Beautiful Blogger Award

And, as with all awards, there are rules:

Thank the person who gave you the award. (Thankies Texas Zombie Girl living in the North!)

Share 7 things about yourself.

Pass the award to 15 fantastic bloggers, you discovered recently, and who you think are fantastic. Contact the bloggers you picked and let them know about the award. (IF you’re reading this…you’re tagged…NO HIDING! 🙂 )

7 random things about me:

1. I talk in my sleep.
2. I hate being in crowds.
3. I can’t keep an orchid alive longer than a year.
4. I’d like to live on a hobby farm and be at least one half self-sustainable/sufficient.
5. I like to drive fast, but walk slow.
6. I can swim in the ocean or a lake for hours on end, if given the chance, but hate swimming pools.
7. I’d want to go to the Calgary Stampede.

Thought I’d attach this video…just love this song.

For Today ~ 30 March 2010 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 30 March 2010

Outside My Window… Grey and cold…snowy. The wind howled last night along with rain that started at 6 pm and continued until it started snow this morning.

I am thinking… not much of anything…my sinus is KILLING me with this new cold front that just moved in.

I am thankful for… my friends.

From the kitchen… Probably orange chicken with steamed rice. Maybe an artichoke. Could be tacos.

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, and a 3/4 length blue tee, hair in a pony-tail.

I am creating… finished two quilt challenges, need to start planning my niece’s lap quilt. Also need to repair my SIL beaded bookmark that I had made many years ago.

I am going… probably rent a movie for tonight…need to go to redbox.com to see what’s out there.

I am reading… Gee’s Bend Quilt book that I bought off of Amazon.

I am hoping… My constant wish ~ That everyone that is looking for a job, finds one. That the far right and far left loonies just bugger off, stop throwing rocks and cutting gas lines and plotting to kill police, and just leave the rest of us alone.

I am hearing… ice machine, doors slamming, people out in the hallway.

Around the house… probably stuff to pick up in the yard from the wind storm.

One of my favorite things… A kittie snuggle and purr.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… survive this week at work.

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

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Monday’s Rambles ~ Quilting, Porcelain Collection, and Park Photographs

How’s that for a title…sorry so long.

I’m almost finished with a craft challenge ~ just need to bind the wee quilt. The only thing that was given was four colors ~ Pink, Turquoise, Brown, and Cream.

The fabrics I picked out (what looks to be black is actually a dark brown):

The pattern ~ from Stars by Magic ~ Nancy Johnson-Srebro ~ Block No. 2…I ended up making four 10″ blocks.

Here it is ready for me to finish the binding. I pieced the back together with the leftover fabric…I had just enough! Whew! It’s only 29″x29″ so I think I’ll donate it to Renown neonatal…perfect for a wee lass.

My other entry is a Sundae Pincushion…I had to use Turquoise buttons as I couldn’t figure out where to put blue on a sundae!

Fabric I picked out to make a lap quilt for my niece Hannah, she’s into lime green. 🙂

A VERY, very, VERY SMALL glimpse of my Irish Wade and Belleek collection…I have a lot of both.

Leo’s Whiskers ~

The rest are photographs I took on Saturday’s walk around Rancho San Rafael Park. Canada Goose, Hens & Chicks, Doggies and their owners in the dog section of the park.

For Today ~ 25 March 2010 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 25 March 2010

Outside My Window… Grey and cold. The wind howled last night and brought freezing rain and snow. Grrrr….I hate springtime in Nevada, because it’s the same as winter!

I am thinking… My friend April is a meanie by not opening her new machine up and sending me a picture. 😛

I am thankful for… that it’s my “Friday”…I have furlough tomorrow, so I can sew.

From the kitchen… Chicken or Carnitas tacos. Not sure which I’m going to make tonight.

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, and a 3/4 length blue tee, hair down.

I am creating… a pincushion, quilting ideas.

I am going… razz April until she logs off of YM to ignore me.

I am reading… Gee’s Bend Quilt book that I bought off of Amazon.

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

I am hearing… me typing, the ice machine, April laughinhg at me.

Around the house… laundry…and a sewing room ready for me to start quilting, as soon as I move the veggie seeds that I started off of the sewing machine table.

One of my favorite things… The ocean…even with grey skies.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… go to Windy Moon Quilts and spend my $15 credit. Take my mystery quilt to Ben Franklin.

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

The Sutro Bath Ruins at Lincoln Park in San Francisco…I took this photograph on 21 March 2010.

Lincoln Park Bath Ruins

A photograph I found of the Sutro Baths during it’s heyday…

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San Francisco ~ Part III ~ Dutch Windmill & Golden Gate Bridge

Ok…Part III of our weekend trip to San Francisco.

The following photographs were taken on Sunday…got up and parked at Ocean Beach on the west side of the Golden Gate Park so I can walk over to the Dutch Windmill (construction completed in 1902). The Murphy Windmill on the SW side of the park was dismantled for restoration. It was still foggy so the lighting isn’t the best.

The Dutch Windmill at Queen Wilhelmina’s Tulip Garden ~






Onto the Golden Gate Bridge…all taken from The Presidio along the coastal bluff and a few from the walk down to Torpedo Wharf.







Weekend in San Francisco ~ Part II ~ Flowers

I was going to have Part II be the Dutch Windmill at the NW corner of the Golden Gate Park, but decided all of us without a flowery Spring need to see some FLOWERS. 🙂

We did a lot of walking along the coast in the Presidio…I absolutely love all of the trails they had there. The weather was beautiful…slight fog/grey skies then the sun came out later that afternoon. Next trip to San Francisco…I’d like to spend it all in the Presidio!

First two are from a bed on the east side of the de Young Museum…the flower and the berry that followed.


This one from the Japanese Tea Garden….

The following were taken between Lincoln Park at the USS San Francisco Memorial to The Presidio along Lincoln Blvd, between Battery Godfrey (1895) and Battery Boutelle (1900).






The last photographs I took were from the walking trail down to the Torpedo Wharf (1908) from the Lincoln Blvd parking lot, on the east side of the Golden Gate Bridge.



Tomorrow I’ll have photographs of the Dutch Windmill and ooooooodles of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Weekend in San Francisco ~ Part I ~ Golden Gate Park

Got back from San Francisco last night around 7:30 pm…am sore and tired. We walked and walked and walked.

Arrived around noonish, checked into the Geary Parkway Motel on Geary between 12th & 11th. Nice clean room and the owners were nice enough, especially the wife. If we go back I’d ask for a top floor room so we wouldn’t have to listen to the circus animals that came in about 10:30 at night.

Walked over to 10th and then headed south to Golden Gate Park. I wanted to walk around the Japanese Tea Garden before our 3:30 pm enterence to King Tut at the de Young museum.






We walked around the Music Concourse before heading into the de Young.



The de Young Museum ~ Tutankhanmun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs.


Wasn’t allowed to take pictures so I pulled off three photos from the de Young’s site.

This dagger was absolutely beautiful…solid gold with inlays.

Death mask of Tuyu…the brown is thin linen that stuck to the mask. (her outer coffin was there too…very pretty!)

“The mask is made of several layers of coarse linen glued together and coated with plaster. The inside is bitumened, the exterior is gilt. The wig is long, lined, and with bands at the ends; it is secured round the top of the head by a broad fillet composed of a band of lotus petals with a lotus flower and two buds on the forehead.” –Percy E. Newberry, The Tomb of Iouiya and Touiyou.

When discovered by Davis and Quibell, the face of this beautiful mummy mask was partly obscured by remnants of Tuyu’s discolored linen shroud, which had probably gotten stuck to the gilded features by the oils and liquid resins used by the ancient priests to anoint the mummy. (Sections of this blackened adhering shroud still can be seen at the top and and along the sides of the wig.) Now cleaned, the lovely face of the youthful-appearing Lady Tuyu, Chantress of Hathor, Leader of the Harem of Amen, smiles back at us across a gulf of thirty-five centuries from what must be considered an undisputed masterpiece of ancient Egyptian portrait art.

The Scarab Pectoral that was probably worn by King Tutankhamun ~

Ok…tomorrow will be the Dutch Windmill and around the Presidio.

Botanical Interests Seeds of Broomfield, CO

Well…I did not get any of Renee’s Garden seeds as there weren’t many there, but I found practically a whole wall full of the seeds that UNCE’s Master Gardeners use for the May Plant Sale ~ Botanical Interests, Inc.

🙂

Here is the list of seeds I bought from a local garden shop….Garden Shop Nursery.

Basil – Italian Genovese, Heirloom organic
Basil – Lime, Heirloom organic
Oregano – True Greek, Heirloom
Oregano – Common, Heirloom organic
Thyme – English, Heirloom
Savory – Summer, Heirloom
Dill – Bouquet, Heirloom organic (swallowtail flutterby stamp of approval)
Marjoram – Heirloom
Chamomile – German, Heirloom
Tomatillo – Toma Verde, Heirloom
Onion – Red Amposta
Poppy – Flanders, Heirloom
Poppy – Peony Double Blend, Heirloom
Poppy – Lauren’s Grape

Also bought a set of Artichoke Garlic – Inchelium Red from the Coleville Indian Reservation in Inchelium, WA. It states that they are have large blubs 3+ inches with 8-12 good size cloves. Mild, but lasting flavor, with a hint of hot! Dense cloves store well. Flavor can get stronger in storage. This vigorous soft-neck variety won a Rodale taste test of 20 garlic strains, named ‘Very Best of the Soft Necks’.

(I gave you a link to LocalHarvest because the seed company, http://www.Irish-Eyes.com, does not have any information for me to link to.)

Oooooh! Bees Seeds! EVERYONE should plant some of these!

Bee Happy Seeds
Cat Lovers Seed Collection
Flutterby Banquet Seed Collection
Deer Resistant Plants
Native North American Seeds

Just for fun, and since it’s so close to Easter! Gourd ~ Ornamental Nest Eggs ~ you can plant them now and have eggs to paint for next Easter!

NOTE TO SELF: Don’t start the corn indoors so early…me thinks I’m going to have ears of corn on those silly things when I get back from seeing King Tut this weekend!

Garden Seed Rambles ~ And Kitties

Am very happy…I came home to all but one of the heirloom tomatoes sprouting!

I planted the following maters ~ Mortgage Lifter, Cherokee Purple, Caspian Pink, and Red Beefsteak (not sure if that one was an heirloom or not).

Tomato Sprouts on St. Patrick's Day

Here’s a picture of the Ruby corn and the Pickling cucs…you may be able to see a leek and onion in there too. 🙂 Me thinks my corn might be more than knee high by the Fourth of July!

cucs and corn on St. Patrick's Day

I need to start the tomatillo seeds and for flowers…I want some oriental poppies. A coworker gave me some Renee’s Garden poppy seeds, Hungarian Breadseed, that will produce baking seeds. They are sooooo pretty!

I plan on stopping by the Garden Shop Nursery, that moved to the old Caughlin Ranch House on Mayberry & McCarran (the house that I’ve loved for about 30 years now), at lunch today to look at more seeds.

I love how Catherine at Quilt Obsession shares photos of her kitties every day…so here are my two critters (although I share lots of pictures of them).

Lcuy at the back sliding glass door


Lucy is our back door sentry…she guards that sliding glass door like her life depends on it. The fact that there are a whole backyard full of birds might have something to do with that. 🙂

Leo watching the bird feeder.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day ~ Young Dubs music for you.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

Dunluce Castle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Please enjoy one of my favorite ‘Irish-American’ bands ~ Young Dubliners!

Ashley Falls with Eric Rigler

Waxies Dargle

Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore

Brown Dog

Rosie

Banshee