We’re learning, or trying to, learn how to do nothing.  We’re in between homes, living in our 25’ travel trailer and hoping the days go by quickly. Usually we have so much on our plates that we’re not sure how we’ll get it all finished.  Is this truly how other retired folks live in the 56 RV Parks and campgrounds here in Quartzsite, Arizona?

We’ve both walked the rock show at least 4 or 5 times. So today we decided we’d do some of the small businesses in town. We started with the used book store.  We were greeted by three tall Cowboys with Stetson hats, arms crossed and a tiny book on a stand in front of each of them. We had stumbled upon an authors fair, only there wasn’t much festive about it. Their body language was more “you better not question my writing and I’m not answering any questions” then it was an opportunity to chat with an author about their style, subject, or other possible stories.

I went into the book store where the atmosphere was more card and gift than book store. If there was any rhyme or reason to how things were shelved it was not apparent. We were looking for two things here in the rockhounding/trading capitol of the west – old “Rock and Gem “ magazines and Arizona gem hunting books. When the owner replied, “is there really a magazine by that title?”, I knew we were in trouble. I wasn’t surprised to learn she didn’t have any, and with the appearance of other customers we left.

Tracy had gone out to look through the small outbuilding they used as a rock shop. They had some nice pieces and Tracy asked the elderly gentleman the price. With felt cowboy hat and warm coat he proceeded to quote him a price.  The view of his bare legs and teeny bum were free, but you could buy a bookmark with his picture on it for $3.00 sporting a hand crocheted ball and penis bag in your choice of colors.  Today’s bag was brown.

That was #enough for me. So we headed for the yarn shop where the husband ran the register but couldn’t answer any questions and the wife/crafter/knitter she wasn’t there in the afternoons. That sent us to the public library where 15 computers were available 1 hour at a time. Ah! I felt some sense of normalcy.

What’s on the agenda for tomorrow?  I think we’re going back to the book store to see if she can find books on rockhounding Arizona.  Tracy asked me if that was out of desperation?  I think so. But take heart we told each other – only 3 more days this week  and five next without a project. Maybe we’ll go back and get a bookmark.

Ah, I feel better already.    Until next time. . .

Tweets for Week – May 18th – May 24th, 2015

This is going to be a week of fits and starts. A 92 yr old mother with a broken shoulder who won’t go to the hospital; Our first art festival of the year; Mercury goes retro; and my inner voice tells me to be ready for the unexpected. It will be another week of daily tweet posts versus a story. Maybe that will be the story.

JR Hassett - Wooden RavenMonday – 5/18/2015

#MondayMotivation – Find bliss and keep what brings you joy. Ravens-personable and creative.What animal do you enjoy?

JR Hassett - BrainstormTuesday – May 19th

Today we should brainstorm but watch for knee-jerk reactions. Seeking the different takes courage – as the dragonfly

JRHassett - Dutch Oven Meals#HumpDay – Get outside, smell dinner cooking, write about it. Tell me how the potatoes smell in 100 words.

JR Hassett - Country Fair ElderThursday May 21st

Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.

The Bone Feud – Book Review 4/27/2015

Spirit of 13 - Book Review

Historic Fiction comes in all types of styles, genres and themes.  The Bone Feud is a story of two “Professors” that are in a race to find the most dinosaur bones and get them identified so they can name them.  The true story is fictionalized by adding wonderful characters to the tale and making one of the participants the bartender  and storyteller.

I was captured from the beginning of my #fridayread.  From P.T. Barnum to Wild Bill Hickok, the authors ability to bring other characters of interest into the story was great fun.  His writing style is clear and the story flowed nicely.  However, I missed hearing from the storyteller himself in the middle of the tale.  He got lost, and so did I, in the middle.  Thankfully, he was found and once again took charge at the end.

For a fun #fridayread, it’s great and is well deserving of 4*’s.


Going Forward

For the last 2+ years I’ve wanted to focus my efforts on reading, writing, and blogging. I tried to do that last winter, but realized as long as our retail brick and mortar Gallery is open there’s just no time to do that too. I would have to wait until either the store sold, or we decided to retire and close it.

Well, at long last, we’re about to close. We’re now 91 days away from closing Gallery Escalante. The projected sales during that time will give us the means to pay everything off, and pay the absolute minimum expenses for the next year or until the building sells or is leased. During the process of deciding when to close, my husband Tracy realized he’s ready for a new focus as well. He’s been doing professional photography for over 15 years and is ready for a new path. The one he’s chosen goes with my jewelry business – he’s going to expand his Sandstone Jewelry business and do mostly wholesale. He’ll produce some very special pieces for me to use and the rest will go out as wholesale. A very exciting time for us both.

All things being equal, I’ll post a notice on Goodreads when I’m available for Beta Reads again. I enjoyed that adventure last winter, but found I really needed to put aside more time for the author to ask questions and go back and forth before I started reading someone else’s work. It was a great experience and I learned a lot from some wonderful authors. I look forward to being allowed to share their passion again.

In the meantime, I’ll keep writing on my blog, my jewelry blog and helping some very good friends establish their weblog for a business adventure. Those efforts and closing the store should keep me out of trouble. And if there’s any time left I’ll keep building creative and unique jewelry pieces which you can see at

Trade Show Adventure 2013-Part OneMerchandise

Merchandise buying for Gallery Escalante – Summer 2013

Sunday, August 4th, we ventured to Las Vegas to attend the Trade Show.  Found everything on “the list” and only 115 degrees.  Lots of nice $2.95 bracelets and necklaces – some more amber and more copper color chains.  Our hotel had been renamed due to a sale but it was still the same great quality but I’m sure the prices will go up.  We’ve been paying $29.95 to $34.95 for a King Room.  I just booked one for the Consumer Electronics Show in January and they are $60.00  No surprise.

We finished up our buying process, as we’ve always done it over the last 15 years, and then did the etra shopping at Fry’s, etc.  On Tuesday morning we checked out early and headed to Chandler.  We weren’t sure we go all the way, but there’s not much to amuse from Vegas to Chandler.

We stopped at Mr. D’s in Kingman for lunch.  They’re across from the Powerhouse visitors center.  Powerhouse folks are always helpful and we always make a donation to the jar.  One of their newest displays is a picture of the pickup truck owned by a woman that live in Chloride, AZ (just outside Kingman) that was used by Disney as the model for TowMater. We got some ideas and guides for Wickenburg and went across for lunch.

On down Highway 93 we took the turn-off for Burro Creek Campground.  We didn’t do much but look as it was 93 degrees and headed up.  The campground is perfect for a visit to Bagdad Mining Town and for fishing at Beaver Dam. .A clean campground with restrooms but no water.  On to Chandler for two nights at the Comfort Inn, which was excellent and a great hot breakfast.

The next day we visited the Heard Museum of Indian Art and Culture.  I could have spent all day in there writing down ideas, patterns, and absorbing the spirit of the place.  The many pieces of art were from the Navajo, Anasazi and Hopi tribes and were extremely well preserved.  The woven sandals of turkey feathers and yucca were exceptional.  They had one of the most unusual wedding pots we’ve ever seen and almost all the beadwork was stringing not weaving.  The basketry was 90% coiled, but there were a few very old twined baskets for water, mostly from the Paiutes.  The Mohaves made net-woven necklaces in the late 1800’s and there were a few on display. The Apache bead work was done in embroidery style using the couching stitch but lovely.  Some of the woven mat, sandals and sieves and a few of the cradle boards were woven willow.

We had lunch at Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant and enjoyed cooling off before we ventured on over to the Desert Botanical Gardens .  Most of the cactus had already bloomed but there was some older barrel cactus that was in full bloom  The Prickley Pear was totally covered with fruit and very colorful.  The gardens are incredible .  If Escalante’s winters weren’t so cold we could start one here.  The entrance garden is glass cactus. Tracy spent about an hour photographing one of the 5 trails established on this 145 Acre Garden which began in 1939, before he surrendered to the heat.  Currently, the garden has over 50,000 specimens of succulent plants – the only garden in the world whose mission is to focus solely on desert plants.  A must see

We’ll stop there for now and pick up more of the trip next week.