Saturday, April 17, 2010


What a week! I started a new job in the Stockyards of Ft. Worth that is an hour commute from my home. It is a tourist destination now, but it was the end of the road for billions of cattle in the old days.

The shop where I work, the Brazos Collection {online HERE}, is a bead and fashion jewelry wholesaler that sells direct to the public at wholesale prices. It takes all of my reserve to not bring home all my wages in beads and finding! As a matter of fact, I bought part of the gorgeous beads for the Bindweed Beetle Bracelet (in the banner above) from their main store in Salado, Texas a year ago.

I am loving learning the stock, you know, petting all the pretty beads and fondling all the findings. What I do not love is that do not have any is free time. I leave the house for an hour drive and return home ten hours later, exhausted.

Before I go any further, I wanted to show you these:

The large ones are the size of a large chickpea and they are graduated on down from there to about 3mm.

Pretty aren't they? Well, I will not be making a necklace or bracelet from these even though they cost over $600.

They were home grown and harvested Lindi-pearls. What are Lindi-pearls? I will get to that in a minute.

On Tuesday of my first week at a new job, my little Mini-Schnauzer went under the knife for bladder surgery. She has apparently been suffering for a very long time, but we had no idea why. The vet was astonished when he looked at the x-ray film. Her bladder was filled -- FILLED -- with over 35 stones of varying sizes from small marble to tiny chips. Well, see for yourself -- part of the harvest is in the photo above!

So now we believe Lindi is full-blooded mini-Schnauzer with a recessive oyster gene.

Lindi is feeling a whole lot better now.

Thank you for asking.

Next time I post, I will have drawn the name of one of the entrants to the Pass It On Challenge. You have until Midnight Sunday April 18th. Go {HERE} to enter.


Spirited Earth said...

hey i only have a minute to get my dog to the groomer..

but..why ,oh why ,did you share your new job site with us..
i just glanced at it and there is a ton of beads i want to order..ohhhhhh

Regina said...

I am speechless, I sure hope Lindi is well on the way to recovery. What an ordeal. Thanks for sharing (I think!) I, too commute about 45 mins to work, it is a 9.5 hour day for me and very exhausting. The radio keeps me company.

Pretty Things said...

Congratulations on the new job!

I LOVE color! said...

Poor little Lindi she must have been in sheer agony. Too bad puppies can't talk.

Ruthie said...

Congrats on the new job - and WOW on poor Lindi's surgery! Hope she's feeling better now.

Boot ~C said...

congrats on the job~now, off to check out the site!