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Ncmomof4

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I bought some fun colored fountain pens! :D it makes me smile to use fun colors and pens to write schedule. But to be slightly honest a very small part of me think that maybe these pens will actually help me get organized.:oops: Yeah right.....but worth the dream ;)
 

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And I bought this at the Rock and Mineral Show.


K2 Granite 2019 07 06 A.jpg

These are two specimens of the famous K2 granite from the base of K2. The granite and the mountain are shrouded in mystery. The blue azurite is not an inclusion in the granite but a "stain". (The black biotite component in the granite can be seen to run through the azurite "stain" in these photographs.) This means that the rock cuts, tumbles and polishes well. It sometimes contains little green "stains" of malachite as well.

I expected the world's 2nd highest peak to be steeped in local traditions, folklore, mythology and history. I was surprised to find that it didn't even have a local name until Western explorers surveyed it. On both the Chinese and Pakistani sides, it is so remote and and surrounded by such inhospitable name that it cannot be seen from any inhabited place. Sometimes it is referred to as Ketu (K2 mispronounced after an entity in Hindu astrology) but this is more a Western flight of fancy than a local tradition. I love a good mystery and this rock has more than its fair share of them.
 

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This is jet. It's the first specimen of jet that I've acquired. Jet is a type of lignite, the precursor of coal. It is formed by the decay, under pressure, of trees commonly of the family Araucariaceae, of which the New Zealand Kauri and the Monkey Puzzle Tree are members. Since it is of biological origin it is not a true mineral but a mineraloid. It is used as a gem stone. It is warmer to the touch than other stones. It is also referred to as "black amber", because when rubbed it acquires a charge of static electricity like amber. (Our word "electricity" is derived from the Ancient Greek word ἤλεκτρον meaning amber.)
 

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And I bought this from the Rock and Mineral Show.

Galena 2019 07 06 A.jpg

This is Galena, a lead sulfide mineral. This specimen is from Bulgaria. Galena forms cubic and octahedral crystals. It is the primary ore of lead.
 

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Azurite 2019 07 06 B.jpg

This is azurite, a copper carbonate mineral. In the open air it tends to weather into malachite, which is also a copper carbonate mineral. The lighter patches in this specimen are due to such weathering. This specimen will need to be protected from air, moisture and light.
 

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Watercolors in a new to me brand. Also some new modern colors lavender, dusk pink, dusk violet and dusk green brand Van Gogh. A burnt sienna as my other by Cotman is running low. A very cool lemon yellow, rose, quinacridone rose, red violet and turquoise green.All 10 half pans. A very big sheet inexpensive watercolor cardboard to make a colors chart poster.
 

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Today I mail ordered a couple of red T-shirts. I'm a volunteer worker for the election campaign of two Labour Party candidates in the local elections. The Labour Party shop doesn't have official T-shirts in my size. So, I thought that I'd at least wear the party colour. I'm going to look very conspicuous.
 

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Sized up in trousers and am so comfortable kind of checkered like golf pants.
Also ordered a couple of skirts and dresses the next size up. Getting clothes that fit rather than feeling bad about stuff I've outgrown.
 
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Here's a dress that arrived today.
It fits so nice and has room for expansion. Also drapes nicely over my fat belly and expanding hips. Holding it just to show the belly but it's well hidden when the dress hangs loose. Although I think I'm starting to underestimate my wideness :)20190819_171832.jpg
 

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New clothes were delivered.
Disappointment as the skirts and trousers didn't fit. But I'm keeping this dress. After all it's repping CAKE!20190822_200125.jpg 20190822_200145.jpg
 

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The dress looks fine and pretty.
I went to look at clothes online but moved on to crafts, junk journal supplies and blank books.
 

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Ancestry DNA kit. They are on sale and I decided to spend part of my "whatever" money for this pay period on one.

I did the 23 and me kit last month, but didn't find any close relatives. I was told to do an Ancestry kit too because the database is much larger and they have more genealogy resources. I have a better chance of finding close relatives with it.
 

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I ordered a couple of scarves from an old friend who's a weaver. One is going to be shades of blue and gray, and the other shades of brown and rust. He's really good at it and I've been wanting to order something from him for a long time, but he had disassembled his loom to work on other things for a while and only recently set it back up.
 

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