A lot has happened since I last posted. My speech to the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters' Guild went well but then two days later I got a call in the middle of the night telling me that my father had passed away. He was 94 and in the hospital for a minor infection, but otherwise healthy, so it was quite a shock. He outlived all his friends and family except for his kids, so there was no funeral or service of any kind. I finished up a couple of craft shows in late October and early November and then drove down to Florida to wrap up his affairs.
Since then I have been taking a vacation from jewelry making and instead focussed, pun intended, on a couple of photography projects. I edited and optimized my digital photos from trips to the Thelon region of the Northwest Territories of Canada and also from a trip to see the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and produced two hardbound books of my photos using a print-on-demand service called Blurb. You lay out your book and then upload it to Blurb and they print and bind it and mail it to you. Very cool.
You can actually look at my books online. I had no intention of trying to sell them, but I discovered that Blurb automatically puts them online with the price to produce them, so I'm using it just as a feature to share the books with friends. If you go to this link, click on the book and then click on the full screen icon (the little box with outward pointing arrows) and you can page through the book.
For the Rwanda book: http://blur.by/1dWgVuA
For the Thelon book with photos of musk oxen: http://blur.by/1fuRCzE
Thanks for looking.