Saturday, October 8, 2016

I’m thrilled because I just found out I could retrieve all of the MySpace blogs that were deleted with no notice when the social-media site in its death throes did that major overhaul

Because I thought again of a blog I wrote on MySpace and again wistfully bemoaned its loss. Then I tried once more to google “lost Myspace blogs” and found out they were recoverable.

I feel like I got a part of my life back, an important part, because a lot of those blogs I wrote in the months after I met Mike. Like this one I wrote when he had left Pawleys Island and I was still there, missing him. Note my use of the subject “mooning,” years before we had a Moon of our own:

Subject: mooning
Date created 6/3/2007 6:09:00 PM
Posted date 6/3/2007 6:07:00 PM

Sleeping close to the waves breaking on the shore. The surf like steel brushes. The tidal sway. I'm remembering your skin against mine, under my hands. The sea oats bend, shadows hatchmarked on the sand, curtains lofted by the wind.

Pawleys Island, front room, surf, new love

Thursday, October 6, 2016

dog menopause

I've now seen too much of my dog's interior parts. Namely the inside of her vagina. While it's furry and dog-colored on the outside, it's all pink and mucous-membraney on the inside. I had no idea if this was normal or not. I only looked because last night we found her lying in a puddle of what we thought was pee but didn't smell like pee until the next morning and only affirmed after I put the liquid-soaked paper towel in a ziplock to take to the vet's and then smelled it at the vet's, and sure enough, there was that acrid old-pee odor. So I checked last night to make sure her thing looked normal, and it looked like it typically does, but I got closer than usual and sort of squeezed it and saw the pink, so I thought maybe it was raw and a sign of a UTI.

50 in human years, 7 in dog.
So while I was waiting for morning, before I could call to make the vet appointment, I researched. I came up with diabetes, Cushing's, Addison's, a UTI, kidney stones, a tumor, spay incontinence...or maybe marijuana ingestion (somebody, not me, has a prescription).

I narrowed it down to spay incontinence, wherein the spayed middle-aged dog's sphincter forgets it's supposed to be working, and so all the pee pours out. Moon is spayed and about 50 in dog years.

The first line of treatment is a decongestant, phenylpropanolamine, which the stupid FDA took off the over-the-counter market years ago because it's one of the few things that worked to alleviate my allergies. That and it was supposedly causing heart problems in some people. But what doesn't? And the remaining decongestant, phenylephrine, causes my heart to race, and I hate it.

Also phenylpropanolamine was a nice appetite suppressant. Remember Dexatrim? That was its main ingredient, with the price jacked up a ridiculous amount. Easier to buy the decongestant, keep the allergies and hunger at bay, and save!

Anyway, we're waiting to see if the lab says she has a UTI or not. If not, we're treating her with the phenylpropanolamine. If she does have a UTI, I'll have to go back for antibiotics. But then I'll have 60 chewable liver-flavored decongestant tablets all to myself.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Star Herder

The expression on this pup is so intelligent and happy, I just love it.


The dog came on the end of a spoon, maybe meant as a souvenir or as an award for a champion at a sheep-dog trial. I gave her a more fitting tail—one that wags a bit—of vintage aluminum and antique coral beads. I couldn’t bring myself to drill holes in those ears, so I backed her with two stars hand cut from a vintage tin container from Hong Kong that held ming kung cake…and, later, cereal, apparently.

Buy my stuff here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

towers in a locket

This lovely gold-filled locket came from an antique store in Aurora, Oregon...such a nice locket. I cleaned it, then wanted to fill it. I thought of the embossed stocknagel* I got from a store in Latvia. So I cut two ovals from two stocknagel--one of Kotnov Tower in Tábor, Czech Repubic, and one of the Mariatrost Basilica in Austria--to fit the locket's two sides. I shaped them to give them a slight dome, backed them with two cut-to-fit pieces of thin brass and put them behind the metal picture frames. The chain is composed of an antique gold-filled watch chain and a gold-filled necklace chain section. I found a cool antique spring clasp to close the necklace. See part of the process in the pics below.

*Stocknagel are small plaques made of brass or sheet metal that would be attached to a walking stick with a few small nails. Collected as souvenirs, the custom began as a European alpine tradition in which the medallions covering the walking stick served as documentation and commemoration of a hiker's travels.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

allotment of aluminum

On the epic road trip of the summer of 2014, up the PCH to Canada, across the Cascades, and down through Montana, we stopped at some great antique stores, and my eye was drawn to aluminum containers—a pill box, bobby pin safe, glasses case. The embossed letters, figures, and flowers looked amazing, and I loved the color of the metal. Today I cut up the beat-up glasses case, and I filed, and filed, and filed (Note: Must obtain better files) till my fingers went numb, and then I had a pretty piece.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


A question on Quora asks, "What does Germany do right?" Apparently, a lot. One example is the high quality of German products and the excellent service provided by the makers of those products. Case in point: A watch purchased in Germany in 1937 is taken back to the shop for repair around 1980, and they fix it "under warranty."

Businesses that hold reputability and reliability in such high regard are called Mittelstand, "small and medium-sized enterprises in German-speaking countries," many of which "focus on innovative and high-value manufactured products." 

We here at Millennium General Assembly (and by "we" I mean "I") recognize aspects of my own business plan (and by "business plan" I mean "general policies") in these tenets. I use mostly old, antique and vintage, parts to make my stuff, but I strive to make it as lasting and strong as possible, and I offer free adjustments and repairs for the life of the jewelry.

And now I want to go buy German appliances.

My stuff, you can buy here.