Friendship Award

Friendship Award

Friendship Award

My friend and fellow crafter gave me a Friendship Award for my blog ~ 🙂 Thank you DONNA!

Pass it on to five other bloggers and include the “award” photo and the following pre-written text:

“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to those bloggers who must choose at least 5 more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

Hmmm…not really sure where this originated (I wouldn’t say it’s cleverly-written, but I like the intent and will make up my own Friendship reasoning!) ~ but here goes my five blog picks!

1 ~ NEVADA OUTSIDE ~ I pick Kurt for his love of Nevada and her wilderness! What better friend for our lovely state?

2 ~ APRIL'S ATELIER ~ because April is a GREAT FRIEND! 🙂 Love you!

3 ~ DIOSA DOMESTICA De La LOCURA ~ Well, Penny is one of my new Crazy Friends. 🙂 Life is certainly more interesting knowing she’s out there in this great big world!

4 ~ MENNONITE GIRLS CAN COOK ~ I’m sorry…but what says friendship more than a bunch of ladies that share their favorite recipes with you?! And for GOODNESS SAKES! There is a WHOOPIE PIE COOKIE recipe today!!!

5 ~ BLAZE DANIELLE ~ Blaze is a sweetie who shares her artwork with the rest of us.

For Today ~ 30 March 2009 ~ The Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 30 March 2009

Outside My Window… Very cool morning with sunshine and blue sky…hopefully it won’t be gale winds out there today.

I am thinking… I’ve been here in Nevada for 29 years and I’m still not used to it being 73F one day and 53F the next…although I’m pretty sure it was colder than 53F yesterday…could have been the wind chill factor though. I’m going to brew myself a cup of Jasmine Green tea. I need to do a budget revision…probably a few of them. My wee orchid is still alive here on my desk! Wonder how I have a green thumb for anything but orchids…

I am thankful for… the promise of Spring…however fleeting that is.

From the kitchen… not sure what I’m going to make when I get home tonight. Maybe use a coupon for El Pollo Loco.

I am wearing… usual Monday garb for the last month ~ blue jeans and a black turtleneck with a copper/crystal necklace I made.

I am creating… My garden. 🙂 I’ve been procrastinating on my Spring Exchange in one of my craft groups. It’s hard to get excited about an exchange partner who never visits the group unless there is an exchange going on. Maybe I’ll just break down and buy something instead of making my gift.

I am going… to finish cleaning out the iris bed. I know it’s not the right time to dig them up and transplant, but that’s what I’m doing. I still have some in a wheelbarrow to give out…as I already transplanted the ones I wanted along the very front fence. I need to plant my herb bed too.

I am reading… the not-so-new Hobby Farm Home magazine.

I am hoping… My constant wish ~ That everyone that is looking for a job, finds one.

I am hearing… the nice guy that does our landscaping at the north end of campus run the lawnmower…he always has a nice smile and hello ready for you. Mike working on the autoclaves upstairs. Someone writing on the chalkboard in the conference room next to me.

Around the house… Herbs to be planted. Bed sheets need to be washed.

One of my favorite things… Taking drives up to Pyramid Lake and take pictures.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Quilting, copper hammering and yard work.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…

Daffy on a cold windy spring day.

Daffy on a cold windy spring day.

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Congratulations Hannah! 3rd Place in Western Nevada Science Fair

My 8 year old niece, Hannah, came in 3rd Place in the 3rd Grade Individual Catagory at the Western Nevada Regional Science and Engineering Fair! You Go Girl! 🙂

Hannah in front of her Science Fair Project

Hannah in front of your Science Fair Project

The Amazing Electromagnet

The Amazing Electromagnet

Hannah's Project

Hannah's Project

3rd Place ~ 3rd Grade Individual

3rd Place ~ 3rd Grade Individual

Results

Results

LIST OF 2009 WINNERS

Meet the Creatures of Grow For Me Sustainable Farm Tour ~ North of Reno, NV

I have been signed up a the Local Harvest website…and received an email about the tour a week ago, but just got it again this morning. Thought I’d pass the information along. I don’t think I can go this weekend, but it would be a great trip for any locals in the Reno/Sparks area! Great price for a lunch and some eggs!

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Meet the Creatures of Grow For Me Sustainable Farm
Tour
Grow For Me Sustainable Farm -(Grow For Me) – (Reno, Nevada)

This is a reservation event limited to five (5) family groups each day so make your reservation early.

Our farm is located 25 minutes north of Reno, Nevada. We are within easy driving distance of most of the outlying areas including Sparks and Carson City – so come on, join the fun – no TV, no cell phones, no gameboys – a day designed just for you and your children!

This farm visit is an interactive petting tour beginning at 10:30 am and ending sometime around 12:30. It is appropriate for all aged children but geared for 2- 10 year olds, very small infants or newborns may be a distraction as we will require all the adults full attention to ensure a safety and a happy visit.

The children will see rare Jacob’s sheep and be able to pet the baby lambs, they will interact with the heirloom chickens and pet the black cochins, a very kid friendly chicken and extra silly with feathers on its feet! There will also be an encounter with the Jersey milk cow and a demonstration on how she is milked, and of course shorty the farm dog will be around to show everybody how to make sure all the other animals are doing their job -especially, zippy the wonder-goat who loves potato chips! Time permitting – the children will also get to interact with four horses – two are young former wild horses of Nevada. They have been adopted and are being trained to become excellent additions to the farm life.

You will need to contact the farm with either an email or phone number so we can ensure proper directions, procure the names of attendees, and be made aware of any food allergies. You will also be asked to sign a hold harmless agreement and farm rules paper so everyone has a great experience.

A shuttle to the farm from Bordertown is possible if prior arrangements are made.

An on farm sack lunch will be provided so pre payment is necessary and there will be no refunds.

The cost is 2.00 per family member including lunch. Each family will be also provided with a 1/2 doz. eggs to take home, seeds to plant in their own gardens and a small booklet with information about the farm and the animals. This is a walking tour so closed toed shoes and appropriate outer clothing is a must.

We think this is a great opportunity for children and their families to enjoy a beautiful setting, see up close and personal creatures that live on a farm, and learn something about their local environment. Bring your friends kids if you don’t have any – your grandchildren, or a child you think would enjoy the day.

Please purchase through our localharvest site catalog page or contact the farm directly for more information.

Start Date: Mar 28, 2009
End Date: Mar 29, 2009
Start Time: 10:30 AM
End Time: 12:30 PM

Organized by: Grow For Me Sustainable Farm -(Grow For Me)
Web site: http://www.girlfarm.org

Address: 1400 Long Valley Road
Reno, NV 89508
Phone: 775-677-0636

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

The road to the farm is dirt approx. 2.7 miles -so please consider the car you are driving, there will be a sign saying Farm Day Turn Here –

395 North to the Bordertown Exit

Left over the highway at the stop sign

Right at the next stop sign toward the Bordertown Casino (by the way they have a great cafe for plain good food!)

Pass the casino to the next stop sign. Continue driving North following the horseshoe over the railroad tracks (sounds like the beginnings of a country western song?)

You are now driving South on Long Valley Road -stay on the lower dirt road. You will continue south until you come to a crossroads Long Valley Rd/Green Gulch Ranch Rd.

Go through the stop sign staying on Long Valley Rd. You will then come to a small bend in the road on the right is a large hay barn and alfalfa field – look immediately after crossing the creek bed to the left and you will see the Farm Day sign, turn left here go up the road and park across from the the large faded blue barn.

What Part of Spring Are You?

Was over at Nancy’s HOMEMADE BLESSINGS and saw a quiz called WHAT PART OF SPRING ARE YOU?

And this is me ~ a chirping bird. LOL!


You Are Chirping Birds


You are a very caring person. You especially feel for innocent beings, like animals and children.
You are keyed in to the world and very peaceful. You believe that everyone is connected.

You remain focused and in the moment. You are not easily distracted.
You have a good memory, especially for things that you hear. You listen carefully.

I do love animals ~ some children, not so much. Parents need to start parenting better, me thinks. I am keyed into my environment…although I don’t remain focused and in the moment all of the time, unless they count day-dreaming in my garden focused and in the moment. LOL!

UNCE – Master Gardener Plant Sale (Reno/Sparks) ~ 16 May 2009

I’ve been planning my garden and called UNCE the other day to find out when the annual plant sale was ~ MAY 16!!!! Yippie!

Mark your calendars! 16 MAY 2009 ~ 7:00 am – 11:30 am.

Here’s a link to the Washoe County - Reno Calendar.

In case you’ve never been ~ (shaking head) ~ there usually are more than 3,000 plants for sale that our area Master Gardeners have grown themselves throughout the year. Included are plants such as HEIRLOOM tomatoes (these are soooooooo good! My mom bought one last year and I plan on buying a few this year), vegetables, herbs, ornamental grasses, annual & perennial flowers, shrubs, grapes and other berry plants ~ in 4″ and 1-gallon sizes.

There are usually a few of the Master Gardeners of Nevada on hand to answer questions.

Get in line early…bring containers and bags, although they usually have flats for you to use.

Address is 5305 Mill Street, Reno, NV (between Rock & McCarran).

Last year's herbs, veggies, and flowers!

Last year's herbs, veggies, and flowers!

Last year I bought 4 different tomato plants (Black Russian, Black Japanese, Belgium something, and a Yellow Plum), 3 Basil plants (Cinnamon, Lime, and regular), 2 rhubarbs, clary sage, borage, parsley, 2 hollyhocks, 2 Irish bells.

Scrub Jays Looking for Goobers

I like the scrub jays in my yard…they’re pretty funny and very handsome birds. Just a few pictures that were taken on Saturday, 21 March 2009…I had just thrown out some peanuts for them.

On the Faerie House.

On the Faerie House.

Jay in the Weeping Cherry.

Jay in the Weeping Cherry.

Scrub Jay ~ 3/21/09

Scrub Jay ~ 3/21/09

First Day of Spring in Northern Nevada ~ March 2009

After begging for last Friday off from work…I spent the whole day in my yard! And while my body revolted on Saturday…it felt VERY GOOD! Especially with it being sunny and 70F (then it was blowing & snowing and 40F over the weekend!)

Started at 7am in the back patio cutting the 6′ dog-eared cedar fencing down to 63″ (I had painted them the night before)…I needed to make a 4 foot section of fence to replace the tree/shrub my husband cut down on the side of the property. Took me about an hour to put it all together by myself…if you don’t look hard enough you can’t tell it’s a bit crooked. 🙂

Four Foot Section of New Fence ~ Right Side.

Four Foot Section of New Fence ~ Right Side.

After getting the fence up I headed to Lowes to pick up some things I will need for the drip system. I didn’t get all I needed to do last year, so will finish it up this spring. While there I HAD to make a detour outside to look at all the new plants that came in. I bought some small containers of herbs ~ dill, lemon thyme, spearmint, oregano and something else that escapes me at the moment. Also some cabbage and broccoli.

Called my mom to see if she was home and if she wanted to go with me to G & G Nursery (I can’t find a website for them, but here is a map with some reviews) with me to look for blueberry plants. So I swung by and picked her up…found the blueberries! Yippie! G & G Nursery has 3-year old Blue Crop and Berkeley plants…bought 2 to go with the one my mom gave me from her yard. Also bought the last of the elderberry plants (the berry one and not the ornamental ones…they have lots of those).

While looking at which blueberries to buy I spied a wee Blue Atlas Cedar in a 10 gallon tub…with no price on it. He told me that I can get it for 30% off if I wanted it…I said I wanted it, but would have to wait until I get paid. My mom bought it! 🙂 THANKIES! (Remind me to remind you that you already bought me an early, very early birthday present!) So we loaded up the car with the plants and swung by my house, unloaded the Lowes and G&G Nursery plants then hopped into the pickup to go get the tree.

I now have a Blue Atlas Cedar in the front yard!

I now have a Blue Atlas Cedar in the front yard!

See all the river cobbles around the tree? Well those came from the hole I dug for the tree…I told you last year I think a river ran through my yard. I’m pretty sure if we looked at old maps that it would show the Truckee River meandered through my yard pre-1915!

I also planted the 2 blueberries (plants in corner…with blueberry from mom’s house), 1 elderberry (right side) and 2 jasmine plants (left side) in the corner where I put up the new part of the fence. I’m hoping that if I build some hay houses for the jasmine that they will live through our winters…gotta give it a try!

Blueberries, Edlerberry, and Jasmine.

Blueberries, Elderberry, and Jasmine.

I’m debating on planting the herbs in the middle…probably in a small raised bed. Or they may go up front with the Blue Atlas Cedar. Right now they are in the old wash sink in the side room of the house. And since cabbage and broccoli are cool weather plants, I went ahead and planted them in the back raised garden beds.

Also planted ~ a packet of Lemon Queen Sunflower seeds that I found at my local Lowes in Sparks… these are for the Great Sunflower Project I told you about last week.

Lemon Queen Sunflower Seeds

Lemon Queen Sunflower Seeds

Around 4pm I wandered back into the house and realized I didn’t take anything out to make dinner…nor was I in any shape to go out and get something. Luckily I had a bag of leftover ham in the freezer…and some lentils in the pantry…chopped up an onion and a green chile, put that and the lentils and the frozen ham into my cast iron pot, poured some chicken broth over the whole thing. Then crawled into the shower.

Very sore on Saturday…but I wouldn’t ever trade a day like Friday for anything but another day just like it! 🙂 I get a lot done with my husband at work and out of my way! LOL!

For Today ~ 23 March 2009 ~ The Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 23 March 2009

Outside My Window… Cool morning with sunshine and blue sky…lots of new snow on the mountains.

I am thinking… Thank goodness I took Friday off when it was 70+ degrees outside! Why can’t spring ever come to Nevada as spring, and not winter?! Just once! Am I asking for too much?

I am thankful for… for that beautiful Friday and that my boss let me have the day off…got lots of planting done and a fence up!

From the kitchen… Leftover bbq’d pork loin…

I am wearing… blue jeans, spring pastel plaid keds, black turtleneck.

I am creating… My creating has been put on hold until my CTS dies down a bit after overworking on Friday in the yard.

I am going… (List of things to do in the yard over the week) ~ go over my garden plans…cross off what I have and what I still want. Make a list of what I need to do with the water system and check the drip lines. Clean out the flower beds.

I am reading… the new Hobby Farm Home magazine.

I am hoping… That everyone that is looking for a job, finds one.

I am hearing… voices coming from the conference room; the color printer must have a Brownie in it…it just made a bunch of noise; the HVAC on the roof; construction beeps behind me.

Around the house… 2 new blueberry bushes, 1 elderberry bush, 2 jasmine plants, 4-foot section of new fence up and painted, a Blue Atlas Cedar (THANK YOU, MOM!), broccoli & cabbage planted. I had a very busy day on Friday!

One of my favorite things… working in the yard.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Quilting and yard work.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…

One of the Scrub Jays in the Weeping Cherry that is about to bloom.

Scrub Jay in Weeping Cherry

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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 for the purpose to participate in The Simple Woman’s Daybook.)

2. Copy the “permalink” from your “The Simple Woman’s Daybook” post, not the link to the front page of your blog. This will make it much easier for others to find instead of looking through the 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.

Washoe Valley and Virginia City Pictures ~ 14 March 2009

We took the long way to Virginia City last Saturday ~ via Washoe Valley and Carson City ~ I like driving through the valley I used to live in.

Just a couple of pictures from the West side off of Franktown Road…my sister had a friend that lived in the house next door to the barn.

The following are pictures I took up in Virginia City while walking to the Mountain Oyster Fry…these are all taken up on B Street, the street just above the main street through VC.