Northern Nevada Sunrise ~ 28 February 2011

This morning’s sunrise was beautiful! Looking southeast from the University of Nevada.



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Thursdays Rambles ~ 09 September 2010

First off…got out of the car at work this morning and looked up to the mountains.

Mt. Rose and Slide Mountain had a dusting of snow last night! 🙂

I went to bed last night (after a heart-wrenching lost for Zito…he really did pitch a good game last night!) feeling like it was closer to Halloween than it is. It was cold and breezy…loved it!

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FOOTBALL starts tonight! Vikings and Saints! And…ah…GOOD LUCK to my BILLS this year!

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In the midst of September baseball…Giants have been chasing San Diego and the Phillies (now it’s the Braves, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!). Hopefully we can knock the Padres out of first and then not worry about chasing the Braves/Phillies anymore.

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The Great Reno Balloon Race starts tomorrow! Lots of pretty balloons will be filling our skies in the mornings.

photo by Marilyn Newton, RGJ

What: 2010 Great Reno Balloon Race
When: Sept. 10-12
Where: Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra St.
Cost: Free admission

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It’s APPLE HILL time, once again! Probably will head up at the end of September or maybe early October!

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Nevada Humane Society volunteer orientation is coming up! If I can’t take another kitty home with me, I might as well love on them there.

Wish List

Listed here are items you can donate to help us better accomplish our no-kill goals.

Small Cat Carriers
Dog Houses
Laptop Computer
3/4-1 ton pickup truck (4×4. A/C, V8, low miles)
Canned kitten, puppy, cat or dog food
Dry kitten, puppy, cat or dog food
Squeeze Cheese
Peanut Butter
Dog & cat toys
Metal dog dishes
Leashes, collars, & harnesses of all sizes
Cat beds
Towels and blankets
Laundry soap (liquid & powder)
Bleach
Hand sanitizer
Copy paper
Pens
Small (6″) paper bowls or plates
Paper Cups
Kleenex tissues
Paper towels
13-gal. trash bags
Yarn

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Just put in an order for cocoa butter, mango butter, shea butter, palm oil, and coconut oil! I’ve had many requests for my handmade soap…people must be gearing up for Christmas!

I have lots of earrings I made too…should anyone need to buy some small Christmas gifts! Hint Hint Hint.

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I had to order Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid from Amazon. Sundance Books, here in Reno, tried to order it for me, but said it’s out of print and can’t get it for me. 😦 Haven, one of my favorite tv shows on SyFy, is loosely based on it. I want to know how it’s tied into the book…should be here by tomorrow.

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Working on a Crafters Challenge…colors this time around are olive green, rust, brown and one of color I can pick myself. I’m doing a quilt again…I have the top finished. Using flannel material that I had in my stash.

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2010 Garden Is FINALLY In! :)

I had to hold off on planting my garden this year due to a very cold and wet May…we were still having snow. Sheesh.

Today was 88F and very humid…29% humidity! You all in the south, just hush your mouth! That’s humid for us!

From the looks of it…most of my garden will make great Italian sauces! 🙂

In the first box I planted:

Brandywine Tomato
Black Prince – a Russian Heirloom
two types of garlic (planted last month)
Greek Oregano
Orange Bell Pepper
Sweet Basil
Flatleaf Italian Parsley

Second Box I planted:

2 Roma Tomatoes
Red Bell Pepper
German Thyme
Cayenne Pepper
Beebalm
Italian Flatleaf Parsley
2 Sweet Basils
Yellow Sweet Onions (planted 1 week ago)

In the Third Box I planted:

7 Yukon Potatoes (planted 2 weeks ago)
5 Purple Potatoes (planted 2 weeks ago)
Flatleaf Italian Parsley
2 Straightneck Squash (planted 1 week ago)

You can see the Rosemary I planted in a pot that I found in the trash the other day.

Here’s a closeup of the potatoes….

I still want to get two tomatillos, two cucumbers, one dill , and one green chile…those will go into containers.

First Post from Home ~ WHAT IS THIS BIRD??? Help Please!

NOTE: PRETTY SURE THIS IS A FEMALE BULLOCK’S ORIOLE.

I’ve a new computer and with no land-line at home, I now have HSI-wireless…very nice indeed!.  All I can say is it’s about time!

I need some help Id’ing a bird I just saw on a tree that I still have no clue as to what it is…so if you know the tree too, please give me a holler! Oh yes…I’m in Northern Nevada, just north of Reno/Sparks.

Maybe this pretty is a Warbler (of some sort), a Yellow-Throated Vireo, or an Oriole (Bullocks female?). What do you think? It’s about the size of a mockingbird. Yellow throat, chest, and rump…dark band on across eye. He/She was picking off buggies on the tree.

Quilts and Snow…more bloody snow. Spring Anyone?!

I guess this is what they call “Karma will kick in you in the arse”…while back east was being hammered I said “better them than us this time around!”…well, yesterday we got over 26″ of snow. Which gave me lots of time to finish some quilts!

First the quilts ~

This is the finished Wonky Square quilt, front and back. It’s about 36″x47” in size.


And this is Bugs’ Quilt that I made for her 3rd Annual Benefit to raise money for the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation. It will be raffled off on Satruday, March 6th at the Bait Farm in Silver Springs, Nevada. I’ll post about that soon.

I used Backyard Safari fabric with Ladybugs. Made up some pinwheels and set them on point. It’s 45″x45″ in size.



This is the reason I was able to finish two quilts….





Blooming Roses ~ Lavender ~ and Garden Photos

My garden and roses are blooming…

Me thinks I should probably pinch off the acorn squash and spacemaster cucumber blossoms…I mean really! The blossoms are bigger than the plant itself! I think the plant needs to put it’s energy in making itself grow before letting the veggies set!

Acorn Squash Blossom

Acorn Squash Blossom

Spacemaster Cucumber Blossoms

Spacemaster Cucumber Blossoms

The yellow and red onions are fattening up!

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Blueberries! Plump-up nice and big, wee ones! I’ll have the ice cream waiting for you.

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My lavender is about to burst open! I’ve three big plants like this…and five smaller ones. Both French and English lavender.

Lavender

Lavender

My David Austin The Squire roses are blooming nice and big ~ beautiful, no?!

The Squire ~ David Austin Rose

The Squire ~ David Austin Rose

The Squire

The Squire

Hansa Rose ~ very pink and very pretty.

Hansa Rose

Hansa Rose

I picked up this copper Happy Man at a yard sale for 50 cents ~ my husband calls him Mini Burning Man.

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Vegetable Gardening in Northern Nevada & How to make a Raised Garden

After just about killing ourselves over those bloody junipers and planting the lilac and weeping cherry, I’ve turned my sights to the back yard and making my raised vegetable beds!

In the very back of Sunset’s WESTERN LANDSCAPING BOOK, pages 404-405, in the Materials and Techniques chapter, there is a section on Building A Raised Bed.

Raising your garden above the ground can solve some of the most frustrating problems gardeners face. An easy-to-build bed makes it possible for plants to thrive where soil is poor, wildlife is hungry, or the growing season is short. And if you need easy access to your plants – due to a disability or simply to eliminate back-bending labor – you can sit on the edge of the bed and garden in comfort.
Fill the bed with the best soil you can. Good soil means that plants can be placed closer together, making a small area more productive. Line the bottom of the bed with wire screening to keep out pests, or fit it with a PVC framework for bird netting.
A raised bed can be any size, but if its more than 4 feet wide it will be difficult to reach the middle from either side. If the sides will double as benches, build the frame 18-24 inches high.

We have a small backyard ~ with a huge front and side yard. So much rearranging of the landscaping to do! OY! Here’s what I have to work with out back ~ The soil that has been turned was going to be sod…but I’ve decided to put pavers there instead. The compacted ground area behind will be where the raised garden bed will go. Behind those rocks is a an area of about two feet wide to the fence…that will be where I plant the corn.

A couple of weeks ago The State of Nevada Employees Council had an Open House at The Joe here on campus and I signed up for a lot of information from the University of Nevada's Washoe County Cooperation Extension office. I used to be in 4-H out in Washoe Valley…so I knew they were loaded with great information. I highly recommend them for all us in Northern Nevada and the Eastern California area! I posted a link to all of their free publications below.

Here are some of the pamplets I asked for:
Vegetable Varieties For Northern Nevada
A Quick Guide to Composting
Nevada Soils – Worth the Toil
Urban Forestry Tree Planting Practices for Nevada
The All Seeing, All Knowing, Lawn Care Manuel for Northern Nevada
Roses for Reno and the Northern Nevada/Eastern Sierra Area
Spring Planted Bulbs Boast Beautiful Blooms
Hardy, Drought-Tolerant and Moderately Salt-tolerant Shurbs and Vines for Northern Nevada
Seven Ways to Make Your Trees and Shurbs Drought Resistant

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS FOR FREE

The Vegetable Varieties for Northern Nevada is four pages long and gives a list of all veggie varieties that are great for planting here with the planting dates. Great comments on which are better for canning, yields, rust resistance, maturing, indoor growing, storage values, disease resistant, most popluar, etc.

ps: For all of you in the Reno/Sparks area…or those of you who will be in town on May 17th ~ at the Washoe County Extension Office on Mill Street there will be a plant sale that morning. 🙂