COVID Diaries: Day 402

We had over a week of unseasonably warm and sunny weather, with highs in the low 70s!  We even broke a record last week, with a high of 74.  It has been amazing.  I’m not one who can take the endless gray and cold days of winter and early spring around here.  Someday soon, I’ll have to change that up.  This morning, it’s back to rain…

The sunshine and warmth meant I was able to get in some outdoor dining at my favorite spots around town and soak up the Vitamin D and good food! Plus the time spent with girlfriends is always much needed.

The rocks I started tumbling are finished!  They look beautiful!  I even discovered that one of them is most definitely an agate and there’s another one that I think is an agate.  I’m going to keep trying to find agates, but obviously my agate skills need polishing.  Sadly, I’m pretty sure that the motor on my tumbler went kaput, within hours of starting a second batch of rocks.  I tried to poke around in it with my very limited mechanical skills, but the sound it is making and the fact that it is no longer turning the shaft leads me to believe there’s not an easy fix for this.  It was $12.99 at the Goodwill, so I can’t say I did too badly.  I’ll keep working on the first one, but thanks to Amazon Prime, my new rock tumbler arrived yesterday and I’m back in action!  Yes, I am aware that owning a rock tumbler (or multiple rock tumblers) puts me in a very distinct category of nerd.

Now that the rain is back, I imagine I’ll make some more progress on my puzzle.  I worked on it for a bit last night and was happy with where I ended up.

I’ve been getting some reading in too, but I still really need a vacation!

7 thoughts on “COVID Diaries: Day 402

  1. My late father-in-law became a rockhound in the area where my in-laws parked their mobile home in Quartzsite, AZ. They were snowbirds and lived there over the winters.

    I met them after his retirement and many of the gifts they gave us were pieces of jewelry he had made from the stones he polished and mounted. Like you, these are memory reminders for us. Both of my in-laws have passed but we have divvying them out over time from the boxes in which he stored and mounted them for display at the desert swap meets during his lifetime.

    Based on this connection I’ve saved a prompt using the term agate to possibly write on later. I’m sure I have some agate pieces he made somewhere in my personal collection. Any interesting info you may have on this stone would therefor be appreciated.

    • Thank you for the lovely story, and I apologize for the delay in responding! Agates are a relatively common stone formed in volcanic rocks, but there are many different types found all over the world. They are known for having a waxy lustre, pitting, sometimes banding, and a translucency. In the Northwest, they are often found on the coastal gravel beds on beaches, as well as the gravel beds of rivers. I’m just a beginner, but am enjoying learning!

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