Loyalton Firemen’s Street Festival ~ 25 August 2012

On the way home from Portola’s Train Days last weekend, I saw a sign that Loyalton was going to have a Street Festival with a Show & Shine the following weekend. :) I Love Sierra Valley and you have to like a festival that raises money for the Volunteer Fire Department. My husband was excited that they were having a horseshoe tourney and luck would have it another guy needed a partner, so he got to play. It was a fun day full of old cars, arts and crafts, music, monster truck rides, horseshoes, and good food.

Have lots of pictures from the day ~

Shelby Cobra Mustang

Care Flight made a grand dust storm entrance!

Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen Quilt ~ Love it!!!

John…we were under the Horseshoe Tourney tent.

The band…before a wind gust took the canopy…and the band played on. :)

Is this not a cool horseshoe pit or what?!

First and Second place teams.

Monster Truck rides…ok, that was one fun ride for $5.

Kid in middle doesn’t agree with me…but his grampa had a blast.

Sierra Valley Barns

If you’ve known me for any length of time, you’ll know one of my favorite places to be is up in Sierra Valley, California. It was a beautiful Saturday (3 March 2012) so we packed the cribbage board and horseshoes and off we went to Portola, Loyalton, Sierraville, Vinton, and Chilcoot.

Here are a few of the barns out in the valley ~ and one house ~ all photographs were taken on March 3rd. I ran them through my Pixlr-o-matic photo editing app (mainly “old”, “metal”, “sand” and “scrap”).

Thursday’s Rambles ~ 04 August 2011

* T-Minus 8 Days for the START OF MOVING!

* I’ll probably maim or kill my husband before that. :) Men…I swear.

* On a whim I found a 1″ Hexagon template and printed out about 10 sheets on heavier card stock paper (not sure why we had it at work here, I’ve been here almost 10 years and we’ve never used it). Watched the English Paper Piecing video on Connecting Threads…So THAT’S HOW THEY DO THAT!

I cut out some 2.5″ squares of my 1930′s reproduction fabrics to give it a whirl…I’m officially on the path of destruction now.

* Jen at Musings from Main Street had a photo contest and I was a winner! LOL! Two of us won $25 gift cards at Amazon. Spent a long time trying to figure out what I wanted. I’m saving my money for a Barnes & Noble 1st Edition Nook (sorry Amazon Kindle)…so I couldn’t buy any ebooks, couldn’t decide on any music or real book, then I stumbled onto fabric! They sell fabric on Amazon! I’ve been on a fabric diet since my husband lost his job. Guess what I got?! THREE YARDS OF FABRIC! From Fabric.com’s amazon storefront

I got one yard each of Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern Martini Green, Midwest Modern Garden Maze Green, and Daisy Chain Kaleidoscope Dots Olive.

Thank you Jen!

* I so want to make some pickles! But will have to wait until we move. I’ve packed my canning supplies. Waaaaaaaaaahhhh!

* Going to have to hook up with Beth so we can float the Truckee River. It’s been really hot (not has hot as the rest of the country…but hot enough for me).

* Do you all remember the MASH episode where Radar, Hawkeye, Trapper, and Margaret did their version of My Blue Heaven? With Henry conducting?

Well…while working on the Hexies last night…I had to get up and belt out the song like Margaret! WHEN WHIP-POOR-WILLS CAAAAAALLLL AND EV’NING IS NIGH! (Gotta get those dance moves in too!) Come on…you can DO IT! :)

* Then I cried while singing with John Denver ~ I’m Sorry. Then sobbed when Vince Gill & Ricky Skaggs (video with Alison Krauss, LOVE HER!) sang Go Rest High On That Mountain. Good grief. I turned off the music and switched it to Hong Kong Phooey on Boomerang. :)

* Another picture of one of my favorite valleys….Sierra Valley. Looking WSW between Chilcoot and Frenchman’s Lake. Haying time.

* To Dean Heller: WTF were you thinking you ARSEHOLE?! Just remember elections are coming up and I can’t wait to vote your arse out of office! Have a nice day! :)

A Fall Day along State Route 49, California ~ Part I

A few pictures from a drive along State Route 49 between Sattley, Downieville, Nevada City, Grass Valley.

Looking down into Sierra Valley ~

Aspens ~

Morning dew on some spent wildflowers ~

Downieville…

More pictures tomorrow!

Sierra Valley, California ~ Photographs ~ 30 May 2010

These were all taken in Sierra Valley on Memorial Day, 30 May 2010…Chilcoot, Loyalton, Sierraville area. The valley is beauitful (it’s always beautiful) right now, nice and green.

The Meadowlarks were singing up a storm…as were the Red-Winged Blackbirds. Lots to yellow and purple wildflowers. Happy cows. Happy ME! Especially when we stopped by the Frosty Freeze (not sure if that’s the real name), across from Wiggins and had a 1/2 & 1/2 ice cream cone. :)









Vinton – Chilcoot Cemetery ~ Sierra Valley, CA

We have a favorite area that we like to take rides up to ~ Sierra Valley (Chilcoot, Loyalton, Sierraville) and then on over to Portola, Ca.

I’ve driven by the Vinton-Chilcoot Cemetery a gazillon times, but have never stopped…that is until last Sunday.

There are some beautiful carved statues on some of those tombstones…thought I’d share. The place is dedicated to the Swiss-Italian Dairymen that settled the Sierra Valley in the mid-1800′s.

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I absolutely LOVE this statue…she’s beautiful!

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So is this pretty wee angel ~

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