Quartz Crystals #23

By: GardenGrrl , 8:04 PM GMT on June 06, 2014

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So we went to Hot Springs for vacation the other day and it was supposed to rain the entire time. Having already booked the motel (our favorite, The B Inn), got someone to cover my work shifts, well there was no backing out.

We went to Bass Pro and bought some cheap rain pants and rain coat, cow girled up and went for it. Had a blast!

Of course because it was supposed to rain most of the time I only brought my old old point and shoot. Seriously, nothing can be adjusted on this camera. The menu knob fell off a few years ago and it is stuck on "auto", which is good.

For this reason, there were many photo opportunities. I saw some really cool birds like a scarlet tanager, nut hatch, Mississippi Kites; (7!) and a very obliging peacock that posed for me.

I love peacocks so this is the peacock blog until I get around to fixing the other pictures. This camera tended to blow out the highlights and get the color kind of funny but hey, I had a blast following that bird around.






Peacock Mug Shots



Okay bird, now turn side ways



We also did some crystal mining in the pouring rain. Found a few nice pieces.

Then we ate out for every meal. There are a lot of good restaurants in Hot Springs.

I would go there on a rainy weekend again. It was fun.

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76. plapman
2:26 PM GMT on July 15, 2014
Good morning GardenGrrl.
I've had Abbey for about 5 years now. She was a rescue dog. I had her at the vet in the spring and she said Abbey was about 10 years old with arthritis in her hip. The 2 short walks we go on now seem to help her.
Enjoy your day.
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7:20 PM GMT on June 28, 2014
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74. Ylee
2:31 PM GMT on June 27, 2014
As I recall, tiramisu is preserved with alcohol. I'd bet Hostess could sell more Twinkies that way.... :' )
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73. WatchinTheSky
4:01 AM GMT on June 27, 2014
Wow, that's a lot of rain! And I thought three inches overnight (maybe 15 years ago) was amazing. I was glad we lived on a hill!
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72. BriarCraft
3:30 AM GMT on June 27, 2014
Thanks for checking your FlickrMail. Now you're Compositionally Challenged, too!

Nearly 5 inches of rain in two days. Yikes! Hope you didn't wash away.
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71. GardenGrrl
10:46 PM GMT on June 26, 2014
Good Morning (again) at 5pm.

We had FOUR and Three Quarters inches of rain in 2 days!

Was really tired today. Got up late, started a soup, went back to sleep, got up, vacuumed, napped and now back up again. Although this is the first relatively sunny day we have had in a week, Syd and Roxie seemed just fine with being lazy all day. In fact, Roxie is flopped on the floor and Syd is sitting quietly fluffed on his perch with his cheek feathers cupping his beak.

Hi Tony, glad you are still hanging around the blogs even if you are not keeping yours up. Have you heard from Alley lately?

Hi Calpoppy, They had small Tiramisu snack cakes imported from Italy that are in wrappers and intended to have long shelf lifes. (Italian Twinkies?) We bought two of those but haven't tried them yet. The fresh pastries needed refrigeration so we didn't bring any of those home.
We did bring home assorted soda pops from the Middle East that are really good!

Hi Prose, glad you enjoyed them. They had Panetonnes from Italy and Balconi Tirimasu snack cakes there. They also had honey made from pine forests in Germany that I bought but haven't tried yet.

Hi Sandi, isn't that a great way to splurge? Come November when we go to the Pinball convention in Houston we are going to take a large cooler to bring some of the fresh foods from that store home. Will be sure to describe how the pictures taste.

Hi Ylee, LOL. All that tapping finally got me up off the couch. I thought it was the birds at the window wanting me to refill the feeders again.

Hi Briar, no sugar yet. Tonights desert is watermelon Jolly Rancher Jello with cut up strawberries and whipped cream. Will now go over to Flickr and check my mail.

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70. BriarCraft
9:34 PM GMT on June 26, 2014
Quoting 69. Ylee:



How much later? Tap tap tap tap....... :' )


She's probably in a sugar-induced coma after snarfing up all those decadent Houston pastries.


And GG, when you do come out of that coma, check your FlickrMail, okay?
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69. Ylee
2:40 PM GMT on June 26, 2014
Quoting GardenGrrl:
Hi All, off to work but thanks for coming by. Will be better host later.


How much later? Tap tap tap tap....... :' )
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68. sandiquiz
10:59 AM GMT on June 26, 2014
Lol - if Pros ate half of them, and I ate the other half... there should be none left for anyone else!

I like 'virtual' cake eating... you can gorge and be a piggy, but not put on one ounce of weight!! lol

Is it the weekend???
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67. Proserpina
10:32 PM GMT on June 24, 2014
Well, I virtually ate half of the desserts in the case! Thank you, I really enjoyed them.
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66. calpoppy
4:07 PM GMT on June 24, 2014
In the middle of the night when my peacocks start honking I know now that they woke up and saw their ugly feet, LOL!

Wonderful pastries and cakes, did you bring any home with you??
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65. plapman
3:17 PM GMT on June 24, 2014
Good morning GardenGrrl.
I kept a few of the gypsum crystals but they have since been lost.
Have a good day.
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64. GardenGrrl
10:11 AM GMT on June 24, 2014
Hi All, off to work but thanks for coming by. Will be better host later.

HI MOM!
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63. JanesVacation
7:29 PM GMT on June 23, 2014
Sounds like you are in the rain this morning, too. We have had enough. My flowers are drenched, the grass is loving it but it is never dry enough to mow.

Are you back to reality after your trip?
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62. WatchinTheSky
3:30 PM GMT on June 23, 2014
Looks like I am late to the party... Did you say that was the tray Room Service brought up? :D Seems like that would hold off the rumbly in the tumbly for a while !! A bit envious of the rain, ok - more than a bit ;D
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61. Ylee
2:53 PM GMT on June 23, 2014
Looks like you're having a nice day, weatherwise! I think you'll take cool and rainy during the summer!

Hope you're having better luck at the Cave than I am here!
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60. sandiquiz
12:25 PM GMT on June 23, 2014
My cake is the Charlotte Russe, top right... the rest of you can have whatever you please!!

Hope the rain is just that, rain.. no floods, no hail, and no wind!!
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59. GardenGrrl
10:09 AM GMT on June 23, 2014
Good Morning, we had lots of rain yesterday and a big 'ol cell coming in right now. Have actually shut off my watering system. How great is that?

Hi Data, your Grandma was a good sport letting you run off with her shiny rocks. Love how you sold them and made a dollar, which if you are around my age, was a lot of money back then.

Hi Jane, that is a distracting pastry case isn't it? I think they qualify as shiny. If you hit the Ctrl and + key they look even better.

Hi Bug, I think we all have a bit of raccoon in us with our fascination with shiny. Sea shells and coral bits count as shiny because they are so cool. Too bad you aren't closer to Arkansas so you could add crystals to the shell crafts.
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58. palmettobug53
1:22 PM GMT on June 22, 2014
Wow... You've been living it up. A big fancy hotel room and OMIGOD.... Those cakes!

I had my rock collection as a kid. Shiny rocks always grabbed my attention and there were always a few rolling around in my room.

It's a good thing I don't live nearer the beach or I'd be buried in shells. Hubby rags me about the ones I have now. I do keep them out of the way in plastic bins. I've done crafting with them and I really need to break out that glue gun and get back into it.
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57. JanesVacation
12:12 PM GMT on June 22, 2014
I was impressed by the peacock pics and then got distracted when I read about the breakfast buffet...

Have a great weekend, sounds like you are enjoying yourself! Great way to spend the first official weekend of summer.
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56. DataPilot
12:53 AM GMT on June 22, 2014
What's that rumble? Oh, my stomach. Those desserts look absolutely decadent! And that hotel sounds like the kind of place that I enjoy, but rarely get to stay in. Comfy, expensive, lovely.

Awwww, I see that a blog hole ate the comment that I left for you yesterday. I'll try to reconstruct it.

I have always enjoyed crystal mining because it involves playing in dirt piles and finding shiny rocks.

I can SO relate to that! I remember bringing home a pocket full of sparkly rocks from my Grandma's house when I was about 6 years old. They weren't crystals, just sparkly rocks that that she surrounded her flower bed with, but I thought they were gorgeous. I even buried them in a dirt pile at home, just so that I could find them all over again. Then a neighbor kid saw them and offered to buy one for the exorbitant price of a nickel, and how could I pass that up? Pretty soon I'd sold all of them, twenty or so sparkly rocks and had a dollar burning a hole in my pocket! That was my first, and most fun, entrepreneurial experience.
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55. GardenGrrl
12:27 AM GMT on June 22, 2014
So, for those of you who were missed this morning, I bring the most amazing pastries from the Phonecia Specialty Foods Store in Downtown Houston. Some of these are cheese cakes, some are cake and mousse, some are cake with fruit, they all look yummy. Heck there is enough there for everyone. Dig in :D




Hi Hippygator, in comment #19 Barbmanz tells how the peacock got it's loud call.

Hi SP, that is good info, I'm going to have to check into that. And yes, I give thanks for A/C almost everyday of the summer.

Hi Mike, dried coral is kind of cool but yes, the Volcano Goddess gets po'ed and may follow you across the ocean with an earthquake.
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54. GardenGrrl
12:17 AM GMT on June 22, 2014
Briar, not all cracks are in the back....
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53. BriarCraft
8:44 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
Sounds like you're having a great weekend away from the kids.


Oh, you remembered I'm a plumber ;D There is a fun android game that involves plumbers bending over and tossing ice cubes at them.

You say you're a plumber, but if I recall, you're a bitty girl, and bitty girls aren't prone to be showing their vertical smile when they bend over. So what I want to know, is how can you be a plumber without a proper... well um, make that... a traditional vertical smile and the beer belly that is normally part of the package deal?
(Just kidding! Sometimes I can't help myself. I caught the sillies over at Poppy's place trying to think of a photo group name and it hasn't worn off yet. My bad!)
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52. sandiquiz
3:42 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
Wow - good for you! There is no need for money in Heaven, so you might as well spend it, enjoying a little luxury on Earth!
Hope you both enjoyed the concert, and the foot tapping was in time to the music and not in irritation!! lol
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51. GardenGrrl
1:58 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
Good Morning and Happy First Day Of Summer!
I'm blogging from the 18th floor of the Embasy Suites on the softest bed in the world with eight fluffy pillows and feel like the queen of everything. Sure there is a couch in the other room but this is so much more fun.

The spouse is huge Michelle ChamuEl fan (which auto correct doesn't want to spell right). Anyhow Thursday she found out there was a concert here called Rainbow On The Green and Michelle would be singing. I said, well if you can get Friday off text me and I will get a hotel.

The closest hotel was this one and I didn't know about parking so what the heck, let's stay some where fancy and only have to cross the street to get to the concert.

This hotel is cool. The room is huge and we could probably park a Smart car in the shower. So, it has been lots of fun and we'll worth the extra money. Time to go to the complimentary breakfast buffet.

Hi Ylee, we did actually have these amazing burgers last night at this cool Mediterranean group erythromycin store okay auto correct added the weird part but it is so funny I'm leaving it. It is also a deli and bar with live music.

Hi Prose, thank you for the beautiful welcome to summer.

Okay, got to bounce. Will catch up later. Hi Hippygator, SP, Sandi and Mike, someone is tapping their foot ;)
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50. Proserpina
12:49 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
@Maria photo 075jsummer_zpsdff0f3bd.jpg

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock
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49. Ylee
4:45 AM GMT on June 21, 2014
Margaritas, cheeseburgers, or both? ;' )
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48. GardenGrrl
9:37 PM GMT on June 20, 2014
Hello, the blogger you are looking for is not here right now.
Busy channeling her inner Jimmy Buffet.
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47. Hippygator
8:21 PM GMT on June 20, 2014
Peacocks are certainly beautiful birds. Their sound and their appearance do not match, hee, hee. Lovely pictures!
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46. sp34n119w
8:10 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
I'd say that, thanks to the air conditioning, you're the kind of outdoor gal who lives to go outside another day! :)

If you make crystal selling into a business you can write off the trips. It's not that difficult, doesn't have to be full-time or even make a profit, and you can also write off a portion of your home as office space. Not necessarily worth the paperwork, but may be. Just saying. I know lots of folk who have a part-time side business for just this reason.

90 degrees sounds nice to me right now but, without checking, I bet your humidity makes it yucky. Hope you've got a/c access!
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45. clearlakemike
3:54 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
Thanks, GG, yes I think he has the 80's turntable too...Thanks for the invite for Hot Springs but I think I would just prefer Palm Springs. I can just drive across the 10 Fwy to Desperate Hot Springs to their healing waters which are quite nice also. I wish G would cull his vinyl but he goes to garage sales and just keeps buying more!! lol And the rock collection has morphed into a dried coral collection. Bad luck to take the rocks off the island...thank god!!! Or Mme. Pele!!
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44. Ylee
3:39 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
As hot as it is here today, I just might be tempted to use an ice cube, lol!
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43. sandiquiz
2:59 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
Glad my experience gave you a gentle nudge in the right direction. :)

When I came back from Zambia in 1977 I brought a bag full of 'amethyst' crystals. Out on the roadsides, in the Copper District, you could often pick up lumps of purple amethyst. I kept them for years, but many house moves later... I am not sure what happened to them. I do have, however, a large lump of Malachite I picked up from the ground in the Copper District. I still have that!



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42. GardenGrrl
2:54 AM GMT on June 19, 2014
Hi Sandi,
I remember you talking about your Dad some time ago and it did prompt me to start spending more time with my Dad. Heck, sometimes when I visit my step mother will even let him tell his own stories lol.

As for the crystals I mostly like hunting them. I keep a few really nice pieces around the house, The rest are boxed up somewhere or I give them to people. Now that I see what they are selling them for these days I'm going to start using that as an excuse to go on more crystal digging vacations. May as well start hoarding them now to sell much later. The burning question is; how do I write these crystal digging expeditions off on my taxes?

Hi Shirley,
oh we have been in a drought for the last three years all over Texas. At this point I don't care if I get rained on or an event gets cancelled, just bring the rain! We did get about 1/8th inch this evening. Yay! As for plants, shrub roses do okay during drought, as do crepe myrtle trees, salvias (shrub type), day lillies have survived and yuccas thrive, so there is some landscape left.

Hi Briar,
Yeah, I think I like crystals better than beanie babies or bit coins. We brought Roxie with last time but it was really hot. I think she likes staying at doggie day camp at the kennel more. Of course good weather would have her enjoying the outdoors with us much more. That's why we left her at the kennel this time because it was supposed to rain a lot. Roxie is a bit of a princess being mostly an indoor dog.

Hi Tony,
Gypsum crystals would have been a great find! Hope you kept a few. Hi to Abbey.

Hi WTS,
Bubbles! Bubbles! Sounds like fun. Been a long time since I've heard one of his songs. Will have to run over to you tube and take a listen. Your trip to the Irish Festival looked like a blast.

Hi Calpoppy,
OH it is so hard to wave bye to the kids after such a short visit. Brody sounds like a sweet heart. Not enough time to spoil him properly. You are going to have to learn how to spoil him via Skype and Amazon drones.

Hi Ylee,
Oh, you remembered I'm a plumber ;D There is a fun android game that involves plumbers bending over and tossing ice cubes at them.

Hi Hippygator,
Thanks, and thanks for coming by. I have lurked in your blog a few times too.
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41. Hippygator
11:19 PM GMT on June 18, 2014
Absolutely awe inspiring! Great shots GG!
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40. Ylee
7:53 PM GMT on June 18, 2014
Ahh, summer; the fun time of year when sweat rolls off your back and down your cr- ah, nevermind! :' )
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39. calpoppy
7:49 PM GMT on June 18, 2014
When we go across the country we will holler!!!

I hope your work week is coming to a close, though it looks a bit warm in your area for outdoor fun. We cooled off, and it is really nice!

I had to say goodbye to everyone, not good at saying goodbye :((
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38. WatchinTheSky
5:17 PM GMT on June 17, 2014
Looks like your weather is stable, if a bit sticky. We are off to a champagne tasting tonight at a new restaurant owned by the wife of Jim Croce. A good way to come off fasting for lab work ;D Hope you are having a good week!
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37. plapman
3:05 PM GMT on June 17, 2014
Good day GardenGrrl.
Once when building a bridge we came across Gypsum crystals. The were a pink color.
Have a great day.
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36. BriarCraft
10:13 PM GMT on June 16, 2014
Proud of you and the guys for successfully dealing with the worktastrophy. I never doubted for a moment that you could. Some of your co-workers may be lacking in the personality department, but they ain't stoopid.

Crystals are waaaayy better than Beanie Babies. They're shiny! You got some nice size and quality crystals there. And you get to play in the dirt and get filthy while you're finding them. Cool! Does Roxie get to help? Probably not, but she sure would enjoy it.

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35. WeatherWise
8:01 PM GMT on June 16, 2014


Nice collection of crystals in your comment photos. How is your weather? Renosohill or something like that a WU user post some mighty dry shots out of Texas. I know Texas is so big and the weather varies from area to area. Sorry was not the reno person was docshovel39
http://www.wunderground.com/wximage/imagesearch.h tml?handle=docshovel39&handlebox=1&submit=go

He is in the Ropesville, Texas area. He just wishes for rain all the time as is so dry there.


Hope you are not that dry.

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34. sandiquiz
11:28 AM GMT on June 16, 2014
I was sure I came by at the weekend and left a comment, but I must have dreamt it!
I wanted to know what you do with all your shiny crystals? Keep them, or sell them on?
SO glad you had fun with your dad... enjoy all these precious moments with him. Even though my dad didn't die until 2010, we had actually "lost him" to dementia back in 2007, when he had to finally go into a care home. I could visit him, and he would be pleased to see me, but have no idea who I was... and when one of the nurses came by he would grab their hand and say to me, "these are my girls"... .... It was hard to take some times, but much worse for my sister who lived nearer and visited far more regularly than I did.
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33. GardenGrrl
10:12 AM GMT on June 16, 2014
Hi Bug, I think you would have a blast. Shineys every where!
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32. palmettobug53
2:40 PM GMT on June 15, 2014
Oooooh..... Lookit all the pretty crystals!

Boy, that sounds like fun. Playing in the dirt and finding shiny rocks!
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31. GardenGrrl
10:01 AM GMT on June 15, 2014
Good Morning, it is very windy today which is unusual at 4:00am. We are not expecting rain. So just dust.

Hi Mike, those sound like great collections but yes, if one moves a lot it is serious work. I have culled my vinyl record collection quite a bit. Still have my original stat-of-the-art turn table from the 80's but have not used it in years. Hey you guys need to move to Hot Springs. It has healing water and much nicer natives.

Hi Ylee, the trip to Dad's was great. Brought the video camera...well remembered my camera has video. Yeah I hope it's quiet too. Enough of that kind of excitement for a few years.

Hi Skye, thanks. It is so fun finding those things. Like an Easter Egg hunt for grown ups.
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30. Skyepony (Mod)
3:42 AM GMT on June 15, 2014
Nice crystal finds!

Looks like fun..
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29. Ylee
2:12 AM GMT on June 15, 2014
Hope you had a good trip, GG. Also hope there's no catastrophe at work tomorrow! ;' )
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28. clearlakemike
8:01 PM GMT on June 14, 2014
Great collection of crystals, GG. G has always been interested in them also. Don't think he has actually dug up any, though. But he has collected them over the years and they are scattered all around us, lol. I have packed them all up numerous times and we have moved them up and down California and out across the ocean. Rock collections, also! And books and old phonograph records. Heavy, expensive stuff to move/ship, LOL. Oh well, it is a good workout moving them and it's only money :-/
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27. GardenGrrl
4:23 PM GMT on June 14, 2014
Good Morning, it is hot and humid. Sounds like a good day to stay relatively indoors. Going to drive up and visit Dad for Fathers Day.

Hi WTS, the crystals are pretty much what you see is what you get. It would be neat to know how to cut them. Could come up with some neat things. Some people will take a bunch of small crystals and glue them together to make a better looking cluster.

Hi SP, Peacocks and crystals, kind of a bit of the same pretty except crystals are better behaved in the house. Yes we are back to hot again after the rain. Have I mentioned how much I love air conditioning. What kind of outdoor gal am I?

Hi Ylee, there is some definite truth to that. ;D It's hot out. Time to visit your cams.
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26. Ylee
2:04 AM GMT on June 14, 2014
Nothing like a full bore catastrophe to bring out the best in everybody, eh? Hope you have a nice Saturday!
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