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.