Monthly Archives: July 2014

Quartz Crystal Mining


My youngest sister came up from Georgia this past May for a short visit. While she was here it was her birthday and she wanted to go dig for quartz crystals. Here in Arkansas there are many places to dig and keep as many crystals as you can load into your car.
I’ve seen a few guys trying to carry a huge boulder size quartz rock to their car. Though with each tiring effort, they managed to put it into their car. I also noticed a lady, standing near her car with about ten quartz rocks the size of bowling balls, as well as a few buckets full of dirt and rocks. Like I said, if you can manage digging for them and getting them into your car, it’s yours to keep, but for a small fee, which is the admission price for the entire day.
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Some places I’ve found charge $10 or more. One place charges $20. I was lucky to have found one that charged $8, the only problem was the road getting to the place was badly washed out and in some areas the road was sharply inclined that if I were to let off the gas, my car would roll backwards or I wouldn’t be able to continue the climb without backing all the way down the hill and giving it another charging start back up.
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Once we got up the hill and to the actual digging site, I paid for our admission, found a parking spot, then got our tools and buckets out, and headed towards the digging area, which is a huge red hill of lovely clay mud, mostly dried clay rock. I didn’t care to look for the biggest quartz rock, however, I had set out to find the shiny points to which I planned to use for necklace pendants.
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After twenty minutes of digging, my sister was bored and hot and decided to go sit in the car. Meanwhile, I continued to dig and scavenge as much as I could. I found quite a lot of clear rocks, some small and some half the size of my hand. I was enjoying myself. It’s the archaeologist in me I think. I did get somewhat cover in the red clay, mostly on my shoes, but that wasn’t what bothered me. What bothered me was the eight-legged residents. I made sure not to bother them as much as I could.
I had enjoyed myself so much, that a few weeks later I made another trip back to the same crystal mine and had found more of what I was looking for on that trip than I did on the previous trip.
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If you are interested in purchasing a small clear crystal rock or pendant, I have them listed on my Etsy page.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers


I love this photo challenge. It makes me think of my daughter. I think of children as containers – containers of mass quantities of energy.

My daughter is naturally hyper and can go, go, go from the moment she gets up until several hours after she’s been put to bed – yes, you read that correctly. She lays in bed most nights, talking to herself, or singing, or telling such creative stories to her stuffed animals she’s gone to bed with.

I have also added cups (containers that hold important liquids, such as coffee).

Have a blessed day!

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One Word Photo Challenge: Rainbow


I love rainbows. Just something about a bow of bright colors magically appearing high in the sky after a storm. It stands out in its unique way across a dark blue sky, causing almost everyone to notice it. They make me smile and feel like a giddy child as I think back to stories from my childhood of the pot-o-gold at the end of the rainbow or the one about Noah and the Ark.
Here are a few pictures I have taken of some rainbows. Enjoy! And may you have a blessed day! 🙂
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For anyone wishing to partake in the photo challenge, or to see next weeks challenge, please check out this blog: http://jennifernicholewells.com/2014/07/15/one-word-photo-challenge-rainbow/

Cats, Kittehs, and Kittens


All photos were taken by me and are copyrighted by me. Please do not use them without my consent.

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All photos were taken by me and are copyrighted by me. Please do not use them without my consent.

There is no such thing as an Autistic Adult


As a mother of an autistic daughter, I worry about when she won’t have the assistance she will need when she becomes of age. I can see that my worrying isn’t all for not, after reading what this blogger has gone through in her search for assistance as an adult with autism.

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Autism only occurs in children.  Because it is a childhood disorder, as an autistic child leaves adolescence behind, the symptoms of their autism will gradually decrease and disappear. By the time the person is an adult, they will be completely Autism-free. They will have no need for speech or physical therapy. No need for mental health services. They will be fully functioning adults – ready to get a job, go to college and begin their new life without autism.

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Of course this is ABSOLUTELY, 100% NOT TRUE, but this is something I am told every day by the media and organizations that claim to “support Autism.”

When I first suspected I had Asperger’s, I immediately began looking for more information about a diagnosis and support. A google search of Autism and Jacksonville, FL was hopeful. So many resources! CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities). The HEAL (Healing Every Autistic…

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