Wordless Wednesday ~ Verdi, Nevada

Verdi, Nevada 12 Oct 2014

Verdi, Nevada 12 Oct 2014

Verdi, Nevada 12 October 2014

Verdi, Nevada 12 October 2014

Verdi, Nevada 12 October 2014

Verdi, Nevada 12 October 2014

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Double Irish Chain Quilt ~ Fundraiser for NNGH

My sister, who is a member of the Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters , asked me if I had a quilt that I would donate for their group fundraiser.

Since they are holding a fundraiser for the historic Fourth Ward School up in Virginia City on Halloween, October 31st, I decided to make an Irish Chain quilt with reproduction fabrics from part of the school’s time period.

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RAFFLE TICKETS are 1 for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00. You can contact them at ighosthunt@gmail.com.

Double Irish Chain with 1840-1880 reproduction fabrics.  Raffle quilt for NNGH

Double Irish Chain with 1840-1880 reproduction fabrics. Raffle quilt for NNGH

You can also buy raffle tickets at a fundraiser they are holding for the Palomino Valley Pet Rescue on October 26th from 10am-5pm being held at ANIMAL OASIS RENO, at 1855 East Peckham Lane. There will be a bounce house, popcorn, drinks, low cost vaccinations, $10 doggie baths, and more.

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Weekend Roundup ~ 22 September 2014

Depending on which ever way the wind blows, our days here in the Truckee Meadows either start off looking like this:

Morning smoke from the King Fire in Pollock Pines, CA.

Morning smoke from the King Fire in Pollock Pines, CA.

Or, yesterday’s sunrise pre-settling of smoke:

Canada geese flying by Sunday morning ~ 21 Sept 2014

Canada geese flying by Sunday morning ~ 21 Sept 2014

As of this morning, the King fire has burnt 87,592 acres and is only 18% contained. Come on Mom Nature! Bring them some rain already!

Friday I took 4 hours of annual leave and stopped off for some canning jars as I had mustard seeds soaking in some Sierra Nevada 2014 Beer Camp West Coast Double IPA.

I adapted a recipe I saw using Guinness Stout:

In a glass bowl add the following: 1 cup yellow mustard seed, .5 cup of brown mustard seed, 12 oz IPA or dark beer, 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 2-3 tsp of sea or kosher salt, 1 tsp coarse ground pepper, 1/4 tsp each of cloves, nutmeg and allspice. You can add turmeric for yellow coloring, but I didn’t use it. Let it sit on the counter, covered, for two days. I stirred it before going to work and then when I got home. Plop it all into a blender or food processor and grind away until you get it how you like it…I added a bit more beer to get it the thickness I liked. Pour into your canning jars and hot bath process for 10 minutes. Being at a higher altitude I processed mine for 20 minutes total.

Beer Mustard in the making.

Beer Mustard in the making.

10 4-oz jars of Sierra Nevada Beer Mustard.

10 4-oz jars of Sierra Nevada Beer Mustard.

I also stopped off at the Sparks Windy Moon Quilts shop to buy a yard of white on white fabric to start a wall hanging quilt. While there I bought the September’s Fat 8th to make a Building Blocks To The Moon in support of ovarian cancer research.

You donate $1 and then you receive a Fat 8th of focus fabric (September’s is a multi-colored Autumn leaf fabric). You then make a 12.5″ block using the fabric, a selected colored fabric by the store (brick red this time) and any fabrics from your stash. Turn in the block by noon of the last day of the month. Both stores are participating in the challenge…anyone who made a block will have their names entered into a drawing where one of us will end up with all the blocks.

I had saved a Mini Medallion tutorial and thought the center block of that would make a great block for that fabric.

My entry to Building Blocks To The Moon…September 2014.

My entry to Building Blocks To The Moon…September 2014.

After finishing up the challenge block, I got my Kate Spain’s Solstice layer cake out and Lori Holt’s tutorial for a Scrappy Cross Roads Block.

Then on Saturday morning, after shooshing my husband out the door for his half day of overtime, brewing a cup of chai latte, I settled in with my pretty winter Solstice fabric. I have four blocks all sewn together, now will put a border or two on it.

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Winter Solstice Cross Roads

Winter Solstice Cross Roads

Sneak peak at an upcoming post ~

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Wordless Wednesday ~ 3 September 2014

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Rant – Sierra Adventures in Reno, Nevada

Ok…going to take a few moments and bitch.

Sierra Adventures in downtown Reno…they share a store front in the Riverside Theatre building on North Sierra Street facing the Truckee River. They rent bikes, rafts/tubes, and kayaks.

Sunday, August 31st, we went to the first showing of Ghostbusters (30-Year Anniversary). Movie got out about 1:15’ish. As we come out I see a bus, loaded with tubes and rafts, parked on Sierra between the movies and Campo. Walk down the stairs to the walk and start heading west, next thing I know a guy is not two feet from me and blows his red whistle in my left ear (which is still draining fluid today) and screamed for a couple, who was still at their shop front, to “get the hell on the bus now because we’re leaving”.

First urge was to grab his whistle from his neck and shove it down his throat. But he was already half way back to his bus. So I cursed a blue streak at him. REALLY?! YOU BLOW THAT DAMNED WHISTLE WHEN THERE ARE PEOPLE AROUND YOU????

Great way to run your business, ASSHOLE!! You blow out a local’s ear AND scream at paying customers.

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Red-Tailed Hawk…and one relieved squirrel

One of the faculty just came into my office for me to check out the “penguin” on the lamp post. Whhhaaa?

Red-tailed hawk, aka "The Penguin"

Red-tailed hawk, aka “The Penguin”

Spots mid-day snack.

Spots mid-day snack.

Woosh.

Woosh.

Sorry so blurry…zoom on camera doesn’t go as far as hawk caught her snack.

Snack nabbed...

Snack nabbed…

The squirrel I've been feeding is very relieved he's not the mid-day snack.

The squirrel I’ve been feeding is very relieved he’s not the mid-day snack.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ 20 August 2014

wild bumble

wild bumble


dandy
thistle, boca

thistle, boca


wild roses

wild roses

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