Friday, February 16, 2018

I'm Thankful For...

Happy Friday to you all. It is a gorgeous day here in northern Colorado, a bit brisk but sunny and clear. Somehow yesterday just flew by as I was working on a new quilt square and never sat down here. This morning hubby and I went to the gym and worked out, ran a couple of errands and then a neighbor and I went out to lunch. She and her hubby are moving in April to Florida, so we needed to catch up and see how things are going with their move. So today as I count my many, many blessings I count grace that saved me as #1, hubby at the top, my family, pets and friends next.  Health is a big one...being able to go to the gym and work out whenever I want. As it is, I try my best to make it three times a week and occasionally four. I am thankful for being able to utilize weight machines and a bike, as well as walk when I can. With spring around the corner, I'm hoping my close friends on the block and myself will begin walking daily. I am so thankful that last summer I got my new sewing machine and it has made machine appliqué darn right fun! I had never gotten into it before because both of my other machines lacked a blanket stitch. Now that I've found out how easy it is, watch out. Another thing I am thankful for is that our daughter's family dog Copper, better known as Moose in our house, is going to be having puppies in April.  Here she is back a year ago...she is a beauty~a Red Parti Standard Poodle and has such an incredible temperament!  She is gentle with kids and family dogs alike, smart and so willing to please.  In fact, I've never had a family dog that wanted so much to please you.
Here she was as a puppy-probably 6 months old.
The stud is a Red Standard as well, bigger than Copper who is only about 40 lbs and has a similar temperament.  It will be such a fun experience for the family to have the pups and raise them until they find their forever home.  If Copper was a bit smaller, we would probably get one, but as we get older I just get concerned about handling a bigger dog.  Before we got Hunter, I seriously talked with a breeder about a miniature Poodle; in fact, I would take a medium size Poodle as well-which run about 25-30 lbs.  So we are very thankful that they have this opportunity and that Mr. B will begin his  life skills that will hopefully lead him into being a Vet Tech or eventually Vet School.
I'm heading back downstairs now to continue on with another block for my wall hanging-it will be quintessential me.  You will just have to wait and see it when it's done.
Hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Hugs,
Noreen

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

From my heart and home to you and yours, Happy Valentine's Day. This is the second year in a row that I've hosted our girls lunch and craft. It was fun planning what craft we'd do. The girls all drew names of their cousins to make lunch for and it was such a treat to see what they made. There were yogurt parfaits, sandwiches, cheese and meat with crackers. Kim brought a lovely salad and rolls for Carrie, herself and me; I supplied hot apple cider and blueberry tea in English Tea Cups. Each lunch that the girl made included a dessert and I supplied some Hail Mary Coconut mini cakes(in case you haven't heard of these, they are gluten and dairy free and so good).  Here is the table setting; aren't our granddaughters cute!
They made beaded hearts, either on pipe cleaners or jewelry wire.  A variety of sized hearts were made~the original idea was to hang them from a window, but some made bracelets or headbands. I love seeing how creative each girl is.

All the decorations; I love having days like this.
I'm off now to a friend's home so she can help me with an issue on my latest quilt.  Hubby and I will go out for Chinese food tonight.
I hope you had a day filled with love.
Blessings,
Noreen

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Finally Finished

Happy Tuesday to you all. A year and a half ago, hubby and I spent a week in Redmond Oregon with our best friends and traveling companions. Barbara and I had so wanted to attend the Sister's Quilt Show and take some classes; we had a ball! One of the classes we took was with Rob Appell-aka Man Sewing associated with Missouri Star Quilt Company. It was a fun class and he is a hoot. I came home and finished the top, but it sat until last summer when I began quilting it by hand. While it has taken me that long to quilt it, it was such a fun finish. Hubby decided I had put too much quilting on it, but it was a once in a lifetime class, so why not?!  I renamed it Ocean Blue, because it reminds me so much of Kauai.
The back is a batik and fits perfectly with the name.



There were three quilt patterns I used and I feel like one more project is off of my shoulders.  The only thing I didn't realize until taking the photos was that my border had rippling, which really disappointed me(but in reality it won't matter when someone is snuggled under it).  I have learned since then to measure your borders carefully before attaching-so hope I don't make that mistake again.  Hubby and I loved the colors and it will always remind me of being with loved ones.
Hope your day is going well.
Joy to you!
Noreen

Monday, February 12, 2018

Special Treats from Miss Natalie at Chewy

It was such a surprise on Friday when Hunter announced the Fed-Ex guy was here; Hunter knows that means something wonderful from Chewy. As a #ChewyInfluencer we get some goodie once a month and it seemed too early for his monthly treat. However, Chewy so values their members in the blogging program and we were hand picked to try these delectable treats. Wow is all I can say, besides a huge thank you to Miss Natalie. You are the best! Hunter loves chicken jerky and I always order his from Chewy. His favorites have been True Chews and he loves all their flavors.
When I opened the bag, I couldn't believe how much is smelled like human grade jerky.  Can you see Hunter's nose in the left hand corner; he knows the smell and is very happy.
Hunter immediately took the chew and quickly ate it.

He loves them!  I like them because they are all Natural, made in the USA, with no fillers, grains, by- products or artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.    They contain only have six natural ingredients in them-a plus now that Hunter has developed allergies.
He rates them four paws and his cousin Lily also rates them four paws; yesterday she was here for the day and always wants some of Hunter's treats.
Thank you Miss Natalie and all the staff at Chewy for surprising us with this new product.

A grateful Noreen and Happy Hunter

Friday, February 9, 2018

Refrigerators

Happy Friday!  It has been in the low 30's today and is so cold and dreary out. Lots of Hoary Frost on the trees as well; we are supposed to get snow tonight and tomorrow, so I'm planning on sewing.  After my mini quilt group today, hubby and I went out and found a refrigerator on sale(beat all the local prices) for President's Day.  It wasn't our first choice-most of those were on back order until May and we need one asap.  This morning when I came out, I heard this humming noise and it was our fridge-oh my.  Thankfully nothing was leaking and the fridge was still working.  Our new one will be here on Monday and we are hoping it lasts for many years.  I did some reading this week and read that most refrigerators only last 6-9 years now.  The one thing I need to think through is that it is so nice and new, I'm not sure I want to put on our white board calendar on it...that might have to be moved to another area.  We'll see.  I love having our calendar right where we can see it; that way I don't forget dates.
We started watching the Olympics last night-mainly figure skating and also Curling.  Can't wait to see the opening ceremonies tonight.  Right now I am so tired that I could take a short nap, due partially to cutting back on caffeine, but don't think I will.
Sending hugs your way.
Noreen

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

If It's Not One Thing...

Good afternoon friends.  I hope your week has gone good and that you are finding some time to enjoy the little things in life.  Well a couple of weeks ago hubby discovered our freezer wasn't cold~so we did all the things that Samsung told us to do, you know unplug it and then plug it in again.  No luck: thankfully we have another side by side in the basement, so all our frozen food got stuffed into it.
Today hubby had a repair come out to take a look and we got bad news-the compressor is gone.  It would take as much to get  a new one as it would to get a new refrigerator.  He also told hubby that he does the most repairs on Samsung-good to know, but very disappointing.  So after lunch, we headed out to see what kind of deals there are out there.  Ugh.  WE did find out some info about GE-they have sold their appliances to a company in China.  So that ruled this brand out.  We have also heard horror stories from our neighbors about their Frigidair French Door freezer not cooling and have have had multiple service calls on it...hum, guess that one is out.  So we've narrowed it down to LG, either side by side or French Door or maybe if we can find a deal a KitchenAid.  Hopefully, tomorrow or on the weekend we will get out and look or wait until Presidents Day sales.  Our compressor is heating up, so we will need to get a new fridge pretty soon-don't want any fires.
So if it's not one thing, it's another; at least we got four years out of this current fridge.  I'm also looking at the smudge proof finish-I get tired of polishing the original stainless steel.
I may or may not be back here tomorrow.
Hugs and blessings.
Noreen

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

THE LOVE OF THE PACK

Happy Tuesday to you all.  I got this pic from my oldest girl~Lily is laying on top of Copper; what makes it so funny is that Copper(hard to see here on the brown blanket) is sound asleep.  You know you've got a well adjust pack when this can happen.  Love these two pups!
Hope you have a great day!
Hugs,
Noreen