Wednesday, August 23, 2017

So Beautiful and Precious

Happy Wednesday to you! I wanted to share our first bouquet of Dahlias from our garden~I love them and this is the first time I've every planted their bulbs. I am enjoying having them inside, where I can see their beauty.

More beautiful than any flower are my two daughters-Kim and Carrie.  I've just started reading a new Beth Moore book and she thanks her daughters in the Acknowledgements. It was so touching and I had to take a few minutes to tell my girls just how much I cherish them. They are as beautiful inside as they are outside. I love spending time with them regularly. They are calm, patient, giving and so loving. They have both grown into incredible godly women, wives, mothers, teachers, friends and most importantly best friends to me. They each inspire me in different ways and each have been a constant in my life, when things get uncertain or crazy. They are as different as night and day, yet remarkably very similar.
I couldn't be more blessed than by these two daughters.  I love them beyond what simple words can express.  Thank you girls for loving your momma, despite the times I've stretched your limit of patience.  God is good and I'm so thankful for you both!

Noreen

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2017 Solar Eclipse

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone got a chance to safely view the Eclipse yesterday. One of our grands wasn't quite herself so that family stayed home and watched it in their backyard. Here is the rest of the gang.




It was so fun to gather together for lunch and talk about this event.  Prior to that hubby painted our guest bedroom downstairs, in less than two hours.  Wow-what a man.
Today I'll be walking with a neighbor and I'm not sure what the rest of the day will hold.
Have a great one.
Noreen

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fun in Parker, Colorado

Happy Monday to you all. I hope you had a great weekend and if you are traveling to a better vantage point for the eclipse, that you aren't stuck in traffic. We had a great weekend~some friends came to dinner on Saturday and then yesterday hubby and I decided to drive down to Parker(south of Denver)to check out their Old Town and Farmer's market. Some neighbors had lived there and have raved about it, often going back down. Since hubby and I did not go on a overnight adventure to a new area, we choose to take a drive down. Of course, many folks told us we'd be stuck in traffic-however, we weren't and took enough side roads to avoid any traffic. WE started a book on CD, and got through 2 out of 11 cds. After we walked the street once, we stopped for lunch at the Parker garage. I love Beet salads and while this was good, I'm used to roasted beets and these were pickled. Hubby had a bagel with lox and capers.
The Old Town's buildings are all Victorian in style, which reminded me of Ferndale CA. The Farmer's Market was so huge and crowded that it made it hard to see all of the buildings.
Again, here are the plate size Hibiscus. A neighbor told me she has a tropical Hibiscus, but I thought they were all tropical-at least it is the state flower of Hawaii. Loved the colors.

There were so many dogs with their owners and I have to say they were all well behaved.  Then out of the blue we saw this cute lady.   The owners said they take her to the Farmer's Market every Sunday.  It took awhile to get her to look at me so I could get this picture.  Figured the grands would like it.
Today hubby and I will be meeting the family at a park for viewing the eclipse-with authorized glasses and then have lunch.
I hope you are able to view it.  Have a great day!
Hugs,
Noreen

Friday, August 18, 2017

Blue Buffalo Earth's Essentials Apple Orchard Clusters

As a #Chewy Influencer each month I am able to pick a treat or food for Hunter to try. We love this program and are so thankful for Natalie and the entire staff at chewy for their customer service and products. They are always there to lend support or answer questions. Prices are so good and they arrive right at our front door. This was this months treat.
It is similar to granola and can be given for a special treat or sprinkled on food.  Hunter loves yogurt, so I thought what a great treat.
Here is the description:
"Now you can reward you pup generously and feel good about doing it with Blue Buffalo Earth's Essentials Apple Orchard Clusters Blueberry Crunch Recipe Dog Treats. Starting with orchard-grown apples and complemented with flaxseed and yogurt, these tasty treats offer a satisfying crunch your best friend will love sinking his teeth into, and you’ll love feeding them. Delicious, sun-ripened blueberries, which are high in essential nutrients and antioxidants, round out these delectable treats. With just five simple ingredients, Apple Orchard Cluster treats are the healthy, wholesome way to reward your best friend.

Key Benefits

  • Contains just five simple natural ingredients starting with orchard-grown apples.
  • Includes sun-ripened blueberries that are high in essential nutrients and antioxidants.
  • Nutrient-rich flaxseed is a good source of fiber as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Protein-packed yogurt is rich in calcium to support strong muscles.
  • Your dog will love the tasty, satisfying crunch and you’ll love rewarding him."
Once again Hunter has reminded me of just how picky he is~I would have thought he'd love this, but I forgot he doesn't like blueberries or apples.  I have tried feeding it to him as a treat or sprinkled on his kibble and he just won't take it.  Luckily in a couple of weeks, Copper and Lily will be here and they will gobble it down.  
Disclaimer:  We received this product from Chewy.com.  No review, positive or otherwise, was required.  All opinions are my own.  Thank you Chewy!
You can find this treat and more awesome products here:  http:/chewy.com

Noreen and Hunter

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Happy Thursday to you; what are you thankful for today?  Life is such a gift and I'm so thankful for another day!  Fall is definitely in the air, as I said yesterday.  One disappointment I had was that hubby called me out back and one of my big Dahlia stalks was blown over in the wind and had broken off at the ground level-such a shame.  It had so many blossoms on it ready to burst open.  He tied up the rest and we can only hope that there will be more blossoms on the other stalks. Previously,
I mentioned that I had challenged my mini-group to make something for fall, from a fat quarter I got each lady in So. Dakota.  Here is the runner I made; I love the fabrics and the pattern as well as the machine decorative stitches on it, but being the perfectionist I am I see things I want to work on.  I am so very new to machine quilting and still prefer hand quilting, but this has been so fun and fast.

Yesterday morning when hubby and I took Hunter out for a walk, we saw this Hibiscus plant-the blossoms were huge(plate size) and I love the color-so I had to snap a picture. My parents had Hibiscus plants and they did so well in our yard, but I've never had good luck with them. I do realize that you have to put them in the ground(or that is my experience with them)if you want them to really do well.
Today I'm off to have lunch with two quilting friends and then maybe attend a softball game this evening with both sil's and the two oldest grandsons playing in it.  I love watching the game and cheering all of our family on.
I am thankful today for grace that fills my life; for the love of my hubby and family. I am thankful for my fluff-ball Hunter and being able to walk him, as well as walk nearly every day.  I am thankful for quilting and that hubby accepts my projects that are perfect.  I am thankful for the beauty of flowers and the changing of seasons.  Each day I am getting ready for my favorite season.  I am also thankful that we will be going with our best friends to New England in October.  I am so incredibly thankful that Jim survived a heart attack and is doing so well; Barbara also has had to deal with a major health issue, but it wasn't as bad as it could have been-so thankful that they caught it early.  So thankful for these dear friends, who are family to us and who we can travel with and they don't get too tired of us.
I am thankful for the world of blogging and getting to know new friends.
Blessings on your day!
Noreen

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fall Is In The Air

Happy Wednesday to you!  You've heard me saying that it feels like fall has arrived here in northern Colorado; first it was the Palisades Peaches that were 6-8 early, then it was the Cicadas chirping and now it is my Mums that are in bloom.  Typically, we don't have blossoms until late August or early September-but all of mine are blooming. This yellow beauty is huge and has the most blossoms out; I have two more in this bed and three out in front.  I love Fall and all that it brings-scented candles, Mums, fires in the fire pit or fireplace and of course football.  However, I'm not ready to start thinking about winter being early.  I am also praying that we are able to hit some peak colors when we get to New England in Oct.
I hope you have a fantastic day today!
Joy to you.
Noreen

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Assault by Myers, Peretti, Hunt, Gansky Review

As darkness threatens, four gifted people will give the world its best and maybe only chance to survive.
As Darkness  
  When I read the first in this series ,I was pulled in and had mixed feeling about the stories due to the focus on the Paranormal. I was intrigued by the depth of the characters. I decided to read this second in the series hoping it would not be so much like science fiction.  I can tell you that I couldn't wait to be finished, because it felt more like a monster movie or aliens from outer space.  I don't care for Science Fiction, but love Peretti's other books.  The only thing I can say that is positive about the story is the portrayal of the four characters.  
Having said this, I will say I will not read any future books in this series.  If you like aliens and science fiction, you'll love the book.  There haven't ever been many books I dislike as much as I did this one.  

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of the book from the Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing.  No review, positive or otherwise, was required; all opinions are my own.

Noreen