2015 Is in the books…almost

Hiya everyone. Hope your year has gone well.
Sorry my blog has slacked off this year. I’m hoping to be a lot more regular next year since I won’t be dealing with as much stress. You be surprised at how few people are rockhounds, let alone miners if the price of gas is any indication. Next year will be better.
I’ve had my knee operated on this year and am now recuperating from my hand operation to rebuild a joint, so not wanting to type much. Just wanted to show off a nice opal from Rainbow Ridge I cut back in the nineties – again for all of you have seen it for 2 decades now.

I can’t wait for the new year to get rolling and refurbished wheels to arrive. Maybe I’ll actually get a few stones polished instead of just rubbed. Schedules are behind these links for the show dates this year.
Quartzsite
Tuscon
It’s also the 10th anniversary for Gem and Jam weekend. Someone will be representing Ashland OR.
Gem & Jam Festival
Need to heal up. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and however else that translates.

Virgin Valley Precious Opal by John Church
Virgin Valley Precious Opal by John Church

Oh and I’m putting my photography, jewelry, writing and such on Tsu my link to get in is https://www.tsu.co/ResortDog
I’m thinking this will be a lot quieter and considerate if smaller new pond than FB has gotten to be. I never got my Google+ going. It all takes time and we need to find a place to relax. At least I do. Finding opal is enough excitement for me. You might also make a comment about the Sage Grouse management
at a meeting http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/public_meetings.html or call 775-861-6585 or email: gseidlit@blm.gov all info at website www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse.html plan, after we all made agreements to do otherwise. No new claims and permits needed to just go look for 20 year maybe and the clock is already running on the closed areas for the rest of 5 years at least. A lot of residents will go under before much time that goes by. Gif map of areas affected

Lenticular clouds Southeast of Adel OR
Lenticular clouds Southeast of Adel OR