Still working on the Nevada quilt ~

A while ago someone my sister knows asked if I’d make a quilt for her, not being of sound mind, I said yes. 🙂 I lost my mojo on it, but have jumped back into the swing of things.

This is as far as I got when my quilting mojo ran far far far away ~

Parts of the Nevada Quilt…back in April 2012

Let me tell you! It’s been a bugger of a quilt. I threw the pieces up onto the design wall and sat back just staring at it…then sitting on the couch, with Lucy and Luna, pondering how the hell am I going to attach all those together?! All I can say is Thank God quilting and a wash will hide some of my mistakes. 🙂

Piecing the bugger together.

After bouncing off some ideas on my friend’s head, I decided it did indeed need something else up north of the State of Nevada. So I started making wee stars. Will make two grey and one blue. Still need to add some strips here, stars over there…that sort of thing…but am hoping to get the top finished and ready to sandwich by the weekend.


Monday Rambles ~ 29 June 2010

It’s been a very long week already… NOTE: (((Told you it was a long week…it’s Tuesday and I posted Monday Rambles!)))

We’re moving again. Out of Sun Valley back down to the Truckee River near the River Walk. Not a bad area to move to…just hate moving.

Had a furlough day yesterday…one of 12 for the year…as well, you know, the State of Nevada seems to think they can balance the budget by cutting the pay of state workers. What pisses me off is that while I, the administrative assistant, the one and only one running the department, has to take a day off with no pay…the faculty do not. The person who makes less than $40,000 a year takes a pay cut …but the guys who make $90,000-$232,000 do not. Great for the morale, folks!

Spent my furlough day at the dentist…I thought for just a cleaning, but ended up an all day thing with an appointment for July 1st to have a tooth pulled and set up for an implant. Which by the way, my LOVELY state insurance will not pay for. They’ll pay for a procedure to destroy two healthy teeth to set a bridge for the bad tooth…but won’t pay to have the bad tooth pulled and have an inplant therefore saving two healthy teeth. Hooorah!

While at the dentist I was flipping through Food & Wine magazine and came across this recipe. It looked great…sans the curry and the fact you had to heat your oven up to 425F. Not a curry fan. So I put my own twist on things.

This was how hot it was in my kitchen…and the rest of the house yesterday. So I cranked up the bbq outside. Recipe follows!

Michelle’s version of Cauliflower & Green Bean Salad with Lemon Yogurt:

1 head of cauliflower, chopped
1 bunch of asparagus, cut into 1/3’s (about 2″ long)
1 large red onion, sliced

toss with about 3 TBSP of olive oil, a few sprinkles of sea salt, and lots of fresh cracked pepper (I use the jar with 3 types of pepper corns that has the grinder on top).

Put foil onto your grill and toss the veggies on to the grill…bbq for about 20 minutes.

While that is bbq’ing…in a food processor I added 6 cloves of garlic (you can downsize if’en you want to…but why would you?!), about 2-3 glugs of olive oil, 3 shakes of balsamic vinegar (hmmm…maybe a teaspoon), some sea salt, lots of cracked pepper, about a cup of Greek yogurt ( I had Greek Gods Honey Yogurt in the frig), and probably 1/3-1/2 cup of cheese (I had a mix of Asiago, Parmesan, Romano)…mix it all together and put into the frig.

Next…take the veggies off the grill put into a large bowl and add half of the yogurt sauce…toss and put into the frig.

BBQ some chicken…get a loaf of Pugliese bread…your bbq veggies…bottle of red wine and enjoy!

Which by the way, I picked out this bottle of wine, pro*mis*Q*ous…it was on sale and it was red and I loved the name. 🙂 It’s a mix of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.

Tastes Like:
Ripe red and dark berry friut with hints of black pepper.

Yummy with:
Meat — grilled, roasted and pan-seared. Pizza. Any time you want a red that’s not ridiculously serious.

It’s Just CRAZY Around Here…

End of the Fiscal Year is 30 June 2009. I’ve lots of new contracts/pafs to generate for everyone and in an hour will have to walk on down to the “Joe” for a Classified Furlough Session. I’m the leave keeper too, so everyone is asking me questions. Have to figure out the answers. It’s sorta hard when most of our department’s classified people are paid from research grants…no state money. Why do they have to take a paycut when they are not costing the state any money. That leaves me, one of the only people paid from state monies…I must be a HUGE DRAIN on the system. I get the paycut. WooHoo! Go Team! (UPDATE: After going to the session yesterday afternoon, I discovered that all Classified will be taking furloughs, no matter what their funding is)

SO! It’s gonna be a picture day. 🙂

I’m growing 3 Tomatillo plants this year…isn’t this a great blossom?! I’ve never seen one before!

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Lemon Queen sunflowers against the fence, 2 Horseradish up front, 2 pickling cucs on the left…the rest are blueberries, elderberries, and herbs.
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HOLLYHOCKS!!!!!! OH! I CAN NOT WAIT to see them!
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This is Gabe…my newest gargoyle. He giggles a lot hence the hands over the mouth and crossed legs (don’t want to piddle, you know!).
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Poppy pod ~ pretty, no?
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