Life gets so stressful so fast. Especially when you are attempting to drive in conditions that can only mean our dear sweet mother nature is trying to kill you. I passed several flipped cars and even more cars that were off the road in the attempt to get out to Galena. Poor- G-d- was probably like 'Shut up already it is Illinois it is Winter- you should expect this.'
We made it alive. Barely. It was advanced winter driving techniques 103 or something. Frigid temps, snow, and, wind blowing the snow into white out conditions- while blowing cars across the highway- then just for fun lets add in hills, cliffs, and tight turns. Oh yeah- also for kicks make it late at night with no street lights.
We arrived. Safely. at 2 am. Kids passed out around 3. I gave up the fight around 4. I was up and ready the following morning at 7. The next day my friend and I had decided to take a beading class: "Wine, Chocolate, and Beads" at Galena Beads It was so much fun. Our teacher even has her own etsy store Hollingsworth. She makes the coolest rings! I am trying to not go hog wild and buy a few more of her pieces than is reasonable.
Admittedly, I was SO overwhelmed. And entire store full of beads how to choose just a few to make a piece of jewelry. Something caught my eye- very art deco- very cool. I found what I was looking for. The main part at least- the rest was to complement the 'main event'.
Beading commenced. It was turning out beautifully. And I was hooked. I have a new pastime a new way to reach my 'zen'.
Here are some pictures taken by my very talented friend Jenni of Lion's Roar Media