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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Water Trouble Round II and Fit for a Man

Wow! You don't really know how much the internet means to you until you lose it.

Sort of related to our water problem was our internet problem. Water, rain, storms, lightning we had it all! Huge thunderstorms with generous amounts of lightning rolled through on Monday.

I was sitting there enjoying the sounds of a nice storm (I'm weird like that, one of the things my eldest daughter and I share- love a good storm.) When I heard a huge and loud explosion. It was as if there was a war going on in front of my house. Now, I've lived a long time and I've been through plenty of boomers and hurricanes, but nothing had been like this. Lightning made a direct hit on a transformer just around the corner. Man, was it loud! So, we lost power. No biggie, right?

We have a lot of trees around here, so we lose power a lot. I have a battery pack for emergencies. I plugged the modem into the power pack, as I always do, and waited for the power to come back. However, the modem didn't come on. OK, no biggie. I tried a few things and resolved to be without power and internet for awhile.

I called the repair people who were really awesome. They did a few things on their end. No go. A tech was supposed to come out the next day. He called later in the day and could squeeze me in. Yay!! But by then we had lost power again and our neighborhood was flooded. No go.

The very nice repair guy came out this morning for about an hour. My modem was fried. My network card in my desk top computer was fried. New modem still wouldn't work. He had to go to the network hub and get a tech higher than himself to trace up the problem through the network. Buried somewhere deep in the matrix was our issue.

To make a long, long story short- I'm back. Boy, I sure missed the internet.

I guess, I should make it up to you for having to read my rant. :)

You remember the custom pendant for a man? Done! No power and no internet did have its advantages. I had plenty of time to sit and think about this one. I sent the pictures of the finished piece to my client and he is very happy. Yay! That really makes me happy. He has such wonderful stones. I'm glad I was able to help him wear one.

The pendant is 3 by 2 inches. The stone is a wonderful, wonderful turquoise. The cab was cut without a bezel.




14 comments:

  1. glad to see you back, i did miss you. :) when you hadnt posted for awhile, i just thought "well, cant expect her to post every day, im sure she's very busy." never once thought it could be due to your net being kaflooey.
    im also one who loves a nice, dark overcast day, and a good ol' rainstorm with lots of thunder and lightning. ( im afraid of lightning, but it can lightning all it wants while im my house looking out the window at it)
    that is definitely a beautiful stone, youve done it much justice with that gorgeous setting, i love the dark patina-- thats copper, right? i love that look on copper. :)

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    1. Hi Denise, Yup as much as I would like to, I don't have the time to post everyday. There's always something going on.

      I hate to tell you this but.... I was standing by a 2nd floor window, looking out at a storm and leaning into the window alcove when lighting struck somewhere close enough for a jolt to travel into the plaster covered metal window frame. You guessed it- I got a pretty good jolt! But, dumb me, I'd do it again. Nothing quite like the allure of a good storm. :)

      Yes, it is copper with a great patina. Some patinas come out better than others. i find that using a brass brush works the best to bring out the glow.

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  2. I'm not surprised your client liked his pendant. The stone is beautiful and the wrapping enhances it by defining it's depth. I like it very much.

    Oh and welcome back to the online world :)

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    1. Goo dto be back- I tell ya- it took me a day to catch up on everything. That tells me I'm on line too much :)

      That stone is a beauty isn't it? It was hard trying not to compete with it. I had several ideas in mind, but settled on this because it detracted the least from the stone.

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  3. Glad you are back online! Scary that it struck so close by. Perhaps even more scary to imagine being without internet for such a long time, and nobody finding out why! ;-).

    Beautiful stone and beautiful, very interesting wrap. I would think of the design as gender-neutral. Not only since your last post I'm struggling to define for myself what makes a design masculine or manly (or not) beyond the obvious leather / bold etc style. Your designs break out of that mould, fortunately.

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    1. Yeah, being without the internet was a wake up call.

      Thank you for the super awesome complement. I struggle with man designs too, I was hoping this would suffice but wasn't sure till I sent him the images.

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  4. I'm glad your back. I also missed you. In the past year, I've had two viruses, so I completely understand what it is like being without!

    The pendant is absolutely gorgeous and what a beautiful stone! It's so rich looking.

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    1. Viruses! ARGH! The adults in the house have been fortunate, but the kids get them even with protection because they go to game sites. Fried a couple computers :(

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  5. What a beautiful piece. I love the turquoise/copper combination.

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    1. Thanks Kay- You know, I'm a fan of silver with turquoise, but this really works with copper. I like it a lot. :)

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  6. Hey Tela, What a beautiful piece. You have such a way of complimenting the stone with your wrap. Transformers blowing make such a scary sound and even worse, they take the electricity with them when they blow. So happy you are back online.

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    1. Thank you Christine :)

      We know the man who lives across from the transformer. He was actually at his kitchen window when he saw the lightning strike. He saw a tremendous flash of blinding light and then his house shook- of course, it was even louder for him. Pretty scary!

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  7. Glad you are back online. I noticed that it had been a while since you posted anything and I was wondering what was going on. We are all so dependent on our computers and access to the internet. I know I miss it when not available.

    Love the wrap and the stone!

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    1. Thanks Kathy :)

      I missed all my "efriends" when I lost the connection. It's interesting how people you know online are so so real to you and not really virtual. I used to scoff at relationships made online, but I know a couple who met online and they have been happily married for 10 years now.

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