Friday, April 18, 2014

When Will It End?????

Some of you reading this may think that I, being barely in the South, have no good reason to complain about this past Winter (or is it?). But, I assure you, though we didn't get snow in high double digits, it has been brutal, nonetheless. Winters are tough on me with this one being downright unbearable. I need to move out to the sunny West where I can cab when ever I want to.

We did have a small break in the cold temps. I thought the cold days were behind us. Yay! I was cabbing every second I could get. I was happy to cut into all the slabs I have been collecting during the past few months. I have some really special ones calling my name. But, just when I get into the swing of it... it turns cold again! Wouldn't you know it- it turned just after I packed the cold weather clothes and coats. (I shoulda known better!)

I cabbed a lot of nice cabs and realized that I needed a shop just for my rocks, so I opened a new rock shop on etsy. It's been doing really well, which encourages me to cab even more.

I have many categories of cabs. I have my personal collection, which I can't bear to part with; my stack to turn into jewelry; my stack to sell and my stack to give as gifts to purchasers. I try to send a free cab with every order. These aren't throw aways, but ones I know I'll never use and don't want to list. The habit is not unique to me, many rocks hounds follow this tradition of lagniappe. I've been the lucky recipient of quite a few nice rocks myself. :) It makes me happy to do this and I like to think the recipient is happy, too.

I don't have any pictures today. But, you can see some of my recent cabs in my shop. If you have a look, check my sold ones, too. A few top shelf ones already sold.

I had no real direction to go with this post. I thought I would only complain about the lingering season of yuck, but now I see that I really wanted to talk about cabs.

I have taken a break on my silversmithing because I ran into a problem with getting firestain/firescale and I want to make sure that I don't continue with any bad habits before I return to the torch. More on that later.

Some of you may remember that my nephew has leukemia.I have good news on that front. He found 3 matches who were perfect 8 out of 8 matches for him. So, he will be leaving soon for a bone marrow transplant. It will be a very long, rough, painful road for him. We feel confident for the outcome, though. I am eternally grateful to those perfect strangers who volunteer their bone marrow. And, to the hospitality house which he will be able to stay in.

Well, I just wanted to update y'all. I hope you, too, are shaking off the last of the Winter and getting ready for the sunny days ahead. Have a wonderful Holiday weekend. :)