For Today…30 June 2008 ~ The Simple Woman Journal

FOR TODAY … 30 June 2008

Outside My Window…More smoke from all the wildfires.

I am thinking…Sure am glad the a/c is finally working here at work…it’s going to be a hot day. Sorta sad my husband is not picking me up for lunch, but glad he’s taking my car for an oil change. Legislatures need to take a paycut and have no cost of living like the rest of us State Workers! OH! Tomorrow I get my name for the Simple Woman Summer Exchange! 🙂

I am thankful for… Still having a job with all the budget cuts that State of Nevada is going through. We will not be getting our Cost of Living, but we still have a job…it will be tough.

From the kitchen…Fresh picked spinach and romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, avocados, and leftover bbq’d stuffed flank steak. Along with fresh whole wheat french bread, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil out of the garden. Fresh brewed Sun Iced Tea.

I am wearing… brown and tan stripe sun dress and berks…was running late and forgot my rings and bracelet! :O

I am creating… a clean house! 🙂 Swept, mopped, vaccumed, and dusted!.

I am going… to go to lunch by myself. I see a couple of chicken soft tacos and a macho sized iced tea with lemon from Del Taco in my very near future

I am reading… just finished I am Morgan le Fay last night. Haven’t decided which book to read next. Probably an Addam’s Family book I picked up at our churches rummage sale. I love Charles Addams sense of humor.

I am hoping… that my husband wants to go up to Tahoe area for the Fourth to visit with his parents and sister…I love going up to TTT and haven’t this year, yet.

I am hearing… everyone coughing and sneezing from all the smoke in the air.

Around the house… there are two kitties…I’m not home at the moment, so they are either upstairs sleeping or Leo is chasing Max around.

One of my favorite things… Pumpkins. I love everything about pumpkins. The plant, the vines, the fruit, the pies, the pumpkin chili, the jack-o-lanterns!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… I actually do not have any plans! Oh my! Guess I’m just going to WING IT this week! 🙂

Here is picture thought I am sharing…The sunrise this morning with God’s Rays!

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Reno Rodeo & A Very Hot Weekend…

My sister gave me two tickets for Saturday’s Reno Rodeo Finals…reserved seating in the covered grandstand straight across from the shutes. Usually when we go its on the other side, in the sun, where we bake. It was pretty hot (98 degrees) and I toured the Jack Daniels travelling museum a couple of times just to get into the a/c! I’m a Bushmill’s girl (if I have any whiskey at all), but I was very grateful for JD on Saturday afternoon! 🙂

I love the rodeo…and while I like to see a cowboy stay on for the full 8 seconds…I love it even more when the horse and bull win. LOL! I especially love the bulls when they spin and spin and spin with slobber slinging in all directions. Cotton Rosser had brought some great stock this year, as always. I always love to listen to Bob Tallman; the Mutton Busting; the Steer Decorating; and we got to see a record set with a 91 in the saddle bronc. Cotton Rosser brought out one of the bucking mare’s new foals..they are so cute when little…all legs. There were some beautiful horses there…I especially like the dapple greys. And there were some local Clydesdales from the Redd Barney Ranch! Just beautiful!

These pictures were taken by Liz Margerum of the Reno Gazette-Journal:

Here are some of my pictures from my cell phone…not that great, but it’s all I had with me.

I HAVE A PUMPKIN ALREADY!!!!

More squash, Cinnamon Basil blooming, and overall garden pictures…

Oh…and I’ve discovered that Sugar Peas don’t quite like being in a pot with hot weather…they are all fried and dried. Luckily the ones I planted next to the pumpkins are doing great and are loaded with peas. Next year I’ll be planting them WAY before May.

Here are some pictures of this mornings sunrise…

It’s been very hot already…in the upper 90’s. Not looking forward to July’s weather. Fires, Smoke, and Heat.

It’s Wednesday and I’m Praying for some Southern Winds!

Sure wish we’d get some winds coming up from the south (I don’t think there are any fires to the south of us!)…this smoke that has settled into the Truckee Meadows is killing me.  Had to break out the Mucinex-D this morning. Photos below were taken this morning about 6am outside my work looking NE.

Last night while watering the flowers out front I spied a Flutterby on the lavender plants ~ lookie at his curly-thingy (very scientific name, I know)!

And a wee bee too…

Here is that yellow squash that I talked about yesterday…it went from 1-1/2″ one morning to 4″ in one day! There’s another one too…

I have more tomatoes setting on the plants…the whole time I was looking at the top of the Yellow Pear plant I didn’t even notice the six tomatoes that started below! The Giant Belgium Pink has lots more setting and the Japanese & Russian Blacks too.

I’ve packed away my jeans and brought out the crop pants, but decided I needed a couple of dresses. Went to Savers and found two…only they were too long and too big, so off I went to my mom’s for her to pin me. Took up the sides of the brown dress and had to hem it 6″ (I’m only 5’4″) as the dress went to the floor on me! The blue floral one doesn’t need to be taken in too much, but you can see in the one picture how much I have to hem it. 🙂 Big sigh. But for $8 per dress, I figured I could do the alterations! You can’t buy the fabric for that price! I love the brown one, it really looks great with Donna’s beaded button bracelet she made.

Smokey Sky, Garden Pictures, and an Early Birthday Gift!

Well…it’s summer time! The Truckee Meadows is being socked-in by all the smoke from the wildfires in northern California and the Pyramid Lake area. While I’m wheezing and coughing a bit…it makes for a lovely sunrise. These were taken this morning when I got to work around 5:45 am.

Peas are growing! Pulling pretty colored radishes. And that wee yellow squash doubled in size by the time I got home yesterday…it has a very pretty squash blossom on it now. Will take a picture of that tonight.


I bought a VERY CUTE button bracelet for my niece from a friend on Etsy. And in the box she also sent an early birthday present (mine isn’t until July)! It’s a bracelet I was teasing her about ~ “now that I’m all tanned from working out in the yard that bracelet you made sure would look pretty on me!” 🙂 Sure enough! It’s very pretty! It was wrapped up in a wooden box covered with Detroit Red Wings stickers! HAHAHAHAHA! Thank you Donna! You are a sweetie! I hope you sell lots in your etsy store!

The Simple Woman’s Summer Swap

Ooooooohhhhh….3 posts in one day. 🙂 I love swaps, so here goes another one!

(If I did the html right…you should be able to click on the image above and it’ll take you right on over to Peggy’s blog!)

Who would like to be a part of a swap? By the poll I took awhile back and still up on my sidebar, several of you do. So welcome to the first swap held here, The Simple Woman Summer Swap. Alot of us have little time at this point in the season to really sew something or take much time creating, so what about we do this and we do it 4 times a year…make it a seasonal swap for fun? I thought it would be a good idea if we did something easy and just fun for those busy girls which are most of us!

So let’s send to our swap partner, a new something, a gently used something from home that you would like to share, and something from a thrift, goodwill or yard sale that is lovely and says, “SUMMER”. (IF you have time to create, sew, knit or any of the hand-crafted ways of making something, PLEASE do, but do not feel you have too.)
Remember the theme is “SUMMER” so keep that in mind when choosing your items (like no stuffed snowman for the summer swap…lol)…not spending more than $12.00 before shipping. (Do keep in mind how you package and how rough the postal system can be when wrapping and packaging.)

So here are the guidelines I will use when doing our 4 seasonal swaps held here at The Simple Woman’s blog.

1. I am going to be using the Mister Linky feature which means you MUST have an established AND active blog (at least 3 months old) I am sorry to those who do not have one, but I have run swaps before and want to keep this swap as honest and true as one can do online. You MUST have a place on your blog where your partner can come, visit you and contact you…this may work with leaving a comment on your blog as well as an email. It will be YOUR responsibility to contact YOUR partner.

2. You MUST spread the fun by sharing about this swap on your blog and then coming back here and posting your permalink (just like you do for your daybook entries each Monday) This way alot of ladies can join us!

I will gather your Mister Linky link numbers as well as your first names until Tuesday, June 24th allowing the word to get out, and then on Tuesday, July 1st I will post the list of swap partners here on my blog. (EXAMPLE..Peggy-#1 with Lucy-#12 and Lucy-#12- with Peggy-#1).
3. The deadline to have YOUR things to YOUR partner for the swap will be Tuesday, July 19th giving you ample time to get them to your partner (Remember you will be swapping with her and she with you.

4. Please make sure you’re free and able to gather your 3 items BEFORE you commit because late swap gifts are NO fun. THIS IS A COMMITMENT!

5. And finally, please, please share on your blog that you received your items and if you can take a picture of your things in the same entry so we can all enjoy the bounty of summer gifts!!! On the deadline of July 19th, I will put up Mister Linky again for those who took part in the summer swap at the bottom of my own swap entry, allowing you after you have posted on your blog to share about what you received and the picture/s shared to let us all of us take part in seeing what summer fun we all received!

It is at this time and IF after you have followed through with signing up by Mister Linky by the deadline, sending your swap partner her things by the deadline and then posting and sharing a picture of your swap things you received by the deadline that you will be entered into a summer drawing of some really nice things. Yep, I have already started gathering the things I plan to send!! It will be to the gal whose number on the LAST mister linky list is drawn.

IF after reading this, you feel it is something you would LOVE to do, be willing to follow through with all 3 deadlines, then please take part. I think this will be FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, you are only committing to one swap at a time. I will post about the Autumn swap and we will begin again then…ok?

Garden Life, Yard Sale Finds & Family

Some more favorite things ~

My garden, as most of you all know, I just love. Especially finding veggies growing!

And pumpkin vines! Also Pea vines…actually any vines! I love how they curl and attach themselves.

Sunflowers and their sun worshipping…I love how the plant follows the sun…can’t wait for the flower to bloom and watch it migrate. A trio of pictures follows…morning sun, mid-day sun, and evening.



I was pulling weeds when I yanked one up and had a blast of Chamomile up the nose! Took a REAL look at it and exclaimed “that IS Chamomile!” What the?! I took the plant out back and put it in a container until I found my wildflower book. Sure enough ~ Wild Chamomile! I’m going to replant it near my rhubarb plants when I get home tonight…it’s being kept company in the small garden box at the moment.

The many faces of Hannah, my niece ~ we were at the Sparks Marina for lunch on Friday.

Finally…yard sales. They weren’t all that great this weekend, but I did pick up a bunch of books for a quarter each at the Sparks Methodist Rummage sale.

Tyler Florence’s Tyler Ultimate Cookbook
I am Morgan le Fay by Nancy Springer
Because of Winn-Dixie by DiCamillo
Shadow of Shaniko by Clamity Jan (signed copy)
ColorVision by Joe Marvullo
Greenwater – Death Valley’s Greatest Copper Camp
20 Mule Team Days in Death Valley
The Worst Best Halloween Ever by Barbara Robinson

And for 50 cents each ~ three cds ~

Clannad’s Anam
Sarah McLachlan’s Music That Matters To Her
Ken Burn’s The Civil War soundtrack.

For Today…23 June 2008 Simple Woman Daybook

FOR TODAY … 23 June 2008

Outside My Window…Smoke from a fire in eastern Nevada.

I am thinking…Stupid smoke! I can’t take my walk now! Can’t wait for our trip to Monterey Aquarium in July…miss the ocean. Hope there is no fires there.

I am thankful for…Having a roof over my head still…there were a lot of semi-homeless walking the alley this morning going through everyone’s recycle-bins.

From the kitchen…No food, just soy wax and fragrance oils from candle making last night for one of my summer swaps.

I am wearing…Tan cropped jeans, brown linen tank, berks! Geez…it’s that same thing I had on last Monday…only I have a pretty copper and raku glass bracelet on made by Clare, a fellow crafter in the Crafters' Cafe.

I am creating…Soy candles; photograph note cards; dirty feet.

I am going…clean out the shed for an upcoming yard sale.

I am reading…The Best Worst Halloween Ever by Barbara Robinson. Yes, I have a thing about children’s books.

I am hoping…that my husband can find a job that he likes and stick with it.

I am hearing…Atlantic Sound Factory on iTunes Radio ~ they’re playing Home Again by Dirty Vegas.

Around the house…there are boxes collecting items for a yard sale.

One of my favorite things…taking pictures of my plants, flowers and family. Pumpkin vines.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:buy a flat of strawberries to try my hand at making jam.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…My niece, Hannah…I tricked her by saying I wasn’t taking her picture anymore, so she peeked out behind her hands.

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The Simple Woman is the original home of The Simple Woman's Daybook.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook will take place each Monday.

Here’s how to take part:

1. Write up and publish your journal page using the questions/picture ideasI have listed below onto your blog. Be as descriptive as you can! This makes it more interesting to your readers. (You may cut and paste them forthe purpose to participate in The Simple Woman’s Daybook.)

2. Copy the “permalink” from your “The Simple Woman’s Daybook” post, notthe link to the front page of your blog.This will make it much easier for others to find instead of looking throughthe entire list of entries at your blog for your “daybook”. This will save time for all of us.

3. Come back here and add your permalink to Mister Linky.

Veggies on the Vine & Life from a Park Bench

I’ve veggies growing! Still only one tomato about the size of a marble (but lots of blossoms) ~ found a squash last night (and lots of blossoms) ~ peas & peppers are blooming ~ corn is a’growing tall ~ had the first of the spinach and romaine last night for dinner with some radishes too. Now I must wait…impatiently I may add…for the rest to grow-up. LOL!

We have 2 doves that must have a nest in the back yard somewhere…they come down to the garden after I water it every evening. And I saw a young Scrub Jay back there too with some goobers.

After dinner, not wanting to watch the news, I went out front with my camera and plopped down on the bench to watch the world go by. It was Farmer’s Market night so there was a lot of traffic both foot and car-wise. But I was more interested in the young Robin following his mama around the yard. He was definitely having a “bad hair day”…too cute for words, so here he is ~

Copper kitty and quail way out front ~

The church steeple next door ~

A David Austin, The Squire, rose…

The Memorial Cairn I made for my obsidian rock (that I had for 22 years of my life) that some bloody arse stole from the yard.

Had my tootsies up…seems I’ve already developed my summer icky feet. 🙂 I hate wearing socks, so if I’m not going on a hike I wear Berks or go bare-footed.

Now…wasn’t that an exciting evening in Sparks?! LOL! Hope everyone has a great weekend…not really sure what we have planned other than yard sales.

One of our upcoming seminar speakers is “into” rockets and told me about launchings up at the Black Rock. It looks like AEROPAC has a launch this weekend. Really not sure if you have to pay to watch…I’d probably just take my binoculars with me, then head on over to Trego Hot Springs for the rest of the day.

June 19 Mudrock Setup Day – meeting at Bruno’s @ 1:00 before heading out to the launch site

June 20 Mudrock Research Launch – Black Rock Desert
Waiver 100,000ft MSL (96,500 ft AGL)
Note: During Research Launches spectators must stay clear of the launch pads and any area where people are prepping research rockets and or motors.
$30 per person attending

June 21, 22 Mudrock – Black Rock Desert
Waiver 100,000ft MSL (96,500 ft AGL)
Club Meeting after day launch closes
Saturday Night launch with 7,500ft MSL (4,000 ft AGL) waiver, J motors and under. All HPR rockets must carry visible strobes.
Please sign up for launch duty.
$30 per person to launch
$5 per day for everyone else

Full Moon, Rock Cairns and Roses at UNR…just pics today!

Just pictures today ~ but I love pictures so I’m happy with that! 🙂

What a beautiful full moon we had last night, eh?! I got the tripod out and took pictures around 10 pm out in the front yard. I think the shots of the trees in front of the moon came out pretty cool.

Took more pictures of the rose beds at the north end of campus next to the Medical School. I should have asked her name, the girl who takes care of all the roses on campus. She was out prunning. Told her how much I love what she is doing with them…and that I was envious of her job. LOL! Also found out that the guy who takes care of our grounds at the Medical School and who makes the rock cairns is her fiance. Would love to see their yard at home…

Get ready for lots of roses…and one Mum!

And here are some more rock cairn pictures…

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That….

First off ~ this is for Blazedanielle! I’m still not sure about your clematis, but I thumbed through that Terrific Garden Tonic book and found these tidbits that may help. I also noticed that some late blooming clematis are supposed to be trimmed back to 8″…but I’m not sure about your dry roots. Hopefully these two tonics may help.

Clematis Chow

Grandma Putt grew truly magnificent clematis, thanks to the Clematis Chow she developed especially for it. This mixture helps keep clematis roots MOIST, well-fed, and luxuriating in soil that always has a near-neutral pH.

Mix these ingredients in a wheelbarrow:

5 gal. of well-cured horse or cow manure
1/2 cup lime (leave out if your soil is already on the alkaline side)
1/2 cup bone meal

Spread the mixture over the root zone of your clematis first thing in the spring. Then add a rich mulch of half-rotted compost to make sure the soil stays cool and moist. Follow up with my Royal Clematis Cocktail for a real boost to your blooming beauties.

Royal Clematis Cocktail

Ingredients:
1 can of beer (ugh…this one always kills me. I have to run to the store for bud or coors as my plants are NOT getting my Sierra Nevada or Guinness!)
4 TBSP of ammonia
2 TBSP of fish emulsion
2 TBSP of baby shampoo
Warm Water

Mix the beer, ammonia, fish emulsion, and shampoo in a 2-gallon watering can, filling the balance of the can with warm water. Pour the solution around the roots of your clematis every tree weeks throughout the growing season.

Next…iTunes Radio! OMGosh! My sister called me to ask if I had iTunes on my computer here at work…sure! “Go to iTunes Radio and click on Atlantic Sound Factory…he’s going to be playing the new Coldplay cd you want to buy!” Atlantic Sound Factory ~ 40 Years of Great Music from the USA & UK.

The Atlantic Sound Factory internet radio station is licensed by LoudCity and is not for-profit. This station is 100% listener supported.

Playing carefully selected tracks by UK and US artists from the 1970s to today, ASF Radio provides both broadband and dialup audio, and is currently available on iTunes, Windows Media Player and Winamp radio station listings under Classic Rock.

Thanks to all the supporters who make it possible for ASF Radio to stay on the air.

I’ve listened to INXS, Scorpions, Laura Branigan (Gloria HAHAHAHAHA), Talk Talk, Crystal Gayle, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Gordon Lightfoot, Sara Melson…no Coldplay yet. 🙂 Great station…am singing lots this morning. May have to make the $10 donation to keep him going. His weekly SCHEDULE ~

YEAH!!! Coldplay just came on….am going to go buy the new cd at lunch today. My favorite of their albums is A Rush of Blood to the Head.

I read in the Reno Gazette-Journal that there is a Reno Photo Club…I did not know that. LOL! I should grab my sister one of those meeting nights and go.

The Reno Photo Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays
and last Friday of each month, January thru June, and September thru November
from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.

The meeting place is the Classic Residence
3201 Plumas Street in Reno, Nevada.

Guests are always welcome!

I love to read and when out at yard sales I’m ALWAYS buying up books…much to my husband’s dismay. (He’s had to move way too many of my books and rocks during our many moves…mumbling under his breath why can’t I collect something light weight?!)

Anyhoo…the next book on the pile to read was Janette Oke’s A Bride for Donnigan. I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but it’s actually quite good. Was crying last night…good grief. It’s a quick read, three nights max…before you go to sleep.