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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Shorter Days

Seems like I just don't have much time in a day anymore. I think that happens as you age. The days getting shorter, I mean. Maybe, it's just that Fall is now officially here. No more hinting at it. It's definitely getting darker earlier and the days cooler.

What this means for me is less time to work with rocks. All rock cutting is done with water and we all know what long exposures to cold water does to the hands. I've heard of people cutting themselves and not even knowing it until they see red. But, today should be one of our remaining warm days. I'm going go to my rock friend's house and meet up with some fellow rock hounds and see if we can get some good slabs from this big box of Kaleidoscope Jasper.


This is the new and rare Kaleidoscope jasper. I got it straight from the miners. 20 odd lbs of it. I'm hoping there's some beauties in there. I'm also going to get some pointers on buying rough rock and how to cut it with a bigger saw. I think a bigger saw is in my future. As it is, my trim saw will only do these small rocks, like this gemmy Australian chrysoprase.


Now that I have less time to slab and cab, I have been doing more jewelry. Nothing too elaborate, I'm just trying to get back into the swing of it.

Swirly Rhyolite (Yes, that is what it is called.)
Natures Paintbrush or Chinese Paintbrush
Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper
Sonora Sunrise
Do you notice the color palette trending more to Autumn? LOL! Also, I am using more silver and getting over my fear of it. :) I found that the trick is to have plenty of it, then I won't be so worried about messing it up.

You know, sometimes life throws you curve balls and you realize that everything isn't rocks and jewelry. My granddaughter has been back in hospital for a week now with no end in sight. She has more complications from the surgery. It's looking like more surgery. Her intestines are completely blocked with scar tissue and probable adhesions. She is way more miserable than before. Very bad to see her like this. :( But, as horrible as that has been for all of us, I got an email from a reader and JL member who has been going through her own ordeal. She didn't ask me not to share, but I won't say who she is for her privacy's sake. She has been battling a severe aggressive cancer with surgery and chemo. Because of it, she lost her job. Jewelry making has been a big distraction for her and sanity keeper, however, now she is too broke to keep in supplies. So, if any of you in our little community have anything to destash, any well wishes or have been through a similar battle to see the light, please email me  tela dot formosa gmail - I'll put you in touch with her. I'm sure she could use some fellowship right now. :) Don't be shy people. It's that time of the year when we all feel the need to reach out to those in need.


10 comments:

  1. Dear One, I am so sorry to hear about your grandaughter. What an awful ordeal for all. Bless her heart. Please know you will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

    As I know notheing about cabbing and slabbing, I now understand why you can't do it in the winter. Fall is here yet the days are beautiful.

    I will email you. Hugs

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    1. Thank you Christine. All the prayers and well wishes have worked wonders, I tell ya. She is doing much, much better and we look forward to her being home soon. YAY! I'm hoping this will be a bad memory real soon.

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  2. Oh, Tela, how awful that your whole family is going through another terrible time. I hope your grandgirl recovers soon (and completely). She's really been through it.

    Joyce

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    1. Thanks so much, Joyce. She really has been through it. We found out something interesting... she is NOT allergic to penicillin products. She is allergic to the pic line! Yes! It is very rare but it does happen. I'm so glad it wasn't the meds. She didn't get any antibiotics this time but the rash was back as soon as they put the pic line in. Weird.

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  3. Tela, I'm so sorry to hear about your poor little granddaughter. She has been through so much. I'll keep her in my thoughts.

    Kate

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    1. Thank you, Kate. I told her all my jewelry friends wished her well and it put a smile on her face. :) She was literally hating life there for a few days. She perked up so quick, though, it was amazing.

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  4. Tela, first let me say how sorry I am to hear about your granddaughter. When a situation such as hers seems to continue on endlessly, it is so heartbreaking and wearing on the entire family. I will add you all to my prayers and positive thoughts.

    Secondly, this Kaleidoscope jasper reminds me so much of an area in Death Valley called "Artist's Palette". this area has a wide side of a mountain that has huge areas of all of these colors, it is magnificent! I will await seeing how you slab and shape these, as I wouldn't be able to choose which area to highlight! Super rocks.

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    1. Thanks, Susan :) It has been tough on everyone. Dad has been there without a break since she went to hospital last Monday. So, I know they will both be glad to be home. :)

      That kaleidoscope is amazing. Every rock is different and every cut is different. It has been testing my intuitive rock cutting skills. LOL! Knowing where to cut has been a real challenge. I can't imagine a side of a mountain like this! Amazing!

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  5. I'm so sorry about your granddaughter. I'll keep sending her mental best wishes and all the good energy I can muster.

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    1. Thank you, it sure helps. One day she is miserable and the next she is doing so much better, it's like a switch was flipped! I'm so happy she is doing better. This very well can happen again and then they will do surgery. But, for now, no more surgery. :)

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