Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The End Of The School Year

Good Morning Friends! Every year in May our grands have an end of the year party and show & tell, highlighting their favorite projects throughout the year. It gives us a glimpse of their passions and gives them the opportunity to share in a large group what they've accomplished. Here are some glimpses into the program that was held last Friday night. To begin with, the oldest granddaughters proudly showed their completed pillowcases. I love how each girl's reflects their personality.

Here were the doll quilts that they made back in Feb/March.
There was a variety of paintings and art work as well, but I loved the Bald Eagle.
Little man playing.
Our oldest demonstrating some  principles of electricity.
Younger brother loves history and did one of his reports on WWII
Examining what a rock from a meteor might look like.

The entire group; we should have a one room school house.  Love how very excited all of the children are about learning.  I love how the parents can also center in on their passions. 
Needless to say we are so proud of the entire group!
Hugs,
Noreen

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Movie Review

Good Morning Friends, I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Last Friday, hubby and I went to see the movie Far From The Madding Crowd. I don't remember seeing the original movie, but this was so good. It may have been in part due to the fact that I've never been to Europe and am going to Ireland in two weeks or possibly that I've always been loved Border Collies and sheep herding. 
Set in Victorian England, the stories revolves around a young woman, Bathsheba Everdene  played by Carey Mulligan. Bathsheba is pursued by three different men, but I must say that my favorite was Gabriel Oak played by Matthias Schoenaerts.  While watching this I became excited about seeing the rolling hills of Ireland and it made me remember why I loved Border Collies so much.
The acting was good and it was well worth the time and money; in fact, when it comes out on DVD I may just buy one.  I would rate it Ten Stars. 
If you've seen it, let me know what you thought; if not, got see this movie.
Have a great day!
Joy to you.
Noreen

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

This photo was published last year in a newspaper back east.  It says so much.  We salute all those who valiantly gave their lives protecting our nation, our people.  We salute all those who serve today.
 God Bless America!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Signs of Spring and Hope

Happy Friday friends, It is so hard to believe it is Memorial Day weekend; in the past, it has been so warm, we've waited anxiously to have the pool open. This year we are waiting anxiously for warm weather to move in and stay for good. I was chiding myself this morning about my whining and realized I'm thankful that we haven't had snow every day for the last month. Yesterday was cloudy and cold, but it didn't rain at all. In fact, Hunter and I got out for a walk. In Kam's yard, she has an abundance of Johnny-Jump-Ups and I thought they looked so much like spring. A neighbor of hers planted them years ago and now they have overtaken her side yard. At least they are beautiful.
About a month ago, my grands said "Nana have you seen the bird nest in the bbq?"; I hadn't so looked. At first, I thought they had just gathered up straw and pine needles and made it. I also figured they were going to be in trouble with the mess; they hadn't made it. The funny thing is that the lid had been closed and the Robin was getting in through a hole in the back. So last week the girls announced they had eggs in the nest. Yes indeed, they were Robin eggs and so pretty; there were five in all. Yesterday Kim announced they had baby birds; the grands didn't even know. We opened the lid to the bbq and we saw four tiny beaks begging for food. With all the rain, I'm thinking the Mom found a nice dry place to build that nest. We are not sure what happened to the fifth egg, but we did count four beaks. Here you can only see three(sorry about the fuzzy photo), but they are so precious. I'm glad it is in their bbq and not ours-we use ours almost every night, even in the winter. I have spotted some sparrows around our gutters, so it wouldn't surprise me to find a nest.
We don't have too much planned for this weekend; tonight is our grands End of the Year program and that is always wonderful. I will be taking photos of each girls with their pillowcase and other projects. 
Today is another rainy day, so I think hubby and I will be going to see Far From The Maddening Crowd.  I doubt there is much else happening, I may be going to an Open House of a quilter that used to have a store here in town. She closed it after her husband died, but has reopened it in her home in a nearby town. 
We are possibly going to get temps in the high 60's and low 70's.  I can only hope, until then I'm waiting.  AT least I'll be ready for Ireland and cooler temps there.
Blessings,
Noreen

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I can't believe how quickly May has flown by(wish the rain would do the same)!  I'm getting ready to go for a walk in the cold, with Hunter, so this will be short.  Some of you don't watch t.v. and some don't believe in it, but here we do. For many years, too many, hubby and I have been big fans of Survivor. This year hubby decided not to watch it due to some of the attitudes being portrayed.  I continued on and I will tell you that last nights finale was refreshing in some ways.  The man who won gave a testimony of his faith and said that was how he made it through the loneliest times of the show.  Another man, who I didn't like, was harboring a grudge against the winner and told him so.  I was impressed that the winner apologized and asked for forgiveness for hurting him.  It was so refreshing to see reconciliation and forgiveness given and received.  It ended the show on a very positive not for me.  I'm not sure I'll watch next year, but I'm glad it ended like it did.
This time of year there doesn't seem to be much on t.v. to watch while I quilt, maybe if our weather gets back to normal we will be able to be outside walking and riding.
Hope you have a great day!
Hugs, Noreen

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Outdoor Wednesday


Happy Wednesday to you!  Ever since we've lived in Colorado, I've wanted a rain gauge.  For some reason though, I never got one until last weekend. It probably has to do with the unusual amounts of rain we've had this last month.  When we were on a walk on Sunday, hubby mistakenly pointed out a very pretty rain gauge and that was it-we headed to get some groceries and stopped by my favorite nursery on the way home.  This is very delicate looking and I worry that the glass might break if we get hail; you know I'll be running out and bringing it in if that is the case.  However, now that I have one I can check the totals each day.  For the last two days, we've gotten a bit over 1.25".  Considering that we have had constant rain up until today, I know we are well over our normal rainfall amount.  You can see my Oregano next to the rain gauge and also my Peonies, that are about ready to bloom.
Today's weather is so damp and cold, it chills you.  Hubby says it feels like snow; I think that it reminds me of coastal fog and rain.
I've got to grands coming over today for sewing; we will finish their pillowcases and I will make sure I get pics.  Tomorrow the other two come over and then on Friday night we will have the end of the year program where each grand gets to highlight what they've done in school this year. 
I hope you are staying warm! 
Blessings,
Noreen

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May Showers Bring June Flowers

Good Morning to you!  I hope you had a great start to the week; my day yesterday was pretty low key. The storm started yesterday afternoon with a light mist falling; it continued to be light until the middle of the night, when the sky opened up.  It was raining so hard it woke me up and continued to pour on and off during the night.  This morning I took Hunter outside, the last rain fall bothered him and I wanted to make sure it was not the start of something new.  I checked my brand new rain gauge, that I had wanted for years and we got about 1.5" of rain during the night.  Not as much as I thought, but still a good amount.  We are supposed to get rain every day this week.  I truly feel like we are living in the North West.  This is just so unusual for us, even during our Monsoon season we just don't get this much rain consistently. 
Hubby and I will be heading down to an Apple Store today to get my mini IPad fixed and have my phone checked-the battery depletes too quickly on it.  Then we may begin stocking up on chicken and turkey for our freezer;  word has it that chicken prices are going to skyrocket due to how the Bird Flu has ravaged chicken and turkey farms across the country.  We don't eat a lot of eggs, but we have a couple of friends who have chickens, so if need be we can always buy some from them.  Last time hubby and I ran to Costco, we couldn't believe how much the price of beef has gone up and now this with chicken prices set to soar.  Oh well.
I hope you have a wonderful day and that the sun is shining for you.
Noreen