Monday, August 27, 2012

Two Years Later.......

Wow!  I can't believe it's been two years since I last posted.  A lot has transpired since then: 
I retired.
I've gotten more involved with my church, enjoying bible studies and working with the women in different ministries and events.
I've got to travel some and spend a lot more time with family.  It's been neat, especially since the family is growing.  I even got to meet cousins I've never seen or knew I had.
I've been blessed with 2 new grand daughters, Mercia (Aug 2010) and Eliana (Jun 2012).  My son and daughter-in-law now have a total of 6 kids!

Two years ago today, I took a leap of faith and traded my home (and 1.4 acres) of 18 years for a smaller home with a much more manageable size yard.  This was exactly what I needed. 

Also in those 2 years, I have repaired, re-arranged, painted (I even painted the sky on my bedroom ceiling), changed out fixtures, dug-up old shrubs, planted a garden (it's much bigger now) and many flowers,  got rid of old stuff,  etc.    

 One thing I really like...I was fortunate that my new place came with this awesome building out back....perfect for a studio.

These are my work areas.  It gets kinda of messy when I get into torching.  Glass gets everywhere. 
I use a Carlisle Mini CC torch.  It's a surface dual fuel mixing torch with a nice bushy flame. 
Some of my glass stash.....and my kiln.   It's a Paragon with a hinged door on a bead collar.  It's got a digital programmable much nicer than my analog one.  I don't have to babysit it.  The finished beads I make go into the kiln to anneal for several hours to strengthen them and prevent stress cracks.


Whew!   It's been a good 2 years.  There's been ups and downs, trials and successes.  I've learned alot, especially about myself and trusting God.  Thank you God for your provisions, the lessons and your abundant blessings.