Kayla (grey) and Missy (black) have found their way into my chaos. I’ve asked them to organize the books, but they aren’t being very helpful. They are cute though, so I’m not complaining.
One would think that by the time I reached my 50s I’d be better at PLANNING. Nope. AFTER I had everything in my studio I realized carpet is a BAD idea for a room where I’m doing metal and rock work. I never claimed to be a genius! 🤪
I had been optimistic, believing I could be tidy and careful. Ohhhh, I should know myself better by now. I do believe I am the spilling queen. I am also discovering that the people who lived here before me were pretty good at spilling as well!
This means moving everything in sections and cutting out the carpet in small sections. Put everything back, clear another space...repeat...
My dogs are whining in the hallway because: a. I’m dropping/knocking over things and scaring the heck out of them and, b. complaining because they can’t find their way into the room. Not that they actually want to be IN here. They just don’t like limitations on their access.
This will all be worth it in the end. My asthma can’t handle carpeting. No matter how much I vacuum, I end up having breathing problems. I’ll be much more productive once I get this completed. This is going to be GREAT!
Wow! It seems like AGES since I posted here. We finally have a new computer, so I'll be sweeping out some dust, posting new items and updating the websites and shop.
It is incredibly cold here right now -18C at the moment, but last night dropped to -31C! I haven't seen this much snow and cold weather since living in Fargo, ND 20 Years ago. I definitely got spoiled while living in Terrace. The Skeena River Valley has seen a lot more snow than usual as well. My friends and I seem to be competing to see who has the most snow! 🤣
Our lake is frozen solid and it is fun to see the snowmobilers racing around. The other day someone was out there pulling another person on skis! We also get some small planes, like Cessnas, landing on the lake. This is an interesting place to be and I'm looking forward to the adventure.
I joined the local Rockhounder club. It will be nice to talk rocks with other rock addicts! Ya know, folks in the grocery store don't seem interested in talking about rocks and geology. Who'da thunk?
My hubby blew out a path, using a snowblower of course 😉, for the dogs. Good thing, because the snow is four feet deep in the backyard and the Ladies are only about 18 inches tall (to the tops of their little heads). They disappear quickly when they try to go off their trail and have to be rescued. Theyfinaly seem to have learned not to try climbing the snow banks.
My studio is almost set up. I definitely need more lighting. Because of the barn-style roof on the house it is challenging to add wiring. It will have to go on the walls with a male ial casing over them. I'll be moving more workbench in front of the sliding glass doors so I can take advantage of the light. I'll post photos when Im set up.
For now, here is a photo of the frozen lake and the dog runs in the back yard.
located in the 108 Mile Ranch Community Centre
Whew! What a crazy summer! We sold our home and bought another - four days before a wildfire started 7 km from the new house! We were fortunate because our new home was saved. The fire was stopped about one block away! Sadly, not everyone was as lucky. It is heartbreaking to see the burned homes and businesses. In addition, the bears, moose, deer and other wildlife populations are struggling. It lifts my heart to see greenery pushing its way through the ash as the earth begins its slow recovery.
We still had to move out of our original home in Terrace, so we packed everything up and took our 5th wheel camper to a beautiful campground/Resort - Fawn Lake Resort. We stayed there for the month of August because we couldn't take possession of our new home until September 1st. The Resort was AMAZING. If you are ever looking for a beautiful wilderness campground, check them out. They have gorgeous cabins available. The couple who own the resort, Irene and Ralph, are hard-working and truly good, down-to-earth folks.
My hubby had a heart attack two nights before we were scheduled to move into our new home. It was a terrifying time, but the local emergency responders got to us quickly and he received top notch medical care. As I was greeting the movers at our new home, my hubby was undergoing surgery. Angioplasty and two stents later, he was on the mend. He came home the next day.
Two of our children drove up to help us get settled and help me keep their Dad and my best friend from doing too much! I don't know which was more difficult!
I am finally set up enough to start doing artsy fartsy stuff again in our retirement home on the lake! I'm feeling pretty darned grateful for this life.
NOTE: Skeena Spirit Stones shop is currently closed.
I can't estimate when I'll be able to re-open because I'm in the process of moving and the wildfires and evacuations in the area of my new home make it impossible to know when I'll have Internet access and a post office nearby.
If we find a temporary place with internet access and a post office, I'll re-open. If not, fingers crossed, we'll be in our new home at the beginning of September.
If you happen to run into the rain gods, please send them to Central & Southern British Columbia. No lightning though - pretty please!
Once things settle down I'll be back with (I hope!) a TON of new creations.
Thank you for stopping by!
Skeena Spirit Stones
i was recently contacted by a gentleman who asked if I would be interested in sharing an article on his business site that explains metal alloys. I'm THRILLED to do so!
The article provides some some fascinating information about metal alloys. Since I work with alloys in my jewelry making, I'm always interested in learning more about the components I use. While the article and website have a more industrial focus, this article on alloys still provides a good deal of information on the metal alloys that jewelry creators and consumers encounter in a daily basis.
This article is well-written, in a conversational style, and makes the concept of alloys understandable for regular folks.
I hope you will take the time to learn about metal alloys!
Here is the link: https://weldaloy.com/a-crash-course-in-alloys/