Thursday, October 16, 2014

Catching Up on Catching Up

It had been standing there for many years and each time I passed its way I would tell myself; "I have got to get a picture of that before it falls down or is taken down with a chainsaw."

It is the skeletal remains of an old, Florida Slash Pine which rests on a vacant lot overgrown with weeds and brush.  Lately I've noticed the wooden skeleton listing slightly to one side.  How long would it be before someone declares it a hazard and has it taken down?

Fortunately I did, finally, get around to taking a few photos of the old  dead pine.  Unfortunately I have been too preoccupied to do any editing of this photo or, for that matter, any photo that I've downloaded in the past month or so.

The past few weeks I've been busy trying to find venues in which to sell my handcrafted jewelry.  I had several leads and went to check them out only to find that there are soooo many jewelry makers doing the same that every place is booked solid and to the point of bursting at the seams with jewelry.  Many venues have instigated limits as to the ratio of jewelers that they'll accept in a show or fair in order to prevent "over representation" of the craft.  Though disheartened I don't intend to dwell on it. 

I've also been away for the past couple of weeks.  My hubby and I decided we wanted to visit some friends that we've not seen in ages and . . . well if we see these friends why not go a little farther and visit so-and-so, and things just sort of snowballed from there. 
In the end we went through some 12 states and put over 4,600 miles on the little rental car.   We rented a Toyota Camry, it averaged about 36 miles per gallon, even at highway speeds of close to 80 mph (other than the stretch in Texas where the posted speed was 80 mph - there we were driving at about 88 and getting passed like we were sitting on a log) .

Hopefully I can get caught up on things, such as sending out thank you cards and emails and taking care of things that had to slide for the last few weeks,.  But I especially want to get around to visiting some of your wonderful blogs and try to keep my own blog fresher and more up to date. Wish me luck on that last bit.  :)


  1. Hi A. :)

    Sounds like you had a wonderful adventure. :)

    I know I always feel I need another vaca after I get back and get everything sorted again, lol :)

    It is always nice to spend time with people you love and don't get to see in person very often though :)

    The poor tree, I hope it doesn't fall on anyone :(

    Have a wonderful Thursday and great to see you back, cheers, T. :)

  2. What an awesome trip! I LOVE road trips. I'd rather travel by car (or, in a perfect world, RV) any day, esp.. since I really have no desire to leave North America. There's a glut of jewelry at the craft fairs I do too....that's why I mix it up with ornaments and photo cards just to have a better shot at selling stuff. I am seeing a lot of beach glass jewelry too which I love but I could never hope to compete.

  3. Awesome! My dream is to travel... and travel... and travel... I am looking forward to your stories about this trip!

  4. That is a picture-worthy tree (and gorgeous blue sky). Have you thought of pow wows? Just a thought. My in-laws make jewelry and set up at pow wows, they always come home w/a good amount of money earned even after the booth fee. :)


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