Monday, November 20, 2017

The Mountains Were Calling

Happy Monday to you!   I hope you had a great weekend.  We had a full day Saturday that started when I took three neighbors to a craft fair in her home-a beautiful 100 year old farmhouse that they renovated from the floor up.  I loved seeing her antiques and she had about 8 other gals-sisters and friends who had hand made items to sell.  Susie, the owner and previous owner of our house, is a quilter and so you can imagine there were lots of goodies for me to look at.  Her sewing room was so perfect, big and bright! One gal was selling pottery, another cards, some wood art(I almost bought a sign that said "The Mountains are calling and I must go"which is one of my sayings) and even some decorative Reindeer and a Snow Man made out of horseshoes.  It was so fun!  When I got home, hubby and I made a drive up to Estes Park to look for some Christmas presents and walk Main Street.  WE didn't see any Elk, which is unusual for this time of year and the tourist numbers weren't too bad either.  WE thought it would be jam packed but it wasn't.  Although we didn't find the gifts we were wanting, I got a few items.  Don't the Rockies look incredible.  It was a picture perfect day!
Yesterday was pretty low key~going to both daughters home's to say hi and talk about the holidays.
Today, I'm going to a gal's who is in my mini-group, so we can plan in detail the games we will play for our Christmas luncheon.  After that, I hope to hit the gym and then run by Macy's to look for some new jeans.  I live in jeans and with working out(aka trimming down), I need a smaller size.  I hit Kohl's and Old Navy yesterday, but didn't find any that would work.  O.k. so at Old Navy they only have 4 dressing rooms and there was a line; I just wasn't in the mood to wait.
It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is here already; I'll start taking down my Harvest Decor and putting up Christmas things-though I won't officially start until later this week.  On Thursday night, after our big dinner, we will have about 4-5 grands for a sleepover so the parents can go shopping.
I hope you have a fantastic day!
Joy to you.
Noreen

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Butterflies Part 2

Happy Thursday to you! I am so thankful for the beautiful creation and world in which we live, including Butterflies. Here are the last of the ones hubby and the family saw last week.






I will be off walking this morning and then grands will be coming over for a short time.  I am so thankful that we live in close proximity to them!  I simply can't imagine how hard it would be if we were states apart.  Not that it couldn't happen and may eventually happen, but for now I'm so content.
I hope you have a great day and find many things that you are thankful for.
With gratitude for you!
Noreen

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Beauty of Butterflies

We are off to the gym and then running errands. I think everyone loves Butterflies and these are gorgeous. Hope you enjoy.








Have a great day!
Hugs,
Noreen

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Little Buggy

Happy Tuesday to you! Last Friday hubby joined our daughters and their kiddos and went down to the Butterfly Pavilion in Denver. They had such a great time and hubby was nice enough to take lots of photos for my blog-isn't he the best! First off, they went to the insect/bug area and most of the kiddos held "Rosie" the Tarantula; they call all of the spiders Rosie. Looking at the photos, you can really tell those that aren't afraid of spiders.




I know there are some budding photographers in our family who could have spent the entire day there, but there were several bus loads of school kids so they took advantage of lunchtime to see everything.
Yesterday I hit the gym, hard, first thing and then got three large Priority Mail boxes off to the quilt guild in Santa Rosa.  You would not believe how much the gals in my mini group donated-over 163 Fat Quarters, 52 12.5" squares, 8 bundles of 1-3 yards, 12 bundles of 1/2-1 yard fabric.  I know that it will help the guild make lots of Fire Survivor Quilts.  I'm so glad to have been able to do this little bit for my old home town.
Today I'm having coffee with my neighbor gals/walking partners/dear friends and not sure what this afternoon will hold.  Our weather is wonderful-sunny but a bit brisk.  It is hard to believe that in little over a week we will have Thanksgiving.  Then onto Christmas.
Enjoy each day, they fly by to quickly!
Hugs,
Noreen

Monday, November 13, 2017

Land of the Free because of the Brave


Officially Veteran's Day was Saturday but the legal holiday is Monday.  So very grateful for all those, past and present, who have served in the Armed Forces protecting our country and have sacrificed so much giving us the freedoms we enjoy.
Hug a Veteran today!
Noreen

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Fun

I love Friday's and today was no different.  While hubby joined our daughters and their kiddos going to the Butterfly Pavilion in Denver, I was busy at my mini group Nextdoor Quilters.  It was our monthly meeting; it's hard to believe that we have been gathering now for two years.  Last year I took a fancy dessert to celebrate(though I couldn't eat any due to gluten)and this  year I took a flower arrangement for the gal who started our group.  She is a love~who encourages, mentors, challenges, teaches and keeps us organized as well as always taking the notes of our meetings.  A friend asked if we just sit and stitch-nope, we all bring projects we finished the last month or so and the hostess feeds us as well as teaches us something new.  Love this group of gals; we've grown to 14 strong.  Different  personalities, styles and techniques-but we all love quilting.  Some of us have lots of our plates-such as blogging, reviewing books & dog treats, exercising and aren't as prolific as those who don't do anything other than quilt.  That's o.k. and it's what makes us all enjoy each other.
Last month I asked each gal to bring two or three fat quarters so I could send them to Santa Rosa for the Guild making Fire Survivors Quilts.  Prepare to be wowed-our gals brought in 163 Fat Quarters, 52 12.5" squares, 8 large pieces of fabric 1-3 yards, 15 1/2-1 yard piece of fabric.  Hubby and I tightly packed three priority mail boxes to be shipped tomorrow.  Due to the weight of the boxes, this was the best way to ship.
Tomorrow hubby and I will start out the day at the gym and then head to the mail store.  Not sure what else will happen afterwards, except I might start getting the games ready for our groups Christmas lunch.  I'm sharing the job with a dear friend and we will get together in another week and organize everything.  It should be a great luncheon, with games and a gift exchange.
Hard to believe Thanksgiving is just two weeks away and then Christmas.
Hope you have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Noreen

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Dr. Tim's Natural Turkey Chips

As a #ChewyInfluencer, we get to choose a product each month for Hunter~it is a win-win situation. This month, in lieu of Thanksgiving, we choose Dr. Tim's Natural Turkey freeze dried treats. The service from Chewy is always immediate-we usually get the box within two days. Way to go Chewy! Hunter knows when the Fed-Ex guy comes to the door, the delivery is for him.
Here is the description of the treats: "100% real, USDA-inspected turkey hearts that are simply freeze-dried and nothing else, straight from Wisconsin. In addition to being rich in protein, turkey is also rich in other nutrients, including all B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12), folate, biotin, and choline. 

Key Benefits

  • 100% all real, USDA inspected turkey hearts
  • Rich in protein and all B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12), folate, biotin, and choline
  • Great for treating, training reward or addition to the main meal
  • All the nutrition and flavor of raw meat without the mess!
  • Made in Wisconsin, USA        
As you can see, each treat is a very good size, larger than a quarter.
Hunter dancing nicely for a taste.
He loves them, we give these treats 4 paws and 10 stars.  I break them up to put on his kibble in the morning.    WE love Miss Natalie and the entire staff at Chewy.
You can go visit them here:  Chewy.com

Hunter would like more than one a day, but that is it.  You can feed them as they are or soak them in water and soften them.
CHEWY-In case you had any doubts, we are crazy about you.
Noreen and Hunter