Monday’s Ramblings ~ quilts, weather, idiot drivers…

Just some rambles today…my head hurts after a little road rage this morning coming into work.

First off…to the idiot male in the small green Ford pickup with a shell that ran me off of the road (cutting me off in the right hand lane while you were in the fast lane) MAY ALL FOUR TIRES BLOW AT ONCE WHILE YOU’RE SPEEDING AND CUTTING OFF OTHER PEOPLE….you ARSE!

Ok…now that’s out of my system, onto other rambles.

Quilting ~ I finished the American Jane “Recess” quilt top (using the disappearing nine patch), and pieced a back out of leftover Recess material. Am binding it now…with Leo’s help.


Saw an email this morning from MaryJane’s Farm…Project of the Week. She’s calling the quilt a Honeycomb…I know it as Grandma’s Flower Garden, but I guess there’s lots of different names for it.

It reminded me that I have to cut more pieces of the Grandma’s Flower Garden hexagons that a friend’s mom gave me to finish up. The blocks came from Kansas. I had pieced all of the extra hexagons that were give to me…but didn’t save one to make a pattern out of. Need to take one apart!

Sunday we had a pretty sunrise ~ then fog ~ then the temps got up to 53F (but seemed warmer than that!). We opened up the windows to let in the fresh air…at 5:07 pm it was 69F in the house still! Felt wonderful.

Here comes the fog from Spanish Springs!

Quails on the roof of the shed…

We are supposed to be almost 60F today…then another stupid storm is coming in dropping us to the 40’s. These constant pressure changes is wreaking havoc on my sinus! I can’t wait for this winter storm pattern to be over…then I’ll bitch about the summer’s heat. LOL! Why can’t it be sunny and 75F all the time?!

Lucy and Leo in the front room with the afternoon sunshine…that’s my wool sock from Ireland next to Lucy, she steals my socks and runs around the house with them all the time.

Hmmm…what else? State of Nevada will be cutting Education by 6.9%. I don’t think I’ll have more furlough hours…will stay at one day a month with no pay. But state workers will go to 4/10 work week…not sure how that will fly here at UNR. I work in a basic science research area…we’re here 24/7…depending on what exeriements are running at the time. I’m about the only one in my department that can do the 4/10 week. Wouldn’t mind having Fridays off…I’m here 10 hours already as it is, and not getting paid for it.

What’s wrong with parents? We went to see Shutter Island the other day and in front of us a mom was buying tickets for herself and what looked like a 10 and 8 year old…for Shutter Island! A Rated-R movie! How on earth did the ticket attendant let her buy the tickets to begin with?! I’m not sure if you’ve seen the movie, but there are some disturbing scenes…scenes I wouldn’t want a kid that age to see! Holy Cow! And then they sat right behind us…you can hear the kids gasping and crying a bit throughout the movie!

Finally am able to watch movies at home again…bought a blue-ray dvd player that was on sale yesterday. We had a Samsung home theatre system, but in the move I found out my husband threw away the speakers because he didn’t want to deal with them anymore. What he didn’t know was that there was no way for me to hook up the dvd system with sound! :::Shaking Head::: There is NO outlet for ‘audio out’…just speakers out. So off I went to buy a new system…only took me a few minutes to hook the new one up and was watching movies in no time flat. 🙂

Friday’s Ramblings ~ I’m pretty sure it’s Friday, no?!

The days seem to blur into one another when you are suddenly the only one in the office doing the work of what two people did before. I’m pretty sure it’s Friday.

We woke up to snow on the valley floor this morning. You’d think after 29 years of living in Northern Nevada that I’d get used to spring-time in Nevada. But I’m really getting tired of snow dumping on my blooming flowers and trees.

Weeping Cherry about to blossom out ~

Weeping Cherry about to blossom out ~

Am hoping that the Weeping Cherry made it through all the rain last night and snow this morning.

Looking up into my Weeping Cherry.

Looking up into my Weeping Cherry.

Still playing in the front yard ~ Here’s what the front corner looked like it all the stages since last summer thru last weekend.

Corner with Junipers from Hell.

Corner with Junipers from Hell.

Front Corner Today with Blue Atlas Cedar, iris, heather, lilac, lavender

Front Corner Today with Blue Atlas Cedar, iris, heather, lilac, lavender

Next was getting rid of a cedar type of shurb to make room for 3 Blueberry bushes, 1 Elderberry bush and a place for an herb garden.

Making room for berries and herbs.

Making room for berries and herbs.

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Soon to be Herb Garden with berries.

Soon to be Herb Garden with berries.

I also planted the LEMON QUEEN SUNFLOWER SEEDS in the corner and against the fence.

The pelican? It’s cut from some heavy metal…I found it at a local yard sale earlier in March. A guy had about 4 of them that he made for some local business that decided not to take them after all. I love pelicans so I got one for $5.

Our Canada Goose Mama is back…she makes her nest outside of our building, on the second floor…on a ledge! Every year…same place. Every year we take the babies down to the court yard when they’re big enough.

Mama Canada Goose

Mama Canada Goose

Living on the Edge!

Living on the Edge!

While walking into work yesterday morning there was this plant…am thinking it’s some sort of holly. Very pretty yellow flowers. UPDATE ~ Maybe it’s a Mahonia.

Holly of some sort??

Holly of some sort??

And a parting shot of some of the quail that come to feed in my yard ~

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Birds, Birds, and more Birdies

Had a few ideas rattling around in my head ~ but settled on birds.  Was thinking soon it will be time to go up to Honey Lake, CA area to watch all the migrating birds.  Also remembered I have to stop off at Raleys to buy a big bag of unsalted peanuts for the scrub jays.  Almost out of goobers…it’s not a pretty sight when I get low on goobers.

Scrub Jay in Sparks, NV scrub jay 2 Picking a Goober Too Many Goobers! Got me a Goober! Rufus, the Bird Watcher

Baby Quail in our yard last summer ~
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Canada Geese babies from work ~
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I’m looking forward to migration season ~ will have my batteries charged and ready to go take pictures! Hope you enjoy the pictures.