A Monday Ramble ~ 18 March 2013

Just a few rambles for this March Monday ~ 18 March 2013

I decided to finish my Denyse Schmidt quilt I started a month ago. Started out with a pile of charms I received from a Denyse Schmidt Charm Swap and with a few cuts from my own stash I went from this:

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To a 60″x72″ quilt top ready to be sandwiched, quilted and bound.

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But first I must wait to spring my new machine out of layaway prison (should anyone have any money burning a hole in their pocket…she’s sitting at Windy Moon Quilts! 😉 ).

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Last week on Facebook I saw this MEYER LEMON LOAF recipe on Mennonite Girls Can Cook.

Oh My Word! It’s very tasty! My husband and I have almost polished off one loaf…I stuck the other on in the freezer.

My loaf isn’t as pretty as theirs…the pan I used was a bit bigger than what they suggested. Use the smaller loaf pan, it’ll look bigger. LOL!

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Over the weekend we went to SWAN LAKE, in Lemmon Valley, to see if we could spy any birds. I walked along the Marsh boardwalk, but it was sorta of disappointing. Besides the sparrows and finches…we saw Mallards, Northern Harriers and Canada Geese. That’s it. I’ve been there before when there were quite a few swans and other water fowl.

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

Such a pretty birdie.

Such a pretty birdie.

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

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Headed up to Frenchman’s Lake too…we like the little day area below the dam.

Creek below Frenchman's Lake.

Creek below Frenchman’s Lake.

Slushy ice behind the dam.

Slushy ice behind the dam.

Older guy fishing.  Looked like everyone was pulling out some fish that day.

Older guy fishing. Looked like everyone was pulling out some fish that day.

Red-Breasted Nuthatch

I forgot to share a few pictures I took on the 26th of October. We were at Bower’s Mansion State Park down in Washoe Valley…throwing some horseshoes when a heard a lot of noise up in the trees. Finally spied a wee birdie that acted like a kid hyped up on Mt. Dew. 🙂

Red-breasted Nuthatch ~




Wordless Wednesday ~ Views from the Featherbed Railroad Boat Dock

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My new bird feeder stand at work…

A big THANK YOU to a co-worker, Jason, here at the university! I had my thistle sock and bird feeder attached to the posts holding up a newly planted tree outside my office window…and when he took the posts down in the winter he said he’d be back in the spring to make a stand for the feeders. He left one post up so the feeder could still be used.

Guess who had some time last Friday to make the bird stand! 🙂 He moved the stand out some between my window and the kitchen/break room window so we can all enjoy the birds.

Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’…

Oh what a beautiful day,
I’ve got a wonderful feeling,
Everything’s going my way!

15 April 2012 ~ along the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada

Really! He really was singing Rodgers & Hammerstein!

Thank ya...Thank ya very much.

(photo editing…my photos that I ran through pixlr-o-matic using “Metal” filter and Scrap border).

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.

STOP DAMMIT!

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….

YOU SONOFABISCUIT! GET BACK HERE!

Red-Breasted Sapsucker?

While at Miner’s Park in Virginia City, Nevada on Saturday I snapped this picture (bugger was fast, so not that clear) ~ is it a red-breasted sapsucker?

Robins ~ my Happy Birds

Robins (as do Scrub Jays) always make me smile…and yesterday BUNCHES of them dropped in for a visit. 🙂

Visiting Cedar Waxwings ~ Reno, NV ~ 27 Jan 2012

This morning I looked out the side window and saw an invasion of Robins (I’ll post those pictures later) and then a bunch of Cedar Waxwings! I thought they had moved on, but there they were! At least nine of them! Found out why…the Hawthorn tree in the backyard is still loaded with berries. 🙂

The Robins and Waxwings are enjoying a berry buffet today.