More Springtime Photographs from Rancho San Rafael Park ~ 31 March 2015

From today’s quick walk at lunch time with my sister.

Lilacs are blooming a month early.

Lilacs are blooming a month early.



Because everyone needs to be mooned by a honeybee.

Because everyone needs to be mooned by a honeybee.

Scrub Jay.

Scrub Jay.




For Today ~ 12 March 2012 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 12 March 2012.

Outside My Window… High, dark clouds (on one side) and blue sky (it’s Nevada)…a storm is moving in. Windy. Lots of traffic. Nelson Electric, Western Nevada Supply, and Q&D construction trailers.

I am thinking… I’d like to stop off at the Garden Shop to check out some seeds. Find some snap peas and a few other cool weather veggies. It’s really quiet here at work…the time change must not agree with the rest of my office mates.

I am thankful for… Friends.

From the kitchen… Something with chicken. Not sure what, but two chicken breasts are defrosting in the frig.

I am wearing… jeans, tennis shoes, a long-sleeved grey blouse.

I am creating… Last night I was cutting out 2.5″ squares of fabrics and sewing them together again…blues and greys. I designed a State of Nevada quilt for a coworker of my sister. She wants a 5’x5′ quilt and her only requirements was the State of Nevada on it and in blues and grey/silver.

I am going… have to figure out what type of dessert to bring to our St. Patrick’s luncheon.

I am reading… Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul…a book I picked up from one of our thrift stores.

I am hoping… that it really doesn’t snow on the weekend. We have a parade to go to!

I am hearing… Traffic and me typing. IT’S SO FLIPPING QUIET HERE!

Around the house… Probably trash. Along with cig butts, our yard/drive is a magnetic for the trash that gets blown around as people seem to not know what the purpose of a trash can is.

One of my favorite things… Going to the movies after church. Can’t beat a $6 matinĂ©e! Yesterday’s theatre was filled with kids…we went and saw The Lorax. Excellent movie! 🙂

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Work on the Nevada quilt, figure out a St. Patrick’s dessert, arrange for a trip to the art museum to see the Tiffany Glass exhibit, start planning my garden.

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

Gone to the Birds…

Red-Tail and Kestrel taken at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno…Scrub Jays and Robin at my house (taken through a dirty window…sorry).

And…hopefully this pretty guy is one of the Ranger’s or neighbor’s kitty…he’s pretty well fed for a stray (taken at the park).

For Today ~ 07 November 2011 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 07 November 2011.

Outside My Window… Big ole clouds set against blue sky. Traffic driving by. Leafless trees. Grasses blowing…must be a breeze out there.

I am thinking… life’s too short to worry about other people’s prespective of you.

I am thankful for… my friends…they keep me grounded.

From the kitchen… Leftovers from last night…Leek Potato Artichoke Casserole.

I am wearing… jeans, tennis shoes, a grey fuzzy sweater.

I am creating… finished quilting the ocean quilt.

I am going… to have lunch with two coworkers today…it’s definitely a soup type of day.

I am reading… the new Mary Jane’s Farm magazine.

I am hoping… my friend April gets well soon, she’s under the weather. That my dad’s procedure this Friday goes well! He’s getting antsy, just wants it over and done with already. 🙂

I am hearing… copier machine, traffic from outside, phones.

Around the house… a few leaves that need raking up. Nothing much.

One of my favorite things… snuggling under a bunch of quilts, with only your nose sticking out, while it’s cold outside.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… get ready for a small craft fair, touch up the paint to the bathroom moulding, plan a lunch menu for 12 ladies here at work, continue quilting.

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

A scrub jay in my side yard.

Hey! Nice Lady with the Nuts?

Can you tell that black kitty in the bushes to go away and then throw out those goobers?

See him down there? See?! He’s been hiding down in the junipers for a while now. See how he’s looking down like he’s doesn’t see us up here?! Can you run him off please? He doesn’t even live here! Tell him to BUGGER OFF! Thankies. Now throw them goobers!

Birds, Birds, and More Birds

Spent Sunday morning up at TTT ~ Tahoe Timber Trails (just north of Truckee off of 89) ~ helping the inlaws build up a barrier wall. Actually my husband helped…I took pictures of the birdies. There were Mountain Chickadees, Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, and Blue Jays.

And here is one of my Scrub Jays that live in my yard ~ he’s wanting to know where his goobers are. He looks a little cranky, eh? Well…he had every right to be so…as I was drinking a Sierra Nevada Ale instead of getting off my arse to throw the goobers.

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!

Cold Process Soap, Banana Nut Bread, Wool Wall Hanging, and the Yard

Am having a busy weekend…

I decided to use up all of my soap supplies and then shut down shop…there are a lot of soap makers out there and I can’t compete with the melt & pour crowd…I guess the supplies are cheaper with M&P than CP. So I’m going to gear the last batches towards what my family and friends like…that way if I don’t sell them, they’ll be gifts for Christmas! 🙂

So far I have a Spiced Chocolate Caffè, Oatmeal Milk & Honey, and a Fall Apple Crisp. I’m going to do a Christmasy one with fir and spices…and I’m not sure about the last one.

The stupid stick blender blew up on the first two whirls of the first batch of soap…big sigh. So I stirred by hand. First batch took 45 minutes to get a full trace; 30 minutes on the second batch; 1.25 hours on the third. Oy!

Below is the Spiced Chocolate Caffè ~ with unrefined cocoa butter and coffee butter ~ smells wonderful.

Here is the Fall Apple Crisp ~ I used a mix of Red Apple, Apple Mint, and an Almond fragrance oils to come up with this nice smelly soap.

Here’s the mixings for the Oatmeal, Milk & Honey soap ~ I used both ground oatmeal and colloidal oatmeal.

Also made two loaves of banana nut bread…one with dark chocolate chips, the other plain. Both with pecans ~ my favorite.

I’ve been contacted through my webshot’s photo album to make another of an Autumn Wool “penny-rug” Wall Hanging (no pennies though). Started to pull out my tub of wool when I got hissed at…my Maxie was trying to sleep on top of it. So I had to wait a bit until His Royal Pain In the Arse was done taking his nap to see if I had all the wool to make one. Yep…I do. She’ll be a happy camper.

Fall Wool Wall Hanging

Just some pictures I took yesterday afternoon while waiting for friends to arrive so we could walk down and look at all the vintage cars of Hot August Nights (pictures will be in Monday’s posting).

NOTE****Was going to post pictures of the Hot August Nights cars that were cruising last night at Victorian Square in Sparks…but will post those tomorrow.