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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.


New Beads, Woo Hoo!

Yesterday Marianne and I went to the local bead society's annual show, and I found some wonderful goodies. I picked up some vintage glass flowers--just can't resist those--in pink and in yellow, and some little bitty flowers in green and in aqua. I got some fun clear pink cubes with polka dots on them, some clear purple rectangles, and some clear blue round beads with polka dots. I think my favorite find was a strand of big amethyst chunks, all kind of long and skinny, and drilled on one end. They're very pretty. And a special bead--a little tiger-striped lampworked kitty :-)

I also got to chat with Yvonne and see her jewelry, and ooh la la, it is impressive! Santi had told me she made "big" things, but I wasn't really quite prepared.... Covetousness makes it tempting to think that it's hard to mess up when you start with beads that amazing, but there's more to it than that. She has a really good eye for color, especially when she uses smaller beads, and her big pieces are actually wearable. Well, if you can afford them, of course ;-)

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