Monday, January 2, 2012

Winter Work and Hobbies

 We have started our winter work with our race against nature. Living in California like we do,
means we have winter in January. So far we haven't even had much winter and no rain. None,
at all. Everything is so dry. We have to start getting the trees trimmed because by February, buds
start appearing and blooms and then we get lots and lots of wind. Well in a normal year, so far
this hasn't been normal. My husband got a new chainsaw and he had been happily trimming trees.
This is the piles that he ran out of room to put in the green trash cans.

 This is the first batch of rocks he tumbled. They came out yesterday. They look so pretty.
I was telling him yesterday that when I was kid, I always wished my Dad would have a rock
polisher and would polish rocks. So after my husband got these out of the tumbler, I remembered
that dream of long ago and I can say it was so nice to have it. My husband spent some time yesterday
with a three pound sledge hammer breaking up more rock to polish. He broke one open and inside
was a geode. I have always wanted to find a geode and to think we had one in a container of rocks
all of the time.

This is a close up of some of the quartz. We are already making plans to go rock hunting.
I can't wait. As my husband always says, " Just keep your eyes open, there is treasure everywhere."

He goes back to work tomorrow. Life will be lots quieter and then I will have to feed myself.
He had fed me the whole time he has been home. It has been so nice. Omeletts in the morning and
these great salads at lunch. Coffee in the afternoons.
I hope your New Year is off to a great start.


TexWisGirl said...

sounds like a nice time together! and i like those rocks, too!

Meg said...

Oooh, those rocks turned out really nice! Isn't this weather just weird? It's January and we have the kitchen door open. We are hoping it's not a sign of the summer to come. Ugh.

Nancy said...

Those rocks are beautiful after they have been tumbled...I have to tell you I did not know what a geode was but after looking it up they are beautiful.....I know this sounds dumb but can you tumble any rock or just specific ones?

Your hubby was really on to something when he said "keep your eyes open there is treasure everywhere".....So true.....

I am glad you have had these special days with him...sweet memories....

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Its amazing how beautiful rocks are when they are tumbled. Our winter lasts until March here in New England. Happy New Year. Back to school tomorrow!!!

Kim said...

Your husband has the neatest hobbies. I love the polished rocks. Now, what are you going to do with them?

Larkrise garden girl said...

What pretty Rocks.Have a Happy New Year!

Marti said...

Oooo, were you spoiled or what! My mom used to polish rocks. Not living too far from the beach, she had an endless supply of material. There is something about seeing the transformation of a plain rock into a beautiful treasure that is inspiring--kind of like what God can do with our lives.

Maryann said...

Sounds like you have one sweet husband. I had the same thought as Marti God can transform our lives similiat to what a rock tumbler can do for rocks

Pom Pom said...

Hi Kim!
That IS so sweet that your hubby has been feeding you!
The rocks are gorgeous! I'd be on the lookout for treasures, too!
Have a happy week!

Kessie said...

I love the polished rocks! The munchkins will think that they're diamonds. I thought that when I first saw some. :-)