05 October 2011 ~ First snow on Peavine

We have a front moving through Reno right now…was raining this morning and when the sun sorta came out, I looked out my work window and saw snow on Peavine! Woo Hoo!

Now go away, so we can have an Autumn first!

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I’m tired of the snow…or maybe I’m just tired

I’m thinking this damn weather pattern we’ve been having here in NW Nevada is our punishment for having a 60F January. Snow & rain through Saturday…

I’ve been sporting a horrendous headache from the base of my skull that wraps up over to my eyes then shoots straight into my sinus. Nothing I take will touch it. Big sigh.

So I’m a grumpy arse. Pissy. Tired.

I’ve only finished two more of the Hobo blocks since I posted last. 😦

The top is ‘Camp Here’ and the bottom one is ‘Bad Drinking Water’…and the ‘Bad Drinking Water’ pretty much sums up what I’ve looked and felt like for the last three days! A mean, growling cyclops!

Oh! When the author says 1-7/8″ triangle? She doesn’t mean cut out 12 1-7/8″ triangles…you cut out 1-7/8″ squares in which you cut in half! Another big sigh. I had the half triangle squares all sewn up and looked at them thinking there is no way in hell I did that right. Had to cut them down to 1.5″ squares.

Monday Rambles ~ 5 April 2010

SNOW! It’s cold and grey and there’s SNOW on the ground…again!


He’s not really has happy as he seems.

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ANNUAL MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE!

Mark your calendar! It’s May 22nd this year.

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Finished the Jelly Bean block…will turn it into Ben Franklin Crafts after work today.

Also made another block, but I’m not sure this one will fly as the rules say the Jelly Bean fabric has to be the dominate fabric…it’s sorta 50/50 in this block.

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Some pictures of Leo and Lucy…more Leo than Lucy. 🙂

What you can’t see is that both are lying on top of the heater vent…with the heat blasting.

Leo watching the birds on Saturday…before the snow.

Oooohhhh…he’s got a snoot full of snot in that one nostril!

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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….





WEEEEEEEEEE! There be SNOW in the Mountains!

Ahhhhh….FINALLY! Relief from the 90F+ days ~ 59F today with SNOW on the Sierra!

From the web cam up at the Mt. Rose Lodge ~

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Another Snowy & Cold March Weekend in Sparks, Nevada

We had another cold weekend ~ it SNOWED on Saturday night. Was inside and noticed an eerie white light from outside…looked out and saw it snowing with accumulation on the ground. Patooie! Windy and cold all weekend. Grrrr.

So, we hit the thrift stores, antique malls, and I cooked and crafted.

FOOD ~ even though I’ve been trying to lose weight (63 pounds so far)…I love to cook, and have been adapting recipes for healthier eating.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it just best to leave the fat in.  LOL!

I picked up the new Spring 2008 Something Extra (Raley’s, Belair, Nob Hill grocery chain) magazine last week and made a shopping list.  If you haven’t ever looked at their free magazine YOU HAVE TO!  OMGosh there are some GREAT recipes in that magazine! 

Page 51 ~ Asparagus Egg Crepes! Made them for breakfast Saturday morning. Yummy!

I made cheese blintzes with fat free ricotta and cottage cheese…topped with blueberries and Yoplait’s fat free lemon yogurt for breakfast on Sunday.  Even my husband liked those.   For dinner last night I made pork-chops (that were marinated in garlic herb), salad, and on page 27 ~ Artichoke, Olive and Garlic Pizza Puff.    Very scrumpious!

Artichoke, Olive and Garlic Pizza Puff ~ pg. 27 Spring 2008 Something Extra

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
3/4 cup shredded Italian blend cheese
2/3 cup artichoke heart wedges
1/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
2 tbsp shredded Parmesan
2 tbsp quartered, pitted kalamata olives
1-1/2 tbsp roasted garlic
2 tbsp snipped fresh basil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unfold pastry and place on baking sheet sprayed with PAM; roll or press to make slightly larger. Fold edges in 1/4 inch, then fold again to form an edge. Top with cheese then rest of ingredients except basil. Bake for 20 minutes, let cool, top with basil.

I used low-fat cheese; instead of Parmesan I used low-fat feta; added more tomatoes, artichokes and olives; fresh garlic instead of roasted. And added mushrooms.

Will be making the Mushroom & Asparagus Salad (page 27) for Easter Dinner (along with Paula Deen’s Christmas Ham recipe).

WIRE HEART HANGING ~
I worked on a hammered wire heart piece. It’s not copper wire as I didn’t want to waste that on my practice pieces. I free formed the heart and spiral, hammered it, then added on a red glass bead and a metal bead from a necklace I bought at the swap meet last week. I soldered it together at the top curve of the heart…my first attempted at soldering. I’m waiting for a book to come in the mail on soldering…can’t wait!

CELTIC THISTLE NECKLACE ~
Then I found a necklace I had made a couple of years ago that I didn’t like the green beads in it…took it apart and just used the purple matte 11/0 seed beads and purple bicone Swarovski crystals…then I added a magnetic clasp, which is pretty cool ~ like those! Much easier for my numb ct fingers to handle! I have a silver Celtic Thistle Heart pendent that is the focal of the necklace.

OTHER GOING-ONS ~

Got my hair cut…it’s an above the shoulders bob. Always let my hair grow out and then two years later…whack it off. LOL!

Sold all the Sugar Easter Eggs. Will have to make more next year.

Picked up a very pretty little silver-plated box (am thinking it’s a pill box ~ round) with a silver Thistle that has a purple crystal as the flower part. Cleaned up right nice!

Made an appointment for my mom, sister, my 8 year old niece & I to have a pedicure & manicure (belated Christmas present)…we’ll have it next Monday when Hannah is on Easter break.