Thursday’s Ramblings

I’ve been out of sorts this past week…I’ll just be rambling around today, if you don’t mind.

It’s hot…it’s mid-September…and it’s still in the 90’s! Stupid weather. WHERE IS MY 70’S???!!! Fall is around the corner and it’ll be in the 90’s!

My garden is winding down…peppers and cucumbers are all that is left. And I’m giving them away every other day.

Last night I used up the last 6 pounds of tomatillos and made 4 quarts and 3 pints of salsa…with some leftover for my husband to eat with tortillas. This time I roasted everything (tomatillos, onions, garlic, Hatch green chiles) and then added some cilantro. If you read this Greg…you’ll be getting some soon.


This morning I went to the eye doctors for the first time in 12 years…was already to pick out cool glass frames and was told all I needed was +0.75 reading glasses! DAMN! But my sister found a great funky pair of purple Foster Grants for me at Walgreens during lunch. 🙂 Now I need to go to the Dollar Store to pick-up a few cheapos to have in different spots…bedside, sewing machine, beading table, living room.

The Reno Air Races are going on this week, am hoping to see the Blue Angels fly by…but nothing yet. Guess they are staying north. 😦 I LOVE those guys.

At the Wilbur D. May museum at Rancho San Rafael park there is an exhibit that ends this Sunday, 20 Sept 09 that I need to get to! Sherlock Holmes and the Clock Tower Mystery: You are invited to solve the Mystery of the Clock Tower yourself!

October 28th, 1888 – “A man was murdered late last night in Croydon Clocktower. PC Benjamin was called to the scene by Mr. Robert Wilson, the caretaker. Mr. Wilson, had gone up to the Clock Room at the top of the tower just after eleven, because the clock had not struck the hour properly. He was shocked to discover the body of a man lying face-down with his head in the mechanism, having been cold-bloodedly shot in the back of the head. The police have not disclosed the name of the victim, except to say that he was not a local man. Scotland Yard have been called in to investigate, and would welcome any person with information leading to the solution of the crime to come forward to Sherlock Holmes and the Clock Tower Mystery.”

I need to pick-up some winter fertilizer from Lowes for the lawn. It’s time to get it fed and ready for sleepy-time. I’m also thinking I’ve cut back the watering time too soon, as it seems the 90’s are staying with us for longer than usual. Grrrr.

I put up those Halloween Trick-O-Treat candy bags up on Etsy…the first I’ve added to my store since this time last year! I didn’t realize it was that long. I still had a sign up that I was taking time off for Christmas! Sheesh.


Speaking of Etsy…isn’t Amos the cutest?! I think he’s just adorable. He’s from Junker Jane ART AND CRAFT from RECYCLED GOODS.


I need to look into a new sewing machine. The reason I’m “sorta outa sorts” is partly because of that. My beautiful Janome 6500P was destroyed…and I don’t quite have a grasp on the old Singer yet. (Wiping tears away…I still cry about my Janome)

Need to stop off and get some bacon and cheddar so I can make Pioneer Woman’s Delicious Hominy Casserole tonight for dinner…me thinks I’ll do a half and half casserole (add potatoes and eggs to one side for breakfast).

Thought I’d share a picture of the guy out back with the pink hard hat… 🙂 He’s not hard to find, and I bet no one steals his hat!

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Ok…gotta get back to work now. 😦

Are We There YET?!

I’m soooo looking forward to Autumn.

It’s too bloody hot here in Northern Nevada…and it was so hard not to hug the tv last night while watching Thursday Night Football to try to feel the rain that was coming down in Philly. It’s not fair.

We’ve been in the Low 100F and High 90sF the past week…supposed to have a cool down on Tuesday to 90F!!! WooHoo!

Ok…done whining about the weather for the day.

Update pics on the backyard garden ~ I’ll be picking the last of the beans this weekend, me thinks. And at least 1/2 of the carrots. Will blanch and freeze ’em.

I’ve been trying really hard not to pick anymore peppers until they’ve changed colors. Those long skinny ones, that I had no clue as to what they were (I figured they were Serranos on steroids), are Cayennes! Ohhhh…that’s why they are so scrumptious in my Pico de Gallo! Definitely will plant those again next year.

Cayenne Peppers! SOOOO Yummmie!

Sweet Italian Peppers

Very cool looking Miniature Caribbean Habenaro Reds ~ bet they aren’t too cool to bite into though. 🙂

I’ve been picking cucumbers like crazy lately.

Corn is all off the stocks, except for one stock of corn that grew somewhere else in the yard…probably thanks to a bird pooping. It has about 4 ears that are almost ready to pick. The rest of the stocks I’ll be leaving in the ground until it’s time to decorate for fall. I love tying a bunch of them up to the cedar trees out front.

Have to figure out what to do with all my green onions ~ will be bringing some into work as there is interest in them from a few people.

Squash gone wild!

The moon last night ~ guess I should have gotten the tripod out, but I was lazy.

Soap I made, and named it after the moon ~ Sea of Tranquility ~ it is scented by essential oils of Bergamot, Clary Sage, Rosemary and a little bit of Peppermint. Very relaxing smell. But I must say it drives me absolutely bonkers, as it is curing under the Spiced Chocolate Caffee soap on top of the frig…and every time I walk by I get a whif of Chocolate Mint. ACK!

This is Mad Max ~ he was a little hot…wasn’t happy about getting his picture taken…Grumpy Ole Man.

Was craving popped corn last night…and not the microwave crap…the real thing. Got everything out to make it and then came to the realization of what a HORRIBLE MISTAKE I made in choosing my stove! I bought the ceramic stove top oven! You can’t make popped corn on that type of surface! So out came my hot plate that I melt soy wax on…Thank Goodness I had that!

Playing with the camera modes last night…the lighting was too low for the first picture, but I like it anyhoo.

And last, but definitely not least in my book ~ one of my lovelies ~ My Precious!

Ok…one more bitch session about the junipers! We are down to TWO juniper stumps that we are having a Dickens of a Time getting out. Big sigh. Why are they allowed to plant those bloody things?! They should be outlawed! I’m ready to pour gas on them and flick a match in their direction…invite the neighborhood over for a weenie roast.

LOL! Ya see that orange cone next to the BENT sign post? That was our neighbor across the street backing his boat out…he did the same thing to the other post on his side of the street. Looks like he hasn’t been doing that well driving lately, as the front end of his truck is smooshed somewhat!