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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.


Shopping Trip!

I went to Big Stone today at lunch time. I just love this place. They have lots of Bali and Israeli silver, tons of pearls, all kinds of gemstones, and also all your basic findings and supplies. Usually I load up on silver, but today turned out to be a gemmy kind of day.

I found some gorgeous jasper called Mookite (scroll down a ways). I had to do some research on to believe that was really its name, but apparently it's legit. Also some pretty little solid-colored agates and some chunky Taiwan Jade (nephrite).

Finally, I picked up some "pineapple" and "cherry" crystal. I guess these are basically crystal quartz. The pink ones are the color of rhodochrosite, but quite translucent, and the yellow ones are very clear and slightly opalescent. Verrry pretty :-)

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