Hannah’s First Snowboarding Lesson

This is a video montage of Hannah’s (my niece) first snowboarding lesson up at Alpine Meadows over the holiday. Her dad didn’t quite know how do to use the video on his new phone so some of it is washed out. 🙂

You did a great job, GIRLIE! Love You!

2010 WORLD CHAMPS!!!! Congrats SF Giants!!! :)

WooooWeee! I’m pretty sure my friend, April, in Michigan heard me on Wilson’s last strike out! And I heard her! Thankies for staying up with me, girlie!

I love these guys! Every single one of them! The thing I love the most about them? Not one of them is a Barry Bonds! THEY ARE A BUNCH OF UNIQUE, QUIRKY, LOVEABLE INDIVIDUALS THAT PLAY AS A TEAM OF ONE! Thank you Brian Sabean & Bruce Bochy!

Congrats Edgar on MVP!

Thanks for a wonderful season! Can’t wait for the parade on Wednesday!

PS: I can’t WAIT to see Rob Schneider, run around North Beach in nothing but a SF Giants RALLY thong and a FEAR THE BEARD! I heard him tell F.P. Santangelo, on CSN Bay Area Sports, that if the Giants win…that is what he was going to do!

(photos from online: getty & associated press)

For Today ~ 01 November 2010 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 01 November 2010

Outside My Window… Sun is peeking up over the eastern hills onto The Sierras. The snow on Mt. Rose is very pretty this morning.

I am thinking… WHAT A GREAT GAME LAST NIGHT! MadBum pitched an awesome game, Freddy was just as great! Tonight is the Night, Boys!

My poor Buffalo Bills are 0-7! We lost another game in overtime! UGH! I guess I can look at this way…we have a perfect season so far! DOH!

I am thankful for…Friends, home, and yes…family too. 🙂

From the kitchen…a pizza! Game Five of the World Series is on!

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, grey 3/4-sleaved shirt, hair down.

I am creating… Let see…I’ve cut the material, sewed it into blocks and get this! Just cut them into quarters and am in the process of sewing them back into blocks again! LOL! Just love quilting.

I am going…to go find some chocolate. Shouldn’t be too hard being the day after Halloween!

I am reading…Michael Perry’s Population: 485. Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time

I am hoping…I can survive this week at work.

I am hearing… Me grinding my teeth.

Around the house…laundry down in the basement and Halloween stuff to take down.

One of my favorite things…listening to Brian Wilson give an interview.

Giants Video The video is marked 10.31: World Series Game 4 Postgame — Brian Wilson (off on the right hand side between Madison & Buster).

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… to just get through the week. 🙂

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…This tree has been growing in the southwest part Washoe Valley for over 30 years (it was there when we moved out there in 1980). I think it’s on part of the List Ranch property. Here it is in all it’s Autumn Glory yesterday!

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Tuesday’s Rambles ~ 26 October 2010

First Baseball! 🙂

~ Tomorrow the World Series starts! GO GIANTS!!!!  Good Luck guys!

~ Still shaking my head about hearing Tim McCarver call Jeremy ‘AFLAC’ instead of Affeldt. Did he just say Aflac?! He’s a strange man.

~ Miss you Kruk & Kuip! More than you’ll ever know!

~ CSN Bay Area Sports Giants VideosI swear the best postgame interview was with Sergio Romo. He’s off on the right hand side (about 5 rows down)…between Freddy and Brian. That is one excited guy…haven’t seen a guy giggle like a little kid in quite a while. (10.23: NLCS Game 6 Postgame – Sergio Romo)

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~ Started cutting out a new quilt.

Using Allison’s of Cluck.Cluck.Sew. All Patched Up pattern. I pulled out two Layered Cakes that I’ve had in my stash ~ Cotton Blossoms fabric by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.

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~ I had to scrape the frost off of my car windows this morning! WOO HOO!

~ Bruce Willis still has it. John Malkovich is just plain crazy. Helen Mirren lovely, and badass, as always. Saw Red over the weekend. Loved it.

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Some autumn leaves above the Truckee River.

This is one of my favorite condo buildings in downtown Reno…it’s right on the Truckee River across from Wingfield Park.

~ Sunday it rained and rained and rained…mostly horizontally, as the winds were very strong.

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~ Picked up a few more Michael Perry books after reading Coop…started reading Population: 485 – Meeting your Neighbors One Siren at a Time. Also have Truck: A Love Story, Off Main Street: Barnstormers, Prophets & Gatemouth’s Gator, and Why They Killed Big Boy.

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Ashkon: Don’t Stop Believing ~ SF Giants 2010 Anthem Video

I heard Jim Rome talking about the different fan videos…but today was the first I saw ours (SF Giants).

Too Much AWESOME in this video! 🙂

On a side note: GO TEXAS! Would love to see a Giants & Rangers World Series.

For Today ~ 19 October 2010 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 19 October 2010

Outside My Window… It’s pretty dark out. Godzilla could be out there and I’d not know it…well…ok, I’d know that Godzilla was out there.

I am thinking… Why are we having a 1 pm game in San Francisco?! What’s wrong with 4 or 5 pm? Is that too late for you all back east to stay up?! Am extremely grateful that the Marlins didn’t want Cody Ross anymore and that we were selfish in not wanting the Padres to have him! I’d definitely vote him MVP of the series with Philly!

What a jackass! “Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis was pretty steamed about their overtime loss to the Patriots Sunday, and he made it clear that he and his fellow teammates plan to take it out on the Bills this Sunday.” ~ Oh! That’s a big man! Pick on my Bills who are 0-5! Idiot. May Buffalo WIN THEIR FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON AGAINST YOU! HA!

I am thankful for… for my friend, April. I wish you lived closer.

From the kitchen… Leftover homemade beef stew…with maters, taters, onions, celery, parsnips and carrots.

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, brown t-shirt, hair in a ponytail.

I am creating… I finished the flannel lap quilt that will be donated. It’s soooo warm and fuzzy.

I think I may try this quilt next, from Cluck.Cluck.Sew. I have a jelly roll of Lila Tueller’s EDEN just waiting to be made into a quilt! 🙂

I am going… to turn on the space heater under my desk…just got some goose bumps on my arms!

I am reading… I finished Coop: A Family, a Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg by Michael Perry. I LOVED THAT BOOK! Am going to stop by Sundance Book Store on the way home and check to see if they have any more of his books.

I am hoping… that ORANGE & BLACK rules throughout OCTOBER! GO GIANTS!

I am hearing… Always the same…ice machine, hvac, doors slamming, phones ringing.

Around the house… laundry needs to be done. I actually threw all my clothes down the basement stairs this morning.

One of my favorite things… my alone time.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… to just get through the week. 🙂

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… a picture I took on Sunday while roaming around the Ferrari Farm.

Ferrari Farm Barn, Reno, Nevada

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Tuesday’s Rambles ~ 12 October 2010

YEA GIANTS!!!!!!!! What an awesome game last night guys!!!! Thanks Cody, you were AWESOME! Maddie! And Thank You BRIAN for that ‘I Can’t Watch the Ninth Inning!’…I was peeking through my fingers like I do on some horror films!

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Two pictures…just because they make me smile! 🙂 Can’t remember, but I think they are Getty pictures.

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Check out Blaze Bratcher’s new Store Front…she has some amazing watercolours! I’m saving my money up for the My Quilt II print. Blaze is a great artist ~ SUPPORT HER! 🙂

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I made 3 quarts and 6 pints of Purple Tomatillo Salsa on Sunday while listening to game 3 of the Giants & Braves. My sister grew some tomatillos so I can make salsa for my BIL. 🙂 Has a nice purple tint to the salsa, eh? I used last years RECIPE, the one from New Mexico State University. Only this time I added some serrano peppers to the mix…and roasted the tomatillos and peppers before putting them through the food processor! 🙂


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Sunday, after church, we drove over to Ferrari Farms along the Truckee River on Mill Street.

Isn’t she a cutie-patootie?

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My two itty-bitty pumpkins I bought at Ferrari Farms…next to a bowl I painted a few years back.

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Still stuck in a Nickelback groove…love the Dark Horse album. Where it says ‘Embedding disabled by request’ just click on Watch on Youtube. Love this song.

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Empire Mine Historical Park in Grass Valley, CA.

For Today ~ 4 October 2010 ~ A Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 04 October 2010

Outside My Window… Still pretty dark out there. BUT IT’S RAINING! It’s been raining for TWO WHOLE DAYS! WOW! Mom Nature saved up all of the rain we didn’t get all summer long and is dumping it on us in TWO DAYS!

I am thinking… YEA SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS!!!!! WOOO HOOOO!!!! But goodness! Did you all HAVE TO take it the very last game of the season to wrap up the West Division?! HOLY COW! I have to wait until Thursday to watch you play again! ACK! I pray that Fox Sports will NOT have the games…absolutely HATE their commentators. KRUK & KUIP ALL THEY WAY BABY!

GREAT HIGHLIGHTS of yesterday’s game! ~ Absolutely love watching Buster bounce up behind Brian on the mound! LOL!

We went to the Eagles concert on Friday…3 hours of GREAT MUSIC…but then no encore! No goodbyes! The strobe fire alarms were going off. Sheesh. Not how I wanted it to end, but I must say…AWESOME! Don Henley is still DA BOMB! Glen & Timothy still sound good. And Joe? Joe is still crazy! ROFL!

I am thankful for… for my friends. That I have friends and co-workers that think of me enough that they would loan me money for a down payment on a car. That still blows me away. Makes me cry all over again.

From the kitchen… It’s MNF night…have no clue who is playing, but it will be someone else that will be making my dinner. Round Table pizza or Giant Burger falafels. 🙂

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, SF Giants pullover hoodie, hair in a ponytail.

I am creating… I’ll be finishing up a quilt that I missed the deadline for a craft challenge. This one I will look into donating to the 4th Street charity where they give items to the kids living in those run-down motels in Reno. So many kids are so close to being homeless here in our town.

I am going… start putting some stuff onto ebay again. Went through the boxes in the basement. Have a pile to donate, sell, and keep. Now I need to go through the keep pile and start the process all over again.

I am reading… The book that I picked up at Sundance Bookstore
Coop: A Family, a Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg by Michael Perry. I love this book!

I am hoping… Still hoping for a mend to April’s ribs. Hopefully she makes it into work today.

I am hearing… Air unit just kicking on, ice machine, me typing, Nickelback in the computer’s cd player.

Around the house… dishes in the sink, a floor that needs to be swept and mopped.

One of my favorite things… Falling off to sleep listening to rain, then being woken with a great big bolt of lightning and a KABOOM of thunder!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Finish a quilt. Find a place to take my damaged Saturn.

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

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Friday Rambles…24 September 2010

UPDATE:
I’ve had a few (okay…MANY) Sierra Nevada’s…the boys won one in Denver…I got to see ANDRES TORRES and BRIAN WILSON! Neighbors having a nice bbq…the week is ending nicely. Yes, indeed! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!! Andres IS BACK!!!!! I missed you SO MUCH!

It’s Friday…usually I’d say YAY! at this moment…but I’m still in a funk, I have a headache, it’s going to be 94F this weekend, there are loud and annoying motorcycles in town…the list goes on.

I’d normally say…let’s go down to Genoa and walk around the 90th Annual Candy Dance Craft Fair…but like I said above, it’s going to be HOT! Even up against the Sierra…it’s HOT!

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Can’t walk downtown because of loud, annoying HD motorcycles…and people roaming around in clothes that, quite frankly, they have no business wearing! Makes me queasy. Some people really shouldn’t wear leather.

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Can’t go up to Virginia City…well…because Harley’s go up there too, where the noise echos very loudly.

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If it’s hot down here…it will definitely be hotter over in Placerville, so Apple Hill is out of the question.

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The Giants are in Denver, so can’t go to a baseball game.

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Speaking of the Giants…COME ON GUYS! 13-0?! A few of us would like you to distribute the runs a bit more evenly over all your games. Feast or Famine! OY! The heartburn! And when you have blowout games like that I don’t get to see Brian close a game! The humanity of it all! I really need a Wilson fix once in a while!

ps: hurry up and heal, Andres! Miss you out in center field!

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Maybe Pyramid Lake! San Francisco is a little too far away (especially with no ball game to go to)…and I do need a body of water that’s bigger than the Truckee River and the bath tub.

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I do need to finish a few quilts…but have been uninspired.

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I have cat “mentoring’ at the Nevada Humane Society next Tuesday…learn the ins and outs of what to do and not to do while volunteering with the cats. Maybe I’ll go volunteer this weekend and walk some dogs…I need the exercise and I’m sure they’d like to stretch their legs too.

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I finished reading The Colorado Kid earlier this week…not that great of a book. I think I expected more. I have absolutely no clue how they got SyFy’s Haven tied into Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid. Stephen King even wrote that you’ll either love or hate the book…well, I fall into the dislike range. Glad I read it, but won’t stay on my shelf.

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This is Jack…he likes Jose, Bushmills Black, Jameson, and Tullamore Dew. 🙂 He’s from California…made by Justin Moeller of JM Ceramics. He makes me smile…even without the Bushmills.

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Here’s to me snapping out of my funk! Talk to you next week.

For Today ~ 19 September 2010 ~ A Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 19 September 2010

Outside My Window…It’s 10:00 pm at night…dark. I see my neighbor’s kitchen light on.

I am thinking… IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME that the team backed Barry Zito up with some runs! Goodness sakes! The poor guy hasn’t won a game since mid-July! Awesome game! ~~~~ The batch of Oatmeal Milk & Honey cold processed soap sure took a long time to trace! Holy Smokes…almost an hour! And I still didn’t get a 100% trace before my arm gave out. Cross your fingers! ~~~~ I can’t believe that my Bills LOST AGAIN! ACK! Sorta funny…my baseball team is the San Francisco Giants…my football team is the Buffalo Bills…and my hockey team is the Detroit Red Wings. ~~~~ Don’t ask…it beats me!

I am thankful for… that I have a day off on Monday…even if it’s a Furlough day and I won’t get paid for it.

From the kitchen… Pizza….and soap. 🙂 One batch of soap down…three more to go.

I am wearing… Shorts, my painting/soap making t-shirt that should probably be thrown away, barefoot, hair up and it’s a right frightful mess! Am trying to grow my bangs out and they’re at the shaggy dog stage.

I am creating… Soap. Oatmeal Milk and Honey is finished. I have Lavender, Autumn Fir, and something called Mayan Gold…all I can say is it would make a man yummy smelling.

I am going… check my soap calculations one more time to see if I need to increase the lye/water ratio in my recipe. I really don’t want to have to stir for an hour again.

I am reading… Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid…only a couple more pages to go. Am not really sure why they say Haven is based off of the book, so far I can only guess it’s the two old newspaper dudes that the book and tv show has in common.

I am hoping… that the Giants have a safe flight to Chicago and have a great series on the road. That my order from Brambleberry comes in soon so I can make soap with my niece. I decided to get a melt and pour soap for her first time…10 years old is just too young to help me make soap with lye.

I am hearing… the college girls move out in the front part of the duplex that I live in. Can I get an AMEN!?! Banging, slamming, yelling, squealing…hmmmmm…hopefully those are moving sounds I’m hearing. Sheesh…I’m starting to think that they’re thrashing the place!

Around the house… clean sheets on the bed, laundry done, floors vacuumed. TV on with Masterpiece Mystery…Inspector Lewis, Series III.

One of my favorite things… Still the ocean….will always be the ocean. Anyone know of any job openings in San Francisco?

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Monday is a busy day of soap making…need to use my 50% off Michaels coupons, great for a quick pickup of soy wax.

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

Oh Say Can You See...

Take Me Out To The Ball Game


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