Happy Birthday, Nevada! 31 October 1864

Probably won’t be near a computer tomorrow so just wanted to wish everyone a happy Nevada Day! For those of us that have the day off, enjoy! Looks like it’ll be perfect weather (hee!)…I mean come on folks! How many of us have been here long enough that it just wouldn’t be Nevada Day without some rain or snow??!!! I know you old 4-H’ers are out there that spent many hiney freezing hours on a float down in Carson City during the Nevada Day Parade…with either rain, snow or sleet. πŸ™‚

Now we celebrate Nevada Day on the last Friday of the month. Still seething on that one..to me that’s like changing the 4th of July! I voted against the 3-day weekend, Nevada Day should be on the 31st no matter what.

Just some tidbits for all of you outside of Nevada.


Nevada was brought in as the 36th state in the Union on 31 October 1864 by President Abraham Lincoln…President Lincoln needed some votes for his reelection and the Nevada Territory had union leanings.

Nicknames: Sagebrush State (boy-howdy can I attest to this one…sniffle, sniffle), Silver State, Battle-Born State

Nevada is Spanish for “snow-capped”

State Artifact is the Tule Duck which is almost 2,000 years old and discovered in the 1920’s at Lovelock Cave.

State Fossil is the Ichthyosaur ~ and we grew them big here in Nevada! LOL! Our Ichy’s are the Shonisaurus and grew to be 55 feet long. You can visit them at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park which is just east of Gabbs and South of Ione. I worked there 3 summers as a park aide while going to school at UNR (Mackay School of Mines). If you haven’t been there…GO! Great place, lots of fun. It’s a good spot to set up base camp and hop around the area…Grantsville, Ione, Austin, Reese River Valley.

State Bird ~ Mountain Bluebird (though I think it should be the Pinyon or Scrub Jay myself)…pretty little bird that I don’t see much of.

State Animal ~ the Desert Bighorn Sheep…another critter that I haven’t seen much of.

State Fish ~ Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Now this critter I have seen! We were staying at Old Pioneer Garden B&B in Unionville and explored/fished the canyons around the area. Hiking up Rocky Canyon my husband caught a native Cutthroat in the small creek…she was a wee beautiful fishie! Used a barbless hook and she was set free.

State Reptile ~ Desert Tortoise. A critter I do see a lot of as my sister owns one…it has been in her husband’s family for a very, very long time now. Shelton gets to visit a lot of school children every year. He’s all snuggly in his winter box now.

State Flower ~ Sagebrush. It’s everywhere…can’t miss it…one of the best smells on earth is sagebrush after it rains.

State Tree ~ Single-Leaf Pinon (pinus monophylla). A beautiful bushy pine that produces great nuts and makes for a very pretty Christmas tree. But a note…if you cut one down with the BLM permit, just make sure you have a drop-cloth underneath the tree and don’t use your best ornaments. πŸ™‚ This tree makes for a very pretty primitive Christmas tree. White lights and nature ornaments ~ popcorn, dried apple slices, dried orange slices, pinyon pine cones (gather the pine cones and then place on a foil-line cooke sheet, place in oven on a low setting. The sap from the cones will heat up and then shellac the pinecone when cooled! VERY PRETTY!).

Also is the Bristlecone Pine ~ the oldest living thing on earth. I’ve seen the ones at Great Basin National Park on the hike up Wheeler Peak.

State Precious Gemstone is the Virgin Valley Black Fire Opal which is found in very northern Washoe County. During the summer take a trip on up and root around the Royal Peacock Mine or the Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine…those are the two I remember of.

HAHAHAHA! We have a State Tartan! Too funny.

State Metal is Silver and our Colors are Silver and Blue (GO PACK!)

Premio Dardos Blog Award! Thankies!

Thank you, Karen at Homespun Simplicity Blog, for honoring me with this award! This award acknowledges the values that every blogger shows in his/her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary and personal values every day. WOW! This is the first time someone thought enough of my blog to issue an award ~ πŸ™‚ Thank you! πŸ˜€ 😎 πŸ˜€

The rules to follow are :

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person that has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2) Pass the award to other 15 blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment. Remember to contact each of them to let them know they have been chosen for this award.


Whoa Nellie…now I have to figure out who to pass on my award to! I’m not going to play by the full rules ~ as I don’t want to put everyone on the spot…so please go visit all of my blog picks and if you are one of them and want to grab the award, please do! IT’S YOURS!


My top choice would be my friend Sue in Oregon…

1. Sue at Perpetual Plum for everything she writes about!

2. Donna at This Year's Dozen for trying to learn something new every month of the year…but goes back to beading. She’s trying! πŸ™‚

3. Blaze at Blaze Danielle for her wonderful artwork and making me smile.

4. Belinda at Sewing Sunsets for her sewing tutorials and all she does for charity. πŸ™‚

5. Judah at Judah's Journal for her nurturing of quilting and spiritual needs. πŸ˜€

6. Nancy at Homemade Blessings anyone with 9 children and is still a delight to read deserves an award! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

7. Penny at Diosa Domestica de la Locura ~ I’ve have to give support to a fellow beader. πŸ˜€

8. April at April's Atelier for being my buddy in quilting, flowers, poems, and life. πŸ˜€

9. Rachel at Small Notebook for her ever so helpful grasp on everyday life!

10. Peggy at The Simple Woman for helping with canning and starting the Simple Woman’s Daybook.

11. Danielle at Danielle's she’s a great read and a wonderful photographer too.

12. Kurt at Nevada Outside for his absolutely beautiful photographs and helping Wild Nevada stay Wild!

13. David at Write in My Journal for as his title states ~ Everyone Has a Story to Tell…and then letting them do just that.

14. Angela & Matt at Eclectic Culture Farm for doing something that I only dream about! Living off of the grid on a farm. All my hopes and prayers are with you and your family on your new journey.

15. Sharon at Digipics Photography for making it a better world with her photographs and friendship.

There…I could fill up more numbers, but it said 15, so I’ll stop.

Finished Pinwheel Quilt with 1930’s Reproduction Fabric

I’ve been working on lap quilts to donate (I had one place in mind, but a coworker threw in another children’s place so I have to make a decision soon).

The latest is a simple Pinwheel quilt using 1930’s reproduction fabric…I was never really fond of the 1930’s fabric before, but thought it would make a nice children’s quilt. Boy is it ever a cheerful fabric! I love it now. I’m going to have to make myself something out of the 1930’s repos! πŸ™‚

My local quilt shop sells “candy sticks”…10″ squares…that I cut into quarters. The pinwheel blocks ended up being 8” when all put together.

Binding isn’t one of my strong points. I still can’t grasp the mitered corners. And I never know how to put the stupid things on…do I make a binding strip and sew it on? Do I add it to the quilt top and sew over? So I took down one of my Great Grandma’s quilts and gave it a good go over…she had sewed strips to the front of the quilt and then folded it over and hand-stitched to the back. That is what I did…and it turned out okay.

Day at Trego Hot Springs, Black Rock Desert ~ Nevada

FINALLY! Saturday we finally made it back up to the Black Rock…we’ve been wanting to get up there before the snow flies, seems something always came up.

Drove up Pyramid Lake Highway and then took a right once got to Pyramid Lake heading towards Nixon.

I wanted to keep going north and go through the Smoke Creek, but alas…for some odd reason I don’t always get my way! 😦 That’s ok, because then I wouldn’t have seen the Truckee at Nixon ~

Nor gotten pics (digital this time…I’ve lots of film pictures) of the petroglyphs on the Winnemucca Lake side half way between Nixon and Gerlach ~

We stopped off at a “storage unit” garage sale in Empire…my husband can’t pass a yard sale…then headed on through Gerlach to Planet X. I was going to get an angel ornament, but saw a froggie while paying and changed my mind. I get something everytime we’re up there…usually from the seconds shelf.

Then back through Gerlach towards Empire to catch the BLM road to Winnemucca…Trego Hot Springs is on the way. The water was great…weather was warm too. Last time we were there it snowed. Two trains passed. Only had two other people there the whole day and they didn’t show up until 4pm…ended up that she knew my FIL, went to high school together! It’s a small world! I hiked around while my husband rode his bike. Played cribbage, frisbee, soaked in the hot springs.

Then sped across the playa to Bruno's in Gerlach…we didn’t get the ravioli’s instead we had fried chicken and spaghetti (we shared our meals). I wish I had pictures of the moonless night to share with you. Had to pull-over between Gerlach and Nixon for a “pit stop” πŸ˜€ and just happened to look up…Oh My Gosh! I haven’t seen that many stars in a long time. The Milky Way was so thick it looked like someone just painted the sky with white. The Big Dipper was sitting low…shooting stars everywhere. Big sigh. We pulled the tailgate down and just sat for 1/2 hour watching the sky.

For Today ~ 27 October 2008 ~ The Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 27 October 2008

Outside My Window… A clear sunny day with high clouds…going to almost hit 80F today. Construction workers. Students.

I am thinking… My head hurts…the sinus’ are killing me! Stupid blooming Rabbit bush ~ ACK!

I am thankful for… Benadryl and Mucinex.

From the kitchen… Will be a take-n-bake pizza as I have to make Turkey Pumpkin Chili for our potluck here at work tomorrow.

I am wearing…tan crop pants, berks, brown linen tank, a sweater, and hair in a ponytail.

I am creating… I’m finishing up the binding on the pinwheel quilt.

I am going… my mind hurts…not sure where I’m going or going to do. 😦

I am reading… I haven’t been reading the last few nights, been quilting.

I am hoping… that my husband can find another temp job as the one he’s had for the last 2 months ends this week.

I am hearing… my co-workers computer…she has Rob, Arnie and Dawn on. Phones ringing next door. People out in the hallway. The air-duct system on the roof is very loud.

Around the house… it’s clean. I cleaned yesterday. And rearranged the master bedroom/craft room.

One of my favorite things… a head that doesn’t hurt. Christmas music. Quilting. Scrub Jays telling me that I didn’t give them enough goobers. A moonless night with stars as far as the eye can see…boy that Milky Way was something on Saturday night!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… more quilting. Not sure what I’ll do on Nevada Day this Friday…

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…Pictures from our Saturday trip to Pyramid Lake and Black Rock Desert.

Taken on the way into Planet X Pottery ~ πŸ™‚

The reason for my killer sinus’ ~

UPRR train, on old Western Pacific Rail tracks, going by Trego Hot Springs on it’s way to Gerlach and beyond…


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I received my David Austin Handbook of Roses 2009!

If you heard a bunch of loud OMGoshes and pure moans of joy from Sparks, Nevada last night…that was me! I received the new David Austin Handbook of Roses 2009 catalog in the mail yesterday. I’m all Ah’Giddy just thinking about the roses I want to plant. The English Old Rose Hybrids are just too pretty for words. If I get any money for Christmas ~ I know exactly what I want to buy for the front yard! πŸ˜€

Harlow Carr

Claire Austin ~ English Musk Hybrid ~ with 120 petals! She’s beautiful! The flowers of Claire Austin start a very pleasing soft yellow which quickly fades to creamy-white. It has a very strong fragrance based on myrrh with dashes of meadowsweet, vanilla and heliotrope.

Port Sunlight ~ English Musk Hybrid ~ with 90 petals. The rich apricot colored petals are arranged to form slightly quartered rosettes. Strong rich tea fragrance.

Gentle Hermione ~ Old Rose Hybrid ~ 90 petals ~ This variety bears some of the most perfectly formed flowers of true Old Rose character. The color is true pink, paling to soft blush towards the outside. A strong, warm, classic Old Rose scent with a hint of myrrh.

Lady Of Megginch ~ Old Rose Hybrid ~ 100 petals ~ The color is a very rich, deep pink; slightly tinged with deep orange at first and then changing to a deep rose pink. There is a good, fruity Old Rose fragrance with a definite hint of raspberry.

The Lichfield Angel, Strawberry Hill, Tea Clipper,

A Shropshire Lad

Benjamin Britten, Carding Mill, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Charolette, Crocus Rose,

Crown Princess Margareta

Falstaff, Evelyn, Eglantyne, Glamis Castle, Graham Thomas, James Galway, Harlow Carr, Heritage, Molineux, Queen of Sweden, Spirit of Freedom,

Teasing Georgia

The Alnwick Rose

Winchester Cathedral, William Shakespeare 2000……..I could keep going until I copied his whole book.

You can buy 4 plants for a special price, I’ll have a hell of a time trying to narrow my choices down. ACK!

Sunday Stroll through Rancho San Rafael Park ~ Autumn Colors

Sunday while my husband rode his bike at Rancho San Rafael Park ~ I strolled through the Wilbur D. May Arboretum with my camera, of course! πŸ™‚ I’m only going to post 20 of the 89 pictures…heh.

For Today ~ 20 October 2008 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 20 October 2008

Outside My Window… A clear sunny day with high clouds…going to be 70F today. The remains of the bombfire from Homecoming Night.

I am thinking… Happy Birthday, Husband of Mine.

I am thankful for… Being able to vote! I voted early on Saturday! For Gerneral Colin Powell’s interview on Sunday morning! πŸ™‚

From the kitchen… Dirty dishes! Oy! Tonight I’ll be picking up some chicken wings from Wing Stop…will be getting the Family Pack deal that I have a coupon for.

I am wearing…tan crop pants, berks, lime green short sleave sweater and hair in a ponytail.

I am creating… Still working on that pinwheel lap quilt…and sewing together 2-1/2″ squares into a four patch.

I am going…a bit crazy putting together the abstract book and presentation schedule for our graduate student retreat.

I am reading… I have two chapters left on the fourth and last book of the Twilight Series…I’ve 3 others sitting on my night stand ready to be opened up.

I am hoping…that my husband has a nice birthday today.

I am hearing… The Adam Carolla Show via my computer.

Around the house…is fabric! Everywhere! I’ve quilting on the brain!

One of my favorite things… The smell of the books on the lower levels of the library…I just love that smell! Fabric! Lovely 100% cotton fabric stashes!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…figure out a quilt design for the two Moda Layer Cakes I got in Cotton Blossoms (JCM) and (JCD) print. I have 40 10×10 pieces of each.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…From my walk yesterday at Rancho San Rafael Park near the University of Nevada…the fall colors are just lovely at the moment!


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Happy Goat made it into the Reno Gazette Journal!

The picture I took of the happy goat at Ferrari Farms made it into the Sparks Neighborhood section of today’s Reno Gazette-Journal. Cool. I’ve yet to see it, but my mom called to tell me about it. πŸ™‚

Hope everyone has a great weekend ~ we’ve a slight change of plans for the weekend. Instead of heading to Placerville and Apple Hill…we’re headed north to Black Rock Desert and the Smoke Creek Desert. Will visit Planet X Pottery and then head over to Trego Hot Springs and then will probably have Raviolis at Bruno's, in Gerlach, for dinner. Gotta make sure both set of camera batteries are charged and ready to go. I love taking pictures up there.

End of the 2008 Backyard Garden ~ Next year’s Inventory

Well…I yanked the last of the tomato and pepper plants. We had a few nights where it dropped down to the freezing and my ‘maters froze.

Here’s a list of all the veggies I planted this year:

Sugar Peas
Red Leaf Lettuce
Green Onions
Black Beans
Bush Green Beans
Cayenne Peppers
Sweet Italian Peppers
Red Carribean Haberano Peppers
Black Zucchini
Mexican Grey Squash
Yellow Crook-neck Squash
Yellow Pear Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Italian Parsley

Things I will do different next year:

Sugar Peas ~ I think I’ll pass on the peas next year. I don’t have the room to plant the amount one needs to get a good crop yield.

Tomatoes ~ No more wee tomatoes. My mom gave me two of her Heirloom tomatoes and I took the seeds out of one (then ate the tomato! Yum!). I’ll start plants from the seeds…definitely need plants in spring, not seeds.

Corn ~ Definitely more corn! It was very tasty and I didn’t plant enough this year. Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

Onions ~ I’m going to pass on the green onions and plant yellow and red onions. Garlic too! The garlic will be planted this fall.

Radishes and Carrots ~ Yes! Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

Squash ~ I think I’m going to just go with the Mexican Grey Squash and only two plants. I love that stuff and it grew much better than the zucchini and crook-neck. Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

Of course Pumpkins…I’ll plant only two mounds and put them out front where they grew the best. Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

I’ll only plant Green Beans next year and put them where I had the pumpkins in the back (that didn’t grow too well)…it’ll be a great place for them where it’ll be easy to stake them. (see picture below) Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

More cucumber plants…this time I’ll make something for them to climb on. Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

Yes to Cayenne Peppers and then I’ll plant New Mexican Hatch Green Chiles too. I seeded both of them and will start the seeds early so I have nice size plants to transplant in the spring…it takes too long to start them by seed in the spring.

Potatoes ~ I’m going to plant potatoes next year. I KNOW that they grow great in northern Nevada. I’d like to try Cabbage too.

I’ll move the basil out front where the parsley and thyme is. Rhubarb plants stay where they’re at. The Romaine and Red Leaf Lettuce didn’t do all that well as the squash plants over-powered them. If I plant them next year it will have to be in a place all by themselves.