Cats & Boats – a great adventure

I was looking at an site that listed kayaking in Florida and came across this great video that I had to send out.  I don’t know how they get the cat to stay in the boat and not jump out, especially with all the birds and other wildlife around.  I hope you enjoy it.


Something New for your Fall Wardrobe

Copper jewelry is great all year round, but especially in the Fall. It is warm, comforting and casual. It reminds you of sitting by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate. It goes really well with your Friday casuals and your Saturday jeans. Whether you are at work, shopping, or you are a soccer mom, copper jewelry will always look good. This pendant is especially appropriate because it is a natural stone, a geode. It is wire wrapped with a special copper enameled wire that has a nylon coating; it does not require polishing.

With the current style of mixing metals, you can choose to wear your pendant on a silver or gold chain or even an omega necklace up to 3/4″ wide. A black suede cord would also be nice for the Fall.

The copper wire is a very complimentary to the blue-greens in the geode.
The pendant is about 2″ wide and 3 1/2″ long. It is not heavy and will hang nicely from your chain and maintain a balance so it will never look askew on your neck. It is only $25.00 and will come to you in a gift wrapped box via USPS priority mail. Most of my jewelry is unique, and I only have one of these blue-green geode pendants. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you.

What If?

About 2 weeks ago, I read a post by Stephen Guise ( He is someone I follow who, for me, is very motivational.
His theme that week was “What If”. Not what if I don’t… but what if I do. For instance, what if I just put my shoes on so I can go for a walk. It progresses from there. I put my shoes on. What if I put the leash on the dog. The dog is now happily excited and ready to go. what if we just walk up to the top of the drive. All good. Well, as long as we’re here, we might as well go all the way. And so, with just that one little question, Petey and I walked about 1 1/2 miles this morning.
I enjoy Steven’s motivational blogs. He publishes it every Tuesday. “What If” can be applied to so many events during a day. You may want to consider using it too.

Ode to Morning Joe

Oh, Morning Joe
Let me tell you
How seducing you are.

Your beguiling, gurgling alarm,
As the last of you drips into the pot,
Is a soothing call to launch another day.

Your robust, aromatic perfume
Lures me to the kitchen
Anticipating your hearty brew.

Your deep, dark petroleum,
Not defiled by milk or sugar,
Fulfills your promise of energy and excitement.

Your steamy, warm liquid
So hot it could burn my tongue
Heats my hands as I cradle you in my mug.

Nothing can surpass My Morning Joe.

What are your Fall Colors

So I picked out my colors for Fall.  I always do this for Fall because it’s my favorite season, and I can always find lots of choices in the colors I like.  This season my primary colors are chocolate brown, midnight blue and some kind of a green.  Recently, I’ve been reading a lot about a capsule wardrobe which is where you limit your wardrobe to 33 items including pants, tops, shoes, handbags and jackets.  I don’t wear skirts.  I don’t know if I can limit it that little.  They say your friends won’t mind seeing you in the same outfit so much.  My friends are fortunately pretty vocal, so I’m sure I’ll find out.  So in celebration of the new season, I decided I needed a new necklace and earrings set.  Something that will go with my Fall wardrobe and show off (a little bit) my beading skills.  I saw a picture of a necklace like this on Pinterest and decided to try it.  After a few mis-starts (about 2 hours of them), I figured it out, and here is the result.  I think it’s not too dressy.  It can extend from 16″ to 18″.  When I tried it on, I decided it was the kind of necklace that you wore closer to your neckline, but 18″ is not too long.  I think I’ll like it and wear it frequently to craft shows, shopping, Church, and when I’m out with my friends.  In case you don’t recognize the gemstone, it’s Golden Tiger’s Eye which is one of my favorites. There is also a blue Tiger’s Eye, but I prefer the Golden.  It’s a fun pattern and whips up in a few hours.  If anyone wants the directions, let me know and I’ll put together instructions.

First Jewelry Collection

I am very excited because I have finally completed my first jewelry collection.  In the past I have not been accepted into shows because I did not have a collection – but instead had a lot of unrelated pieces of jewelry.  They were beautiful, but did not meet the criteria.

Now that I understand what is meant by a collection, I realize that it makes sense to make a collection.  This collection is composed of Ruby Jade Gemstones and wire work.  It includes necklaces, bracelets and earrings.  They are in various styles and at different price points between $10.00 and $45.00.  This means that if someone wants something in Ruby Jade, they have several options to choose from, and there are several price points from which to pick.  Based on their need and their budget, they have several options to choose to make up their unique set.

My next step is to take pictures and post them on the website and on my blog.  Hopefully, my friends will like them and forward the pictures to their friends.  I would be very happy if some of them will sell from my website, and some will sell at my next craft show.  I’ll update my blog here with pictures as they are available.

Gruesome, Funny, Paranormal,Romantic, and a Mystery -“You’ve Got Tail” by Renee George

I just read the first book in Renee George’s paranormal series of books about people who live in a small town in Missouri.  Peculiar, Mo., is inhabited by people who are shape-shifters.  They usually are people, but they shift at least once a month into an animal.  Some are racoons, deer, bear, squirrels, birds, etc.  Only people who are shape shifters are supposed to live here. Chav, a werewolf, returns to Peculiar from California where she lived with her friend, a psychic, Ambrosia Sunshine.  Only shape-shifters are supposed to live in Peculiar.  However, after a short time in Peculiar, Chav sends a message to her friend, Ambrosia Sunshine, a pyschic, asking Ambrosia to come and help her search for her older brother who disappeared mysteriously and suddenly. Only shape-shifters are allowed to live in Peculiar, and Ambrosia, who does not know about shape-shifters, feels very unwelcome. The rest of the story is the search for Chav’s brother along with other people who have mysteriously disappeared over the years.   The ending is somewhat gruesome and totally fitting with the story and the shape-shifters.  If you want a fun read and are willing to suspend belief for a while, I recommend it highly.  I’m on to the second book in the series – “Thank you for not shifting”.