April Fools?

I can’t believe we are 1/3 of the way through the year.  April? I scarcely remember January. I have posted nothing at all this year (obviously), not because I have nothing to say, but because I have been doing so much.  Which for me is great, and for the blog…not so great.  

I’m going to start my first post of the year with something I did this past weekend, on April fools day no less.  I took a bead making class at the Glass Craft Expo that comes here to Las Vegas once a year. The class was about working specifically with silver glass.  It was fun, I learned a lot, and got some great ideas. Here is the class room before everyone showed up, and the teacher making a demo bead.

   

Here are ones I made in class, they aren’t too spectacular but of course I was not expecting them to be. 

   
I have so many more things to tell.  I made some great purchases that I will share with you in the next few posts. Which will bee sooner rather than later.

 

A Month And A Half

I have been thinking lately I really need to get a blog post up, it’s been so long.  I was thinking 3 weeks was the last time I posted.  No, how about a month and a half.  In that time my blog anniversary came and went,  one year.  Time really has flown by.  WOW is all I have to say. In this next year let’s hope I can and will post more often. I haven’t been just sitting around I promise you.  I have been busy.  What have I been doing, you ask  well, I’ll tell you, even if you weren’t wondering.

At the end of October I finished my Chios level 1 energy healing (I’m working on level 2 now). I also became an Energy Healing Practitioner.  Working towards healing myself and others with energy.  It has been quite a beautiful journey and experience. 

I went hiking with one of my daughters.  I always enjoy getting out in nature. This is at Red Rock. 

   
 In mid November I spent 4 days going to a conference for my day job.  I am a Certified Ophthalmic Technician.  I got all my continuing education credits done so I can renew my certifications next year.  

This weekend I have been working on and finishing up two custom crochet mermaid tail blankets.   

 I will post pictures of the final product when I’m done.  I love them, they are so much fun. 

I have been making beads and a little bit of jewelry as well.

Quite a wordy post not too many pictures.  Just been busy.

Here Fishy Fishy Fishy

Last week I saw a post on my Facebook for someone to make a mermaid blanket.  I instantly fell in love.  Bought the pattern off of Ravelry.  She has wonderful patterns.  Hoping to get a few more.  In the meantime I think I’ll make some more mermaid blankets.   

    
 

As Promised 

Last post I showed you my earrings in progress.  Here are some of the finished products.  Still working on new designs.  What do you think so far?  So you have a favorite?

The sheet music  in some of the earrings was sent to me by my mother.  It makes beautiful earrings doesn’t it? 

  

  

Happy Birthday To Me

My birthday was on Monday.   It went by without too much fanfare, just the way I like it.  I did treat myself to something I have wanted for years.  After taking the criossant class I wanted one even more.  It came Friday and I couldn’t be happier.

  

 Let the baking begin.  I will share what is being made in another post! What is your favorite recipe that you use your mixer for?

The Stars Were Out

So this post is about a month overdue.  I always have these good intentions and then something happens, or I fall asleep. Here it is,better late than never, right?

I went camping the weekend of August 14-16.  I went alone, by myself, no one else went with me.  When I told a few people at work that I was camping alone they thought I was crazy.  Will you be alright out there? Aren’t you worried something might happen?What will you do, they asked. 

The questions are easily answered.  Yes, I was fine out there.  Nobody bothered me and people were friendly.  I’m always worried something could happen.  I just make sure I am aware of what I’m doing and what is going on around me. I’m not the only one that goes camping alone. I sat and read, relaxed, watched the clouds, ate yummy food, hiked, was at peace and enjoyed no demands. I had plenty to keep me occupied.

I went right after work and got up to Mt. Charleston around 3 o’clock.  I set up my tent  and took in the view.

 I had a few hours of daylight, so I decided to get a little hike in before I made my fire and started fixing dinner.

The first trail I came to from the campgrounds was the North Loop trail.  I gathered my water and off I went. 

 I realized when I started this trail it was far to difficult and too late for me to take on that night and decided to return tomorrow.  

I was wearing my halo while I was hiking out there and captured a great picture of it. It does not come out too often but it looked good that day. 

 I went back to my campsite, started my fire, watched the sunset, and waited for the stars.  The last two times I’ve camped the skies have been too cloudy to see stars. 

 The stars were beautiful, I only saw a couple of shooting stars, but it was so nice seeing all those stars up in the sky. My daughter thought maybe I was cursed which is why it was cloudy both times I went camping with her.  Megan, I am not cursed. 

The next day I went out to finish the hike I started but there was no place to park.  I found another trail started on it, 15 minutes later it was done, found another trail started it but there was no distinct trail.  I did that for about 30 minutes and decided to head back to the North Loop.  Parking was packed, I went back to my campsite to relax.  Around 1 pm I decided to give it another try, this time there were a few spots to park.  Woo Hoo!

On the map it shows its about 3 miles and is a strenuous hike. They weren’t kidding.  Up hill and switchbacks, lots of them. Who needs a stair master?

About half way into the hike I passed a woman on her way down and asked if I was close (not even). She smiled and said, “well you are almost to the clearing, then past that there are more switchbacks and those are harder than the ones you just did. (what? OMG, she’s kidding, right?) Once you reach the top there are great views, then you’re going to keep going (I tuned her out for a moment because inside I was crying) down a hill for a bit then you’ll see the raintree.” I thanked her for all her information and kept going.  My goal was the raintree.

She was not kidding, more switchbacks and yes, they were harder, but it was in the shade of the trees so that helped a little.  I’m so glad I was alone.  I took a lot of breaks against every other tree. It was slow going but I made it eventually.  The tree was huge, beautiful, and truly amazing.  The raintree is a 3000 year old tree and 

  thought to be the oldest tree in the Spring Mountains. By the time I got there I was exhausted and thirsty.  My picture is not the best, but I do have plans to go back. It should be great practice training for backpacking.

#INTHECAST

I saw a shared post on Facebook with an ad looking for extras for a Pepsi short film.  We would be filmed by a satellite going over Las Vegas at a certain time, and for our efforts we would receive a t-shirt, all the Pepsi, coconut water, and water we could drink, and two tickets to ride the High Roller.  It sounded interesting and fun, so why not.  

They have been doing shoots all over the world and Las Vegas was the last stop and the only shoot that was at night.

At 6:30 my daughter and I show up with our waivers in hand,  we get our wrist band, t-shirt, coconut water and wait. 

    
   Notice in this last picture I’m getting photo bombed.  So we set up the next shot and… 
 BOOM! Nailed it.

It got darker we were handed balloons with LED lights in them, got into place and waited. 

   
 At 9:03 p.m. the satellite was over head and we walked around an emoticon waving our balloons. 

 It was fun and interesting.  I’m looking forward to seeing the whole short film on the internet when it comes out in September. 

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