Sunday, January 30, 2011

Riding on the beach

I couldn't find a photo of the Oregon coast but here is one of the Giant's Causeway that I took in 2001 when we were touring Ireland.  It is very windy there at the top of Ireland but such a site! One of the wonders of the world that was created by nature.

I have always wanted to ride a horse down the beach seeing the waves break and hearing the birds twitter.  Well, it never happened but I have enjoyed the Oregon coast many times sitting on the warm sand and watching the waves come in. There were always these little birds that would run out to pick up food on the wet sand and as soon as the waves came in they would run back to the dry sand.  I have no idea what species these birds were but it was mesmerizing to watch them. They were always in a group too so they must have been social birds.

I loved walking along the beach and finding a small shell here and there.  They say now that it is against the law - are they afraid there will no longer be shells.  To me, as long as the ocean is there and there is life in the ocean, there will be shells.   In some states they don't even want you to pick up a rock.  I can see not picking up antiquities but a plain rock. Give me a break!

Now how did I go from the wonderful experiences on the beach that leave me in a breezy quiet and content mood to anger about the people who think rocks are to be left alone. Don't know! There is a plus and a minus in all things.

Friday, January 28, 2011

What can I say?

I went to pick up a prescription at Costco today.  It was supposed to be ready around 2ish so I got there about 3 PM thinking that would be plenty of time for them to have it ready.  

When I asked for it, the young lady said "it's not quite ready, it will be about two minutes or so."  Fifteen minutes later, it was finally ready.  I was checking out with my Costco card and then reached in for my debit card to pay.  As I was getting ready to run my card through the machine, she said "no that won't work". I looked up with a question in my eyes and she said, "your drivers license won't work".  Well, what can I say, I grabbed the wrong plastic card.

We have too many plastic cards in our wallets these days.

Little Booty

I created a new look with these little boots made of sterling silver with a small inset turquoise stone. Large long earrings are in this season and this fits the bill.  They dangle around two inches.  Are boots in again?  I don't think they ever left the west.

I had a pair of grey swede pointy toed cowboy boots and a grey swede cowboy hat that covered my long blonde hair back in my single days. My friend Maurine and I used to ride around in her baby blue chevy convertible wearing our cowboy hats and boots.  We thought that we were the best in the west.

One day as we were driving south on State, we noticed a few motorcycles coming up beside us. The next thing we knew, we were surrounded by motorcycles.  Hells angels from California had just surrounded us. They did some whistling and cat calls making both of us extremely nervous.  After about three blocks of this, they just took off.   Needless to say, we were very relieved that we didn't have to deal with them.  We were not fast like those California girls.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Only six words

Snoop, researcher, writer, spiritual, daring and conservative.  That's me.  I've always been curious and love to snoop which brings in research and genealogy.  I just keep at it until I am successful. Writer - always writing something even if it is just a note of the to do list plus I made a living writing boring procedures on equipment for a manufacturing plant. Spiritual - very, I listen for the spirit, I pray, I attend church weekly and go to the temple (hopefully, at least once a month). Daring especially in my youth, I drove the Alcan highway to Alaska from Idaho by my self.  I stayed in Alaska 8 years.  I don't hesitate to contact a cousin to share genealogy information even though we have never met. Conservative, well that certainly is a contrast to daring but it is true anyway.  I dress conservatively and don't go for the outlandish styles in any form.

From all that, do I have enough Mojo to create? My daughter is a graphic designer and has been very successful in her profession but she has a BA degree from the University.  My great Uncle Tony was a graphic artist.  He used to hand draw bill boards for movie theaters and made his living with graphic art. Perhaps, some of that talent has rubbed off on me.

The photo is my first spiral top and bottomed earring.

Making bracelets to a personalized size

Yesterday, I spent more of my earring making time in remaking three bracelets for special orders which match my earrings. Matching sets are the in thing and yet, you see on TV and in Ads that they are wearing whatever strikes them, not matching sets.

I've discovered an artist who makes the most unique rings.  I love his work.  He works in Italy but also spends a great deal of his time in Israel.  He uses some of the examples from Egyptian art to create his work.

I get a weekly massage and during this massage, I've been having a Chinese method of relaxing the knots with a special machine that has suction cups.  Sometimes, they leave great big bruises on my back and neck. This week I have one the size of a baseball - it kinda reminds me of crop circles.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

New element

Today I used a new element in my earring making: wood.  Actually, I think wood and shells blend really well. I've been trying to get my creative Mojo working.  Sometimes, it takes awhile. My latest creations are shown above. I am having one of those nights when I can't sleep.  They happen periodically and sometimes I know the reasons: like the full moon, or eating too much sweets before going to bed, or just being the insomniac that I am.

Blue is a very popular color and it is a year for lavender and purple. They seem to emanate luxury.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


As I was undressing in the locker room today and saw this young short woman wearing a black baseball cap that had printed on the front top "BABE" in large letters of sparkling rhinestones.  Well, I thought, did she buy that hat for herself or did someone buy it for her.  It was cute but does that mean she is stuck on herself? She was not THAT attractive. I named my cat Babe because he had such beautiful dark blue eyes. Now, the name fits him but not so much her.

I do deep water aerobics 3 times a week.  You put on a rubber float device around your waist and cinch it up as tight as you can.  After you walk into the water, you need to cinch it up again about an inch.  After all this, you can barely breathe but then you need to start jogging or doing cross country because the water is flippin cold!  After you warm up, you can breathe again.  Actually, it is a really fun class and we have three different teachers who all do different programs. Our teacher today was telling me that she would not be there for the next two weeks so I asked why. Well, she and her girlfriends are heading for Hawaii for two weeks. If there is a time to go to Hawaii, it is in the middle of winter.  When I lived in Alaska which is directly north of Hawaii, most people there who could afford it, took sun breaks in Hawaii.  In the winter the sun didn't come up until 10 AM and sunset was at 3 PM so that by 5 PM it was pitch black. Of course, it was just the opposite in the summertime. Sunset was a midnight and came up at 3 AM.

The blizzard was here but the sun came out a few minutes ago and the snow did not stick.  I am sure it will get more later.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Look out, it's coming!  And along with it, is a drop back into the freezer of winter and a snowstorm. Just ask any ER nurse or physician and they will tell you that during the full moon, they get twice as many people coming in because of crazy behavior that causes accidents.  It also causes the hormones to howl and migraines to throb. The full moon is beautiful to look at but it sure does its share of stirring up hundreds of thousands of people.  Perhaps, someone should do a survey to see what type of blogs are done during this time of the month.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Some of my Best Selling Earrings

Found Abby

Abby our Calico cat went outside around the first week of December and never came home.  Two days ago we put up posters for a missing cat and said a prayer.  I thought that someone else adopted her or that she had a mishap with a car.  We said a prayer and the very next day we received a phone call.  It was from my friend who said she thought she saw her lying along side the road and the snow had melted enough that the cat was now uncovered.  I drove over to take a look but it was not our Abby. The next day I received another phone call from a family 3 blocks away who had her.  They were just getting ready to put up a poster of a found kitty with a photo when they saw our poster.  Sure enough, it was our Abby and she is now home.  It's been more than a month - isn't life amazing!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Baby its cold outside

The snow we got in December melted before Christmas but when January came, we had several more snow storms and then old man winter hit with freezing temps so we still have lots of snow.  Apparently, most of the US has snow on the ground except for Florida, of course.

I've sold more of my handmade earrings right here in my hometown but my shop on Etsy is starting to take off.  I see shops in Europe and other parts of the world on Etsy.  There is one very unique artist who lives in Israel and another one in France.  I love being able to connect with the world.

Come visit my shop on (Dians Earrings).
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