Things for GNJ Jewelry have changed over the past year. Due to an injury to my arm, my jewelry has taken a different direction. I've been doing things that don't aggravate the arm, and finding that I like it as much as I like wire wrapping. I'm proud to say that my arm has progressed so I can now to two wire wrappings in a day. YAHOO! Now you might not think that's a big step; but it is from what I was able to do after the injury. So the injury opened new doors for me that, otherwise, I wouldn't have stepped through. I have also been doing a lot more custom work. By doing custom work, there are times I get to play with stones that otherwise I would never get to hold.
I've added some pictures at the bottom so you can see what I've been doing, other than wire wrapping. The beaded hat bands are a custom order as they have to be made to fit each individual hat. I've even done them for ball caps, alas I forgot to take a picture. The Christmas ornament, well, that's my first and my last. That made me a nervous wreck. Heck, I gave it my best and finished it.
Dave and I have stuck fairly close to home. One trip to Osburn, Idaho to visit family for a special young lady's birthday and lots of good food. I had a girl's weekend in Helena with friends Gay and Patty. We had a ball together and visiting with my cousins that live there along with some good food.
As you age seems more maintenance is required. Dave has had two surgeries and recuperated from them with flying colors. Medical stuff tends to keep you close to home. Dave is 5 years CANCER FREE! As to me, I'm doing great medically, still doing some of the PT exercises daily to keep my arm in shape.
Speaking of age, we have decided to small up and simple down, so our home went on the market. We are now in the process of looking for a smaller home and less land.
Of course, we've had visitors. Family and friends gathered here in July to celebrate Dave's and my birthdays. Too much food and too much fun! Son, Eric, visited this fall. We got some valuable time together in the kitchen with me teaching him some of my recipes and one of my mom's (cabbage rolls...yum). Have you ever noticed how food, friends and family go hand in hand? We also had one day visits from friends as they were on their way to other destinations.
We didn't experience many fires here in our part of Montana. However, we were socked in with smoke from other states and NW Montana. So many fires this year. Here's hoping and praying for rain and snow for all the NW this winter. For the past week we have been getting snow. So far, more than we had all last winter. This is good!
Here's wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Keep that smile on your face and a song/prayer in your heart and you'll do fine no matter what life might throws at you.