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Gail Spann's Blog

More Christmas musings...

19th Dec 2008

I think my favourite part of the Christmas holidays is the fun of getting cards with various mineral photos/painting and pictures from all those we have entertained and met over the last few years. Jeff Scovil always sends something really gorgeous, and Wendell Wilson sends his limited edition print of whatever mineral or subject strikes his fancy.
Last year I had cards made of one of our Cerussite specimens and it was really beautiful, we also had stamps made of the same piece through This year, just too darn busy to get to it.

I have been finishing up the last of the mailout gifts and bought a great used copy of Peter Bancrofts publications to send to our son and his wife. Thanks to Michael Hopkins for turning me on to a good source for finding these.

We had the pleasure of entertaining John Veevaert last weekend as he was in town for his sister's birthday. It was a leisurely day of eating my butternut squash and apple soup and looking at our mineral cabinets. John has never been here before, so what a thrill to take him from room to room looking at minerals. Just when he thought we were done we took him into, yet, another room.
He left late in the evening and we really had fun with him, he is very knowledgeable and we also have quite a few good Benitoites to share.

I do so enjoy visiting with people who are savvy to minerals. There is a great deal to learn always.

In the meantime I have found a cat that was sleeping towards the back of our property, he was very noticeable as he is a seal point and stood out against the brown grass. I walked down to see what it was and he came to me and rubbed against my leg and purred. I figured he belonged to a neighbor, and he was in Coyote territory, so I brought him up to the house. I sent emails, put up signs, walked to homes to ask and no one seems to know this cat! Oh joy, I have Adularia and he isn't too keen on anohter cat coming into the house.
Jim rolled his eyes when I gave him the "look". You know, the one that says PLEASE LET ME KEEP HIM?
So, he named him Smokey...for smokey quartz. ( Yes, with an E )
He has had all his shots, been neutered and is on his way home to settle in. ( My daughter is picking him up. )
So the addition of this very loveable cat really makes for a wonderful Christmas. And the fact that I have a very understanding husband too!
This makes 16 pets, but many are in the barn so that is a blessing!

Time to go clean some mineral cabinets, a very tiresome job...but when done, a pure joy.
Still waiting to feel the Christmas spirit, it seems to be harder every year.
Perhaps the fact that it is in the 70s and sunny doesn't help!
Ho! Ho! Ho!

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