How Grows Your Garden? May 2010 ~ Northern Nevada

Well…if you’re here in Northern Nevada…probably not very well at the moment!

Snow! The ski resorts are even REOPENING for Memorial Day weekend. Big sigh.

New snow on Mt. Rose and Slide Mountain

All that is growing in my garden is garlic and potatoes. And they be very very sad looking. 😦

Makings of a Water Quilt ~ Fat Quarters to Date

I’m starting to collect fat quarters and 1/2 yards of whatever blue and green fabrics that catches my fancy to make a water/ocean quilt. It looks like I need more greens. Reno will be having a quilt show in June, so hopefully I will be able to collect more FQ’s.

The inspiration is from Jane Brocket’s ‘The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking’…front cover and on page 127, it’s called the Swimming Pool. Mine is not going to look exactly like it…but I am inspired by it. 🙂

How I spent my May furlough day…

Had a furlough day yesterday…didn’t tell my husband (he’d have things lined up for me to do if I did tell him), and since he doesn’t leave for work until 8:30 a.m., I took myself and my laptop over to my sister’s house. Visited the kiddos while they were getting ready for school. IM’d my friend April while she was at work. 8:30 a.m. went home. 🙂

Fiddled around with the computer’s modem for about an hour…that included a very unproductive call with AT&T’s internet tech help, finally I said listen…maybe I’m just not asking the right questions, but I can’t understand you and you are not understanding me so I’m just going to hang up now and go to an AT&T store here in town. Bye-Bye.

Then I went to our community center and voted early for the Washoe County and State primary race.

Met my sister and her boss over at Qdoba for lunch. To the Reno Bead Shop to look for two items…didn’t find them but found something else. 🙂

Made two pairs of earrings…I have two birthdays coming up this weekend.

Finished putting together 9 more Crazy Nine Patch quilt blocks using a pattern from OH, FRANSSON!, for total of 18 8″ blocks.

But 18 blocks is not enough to make the quilt as she made it, so I’m just going to make it this way ~ maybe…probably…unless I change my mind.

Ate a bowl-full of these, the most evil nuts on earth…the California pistachio! Why oh why can’t I just stop at a handful?!

Got two new magazines and one quilt book…I love Hobby Farm Home so I picked up a copy of their URBAN FARM: Sustainable City Living magzine. I’m liking it a lot…may subscribe to it too. Haven’t opened up the MOTHER EARTH NEWS yet. And I’ve only flipped through the patterns of PINWHEEL PARTY by Ellen Pahl…I love all pinwheel quilt blocks!

I noticed that the Hawthorne tree is starting to bloom!

And I think that was about it…for dinner I made a tri-tip, salad and dinner rolls. Wrapped up the night with Antiques Road Show.

All went to bed…except Lucy, who woke up from a nap to commence ‘ripping around the house’ time.

Quilts and Peanutbutter Chocolate Recipe!

I finished a group craft challenge…the colors this time around were cobalt blue, brown, avocado and yellow. It’s an ebay Crafter’s group…colors are chosen by the challenge leader and we can make anything we like with any medium.

I picked a modified Bento Box pattern and used from my stash: two yellows, one cobalt, two avocados (the skin and inside) and two browns. I didn’t have enough yellow to make an outer border, so that was bought…as was one yard of yellow flannel for the back. I decided to go with flannel as I’m donating this quilt to the Kids Kottage here in town. All 100% cotton as is the batting. It ended up being 28×44…I had to cut it down a bit because I was running out of the cobalt blue to bind it.

Now onto a WONDERFUL recipe I found in Raley’s Something Extra magazine….Chocolate Peanutbutter Bars. (not sure of the name nor what page it was on as my magazine is at work) Here is what I scribbled down as the recipe ~

Preheat oven to 350F.

Butter an 8×8 pan and crumble 6-7 graham crackers into the bottom of pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup of honey roasted nuts.

In a pan bring to boil 3/4 cup peanutbutter, 6 TBSP butter, and 2/3 cup honey. Cook for 1 minute after boil. Pour over crackers and nuts.

Put in oven for 10 minutes. Take out and pour 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and peanutbutter chips each over the top of the baked mixture. Let set for a few minutes and smooth out the melted chips.

Stick in frig to let the chocolate and peanutbutter set up. Cut and EAT!

For Today ~ 18 May 2010 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 18 May 2010

Outside My Window… Sunshine, partly cloudy, windy, cold. Grrrrr.

I am thinking… Not much. Too much going on at work. Brain hurts. Eyes are blood shot. Shoulders are knotted.

I am thankful for… A roof over my head, food on the table, abundance of fabric to fondle. 🙂

From the kitchen… Taco Tuesday! Making Carnitas tacos tonight. My favorite.

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, and a long sleeved heavy cotton shirt, hair up in a ponytail.

I am creating… Quilts…and more quilts. I’m working on a color challenge; a block challenge where they give you a piece of fabric and you make a block; my niece’s quilt; and just a quilt that I made for the heck of it!

I am going… look into renting a car just for the heck of it. Maybe we’ll go drive somewhere. Like a Dodge Charger. I don’t think they rent a new Mustang, but that would be fun to drive.

I am reading… Hobby Farm Home magazine and picture gazing (insert: eye-popping and drooling) at the Hancock’s of Paducah fabric magazine.

I am hoping… that the weather man is WRONG and it’s NOT going to RAIN this weekend! Bloody arse!

I am hearing… Co-workers talking, bloody phone ringing off the hook, ice machine, doors slamming.

Around the house… Dusting. Took a picture and saw lots of dust-bunnies-to-be.

One of my favorite things… no noise. Just quiet. Maybe I should rephrase that…no VOICES. No Talking. Me thinks some people would EXPLODE if they couldn’t talk…listen to me listen to me!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Quilt.

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

Block for Ben Franklin Crafts…we received the cream with wee flowers fabric…then you just make a block with that being the dominate fabric. Sometimes I think they go…”Oh No! Not her again. She NEVER makes a traditional block for us!” 🙂

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First Post from Home ~ WHAT IS THIS BIRD??? Help Please!

NOTE: PRETTY SURE THIS IS A FEMALE BULLOCK’S ORIOLE.

I’ve a new computer and with no land-line at home, I now have HSI-wireless…very nice indeed!.  All I can say is it’s about time!

I need some help Id’ing a bird I just saw on a tree that I still have no clue as to what it is…so if you know the tree too, please give me a holler! Oh yes…I’m in Northern Nevada, just north of Reno/Sparks.

Maybe this pretty is a Warbler (of some sort), a Yellow-Throated Vireo, or an Oriole (Bullocks female?). What do you think? It’s about the size of a mockingbird. Yellow throat, chest, and rump…dark band on across eye. He/She was picking off buggies on the tree.

UNCE Washoe County Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale 2010

Just wanted to remind everyone that the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale is coming up!

22 MAY 2010 ~ Saturday!
7 am – 11:30 am

“From our garden to yours, at great savings! Wide variety of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, grasses, shrubs, grapes and more. 4 in. and 1 gal. plants.”

5305 Mill Street, Reno, NV…just east of the old Excel building where The Friends of the Library hold their week-long book sales ~ on Mill Street between Edison Way and Corporate Blvd…north side.

Get there early! There are some pushy people that go to this, so be ready! They hand out maps of where all the plants are at…scope out what you REALLY REALLY REALLY want, and get there first. 🙂

The plants that I got last year ~

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Monday’s Rambles ~ Birds, Computers, Dirt, and Cats

I’m so excited…soon I’ll have internet at home again. Just bought myself a new laptop ~ an HP Pavilion dv7-3160us entertainment notebook. I spent almost a month configuring computers on HP, Dell and Lenovo websites…but they kept creeping up to $1,300-$1,589! So I just said screw it…am going to Office Depot and get that computer on sale for $699. That leaves me funds to buy MS Office 2007 Enterprise WIN for $15.00 here on campus (or I can outright buy it for $95) and one year of internet. (I have a $1550 interest free loan).

I’m loving it…just have to wait for AT&T to send me my HSI…which is Wednesday. Luckily some guy somewhere near me has unsecure wireless that I was able to pick it up now and again over the weekend.

Had two visitors to my bird feeder out front yesterday! Black-headed Grosbeak…at first glance I thought the Rufus-sided Towhee came back, but then realized they had yellow tummies. Sorry about the pictures…some were taken through a very dirty window. That’s one of them behind the Robin.

Found Lucy in a corner of the dining room…she made a nest out of the newspapers…she loves those newspapers.

A Foxglove plant and some soil for the garden boxes that I picked up from Lowes. I was given a $20 gift card from a friend. Soon I’ll be planting.

Speaking of that friend…this is what she sent me in one of our group’s Spring Exchange. Thank you, Donna!

I finished putting together a Christmas quilt top-wall hanging for a coworker (she started paper piecing it in the 1990’s!)…the four blocks were already finished. What I did was put the two borders on, quilted and bound it.

Rest of the weekend was rounded out by going up to Virginia City for the Chili Cook-Off on Saturday. I think cookers need to make more than one pot of chili when going to cook-offs…we paid for tickets to taste the chili and most ran out before we could taste. We were there early too. Some had Chili Verde…which was much better than any of the regular chili (the verde was really really good!)…and one guys chili tasted like they just put a can of tomatoes with the juice into a pot. It was AWFUL!

They also had one of those dog competitions where they see how far they can jump into a pool. I saw one of our graduate students with her dog. Will have to see how she did on Sunday, as they qualified for the finals. There were two dogs (a black lab and a saint bernard) that wanted nothing to do with jumping off of the dock…they’d get to the edge and bark at their toy out in the water. Then they’d run down the steps and get up onto the ramp and gingerly get into the pool that way. Too funny. They all looked like they were having a great time.