Fabric Friday ~ 30 March 2012

I’m not sure if there really is a “Fabric Friday”…but there is now! I’m not waiting for “Stash Sunday”!

Lookie what just came in the mail!

My Fat Quarter bundle of Flea Market Fancy (the Legacy reprint) by Denyse Schmidt!

LOVE LOVE LOVE Denyse’s fabrics. All of them. Flea Market Fancy, Hope Valley, Katie Jump Rope, Country Fair, Greenfield Hill.

A big hug to my beautiful friend, April, for giving me a gift certificate to Hawthorne Threads! That FQ bundle only cost me $5.95! 🙂

I have to go pet my fabric now…you all have a great weekend.

An Eagle’s Bum

So…last Saturday while up in the Smoke Creek Desert (SW of the Black Rock Desert), my husband was toodling along the dirt road going 50 mph when I spied a 3 foot bird sitting on a rocky outcrop.


A quarter of a mile later…I saw it was still sitting there while my husband was going backwards.

Then I hopped out of the truck, ran to the back, turned the corner with the camera on and….


A Day at Black Rock

We we’re going to Trego hot springs today, but it was a bit windy on the east side of the Black Rock so we headed over to the west side.


I asked if we could head over to what I always called “Avenue of Art”….but someone is calling it Guru Road now. I ran these photos through Pixlr-o-matic for some fun editing.

I need to tell Doctor Who that I found a renegade Dalek at the Black Rock!

The tv shows are MUCH better up there than in Reno!






The following two were taken just south of the Smoke Creek going towards Susanville. The meadowlarks were singing up a storm!



Northern Nevada Spring Equinox at Rancho San Rafael

More photographs from 20 March 2012 ~ Labyrinth Gardens at the May Arboretum within Rancho San Rafael regional park in Reno, Nevada.

Spring Equinox Walk in the Labyrinth Garden

A few May Arboretum Society members led a Spring Equinox Walk last night up at Rancho San Rafael Park/Wilbur D. May Arboretum. We had a short talk given by Bill Carlos, arboretum horticulturist, and Susan Stewart, a county librarian and May Arboretum Society volunteer. It was a bit windy, as usual up in NW Reno, but the sun was out and our Nevada sky was at it’s best. (I’ll post sky and flower photos tomorrow).


The labyrinth was intiated by the Nevada State Attorney General’s Office, Washoe County District Attorney’s Office and VICTORY (Victims in Crisis, Turmoil or Recovery)…it’s dedicated to victims of violent crime in our community and their loved ones.


Labyrinths have been used for centuries as tools for healing, meditation, and bringing peace into people’s lives. These patterned circuits offer a place for people of all faiths and beliefs to walk, think, or simply reflect in order to help themselves and their families heal on a personal as well as a community level. They are different from mazes, which are designed to confuse people by confronting them with many entrances, endings and choices.

The design of the labyrinth located in Rancho San Rafael Park is a seven-circuit pattern designed by Lea Goode, PhD. It is known as the Santa Rosa Labyrinth©. It is based on seven concentric circles in a 50-foot diameter, with a walking distance of about 1/4-mile. By following its single, winding path to the center and back, you may find that the path of this labyrinth can become a metaphor for your own spiritual journey.

For Today ~ 19 March 2012 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 19 March 2012.

Outside My Window… Lots of traffic. High clouds with a bit of blue sky.

I am thinking… I’m tired of my left foot hurting. The chiropractor said its my plantar fascia that is inflamed. All I know is it hurts like hell and I want it to stop.

I am thankful for… April, who I’m sending a long distance hug to.

From the kitchen… I’ll probably make pizza tonight. There’s a chicken breast left in the freezer so will make a chicken pizza with garlic olive oil sauce.

I am wearing… jeans, tennis shoes, a black mock turtleneck.

I am creating… Still working on the Nevada quilt, I have the state finished along with 3 stars, some geese and a few other odds and ends. See the state below.

I am going… to have to take a few days off of work to finish painting the inside of the house. I had to call it quits after my hand died, still have some trim and touch ups to do in a few rooms. Also, I definitely picked out the wrong color for the living room…the living room will probably go to a neutral color as the sea foam is just not working in such a large room, great for a bedroom, just not a huge room. Went to Lowes and bought Valspar’s Ultra Premium (one coat coverage) in Antique White.

I am reading… still reading a few stories a night from Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul.

I am hoping… that the foot stops hurting, it’s been over a month already!

I am hearing… Construction trucks backing up beepers. A backhoe. Windows creaking. Traffic. Have I told you the insulation in this new building is really really really awful?

Around the house… Flower bulbs trying to bloom.

One of my favorite things… Laughing. Until it hurts. We rented The Rum Diary last night and there was one scene in which I had to pause it as I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe. My sides hurt soooo bad.

Rum Diary Car Scene

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Work on the Nevada quilt. Plan a few days off to paint.

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

Poor daffies in the snow

Center piece of quilt I'm designing for a local lady.

Irish Creme Brownies

I made up some brownies for a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon, thought I’d share the recipe. This recipe makes 16 brownies.

Irish Creme Brownies


4 oz semisweet chocolate (I used one Ghiradelli baking bar)
1/2 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1-3/4 cup flour
3 eggs
1/2 cup Irish Creme (plus some for the glaze)
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar (for glaze)

Preheat your oven to 350F. Spray an 8″x8″ square baking dish with cooking oil spray.

In a medium or large bowl melt chocolate and butter (make-shift double boiler) over medium-high heat.

Once all melted, take off heat, stir in sugar and let it cool down a bit.

In a measuring cup or small bowl beat eggs senseless. Stir in Irish cream and beat again. In another measuring cup/bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

Once your chocolate mixture has cooled a bit add the egg/creme mixture and then beat in the flour mixture until well blended.

Pour batter into the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.

Cool then slice.

Place your brownies onto a serving dish and then mix 1/2 cup of powdered sugar with enough Irish cream to make a drizzle…take a spoon and drizzle away! Add green sprinkles.

Spring Garden Tips for Truckee Meadows ~ Northern Nevada

Gathering up some gardening information for us here in Northern Nevada, especially the Truckee Meadows area. 🙂

BIRD NOTE! 🙂 Offer birds in your area with high energy foods like peanuts and suet…as the natural food supply is at a low this time of the year. Place nesting materials in your yard. Offer fresh water.

Annual Master Gardener Plant Fair will be held on May 19th from 7-11:30 am. Same place…over at the County Cooperative Extension 4955 Energy Way, Reno.

Gardening in Nevada: The Bartley Ranch Series
Location: Bartley Ranch, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno.
6-8 pm

Find out how to identify and solve plant problems. Get tips on caring for your northern Nevada landscape, trees and gardens. Cosponsored by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space and the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Free with no reservations required.

March 20: The Keys to Successful Vegetable Gardening
March 27: Roses for Reno



Events and Workshops held at the Garden Shop at Caughlin Ranch. This place has amazing shrubs and flowers!

The host the Impatient Gardener Radio Show.

They also have my FAVORITIST seeds ~ Botanical Interests.

Every Sunday from 10-3 they hold a Winter/Spring Farmers Market…then the summer one kicks in.


From Rail City Garden Center


• To control weeds this summer apply pre-emergent herbicides thru March to prevent annual weeds from germinating. Pre-emergents don’t harm anything already growing, but will prevent weeds from germinating.

• Start transplants indoors of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant

• Prune roses when they have 3 pairs of leaves at each bud

• Check your tools and get your mower serviced and blades sharpened!

• After cleaning up flower beds apply a slow-release organic fertilizer for healthier plants this season.

• As the soil thaws, be sure to water dry areas, especially evergreens.

• Early spring is the best time for renovation & clean-up in the yard & garden. Broken & rubbing branches as well as sucker growth are easily spotted & removed at this time. Thinning overgrown shrubs by removing the oldest branches to encourage new growth is also easier before new foliage emerges.

• As new growth begins in the perennial & shrub borders, clean-up of last year’s stems is easily done. Application of Sustane fertilizer 5#/100 sq.ft. & Preen is done now (Forsythia will be in bloom) & again in late July.

• Shrubby type perennials (sub-shrubs), such as Butterfly Bushes, Blue Mist Spirea, Russian Sage & Beautyberry should be cut down now to 6-8” as these plants bloom on new wood. Ornamental grasses also need to be cut down to 6”. To make cutting grasses easier, tie a rope tight near the base of the plant & cut below it.

• Roses, Lavender & Clematis are plants that should not be pruned until new growth begins, generally in late April or May. Roses need to have dead & diseased branches removed as well as crossing stems to open up center for good air circulation. Cut lavender back to 4-6”. Summer & fall blooming clematis that bloom on new wood need to be cut down to 12”. Spring blooming varieties are best thinned & removal of dead or broken branches done.

• Spade edge borders need to be cut in spring & again mid-summer to keep grasses from encroaching into beds. Even brick borders will look sharper if edged at least once every year.

• Be sure wood mulches are top dressed early, before plants are up & in the way. Mulch should be 2-3” deep, but tapered down at trunks of trees & shrubs.

• Fall-blooming perennials as well as hostas & daylilies can be dug & divided in half or thirds (depending on size) as soon as they are up 6” to be replanted for blooms later in the season.

• Do your annual Spring Pond Clean-Out while temperatures are low. This causes less stress on the fish and gives you a chance to control algae and aquatic weeds early

Moana Nursery have a few seminars and events lined up ~

Edible & Ornamental Herbs
Begins: Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM PST

Fresh herbs are good for you, good for the birds, and good for the eye. Learn where and how to incorporate them into your garden or containers and how to cook with them.

Rose Pruning Time
Begins: Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM PST

Master Gardener and “rose guru” Charlene Oakes will discuss when (April) and how to prune your roses and demonstrate proper techniques. She will also share other care tips for having spectacular roses, especially if you’ve never grown roses before; you’ll learn how easy they can be when the right varieties are chosen.

Good Bugs, Bad Bugs
Begins: Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM PST

Yes, there are good bugs and they are your garden’s friends — the trick is knowing what they do and how to identify them. You’ll also learn how to identify the bad bugs and how to control them. Join Moana Nursery’s Jim Stanton and Bonide’s John Ford for this informative seminar.

March 1st to March 15th, 2012
Moana Nursery Teammates say, “For successful highdesert gardening, NOW is the time to …

General Garden & Lawn Care:

Apply pre-emergent weed control to prevent germination of weeds and unwanted plants in your landscape.
Aerate your lawn, and if necessary, dethatch.
Feed lawn with Lawn Fertilizer.
Prevent crabgrass and feed lawn.
Rake up remaining leaves and debris, but leave a little for nesting material for the birds.
Sharpen tools and pruners – drop off at Moana Nursery by Monday and pick up late Tuesday.

Perennial & Annual Care:

Cut back, close to ground, all ornamental grasses and perennials.
Gently press back any perennials that heaved out of the ground over winter.
Plant cool-seaon flowers.
Plant summer blooming bulbs.

Herb, Fruit & Vegetable Care:

Start an edible garden.
Prune grapevine & raspberry bushes and feed.
Start warm-season annual and vegetable seeds indoors.


The Drycreek Garden Company is offering FREE NATIVE GRASS SEED to the victims of the Washoe Fire (proof of residency is required) this Saturday, March 17th. This will be at the Old Washoe City location only from 8:30 to 11:00 am.