Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy Happy Friday dear ones.  I hope you week has been good and that your heart has been filled with thanksgiving.  Yesterday was a good day and I actually got some sewing done; although it took me quite awhile to figure out and correct one of my mistakes.  Today I am heading down to see one of my close friends, who I met through blogging; we will be going to a Christmas Homes Tour and then going out to lunch. I will probably stop at a local store and pick up some special goat milk soap for a special Christmas present; some of our family have sensitive skin and goat milk soap works incredibly well for us.
The next couple of weeks are jam packed but that is alright, I just have to focus on the tasks at hand and remember the real reason for the season.
I hope you've enjoyed November and giving thanks; I have.
I am thankful for this season of life and each new day.
Blessings, Noreen & Hunter

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

More Of My Nest

Happy Wednesday to you! I am enjoying the morning so far; yesterday I was able to accomplish all that I hoped I would-finishing my lesson for my study tomorrow, cutting fabric for craft day today and then starting a little girl's doll dress. As I was sewing the skirt together, I realized I have almost a month to make three in and that should be plenty of time-so why get in a fuss about it. I was never the seamstress when it came to clothes and although I love quilting, I just never got into sewing anything else. I did take a sewing class at the local junior college, with my girls, when they were in high school and got an A in the class but that is the extent of my skills. Today, I am going on my walk shortly and then will meet a dear friend for lunch-her birthday is Friday so I'm taking her out today, even though I'll see her tomorrow at study. After that I have to head to the craft group to work on the ornaments. I did want to share some more of my snowmen collection.
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These two groups, among some others sit above our kitchen cabinets. They always make me smile. No snow in the forecast here, thank you very much. I hope you are finding little things each day to smile about. Life is good! Joy to you.
Noreen & Hunter

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Happy Tuesday friends~Well the weather outside is cold and the sun is still shining, despite the frost.
I finally got our Christmas Cards ordered and I'm hoping they arrive faster than a speeding bullet.  I know I didn't order enough but I was too late for some of the specials and they cost more than I'd like; that is what happens when you take to long to figure out what you're doing.  We saw both families last night and presented the girls with NOEL signs for their decorating; I saw a blogger copy Pottery Barn's sign and decided we needed to make two ourselves.  We also got to see Miss A and wish her a happy birthday; she will have her party on Sat. along with her sister Miss O, who has a birthday in Dec.  Got to love joint parties.
I don't know about you but there seems to be a lot to accomplish in the next several weeks, so I am making a daily list and hoping to avoid stressing myself out.  Having said that I'm got to get lunch and then catch up on my ladies study as well as cut fabric for tomorrow's craft project.  A friend hosts a get together at her house, once a month  and everyone bring something to work on.  That same friend and I try to work on the same project, it is easier to pull together like this. We will be making quilted star ornaments, that I shared about last year but never made.
I hope you have a wonderful, peaceful day!
Big hugs, Noreen & Hunter

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Few Of My Christmas Favorites

Greetings Friends, For those who have been dealing with blogger issues, I'm in the same boat and it is driving me crazy. I'm not willing to pay for extra storage for photos, so have taken to using picaso for my pics; however that means I actually have to figure out,by myself, how to get photos from there to here. I'm getting it-I think, but sure there is an easier way. Why does blogger have to change things up, just when we are getting the hang of it. No grumbling-o.k. maybe just a little. I will say though, since it is still November and I want a thankful heart, I am thankful that we have a computer and a camera that takes nice pictures. I am thankful that I have two eyes that see well and a mind that works most of the time, if I could just remember where I left it...haha. Some of my dear sweet friends have asked me to post my collections, so here are a few pics for you.
My antique treadle machine with one of my collections; the sewing machine was my mom's and the Santa and toys-approximately 20+ yrs old.

This is above our kitchen cabinets; we have more decorations that I will try to get posted tomorrow.
This is a village that started about 23 yrs ago-mostly from my mil but one special shop was from our bff's-Barb and Jim, in Ca.  I love this village and love the fact that my dear hubby tackles this every year for me-he does an incredible job.

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The rest of my day will be quiet-except that I need to do a very special birthday greeting to our granddaughter, Miss A-the youngest child of daughter Carrie. Miss A turns 3 today; it is hard to believe. She is always so happy and giggly; so much fun to be with and if I wasn't having such a hard time with pictures, her's would be front and center-I'll try for tomorrow. Grrrr. I hope you have a wonderful afternoon and that you aren't experiencing the same issues with blogger as I am.
Warm winter hugs to you today.
Noreen and Hunter

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Happy Sunday to you~I am so glad that we are having a lazy day here today.  I am thankful for days that this, when you can just stay in bed and have a slow relaxed morning.  Friday I spent the entire day decorating the house and let me tell you I was one tired pup when I was done. My sweetie did help out a lot but it still felt never-ending.  I do love it when the house is done but what a lot of work. Now I understand how some gals, who have really big homes, hire professional Christmas decorators to come tackle the job for them.  Yesterday, we ran errands and then in the afternoon I just didn't have a lot of energy so ended up at our daughter's house holding the baby so she could decorate; such a sacrifice-ha!
Today, we will be watching the Broncos play Kansas and I do have some craft things to get together for this week. 
I am so thankful for the slower days of winter, although we were supposed to get snow, we didn't.
I am thankful that it has been a bit drier this November than previous years and that pleases hubby.
I am thankful for Christmas carols playing in the background.
I am thankful for the little fur ball curled up at my feet.  Hunter loves to snuggle and I am thankful for that.  Our last dog Reggie was not an affectionate dog, probably a puppy mill dog, and never gave kisses; I do love Hunter's greeting us in the morning.
I am thankful for the wonderful ideas I find, in blogland and Pinterest, for decorating.
I am thankful for the wonderful get togethers over the holidays.
Joy to you~Noreen & Hunter

Saturday, November 24, 2012

From My Library

I received this book from Chosen Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, to review.  I have listened to Jack Hayford for many years on christian radio stations, so was familiar with his teachings and character.  For any person who longs to  see answered prayer in their lives or the lives of their loved ones, this is definitely a book to read.  The topics cover a wide range but include answering God's invitation to partnership, how to apply promises from the word, how to pray for someone you'd rather not pray for.  A concise book of just 12 chapters, Pastor Hayford  shares biblical truths, principles and specifics on how to unleash God's power in the lives of those we love.  I found it easy reading but it caused me to stop and really dig deeper.   For those who love prayer and praying for others, this is a must read.
I was given this book for my honest review; I think it is a book that should be on our bookshelves at home.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Holidays Are Here

HAPPY FRIDAY FRIENDS~Many of you are out fighting the crowds for bargains and I can honestly say that I have no plans to hit the sales today. Last night on the news, we were told that the prices were actually less on most items, back in Sept., then they are today. Having said that, I will state that Best Buy is/was selling a 50" flat screen LCD t.v. for $400. Now that is a really good deal and I did tell hubby that if he wanted to go get in line at midnight for one, it was fine with me. I am happy with the t.v. we have but he would love a bigger screen. He didn't go, but is off playing racquetball this morning; I've got the house to myself, except for Lily and Hunter. I plan on getting the decorations up from the basement and slowly starting the process. Of course I've also got a craft I have to work on, a study to start and a review to do. Meanwhile, here is my boy all set for the season; I took this on Wed. as soon as he got home from the groomers; never know how long he'll stay clean, especially with Lily here. This is not our photo for our Christmas Card but I think he is just the cutest little guy ever.  Who knew I would fall hopelessly in love with him; he brings me such joy.

We had a great day at our daughter's house yesterday; our oldest and her family had to make a last minute trip to California to spend Thanksgiving with her mil.  So our youngest graciously decided it would be easier to have it at her house; lucky me! I offered, but so enjoyed the relaxed afternoon we had and the food was incredible.  Our sil, the one who loves to bake and decorate cakes, prepared the turkey and much of the meal-I think he has another calling in his life.  Chef extraordinaire.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are able to embrace the Christmas season, with all the joy and activities.  I am so thankful for this season of life and  focusing on the true meaning of this Holy Season.  I used to go so crazy buying so many things for our loved ones but now we simply do stockings and a family gift-makes it so nice not to spend so much money and go crazy shopping.
Blessings to you today!
Noreen & Hunter

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Holidays Are Here

Hubby and I have been running around gathering groceries that we forgot and some craft items I need for Christmas presents; it is a beautiful day here in Colorado and I hope it stays this way for another month.  Hunter went to the groomer and I got a cute pic of him, but for some weird reason blogger is telling me that I am out of storage for photos and can upgrade(pay the piper)to a Picasso folder which I don't plan on doing.  It seems I ran into this issues about four years ago and because I don't use Picasso blogger finally solved the problem; I will say that I get frustrated with blogger at times too, just like many of you. 
On a side note, our groomer told me that there is an outbreak of scabies/mange in dogs here in our town and to make sure Hunter didn't play with any dogs we don't know well or go to dog parks.  I have seen dogs with this before and know it is awful, as well as the scabies that humans can get-gives me the creeps just thinking about it.  So no dog parks for my boy!
I won't be on tomorrow to post but will hopefully get by to say Happy Thanksgiving  to you all today; if not consider yourself hugged. 
Blessings, Noreen & Hunter

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

From My Library

I just finished this book and want to tell you that it was such a good read.  It is  historical fiction, set in the 1800's and an accurate portrayal of Pioneer Life.  I have read other books by Kim Vogel Sawyer and love her way with words; she truly is a beautiful writer.  The story is about three friends who leave New York and head for Kansas via Wagon Train; not just any Wagon Train but one that carried black families.  The plot surrounds a young woman named Tarsie who promises her best friend to care for her children and husband as her friend battles cancer.  The characters were rich and developed and the struggle of prejudice is woven throughout the story.  This was a book I didn't want to put down; Kim has become one of my favorite authors.  I look forward to more of Kim's stories!  You won't be disappointed by this book; if you haven't read any of Kim's books, be on the lookout for them-she is a great writer.
I would like to say Thank You to Bethany House Publishers for sending me this book to review.  I received no compensation for it and was asked to review it, whether my feelings were positive or negative. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Smiles

Good Morning Peeps~Hubby forwarded me an email today that had all sorts of wonderful dog and cat graphics but it is too long to put them all here, so I picked out a couple I love, just to share with you. Enjoy!

Hunter definitely agrees with this little guy-I think he'd live on treats if I let him. 
 I totally agree with this but I would add that each home had more than one dog.
We had a great afternoon yesterday; I did some much needed trimming in the yard and then we watched the Broncos play the Chargers....great game and I'm thankful the Broncos won! Hubby is thankful that I actually enjoy watching football with him, such a change from past years-prior to moving to Colorado. I can honestly say watching it on a big screen was what got me hooked, because it is like being there in person. For me, watching any sports in person has always been so much better, but not anymore.  Before you go thinking we have a big screen, we don't, but we have friends who love to share their afternoons watching games with us.  We actually have a nice size screen and it is fun to kick back and watch the games. 
I am thankful that it is Thanksgiving week and we will all be together.  I know that we will probably play games after dinner-maybe Uno, dice or something else.  A great way to start the holiday season. 
I am thankful that Hunter is small enough that I can bathe him whenever I want; in fact yesterday after Lily went home, I put him in the  sink and he looks so much nicer today.  Once he gets groomed on Wednesday we will begin taking Christmas shots of him, in his hat and collar and sitting in the sleigh.  I hope to get some good family shots on Thursday too, so we can get cards ordered.  So many of you are already ahead of us; I'm just thankful that hubby is going along with his silly wife and including Hunter in ours. 
I hope you have a wonderful Monday!
Hugs, Noreen & Hunter

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Greetings friends~Yesterday was a great day; Hunter & I both enjoyed being back in obedience class.  Since starting the classes, Hunter has become much more friendly with the trainer and her daughter which is a wonderful thing to see. In general, he has become friendlier; he takes a minute or two to warm up to people he hasn't seen in awhile, but then he is next to them.  Instead of our hour lesson, we generally get an hour and a half-such a bargain.  There are still only two other dogs with us and although they are bigger, it is a nice group and Hunter seems to be getting over his fear of big dogs.  These two changes really show our boy is maturing.  The trainer and I worked on the car issue-specifically of getting into the car and after she watched me try to coax him in using various means, she deducted that it isn't that he is fearful of getting in the car, but he is concerned that he won't be with me.  So after many tries, when I was in the drivers seat and called him to get it, he jumped right in my lap.  The solution to his being anxious when we went to the airport is to take him on longer rides and reward him with treats while in the car. 
Today, I am thankful for our trainer!  We have a three week break but have lots of work to do between now and the next class.
I am also thankful that some of our dear friends from Ca., who are out visiting their daughter's family for Thanksgiving, came up for a visit yesterday afternoon.  They are both having some health issues and it was so unexpected to see them.  WE love them dearly and are planning to go out for lunch or dinner this coming week with them. 
Last night hubby and I watched Hunger Games; I think it was an interesting movie.  Don't know that I need to watch another, but was glad I saw what all the hype is about.  Today, hubby and I will head to the craft fair that I was planning on attending yesterday, to look for Christmas-stocking stuffers.
I hope you have a joyous day and don't forget to give thanks today.
Hugs, Noreen

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day~do you all remember that song?  It is a beautiful day here in Colorado, mainly because my man is home. We had such a nice evening, getting caught up with all that happened here, as well as in California.  Today, we will be stopping by one daughter's home to see the grands and then at noon Hunter and I have obedience training.  This will be level II and we both so need to get back in the routine.  I do work with him, but there is something about being in a class that is good for him. I remember being told that at this age, pups can develop new fears; here, I thought they developed much  younger.  This last week, I saw firsthand a new fear of driving in the car-it happened when we took my hubby to the airport. He might have sensed the stress that both of us were feeling about the trip.  I've got to start giving him treats when he gets in the car now, to help him look forward to rides.  After our training class, I will be checking out a crafts fair and then we will be picking up Lily for the night-Hunter will be so excited. 
Today I am thankful for our dog trainer and her working with us.
I am thankful for the cold but blue skies we are having, with no snow.
I am thankful for air travel, that brings my hubby back home quickly & easily.
I am thankful for retirement; as with most folks who retire, I am most certainly more busy than I was when I worked full time. 
I am thankful for our health and for Life.
Joy to you!
Noreen & Hunter

Friday, November 16, 2012

Post Script

Good afternoon friends,  I just wanted to give you a bit more background from my teenage experience of a man trying to break into the home where I was babysitting. Around the same time as this happened to me, another serious incident happened in Palo Alto, where I lived.  A young teen was babysitting and got several phone calls from a man and she ended up calling the police.  The children were upstairs and murdered by this killer.  It was a horrid incident and I had friends who went to school with the girl. 
Fast forward to the the late 70's, I am a mom and see a movie on t.v. and decide to watch it; hubby had gone to bed so I sat alone watching this movie, "When A Stranger Calls".  I can tell you it was the true story of what happened in my town almost twenty years earlier.  I can't tell you how scared I was watching it, especially since it was true.  Today as I was googling the name of the movie, there was a sentence that said it was an "urban legend" but I am here to tell you that it wasn't. It may have been a copycat crime, I don't know, but I do know it was real.  I can also say that there was a follow up on it because the man got out of prison and went back to finish the job on the girl,  now a mom, who sent him to prison.  Thankfully he didn't succeed.  So when I told you that the attempted break-in where I was terrified me, this is why.  I wasn't the girl who this story was about, but it could have easily been the same man.  I can also say that I have never been as scared by a movie as I was this one, because I knew it to be true.  I am thankful that even then, the Lord had His angels surrounding and protecting me.  I am also thankful that when I called home that night, my big brother came running down the street, to protect his little sister.  I am thankful that He still sends His angels to protect us; and as one of my comments said-no cute little cherubs, but big mighty warriors.  Can I get an Amen to that!  While I was raising my girls, I was protective and many thought over bearing; I realize that it was in part do to this, but there were other issues from my childhood that made me very, very cautious.  I am thankful that both my daughters are wonderful woman and incredible moms.  Today, I am thankful for blue skies and mild temps, with promises of a great weekend.  There is so much to be thankful for in this life-so speak it out ladies, let your gratitude grow.
Blessings, Noreen
Happy Friday to you!  Here at Nananors, I am doing a happy dance because my man gets home today. 
I've got a full morning: walk, then our antique store in town is having their Christmas Open House so Kam and I will be checking out their sale items, looking for bargains. After that, I will be giving the house a once over; I may even try to cut down some bushes in the back yard that Hunter loves to walk under, but that leave him covered with dried, dead blossoms-you would not believe what he looks like when he's been out playing.  I head down to the airport mid-afternoon and just can't wait.  I am so thankful that hubby went out to help his brother, but I tell you that I don't like it when he is gone.  A day or so doesn't bother me but much longer and I just miss him like crazy.  Last night there was a kid, probably, in the yard kitty-corner and he whistled when I was outside telling Hunter to go potty.  No, I've never been frightened in this home before, but for some reason last night I was; it sounded like the person was in our yard.  I hurried inside, locked all the doors and closed all the drapes.  I checked after that and no one was there.  I just realized that this is possibly due to the fact that when I was a young teen, babysitting, someone tried to break in the house I was at.  Thankfully the guy didn't get in, but he was able to see me through the window and talked and actually tried to cut the window.  It was freaky I tell you.  I can walk through those memories today as if it was yesterday.  So I guess I get a bit anxious when I hear a guy in the yard-or think he is in my yard. In truth, he could have been on the street behind out homes. 
So today, I am thankful that my fear was unfounded.  I am thankful that hubby did what he went to do in Ca.  I am thankful for angels all around us, especially when we don't know that harm is out there.
I am thankful for sunshine.
Have a thankful day, my friends.
Noreen & Hunter

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I am very pleased to announce that the winner of my book giveaway is Rebecca of A Gathering Place. Congratulations Rebecca.

Rebecca is a wonderful lady with an incredible blog; if you haven't met her yet, stop by for a visit and say hi. You can find her here  I love her romantic designs and am always inspired by her creative work.  I am thankful for her.
Rebecca, please email me your address and I'll get the book out this week.
Today, I am thankful for my ladies study; it helps me to be a better person and deepens my faith.
I am thankful for you dear reader!
Blessings, Noreen

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Good Morning to you; this just got me singing a song I sang to my daughters, in the morning, when they were growing up.  Firstly, I am so thankful for all your prayers, my friends-for my little guy Hunter.  As of this morning, he is back to his normal self, lifting his leg and not having any other issues.  I will talk to the vet today though and also get symptoms to look for in the future with bladder issues etc. Bichons have several issues they are prone to and I don't want to be caught off guard.  This pic was taken last night while he was on my lap cuddled up.  I'm not sure he liked it when I grabbed my phone,  but I figure I've been slacking off in posting photos.  Yesterday, late afternoon, I ran over to my church and helped with Samaritan's Purse-Operation Christmas Child.  I had never done this before and hadn't even heard of this program until this year, but it was wonderful just to lend my hands.  I have done several other ministry related Christmas outreaches before, but what I like about this particular program is that everyone can easily fill a shoe box; in fact you can do it instead of going out to lunch one day.  For those of us retired and on a fixed income, this is doable.  I love to know that children might just have a brighter Christmas because of my small effort.  Even my daughters children are getting involved-yippee!  This organization was started by Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham and if my figures are correct they have given away(as of last year)one hundred million boxes around the world.  So today, I am so thankful for this organization. I am thankful for all those who donate these boxes in order for a child to have a Christmas present.
I am thankful that my husband successfully got one moving truck packed and a good amount of his brothers belongings moved to his home. I'm not sure if they are going to try to get another truck load  or not.  I am thankful that my hubby has a heart of gold and is willing to go help his brother.  Since I don't like being home alone, more than a day, I am thankful for our little Hunter who keeps me company.  I am thankful for the unconditional love of dogs and that even from a young age, I had such a passion for dogs.
I hope you have a wonderful, thankful day!
Noreen & Hunter

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday Tidbits

Happy Tuesday dear friends~I hope your week has started out on a pleasant note.  This morning is it 30 degrees at 8:00 a.m. which is really warm compared to the last several days.  Yesterday, I took hubby to the airport; he is off to Ca. for the week.  The poor man will be helping his brother move all his belongings out of his mom's house and taking them up to his brother's home in the Sierra foothills.
Today I am going on a walk shortly and then have a hair appt.-I desperately need a cut.  However, yesterday Hunter started behaving differently-he'd lift his leg to go potty and nothing would come out.  Later on, he wouldn't even lift his leg.  I am very concerned that he might have a bladder infection or something; tomorrow he has a vet appt. but depending on how he does this morning with his walk, I may have to cancel my hair and take him in this morning.  I don't want him being in pain and not knowing.  This morning when he went out, he lifted his leg a bit and then put it down so he could squat.  I am hoping it is nothing more than a pulled muscle but I'd rather be safe than sorry.  I don't want to wait and also have to pay a huge bill because we waited.  That sounds uncaring, but you all know how much this little guy means to us.
The rest of the day is pretty relaxed; still have my bible study to work on and two books to read so I can write reviews.  I love it when my schedule is totally freed up when hubby is away.
Again I forgot to list my gratitude for today...
~I am thankful that hubby has a smooth flight to Ca.
~I am so thankful that Hunter had a good walk and seems to be doing better this afternoon. 
~I am thankful for a hair cut! 
~I am thankful for Love; family and friends and of course from our furbabies.
I hope you have a warm beautiful day filled with joy.
Hugs, Noreen & Hunter

Monday, November 12, 2012

From My Library

Recently, I received this book from Bethany House to review. I had not read anything by Jody Hedlund before, so I was excited to read this book. I will tell you the story line was taken from an actual town and lumber area. Below is the story line for you to read.
"In 1883 Michigan, Lily Young is on a mission to save her lost sister, or die trying. Heedless of the danger, her searches of logging camps lead her to Harrison and into the sights of Connell McCormick, a man doing his best to add to the hard-earned fortunes of his lumber-baron father.
Posing during the day as a photographer’s assistant, Lily can’t understand why any God-fearing citizen would allow evil to persist and why men like Connell McCormick turn a blind eye to the crime rampant in the town. But Connell is boss-man of three of his father’s lumber camps in the area, and like most of the other men, he’s interested in clearing the pine and earning a profit. He figures as long as he’s living an upright life, that’s what matters.
Lily challenges everything he thought he knew, and together they work not only to save her sister but to put an end to the corruption that’s dominated Harrison for so long."

I have not received any payment for my review and the book was sent to me, free, from Bethany House. I enjoyed this book but found it a bit long; I also thought some of it could have been made into a second book.  I would definitely read another of her books; she developed her characters in a deep manner and you felt like you had known them in today's world.
I would love to send this book to one of my readers to enjoy; if you are interested please leave me a comment and I will draw a name on Thursday.
I forgot to add this on-I am thankful for receiving free books to read and I am thankful for the gift of eyesight and the ability to read.  
Have a great day!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thank You

Although this day is set aside to honor all our service people, I think we should be honoring them every day.  To all those who are serving, have served or are the loved ones of those fighting for our country, I salute you and say thank you for all you give for our freedom.  God Bless You!
I am so thankful that we live in this country and for all the freedoms you secure for us!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Christmas Music and Snow

Happy Saturday Friends~Yesterday  I remembered that one radio station starts playing Christmas songs on Nov. 1st, so I did what any gal would do and turned our stereo to that station.  Had a busy and tiring day yesterday but was refreshed when our friends came for dinner.  They are home for the holidays and then will head to the desert after New Year's.  We always have such fun times together and I love it when they are back here!  This morning it is cold and snow is coming; I still marvel at the fact that I can smell it in the air.  I've got the stereo going and would be content to stay inside all day.  We do have some friends coming for dinner, a simple dinner of Enchiladas and Beans.  I also have to run to the dollar store to get some things for our "Operation Christmas Child" box before we turn it in next week. 
Tomorrow we are going to a Bronco's party-taking our favorite soup; actually it will be our second favorite because Chicken Noodle is always number one in our home, but I decided to take Taco Soup.  It should be a fun gathering; don't know if we will be able to stay the entire time because Hunter will be home alone, crated since the sliding door won't be open due to the snow.  He is really good if the door is open to the outside and there aren't tempting things within his vision. 
Today I am thankful for relaxed days ahead where I can just stay inside and sew or blog.  I am thankful that we have super Tuesday Senior Days at the movies; during snowy days, hubby and I try to go out for a movie each week-it helps him not get stir crazy.  I am thankful that Monday's weather forecast is clear since I'll be taking him to the airport.  I do not like traveling during bad storms. 
I am thankful that we have computers that can link us to each other, if not face to face.  I am thankful for the little fluff ball snuggled up on my feet. 
I am thankful for Christmas music-the joy it brings.
Hugs, Noreen & Hunter

Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Happy Friday my friends~I hope your week has been productive and good!  There is a big storm coming to the mountains this weekend, but the projected amount of snow isn't as much for us; this is great.  I had a lovely day yesterday; my ladies study in the morning which I was leading, as our leader was away.  I do have to say though that everyone was really late and I was wondering if anyone was coming.  I got to hold our little guy while his mama did some chores and in the afternoon we headed up to Carrie's house.  Papa and the kids are making a wooden advent wreath so they had to go get the wood.  The kids love doing projects with my hubby and this should be a fun one.  I felt fine yesterday, all my energy was back; don't quite know what was going on Wednesday when I was fatigued walking, it might just have been from not eating enough breakfast.  Today, Kam and I are going to some garage sales before we walk the dogs.  Hunter is generally really good when left home alone, if the outside door is left open but five hours is a long time to be left alone.  Today, we are having a fly-over by a Air Force jet so I will leave him crated.  The noise always scares me, if I'm not expecting it and I don't want him freaking out.  Tonight we are having our friends, who are snowbirds and back for the holidays, over for a welcome home dinner.  The rest of the weekend is just as crazy-dinner here with friends tomorrow night and then a Broncos & Soup party at another home on Sunday.  When is a girl supposed to sew? I am still working on the border, have half done already but I think I will need to wait until next week to work on it.  I am thankful for days that are spent how I choose,not by a time clock.  I am thankful for different interests-hubby's woodworking and my quilting.  I am thankful that my schedule will be more relaxed next week, while hubby is away-but I have to say I wish he didn't need to take this particular trip as it is going to be very stressful.  I am thankful for the little fluff ball that will be keeping my company while he is gone.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Noreen & Hunter

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hi there,  Half the day has already flown by and I'm just now thinking about a post.  Yesterday was a busy and tiring day-hubby and I decided to walk around our town lake, the one we always ride bikes around in the summer. I could tell one of two things yesterday-either I was very tired and hadn't eaten enough breakfast or I am really out of shape.  It might just be the combination of both; the path is at least 3 miles, which normally is a really nice and easy walk but for some strange reason I was exhausted and feeling a bit shaky.  Hunter was so enthralled at the new sights and smells that his training pretty much flew out the window.  You'd think he'd never heard the word "watch" before because he wouldn't do it.  I had tried to get a halti type harness for him the day before but it was a small and he needs an extra small so we had returned it; coming away without one because they don't stock many in that size.  The afternoon I had craft group and made three Santa ornaments that I saw on Pinterest.  It was fun!  Last evening we watched the Voice and I dozed on and off. 
Today, I had my ladies study and then stopped by my youngest girls house to see if she needed any help before her in-laws arrive this afternoon.  I was able to hold the baby while she did last minute chores.
This afternoon I will probably read and try to finish my two books for reviews. 
I am thankful that the only mischief Hunter got into while I was gone was to chew up the back pages of a new Country Sampler.  I had forgotten to check and make sure everything was out of his eyesight. 
I am thankful for the beauty of a fall day.  I am thankful for the first snow forecast for this weekend.
I am thankful for computers-really, what would we do without them!  I am thankful for the golf tournament that the course is hosting for all Vets.
I am thankful for those, past present and future, who serve our country and secure our freedom. 
Blessings on your day!  Noreen & Hunter

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Good Morning Friends,  I don't know about you, but I am so very thankful that all the political stuff is over!  I am thankful we live in a country where we have a choice in elections.  I am thankful for the freedom to cast my ballot.  Regardless of who you wanted for president, what you feel about our current president and his winning the election-he is still President and is due our respect.  I can only hope that the economy will turn around; hubby was unhappy about the stock market this morning.
Here is Colorado, Pot was legalized and I'm not happy about that.  Not sure how it will play out between the federal regulations and the state.  I want us all to move on. 
I am thankful for the beautiful fall day today and for the ladies I will be joining today for crafts.  I am still, slowly, working on the border for my quilt; if it snows this weekend, I may just get more time to work on it-although we do have commitments on both days, so maybe not.  Next week, my hubby will be away so that means time when I can do what I want and not worry about having dinner on the table etc.
I hope you have a wonderful day. Lifting up prayers for the east coast and recovery happening, as well as the new storm not materializing.
With Gratitude,  Noreen & Hunter

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Happy Tuesday to you.  Yesterday was a very full day, overflowing with love and energy. The morning was spent running errands and gathering craft supplies for activities with our granddaughters as well as a new craft group I've joined(using ideas from Pinterest). I am also looking for the perfect Christmas hat for Hunter, no luck so far.  In the afternoon, our oldest called and asked if she could come over with the grands for a few hours.  What a fun time; we visited outside and then went in to play Quirkle and also Uno. I love those moments spent with the kids-they are getting so big, so quickly.  Last night, we had our youngest daughter's four girls over, so they could run errands; we played with Legos and Papa built them a tent too.  Let me tell you that by 9:00 p.m. we were tired. 
Today, Hunter surprised me by eating all his kibble after I put some Coconut Oil on it; just a little, mind you, to see if it would help with his tear stains.  I thought sure he would turn up his picky little nose at it, but he gobbled it down.  Yippee!  I so prefer kibble to canned food but he has been so picky that I will admit I've been giving him the canned food each meal-with some kibble. If Lily is here, he will eat the kibble right up; I've been told he is a social eater.  I know that our pups also need a good fat in their diet and this will just be a good addition.  We've already gone on our walk with our bff's; I will say we still struggle with his focusing  if he sees or know that we will be passing yards that have dogs.  I have to keep reminding myself that he is still just a puppy; in all honesty though this is one area where we really need work and I'm trying hard not to get frustrated.  I am continuing to think about a Halti or Gentle Leader type collar for him or the harness that has the ring on the side so the dog is pulled sideways-don't know what it is called.  Any of you that have small dogs or Bichons, if you have any advice on these collars please let me know. I don't always want to have to go on trails or paths where there are no dogs. I think he is just anxious to see the other dogs but if they are barking up a storm, he also gets fixated on them.
The rest of the day will be pretty normal-laundry, cleaning, study and hopefully even some sewing.  I've got two new books I need to review, so I hope to have some good reading time too.
~Today I am thankful that all the election ads will be off the t.v.,radio,newspapers.
~I am thankful for the love of grandchildren-oh they make life so much richer.
~I am thankful that Hunter is growing and learning and I will figure out(hopefully sooner than later)what the best approach for him is on walks.
~I am thankful for so many great friends in blogland
~I am thankful that the temp is supposed to reach the high 60's today and tomorrow before the snow falls on the weekend.

Praying that the storm headed towards the east coast, specifically where Sandy already hit, doesn't materialize.  Snow would only complicate an already messy situation.
Blessings to you friends.
Noreen & Hunter

Monday, November 5, 2012


This was the whole family who gathered here on Friday evening.  Seated on the couch, left to right, my brother Rich, sister-in-love Sue holding Lily, me with Hunter, my hubby John.  I love spending time together, such fun and such love.
Today I'm thankful for a sunny morning that will be a bit warmer to walk in.  I'm thankful for that extra hour of sleep; when I worked I didn't like the time change because it meant getting home when it was dark but now that I'm retired I don't mind.  I am thankful for the chiropractor my hubby goes to, that helps his back.  I am thankful for the health of my brother and sil; considering he is my only sibling left, I want him to live a long and healthy life as well as the sister of my heart.  I am thankful for every breath I breathe, for life and for Love.
Joy, Noreen and Hunter

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Happy Sunday,  I hope you've had a glorious weekend so far and for those friends still dealing with the aftermath of Sandy, I pray the cleanup is going quickly and that you've got power back on.
Normally, I don't post on the weekend but since this is the month to give Thanks, I want to post something every day.
Today I am thankful for the fun day we had yesterday; Stanford took CU to the cleaners.  I was so surprised, I expected them to win but not end with a score of 48-0.  I do have to say my heart was routing for Stanford because I spent over 50 years living in that area.  The weather was cool and damp and I am thankful that it didn't rain or snow.  I was cold but it wasn't as bad as it could have been.  We had a wonderful dinner and a very nice restaurant but I was still so full this morning I think I could go a day without eating.  I especially appreciated the restaurant because they had gluten free pasta.  I love Boulder, there is so much to do and so much life there. I will admit the first time I went to the Pearl Street Mall, I felt like I was back in high school and college-so much tie-dye and long haired college students.   I was so thankful for the time spent with my brother and sil; wish we lived closer to them-actually I wish they lived here.
I am thankful for the time change; I always love this time of year.  Hunter and I went on a nice walk this morning and he got back into his training mode; I was pretty relaxed last week with Lily here, but we are back to work now that we are on our regular schedule. 
Hugs~Noreen & Hunter

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Happy Saturday to you!  This morning there is frost on the ground but the skies are blue and clear. Our outside thermometer is reading 30 degree F with promises of getting warmer.
I am thankful that the whole family could gather here last night for a wonderful dinner and visit.  When you get 18 of us together, it is for one lively and loud gathering.
I am thankful our oldest girl and family are back in town, albeit tired.
When we moved here to Colorado, I wasn't into watching sports of t.v. but have always loved going to games.  Since we live in such an area where the winters make it necessary to stay inside, I've begun to really enjoy football on t.v.; so you can imagine how excited we are to be going to a Stanford vs University of Colorado game today.  Hubby and I both grew up in Palo Alto, home to Stanford University; I have memories of my mom and I going to games on Saturday afternoons.  So I am very very thankful for a generous brother and sil who have provided us with the tickets to go with them.  I am thankful they flew out here for the weekend.  I am also thankful that the weather is going to be nice and not snowing.
Joy to you~
Noreen & Hunter

Friday, November 2, 2012

Salmon Snacks

Our dog trainer recently introduced me to the greatest dogs treats yet. In fact, she buys the very large bag and gave each of us a sandwich bag filled with these tempting tidbits. There is no doubt that they are freeze dried Salmon, because when you open the bag you are hit with the smell. Hunter loves them and now Lily does too; you only give one a day so this bag should last awhile, even though we are sharing. They are rich in all the nutrients our pups need. 
Yesterday when I got back from bible study, the dogs who had access to the back yard, were pretty dirty. To say my wood floor was covered in dirty paw prints would be putting it mildly.  What's a mom to do?  Hunter got put in the sink for a full bath and Lily had her feet, legs and face washed.  They both look much cleaner.  So today, I am thankful for small dogs that can be put in the kitchen sink instead of the bathtub.  I used my vinegar cleaner on the floor twice but it just looked like I spread the dirt around, so this morning I will be using the professional cleaner on it.  I try not to use it too much, as I prefer something natural.  I would much rather clean wood floors than carpet; so I am thankful that we have wood floors.  In our next home, in the future, I hope it is all wood floors with area rugs.  For today, I am thankful we have such a nice home.  I am thankful that I found these great treats for Hunter.  He is such a picky eater, but doing better, but  I  love knowing he is gets so many vitamins etc in these treats. I am thankful that Hunter and Lily get along so well and love each so much and that trading dog sitting saves us money(we used to always kennel our dogs).  I am thankful that Hunter is finally warming up to all the grands and is getting excited when they are here.  Our little guy is growing up.  I am also thankful that Hunter gets along with Petrol, our youngest daughter's dog.  This makes life easy!
I am so thankful that my brother and sil are here in Colorado and that we will be spending a majority of the weekend with them. We will be with them tomorrow all day and then we are planning on going down to have breakfast with them in Boulder.  I love it when they visit! 
I am thankful our oldest daughter and her family are on their way home this morning and that they had such a fun time in California. 
I am thankful for life!
How about you, have you noted all the blessings in your life?
May your weekend be filled with love and grace.
Blessings, Noreen & Hunter

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy November Friends~It is certainly hard to believe that it is already here, where in the world did October go? I was pondering what to post this morning and realized  that last year I put a challenge out there to you and me, to find at least one specific think to give Thanks for each day of the month.  For many, choosing gratitude has become a way of life but sometimes it is easy to forget.  So, I am setting about to deliberately find things each day to give thanks for.  How about you?  Will you join me?
~Today I am thankful for the beautiful sunrise and promise of nice weather.
~I am thankful that hubby and I did a thorough, deep cleaning yesterday and that even though it wore us out, we were able to do it.
~I am thankful that the weather this week has been nice and hubby is golfing today.
~I am thankful for the two white fluffballs at my feet and that we are going for a walk shortly.
~I am thankful for my ladies study each week.
~I am thankful for health, family and friends and that my brother and sil arrive today.
~I am  thankful for my dear hubby, although listed here he really is at the top of my list.
~I am thankful for the Love of God, that I am redeemed and He calls me by name.
Won't you take this challenge with me?
Blessings, Noreen & Hunter