Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Happy Tuesday to you.  The weather in Breckenridge yesterday was so rainy that we choose to have a relaxed morning and then head up to Rocky Mountain National Park.  It was a cloudy day, but we were able to walk around a lake and then walk in town.  There were so many wild flowers blooming, so I couldn't resist taking at few photos with my IPhone.  In the afternoon hubby and Dave went to the golf course for a meeting and Aletha and I watched a PBS special on John Denver.  You will recall that I was and am a still a fan.  It was a great video and brought back many memories for us.
Today we are heading south to go to a few quilt stores.  We are having so much fun together and the days are flying.
I hope you have a fantastic day!
Joy to you,
Noreen

Monday, August 3, 2015

Happy Monday friends, it is so good to be back in our home, with our friends here. Last week flew by for a variety of reason-first the fires in Ca., having our dear friend Jim dealing with a health issue and then spending time with my brother and sister of my heart. I meant to post but just stayed busy. I also meant to get around to you all, but didn't have the time. On Thursday we drove out to the Google campus and also saw the new and huge Apple campus under construction. In the afternoon we drove to Half Moon Bay for a fantastic dinner at Sam's Chowder House, I would rate it five star!
We left Palo Alto at 6:30 a.m. Friday morning and drove for 11 hrs before stopping in Salt Lake City.
We left Saturdsy morning and arrived at home by 3:30. Was I glad to pick up my Hunter! Aletha and I went to the grocery store and stocked up.  Today we are supposed to go to Breckenridge, but rain is forecast so we may put it off for another day.
I am missing all of you and hope to visit soon.
Hugs,

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Good morning, I hope the beginning of your week has been productive and smoothe! Our trip has been good-we made it to Reno in 14 hrs and then our pace relaxed.  Our first day was spent in Nevada City, hubby spent time with Steve visiting his brother and Shelley and I went shopping.  Our visit with them was much too short, but it certainly brought back memories of wild fires when we lived in Ca.  There was a wild fire 15 miles from their house and there was almost evacuated; we had a plan in motion for evacuation, but we are so thankful that they didn't need to.  Sunday we had lunch with hubby's family and it was so much fun. His sister had the whole meal gluten free and it was delicious~no one seemed to mind.  We arrived at our friends home in Santa Rosa right around dinner time.  Unfortunately, Jim was dealing with a medical issue and not doing well. Yesterday they had arranged for us to go Zip Lining in the redwoods and Jim couldn't join us, but we had a wonderful time.
Although we've zip lined in the islands, this was totally different. It was so fun! Today, hubby is going golfing while Jim rests at home and Barb & I are going to a fabric shop abut 40 minutes from here.  WE feel so bad for our dear friend.  The two other photos I wanted to share aren't uploading, so here is two.  Canopy Tours in Sonoma County is a wonderful adventure; we loved zip lining and so thankful we got to do it here.  The second shot is of me coming in for a landing, breaking my speed and bracing my legs.
I hope you have a wonderful day!
Blessings,
Noreen

Friday, July 24, 2015

Happy Friday to you.  This song started rolling around in my head last night....
California, here we come
Right back where we started from......

I can't pull up the rest of it and don't know where this song was from, but that is how we are feeling. We have 14 hrs ahead of us driving, I know we'll be exhausted by the time we stop for the night. 
Have a fantastic weekend my friends.
Hugs,
Noreen

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Summer Tea Party

Yesterday our two oldest granddaughters hosted a tea party and lunch for the girls in the family, little man was the exception. It was such fun and the girls, ages 10 and soon to be 10, prepared everything for us. This was a full luncheon, as well as craft time.
The food was fantastic~two different types of sandwiches, fresh fruit, muffins, rice crispie treats and tea or water. 

Our two girls decided they wanted to organize, plan and host this party.  As you may remember, we often have tea parties every couple of months and they are learning the skill of hospitality from their moms.
I meant to get pictures of the craft-they made Tutus for their American girl dolls.  They were so cute.
They even had goodie bags for the the younger girls.  So very precious and I am one very proud Nana.
Today we will be getting all our clothes out and doing laundry in preparation for leaving tomorrow.  Our drive on Friday will be very long, but it will be so worth it.  I'm not sure how much I'll be able to be on the computer, but I'll do my best to post and get around.
May your day be joyful.
Hugs, Noreen

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wow Us Wednesday

It's Outdoor Wednesday and I have a fantastic photo to share with you~our daughter's house backs up to open space and they have between 2-4 Owls that hunt and live in the trees in the canyon. When we got back from our trip, they borrowed our telephoto and got this shot; actually they got three shots but this is the best. They have two different types of Owls-one is a Barred Owl(I thought she was meaning Barn Owl,but I was wrong)and also the Great Horned Owl. Love it!

When they moved into their home a year ago, they really felt it was too big and just weren't sure about it; I am pleased to say that now they love it-especially with all the wildlife behind them.
Today, Hunter goes to the groomer and our two oldest granddaughters are hosting a tea for all of us girls.  What good training!
I hope you have a bit of nature in your day and a bit of love.
Joy to you!
Noreen

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Cookout Birthday Party

Happy Tuesday to you all. Last Friday night our family gathered for an outdoor cook-out birthday party. In years past, we have all been camping and celebrated Mr. B's birthday around a campfire. This year, the family couldn't work out times to go camping together, so Mr. B decided to have his party in the next best thing- in their back yard. The weather was wonderful and we were told that the only time we could go inside was to use the bathroom.  Here sil is cooking the hotdogs over their fire pit.
The birthday boys-Mr. B turned 12 and Papa turned 63.
Little ones playing on the trampoline.




Rice Crispie treats and S'Mores for dessert.
Mr. B's haul, he is one happy boy.  After presents and dessert, many played frisbee on the lawn. It was a wonderful celebration and best of all, I didn't need to sleep on a air mattress. 
Today we are supposed to get rain.  Don't know what the afternoon will hold for me. 
Hope your day is filled with smiles.
Noreen