We are going camping this summer and I AM TAKING MY BEADS WITH ME!!!! So I needed a portable surface for seed beads – my favorite, where they wouldn’t roll around as I was beading and it had to be small – we bought a 15′ Fun Finder (another whole story) so not a lot of space to use. Here’s my idea. Have a peyote bead class in a week or so and going to supply one to each student – let them test drive them. Here’s some photos to show how I made them. Save some plastic lids (margarine, sour cream, etc) the size you want; get a few scraps of a nappy fabric (something light weight with a little texture like corduroy or a velour blanket or light weight upholstery fabric; then…
…you never know what you are gonna see. I swear – I find something to smile or grin at every time we go out in this town – even the ride to WalMart is fun! Today we needed to get diesel – the price fell again so Steve was ready to pump and buy some – and afterwards we took a few turns off the main road. Am trying to take my camera – as I have a mental list of “next time we drive by here I’m gonna get a picture of THAT.
The purple and yellow house is one of those on the mental list – but before we passed it today – I saw a whole new treasure Across from the RiverBend Hotsprings there are usually RVs parked – but today several sites were empty and WOW – there was this wall
Had to stop and get some close-ups of TorC’s “cave art”.
Been awhile since I tried to write. – got thru last summer – that’s my biggest block – Steve spent a lot of time in the VA hospital in Alburquerque. And we managed to get thru a workamping job at the Turquoise Trail Campground – outside of ABQ in the Sandia mountains – through the good graces of a very understanding campground owner. Was the first time we took a workamping job and – could not really come through – due to health. So we are re-thinking our retirement career.
It’s rough because we would still like to work – just can’t work like we used to – and the more sitting we do – the worse the problem gets.
So we are spending the summer here in Tor C, helping out in a park on weekends , trying to save money by not using up diesel trekking to a summer job. In the meantime – have just really found myself enjoying the sights of this little town and of course – beading! Here’s a few photos – it’s an odd and definitely colorful little old town.
February 20-2012 – great day for a ramble with a sandwich from Subway for lunch and hunt for ghost towns. Headed for Chloride, north and west of us – about 100 miles round trip from Truth or Consequences.
—- OOOPS, did I say , we made it to NewMexico? Got here first of the month after a whirlwind, one night layover in Albuqerque. Scoped out where the VA hospital is and how to get there if and when we need to. Now we are spending a month or so 150 miles south in TorC (short for Truth or Consequences), on the Rio Grande, next to the elephant Butte Reservoir. I know the town changed its name from Hot Springs with the help of TV show host Ralph Edwards – have not heard yet why they chose that name – but I think it did what they were hoping and got them a bit more noticed on the map. Now back to…
Yesterday’s RIDE TO CHLORIDE
It was about 100 miles round trip, winding up into the mountains, north and west of us – that we see from town on the horizon – toward the Gila Wilderness Area. Went through several dusty little towns that saw boom times around the turn of the centry when silver mining put most of them on the map. Some of them had been on the map a lot longer from days of Mexico ownership when it was mostly ranching and farming and before that mostly roaming by the original hunter/gatherers – the Apache Indians.
But the end of the road in Chloride was a real treasure – 11 full-time residents, expanding to 13 that very day – 2 new people moving in! Here’s a few photos from the day …
Seems like we just got here, and have been too busy with holidays to do any noting here – so trying to catch up before we leave.
Here is flashback number 1….
Monday, Amarillo, TX, a rainy drizzly day like one we haven’t seen for several moons here in West Texas.
We are exploring some new territory – parked just west of Amarillo on I-40, Oasis RV Park (exit 60, south side of the interstate), Steve working for our site, we are hoping to spend the winter, but the winds of Amarillo may chase us away. Not too bad so far, couple of bumpy days, blowing 15-25, gusting 30 to 35, doesn’t sound like much but it really bounces in the 5th wheel. So far the wifi is wiffy but holding up – moved a bit closer to the office/restaurant and it’s good most days for a week or so. The park is very big – 192 sites – newer park, all paved and living up to my friend Pat’s description of Amarillo, “ Nothing between you and the North Pole, but a barbed wire fence.”
We are looking for a winter home, a place to come to after working the mountains for the summer, where we can get our Dr and Rx check-ups done, (Steve’s needs a VA facility / haven’t figured out what mine needs yet – !!!!##**&^$$#!!).
Today starts, Steve’s 2nd 3 day weekend – so we headed out to get shopping done for Thanksgiving, then do a little retail research – and for me that means – hmmm, “Wonder if there are any bead shops in Amarillo??” Fun day today, found two and one sell’s radio controlled helicopters!! That means Steve didn’t want to sit in the truck while I went inside for awhile. And one is owned by a woman, (I think her name is Gwen – forgive me if it is Marcia, didn’t make a very good notes – as I was too excited about finding such wonderfulbeads ) who collects African Art and beads – ohm am so in trouble here. But I have shipped two items from BoonieBeads since we arrived Amarillo – one to Maine, and today one to Seattle – so I am celebrating a bit and found a very nice bead shop to to it.
BEADZ SHOP in the Puckett Plaza Mall on Bell St. – 806-463-2323 – very nice – not a lot of seed beads – but West Texas is not into those (found that out in Big Spring) but really nice selection of African trade beads, small – but classy – findings section. Here are a few photos from the day.
And a new piece for me a new necklace for the shop.