For Today ~ 9 July 2009 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 9 July 2009

Outside My Window… Same ole construction workers, only the building is much taller now. Concrete guys putting in walls and sidewalks. Blue sky…no clouds looking north out of my window. A big crane.

I am thinking… My head hurts. Me thinks I’m scrowling and furrowing the brows too much the last 3 days. I want a massage. Are those Toyota Prius commericals the neatest? I’m going to fill up the cast-iron claw tub up with lots of hot water and a bath bomb tonight and stay in there until the water is cold.

I am thankful for… my job, my family, my house.

From the kitchen… Better be clean dishes when I get home.

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, sage green/purple blouse, hair was down but now its up…with my brows and eyes looking like Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry…Go Ahead MAKE MY DAY!

I am creating… Wrinkles in my forehead.

I am going… slightly mad
I’m going slightly mad
It finally happened – happened
It finally happened – ooh oh
It finally happened – I’m slightly mad
Oh dear!
I’m one card short of a full deck
I’m not quite the shilling
One wave short of a shipwreck
I’m not at my usual top billing
I’m coming down with a fever
I’m really out to sea
This kettle is boiling over
I think I’m a banana tree

I am reading… I’m almost finished with Denis Leary’s Why We Suck…a Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid.

I am hoping… My constant wish ~ That everyone that is looking for a job, finds one.

I am hearing… The copier and the person moaning that they put the paper upside down (blank copies)…me giggling.

Around the house… a bath tub just waiting for me to come home.

One of my favorite things… three feather pillows, a goose-down bed top and a ceiling fan…with me under the fan and on top of the other two.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… to make it through Friday.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… Sunrise on 3 July 2009. I was watering the garden in the backyard early in the morning. The steeple is from the chruch next door to us.




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I Didn’t Kill My Grandma’s PEONIES ~ and Other Wednesday Ramblings

I’m all ah-giddy today! Yesterday evening I was out in my front yard checking on all the plants when I came to the spot where I planted two of my Grandma’s peony plants. They were transplanted all the way from Lynch, NE to Sparks, NV (mom’s house)…then two of them came to my house last year. I thought for sure I killed them…

But lookie at what is peeking out of the ground!!!!!!!

Blaze made a comment about the rhubarb plants…I planted two of them last year (from a UNCE plant sale) and one more from Lowes this year. First two pictures are of the new growth from the plant sale and the last picture is of the new plant. Hopefully I’ll be able to harvest rhubarb this year!

Some pictures of the Heather I planted…these are the ones the bees LOVE ~ plant some of these guys around your veggies! I have mine next to where I’ll be planting blueberries.

And for the other Wednesday Rambles ~ BOOKS! I have three new books that came in the mail yesterday! I bought all three from the Crafter’s Choice Book Club.




End of the 2008 Backyard Garden ~ Next year’s Inventory

Well…I yanked the last of the tomato and pepper plants. We had a few nights where it dropped down to the freezing and my ‘maters froze.

Here’s a list of all the veggies I planted this year:

Sugar Peas
Red Leaf Lettuce
Green Onions
Black Beans
Bush Green Beans
Cayenne Peppers
Sweet Italian Peppers
Red Carribean Haberano Peppers
Black Zucchini
Mexican Grey Squash
Yellow Crook-neck Squash
Yellow Pear Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Italian Parsley

Things I will do different next year:

Sugar Peas ~ I think I’ll pass on the peas next year. I don’t have the room to plant the amount one needs to get a good crop yield.

Tomatoes ~ No more wee tomatoes. My mom gave me two of her Heirloom tomatoes and I took the seeds out of one (then ate the tomato! Yum!). I’ll start plants from the seeds…definitely need plants in spring, not seeds.

Corn ~ Definitely more corn! It was very tasty and I didn’t plant enough this year. Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

Onions ~ I’m going to pass on the green onions and plant yellow and red onions. Garlic too! The garlic will be planted this fall.

Radishes and Carrots ~ Yes! Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

Squash ~ I think I’m going to just go with the Mexican Grey Squash and only two plants. I love that stuff and it grew much better than the zucchini and crook-neck. Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

Of course Pumpkins…I’ll plant only two mounds and put them out front where they grew the best. Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

I’ll only plant Green Beans next year and put them where I had the pumpkins in the back (that didn’t grow too well)…it’ll be a great place for them where it’ll be easy to stake them. (see picture below) Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

More cucumber plants…this time I’ll make something for them to climb on. Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

Yes to Cayenne Peppers and then I’ll plant New Mexican Hatch Green Chiles too. I seeded both of them and will start the seeds early so I have nice size plants to transplant in the spring…it takes too long to start them by seed in the spring.

Potatoes ~ I’m going to plant potatoes next year. I KNOW that they grow great in northern Nevada. I’d like to try Cabbage too.

I’ll move the basil out front where the parsley and thyme is. Rhubarb plants stay where they’re at. The Romaine and Red Leaf Lettuce didn’t do all that well as the squash plants over-powered them. If I plant them next year it will have to be in a place all by themselves.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

After work we’ll be walking down to Paddy & Irene’s on B Street (Victorian Avenue) in Sparks…not too far from where we live. They will be having bagpippers and corned beef…and my favorite, Guinness. Today I’ll break from my diet and allow myself some beer and Bushmill’s Black. Love the bagpipes ~ so should be fun.

Paddy’s is offering customers free corned beef sandwiches in honor of the Irish holiday, and bagpipers will play from 4 to 6 p.m. The bar opens around noon Monday and will close when the last drunk drops. The bar and its Irish owners will also be celebrating their third anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day.