For Today ~ 15 September 2008 ~ Simple Woman Daybook

FOR TODAY … 15 September 2008

Outside My Window…Another hot day in store ~ 92F-94F. Big sigh. Not a cloud in the sky. Construction workers working on the building next door. Students and lab techs slowly making their way in from the parking lot.

I am thinking…it’s already the 15th of September. Didn’t the month just start?! Where did the last two weeks go? I need a nap. I hope my sister brought the second book of the Twilight series. I’m hungry already! Sheesh. (I think my brain is snapping in different directions today)

I am thankful for… My job, my friends, and the roof over my head…and the possiblity of mid-80F temps later in the week.

From the kitchen… the smell of roasted New Mexican Hatch green chiles…oh so yummy. I made up my own take of a green chile pork posole dish up last night ~ roasted a lot of chiles and then skinned them. Put in one head of garlic and one yellow onion (both from Yerington and Smith Valley, Nevada) into the blender. Heated up a TBSP of canola oil into the cast iron skillet and put the garlic, onion and about 4 cups of shredded pork butt roast (that I slow-cooked all day on Saturday in organic fat-free chicken broth and cumin)…browned it up and then added the minced green chiles. Added some of the strained broth from the pork and two cans of white hominy (drained). Served it with homemade tortillas. We’re having leftovers tonight… 🙂

I am wearing… sundress (my favorite brown and tan striped one) and berks, hair back in a clip.

I am creating… a hemp necklace for my sister…used a spiral weave…can’t figure out how to securely wrap the shark’s tooth (it’s only half of one, so it’s a little harder to wrap).

I am going… …to do payroll after I’m done here.

I am reading… The Twilight series ~ just finished up the first book and hoping my sister brought the second one today. Will pick it up at lunch time.

I am hoping… STILL: that my husband can find a job real quick as he is out of work again (please pray!)…I’m tired of the temporary jobs…as I’m sure he is too. We need a full-time permanent job for him! (I think this is the last week of this job ~ he needs another one lined up!)

I am hearing… The hum of the chillers, my office mate typing and listening to Rob, Arnie & Dawn, and next door office folks

Around the house… We planted a BEAUTIFUL Green Mountain Maple tree out front.

One of my favorite things… trees…especially trees turning colors in the fall. Oaks, Maples and Aspens.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… sandwich the Underground Railroad quilt together and pin-baste it. Cut out some blocks of the Dear Jane quilt so I can start hand-appliquéing.

Here is picture thought I’d share with you…my new tree ~ ACER saccharum ‘Green Mountain’ sugar maple.


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ACER saccharum ‘Green Mountain’ Maple

Meet our new member to our front yard ~ a very handsome Green Mountain sugar Maple! I’m all ah’giddy! I’ve had my mind set on a new tree for the front yard for over a year now. Back and forth between a fruitless Mulberry type or a Maple of some sort. Then I settled on I WANT COLOR IN THE FALL! So the Maple won out.

Then came googling Maples. I wanted a flashy tree for October ~ and came up with October Glory. I had my heart set on that one…seemed it would be perfect for our yard. But…there weren’t very many of them in the Reno/Sparks area. The nursery closest to my house had a few, but wanted $140 for a 15 gallon tree. Kept calling around and found one in Reno for $76. Better price.

Called the next closest nursery to my house, Rail City Garden Center. They did not have the October Glory, but did have two other sugar Maples that I might like. One being the Green Mounatin sugar Maple.
They had 3 of them for $76.99…since I would rather give a local nursery my money we went there to take a peeksee.

The Green Mountain Sugar Maple, ‘Acer saccharum “Green Mountain”, is a very handsome deciduous tree with leathery leaves. This showy tree is upright and oval in shape. This tree is noted for its improved performance in dry restricted growing areas such as areas close to pavement. The Green Mountain carries all of the characteristics of the Sugar Maple with the strong limbs and the gorgeous fall color and the seeds are inconspicuous and causes no significant litter problems.

The Green Mountain is used for wide tree lawns, screens, shade, and as specimen tree. It is also good street tree. The leathery leaves and durable foliage resists heat and drought. Sugar Maple is among the most shade tolerant of large deciduous trees. Like other maples, its shade tolerance is manifested in its ability to germinate and persist under a closed canopy as an understory plant.

Anyhoo…Rail City Garden Center has BEAUTIFUL 15 gallon trees ~ and they were 30% off! Our tree cost us $53 ~ bought it, they tagged it and held onto it for a day while I dug a hole. We figured it would take a day to dig the bloody hole since there are so many rocks in our property. But someone must have actually dug them out of the lawn as I didn’t hit rocks until I was about 15″ down. YEAH! It’s standing nice and tall now out front.

My upper back arm muscles (triceps?) are killing me now from pulling up the lawn…a yard circle with 8″ of dirt attached to the bottom is hard! I wanted to keep it in one piece JUST IN CASE we dug into pipes (which happened to the first hole…ran into some very old looking metal pipes, not sure what they were so I re-filled the hole and started over again).