Sunday, August 17, 2008

Theresa Necklace

This is one of my latest creations called the Theresa necklace. It's made of amber and citrine colored glass beads with silver findings. The beads are strung onto a black waxed cord and they dangle into the cleavage area. Looks great with a casual black evening dress.

Puppy on Patrol

Puppy is back on rid the neighborhood of vermin and other pests. Turns out she had an inner ear infection. Squirrels and cats BEWARE!! Zoe is on the hunt again.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Puppy isn't feeling well

Puppy is having problems related to arthritis and her medication. She's usually very spunky. If you didn't know better, you would think she was four years old. In reality, she's much older. I would tell you how old she is, but a lady never likes to reveal her age.

She was having trouble standing and walking yesterday. We have an appointment at the veterinarian today. Maybe she needs different meds. We'll see.

Because of Zoe's issues, it may be a few days before my latest creations are posted on the blog. Hang in there, I'll be back soon.

Send your good wishes along for my dog's speedy recovery!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Got a Mani and Pedi

Over the weekend, I got my first pedicure. It was wonderful and so relaxing! My niece is 15 and has gotten manicures and pedicures since she was 12. I have some catching up to do.

The ladies that own the shop are from Laos. The told me that they are not Laotian, rather Mon. They are descendants of the Mongolian hill people. Many of the Mon are farmers and find cures for their maladies in the jungle. Interesting.

That's my history lesson for the day.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Simple Pleasures in the Summer Heat

While in line at Aldi Market today, shopping for tortilla's, I was talking to several customers. One woman commented on how the world is changing so much and it will never be the same.

This phrase stuck with me,"never the same." Wouldn't it be boring to have everything the same every single day. It would be like the movie, "Ground Hog Day." In the film the main character, Bill Murray, relives the same day over and over again. Sure it's scary dealing with change in life. Change is good (so are dollar bills). Change keeps our minds stimulated and who knows, maybe it even prevents diseases.

I wouldn't want to create the same jewelry all the time. I am constantly looking for new ways to put beads together, using found materials and reuse treasures.

And yet, there are constants in our lives; the heat of the summer sun, thunderous storms, noises of the crickets in the evening, kids running through sprinklers, the smell as you approach a stretch of sandy beach - clean and crisp.

My flowers are also a reminder of the simple pleasures. Not extravagant and always a delight to the senses.

Enjoy the day and be ready for tomorrow's adventure.

Pickles, pickles and more pickles

Homemade garlic dill pickles. Nothing better.

I made seven quarts of pickles on Thursday, with the help of my Mom. We used my Grandma's recipe. So good. According to her recipe, you must use kosher salt. If you are in a bind, you can substitute table salt, but it's not the same.

Just have to wait a couple months before taste testing the finished product. Fresh bread is a perfect accompaniment. Can't wait!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Thanks for the Beads

My friend Stacy gave me some beads for my birthday. I have been busy creating jewelry with them. This choker is the latest installment. I call it the Stacy necklace. Wonder why...

The beads are stranded on three separate lengths of filament for a varied appearance. The clasp is magnetic.