Wordless Wednesday ~ Hummer’s Day at Carnelian Bay, Lake Tahoe ~ 13 July 2013








Birds and Slugs from Fort Bragg, CA area

Pelicans, Turkey Vultures and Banana Slugs! LOL!

Biggest Little Cat House (and Dogs Too!) Adoption Event 10/15/2011

This Saturday! At the Nevada Humane Society, 2825 Longley Lane, Reno!

15 OCTOBER 2011
11 a.m to 5 p.m.


* String of Pearls Cloggers (Noon and 1 p.m)

* Country Singing Due The Tributes (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

* Old West Magician Dean Hankey

* Free old time photos-costumes courtesy of The Menagerie Costumes

* Fun old west characters

* NHS Mascots Sheriff Lucky and Miss Hope

* Try your hand at blackjack

* Free refreshments

For Today ~ 14 April 2011 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 14 March 2011.

Outside My Window… Cool morning, it was 30F when I got to work. Construction workers coming to work…we get to work at the same time. 6:30ish.

I am thinking… I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL NEXT FRIDAY! San Francisco, BABY! 🙂 Also hoping that LAPD catches the punk gangbangers who critically injured Bryan Stow, a SF Giants fan down at Dodger Stadium…that place definitely isn’t the Dodger Stadium that I went to in the late 70’s. Good going on letting the gangs takeover your pretty ballpark.

I am thankful for… a job. Even if I will be making $2,400 less come July 1st due to our new governor’s No New Taxes diatribe and slashing education from kindergarten through higher ed.

From the kitchen… a very large plump artichoke!

I am wearing… Jeans, black mock turtleneck, tennies, hair in ponytail.

I am creating… still working on the Hobo quilt.

I am going… walk over to Pharm, Path & Dean’s office with my sugar Easter eggs.

I am reading… Northern California AAA tourbook. 🙂

I am hoping… that Zito isn’t pitching next Friday…sorry Barry, but you need to go.

I am hearing… me typing. Cars on McCarran

Around the house… floor needs vacuuming, bedding needs washing.

One of my favorite things… waiting for a package of goodies from my friend April. Walking in a great pair of shoes…thank you Skechers!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… dream about San Francisco, Muir Woods, Point Reyes, the Rocketboat.

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

Zephyr & Lucy ~ both were at the Portola Train Museum a few weekends ago. Zephyr is a rail kitty, Lucy’s human was remodeling the gift shop.


Lucy, the sweetest Beagle girl:


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Panorama Sugar Easter Eggs ~ Ready for Easter & Spring!

My family makes these eggs every once in a while…mom started making them WAY BACK to help pay for family vacations. The last time we made the sugar eggs was back in 2008.


Mom and I made them up over the past week or so. The shells are made of sugar, cream of tartar, and water….molded, scooped, and flipped to dry. The flowers and critters are made from royal frosting. There is NO PLASTIC in these, folks! Just the wrapping we used. 🙂

The larger of the two is almost 5″ in length, we sell those for $15. The smaller of the two is 3″ and they sell for $8.

Roses, wee flowers, daisies, violets, and pansies. Bunnies, swans, and chicks are inside. Some with crosses.

These guys last a long time if kept properly…ie: in a dry place and if you don’t eat them! 🙂 Which by the way, they are totally edible, but come on! Don’t eat them! They’re too pretty!

And BOYS LOVE THESE just as much as girls, folks!

Nevada Humane Society’s Adoption Dance ~ Reno, NV

Nevada Humane Society Celebrates the Joy of Pet Adoption with Dance Video

YouTube™ Video is Spoof of JK Wedding Entrance Dance Video

Nevada Humane Society recently released a YouTube™ video, celebrating the joy of adopting a shelter pet. The video is a spoof of the highly popular “JK Wedding Entrance Dance” Video, viewed over 52 million times on YouTube™. The new video, “Adoption Entrance Dance Video” is about Cidney and Cooper’s big day at Nevada Humane Society.

Instead of groomsmen and bridesmaids dancing down the church aisles, adoption counselors and animal caregivers dance down the shelter hallway. In the original video, the bride meets her groom but in Nevada Humane Society’s video, a staff member dances a homeless dog to the waiting arms of his new person while onlookers cheer and clap.

“We produced this video to illustrate that pet adoption is truly a time of joy and celebration,” explains Diane Blankenburg, Community Programs Director for Nevada Humane Society. “Each time a pet is adopted, we ring a bell, cheer and clap to celebrate that another homeless pet is going to a loving home. There is a standing ovation each time one of these wonderful pets finds homes.”

Nevada Humane Society is located at 2825 Longley Lane in Reno and is open Sunday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 775-856-2000. Adopt a new pet today and help make Washoe County one of the safest communities for homeless animals. For more information, call 775-856-2000 or go online at NevadaHumaneSociety.org

I adopted Lucy, the wee tortie, from the Humane Society last June. She’s a silly Red-Head…lots of fun and a big love!

Lucy luvs her big brudder, Leo!

There’s a New Resident at Sleepy Cat Hollow

and her name is Lucy!

The paper work from the Nevada Humane Society had the following:

Hi, my name is China. I am a spayed female Domestic SH. I am approximately 7 months old and I came to the shelter on 5/18/2009. 5.05 lbs.

Someone had taken the 2 year old I was looking at on 5/31/09…and my second choice was a kitty named Gizmo, but when I took the slip up I was told that here was a hold on her. I guess the owners had dropped off two kittens (they were 8-9 months old) and decided that they wanted one back, the one I wanted. So…one of the workers took me back into the dog part of the shelter where they were housing more cats. That’s where I saw Lucy…she was stressed out with a cold and on Clavamox, but I wanted her…she was an instant cuddle and purr when I picked her up.

I know I should have kept her away from Leo, but she’s been on the medication for 6 days and Leo was having a fit wanting to see what I brought into the house.

From that moment on Lucy followed Leo around like a puppy dog. She LOVES Leo.

I got her home about 4:30 pm on Friday…being that she had the cold and probably couldn’t smell all that well, I was told to feed her tuna or something extra stinky. She’d only drink water that night. I feed her tuna but she didn’t eat it. 😦 Saturday was the same thing. She drank but wouldn’t eat. I called the clinic at the Humane Society, but they were closed. At the grocery store I picked up a small can of Iams…found what I thought would be the stinkiest dead fishy smell there and opened it up for her when I got home.


I let her eat about a Tablespoon and then took it away…didn’t want her to get sick after not eating for so long! I fed her about every 2 hours after that. Now she won’t stop! LOL! Wee piggie! She likes chicken too…she’s a good begger for someone so young. 🙂

Hurry up and settle down or I’ll give you the stink eye!

That’s better.

And this is how Miss Lucy holds her tail most of the time…

Straight up and flicking from side to side. She struts pretty well. And she does a very cute front leg two-step dance. 🙂

***** The Nevada Humane Society is over-run with cats and kittens, folks! Not to mention dogs. June is $10 cat adoption & $40 dog adoption month (I don’t think really young kittens and puppies are included in that price) so if you can afford the upkeep, please drop by and find a new addition to your family! *****

Big Love Month ~ JUNE 2009 ~ Nevada Humane Society

I’m ready for another cat…so is Leo, he keeps looking for Max. I have my adoption application all filled out and proof of my ownership of home (you’ll need permission of landlord if you rent)…I’ll be getting off early from work today and will be heading down to the Humane Society this afternoon!



Big Love Month! June 1-30th, 2009. Experience the Love of an Adopted Pet.

Adult Dogs: $40
Adult Cats: $10
Rabbits: $25

Adoption Hours:
Monday-Friday: 11am-6:30pm
Saturday: 10am-6:30pm
Sunday: 11am-6:30pm
Call (775) 856-2000 x335 for more information.




Information on Spay/Nueter Program for Pit Bulls ~

Free Pit Bull Spay/Neuter Program


Listed here are items you can donate to help better accomplish the Nevada Humane Society’s no-kill goals.

Laptop Computer
3/4-1 ton pickup truck (4×4. A/C, V8, low miles)
Canned kitten, puppy, cat or dog food
Dry kitten, puppy, cat or dog food
Squeeze Cheese
Peanut Butter
Dog & cat toys
Metal dog dishes
Leashes, collars, & harnesses of all sizes
Cat beds
Towels and blankets
Laundry soap (liquid & powder)
Hand sanitizer
Copy paper
Small (6″) paper bowls or plates
Paper Cups
Kleenex tissues
Paper towels
13-gal. trash bags

Home for the Holidays ~ Nevada Humane Society

ACK! I have only two more days to work on my husband on adding another cat to our household.

Home for the Holidays ends on January 4th…

We spent a couple of hours at the shelter yesterday, New Years Day, picking up and petting every cat that came up to us. Those cat rooms are wonderful. It was a hopping place with lots of critters going home with their new humans.

Lindsey introduced me to Juniper, an older male cat that is an absolute LOVE! After talking to Denise though, we decided he probably wouldn’t be a good fit due to our Leo. Juniper is a special needs kitty, and if we only had my Max, I’d take him home in a heart beat.

I’m hoping my second choice is still at the shelter…I’m going to work on my husband today. 🙂


GET INVOLVED! Volunteer!

Lindsey gave me the volunteer paperwork to fill out ~ will be returning that to them this weekend. I have a list of items from their website that they need ~

Stuff We Need

Your kind gifts to the Society allow us to spend our funds on other, more immediate needs. We deeply appreciate your past generosity!

* Canned dog & cat food
* Dry cat food
* Chewy dog treats
* Squeeze Cheese
* Peanut Butter
* Rawhides
* Dog & cat toys
* Metal dog dishes
* Leashes, collars, & harnesses of all sizes
* Cat beds
* Blankets (no stuffing)
* Towels
* Cloth washcloths
* Laundry baskets
* Laundry soap (liquid & powder)
* Bleach
* Dish soap
* Automatic dishwasher soap
* Liquid hand soap
* Hand sanitizer
* Sharpie markers & highlighters
* White & colored 3×5″ cards
* Copy paper
* Pens
* Small (6″) paper plates
* Paper Cups
* Kleenex tissues
* Paper towels
* 13-gal. trash bags
* YOU!

Can you volunteer to walk the dogs? play with the kitties? foster sick, injured or underaged animals? Do you have special talents to help us–carpentry? computers?

Snuggles Project

Do you love to crochet, knit, quilt, or sew? Contact Karen Freemyer on how to use these skills for the animals.

Do you love to crochet? knit? quilt? sew? If so, I would like to tell you about our Snuggle Project.

The Snuggles Project was founded by our president and founder, Rae French, in 1996 because of her heartfelt need to do something for the innocent victims who find themselves in animal shelters without a bit of comfort to call their own. Picturing them in their hard cold cells made her heart ache to do something to help. So she got the idea of security blankets for shelter animals. The security blankets are called “Snuggles.” Each animal would get a Snuggle to cuddle up with to feel warmth and comfort. Most shelter animals are kept in areas with stainless steel braces and hard plastic flooring or even bare concrete floors. The Snuggles would allow them to have a little reprieve from the coldness of the pen they are kept in.

Snuggles not only give physical comfort but psychological comfort as well. And not only for the animals — the tens of thousands of kind-hearted people around the world who make them for the animals receive so much satisfaction from their work as well. Many have experienced the thrill of getting their friends, their family, their school or camp children, the elderly in their community involved in the Snuggles Project. The wonder of the Snuggles Project is how it bridges generation gaps and opens doors to community involvement.

Hiking Buddies ~ Adopt a dog for hiking! Nevada Humane Society

Before heading out to work I glanced briefly through the Reno Gazette Journal and a side article caught my eye in the Neighborhoods & Voices section.

Diane Blankenburg’s Animal Files ~ Adopt dog for hiking.

Looking for a companion for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, jogging or walking? Want to help the orphaned animals of our community? The Hiking Buddies program is the perfect opportunity.

Take a Nevada Humane Society shelter dog out with you for a day of fun, fresh air and exercise and give them a better chance at finding a new home. It provides a chance for the dog to get out of the shelter thus improving their quality of life…makes them calmer in their cages which increases their chance of being adopted.

Hiking Buddies was started by Britt Johnson, a volunteer ~ she and her husband have been working with the dogs at the Nevada Humane Society for months. The dogs wear Adopt Me vests or colorful bandanas to increase public awareness. Britt interviews applicants and works with the staff to match hikers to the dogs.

Want to join?! Apply to the Hiking Buddies Program by contacting the Nevada Humane Society at 775-856-2000, ext. 308 or Britt Johnson at bberger@cabnr.unr.edu.