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Played golf for the very first time yesterday.  I’ve driven balls a few times at the Grand Sierra aqua range and it was great fun and good for just learning how to swing a club. But, it really isn’t the same as actually playing.

Grand Sierra Bay Aqua Range

Grand Sierra Bay Aqua Range

So my husband and I took the day off work and went out to play. I was as nervous as they come. I worried I would never get through a round because of my lack of experience. How many rules of ettiquette would I break? Am I going to have balls going off into other people’s fairways? Are my husband and I going to end up in divorce when I beat him with a club? (he is teaching me and well, that could happen, right?)

I really shouldn’t have worried.  The Eagle Valley Golf Course in Carson City NV has the best group of people working there I could have imagined.  Everyone was encouraging and relaxed. The others playing the course were just as easy going and pleasant. I need not have worried at all.

Eagle Valley has 2 course, the East and the West. We played the East. Par 5 but very mellow. I haven’t seen the West course but it is recommended for the intermediate to advanced player. Obviously, I’m not an experienced golfer, but I highly recommend playing there. Not only are they a great group of people with a fun course, but they are affordable too!

Our family lives outdoors. We love our home but prefer to spend as much time outside as we can. Golf is something my husband has always wanted me to try so nowI can check another experience off of my list. Of course, I can see this turning into a vice now. Northern Nevada is known as a golfers playground so there are many, many courses to explore. From the many beginner options to the adventurous Jack Nicklaus designed course at Montreux. But, right now, I will be a regular at Eagle Valley.

New Vice

New Vice

Next, it is the kids turn!

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I had a large vacant spot by the kids pirate ship that just seemed to be a waste of space. I also had a need for a protected area to plant tomatoes to protect them from the local critters that like to eat my plants to the ground, given the chance.

So I mention this dilemna to my husband and he built me a creative raised bed with scraps from our never ending wood pile.

 

Upright boards and 6" Round Posts

Upright boards and 6" Round Posts

Then he used some rope leftover from the pirate ship project to make a decorative perimeter. He was able to flow the look of existing wood retaining wall by using the same wood, but changed the direction of the boards and added  the rope to match the ship with a nautical touch.

 

Adds a Nautical Touch

Adds a Nautical Touch

It did take a yard of dirt to fill, but that was affordable and easy. We just filled the bed of his truck at Moana Nursery

 

Jeni Gave Me Heirloom Tomatos and I Use a Florida Weave for Support

Jeni Gave Me Heirloom Tomatos and I Use a Florida Weave for Support

Then Jeni brought me some tomato plants and VOILA! A new garden is born. My only wish is that I had a picture of the garden from this morning. We’ve had so much rain lately that the plants are thriving and blooming.

I use a Florida Weave to support the plants but instead of matal posts, I cut back some willow branches to use instead. They will root and I can transplant them in the fall. And I use standard twine for the weave. We keep a huge roll in the garage since it only has about 2 million uses!

This is also on the edge of our patio, so it provides a few other benefits as well. It is another addition to the defensible space around our home, I love to dine outside and actually watch food grow (for some reason, what I’m eating always tastes better!) and it is convenient to monitor water/bugs/etc when I don’t have to hike out to maintain another section of the property.

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A very strange thing has happened this week. We’ve had rain everyday. Hopefully it will continue through the week.

This really isn’t normal for this time of year. Come to think of it, I don’t think it is a normal weather pattern ever considering the length of time. Please don’t think I’m complaining. Definitely not!

The good? Recently the Division of Forestry came through and cleared 50 feet of brush and trees on either side of the road in our section of the neighborhood. The moisture brings out the fresh smell of the cut pine and they seemed to have spread lupine seeds far and wide. With this rain, they are blooming up and down the roads. I’m starting to feel like I’m in the hill country of Texas when the Bluebonnets are in bloom!

Lupine AKA Bluebonnets

Lupine AKA Bluebonnets

I appreciate the dust staying down since it is constantly damp. The rainbows in the evenings are beautiful over the mountains. The double rainbows are even more fabulous. The birds are in my garden singing their happiness and the garden itself is thriving. My house stays cool enough that I don’t want to crawl out of my cozy bed in the morning.

 

Cheatgrass

Cheatgrass

The downside? There really isn’t too much to consider. When I see the lightening striking in the distance, I hope the rain continues as protection against fires. Unfortunately, the weeds are thriving too. The cheat grass is going to seed faster than I can kill and bag it. So as soon as I think I’ve removed all of it around my house, it grows back. This in itself is becoming a full time job! If you aren’t aware of the dangers of cheatgrass, please read this.

 

Northern Nevada is wet and the good definitely outweighs the bad. I just hope it continues through the week like the forecasters predict!

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