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For Today ~ 26 July 2011 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 26 July 2011.

Outside My Window… I had to replace the two thistle socks outside my window here at work. Some bird (probably the scrub jay) took out the bottom of the socks! Sunny day, not a cloud in the sky. Slight rustling of the leaves, so must be somewhat of a breeze. People driving to work.

I am thinking… We Get to Move! We Get to Move! We Get to Move! 🙂

I am thankful for… Friends and family, and health…even if I’m overweight, I’m actually pretty healthy otherwise.

From the kitchen… Last night I made a wrap that included red bell pepper, kalamata olives, red onion, garlic, tomato, feta cheese, mint, lemon and romaine. For a side I made Israeli couscous with lemon, mint, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

I am wearing… cropped pants, brown blouse, tennies.

I am creating… boxes. 🙂 I’m packing.

I am going… go to the house inspection this morning. Maybe get a movie from Redbox after work.

I am reading… Nothing.

I am hoping… That my co-workers chemo, that starts this week, goes well and that she stays strong.

I am hearing… cars outside, someone walking very heavy upstairs…for a new building, this place sucks…you can hear the person above you on the phone, people walking in the hallways.

Around the house… boxes…lots and lots of boxes. We moved most all of the basement upstairs…only thing left down there is the washer/dryer, my grandma’s dresser & mirror, my canning rack and jars, and two river inner tubes.

One of my favorite things… well, I can tell you it’s NOT being woken by your cat when he hooks you in the arse-cheek!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… try to stay cool, continue to pack, go to Friday night’s Reno Aces baseball game (tickets from MIL).

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

From last Saturday’s drive ~ flower along 89 between Truckee and Sierraville. The barn is on the way up to Frenchman’s Lake.


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Quilt Top finished ~ ps i quilt quilt along

The quilt top that was to only take 3 weeks to finish, is finally finished. I got some time to work on it the past few nights.

It took me a bit longer for a few reasons ~

1 – I work during the day
2 – My husband has been dragging me out of the house practically every night and weekend day.
3 – Just not feeling for this quilt ~ even though I LOVE the fabric! Love the fabric!
4 – I found it a total waste of neutral fabric so I was cutting out the backside of the blocks before cutting them in quarters.

Quilt Top ~ A four-patch with raw edges

Backside of block before cutting into quarters, where I cut it out and will use the saved fabric for something else ~

Fabric for the back of the quilt ~

Monday’s Rambles…just because I’m a bit scattered today

Big sigh. What a day here at work…6:30 am hit the ground running and it hasn’t stopped! I just keep focusing on the margarita I will be making myself when I get home. 🙂


Over the weekend we stopped off at Lavender Ridge…and proceeded to get a $30 parking ticket “failure to obey traffic sign” ~ parking in the bike lane. WHAT?! I parked on the shoulder of the road! There is no Bike Path sign until you reach the bend in the road near the bridge! There is NO sign at the corner of 4th and Mayberry where I parked. Then on top of it…Lavender Ridge is EXPENSIVE! Patooey. I usually like to buy from local stores…but got so mad that I went to Lowes and bought myself a nice Hidcote lavender plant. It’s in a pot for now…I’ll plant it later next month at my new house when we move. I did love seeing all the bees on the lavender plants there…that was one good thing.

Hidcote Lavender ~ From Gorge Top Garden’s website:

A must have plant for anyone who is trying to create the cottage garden look. Lavender Hidcote is a compact plant growing to a height of only 14 inches, perfect for edging or creating a low growing hedge. Its beautiful blue-green foliage is evergreen and remains attractive throughout the year. The sweet perfumed fragrance of Lavender is strong in both the foliage and the gorgeous deep blue flowers. Flowers first begin to appear in mid July and continue to appear into the later parts of September.


One of my faculty gave me a few tomato plants…this one is loading the maters on! It’s a cherry tomato plant of some sort. The biggest one is about 1″ round with the smallest being 1/8″ round. Also in pots…waiting for the move.


Started back on the ps i quilt along (the one I shelved after realizing it had to be done in three weeks time…”easy peasy” for folks who don’t work outside the home, not so for folks who only have an hour at night every other day or so). I have the top left four sewn together…with the rest in pairs. Will try to work on it more tonight.


Some more wildflowers from Verdi, NV area ~ along the Truckee river.

Chimney Ruins and foundation of Verdi Glen Resort & Verdi Timber Company.


How I found Leo the other day…he’s such a bed hog.

Day at Verdi’s Crystal Peak Park

Spent Saturday at Crystal Peak Park over in Verdi…a short hop skip and jump from Reno. The park is right on the Truckee River…and was pretty busy. Looked like the fishing was pretty good by the bridge…lots of fishies were being taken away.

Heavenly Fig Jam

…at least that is what the book is calling it. 🙂

It tastes good, just not sure if it’ll jell up as much as it should. I couldn’t tell if I was supposed to add the water that the dried figs soaked in into the puree. The directions weren’t that clear. I just pureed the figs without the water…then I started to second guess myself and threw in some extra orange juice. Big sigh.

Anyhoo…here’s what is in the jam (7 1/2 pints made up):

Dried Figs, 18 oz
water, 3-1/2 cups
orange juice, 1/3 cup
lemon juice, 1 TBSP
sugar, 3-1/2 cups
pectin, 1 box
orange liqueur, 1/3 cup

Artown 2011 ~ Reno, Nevada

We’ve been enjoying all the Artown concerts that have been going on downtown this month. Luckily for us, most of them are just a short walk along the river to get there.


Last night we went to First United Methodist Church to see Pat Esters. Sample of her music on napster ~ and a Sample from Amazon. She (and Roger on Sax/Flute, Peter Supersano on piano, Phil Jerome on bass) was WONDERFUL!

We listened to a Billie Holiday song (forgot to write it down…was just humming)
Chaka Kahn and Bruce Hornsby’s Love Me Still.
Gladys Knight ~ Neither One of Us
Manha de Carnaval ~ A Day in the Life of a Fool
Aretha Franklin ~ Until You Come Back to Me and Do Right Woman
Nancy Wilson ~ Guess Who I Saw Today
Benny’s From Heaven
Ella Fitzgerald ~ Miss Otis Regrets
Nat King Cole ~ L-O-V-E
Amazing Grace to the tune of House of the Rising Sun AWESOME!
Oh Happy Day

The next concert at FUMC is on July 19th ~ Bella Voce (outstanding women’s vocal group serenades us with songs of America). Then July 26th ~ Brassakwards Swing Band (Always entertaining, Larry Machado has plenty of surprises for you this year with this incredible swing band).

They also have a Quilt Show ongoing for the month of July. Monday-Friday 9am to 4pm in the church parlor and Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30pm. QUILTS THEN AND NOW by The First Quilters of the First United Methodist Church of Reno.

Also ~ Stained Glass Tour on Sunday July 24th from 11am-1pm.


Last week (July 5th) we went across the river to the Trinity Episcopal Church to the Pipes & Rails concert by the Carson City Symphony.

Nevada State March ~ J.P. Meder
Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra ~ Alexandre Guilmant
Great Crush Collision March ~ Scott Joplin
Ashford Celebration ~ Ralph Ford
Entrance of the Gladiators ~ Julius Fucik
Wabash Cannonball ~ arr. James McLeod
The Great Locomotive Chase ~ Robert W. Smith (AWESOME!!!!!)
Vocals for the next two was Olivia Hakel (great voice…fun songs!)
On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe ~ Johnny Mercer & Harry Warren
Choo Choo Ch’Boogie ~ Vaughn Horton, Denver Darling and Milton Gabler
Semper Fidelis March ~ John Philip Sousa

The Trinity’s upcoming events are ~ July 19th, Toccata (The Orchestra & Community Choral Artists fo the Tahoe Area) with guest pianist Eric Koa. July 26th Lisa Vroman in concert. (These may cost about $10, but I don’t think they will turn you away.

Also EVERY FRIDAY AT NOON! FREE! Pipes on the River! July 15th, Angela Kraft Cross (organist from Congregational Church of San Mateo, Ca). July 22nd, John Renke (organist from Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, Honolulu, HI). July 29th Gail Archer (organist, Director of Music Program Barnard College, NY).


Tonight at Wingfield Park is Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys! CAJUN music! I’m so ready for this one! 🙂 This concert is part of the World Music Series.

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys set the standard for modern Cajun music with more than 20 years of playing together and a reputation for excellence. Complete with a button box warm crackling fiddle guitar and rhythm section that keeps the toes tapping the band revels with a hot two-step before turning on a dime to deliver an a cappella ballad. And it’s all combined with lyrics in 17th century French that’ll make you feel like you’re in the backwaters of Louisiana.

Nevada Humane Society ~ 2011 Duck Race & Festival at Wingfield Park, Reno

It’s Adopt A Duck time!


The Nevada Humane Society Duck Race & Festival is swimming back to Reno for a second year. Join the fun on Sunday, August 28 at Wingfield Park. Bring the family to the festival for music and dance, games, clowns, face painting and refreshments. Watch 20,000 bright yellow rubber ducks race to the finish line to raise money and awareness for the cause of homeless pets in our region—and cool prizes for adopters of the fastest quackers.

For more information:
• E-mail duckraceinfo@nevadahumanesociety.org
• Call 775-856-2000, ext. 324


Lone Duck $5
1 certified racing duck

Quad Quack $20
4 ducks

Six Pack $30
6 ducks

Quacker’s Dozen $60
12 ducks +
1 raffle entry

Beak Brigade $100
20 ducks +
2 raffle entries

Feathered Flotilla $250
50 ducks +
5 raffle entries

Blueberry Lemon Jam

I love blueberries…I LOVE LEMONS…and I sooooo like blending the two into a jam. I walked to the farmers market on California & Booth, that is held every Saturday during the summer & fall, and bought three baskets of fresh blueberries and two lemons.

Crush (I use a potato smasher) five (5) cups of blueberries (A raspberry hid in my bunch! The rascal!) and put them and the zest and juice of two large lemons into a large stock pot. Stir in a package of powdered fruit pectin and bring to boil over high heat (keep stirring). Add 5-1/2 cups of sugar all at once and bring to a rolling boil, stir constantly this time around. Boil for 1 minute after bringing the syrup to a rolling boil. Remove from heat. Ladle into prepared hot jelly jars, leaving a 1/4″ head space, wipe rims with a damp paper towel to clean…then add lid and screw band on. Place jars in canner making sure you have 1″ over the top of your jars, bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes (plus any additional minutes per your altitude)…I have to boil for 20 minutes. Remove from heat…leave in canner for about 5 minutes…take out your jars to cool. Then wait for the delightful pinging of the lids! 🙂

This is great on good ole peanut butter sandwiches. On pancakes. Frenchtoast. Scones. You name it!

Blueberry Lemon Jam:

5 cups blueberries (smashed)
zest and juice of 2 lemons
1 package powdered fruit pectin
5-1/2 cups sugar

Makes 6-7 half pints


I linked this recipe up with Sweets for a Saturday ~ go check out all the cool recipes!

For Today ~ 5 July 2011 ~ A Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 5 July 2011.

Outside My Window… I just filled up the thistle socks outside my work window, so I have house and American Gold Finches eating. Not a cloud in the sky, it’s going to be another killer hot day. Traffic up on McCarran Blvd. Bird body print on my window…looks like someone flew into into it

I am thinking… I really hate 90+ temps. First week in July and we’re flirting with 100F already! Why don’t they (Facilities) open up the vents on this stupid building at night to let the cooler air in? Geez…it was 81F in my office this morning at 6:30! Damn my arse hurts from our bike ride yesterday morning.

I am thankful for… Friends and family…and hopefully for a new place to live by the end of July. TAPPING BANK ON SHOULDER…HELLO? IT’S A BLOODY SHORT SALE! TAKE OUR OFFER AND RUN! Well…It’s Mary’s offer, but I’ll be renting the house when it’s bought.

From the kitchen… Left over bbq’d tri-tip from yesterday. Tonight for dinner I will slice it up with tortillas and pico de gallo.

I am wearing… cropped pants, green peasant’s blouse, sandals, my SHORT HAIR just with some (hair, not chocolate) mousse in it…it’s awfully curly now that the weight of 10″+ is whacked off of it. 🙂 It’s very happy and bouncy now.

I am creating… Still plodding along with PSIQUILT’S quilt along…not many of us was able to finish ours in her time allotment. I have 36 blocks finished and ready to sew together to make the top. She already posted winners so I’m out of luck on winning the gift certificate at Fat Quarter Shop.

I am going… at work…finish the new fiscal year payroll and budgets. Home…pack non-essential items.

I am reading… Nothing.

I am hoping… Just found out this morning that a co-worker is down in an Arizona hospital with (what her doctor says) advanced breast cancer. Praying that they can help her. If you’re reading this R, will be thinking about you everyday!

I am hearing… my little fan in my office.

Around the house… ants. And lots of them.

One of my favorite things… watching my tomatoes grow.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… try to stay cool.

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


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