Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pelicans

Hubby met a man who takes photos of Pelicans after they arrive each spring.  We love seeing them and have four other enlarged photos of a flock that was here last spring.  The fellow called hubby and said he had a new photo for him-we love it.  Now we just need to figure out where to hang them in the house, probably downstairs.
I'm gotten almost everything done for our guests; hubby worked his tail off yesterday with vacuuming and doing a few windows.  I spent the morning working on some other areas.  We can't wait until they're here-we'll have so much fun and I'll try to stay out of trouble if we find quilt shops in Rapid City or Spearfish.  No promises though!  We may also try to get into Sturgis if we have extra time.
I hope you have a great day today!
Joy to you!
Noreen

Monday, May 22, 2017

Spring is Back

Good Morning Friends,  I hope you had a fantastic weekend and that you are energized for a new week.  Hubby and I just got back from a walk with Hunter and now I'm off to Sprouts to get some last minute items for our meals with our friends.  Jim and Barbara are our traveling companions, old next door neighbors, card partners and best friends.  They'll be arriving tomorrow and then we will join them on an adventure on Wednesday.  It should be so much fun.  If Colorado weather is typical for when we are on a getaway, it will be so warm and wonderful here.  We usually get calls saying how nice the weather is and sometimes it isn't as nice where we are.  Being with our friends will make any weather just fine!
We will get some sightseeing done as well as checking out a quilt store or two, play lots of cards and games and enjoy each other.  Where are we going you ask?  We are heading up the road to Custer, South Dakota.  We've never been there before, but wanted to and when Jim and Barbara asked us to join them, we couldn't say no.  We also have another trip planned with them for the fall-this trip in Oct. will be a big one, while this one is shorter and closer to home.
I'll do my best to connect here, but you may just have to wait for photos.
Blessings~
Noreen

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson

I have been a long time fan of Dee Henderson and as a Bethany House Reviewer, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Baker Publishing.  I don't know how I missed the first book in the Evie Blackwell Series, Traces of Guilt.  I did and now plan to purchase it.  This story stood alone on it's own merits and I didn't feel like I was missing anything from the first book.   Dee has an incredible gift of drawing the reader into the storyline and plot and making you feel as though you are right there with the characters.  As always, her characters are rich and inviting.  I finished this book in a little over a day, it was suspenseful and intriguing.  



From the author: "Lieutenant Evie Blackwell as the Illinois missing person task force begins work. I want you to get to know all the members of the task force and what is happening in their personal lives, so in this book I’ll be introducing you to David Marshal. Evie has chosen to search for a missing college student, while David is looking for a missing private investigator. I hope you enjoy the search for justice as these two cases unfold". 
I felt the story portrayed the jobs of Cold Case investigators accurately and showed how long it can take to unravel mysteries that are decades old.
I would rate this book a 10/10.  No review positive or otherwise was required, all opinions are my own.  You can find this book at Amazon, B&N, CBD; I promise you won't be disappointed.
 Noreen

Friday, May 19, 2017

Is This March and not May?

Happy Friday to you! I hope you had a great week and are looking forward to the weekend. If I didn't know we were in the middle of May, the safe time to plant(anytime after Mother's Day is considered safe), I'd swear we are in the middle of March. The entire U.S. is getting such weird weather and here in Colorado we are too. I do remember one year that it snowed this late in May, but it seemed like it melted quickly. Wednesday the rain was coming down in buckets and continued through the night until yesterday morning. Around 10:00 a.m.  yesterday it started to snow-not just a light dusting, but a huge amount with large flakes. It is a wet snow which makes shoveling it more strenuous. The first photo was yesterday afternoon; I'm thankful that we aren't having flooding, though there are flood warnings out for areas of our town. We spent the entire day inside yesterday~I was looking at meals for our trip to South Dakota.

This is a photo I took this morning because I thought the ribbons of snow hanging from our pergola is interesting. I've never seen anything like it during the three years we've lived here.

Thankfully, the snow is supposed to stop by noon today and rain to begin this afternoon. I sure hope so, as our friends from Ca. are coming in tomorrow.
I hope that if your area is having bad weather, that you will be safe and stay inside.  We have friends in Tennessee right now and there is massive flooding there.  Northern California is having wonderful spring like weather.
Hugs,
Noreen

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Zignature Lamb Canned Dog Food

As a #Chewy Influencer, we have the privilege each month to review a new dog product and Chewy makes this the most wonderful blogger program ever. It is a win-win opportunity, I get to try new food on Hunter and we are able to share what an incredible company Chewy.com is. I have known about Zignature dog food and treats for years, but I don't see if often enough and being the picky dog Hunter is, I'm never sure whether he will take to a new food. This month we got to try the Lamb formula with limited ingredients. Not only was it a great opportunity, but Chewy sent a whole case-that is great customer service. Natalie makes the program so easy and is so helpful! We love her! Hunter enjoys the food and I feel safe knowing it is such a great quality.

From Chewy's website: Dogs are carnivors by nature and do best on meat-based diets. Their teeth, digestive systems and behavior clearly confirm this fact. Zignature delivers a complete and balanced diet with meat as the first ingredient to provide great nutrition with the finest blends of meats, legumes, vegetables, fruits and oils available. Key Benefits Grain-free and limited ingredient formula Made with Lamb from the farmlands of New Zealand A staple source of complete protein, Lamb provides Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Manganese, and is rich in Vitamin A and B12, Riboflavin, Niacin, Iron, Zinc, Copper and Selenium Free of the most common potential canine allergens: corn, wheat, soy, dairy, and chicken Nutritionally correct ratio of fruits and vegetables rounds out the recipe with powerful antioxidants, and fiber-rich low glycemic carbohydrates.
Not only did we receive the canned food, but the staff added in an additional treat for Hunter. Hunter has never been a dog that would eat hard dog biscuits, but these treats changed his mind-he loves them.


They have become his favorite treats!
All opinions are my own and we did not receive any compensation for participating in this program.
If you have a fur baby in your life-be it a dog or cat or even smaller pets, make sure you check out the great products and prices at Chewy.  You can find them here: https://www.chewy.com

Thank you Natalie and the entire staff for making this the best program and for having such a wonderful company to meet the needs of our beloved companions.
Noreen and Hunter

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time with Friends

It's Outdoor Wednesday and I'm happy to report that I've already joined two close friends, who are also neighbors, to walk our 3 mile route.  When Diana came across the street this morning, we noticed we were both dressed in black and white.  I wasn't sure how warm it would be, hence the long sleeve top.  We had to have Charlotte stop and get our photo.  We often have such in-depth conversations that our hubbies often asked if we've solved the world's problems.  It is pretty here today, but we had typical spring weather yesterday-rain, thunder and I'm sure hail in some places.  Snow is supposed to head in tomorrow through Saturday morning.  So until it arrives, you can be sure I'll be walking.
Hope you get out and find some sunshine.
Blessings,

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

It's May, yet we have a forecast for Friday that includes snow-really Winter, it's time to go! I know our friends in Utah showed photos of snow, but I was hoping it would head northeast from there.
Today is my monthly Fig Leaf club, so I'm off this morning to see what new things the gals have made.  I'm showing my lap quilt from last year's pattern; this year I passed on participating.
After the meeting, we'll be heading out to lunch.  This afternoon I'm going over to a friend whose part of our mini group to see her new machine-the one I'm wishing I had.  If money fell off of trees, it would be in my sewing room. However, I love my machine and it's perfectly fine so until it breaks I'm sticking with it.
I hope you have a great day.
Noreen