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Friday, February 03, 2006

Give Or Take A Pound Or Two

There is a lot to be said about bead shopping in Tucson. I left home on January 23rd to start our 3rd annual trek to the bead shows in Tucson. The first leg of my trip was to Gilmer, Tx. 409 miles. Marcie, Becky and I were going to drive to Tombstone to stay with Judith and go to the shows. Things don't always work as we plan. Marcie's husband a medical emergency which prevented her and Becky from taking the trip with me. It took me a few days to make up my mind if I wanted to drive on to Tombstone by myself. The gypsy in me won out and I decided to make the trip on my own. Driving through Texas can be a very lonely adventure. For miles there is nothing but desert. No lights, no radio and cellphones don't work. Where was my puppy when I needed him? My goal was to reach Van Horn the first night. I promised I would stop driving when it got dark. I had 40 miles to go as darkness closed in like a blanket with just a sliver of light on the horizon. It reminded me of a child peeking out of the covers and seeing the hall light on. I made it. The next day I arrived at Fort Huachuca early in the afternoon. I couldn't pass by without stopping and having a cup of coffee with my brother Chris. By the time I got to Judith's I driven 1,043 miles to Tombstone AZ. We started our marathon shopping Sunday at the largest Gem and Mineral show in the world. The entire town of Tucson is filled with vendors from all over the world selling everything from pearls, stones to finished goods. One of the treasures I found at the show were hand painted lacquer beads. I was thrilled to find one with a flamingo. Five days later and I am 10 lbs lighter and carrying back 25 lbs of beads to New Orleans. I will write more later. Right now I am dead tire and suffering from a big case of bead overload. I should be fully recovered by the time I get back home.

4 comments:

angelique said...

Let us know what kind of beads you bought. I've been dying to go!

Jane Langan said...

Come home and have a show and tell! Would love to see your stash!

angelique said...

Those beads are simply masterpieces!Show me more when you have time!

No Easy Beads said...

Angelique, Thanks so much for stopping by and looking at the treasures. I love your work