Double Irish Chain Quilt ~ Fundraiser for NNGH

My sister, who is a member of the Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters , asked me if I had a quilt that I would donate for their group fundraiser.

Since they are holding a fundraiser for the historic Fourth Ward School up in Virginia City on Halloween, October 31st, I decided to make an Irish Chain quilt with reproduction fabrics from part of the school’s time period.


RAFFLE TICKETS are 1 for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00. You can contact them at

Double Irish Chain with 1840-1880 reproduction fabrics.  Raffle quilt for NNGH

Double Irish Chain with 1840-1880 reproduction fabrics. Raffle quilt for NNGH

You can also buy raffle tickets at a fundraiser they are holding for the Palomino Valley Pet Rescue on October 26th from 10am-5pm being held at ANIMAL OASIS RENO, at 1855 East Peckham Lane. There will be a bounce house, popcorn, drinks, low cost vaccinations, $10 doggie baths, and more.

Pond Hockey ~ Washoe Valley, Nevada

Been really busy lately and have neglected my blog…hopefully things will start to settle down in a bit.

Wanted to post some pictures of a hockey game we came across while out and about one weekend. After spending some time up in Virginia City we drove down through Carson City and then on the east side of Washoe Valley. At the north end is Little Washoe Lake…we stopped to eat our lunch and enjoy a hockey game.

The dogs were pretty funny…one was definitely the coach, barking his orders. 🙂











Ferrari Farm’s Pumpkin Patch ~ Reno, NV ~ October 2012

Ferrari Farm’s pumpkin patch, corn maze, big ole pumpkin bounce house, corn stalks, and hay rides are in full-swing now! I love how they set it up this year…lots more parking and a bit more compact. They’re open on Mon-Thurs from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm; Fri-Sat from 9:30 am to 10 pm; and Sunday from 9:30 to 6 pm. 4701 Mill Street, between Rock and McCarran.

Loyalton Firemen’s Street Festival ~ 25 August 2012

On the way home from Portola’s Train Days last weekend, I saw a sign that Loyalton was going to have a Street Festival with a Show & Shine the following weekend. 🙂 I Love Sierra Valley and you have to like a festival that raises money for the Volunteer Fire Department. My husband was excited that they were having a horseshoe tourney and luck would have it another guy needed a partner, so he got to play. It was a fun day full of old cars, arts and crafts, music, monster truck rides, horseshoes, and good food.

Have lots of pictures from the day ~

Shelby Cobra Mustang

Care Flight made a grand dust storm entrance!

Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen Quilt ~ Love it!!!

John…we were under the Horseshoe Tourney tent.

The band…before a wind gust took the canopy…and the band played on. 🙂

Is this not a cool horseshoe pit or what?!

First and Second place teams.

Monster Truck rides…ok, that was one fun ride for $5.

Kid in middle doesn’t agree with me…but his grampa had a blast.

From Hawaii…with Love

I got a wonderful surprise gift from my sister, who was on vacation in Hawaii with her family the last two weeks.

2 yards of a batik fabric and 4 yards of a lovely oriental fabric with two quilt patterns by Pacific Rim Quilt Company!

Herd of Turtles by Nancy Lee Chong & Janice Lee Baehr, a Two Fabric Appliqué quilt pattern that will be 24″x36″.

Hawaiian Wall Quilt applique quilt pattern, Delicate Beauty ~ Hibiscus, 44″x68″.

What happens when…

You are held as a captive audience to an excessive talker? Well, I found out last Saturday at a craft & bake sale…you crank out 10 hexagon flowers to add to your Grandma’s Flower Garden!


One Less Gift

The last few years, in November, my church hands out a flyer regarding a concept called “One Less” (last year it was Advent Conspiracy).


This year, let’s try

[Less spending.]
[More relational giving.]
[More resources to help those who need it most.]

They have four suggestions, but also encourage everyone to be as creative as one can be!

** Angel Tree for a child of a prisoner here in Nevada.
** Pick up an Operation Christmas Child shoebox.
** Help buy a clean water well with Living Water
** Give to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada

Other charities you may want to support:

Samaritan’s Purse
World Vision
Compassion International

A few of the ones I like:

Nevada Humane Society.
Veteran’s Guest House in Reno, NV.
Kids Kottage.

Gift Ideas for Relational Giving.

A fun certificate for the gift of your time:

* bring popcorn, gourmet root beer and a classic DVD for a movie night with a friend.
* host a Monday Night Football and make homemade pizzas.
* wrap two copies of a classic book to read together.
* bundle up and take a walk through the Christmas-lit streets.

Your gift of creatively serving:

* babysit for your worn-out sister-in-law.
* yard work for an elderly person.
* road trip for an out-of-town adventure with your child.
* change the oil in a neighbor’s car.
* help your friend build their shed, clean their garage or closets, etc.

A day together doing something someone else cares about:

* take a trip to the batting cages.
* go on a hike, with your camera and your photographer friend, you bring lunch.
* volunteer at their favorite charity.

A gift you made with your kids:

* simple scrapbook of time you’ve spent with the person you’re giving it to.
* photo album of your kids for a far-away family member.
* home-published story, written and illustrated by your kids. The time spent creating it is priceless to the recipient as well as the kids.

Ask “What do they like to do?” and make time to do it with them.


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

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.

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!