Finally a dig

I have always wanted to see the Deming rock show. I’ve heard how big it is and thought at some point I would get to attend. This year not only did I attend, I even got to go out on a dig.

I got into town on Friday to the worst windstorm. I went to the rock show but they had to close up the booths on the outside due to the high winds. Over sixty miles an hour. So there were only a few booths.

I went to signed up for the dig. There were three to choose from and the lady I was talking to had a unicorn hat on so right off I knew she believed in magic lol. I asked her which she would go on if it was her that was going. She told me her dig story out at Big Diggins. So what the heck let’s do it. She also said not to expect too much since the backhoe had broken and they hadn’t been able to bring in more since the last group of people. No problem since I didn’t even know what to expect to begin with, ha.

The evening brought more wind, rain and hail. Ok so, you’re probably thinking this is a bad thing. I was actually ok with it, knowing how it’s actually cleaning up a few layers of dirt and rock. It was hard to sleep, I was a bit excited.

The next morning, the weather had cleared up. It was actually a beautiful day for digging. It stayed in the mid 60’s.

I found this baby as soon as I started walking up to the dig.

Rock people are pretty friendly so we all just picked a spot and started digging. Talking and comparing rocks. The guides were very cool in showing what to look for and one in particular would come by and drop a few cool rocks he found in our buckets.

The first couple of hours there were quite a few of us, but by the end only the true rock hounds were left. Lol

Big brother kept an eye too. We were only something like 15 miles away from the border.

I found quite a bit of agate, chalcedony and jasper. The fire agate is what I really wanted and that was actually just laying on the ground.

I found a few pieces of the fire agate but this is the only one you can actually see a little fire in. The rest I will have to slowly polish when I get a chance.

As you can see I’ve got a bit to go through.

Here’s a few pretty ones

I also bought a couple things at the show.

Some Laguna I’m always a sucker for reds and patterning.

Seriphinite found in NM

Some palm wood

And some cool colored flourite

Planning for next year already. Go early and dig for three days. God willing.



Labor day weekend fun

Well its been awhile since I’ve picked up a rock to give it a polish or even a cut.  Last weekend I finally decided it was time to get something done.  That and my friend kept berating me about not working any rock. Ha! It finally worked, all that guilt.

So anyway, I worked a crazy lace agate, reworked a botswana agate, and the chrysocolla, malachite druzy that begs to be seen. I knew that working the druzy would make me want to set it or wrap it in silver.

It was fun and boy do I need to practice. It did make me want to practice though.  So I’ll be cutting up some more soon.

Here are a few pics and the finished pendant.

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Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful 3 day weekend! 😉

Reboot day 25

I can’t believe I’ve made it to day 25!  No food has passed these teeth! ha! What an amazing journey this has been.  I’ve lost 16 pounds and have had no migraines, or side effects from stopping the hormones.  It’s all been good.  I found that wanting food and being hungry are two very different things, if you think duh, keep it to yourself.. this is my experience. 😉  But food is everywhere.  You can’t turn on the tv or open a magazine without seeing some kind of food!  People talk about food all the time! Funny but when you try to get away from something, there it is in your face!   Anyway, I did have cravings.  I just kept on juicing and knew I had to go as close to the 30 days as I could in order to complete the detox.  Watching documentaries on Netflix and YouTube helped keep me motivated as well as the juice masters instructional videos.  I also spent time on the reboot website.  Its full of so much information, recipes, and the community is there for encouragement.

This is it!  Today I have a cup of lentil soup and will continue on the eat to live program.  Juicing will stay as a part of life as well.

If you’ve thought about trying it out, the only thing stopping you, is you.  If I can do it, anyone can.  Talk to your dr and just get to it! 🙂


Reboot Day 13

Wow, already day 13.  I can’t believe I’ve made it this far.  It’s been pretty hard.  I’ve lost 10 lbs, still feel very alert ( who would’ve thought I was living in a fog) and I feel quite well.  I didn’t get that big surge of energy everyone talks about but I do have more energy than before. I still get a small headache every now and again but not migraines. I don’t take anything for them since I’m cleaning out my body so they just go away on their own and it hasn’t been too bad. My skin feels awesome as everyone says that’s on a reboot. Must be all the hydration.  I drink 4-6 juices a day along with a gallon of water, wonder why I wake in the night dying of thirst.

I have been wanting to get off the hormones that I was put on when I had my hysterectomy 9 years ago.  Yeah 9 years of HRT.  Whenever I tried to wean myself off before it came with some nasty side effects.  Pains and hot flashes or flushes whatever you want to call them.  So I decided that while I was at this reboot might as well go all in.  I’m not recommending this to anyone, I’m just saying this is what I decided to do on my own. So far I’ve had no issues.  I’m kinda excited about that.

I’m not saying it’s easy.  You have to go buy all this produce, and the cashiers look at you like WTH!  It fills your fridge and its like for 3 days.  Ugh  It can be so messy too.  I found that if I do a marathon juicing and make enough for 3 days It’s just so much easier than juicing every night for the next day.  I know it’s better fresh, but you gotta do what’s best for you.  This is best for me.  I have mason jars that I store my juices in and that takes up less room than all that produce.  You have to run to the bathroom every hour or more.  The hardest part for me has been of course, being around food.  I’m not hungry, I just want food.     My other half still has to eat, and I get the privilege of making his dinner.  Lucky me.

It is however worth the trouble, I think.  It has been for me so far. I keep motivated by watching different documentaries on it and have really enjoyed The Juicing Documentary on YouTube as well as Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Vegucated and Forks over Knives which I watched on Netflix. The community on the reboot with joe site is amazing and if you have questions or just need a few buddies to start with, that’s the place to be.

I have a couple more weeks to go and if you wonder why I’m trying to get to about 30 days here’s why, the different juice fasting stages.  I plan to stop around the 6th of November.  I will be on vacation after and I hope to integrate some food into my life at that time.

So if you’ve thought about this, do it. Talk to your doctor and jump in!  You can start slow if you want, 3 days, 5days.  Work up to whats best for you.  If I can do it, anyone can.

Juice on! 🙂

Reboot days 3 & 4

Just a little update on my juice reboot.

The third day was miserable.  Woke with a headache and felt like I was coming down with a cold, and a little dizzy at times.  It was pretty bad. I just wanted to go back to bed and stay there for the rest of the day.  However, I expected that.  From all that I read the first 3 days are the worst.  So true.  The 4th, which is today, was ok. No headache, and I felt amazingly alert.  Hopefully I’m on the other side and It will be clear sailing now.  The great part is that I am losing a pound a day.  This is awesome!

I will update again soon.  I’m sure daily is a bit much.. ha

Reboot day 1

No coffee today my little Keurig.  Just a nice cup of hot water with ginger and lemon. Yummy.  Actually it wasn’t too bad.  I had all the drinks ready so I almost felt odd getting ready to go to work. Packing my lunch was a few glasses of drinks.  I rarely have breakfast so it was a little difficult getting the first juice down.  There’s a lot of liquid in a reboot.  I felt like I was constantly drinking something.  What goes in must come out, sooooo quite a few trips down the hall as well.  I only felt hunger once, and it was around 1pm so it was lunch time.  The Mean Green drink is a little on the strong side but I think it grows on you.

Getting home to a kitchen full of food cooking. Yeah that pretty much sucked. My husband cooks on his day off and packs lunches for the week.  That was tough, but I made it though.

Juiced for tomorrow.  It was a little easier, still took awhile and I made quite a mess, but hopefully, it will get easier as I get the hang of it.

I get to end the day with a nice cup of hot water with ginger and lemon..

Juice on! 😉

La Vida Raq

So its been awhile since I’ve even been to this blog. I have in the meantime changed a few things. Eating vegan being one of them. Maybe even the most important of the changes. Funny how people react when you tell them you have changed your diet. It’s like you changed religions. Yeah, that dramatic. The first question? Where do you get your protein? Amazing.. However just changing your diet and omitting meat and dairy doesn’t mean you will lose weight. Imagine that. My husband of course lost more weight than I could ever hope to. Hate him. Well, not really. But, I hate the inequality of the male, female losing weight stuff. Not fair! He eats bread, daily. Has tea with honey and oatmeal with agave sweetener. He still loses weight. Me? Not so much.

I started reading Dr Joel Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live. I found I was going about it all wrong.  Of course I am.  Isn’t that what the hubby has been saying for awhile now? Yeah, he’s pretty smug right now.  Then while looking through The Dr’s website, read that quite a few of the people had watched the movie Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. I checked out Netflix, and guess what was there? Yup, I watched it. It moved me. Moved me so much that I went out bought a juicer and some fresh veggies. I have been pouring over the website for Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, in order to get ready to fire it up. So that’s why I’m here again. I plan on checking in here, as I go about this journey. I want to be a realist about this and take it one day at a time. However I hope I can do this for awhile. Five days is my first goal. I am hoping to go on until I lose the weight I want. 70 pounds. Yes 70. Then I hope to continue on eating a plant based diet. From what I have read so far, the first 3 days will be the worst. I have a cup of coffee every morning so caffeine will be a withdrawal as well as sugar. If you’ve done this reboot, watched this movie (which I highly recommend) or just plain have something to enlighten me with please do. It would be great to have a buddy to start this with as well. So if you’re about to start your own reboot let me know. Here goes everything 🙂

So I just wanted to add:

I decided to get the juices ready for tomorrow, since I get up pretty early.  It was quite a chore and a mess.  I hope to get better and faster at it. It also takes quite a bit of veggies to make a drink.  The taste? Well, I am pleasantly surprised.  I made the Joe’s Mean Green juice and the Peach Pie juice.  I had read where some find the Mean Green one strong.  I liked it!  We shall see how it goes tomorrow.

Open houses and Christmas boutiques

In San Juan Bautista, CA. You need to get out and see what you can find this weekend in the little town of SJB. Lots of handmade crafts and beautiful art. Who knows you may even see some pretty nice wraps that have been hiding out.





Well I suppose its time I get back to work and get a few things cut or wrapped or both.  These 2 wraps are my latest.

My original twisted pendant is one I wear almost daily and it still gets quite a few compliments.  I just had to try to make more after that one.  It wasn’t easy either.

The malachite drusy, and chrysocholla drusy in the new twisted pendant is from Lima peru. I love this stone and it has been hard to find. So when I do find it I have to buy as much as possible. The cutting of it is pretty tricky tho.  I just hate to lose any color or drusy crystal.  But I can’t wrap a big a chunk of rock nor do I want it to just sit on a shelf and get dusty.  This rock just begs to be cut and wrapped.

The next pendant has a focal skull magnasite bead.  I bought a few skulls at a rock shop in Alburquerque NM last summer.  Since it was a nice turquoise color, I had to add a little coral and a Pecos River diamond we found in NM too. The garnet was just a lil more color and I like for these twisty pendants to have as much color as possible.  This pendant is just totally southwest inspiration.



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Life has gone to the dogs

I finished a pendant that is a twist of stones and silver wire. I wanted it to have stones on all sides and no matter which way it hangs it would have something pretty. I had a piece of the Chrysocolla/Malachite Drusy from Peru and I wanted it to be the focal. I soldered a couple of pieces of 18 gauge silver wire to make it look like a dragon finger, or so it does to me anyway. Then I started weaving from it. The piece has 3 tourmalines, 2 garnets, and a spinel along with the drusy cab. Here is the pic for it and a lil video.

I had an idea for another but it will have to wait since my life has been invaded by a couple of lil gremlins.

They are so much fun, but just like kids they take up alot of time.
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