Garden Harvest, Canning, Landscaping & Photography

Just a hodge-podge for today…it’s been a rough week already here at work and I just want to post lots of pictures.

Over the weekend I picked the rest of the green beans from the garden and yanked out the black bean plants. We ate the green beans and I shelled the black beans, blanched and froze ’em for future soups and dinners. Pulled 2 rows of carrots, chopped and blanched and bagged for the freezer. The rest is for eating raw. Did the same for a large amount of squash (Yellow Crook-Necks, Mexican Greys, and Black Zucs). Me thinks I need a small freezer for out back to store all my veggies as my freezer in the kitchen is might full now.

We were rolling the idea around about either using concrete or pavers in the area immediately out front where we have our bench and table under the cedar tree…we can’t afford concrete at the moment and we had pavers in another area of the yard. So, we took up the pavers and the area they used to be in will be planted with corn next spring!

Here is the front during and after ~ before it was redwood bark mulch…full of GOOBER shells dropped by the Scrub Jays. Looked like a western bar floor. It’s a little lumpy in some spots, but it’s nicer than before. 🙂 And my husband wanted me to construct one of my “rock monsters”…”you mean a cairn?” “Ya…just what I said, a rock monster”. LOL!

Playing with the camera again (someone asked earlier what type of camera I have ~ it’s a Canon 2S-IS ~ and no, I don’t use Photoshop, mainly because I haven’t learned yet!) ~ here are some shots of the corn, poppies, pumpkins, and other flowers in the yard.

One of my favorite snacks ~ buy raw pumpkin seeds, spray a tin with olive oil and then spray the seeds, sprinkle some kosher salt on them then stick ’em under the broiler. Yummy.

Leo-Monster…our Bengal-Tabby.

Scrub Jay with his goober ~

Dinner last night ~ BBQ’d Chicken, last of the green beans from the garden, and leftover Crash Hot Potatoes!

Weekend Going-ons ~ Eurofest 2008

I really have no clue why the Eurofest was moved to Reno from Sparks…I hate the Sands Regency and we used to be able to walk to the one held in Sparks. 😦 BUT…The Young Dubliners are here tonight and Saturday night and I heard that Eric Rigler (pipes and tin whistle) will be touring with them in June, so will suck it up and go have some fun. They play both nights from 7 pm to 10 pm. IT’S FREE!!! So go on down, dance in the jig pit, drink a pint, and have a great time listening to the best live band!

Don’t forget the May Arboretum’s Plant Sale up at Rancho San Rafael! I can’t remember but I think it starts around 7am or 8am. I’ll probably be hitting yard sales at that time though…I’ve finished planting for the spring.

Harvested my first strawberries last night ~ ROFL! A whopping TWO of ’em. They were very tasty.

Lookie at the wee budgie that came and visited us last night! Someone is missing this sweet thing…I stayed out and talked to it until it flew off with a blackbird. I hope she/he found it’s way home.

More UNR Cairns at sunrise ~

Looks like we’re going to have to put up our Do Not Park Here signs up this weekend ~

June 6 – 8, 2008
Sparks , NV

Street Vibrations Spring Fever Rally condenses the excitement of Street Vibrations into one weekend in Sparks, NV at Victorian Square. It’s the second annual event and will include the Controlled Burn Fire Dancers, live entertainment bike games, competition ride-in shows, poker runs and walks, more than 80 vendors, VIP parties for participants and more.

Have you ever been to the Playful Potter? It's a fun place for both adults and kiddos ~ just saw they have storybook time on Fridays.

Storytime for Children!

We will read a story and then paint a piece based on the story
Each adventure is approximately one hour Fridays promptly at 10:30
$12 + tax per painter (this includes everything!)

Call 775-356-5811 for reservations
Non refundable deposit required to make reservations
Reservations will be accepted until 3pm the day before
or until we are sold out.

June 6–Froggy’s Day with Dad
Paint a I Love Dad Mug

June 13–Hello Goodbye Window
Paint a flower pot

June 20–Little Quack
Paint a duckie

June 27–Harry the Dirty Dog
Paint a tiny bathtub

July 4th–no storytime since we’re closed for the weekend

July 11–What will Fat Cats Sit on?
Paint a mouse

July 18–The Story of the Little Mole who went in Search of a Whodunit
Paint a small puppy

July 25–Pigs
Paint a Pig Brillo

August 1–One Windy Wednesday
Paint an lamb

August 8–Lunchroom Lizard
Paint a tiny gecko

August 15–Delicious
Paint a garden duck

August 22–Curious George at the Laundry Mat
Paint a monkey

August 29–Cats Pajamas
Paint a small kitty

September 5–Piggy Wiglet
Paint a small piggy bank

September 12–Big Chickens
Paint a cat