22k gold 6 ga round wire band with fused 16 ga and 24 ga wire
accents with a bezel set 2.32 ct. natural (no heat) cushion cut
My business is up 50% over last year at this time so I am happy and
busy. =) I am the "jeweler" in the house so I don't get the yummy
jewelry. Since I am a novice (thus the quotes in the previous
sentence) and presently working in sterling I am not making my
beloved the ring he wants (he is more of a 22 kt, big rocking diamond
kinda guy). But I am working towards it. =) (Maybe next year after
some stone setting classes and a few more attempts at gold.)
So this year I bought a live Christmas tree. Sound cheap and or
strange? There's a story...
My husband and I have been married 7 1/2 years so this is our 8th
Christmas. In those years, we have never done the same thing for
Christmas two years in a row. One of those years we moved before
Christmas and had a baby 2 days after. We have traveled for
Christmas (last year we were in Senegal for Christmas and Madeira for
New Year's... some thing my 6 yr old was hoping to do again this
year) been home for Christmas, gone to Grandma's house for Christmas
and so on. We have had a fake Christmas tree for 8 years, put it up
twice before this year. We haven't been home so why decorate? And
home has changed... often. We have lived in 6 places since we were
married. In the last 4 years, we have bought 3 houses in 3 different
states. My 6 year old has lived in 4 states, my 3 (almost 4) yr old 3
different states. Gypsy life! But no family traditions- other than
moving every 18 months or so.
This year, we are home for Christmas so I got out the fake tree and
decorated it last week. But my beloved wasn't in the spirit, he has
been a bit grumpy this week. Sounding very much like the Grinch in
fact. So last night I decided we were going to buy a live tree.
Talked him into the going with me, on the way there he kept saying
"We already have a tree. We don't have to have a live one." etc. He
grumped about the cost, but I bought the tree anyway. Brought it
home, lugged it in the house (Live trees are heavy! All those roots.)
and decorated it. And what do you know... he turned on Christmas
music, put presents around the tree, let the kids pick and open one
present and was happy. We will plant the tree outside and next year
will put lights on it and it will continue to be our Christmas tree,
to be joined by another one next year.
So this year I am giving my beloved and my children the beginnings
of a tradition. Next year... yummy jewelry.
And we are planning on staying put. Pine trees have long roots!
Happy holidays all,