Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Finished UFO's

Happy Tuesday to you! For those of you who aren't familiar with quilt terms, UFO refers to an unfinished object. This last weekend I finished my lap quilt from my monthly Fig Leaf club, that I've mentioned. I am very happy with how it turned out and washed it-it is so puffy and soft. You can see the quilt design-in the corners I have Dahlia's and then smaller designs in other areas.

This table runner I made a month or so ago; I actually machine quilted it and I'm trying to continue to attempt this on a more regular basis. I love it for spring!

I'm hand quilting the baby quilt that I was challenged to make; hoping that gets done this week. I asked our retired Chief of Police if they needed quilts for their police cars-in case of rescue, accident, etc.  but he said a group makes really small ones and then puts a stuffed animal or toy with it. I think I'll donate it to our Pregnancy counseling group or keep it as a gift.
I hope you have a great day and find some time to do something that you enjoy!
Blessings,
Noreen

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Final Act of Love

Hello friends, Early this morning I will join 8 gals from our quilt group and hit the road on a mini-shophop. I'm excited and this is the second trip we've done together. Headed in the opposite direction to some new stores and lots of opportunities to buy more fabric for our stash.
 I wanted to share a story of our dear friends in Carmel Valley~Aletha and I have been friends for 51 yrs, get that! We've grown through our teens, marriage, having babies to now having empty nests. Aletha and I have always been dog lovers and watched as each family have gone through the different stages of life with dogs. There is a saying I heard about loving dogs, "You show a dog the greatest love on the day you adopt them and on the day you let them go".  It is so gut-wrenching to make that decision for a companion that has spent many, many years with your family. Yesterday, Aletha and Dave had to set Tucker free, to run over the Rainbow Bridge and run free. Here is a picture of Aletha and Dave's dogs-Tucker, a Jack Russell Terrier is on the left and their cute dog Ruby(who they've entered in Ugly Dog Competitions), a mix is on the right. It seems Tucker has been with them forever, although it has only been 16.5 yrs. In this photo, he really reminds me of Reggie, my sister's dog that we adopted after she passed away.
Aletha with Tucker at his favorite spot overlooking the beach. This was his final time at the spot, one filled with lots of tears.

Here is Dave with Ruby; she is the sweetest dog I've ever met, other than Hunter. They almost named her Yoda due to her ears. Seriously, Aletha will say that she is so ugly that she is cute. It is true, but her personality more than makes up for her appearance.

The memories of Tucker will eventually bring smiles, but for now it's just sadness. When we had our Sadie, the two would play and chase each other. Tucker was such a fun loving dog, filled with endless energy and brought their family so much laughter and love. I will be honest and say that I've shed some tears for our friends as they walked through this process with Tucker.  Aletha and I have a saying, in fact we have a sign that reads "Life Without Dogs, I don't think so."
So today, I say Run Free Tucker!

Hope you give any pets an extra squeeze today.  I sure have given Hunter tons over the last two days.
Hugs,
Noreen

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Rain

On a cold and rainy Friday, what is one to do but have a relaxed morning and then join hubby to meet two friends for lunch.  Hubby has one dish he loves, a chimichunga, so he always orders it.
 Typically, I order a shrimp taco salad without the tortilla, but today decided to try their house salad with steak.  It was good, but not as good as my regular salad.
We left in the midst of a downpour and ran a few errands; hubby is now downstairs watching Passenger while I'm upstairs sewing on a binding. We desperately need the rain, but next week shows 4 days of it. Our spring is typically very wet and as long as there is no flooding, I'm o.k. We also get rain during the summer months-usually in the afternoon or evening.  That means that during the summer, when our old town  in no. Ca. is brown and dry, we will have green grass and abundant plants.  I do hope we get some warm weather though.  Our weekend is pretty quiet and on Monday I'm joining 8 friends and going on a mini-shophop.  For those non-quilters, this simply means that we are picking out 6-8 quilt stores in different towns and going to them.  We will also go to the Quilt Museum in Golden, someplace I've never been before and that I'm excited about; we have a ball when we are together!
I hope you have a glorious weekend!
Blessings~
Noreen

Thursday, April 20, 2017

It's Thankful Thursday again and it seems like quite awhile since I've done this meme.  I'm thankful  for this life, for each new day that I wake up.  In a world where many are being persecuted or killed for their beliefs, I am thankful that I live in a free country where I can choose to worship in public and hold gatherings centered around fundamental Christian beliefs and not be punished.
I am thankful for an incredibly, loving family, especially my rock-my beloved hubby for almost 39 years. Hard to believe we've been together for 42, known each other for 50 years.  I am so thankful for two incredible daughters, two remarkable son-in-laws that are more like sons than sil's.  Of course, life wouldn't be nearly as fun without our 11 grandchildren. Each one blesses us so much.
Speaking of blessings, yesterday's brunch was so good~I made a Crustless Spinach, Mushroom, Bacon quiche. Let me tell you it was so good.  One of the gals who came brought a fruit salad and I had gluten free apple-cinnomon muffins and some sweet bread-can't tell you what it was, because I couldn't taste it(gluten).  I am beyond thankful for God's grace and mercy on me, His hand covering me and leading me each day.
I am also thankful for the white bundle of fluff Hunter, who is a incredible companion and unconditional love.
Today I have 6 grands coming over for a couple of hours; it's our weekly time together with four and then two are coming from Carrie's family to have play time with their cousins/aka best friends.
I hope you have a great Thursday and remember to give thanks for all the blessings in your life.
Joy to you!
Noreen

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter Sing

Happy Tuesday! On Easter Sunday night our daughters church was putting on a special presentation with the children. All but 2 of our 11 participated and we were thrilled to attend. The older children were in two different skits or mini-plays and it was so good to see them acting; our younger grands joined in singing. The little girls in the front right, bottom row were so adorable. Our three grands are top right; the girl in the middle with blue dress is from one family and flanked by two sisters from the other family. They did such a great job. WE didn't get any pics of the kids made up for the skit though.

I had Fig Leaf club this morning and then took a good friend out to lunch for her birthday. This afternoon I've been baking~tomorrow I'm having three neighbors, who I did the study with, over for brunch. It will be a nice way to end our weekly time together. Hope you have a great day and that your week has started off on the right foot.
Noreen

Monday, April 17, 2017

Another Year Older

Happy Monday to you! I hope you had a wonderful weekend~we sure did. Aside from it being Easter weekend, our weather was incredible and we had a fun family gathering yesterday for Easter. Last week we celebrated our two granddaughters, whose birthday are just 5 days apart. It helps that they are in the same family. Here is Miss S, growing in leaps and bounds. So thoughtful and kind with a sensitive spirit as well.
The party theme was Parisian and instead of a cake, they had french cookies.  Little sis couldn't resist photo bombing them.
Here is our Peanut; many may remember the health issues she had when she was young-well she's grown up so much.  Intelligent, artistic and fun; in fact, last week she was featured on a book blog and wrote 5 book reviews.
Hubby and I are cleaning our wood floors today and later I've got a lunch date and this afternoon will take another granddaughter for ice cream.
I hope you have a great Monday.
Joy to you.
Noreen

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Blessings

From our heart and home to  yours, may you experience the Risen Lord Jesus in Glory and Love.
Happy Easter~
Noreen