Monday Rambles ~ 29 June 2010

It’s been a very long week already… NOTE: (((Told you it was a long week…it’s Tuesday and I posted Monday Rambles!)))

We’re moving again. Out of Sun Valley back down to the Truckee River near the River Walk. Not a bad area to move to…just hate moving.

Had a furlough day yesterday…one of 12 for the year…as well, you know, the State of Nevada seems to think they can balance the budget by cutting the pay of state workers. What pisses me off is that while I, the administrative assistant, the one and only one running the department, has to take a day off with no pay…the faculty do not. The person who makes less than $40,000 a year takes a pay cut …but the guys who make $90,000-$232,000 do not. Great for the morale, folks!

Spent my furlough day at the dentist…I thought for just a cleaning, but ended up an all day thing with an appointment for July 1st to have a tooth pulled and set up for an implant. Which by the way, my LOVELY state insurance will not pay for. They’ll pay for a procedure to destroy two healthy teeth to set a bridge for the bad tooth…but won’t pay to have the bad tooth pulled and have an inplant therefore saving two healthy teeth. Hooorah!

While at the dentist I was flipping through Food & Wine magazine and came across this recipe. It looked great…sans the curry and the fact you had to heat your oven up to 425F. Not a curry fan. So I put my own twist on things.

This was how hot it was in my kitchen…and the rest of the house yesterday. So I cranked up the bbq outside. Recipe follows!

Michelle’s version of Cauliflower & Green Bean Salad with Lemon Yogurt:

1 head of cauliflower, chopped
1 bunch of asparagus, cut into 1/3’s (about 2″ long)
1 large red onion, sliced

toss with about 3 TBSP of olive oil, a few sprinkles of sea salt, and lots of fresh cracked pepper (I use the jar with 3 types of pepper corns that has the grinder on top).

Put foil onto your grill and toss the veggies on to the grill…bbq for about 20 minutes.

While that is bbq’ing…in a food processor I added 6 cloves of garlic (you can downsize if’en you want to…but why would you?!), about 2-3 glugs of olive oil, 3 shakes of balsamic vinegar (hmmm…maybe a teaspoon), some sea salt, lots of cracked pepper, about a cup of Greek yogurt ( I had Greek Gods Honey Yogurt in the frig), and probably 1/3-1/2 cup of cheese (I had a mix of Asiago, Parmesan, Romano)…mix it all together and put into the frig.

Next…take the veggies off the grill put into a large bowl and add half of the yogurt sauce…toss and put into the frig.

BBQ some chicken…get a loaf of Pugliese bread…your bbq veggies…bottle of red wine and enjoy!

Which by the way, I picked out this bottle of wine, pro*mis*Q*ous…it was on sale and it was red and I loved the name. 🙂 It’s a mix of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.

Tastes Like:
Ripe red and dark berry friut with hints of black pepper.

Yummy with:
Meat — grilled, roasted and pan-seared. Pizza. Any time you want a red that’s not ridiculously serious.

Garden Update….as of Father’s Day 2010

My potato plants are starting to bloom…very pretty, indeed. I planted both yukon and some sort of purple potato.

I planted two purple tomatillos into pots…they get pretty big and I had no room in the little 4×4 planters. They are starting to put on blooms/fruit.

The romas, black russians, and brandywines are also putting on blooms.

Peppers too!

Also doing great are the garlic and onions!

‘The Moving Wall’ Vietnam Memorial ~ Reno, Nevada

Saturday afternoon we went to Rancho San Rafael park in Reno to see the travelling Vietnam Memorial Wall. It will be here until June 21st. There are a group of volunteers that will help you find your family member on the Wall. It is open 24 hours.

THE MOVING WALL is a half-scale replica of Washington DC’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Since 1984, The Moving Wall has toured the country, having installed itself for public viewing at over a thousand towns and cities.

All of my immediate and extended family served in WWII and Korea, so I had no family name on the Wall…but we wanted to visit to honor those that did serve.

The first sight we came upon was a sea of US flags…they represent all of the men and women who have fallen SINCE the Vietnam War.

The Wall ~

Thank you.

For Today ~ 17 June 2010 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 17 June 2010

Outside My Window… Sunshine! Wow! It was cold last night, had to bundle up my tomatoes and pepper plants. Me thinks we will be climbing back up into the mid-80’s today…from 60’s yesterday.

I am thinking… Spammer’s comments are too funny. “Cheers for publishing this it was used as a source for a paper I am currently writing for my thesis. Thanks!”…that was tacked onto a ‘simple woman’s daybook’ post. How stupid do they think we really are?!

I am thankful for… My friends…they are good listeners, and two will definitely help me hide the bodies should it come to that point in time. 🙂

From the kitchen… Not really sure tonight. Made a chicken salad last night…romaine, radishes, green onions, red pepper, avocado, grilled chicken.

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, and short-sleaved burnt orange shirt, hair up in a ponytail.

I am creating… Absolutely nothing right now. Quilt blocks are on the design wall…been there for 2 weeks now. I miss my janome, but just don’t have desire. Very sad, indeed.

I am going… have to go to Office Depot at lunch today…I’ve let our paper supply dwindle to nothing. Time to get 4 cases of copy paper.

I am reading… Hobby Farm magazine and other people’s blogs. I need to find a good book to read.

I am hoping… that my shoulders will un-knot. I’m starting to feel light-headed from the lack of blood to my brain.

I am hearing… the voices in my head…they are extra loud lately, especially after finding out that instead of getting a real office in the new building, as promised, I will be put into the office hallway in cubicle hell.

Around the house… birds wondering why I haven’t feed them in a couple of days.

One of my favorite things… watching my garden grow. My potatoes are about to bloom!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Plot against the person who is going to put me in a hallway.

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


The Simple Woman is the original home of The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Western Pacific Railroad Museum…train ride

Took my seven year old nephew up to Portola on Saturday for a train ride at the Western Pacific Railroad Musuem.

The cost is $5/person or $12/family of four. They hook up 3-4 cabooses for people to ride in and take you around the yard.

Lunch at Portola’s park (where the swim pool is) to throw some horse shoes and frisbee. Home to take a nap…we wore each other out pretty good. Capped off the evening with pizza, Toy Story 1, and many games of Wii golf, baseball, and bowling.

Have you ever lost Yourself?

I’ve been missing my old self and didn’t realize just how much until last night while plugged into my iPod and this song came on:

2010 Garden Is FINALLY In! :)

I had to hold off on planting my garden this year due to a very cold and wet May…we were still having snow. Sheesh.

Today was 88F and very humid…29% humidity! You all in the south, just hush your mouth! That’s humid for us!

From the looks of it…most of my garden will make great Italian sauces! 🙂

In the first box I planted:

Brandywine Tomato
Black Prince – a Russian Heirloom
two types of garlic (planted last month)
Greek Oregano
Orange Bell Pepper
Sweet Basil
Flatleaf Italian Parsley

Second Box I planted:

2 Roma Tomatoes
Red Bell Pepper
German Thyme
Cayenne Pepper
Italian Flatleaf Parsley
2 Sweet Basils
Yellow Sweet Onions (planted 1 week ago)

In the Third Box I planted:

7 Yukon Potatoes (planted 2 weeks ago)
5 Purple Potatoes (planted 2 weeks ago)
Flatleaf Italian Parsley
2 Straightneck Squash (planted 1 week ago)

You can see the Rosemary I planted in a pot that I found in the trash the other day.

Here’s a closeup of the potatoes….

I still want to get two tomatillos, two cucumbers, one dill , and one green chile…those will go into containers.

Sierra Valley, California ~ Photographs ~ 30 May 2010

These were all taken in Sierra Valley on Memorial Day, 30 May 2010…Chilcoot, Loyalton, Sierraville area. The valley is beauitful (it’s always beautiful) right now, nice and green.

The Meadowlarks were singing up a storm…as were the Red-Winged Blackbirds. Lots to yellow and purple wildflowers. Happy cows. Happy ME! Especially when we stopped by the Frosty Freeze (not sure if that’s the real name), across from Wiggins and had a 1/2 & 1/2 ice cream cone. 🙂