Wow…it’s been quite a while since I last blogged. Pop some corn, grab a beer. 🙂
Quilting & Sewing:
Since I brought my new Brother sewing machine home, I’ve putzed around with it. I’m still learning what it can and can not do, but all in all am getting the hang of it.
I’ve made up a few of these cute totes, modifying a free pattern.
Had one crafting day with friends…another one coming up. We’re gearing up for a November craft fair.
Made up another batch of mustard! Loving the smell and taste of this one! I used Stone Smoke Porter, yellow & brown mustard seed, apple cider vinegar, ground mustard, salt, pepper, allspice, nutmeg. I adapted two recipes I found (Homemade Beer and English Mustard)…it made up 10 4-oz jars. I plan on making a Cranberry Mustard too.
I was given a bag full of clipped lavender from my MIL’s garden earlier and dried it. Part of it is now in a big old canning jar of local Nevada honey with my own dried rosemary. I’ll be putting this into 4-oz canning jars in about two weeks after it’s been strained.
My sister has quite a few ghost hunting equipment and she booked the Miner’s Shack up in Gold Hill (just south of Virginia City on the Comstock). My niece, Hannah, and her friend Maddie, my sister and I all spent an afternoon in VC and the night in Gold Hill. That was fun! Definitely want to go up with them when they do the Washoe Club in VC.
I know my niece, Hannah, took a bunch of photographs, but I never see them…hint, hint…if you’re reading this, Ms. Hannah.
Carnelian Bay, Lake Tahoe:
Took a Monday off so we could spend Sunday night up at Tahoe. Spent Sunday at one of the free public beaches and Monday morning we tried kayaking (waterman’s landing). So…I’m saving my money up for a sit-in kayak now. 🙂
Truckee Trestle Tour:
We finally made it up to Truckee, CA for the Hobart Estates Trestle Tour! They’ll be having another one in October if you’re local! We toured the lumber railroads and mills.
How to have fun when your minor league team, the Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks), is losing. Sorry guys for wishing one of you got beaned by the pitcher! 🙂
FOR TODAY … 20 August 2012.
Outside My Window…
I am thinking… It sure would be nice if autumn would come sooner than later. I’m really tired of the heat and wildfire smoke here in town.
I am thankful for… Friends. Love them to pieces.
From the kitchen… Pork chops and rice for dinner tonight. One of my favorite dishes that my Great Aunt Hazel would fix my sister and I when we visited.
I am wearing… cropped olive green/tan pants, olive green shirt, and sketchers sandals.
I am creating… I’m multi-tasking at the moment. Just finished another wire-wrapped pendant yesterday. Am still hand-piecing a Farmer’s Wife quilt block.
I am going… have to start looking for craft fairs coming up! Ruth, Reva and I have been making stuff all year long. I found one in Portola, this October, for $25/table. Need to find some in town.
I am reading… Finished all three stories in Mary Downing Hahn’s Haunting Tales, will have to just close my eyes and pick another book on my nook.
I am hoping… That I my copper wire wrapping becomes better as I really would like to use the silver wire! LOL!
I am hearing… a small plane overhead; traffic on McCarran; me.
Around the house… Laundry.
One of my favorite things… creating with my hands.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Try out a few new dinner recipes; buy a good pair of flat-nosed pliers for jewelry making; finish up a few leather wrapped bracelets.
Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… (LOL! I’ve been sharing pics like crazy up above, but will find another)
Some fabrics I pulled out of my stash for a 60×60 quilt someone wants me to make them. Just has to be blue and grey with the state of Nevada somewhere on it. I have a design in mind. 🙂 After seeing them in the picture, I’m not sure about the two in the middle of the pack. I’ll have to go pick up a few FQ’s from Windy Moon.
A small project I’m working on using Lauren & Jessi Jung’s Flora fabric…using English paper piecing hexies.
Saw this on the way to work…looks like someone was drunk and didn’t realize that you can’t barrel through two work buildings and go down the hill to the road.
Tuesday’s sunrise with a big ole fog bank….
Today is windy with more snow on the way…just like yesterday.
Last Saturday after driving up to Pyramid Lake we came back home via Wadsworth to 80…just before Reno is Lockwood where we spied a new park. They’ve re-dug the riverbed in that area, un-doing the damage by the Corp of Engineers so many years ago…now the Truckee River flows through lots of meanders. The fishies are a lot happier too.
One of the resident Red-Tail hawks at Rancho San Rafael Park.
We rented a great movie the other night. The Way, an Emilio Estevez movie staring his dad, Martin Sheen. Highly recommend it.
We had a beautiful sunrise this morning…if it wasn’t for the fact that I did a huge backwards stretch in my chair I wouldn’t have seen it. LOL! Grabbed my camera and ran outside, setting off the door alarm (before 7 am and the doors were still locked) as I did. Sheesh.
The moon and Mars this morning…taken on the way into work.
Then the moon yesterday morning, also right before entering my work building.