Weekend at St. Mary Louise Hospital, Virginia City, NV

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St. Mary’s Hospital (Arts Center), looking down Six Mile Canyon with Sugarloaf to the left.

Spent two nights at the old haunted St. Mary Louise Hospital, now an arts and retreat center, with 18 friends and new friends.  After everyone arrived and claimed their rooms, we had a pizza dinner with cast iron s’mores for dessert. We then all went to the third floor’s conference room for a game of Cards Against Humanity.  Haven’t laughed that hard in ages, felt great. Spent the rest of the night into the morning investigating the building. Saturday I made eggs and bacon for everyone then we all went our seperate ways…some to Carson City other up the hill to roam around Virginia City. We all met back up at the Washoe Club then back to the St. Mary’s for a lasagna dinner and more investigating. After cleaning up after ourselves those of us still there had breakfast at The Palace, then we parted ways until our next meet-up.

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Built in 1875 as a Catholic Hospital ran by the Daughters of Charity until 1897, then as a County Hospital until 1940’s.

Woke up to freezing fog on both Saturday and Sunday, the rest of the post are photographs from around the property.

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STOLEN ART ALERT – LISA KURT’S YETI PAINTING Virginia City, NV

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From a friend who had her painting stolen up in Virginia City!!!!
LISA KURT, ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT ST. MARY’S ART CENTER.

STOLEN PAINTING ALERT- Please Share!! I’m stunned and shaken to report that I’ve had yet another painting stolen in Northern Nevada. This time one of my paintings from my picture book project show at St. Mary’s St Marys Art Center in Virginia City, NV was taken sometime this last week between 4/25/2015 -4/30/2015. I wasn’t selling these pieces because they are part of my picture book artwork that I’ve been working on to get published. This is the second theft of my work in less than 4 months in Nevada. The Cosmonaut 64 painting has yet to be returned. **Please refrain from telling me this is a compliment or that I should be flattered- this is theft of my livelihood and personal property and it is unacceptable.
Please share this widely and help me get it returned. I just want the painting back- no questions asked.

Donkeys and Pitbulls ~ Virginia City, Nevada ~ St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015

My favorite part of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade up in Virginia City over the weekend. I was following the Wild Ass Women’s donkeys when a very handsome pittie and donkey wanted to go nose to nose. The pit was getting over being scared by all the shooting from the gunslingers when the fuzzy donkeys came by.

Donkey in the Wild Ass Women entry ~ St. Patrick's Day Parade

Donkey in the Wild Ass Women entry ~ St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Donkey owner spies a handsome pit bull.

Donkey owner spies a handsome pit bull.

Donkey and pit want to meet.

Donkey and pit want to meet.

Can everyone say…AWWWWW.  How cute!

Can everyone say…AWWWWW. How cute!

A Wednesday Round-up ~ It’s been a while!

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.

1930's HST baby quilt.

1930’s HST baby quilt.

Patch quilt top in the making using Nordika.  I have 1/4 of it sewn together now.

Patch quilt top in the making using Nordika. I have 1/4 of it sewn together now.

I’ve made up a few of these cute totes, modifying a free pattern.

Totes with pencil/crayon slots.

Totes with pencil/crayon slots.

Had one crafting day with friends…another one coming up. We’re gearing up for a November craft fair.

Day of crafting with friends.

Day of crafting with friends.

Canning:

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.

Spicy Beer Mustard

Spicy Beer Mustard

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.

Lavender Rosemary Honey.

Lavender Rosemary Honey.

Ghost Hunting:

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.

Miner's Shack, Gold Hill, NV

Miner’s Shack, Gold Hill, NV

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Yellow Jacket Mill

Yellow Jacket Mill

Fourth Ward School, Virginia City, Nevada

Fourth Ward School, Virginia City, Nevada

Fourth Ward School, Virginia City, Nevada

Fourth Ward School, Virginia City, Nevada

Bottle Tree.

Bottle Tree.

I know my niece, Hannah, took a bunch of photographs, but I never see them…hint, hint…if you’re reading this, Ms. Hannah.

Hannah.

Hannah.

Mackay Mansion grounds.

Mackay Mansion grounds.

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. 🙂

Carnelian Bay from the Gar Woods pier.

Carnelian Bay from the Gar Woods pier.

Kayaking on Lake Tahoe.

Kayaking on Lake Tahoe.

Mergansers.

Mergansers.

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.

Remains of a flat car near Hobart Mills.

Remains of a flat car near Hobart Mills.

Railroad maintenance shop, Hobart Mills.

Railroad maintenance shop, Hobart Mills.

Lumber railroad trestle remains.

Lumber railroad trestle remains.

More trestle remains.

More trestle remains.

Baseball Bingo:

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! 🙂

Baseball bingo!

Baseball bingo!

Miscellaneous:

God-Awful Rim Fire smoke from Yosemite...Reno/Sparks, we can't breathe.

God-Awful Rim Fire smoke from Yosemite…Reno/Sparks, we can’t breathe.

Scheaffer's Balance Blue fountain pen my husband found for me.

Sheaffer’s Balance Blue fountain pen my husband found for me.

Sunrise with a little bit of Rim fire smoke in air.

Sunrise with a little bit of Rim fire smoke in air.

A few more pictures from Virginia City ~ Signs

I promise this will be the last post on Virginia City for this week…until my next trip! 😉

Ran them through Pixlr-o-Matic for a change-up.

Red-Breasted Sapsucker?

While at Miner’s Park in Virginia City, Nevada on Saturday I snapped this picture (bugger was fast, so not that clear) ~ is it a red-breasted sapsucker?

A Different View of Virginia City, Nevada

Since I always take my camera with me wherever I go, and we go to Virginia City quite a lot…I decided to focus in on parts of buildings instead of the whole kit-n-kaboodle. 🙂 Photos taken on our Saturday, 28 Jan 2012, drive on up to V.C.

As always, please click on the photo for a larger view.