Back in August, when our friends were here from Ca., we took them to Breckenridge for a day. We fell in love with this ski resort town and decided it would be fun to spend a couple of days there. Lest you think we are rolling in the money(we aren't), some friends gave us a two night pass to their timeshare so we could go. All we have to do is listen to a presentation; if they knew that was all it took to get us there, they(the sales people) might have changed they might have changed their minds-because we've done this many times. You get an invite to a condo resort and it is free as long as you sit and listen to their sales pitch. No problems here. Anyway, it is a beautiful area and I'm looking forward to spending more time wandering around downtown and on the river walk. I only hope there is no snow! I'm just not ready for it yet.
While we are away, this cutie will be staying with his cous' and best friend Lily.
I'm sure, after they've played for hours on end, they will look like this. Hunter loves being with Lily and our grands-they keep him entertained. In fact, whenever we drop him off he just runs off ready to have a vacation too. It is the perfect setup!  WE are so blessed by our family.

I'll be back in a couple of days, but will have my IPad with me to check in on you all.
Hugs, Noreen and Hunter

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Photograph by Beverly Lewis

Another great book by Beverly Lewis has just come out and let me tell you it was the best of her recent stories.  I have always loved her writing, but in recent years felt that the story lines were very similar; however, this story was new and refreshing.
From the author's website:
"He studied the picture more closely, finding it curious that the young woman looked so boldly into the camera while wearing a white prayer Kapp shaped like a heart--the characteristic head covering for the Lancaster County Old Order Amish."

The story takes place in Lancaster County and is woven around three sisters and their family. The girls parents have recently passed away, leaving them on their own.  Frona, the oldest is serious and prickly while Eva is a constant source of joy and Lily the youngest seems lost without her mom.  Lily falls for an outsider and decides to leave her home, family, community to follow the Englisher to Ohio.  The girls and their married brothers all search for Lily, without any luck.  On the side, Eva continues to operate her candy shop, The Sweet Tooth, that is an addition to the family home.  While going to a farmer's market, she meets a young man from Ohio named Jed.  There is an instant connection because Jed found a book and photograph of Lily while on the train to Lancaster.  When he meets Eva, he mistakes her for the gal in the photograph.  They grow close, but when Eva sees the photo and realizes that Jed befriended her due to that photo,  they part ways awkwardly.   Will Lily be found?  Will Jed and Eva mend their friendship and have a future together?
I loved this story and because I have been around some ex-Amish, I know how alluring the world can be to those who live the simple life.
Ms.  Lewis has written another incredible story; I hope that she will carry this family story further as I'd love to know what happens to Frona and Lily in the future.
I would like to thank Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing for giving me this book, free of charge, in return for my honest review.
If you like Amish fiction and Beverly Lewis, you'll definitely want to add this book to your library.

Monday, October 5, 2015


Happy Monday to you! I hope you had a lovely weekend; we did. Last Wednesday, one of our granddaughters celebrated her 10th birthday. As you may remember, this Nana took her out shopping for a outfit(shown at the end of the post); however, the family gathered Saturday morning for breakfast. I love how our girls mix it up with parties.  Here is our sweet birthday girl, Miss F.
Carrie made a apple-blueberry crisp for dessert-in lieu of a cake.  It was so good, it was finished off by the end of the morning. This is a definite keeper; I plan to make it soon.

Of course, you don't see her shoes or purse but this outfit looks so cute on her.  On Saturday, we were able to give her three pairs of pierced earrings; in fact, one pair was the pair her mom used when she got her ears pierced and another pair were from my sister to her mom, but never worn. 
We are so incredibly blessed with our family~our daughters, their hubbies, our grands and my brother and sil as well as hubby's family. Got to love this life.
Today will be a quiet day-some miscellaneous cleaning, sewing and finishing my homework from last week. Our weather is deary here and it's a good day to stay inside.
Joy to you!

Friday, October 2, 2015

What a beautiful time of year

Happy Friday, Even though it's raining here today, hubby and I are heading to the mountains after I get my hair cut.  I hope you have a day filled with glorious sites and signs of autumn.
Hugs to you~

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Love this and love this time of year!  Of course, I'm not burning my Yankee candles as much because I've got so excited about Gold Canyon Scent Pods; however, my candles will still fill our home with autumn scents.  I am so thankful that we live in an area that experiences all four seasons. I'm thankful that sweaters will come out of the closet and that I might just wear leggings with long sweaters again.
May your day be filled with things you love!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Greetings to you today! While on a walk on Monday, I happened to see these fungi underneath a tree. Now, we often see mushrooms in the lawn, but I've never seen this site before. In fact, it reminded me of a Fairie garden that many girls and ladies create. I just thought it was enchanting, but not enough to let the dogs near it.

I am aware of how dangerous mushrooms can be to dogs and children, as my oldest daughter scared her momma to death when she was a toddler. I was never sure if she ate the mushroom, but at 2 yrs old, one doesn't take chances. I so remember having to use Syrup of Epapac and trying to get her to vomit. I remember crying and feeling like such a bad mom; I can say that she didn't have any in her stomach thankfully. Even though I admired the uniqueness of this patch of fungi, I do prefer the plastic ones.
On another subject, I wonder if any of you who lose followers to your blog, wonder about those who have left. I have yet to figure out who has left, just see my numbers drop and wish I knew who and why.  Life gets so crazy and I try to get around to visit, but often don't-I'd just hate to lose friends if I could avoid it.  Guess it's just the world of blogging.
I hope you have a wonderful day and have signs of autumn in your area.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tuesday's Thoughts

As the saying goes, this photo is a "day late and a dollar short", since of eclipse happened Sunday night and it's already Tuesday. Within miles of each other, my daughters got clear views of the eclipse and blood Moon, but we had a lot of cloud cover. It was beautiful just the same!

When hubby got up for work this morning at 5:00 a.m., he came back and told me it was raining(raining, we only get rain here in the summer). Rain is in the forecast for the week, but that also tells me many of the colorful leaves at higher elevations are probably on the ground now. Bummer, we were going to drive up on Friday to check out the Elk and also the colors. Speaking of elk, on last nights news they had a photo of a man right up next to two bulls-I couldn't believe how close he was. Well, he probably learned his lessons because he was gored by one of the bulls. He is lucky to be alive!
 Today, I'm off to my study and will have a quiet afternoon-maybe I'll get to the sewing machine. I haven't sat down in front of it for over two weeks, just too many other things going on. I'm thinking once the weather changes, I'll be ready for many days inside.
Have a great day my friends~