Stone of the Week: Green Aventurine

Aventurine is one of April’s common birthstones.  I’m still not sure whether I will be able to do diamonds.  They are the primary birthstone for this month, but I don’t own any, certainly no loose or rough diamonds.  They are too expensive to be practical for stone work anyway.  Aventurine, on the other hand, is…

The Guts to Ask

I have missed out on opportunities in my life because I was too nervous to ask.  Always preferring to avoid any kind of conflict or inconvenience to those around me, if there was an edge to be taken, I just let it be.  Over a lifetime, that can cost thousands of dollars. My throat tightened…

Discipline

It’s going to take a tremendous amount of discipline on my part, but I’m cutting myself off from new makeup purchases until after Christmas.  It’s somewhat personal choice and somewhat necessity.  The necessity came when I realized that I’m down to the short paychecks at work.  I don’t get holiday pay, so if the office…

Crafty Art

My heart is sick and my stomach churns. I’ve been looking into selling my art in various places online, and in the process my whole view of the art market has been shattered. I used to go to etsy and see the amazing, colorful paintings for hundreds of dollars, and I would think to myself,…

Beware! Heathcare Marketplace Horror Story

It seemed like a great idea.  I would finally have the coverage I needed, because I wasn’t eligible through my job yet.  I loved the idea of subsidized health insurance, because private plans would have cost me more than my electric bill.  Had I known my town was so opposed to the new plan, I wouldn’t…

Water AND Light

Sorry I’ve missed so many days this week.  I’m beat, folks.  I needed some quiet time.  You know it’s NaNoWriMo and I’m determined to win again this year.  I’ve got plenty of ideas, but I don’t have much energy.  My truck may simultaneously need a new battery and a replacement signal switch for the steering…