All About The Bling

My MaMa didn’t wear a lot of jewelry. What she did tend to wear were big bright earrings to match the outfit she was wearing, or if she was going to a special occasion she might throw on a necklace to jazz herself up a bit. I’m very much the same. Especially since cleaning up animal poop doesn’t really call for too much bling.

One of the times I went to visit her before she died she called me into the bedroom of her apartment and asked me if I would like anything from her little jewelry box. There wasn’t a lot in there. Since opal is my birthstone, I chose an opal ring that my dad had given her and also a raw opal that she told me my dad had found when he was in Australia recovering from injuries sustained in WWII.

The opal ring was not very attractive because of the setting it was in, but the stone was stunning. I never wore it because I thought it looked odd on my finger.


The setting reminded me of one of those old ball key chains. I had thoughts of turning it into a necklace or something.

The raw opal barely looked like an opal at all. There was a lot of rough stone still covering the actual gem. It never occurred to me to take a photo of it for a before picture. It wasn’t much to look at but the history was special and MaMa had saved it for many years.

I was fortunate to meet and become friends with a wonderful artist here in Virginia. She is multi-talented in that she draws, paints, and designs and makes beautiful jewelry.

I showed her the ring and asked her if she thought she could do anything to make it prettier. She was sure that she could. So one afternoon I took it over to her place and at the last minute I decided to take her the raw opal as well to ask her if she could do anything with that. I gave her free reign to do whatever her spirit moved her to do with it.

Yesterday she brought both pieces back to me and I was stunned with what she had created! The opal in the ring could not be removed from the unattractive setting so she MADE it attractive.



I adore it!

What she did with the raw opal brought me to tears. She removed the outer stone surrounding the gem inside . She polished and shined that baby up and wrapped it with a design of swirls from sterling silver wire.

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I adore it!

I wish MaMa could have seen what that plain little stone she had saved all those years became. I know she would have loved it.

I took these photographs with my laptop camera so they do not do justice to the fine craftsmanship in these pieces.

If you’re interested in any custom made bling by this wonderfully talented artist you can find her on Pinterest… 

Or Facebook…

Or Etsy…

You can also see her other artwork at …


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GOOD MORNING!!! Some People Are Strange

I’m trying to get back into the habit of taking a walk in the mornings. I’ve found that if I actually GO somewhere to walk I am more disciplined about sticking to it.

There is a nice trail at a nearby park that I’ve been going to. Today I smiled and said “Good morning!” to every single person I passed. There were quite a few people out there today. I would say that roughly 3 out of 5 returned my greeting although many seemed somewhat reluctant to do so. The others totally did not even acknowledge my greeting at all. Where in the world have basic manners gone? I cannot even imagine acting like that.

O’well, I’m going to keep saying good morning to everyone regardless.

Have a great day everyone!

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If You’ve Already Got Three, What’s One More

I had already put the bottles and formula away for the year.

And then I got the call.

A very late season baby was discovered in someone’s yard.

Michi and the new baby

Sigh… here we go again.

It’s amazing to me that Michi is only 4 months old especially when compared to this one that is probably about a month and a half.



The first introductions went well. Michi seems a little bit afraid of the baby though.

It will be nice that these two can grow up together.

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Love Me Some Power Tools!

Mr. C is moving most of his stuff down to the boathouse which means the old garage is MINE!

It will be my main ‘project area’. I LOVE home improvement projects.

Mr. C will freely admit that he does NOT love home improvement projects. He will do them when pressed, but he is never very happy about it. Most often when we work together on a project there are harsh words and grumpiness involved.

So when he moved his old workbench down to the boathouse I needed a new one and I got to work on it… all by myself!

This is what I accomplished the other day.


Today Mr. C will help me cut the plywood for the top. I think we can manage THAT without grumpiness!   :-)




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Summer Visitors

Mr. C’s sister and her hubby were here all last week for vacation.

Mr. C took the week off and we managed to fit a lot into the week.

A visit to D.C. and we actually drove all the way in instead of taking the Metro this time!



The main reason we went was so they could see the W.W.II memorial.





We also checked out the Tidal basin




Fishing and floating are always on the schedule





We checked out Meem’s Bottom Covered bridge and a Civil war museum.






We did alot of visiting, a lot of good eating and most days ended up like this





Nope… I NEVER napped!

Thanks for visiting Sharon and Don!




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Happy Birthday Mom

For years and years this has been the week that much of my family would gather at our cottage in the upper peninsula of Michigan to celebrate my Mom’s birthday with her.

Every year the tradition was that she would ride the jet ski… every year all the way through her 80s!

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Even though she’s gone now the family still chooses this week to gather. Not everyone can make it all of the time. We haven’t gone up in years. Living out of state and raising orphaned beavers tends to curtail one’s travels.

I’m sure tonight there will be a big ‘bomb’-fire with everyone gathered around . I’m sure Mom’s spirit will be right there with them.

My heart is there too, even if I’m not.


Happy birthday MaMa… I miss you.

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A Delayed Hootenanny

Mrs. Schmenkman was here towards the end of July for our 20th!!! annual Memorial Day week shopping and eating extravaganza. Obviously it wasn’t Memorial day. We were delayed this year because of a wedding. We made do.

Shopping at this time of year is interesting because we could get things for both our summer and winter wardrobes. Mrs. Schmenkman actually has a NEED for a wardrobe because she is a social butterfly and is always doing things with other actual PEOPLE.

I, on the other hand, do not really NEED a wardrobe because my days consist mostly of feeding various animals and cleaning up various types of poo.

I don’t have to look cute to do either of those things.

For those of you that don’t know, Mrs. Schmenkman and I worked together at a hair salon back in the day. We always dressed cute and had the latest hairstyles. We were… fashionable.

She still is… I am decidedly NOT.

BUT, she was on a campaign this year to help me get back some of my cool. She had me trying on long flouncy shirts with leggings… just like we used to wear back in the day. Yep… it’s been long enough that the trend has become fashionable again. I even bought a few things… I wonder if I’ll ever wear them?

She also cut my hairs into a fashionable style while she was here.

I certainly hope the animals appreciate it!

Loved having you here Schmenky… here’s to another 20 years!




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