For Today ~ 14 October 2011 ~ A Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 14 October 2011.

Outside My Window… Clear blue sky, not a cloud in the sky! People driving to work. Burning bushes turning bright red.

I am thinking… REALLY?! 85F DEGREES?! It’s October 14th! Come on Mom Nature! Drop the temps 15-20 degrees please!

I am thankful for… good friends.

From the kitchen… Hoping it will stay clean! 🙂 I want to use one of our 2-for-1 coupons tonight.

I am wearing… jeans, tennis shoes, a brown short-sleeved blouse.

I am creating… started quilting on the Ocean quilt top; still working on the batik grandma flower garden; made up 4 more 1/2 pint soy candles; made grape juice from the grapes my sister gave me that she picked…soon to be jelly.

I am going… to have lunch with Melinda before she heads on up to Washington state for good.

I am reading… a 99 cent book on my Nook ~ A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends) by Jayde Scott.

I am hoping… my friend April and her husband have a nice vacation. Be safe and have fun.

I am hearing… construction workers, planes, cars.

Around the house… a new October Glory Maple tree! Plus 80-100 newly planted daffidols and tulips in the front yard.

One of my favorite things… Planting for the future! I can’t wait until spring to see what the front yard will look like! Also can’t wait to see the maple change colors! FALL…if it would ever get here. Summer, winter, summer…come on! Give me some COLOR and cooler temps already!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… weed the 3×3 area where there’s a rose bush under the kitchen window, prune it, and then plant some strawberry plants that my sister’s boss gave me. Whack down a tea rose bush that’s as tall as the 6′ fence…it’s a bit unwieldy. Get some quilting in. Visit some pumpkin patches around town.

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

Our new October Glory Maple (15 gallon size) that the Garden Shop delivered and planted; and some mums growing in our yard.

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Garden Seed Rambles ~ And Kitties

Am very happy…I came home to all but one of the heirloom tomatoes sprouting!

I planted the following maters ~ Mortgage Lifter, Cherokee Purple, Caspian Pink, and Red Beefsteak (not sure if that one was an heirloom or not).

Tomato Sprouts on St. Patrick's Day

Here’s a picture of the Ruby corn and the Pickling cucs…you may be able to see a leek and onion in there too. 🙂 Me thinks my corn might be more than knee high by the Fourth of July!

cucs and corn on St. Patrick's Day

I need to start the tomatillo seeds and for flowers…I want some oriental poppies. A coworker gave me some Renee’s Garden poppy seeds, Hungarian Breadseed, that will produce baking seeds. They are sooooo pretty!

I plan on stopping by the Garden Shop Nursery, that moved to the old Caughlin Ranch House on Mayberry & McCarran (the house that I’ve loved for about 30 years now), at lunch today to look at more seeds.

I love how Catherine at Quilt Obsession shares photos of her kitties every day…so here are my two critters (although I share lots of pictures of them).

Lcuy at the back sliding glass door


Lucy is our back door sentry…she guards that sliding glass door like her life depends on it. The fact that there are a whole backyard full of birds might have something to do with that. 🙂

Leo watching the bird feeder.

Upcoming Reno, Sparks and Carson City Gardening Classes May & June 2008

Going to list a bunch of Gardening and Lawn Classes that are throughout the Truckee Meadows this upcoming week ~ some I’ve been talking about for at least a month! I’m very excited about the Master Gardener’s sale! And if you miss that plant sale, catch the one at the Wilbur D. May Museum & Arboretum on 7 June 2008.

17 May 2008, Saturday
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Plant Faire
5305 Mill Street
7:00 am
$1.50 to $5.00 Vegetables & Herbs
Many annuals, perennials and ornamental grasses will also be available.
Master Gardeners will be on hand for your gardening questions.

17 May 2008, Saturday
Greenhouse Garden Center
2450 S. Curry St., Carson City
Let’s Talk Tomatoes & Peppers
Learn how to grow the best tomatoes and peppers this summer.
9:00 am, FREE, no reservations needed.

24 May 2008, Saturday
Raised Bed Gardening
9:00 am, FREE

Greenhouse Garden Center Event Calendar

17 May 2008, Saturday
Organic Gardening
Garden Shop Nursery
475 Gentry Way, Reno
10:00 am, Free
Featuring: Giselle Schoniger, Category Manager from Kellogg Garden Products.
Learn the basics about natural and organic gardening and how easy and effective it is. Gisele Schoniger will explain the different soils, fertilizers, and amendments and just how they benefit your garden. There will be free Dr. Earth samples so that you can try them for yourself. Plus, there will be a free bag of Gardeners Gold potting soil for each of the first 50 people!

24 May 2008, Saturday
Veggie and Herb Gardening
Join veggie specialist Tom Munro. He will help you get your veggie beds ready and pick the right plants for the right area.

Garden Shop Nursery Newsletter.

17 May 2008, Saturday
Rail City Gardening Center
1720 Brierley Way, Sparks
11:00 am, Free
Learn how to control and prevent insects and other pests from damaging the garden.

24 May 2008, Saturday
Gardening in Small Places
11:00 am, Free

Rail City Garden Event Calendar

20 May 2008, Tuesday
Garden Photography with Mark Vollmer
Wilbur D. May Museum & Arboretum
1596 N. Virginia St., Reno
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Register in advance
Professional photographer, Mark Vollmer, covers techniques such as filters, lighting and composition.
Contact 775-785-4153

7 June 2008,
Annual Plant Sale
8:00am-12:00 pm, Arboretum

Reno Garden Society
Third Wednesday of each month
5:30 pm
Call for location ~ 775-826-9135
Learn aboug gardening and landscaping from society members and certified master gardeners.