Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Grands Sewing Project

Happy Tuesday to you. The day has already rushed ahead of me; I've been to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned, ran into a new Pet Store to try a new kibble, met my girls and their kiddos for lunch at a park nearby and also walked Hunter as well as did a load of laundry. I wanted to share the quilt project the  granddaughters made during the last several months; of course during my recuperation, we cancelled sewing, so I'm thinking they might just be glad to be finished with the project. Here is the oldest granddaughter holding her doll quilt. She did such a nice job and I think the girls really enjoyed the quilting process. Initially this project was for Valentine's Day but some of the girls choose different fabrics. I just love how they each show their individuality.
I will try and get the other three girls to pose with their doll quilts; I was so pleased at the finished product and hard work that went into this.
Our next project(after all the doll quilts are completed)will be a pillowcase made from 6 fat quarters.  I will taking them shopping next week for the fabric; they love going to the store with me.
Tonight we have the two oldest grandsons, ages 14 and 11, coming for dinner and a sleepover.  They have requested their favorite meals and we will be watching either The Hobbit or Big Hero 6.  On Friday night we will having 6 granddaughters over for dinner and a sleepover.  This week is Spring Break and we are taking full advantage of it. 
I'm off now to run to get some Easter goodies and a few other items.  I think the wind is picking up, so not sure if I'll ride today.  Yesterday and Saturday I rode 2 miles; want to keep it up, but snow if in the forecast for Friday-which also means we'll need to cover our bulbs and bushes just starting to bloom.
I hope you have a good day.  
Blessings,
Noreen

Monday, March 30, 2015

Happy Monday Friends~I hope you had a great weekend! We had such nice weather here, which meant I was outside as much as possible.  On Saturday, not only did hubby and I take Hunter for a good walk, but we also went on a 2 mile bike ride in our neighborhood.  It felt so good to be riding again.  Yesterday was a special day for me-my birthday.  So our kids and grands came over for breakfast; it was so good that I kept eating and eating(now I'll have to walk and ride more).  We didn't get many photos, but here is one of my opening presents. 
Our two oldest granddaughters are so precious! 
The afternoon was relaxed because the wind picked up and after my walking Hunter, I didn't want to be outside.  Last night hubby and I went to a BBQ place for dinner; the portions are so huge, I just ordered potato skins. 
Today I'm walking first thing, doing laundry, going to the grocery store and maybe to lunch with a friend.  I'm also making up a big Taco Salad and taking some to a friend whose husband was hospitalized last week-but is home now. On a warm day, there is nothing like Taco Salad. I may even post a photo of it.
I hope you have a wonderful day and that your week starts out well.  Good bye March, hello April-though I should have waited to say that tomorrow.
Hugs,
Noreen

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Party

Happy Friday to you! We had such a fun family gathering last night; some children are so anxious to open presents and find lots of joy in the unwrapping and then there are some quiet little ones who become very shy about the whole process of being a center of attention. I can say Miss A comes by that naturally, from me. I have never liked having lots of people focus on me; I'd much rather have one on one time. Miss A loved her presents, from start to finish. We had a great dinner-her requests were hot dogs, beans, homemade french fries, and veges. The fries were so good that everyone kept going back for more and more. The kiddos all enjoyed playing outside as well, why the adults got time to sit and chat.
I got a text this morning showing that she was already wearing the clothes we got her-yeah! 
I've been out this morning on a walk with Hunter, almost two miles.  A friend and I are going out to lunch in a little bit and I plan on a short bike ride this afternoon as well as spending time outside.
I hope you have a fantastic day and weekend.
Hugs, Noreen

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Yes, Another One

When a gal has 11 grands, you know there are going to be some back to back birthdays and there are!
Pictured above are two special sisters, Miss D on the left and Miss A on the right.  Today is Miss A's 5th birthday~Happy Happy Birthday Miss A.  Five years ago, hubby and I were just getting ready to go to Kauai for two weeks(just to be clear, I did not schedule the timing of our trip-my dh did).  It was so hard for me to leave my girl with her newborn plus her three older girls. 
Miss A is quite the character~she has a unique sense of style and will only wear clothes that she likes.  She knows who she is and will not bend to pier pressure, if it doesn't align with her standards.
She makes us laugh and loves her family, especially her Papa.  I can't wait to see how she grows and matures over the next year.  WE love you so much A and pray God's blessings over you!

I hope you all have a great day! 
Hugs, Noreen

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb?

Morning friends,  Many of  us grew up hearing sayings such as "March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb", referring to the weather.  In California, I always took it to mean that it would be windy.
I now know that it refers to weather in general and how quickly it can change.  Here in Colorado, it changes daily if not hourly.  Yesterday was windy but pleasant, then during the night it began to rain(which I did not hear, but hubby told me about) and it's pretty wet outside now.  Our furnace it even running, something that hasn't occurred in weeks.  I was supposed to meet Kam and another gal for a walk, but that was cancelled-can't say I'm upset. A good day to stay inside I think. Yesterday, I met Kam and we went on our normal walk in her neighborhood-between 2.5-3 mls.; it felt so good.
Later in the day, I spent some time dusting and cleaning house as some neighbors were coming over for a visit.  By last night I was tired.  The rest of the week is full, I have two grands coming over for sewing today, a lunch with our financial advisers tomorrow, two grands coming for sewing tomorrow afternoon, a birthday party for one granddaughter tomorrow night and a lunch on Friday.  Guess my body better be back into normal activities, because it seems my schedule is back to normal.  Not sure what the weekend holds, but in there I will be quilting in the evenings. 
I hope your week has been good so far and that you have time each day to kick back and rest a little.
Joy to you~
Noreen

Monday, March 23, 2015

Happy Spring to you !  Happy Monday as well.  We had a good weekend, enjoyed the sunshine and Hunter was elated because his 'cous, Lily, was here for the weekend.  Needless to say, we spent a lot of time outdoors and our neighbor brought her little guy, Dukie, over to play.  Hubby and I did take the two pups for a walk yesterday and then piddled around in the yard, enjoying the sunshine.  Today I had a doctor appoint with my primary care-we needed to look at my blood pressure meds and make a change.  A good appointment and my new med's were waiting for me when I got to Wa**art.  I had some other things to buy as well, so it took a little bit to get everything.  When I got home, I took Hunter for his walk; one good thing is my doctor actually told me that bike riding would be easier on my body than walking-so this week I'll probably start riding again.  I'll continue to walk each day-Hunter loves it so much. 
As you can tell from the photo above, my St. Patrick's Day decorations were put away and my Easter decorations came out.  I do want to do some more cleaning for spring, but trying to give my body more time to heal. 
I hope you had a great weekend and that your day started out on a positive note.
Hugs,
Noreen

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring

The first day of spring-how wonderful!  I remember being a teen and always being thrilled with Japanese Cherry Trees that were blooming, Daffodils that were springing up as well as Tulips.  I still get excited at these happenings; somehow they make the world brighter.  Daffodils have always been one of my all time favorite flowers, with Tulips coming close.  When hubby and I went on our second date, a drive to the ocean, there were Dafodils growing wild on the side of the road; he stopped and picked me a bouquet-he had my heart then! 
Yesterday was cold for most of the day; in fact, I spent the day being lazy, stitching almost all afternoon and evening.  Today promises of warm sunshine and there will be a walk this morning.  I'm taking a friend out for her birthday lunch and then have to run to buy a shirt for one granddaughter's birthday next week.  I already have other things for her.  I've learned much this week in regard to recovery-namely if you push yourself two days really hard, you will be exhausted for a full day afterwards.  It is difficult to remember that when you feel good and want to be back to your normal activity level.  Hopefully, another couple of weeks will have me there.
I hope your day is filled with touches of spring!
Hugs,
Noreen