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.

Northern Nevada Rambles for Today ~ 16 March 2010

Over on Pioneer Woman she had a photography assignment…Cats. I saw one photo I liked so wanted to try it out ~ you can see the one I’m talking about, by Wendy Perry, she was a runner-up.

Here is Leo, my tabby-bengal, lounging in the afternoon sun at home yesterday…I call this Da Paw Series.

And one of Da Face…:)

My seeds that I started indoors have been sprouting…corn, leeks, onions, and pickling cucumbers are peeking up. No signs of the tomatoes yet, and I see one pepper just starting to sprout.

Ruby Queen Corn

Pickling Cucumbers

Sweet Yellow Onion

Sunday I was listening to a repeat of Saturday’s A Prairie Home Companion and had to pull over my car as I was laughing so hard at Garrison’s song Unfriended…it starts at 3:42. If you’re on Facebook you’ll love that song.

Been making a pincushion…I saw the idea from Quilts and More, Spring 2010. You can see it on the bottom right of the cover.

And now for something completely different…more of a rant than a ramble ~ What is up with the drivers that live in Sun Valley? I drive to work from the north end anywhere between 6:00-6:30 am, and I’m ALWAYS stuck behind folks doing 20-25 in the 35 mph zone…and 30 in the 45 mph zone. What is wrong with you guys?! And then there are the idiots that want to ride my arse! Can’t you see that NO ONE is moving very fast in front of me? Why must you feel the need to give me a colonoscopy?

Monday Rambles ~ seeds, quilting, frozen raindrops

This winter has been a doozy, I usually don’t get tired of winter, as I like the cold…I just like it cold and sunny, not cold and grey. Yesterday the sun was out most of the day…it played hide-n-seek with some clouds…and when it WAS out, it was warm.

My gardening hands have been twitching to play in the dirt! LOL! But the ground is still pretty frozen, so I played with some starter plant mix, peat pots and seeds. I took out my seed starter box from the shed and planted some onions, leeks, corn, pickling cucs, four different types of heirloom maters, and a mix of salsa peppers & Serranos.

It rained Saturday night and Sunday morning, while feeding the birds, I saw frozen water drops on the clothes line.


I finished my Mystery Quilt…am binding it now. Here’s the back of it…pre sandwich and quilting.

DA CHICKEN IS MINE! MINE I SAY! And she’s quite happy in my fabric hutch…THANK YOU, DONNA!

Hopefully she makes more so I can buy a few to add to the roost. 🙂 You can find Donna over HERE….she’s a crochet fiend. One of these days we’ll get her to quilt. Do you hear me Donna? ONE OF THESE DAYS! 😉

Another one of my books from the Crafters Choice book club came in the mail…Back To Basics ~ Traditional Kitchen Wisdom. I have the Back to Basics book, but this one pulls all of the gardening and kitchen topics into one place.