Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Happy Day

Hello,  You know I've whined about hubby's laptop(which he calls ours)being in the shop for repairs, but I'm so thrilled to know he is on his way home with it-hopefully better than it was.  Today has been a cold, rainy, snowy day and I've been working on putting borders on my Sunflower Quilt for our sew day on Friday-I'm hoping to get it machine quilted during that time.  However, since I couldn't post pics of my favorite puppies I haven't sat down to touch base.   Hope your day has been excellent!
Hugs and giggles,
Noreen

Monday, April 23, 2018

Happy Monday to you.  How was your weekend, did you do anything fun or exciting?  We have gotten back to our normal routines and it feels good.  Starting back at the gym last week was hard, I felt like I had lost so much in just two weeks.  Today I worked out hard, increased my weights back closer to what I was at before I left and did 2.5 miles on the bike(I'm sure I'll feel it tonight).  I have to say that I have gotten so used to hubby's Mac, that trying to get photos from emails on my old laptop to post here is impossible.  Ugh.  On to fun news: the puppies are growing so much and will be two weeks old this Wednesday.  We are anticipating their eyes opening and a lot of motor skill developing this week.  Four pups are already claimed, one by a good friend of mine which means I'll be able to see her often.  One is sold to a nurse and she will be training her to be a Therapy dog for Children's Hospital.  She has one dog she uses currently and a very old Standard.  I'm excited the puppies are selling so quickly, but it is hard too.  Our granddaughters are sad every time someone comes to pick one.  This weeks weather is going to be spring like except for tomorrow.  I'm so ready to have the warmth stay.  Yesterday my walking partners and I did an extra mile plus, bringing our total up to 4.25+ miles. 
I've got a couple of errands to run today and then will be sewing. 
Hope you have a productive Monday.
Hugs,
Noreen

Friday, April 20, 2018

Happy Friday to you! Today has been busy as usual~a Quilt Shop Hop at our local event center that showcases many of the stores locally with patterns and fabric as well as a contest. My girlfriend picked me up and we so enjoyed the time browsing together. Yesterday while on a walk I saw these flowers and they just scream Spring to me.
I love Daffodils and Tulips; we have lots of Tulips in our front yard.  Usually there is at least one more snow that covers them.  I'm so ready for warmer weather.
Joy to you!
Noreen

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Dog Pile

Happy Thursday to you! Yesterday afternoon hubby graciously took me over to get my puppy fix; Hunter benefited because he got to play with Lily. Copper is now getting up and taking a break outside, as time goes on I know she'll be doing that a lot. The puppies were one week old yesterday and have changed so much in that short time. I held each one, but there were a couple that really wanted to snuggle. Hunter actually got to smell one and see it up close; I know when the are big enough to play outside, he will be having fun with them.
I love how this little guy is snuggled between Copper's hind legs; the rest of the puppies were nursing.
After their meal.  Look at how the mint green boy is basically on top of one of the Parti puppies.
I guess this is where the phrase Dog Pile came from.


It is hard to leave; our grands are doing such a great job sitting with Copper 24x7.  That will change when their eyes open and they start to walk.  One granddaughter, Miss F, has the shift from 4:00 am-6:00 am and does her math during that time.  Carrie even takes a shift-from 2:00 am-4:00 am.  Some breeders don't stay with the mom and puppies the first two weeks, but this way they make sure Copper doesn't roll over on a puppy.  I noticed their hair was coming in wavy and can't wait to see the curls develop. If I remember correctly, Coppers fur was wavy when they got her and didn't come in curly til she was older.  Love these puppies; it's going to be hard to see them all leave.  It has been such a good experience for all the kiddos, especially Mr. B who wants to go into Veterinary medicine.
Hope you have a great day.  Don't forgot to say a prayer or many for the people in Kauai who've lost so much.  Seal Pal Val says that the storm last weekend stalled is weather forecasters were saying it could like dump as much rain on them again.
Hugs and blessings.
Noreen

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A New Restaurant Find

Happy Wednesday to you.  Yesterday, as I mentioned, we took hubby's laptop in to the Apple store~it seemed it had died.  Still no word on whether they can fix it.  I will tell you that the wind was so bad going down, according to the news last night, at least 50 mph.  It was crazy.  We saw about 4-5 Semis on their sides, one of which was American Furniture Warehouse and the trailer was in half.  Simply crazy.  At one point the dust was so think that it reminded me of the sand storms in AZ.  It seems that Apple is going to try two parts to see if that will fix the problem and then if not, they'll send it to see if replacing the main board will help.  That term in probably dating me, but I mean the guts of the computer.
After leaving there, I didn't want to face rush hour traffic and decided we needed to have dinner first; we headed to Lafayette and went to The Post Brewery.  I was shocked and pleasantly surprised by the fact that they had gluten free fried chicken and most of the sides were also gluten free.  I haven't had a good fried chicken in over 9 years when I went gluten free.  We also had Cole Slaw and Mashed Potatoes with Gluten Free Gravy.  I typically just have salads when we go out to dinner and lived on wonderful salads in Kauai. 
Here is a description of the quality of chicken from their website:
"These birds are better than the rest. We took the time to do our homework, and use the best equipment around. It keeps our fried bird juicy while guaranteeing a crispy crust. A humanely raised, all-natural bird that has been brined for hours, taken a few laps in buttermilk and then dredged in seasoned gluten free flour. After that, it’s cooked to perfection. Fried chicken that is rested for a few minutes to let the flavors meld. Then seasoned again with our spicy goodness shaker. After all that love, care and attention to detail, our bird is simply mouth wateringly delicious.
Featured by Guy Fieri on Food Network’s Diners Drive-Ins & Dives, our bird is better than the rest—humanely raised, all natural chickens are brined for hours, dipped in buttermilk, seasoned with gluten-free flour, and then fried to crispy golden perfection, just like your mammy used to make".

Since our old town is the home town of Guy Fieri, we put a lot of faith in his reviews; we didn't know the restaurant was featured on Diners, Drive ins and Dives.  We split the 1/2 chicken and the two sides and it was more than enough.  While I won't indulge in this type of meal on a regular basis, other than the cole slaw, it's so refreshing to know I can eat a meal from my childhood and not have adverse reactions.
Today, I'm off to the gym and then planning on sewing.  I'm thankful that I didn't have to go to the courthouse and wait to see if I was called for jury duty.  It is a civic duty I don't mind filling, but just as happy not to have to battle the traffic to get up to our county justice center.  This afternoon I'm going to get to hold some puppies, so I'll take our camera and get some pictures.
I hope you have a joy filled day.
Noreen


 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Good Morning to you! It is bright and sunny out today, but high winds are back in the forecast. I've got to run to Sprouts and then will come home and begin more gardening. I wanted to share another birthday party with you-our ,Miss M aka Peanut, turned 11 on Saturday. I would like to share just how much she has grown and matured and what a blessing it is to watch her~you may remember she had so many health issues as a baby and young girl. I can proudly say most of those issues are long gone and she has made up for those that still linger. She is an avid reader, which simply amazes me because I wasn't when I was her age. She plays her violin and although at times it is a hard instrument to learn, she is disciplined with it. One of the gifts her parents gave her for her birthday was getting her ears pierced; something that the girls need to wait for(in order to make sure they'll take care of their earrings). Her is her mom-our girl Kim watching her open presents. 
Peanut didn't know she was getting her ears pierced, but we did and got some Turtle earrings in Kauai for her.  Two years ago we got her a Turtle necklace, so felt like we really needed to get her matching earrings.
A good majority of her presents were books and she was thrilled.
Her she is with her youngest sister Miss A, cousin Miss A, cousin Miss E and Little Man is to Miss E's right.
While we were away, Peanut came over and dusted for us; she's earning money for a very special present for a loved one.  Her big sister Miss S came over and fed/watered my orchids. I love having our grands do things for us and then being able to bless them.  They never expect to be paid, but are always so very grateful for it.
I hope you have a great day; this afternoon hubby and I will take his laptop down to the Apple store to meet a tech and see if it can be fixed-I hope so! I'm lost without it.
Hugs,
Noreen

Monday, April 16, 2018

They've Arrived

Hello my friend,Hubby and I are back at home and I'm here to say that I'm so happy. Last Wednesday, our daughter's family dog Copper gave birth to 7 beautiful puppies. Be still my heart.
Two females, five males; three red and four white with red Parti arrived without complications. Our grandson, Carrie and the girls all helped.  This was taken on Wednesday or Thursday.
These two sweeties are adorable; who am I kidding-they are all adorable.  They all love to snuggle up together.  I think this was taken Thursday or Friday.
This photo was taken yesterday; Copper and puppies are all doing well. The puppies are growing and gaining weight.  Copper has someone near her and the puppies at all times, until they hit the two week mark.  The Parti Poodles are going to be gorgeous, even more beautiful than Copper.  They will be white with red spots.
The puppies are getting held constantly to insure that they make great family dogs and are tolerant of children.
Hubby's laptop died while we were in Kauai and I'm using my old one.  It's hard to adjust after having an Apple laptop.  We did get a new Ipod though, while I can post on it, I can't(or haven't figured out how to)get photos here. 
Still settling in here, trying to catch up on everything.

One thing I feel I must  share and that is that Kauai had 28" of rain in the last 24 hours, according to news sources.  My friend Val, seal pal Val posted on FB that there is major flooding and they've lost one car and unsure about the other.  Please keep Kauai in prayer; there was minor flooding when we were there.  So scary, but I'm thankful to be home!
Blessings on your day!
Noreen