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Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 13, 2018 - 08:12am PT
It's that time of year again
 when the hateful Supertopians enjoy throwing barbs at me as being "too old" to be acting like they did when they were young, as if there is some age where a person is required to succumb to a desperate life of keeping up with mortgages and car payments, and socking aside as much as possible for impending care when they become too feeble in body and/or mind to care for themself.
 when the nice people enjoy a mix of laughter and encouragement, with a side order of wondering what kind of crazy is en route for me, Lucas and Penny, and if I'll be broken down along the way and have to become a bitter hash-slinging waitress as a greasy spoon in some barely inhabited town in the middle of Nebraska.
 when I hear some new noise coming from somewhere in the van and ask for online diagnosis


Yes, take off time is coming. Today is raining, and the only thing I plan to do is scrub out my cooler. If I get some of the household bins reorganized, that's just a bonus. Tomorrow is the crush, as I plan to take off on Thursday mid-day. But.....no hurry.

As usual - I am posting links and pictures of my chalkbags and jewelry, in my version of a homemade GoFundMe. If anyone gets grit under the elastic in their knickers over this - well....that's part of the fun! Feel free to be as mean as you like, but please keep it limited to the thread. Sending me anonymous hate email really is taking it too far.

Penny has 4 new tires, and oil change, and the tune up from a few months ago, and seems to be doing as good if not better than in the previous years. I don't have that initial nervousness - and THAT'S making me nervous!

Unfortunately, the last two months, when I have always put away as much cash as possible, has been frigging rain like crazy here, and my work weeks were about half the hours expected. Do I have the money in the bank for gas to get to the southwest? Nooooo. Not even close.

So - Chalkbags at http://www.ClimbAddictDesigns.Etsy.com

Here's a few of the newer ones:
"Matrix" Pattern
"Matrix" Pattern
Credit: Happiegrrrl2
"Monkey Mojo" Pattern
"Monkey Mojo" Pattern
Credit: Happiegrrrl2
Cloesup of the Monkey - I have 5 pieces in this material - 2 Big Monke...
Cloesup of the Monkey - I have 5 pieces in this material - 2 Big Monkeys like this one, 2 smaller monkeys that look similar - but are a bit smaller, and 1 more which I cannot recall whether it's a big one or small one.
Credit: Happiegrrrl2
"Blue Clipper" Pattern
"Blue Clipper" Pattern
Credit: Happiegrrrl2




Jewelry at at http://www.TalismanToo.Etsy.com
A Carey Plume Agate cabochon; a stone mined in the 1950's at the Carey...
A Carey Plume Agate cabochon; a stone mined in the 1950's at the Carey Ranch, near Prineville, OR, which is no longer in operation. The stones that are out there are all that are out there.
Credit: Happiegrrrl2
Charoite - A regal purple stone, and this one with some very nice mark...
Charoite - A regal purple stone, and this one with some very nice markings - reminds me of one of those magical nights when the sky has that incredible purplish blue hue and is twinkling with so many stars....
Credit: Happiegrrrl2
Dendritic Opal with Sterling Silver - Walking in a Winter Wonderland.....
Dendritic Opal with Sterling Silver - Walking in a Winter Wonderland....
Credit: Happiegrrrl2



Once I get down into the southwest, my aim is toward Quartzsite, AZ, which is a gem and mineral hub. I am hoping to join their local club and do a bit of rock hounding plus learn to cut and shape stones. So, I won't be heading to Joshua Tree as early as usual - thinking I will get there like the 3rd week in January.

However - we'll see!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Nov 13, 2018 - 08:16am PT
Happy trails Happie!
Tad
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Nov 13, 2018 - 08:23am PT
Best to you.
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 13, 2018 - 08:36am PT
Thanks FRUMY and THocking!

Cosmic - Did you bother to read that thread? That thread which begins:
I'm referring most specifically to Reports of Injuries/Deaths and Condolences?Celebrations of Lives Threads.

I was referring to the hijacking of other threads to further one's agenda.

But feel free to attempt your hijack on this thread to further your agenda, if that makes you feel good. Hope your day is going nicely ;)
ionlyski

Trad climber
Polebridge, Montana
Nov 13, 2018 - 08:42am PT
Sounds like fun! Jealous; wish I could make it happen right now. Those are some nice looking chalk bags too!

Good luck with the van and call us if you need help with it.

Arne
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Nov 13, 2018 - 08:46am PT
Happy trails Happiegrrrl! This annual migration of yours is awesome. I like it a lot better than the annual switch to daylight savings time, though I'm sure the two are at least somewhat linked.

Here's to a problem free migration.

DMT
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 13, 2018 - 08:52am PT
Happie trails!!
SomebodyAnybody

Big Wall climber
Torrance
Nov 13, 2018 - 08:59am PT
Do I have the money in the bank for gas to get to the southwest? Nooooo. Not even close.

Lolz. I have a suggestion, take it or leave it, whatever:

You seem to have plenty of free time, and computer access. You're already making those various pieces of jewelry and things, so take video of the production process while narrating what you're doing. Cut it down to a about 10-12min each, put it up on youtube and monetize it. You don't even have to ever have your face on the screen if you're uncomfortable with that.

"Here is a lovely piece of agate from xyz. I got this at the xxxx mineral show, blah blah blah. Now we're going to take this 18gauge copper wire and create a border. I use needle nosed pliers and surgical clamps, but you can use whatever tools you have handy. Now we're going to make a wrap like this. Now let's snug it up to the previous loop like so..."

Do that everytime you make a piece, and build a "library" of videos, and you'll start getting a small and growing income stream where the "back catalog" will continue to produce revenue for years. The glory days of youtube are over, and the income potential is much lower than before, but if you're going to be making the pieces anyway, with a modern smartphone - and not even an expensive one, I use a $100 android phone that easily does it, you can record, edit (I use a free version of a video editing app that is pretty powerful), and upload and have a few hundred bucks a month coming in off that.

Good luck.
10b4me

Social climber
Lida Junction
Nov 13, 2018 - 09:09am PT
don't let that old fool get to you. he suffers from tds, aka trona derangement syndrome. nawmean?
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Nov 13, 2018 - 09:12am PT
I'll use this thread to further my personal agenda, saying:
Your chalk bags are looking really good!

Matrix pattern is approaching eveningwear compatible fabric selection. Very nice.
Blue Clipper is a fantastic color. Blue shaded with green and gray. Might be described as periwinkle?

You're Etsy page is very well sorted out: eye-catching with good functionality.
A couple others which I like:
Woodland Plant Pattern
Woodland Plant Pattern
Credit: HappieG
Aloha  Crimson and Ivory
Aloha Crimson and Ivory
Credit: HappieG
 I've got those along with Matrix & Blue Clipper filed in my hard drive under Art.

How's the body holding up currently, Happie?
Got any goals this year, or do you just get out there and play it as it comes?

If you don't mind my asking, what level are you leading at these days?
Most of my friends that are still hitting it have definitely notched down a couple grades from their prime, but climbing is climbing, no?
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Nov 13, 2018 - 09:14am PT
from wikipedia:
Animal migration is the relatively long-distance movement of individual animals, usually on a seasonal basis. It is the most common form of migration in ecology. It is found in all major animal groups, including birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and crustaceans. The trigger for the migration may be local climate, local availability of food, the season of the year or for mating reasons. To be counted as a true migration, and not just a local dispersal or irruption, the movement of the animals should be an annual or seasonal occurrence

venture forth ... or back?!
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Nov 13, 2018 - 09:15am PT
Yes, take off time is coming. Today is raining, and the only thing I plan to do is scrub out my cooler.

It would behoove you, methinks, to get fresh batteries for the multimeter.

Have a fun trip!
DanaB

climber
CO
Nov 13, 2018 - 09:27am PT
I'll use this thread to further my personal agenda.


Thanks, Roy. You're someone to emulate.

Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Nov 13, 2018 - 09:30am PT
And
Do not Sweat the psychopath, I get Bi-monthly hate mail
Never say its name out loud or post it
like the Beetlejuice . . he is
Roots

Mountain climber
Redmond, Oregon
Nov 13, 2018 - 09:34am PT
Love the brass nuts you are using on your chalk bags. Very clever!
Barbarian

climber
Nov 13, 2018 - 09:55am PT
Safe travels HappieGrrrl!
I look forward to your updates as you make your way west. Hopefully the van will perform well and cause you less hassles than previous years.
I admire your spirit of adventure.
Hopefully I'll get out to JT after you arrive and say hello.
divad

Trad climber
wmass
Nov 13, 2018 - 10:46am PT
Always nice to follow this bi-annual migration thread. It has become a taco staple. Happie travels...
Winemaker

Sport climber
Yakima, WA
Nov 13, 2018 - 10:48am PT
Have a safe trip; hope we don't get any car questions!

I bought a chalk bag from you last year and can recommend them highly! They make great gifts too; help this woman out!
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Nov 13, 2018 - 10:49am PT
Tarbuster, Happi's years of professional design work are quite apparent, I'm sure you agree.

Last year I bought some of her jewelry pieces for my kid's christmas presents and they loved them. It was a big hit all around.

The level of craftswomanship involved in each piece was stunning.

DMT
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 13, 2018 - 11:27am PT
Thank you all for the good wishes!

I'm working in developing a series of How To lessons in wire weaving over the winter. From basic considerations through the execution if some designs. These will be sold in PDF files, for maybe 5 or 6 bucks each. YouTube is already got people doing the pattern tutorials in a way better than I can, but I can do as my idea and get some income generated. As for taping as I make... I don't even know how each piece is going to go. They are almost completely serendipitous, once I decide on a starting point.
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