Saturday, September 24, 2022

Welcome Fall and Family

Hello and Happy Fall y'all.
 Our entire world has changed over the last three years; one of the hardest changes of all was not to be able to see family on a regular basis, due to Covid and health/age restrictions. My only sibling left, aka older brother and his incredible wife(aka sister of my heart) came out this last week for a visit. They spent two days getting used to our elevation and relaxing, before heading to our home. It was a jam packed two days that they were with us; two dinners with our entire clan of 17 and just catching up with them. Life moves fast when you haven't been together, so the gabbing was not stop. On Thursday, we had a easy dinner here at our home. My sil took this photo of my brother and myself. When you are not used to being around 17 people, 11 of whom are our grandchildren, it takes the energy out of you. We even got to the coffee house on Friday to see two of our granddaughters working. Hubby and I toured them around our town, to show them how much it has grown. Friday night we had a wonderful dinner at our youngest daughter's house which included steak bbq'd by our grandson, salads, roasted vegetables, breads, potatoes as well as dessert. Three of our grands were celebrating their birthdays this week, so we all sang to them and enjoy a special desserts for them. Sadly today they bid us goodbye for now to head back to Ca. We are all looking forward to seeing them on a more regular basis.

 I'm really hoping that I find a regular time to blog again; I've really missed you friends. I do have to ask though, when I go to leave comments now on your blogs, it puts me in anonymously and won't put in my blog name~I have no idea as to what has changed and how to get it back to sign my in correctly.

Hugs and joy to you today.
Noreen, Hunter and Emmy

Monday, September 19, 2022

 Hello friends,  You probably have wondered where I've been and what I've been up too; obviously my blog seems to have fallen to the bottom of the list of my priorities.  I wish I could say it will change, but who knows.  I miss you all!

Our summer has been so busy; we have had some great camping trips and the most exciting one was two weeks in Montana.  We've never been gone with the trailer that long and it worked out so well. Even the dogs did better than we expected.  We've had other local, three day trips that make my heart sing; of course we have decided that there is a certain couple that we just don't enjoy that much.  Our good friends of 40 years always make camping so much fun and we are so grateful that they live here now.  Last week hubby and I got away for two days, by ourselves with the dogs and it was fun. We find it much more low key when we are alone~we play games and watch movies if the weather doesn't permit us to be outside.

Here are just a few photos from last week~even though it was nice outside we had our coffee around a campfire.

We only took one kayak, as someone-namely me, thought the water might be too cold.

Hunter with hubby.
After many walks and runs on the beach, Emmy crashed.  
That's about it for now; we have family coming in for a short visit this week and there is so much left to do in preparation.  We haven't seen my brother and sister of my heart since pre-Covid and we simply can't wait.  There will be two larger family dinners with all 17 of us.  
May your day be blessed.

Noreen, Hunter and Emmy

Monday, September 12, 2022

It's Fall already

 Hello,  Yes, it would seem that my blog has been neglected and left alone.  Here it is almost fall, at least the weather is saying it is and it was spring the last time I posted. So sorry-but you can find me on instagram or FB.


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

It is Spring

Hello friends,  It is so hard to know that months have passed without me giving thought to my blog....I simply have no reason why, except an energetic puppy, who at 8 mos. still keeps me busy. It is also hard to believe that my fellow bloggers are still checking in to see if I've written anything.  I would love to say I'll be back regularly, but I'm just not sure.  If you are reading this, feel free to drop me a line and let me know.  I will do my best to come visit you.



Thursday, November 25, 2021

From Our Home To Yours Happy Thanksgiving!


To all our family and friends, near and far, we wish you a Thanksgiving filled with love, joy and contentment.
With love,
Noreen,  John, Hunter and Emmy

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Our New Addition Emmy

Hello Friends, Lest you think I've flown away never to return, I figured I'd better fill you in on what's been happening with us. In October hubby and I joined our dear friends Steve and Shelley Collins and went up to Custer City, South Dakota for three nights of camping. We have so fallen in love with this state and the Black Hills and love getting up there each year. We are already talking about next year's trip. It seems the rest of October flew by. Hubby and I have always had two dogs and clearly see the benefits of it. It had always been on my mind to get another dog to keep Hunter company, but it never seemed to develop. We happened to watch our friends Havanese for a little over a week and Hunter was so happy; I started looking into that breed, but clearly felt that was not the right direction for us. As many of you know, our daughter's family has a Standard Poodle that they bred and I love poodles, especially the larger ones. Both daughters have a Standard and I quickly came to realize that this size was just too much dog for us. I happened across the breeders website that one came from and they had a good selection of Moyen size puppies available. One thing led to another and within one week we were heading to Idaho to pick up our new puppy. Please meet Emmy. Moyen size poodles are between a miniature and a standard size. Emmy should get to 17" tall and 20 lbs., just a little bigger than Hunter. It was a long drive to get here-drove there on Monday, met her and the breeder and went back Tuesday morning to pick her up and head home. Emmy is 4 mos old and such a gem. As a puppy, Hunter was quiet and very shy and Emmy is the same. We've had her for two weeks and she is settling in well; she is still shy and gets scared at new noises, but sleeps all night in her crate and has even been going on walks with us. I'm starting to teach her some basics and she loves snuggling. 
Day Two at our daughter's house, meeting the other dogs in the family.

Don't Hunter and Emmy look cute together.
Exploring the yard and finding leaves to play with.
She loves sitting on the hearth.
One funny trait she has is laying down to eat her kibble. I'm about ready to upgrade her bowl.

 Of course we had to puppy proof the entire house and have crates in different areas.  She makes me laugh and keeps me going with taking her outside to go to the bathroom.

I hope you are all well and enjoying each day! Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Noreen, Hunter and Emmy

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Homespun Devotions-A Treasure


Good morning friends, I hope you are all well and enjoying the changing of the seasons! One of the many blessings of the blogging world is that you get to know some incredible people. Over the years you feel like they are family and even though you haven't met, there is a kindship you share. I've followed Cheryl Smith for years, can't tell you how many exactly. I feel like I've known her for decades.  Cheryl is a remarkable woman of faith, wife, mother, friend.  Her outlook on life is one of quietness and strength.
When she first posted about her new book, I was immediately drawn to it, due to the quilt and the guitar.  Her writings draw you into a quieter time without the distractions of our world today. I have imagined sitting with Cheryl sipping tea or coffee and just sharing heart to heart. Her devotions are like that; they are stories of everyday life, blessings and trails and how Jesus met her in each place.  Let there be no mistake though, Cheryl is a fierce prayer warrior and tiger when necessary.  She has written another book called Biblical Minimalism: Following Jesus from a Life of Abundance to a More Abundant Life.
This dear friend has such an encouraging way about her and it shows on the pages of her devotional book. The chapters are short and cause you to stop and think about the lessons learned.  I can pick up this book whenever I feel the need to draw closer to the Lord; she inspires me to dig deeper in the Word and spend time alone with Him.  This is available on Amazon and you won't be disappointed!  
Blessings to you!