Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Happy Tuesday to you. As I started gathering photos to share this morning, I realized I have a lot more on my phone too~so it may take a couple of days. We started out going to Albacore Park in Portsmouth NH to see the first modern submarine built, used for testing and observation.   It was quite interesting, but I can say I wouldn't enjoy living on one.  Hubby loves photography and takes lots of great shots-I loved this lantern. Our second stop was to this quilt store; not just any quilt store but one that the owner sells antique quilts. Hubby actually told me I could buy one, but nothing stuck my fancy.


We drove through wonderful towns and neighborhoods and had lunch at Bath; we loved it!


I am off to the Fig Leaf club this morning and need to get ready.  Our weather is back to fantastic, it will be in the 70's today.  I hope you have a great day!
Hugs,
Noreen

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Tastes of New England

Good Afternoon to you! As you know, when traveling to an area that is new and exciting, part of the adventure is the food. While this was our 3rd trip to New England, we were still anxious to get back and enjoy some seafood. We enjoyed some really good meals at nice restaurants, some really good meals at little diners and also some meals at places we would not go back to- for reasons of sanitary concerns. I'm choosing to share the great meals with you. Here we are in Bar Harbor, ME; I can't recall the name of the restaurant-but suffice to say it was excellent.  Hubby loved the Lobster Roll and I enjoyed Ahi.
Here is a dinner we had in Booth Bay; it was so good-I had the poached salmon while hubby enjoyed a burger.

I ate salads a good part of the trip, both for lunch and dinner; I did splurge on a couple of dinners-such a treat.  I wish I would have chosen to have the lobster roll on lettuce, because by the time I figured that out I didn't see it offered and was so disappointed.  We also enjoyed some blueberry pie and desserts-but I didn't partake of the crust.  Saturday night we went out to dinner-I know what you are thinking-that we just got home from a trip, but hubby insisted and the bottom two dishes are what we had.  Hubby enjoyed a Fried Cod with lump crab meat on it, while I had Scallops and Prawns-one of my favorites.
We are still trying to organize our photos of the trip and hope to get them up tomorrow and Wednesday.  I came home ready to just stay home and sew, but our days are getting busy.  This morning hubby had a doctor appointment with a back specialist(good news was that he was just referred to a Physical Therapist), then ran to the Sprint store to get him  a new phone-didn't wait because of the long line, then came home and changed for the gym.  We had a good workout and I'm hoping to walk with one of my gals later.  Yesterday I had planned to sew all day, but got caught up on the computer watching all the new info on the fires in Santa Rosa and catching up on blogs.
I hope you had a great weekend and a good day so far.
Blessings to you!
Noreen

Thursday, October 12, 2017

There’s No Place Like Home

Good Morning to you! I am happy to say we are at Logan Airport in Boston and will head home today. We had a wonderful time with our dear friends until Monday when we heard about the wild fires in their city, also our old home town. It was a rough few days and as everyone can imagine they were under so much stress, not knowing if they’d have a home to go back to. It looked better Tuesday, but yesterday the fire was close to our old neighborhood. Thankfully a back fire was lit and seemed to stop the fire. Time will tell; many prayers are going up for the entire city and county. We will anxiously await word from them tonight or tomorrow.  I am so thankful for the super tanker from Colorado Springs that headed out there.  One of the things I realized again while watching them go through this, is the need for an emergency plan in place before a disaster occurs. So we will again set up a plan once we are home. I don’t think wild fires are our main concern, probably more blizzards and floods.
I hope you’ve had a good week and reflect on your blessings; disasters can happen in a split second.
Today I’m smiling and so thankful!
Noreen

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Good morning friends! We have been having such a fun trip until yesterday when we found out that the city we used to live in, that our friends still live in has been hit by wildfires. Typically there are occasional fires, but none the magnitude of this one. We were on pins and needles yesterday, wondering if they’re still have a home to go back to. Prayers are answered and so far the fire has shifted direction. If you’ve seen the Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa Ca. this is the one; the areas we are seeing on the news are devastated.
Hugs, Noreen

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Hello from Maine my friends! We are having a wonderful vacation and on the go constantly. Today we spent the entire morning at a Bath Maritime Museum. Our friend was in the navy and could have spent the entire day there. We had lunch and then headed to a castle in Bath.  It was so incredible to see-the furniture was from the 1800’s. We had a delicious Lobster dinner tonight and played our first game of cards; we’ve been exhausted each evening. Tomorrow we head up to Bar Harbor and will also visit Acadia Park. Saturday will take us to New Hampshire and Keepsake Quilting. Sunday we head to Vermont and Monday to MA.  Our time is flying by so quickly do to all of our activities. I’ll be back to posting pics as I get WiFi coverage.

Blessings, Noreen

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fun, Fun, Fun

You can be sure that Hunter isn't missing me at all~he's spending all his time playing with Lily and Copper(shown here)and the peeps(aka grands).  He loves going to Carrie's house and actually never even watches us leave.  You can be sure this gal will be missing her pup! I am so thankful that it works out for us to trade dog sitting-though it seems like Carrie has Hunter more than I have their two.  What a blessing the family is!  I am so thankful that Hunter gets along with Copper so well~she is the first big dog he's enjoyed and played with.
I'm heading to Maine this morning and simply can't wait.
Joy to you.
Noreen

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Hello, as you read this I will be in the sky headed towards Boston. We will get a rental car and make our way up to Maine, then over to New Hampshire, Vermont, the Berkshires in Ma. before heading home next week. I will do my best to get pics to post, but honestly I think we'll be having such an amazing time with our traveling companions that I probably won't get to it until I'm back. On Saturday this precious granddaughter turned 12; she is such a joy, so giving and loving. Having said that I will say she can hold her own with her brothers and can actually out climb them. She's got a bit of moxy in her as well; which always makes me happy. Here she is after a wonderful dinner of fajitas.
She choose Ice Cream sandwiches for dessert and were they good!  Actually our girl has recently cut out dairy and she had the best Cashew Milk ice cream I've ever tasted!   It is so rich and reminded me of Gelato.  Yum.  Her youngest sister is next to her and I think you can see the moxy in her as well.


After dessert, the kiddos-all 11 of them, went outside and played Kick the Can in the dark-except that you use a plastic soda bottle with a flashlight inside it.  The adults all talked about the NFL and how it should be in the guidelines, like it is with the NBA, that they have to stand during the National Anthem.
So I hope you all have a great day!  It's been raining in northern Colorado a lot and the snow hit the mountains Sunday.  I'm sorry, but I'm just not ready for winter yet.  If it happens, I will spend by time at the gym and downstairs in my sewing room.
Blessings~
Noreen

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall Family Fun

Happy Monday to you! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend; we definitely had some great family times. On Saturday morning we met at the houseboat that hubby used to drive(he's resigned due to serious back issues); this was the last trip out for him and he took the entire family out on the lake for an hour. It was so fun and got our sil's thinking about renting a large houseboat on Lake Powell in the future. He he is at the helm; he has enjoyed his time being captain, despite many issues with an older houseboat.

As we were leaving, Little Man saw this fuzzy caterpillar; I haven't see one like this in the years we've lived in norther Colorado. I remember loving them when I was little and also when our girls were little.
Later in the afternoon we went on a walk; we had our neighbors dog with us for overnight and I wanted to make sure he got his walk in before we left for the evening. I saw this tree and it was so vibrant! I loved seeing it, but it made me realize it is nothing to what we will be seeing in New England this week. I'll try to post pics, if not here on Facebook and Instagram.
Saturday evening we gathered for yet another birthday party for our Miss F who turned 12.  It was such an enjoyable evening.  We are done with birthdays until the end of this month when we have three adult birthdays-our daughter Carrie and our two sil's who share the same birthday.
I've got to start packing and getting things together for our trip.
Joy to you!
Noreen

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Birthday Time

Hello! As you know our two daughters have large families, which means that there is always a birthday or two happening. This last weekend, we celebrated Little Man's birthday and his sister Miss D's birthday which is today. Due to our son-in-laws parents who moved here from Ca. last May, we know have 19 at our gathering-so much fun! Here are a few pics; you might wonder about the bandaids on Little Man's forehead-he had a run in with a banister and ended up with four stitches. We are so thankful that it wasn't worse.
Miss D recently got a hair cut-a cute bob; Little Man is 5 now and Miss D turns 9 today.

We are so thankful for both our grands, the rest of the tribe and both daughters & son-in-laws, who are more like our sons.
This has been a busy week-several days at the gym, shopping for our trip next week, coffee with friends and two granddaughters and a dinner out.  Today we are taking our daughter's in-laws out to lunch.  I think I definitely need a few more hours at the gym; I can't walk due to the heavy rain we've had for two days.  Saturday is another granddaughter's birthday, so there will be another birthday party.
May your joy overflow.
Noreen 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Proving by Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis has been a long time favorite author of mine, especially with the Amish genre. This book is her latest and one of my favorites.

From the author's website: 
"After five years as an Englisher, Amanda Dienner is shocked to learn her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County’s most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. What’s more, the inn will only truly be hers if Mandy can successfully run it for twelve months. Reluctantly, Mandy accepts the challenge, no matter that it means facing the family she left behind—or that the inn’s clientele expect an Amish hostess! Can Mandy ful ll the terms of her inheritance? Or will this prove a dreadful mistake?"

Once again, this story is rich in character and takes you to a different life.  The depth of characters, both Amish and English, shows how we can all be caught up in challenges. The plot weaves a tale that keeps you guessing as to what the outcome will be.  If you enjoy Amish stories, you will definitely love this one.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing.  No review, positive or otherwise, was required.  All opinions are my own.  Thank you Bethany House and their blogger program for the opportunity to review this book.




Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New England

Greetings~As I've been organizing our intinerary for our trip, I keep coming across photos of New England in all her glory. My heart be still.


Although this will be our third trip, each time we discover new things that we love about this part of the country.  From Covered Bridges to incredible colors to decorated towns and porches-we love it all.  It remains uncertain if we will see the peak colors, but even if we miss them they are still brighter than what we have here in Colorado. I so miss the purples, reds, oranges; we do get orange, gold and yellow here-but not like there.
I hope you enjoy this season, whereever you are.
Blessings~
Noreen

Monday, September 25, 2017

Happy Monday to you!  Last week while at Steamboat, we decided to take a drive and see Steamboat Lake and new areas.  Unfortunately, the lake was closed; we did find another one though.  Here are some sights along the back roads.

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Once again, we have a busy week ahead~going to the gym, doing some sewing, organizing trip notes and getting those in order..besides several family times.  Carrie's oldest daughter turns 12 on Saturday, so there will be another family celebration.
I hope you have a great day!
Joy to you.
Noreen

Friday, September 22, 2017

Oh The Food

Happy Friday to you all. We are back at home and had such a great time getting away! We had a very relaxing time in Steamboat Springs and it was just what we needed. On Tuesday night, after checking in we went to a favorite Steak House called the 8th Street Grill. One of the interesting things is that you actually choose your cut of meat at the counter and then you cook it on an indoor grill yourself. WE haven't been there for several years, but I always take picture of the animals in the restaurant for our youngest grandson.
I'm not quite sure what their seasoning mix is, but it's really good.  They give your instructions on how hot the grill is and how long you'll need to grill them on each side.
On Wednesday night we tried a new restaurant, recommended by our neighbors and oh my, what a great place it was. It felt like we were in Italy.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of the salad that came with this dish and I had already moved my spoon around before I remembered to take this photo. O.k., so because they make all their own pasta from scratch and even had gluten free pasta I really wanted to try this dish. I'm almost afraid to tell you what is was, because I know many might react the way I typically would and not try it. However, after talking to John the owner/chef I felt comfortable trying it. I used to eat Veal Marsala for years, until I learned how calves were treated. I am here to reassure you that this Veal was a local source and the rancher had a dairy farm that was failing, so she decided to sell some of her calves that had been raised free range with their moms to local restaurants. They were not treated inhumanly, as most calves kept for Veal are. I can also tell you that this meal was one of the all time best, if not best meal, my hubby and I have ever eaten. We had a nice talk with the owner afterwards and this will be a restaurant that we frequent when we go back.
Yesterday morning we went to one of the breakfast places we frequent and this is what we had.  I had the Athena Scrabble with tomatoes, asparagus and mushrooms sprinkled with Feta cheese.  Loved it.
Hubby had a avocado, spinach, bacon and cheese scramble that I can't remember the name of.  WE brought half of our meal home for tomorrow's breakfast.
We headed out about 9:15 and were home right about 1:00, after stopping for a car wash.  We had taken a drive out in the country and the car was covered in mud.  I will have photos of what we saw on my next post.  Hunter had a great time with family, but I always love picking him up.
I've already walked this morning, now have to wrap some birthday presents and then hope to sew.  Tonight we have a birthday celebration for two grands; should be so fun.  Hubby and I will head to the gym this afternoon to do some work-probably just do the treadmill and bikes, until we find out from a trainer what our routine will be.
I hope you have a great day, Happy Fall y'all.
Hugs,
Noreen

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The High Country

Happy Outdoor Tuesday.  I could barely believe the thermometer registered 47 degrees this morning when I got up.  Summer is fleeting away and fall is here.  Yesterday I had a nice visit with my friend over lunch, celebrating her 71st birthday.  After that, we went to a local JAX sporting good store to see if there were any good sales going on.  There were, but it was a bit rich for my tastes; I then drove her home.  Most of the day was gone by the time I got home, it seemed like it was almost time for dinner.  This morning I've already walked with girlfriends; I haven't yet started at the gym, because hubby and I are heading to the high places for two days.  This will be truly a R&R time away, before we head to New England-which will not be a slow paced trip.  There will be too many places to see, to much seafood to eat and too much fun.  So today I've got to shower, figure out what I'm taking for the brisk air up there and then pack. Hubby is golfing and when he gets home we will head out. It is a three hour drive and we will only stop for bathroom breaks; we have a favorite restaurant that will go to for dinner tonight.  It is called 8th Street Grill and basically a butcher shop where you can pick your own cut of meat and they grill it for you; it's not cheap, but oh so good.  I'm not sure how much hiking we'll do with hubby's heal spurs; hopefully we'll get one or two easy ones in.  One of hubby's closest friends and his wife just happen to be going up there today too-so we will meet them for breakfast tomorrow.  Hunter will be in heaven with Copper and Lily and the grands.
I hope you are all enjoying the changing season and being grateful for life.
Hugs,
Noreen

Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy Monday

Happy Monday to you!  I'm off to lunch with a friend so will be back later today.
Joy to you!
Noreen

Friday, September 15, 2017

Some New Items

Happy Friday to you! Yesterday as I was shopping for a granddaughter, I just had to stop at one of my favorite stores-Pier *ne. I couldn't resist these items and each year I try to get something new to my collection celebrating fall.


I'm off on a shop hop this morning with five quilt friends, so I've got to get a move on.
Have a fantastic weekend.
Blessings~
Noreen

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Welcome Fall

It's Thankful Thursday and I am so thankful for the changing of the season. This year as I got my decorations out, I decided to change things up a bit.


Do you ever take pictures and realize that you were holding your phone unevenly.
I'm off to do some birthday shopping this morning and will be visiting Joann's, so may come home with a few more items.  Fall is my favorite time of year with Summer a close second.
We've got three birthdays this month and I've already finished two of the grands, with one left.
I'm itching to get to the high country, but that will wait until next week.  The leaves are starting to change and I love being able to walk in the morning without getting too hot.  At night there is a cool breeze that comes through our bedroom window.  I'm hoping that maybe this weekend hubby and I will be meet with the orientation gal at our gym and give us the introductory class.  We will probably meet with a trainer as well.  I will continue to walk at least four days a week and a dear friend of mine from California who has osteoporosis also, gave me some great tips.
I hope you have a fantastic day!
Hugs,
Noreen

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Thoughts on Getting Older

Happy Wednesday to you!  This life was created to be enjoyed, but our bodies sometimes don't get those memos.  I found out that I have Osteoporosis in the top of my left femur-near the hip; my doctor emailed me about the results of my Dexa scan.  I have know I had osteopenia for years and have increased my walking because of it.  So today, hubby and I are going to a high end gym near us that accepts Silver Sneakers to check out their weights, trainers and facility.  I told hubby, who has a bad back, that we need to do it together.  It will help both of us.  So after we have breakfast, we will be heading out.
If you are not a senior, I can tell you that you need to be doing weight bearing exercises on a regular basis-several times a week. Thankfully weights can reverse many of the issues.
I'll let you know what we find out, but in the meantime take care of your body-it's the only one we've got.
Hugs,
Noreen

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Natural Balance Tender Cuts Review

As a #ChewyInfluencer, each month Hunter is delighted when the Fed-Ex truck pulls up with his delivery. I have to say that this month's choice was a huge hit and one I will be purchasing from Chewy.
You can see the size is perfect for Hunter and they are soft and chewy-again another plus for our boy.



I break it up and add it to his kibble; sometimes he just gets one as a treat.

From Chewy:
The dog days of summer are upon us and Natural Balance is keeping temps high with Delectable Delights Dog Treats! After Spot is done hanging' ten, he likes to refuel with these meaty and delicious snacks. These Tender Cuts are perfect for those backyard BBQ's...let your pup join in on the fun!

Key Benefits

  • Made with high-quality venison
  • No corn, wheat, artificial flavors or colors
  • Great for training or as a healthy treat
  • Great for puppies and adult dogs
  • Natural soft and moist treats your dog will love
WE would like to thank Miss Natalie and Chewy for this incredible program and their great service.
You can find other wonderful products here:  https://www.chewy.com
DISCLAIMER:  We received these treats from Chewy and were not compensated in any way for our opinion, positive or otherwise.  

Noreen and Hunter