Sunday, August 30, 2009

HE went to Jared.

And so did I. Today. Love to make jewelry, yes. Love to wear it? Not so much. In fact I often wear the same pair of earrings for weeks on end. Whatever I wear out usually comes off the instant I'm in the door, right after the shoes.

Today, however, I needed to make a little visit to Jared. Or rather, I have a ring that needed to make a visit for a six month inspection and cleaning. And a pendant that needed cleaning. And an omega that needed fixing. Got to wonder about all this fixing and cleaning for jewelry I don't wear, eh?

Anyway, my BFFFF and I went to Jared today to take care of business. It's the only retail store I know of where Peanut is not only welcome but fussed over as well. Yeah, and there's Petco and Petsmart. But back to Jared . . . I've always thought they had the best and most beautiful of the unusual, fabulous items not to be found in a mall store. And today was no exception.

While waiting for my items to be cleaned I found a group of items to be drooled over and maybe to die for. They are part of the LeVian collection stocked by Jared and probably my most favorite pieces. Today I discovered the "chocolate diamond."

Maybe the rest of you are familiar with these but, hey, I don't get out much. Not a shopper. But when it comes to high quality "chocolate," I'm THERE. Here are a couple of the treats I found irresistible: The watch "bezel" is two entire rows of chocolate diamonds. $2,495. Worth every penny. And this necklace:
a wonderful chocolate South Seas pearl entrapped in a squiggle of chocolate diamonds. Oddly strung on 15 cents worth of cord, but what the heck, still worth its $899 price tag in my book. Honey? Are you reading this?

Saturday, August 29, 2009

This was the quote of the day today on our homepage. It pretty well sums up the lessons I've been learning of late:

Life's about friendships, the way you love your partner, the way you care for your children. That is what life is about. Not anything about earning a hundred zillion dollars because you toured America more than anyone else. I want life to be about creativity.
-- Joe Strummer, former lead singer for the Clash rock band.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

That's no fake snake under the rake . . .

. . . or why I don't garden in Florida. If you're on Facebook you may have already seen much of this content. If not, this is especially for you.

Pygmy rattlesnake bites man mowing lawn Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Lutz -- A pygmy rattlesnake bit a man who was doing lawn maintenance in Lutz Wednesday. He was working in a yard off Lutz Lake Fern Road when the snake latched onto his foot and injected him with venom. This is the 9th venomous snakebite that has been treated at UCH in a few months.

Some people think snakes are fun:

It's snake, rattle and hole at Pasco County festival
PASCO COUNTY -- It's snake, rattle and hole at the rattlesnake festival that takes place Oct. 20 and 21st in Pasco County, FL. The 41st annual Rattlesnake ...Festival in San Antonio started out in the 1960s as a rattlesnake round-up, but has evolved into an eco-friendly lesson about Florida's wild history.

Others, not so much:

Mother faces charges in python strangling case
OCALA - The question of accountability for the death of a 2-year-old Sumter County girl strangled by the family's pet python remains on the table.
Prosecutors met Thursday at the State Attorney's Office to determine whether or not to file charges in the case that garnered international attention.
Almost a month after a Burmese python strangled Shaiunna Hare, 2, at her Sumter County home, prosecutors said they have some unanswered questions about the case.
Earlier this month, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office said it was possible that both the little girl's mother, Jaren Hare, 19, and her fiance, Charles Jason Darnell, 32, could face child neglect charges.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hurricane's a comin'!

This is one of my all-time favorite episodes of Golden Girls.

One of the things I will miss when we no longer have our home in Florida is the dramatic weather. The skies are amazing, the LOUD cracks of thunder would cause even Superman to dive for cover and the lightning! Oh, the lightning! There's no other place to see lightning like Tampa.

Sorry about the little dots on the photo, it had just begun to rain. Leaving the weather and the pool -- heartbreaking!

Monday, August 17, 2009


Hello! Here's the latest from Tampa where it's 91 sunny degrees, 97 heat index. More weather later. And now here's international news:

Human Rights Watch: Iraqi gays tortured and killed
Monday, August 17, 2009

"Social cleansing" is going on in Iraq supposedly due to a video showing Iraqi men "partying." Correct me if I'm wrong, but have we ever heard mention of Iraqi women being invited to the party? Care to read more?

'Deadliest Catch' stars help out charity event
Sunday, August 16, 2009

Jonathan and Andy Hillstrand of the Time Bandit were in Bradenton on Sunday. Damn, I missed seeing them. I heard they are introducing a new Bloody Mary called "After the Storm." More:

Thai elephant hurt by mine gets artificial leg
Saturday, August 15, 2009

Here's one for you animal lovers:

And now, the weather.

Bill upgraded to hurricane; Claudette moves inland
Monday, August 17, 2009

Check out this website for awesome satellite photos and more:

And, finally, the OCD Cleaning Woman continues her tasks in Lutz, FL. We hear she has spent so much time standing in bleach and other chemicals while cleaning the tub and shower that she has the cleanest feet in the universe.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Things I'll miss . . .

. . . afternoon rain that fills the pool.

Things I won't miss -- especially my coyote jacket -- twelve bags of clothes from my closet!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A prize catch . . .

. . . is a good way to characterize my husband. Here he is holding onto the tail of a sailfish he caught off the Florida keys a couple of years ago.
Today marks fifteen years of marriage to my beautiful Jim, the kindest person I have ever known, and I thank him with my whole heart for his unwavering and unconditional love. Throughout the trials and tribulations he has remained loyal and committed and I have not appreciated him nearly enough. Did you ever know that he's my hero and the wind beneath my wings?

Friday, August 7, 2009


Hi, Peanut here. Mom is busy packing so I wanted to help her out by adding this post to her blog to let you know we're going on vacation.

Today we're leaving to go to our Florida home for a while. I am so excited that I will be reunited with my little lizard friends that I love to play with! My house in Tampa has a doggie door so I can go outside whenever I want! I really like to lay on the screened "lanai" when it's sunny and very hot -- and the screen keeps the alligators from getting me.

Along the way we'll get to visit our good friends Alice and Bob in Atlanta where Mom and Dad used to live. I really like it there because Alice and Bob spoil me even more than Mom and Dad. And then when we get to Tampa I will get to visit with my good friend Ava while Mom and Dad catch up with their friends, Carrie, Andrew and Caden

While we're in Florida Dad will clean up the landscaping so I can more easily see the neighbors and bark at their every move. Mom will go out with her friend Susan for really good sushi and will bring me a little bit as a special treat.

Monday, August 3, 2009

What would you wear . . .

. . . to the end of the world? And I don't mean the other end, I mean the FINAL end. Watched "Knowing," a fairly new Nicholas Cage movie, last night. To cut to the chase, Nick and another single parent find themselves running around like headless chickens trying to save their children from THE END. It seems a very pesky solar flare is about to destroy the earth's ozone layer and will "kill every living thing" on the planet. Nick and the woman seem to think they can hunker down in some local cave and maybe have a chance at survival. The children, a boy and girl, each about ten years old, just kind of follow along like little zombie kids. Here's the trailer:

So here's my question: following the scorching of the earth by the giant solar flare, what are these people to do when they finally deem it safe to leave the cave? My best scenario, which I've thought about for a really long time, is they have to break into the local Walgreen's. They may be able to find some Coke and chocolate bars that haven't been destroyed. They could play a couple of games, read a magazine and try on different colors of nail polish. When they've had enough, they could climb over the remains of the pharmacist and find enough drugs to bring about their own peaceful ending.

To me, it would make more sense to heed the warnings by partying large. How about you? Leave a comment, tell me what you would do if all life on earth would end tomorrow. And I'll email the uplifting end of the movie to you, in my own words, of course.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Getting ready . . .

. . . for our trip to our Florida home. Getting the 17 hour drive over with is the WORST! Not sure how creative I'll be while I'm there since my tools and most of my materials and supplies are here in Illinois. I'll be taking my jewelry with me so that I can continue to ship Etsy purchases, so that's a good thing. Just listed a few new items to my Etsy shop and here's my favorite for today:

Saturday, August 1, 2009

To clarify . . .

. . . yesterday's post says the small ceramic pieces are my first. Actually my first piece was created in my class and because of its size I couldn't fire it at home. The small pieces posted yesterday are my first fired at home. Today I picked up my first piece ever, made in the class, and here it is: