Pictorial Diary of Memorial Day at Virginia City, Nevada 2013

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Balcony Container Gardening ~ Sparks, Nevada

My garden space this year has diminished quite drastically…I have to utilize my balcony. Luckily it’s positioned for optimum sunshine!

I decided to limit myself to herbs, tomatoes, leafy greens, and probably a chile pepper of some sort. We have pretty good farmers markets around the Reno/Sparks area so I’ll supplement my kitchen herbs with the local farmer’s goodies.

I got these nifty containers, from Lowes, that sit on top of the balcony rails…the rest of the containers are made up of old flower pots I’ve found and some of my enameled cooking pots.

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So far I have planted chives, sweet basil, Greek oregano, Italian flat-leafed parsley (hate the curly stuff), lemon thyme, rosemary, orange mint, two different lavenders, summer savory, cilantro, red Russian Kale, German chamomile, and arugula.

Still need dill, either a jalapeño, serrano or New Mexican green chile, I’m thinking two heirloom tomatoes, garlic…and some radish seeds.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ 15 May 2013

Sparks Marina

Sparks Marina

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Iris

Iris

Lucy and Leo

Lucy and Leo

Wildflowers Blooming at Galena Creek Park, Nevada

Some of the flowers blooming along the Jones-Whites Creek Loop Trail ~ taken on 04 May 2013.

Indian Paintbrush ~ Galena Creek Park

Indian Paintbrush ~ Galena Creek Park

Mule's Ear ~ Galena Creek Park

Mule’s Ear ~ Galena Creek Park

Soon to be blooming Lupine!  There's lots of them about to burst open.  ~ Galena Creek Park.

Soon to be blooming Lupine! There’s lots of them about to burst open. ~ Galena Creek Park.

I'm going with some sort of Groundsel ~ Galena Creek Park.

I’m going with some sort of Groundsel ~ Galena Creek Park.

Ground Phlox ~ Galena Creek Park

Ground Phlox ~ Galena Creek Park

Not a wildflower, but cute none-the-less ~ Mr. Lizard.

Not a wildflower, but cute none-the-less ~ Mr. Lizard.

For Today ~ 06 May 2013 ~ A Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 06 May 2013

Outside My Window… Grey windy morning…the sun is trying to peek out between some clouds to the east, black snow clouds up in the mountains to the west.

I am thinking… I wonder about the story of an elderly gentleman that I see at the bus stop near campus every morning around 6:30 am. Not sure why, but he makes me smile when I spot him there…and worried when I don’t see him. He has a Billy Connolly look to him, only thinner…same wild white hair and facial hair too.

I am thankful for… That the infection on the left side of my face has finally calmed down (I looked like I went a round with a boxer). After 10 days of antibiotics, many lancing of the gums, and a few refills of Percocet…I may be able to open my mouth all the way by next weeks root canal appointment.

From the kitchen… I took some chicken out of the freezer that’s been marinading in McCormick’s Grill Mates tomato garlic and basil. I buy boneless chicken breasts in bulk…get different grill mates marinades and put two pieces of chicken in a gallon ziplock, put the marinade package, then pop them in the freezer. In the morning, before work, I place one on the counter where my husband will stick into the frig after he has his coffee and goes about his day.

I am wearing… Jeans, blue waffle thermal shirt, and sandals.

I am creating… Absolutely nothing for the last three weeks. My head was hurting WAY too much. I did pull out my batik Grandma’s Flower Garden and made about 10 hexies, but that was it.

I am going… put the kettle on for a pot of hot tea.

I am reading… hiking trail maps. 🙂 Looking at areas around town to go hiking/walks since we don’t have much money to leave town right now.

I am hoping… that my friend April had a wonderful visit with her Mom and Dad last week…and a very safe flight home today.

I am hearing… the traffic outside. People using their card keys to get into the building.

Around the house… Deck needs cleaning after the wind storm yesterday…lots of tree droppings. Inside is cleaned.

One of my favorite things… Listening to Van Morrison on Pandora while it rains.

A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week… Not really sure.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… A few pictures that I took up at Galena Creek…before the rain hit.

Mt. Rose from the Jones-Whites Creek loop...used Pixlr-o-matic's Aladin and Scrap filters to make it feel early 70's.

Mt. Rose from the Jones-Whites Creek loop…used Pixlr-o-matic’s Aladin and Scrap filters to make it feel early 70’s.

Mt. Rose from the Jones-Whites Creek Loop.

Mt. Rose from the Jones-Whites Creek Loop, I used the Metal and Hassel filters.