Friday, July 14, 2017

Fishing, Alaska Style

Fishing, Alaska Style

     It's a great time of year in Katmai National Park in Alaska. Salmon are running and bears are feasting.  Every day hundreds of visitors are flocking to Alaska to view the bears. An estimated 20,000 viewed them in 2016.     
     I'm watching the bears, too, but remotely from Arizona.  In fact, I have breakfast and lunch with them almost every day.  The bear cams located at Brooks Falls are better than ever and very popular.   

  This experienced fisherman knows he only has to wait patiently and the fish will come to him.

This younger bear has picked a spot further down the river, away from the big guys.  It looks like luck is with him today as he holds his snagged fish.

The site is not only fun, it's educational. The Park Service provides free e-books that teach about grizzly bears. Even more interesting is that it tells us the name, age, sex and other known information about individual local bears.  Ranger talks are broadcast frequently, too.   For anyone who isn't fortunate enough to watch the grizzly bears in person, the bear cams provide the next best chance to see these great animals up close.  

So the next time you have a few spare minutes or need a relaxing break, check out the Brooks Falls Bears.  Just be careful--bear cams are addictive!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Pop-up Market for Christmas in July

     My Etsy shop is one of 12 shops being featured in today's Christmas in July Pop-up Market!   There are 12 shops, all from the U.S.  They can be reached by going to today's CIJ blog post, located here.

     This is the first time I've been involved in this adventure.  So far I've met some very nice shop owners from other parts of the country.   Also, it's a lot easier than setting up for our Grand Boutiques.  No tables to move.  No items to unpack and arrange on the tables.    LOL  

     Also I have to say that a Virtual Market is a lot more comfy than a real outdoor market on a hot, hot July day in Arizona.

Saturday, July 1, 2017


      It's officially Christmas in July and time for the huge CIJ Etsy team sale.  I'm participating this year with my Desert Dabbler shop.  All of the handcrafted jewelry is on sale at 10% off.  
     In shops all over Etsy there will be sales on everything from accessories to zippers over 850,000 items on sale.  That number will probably grow as more shops get involved.
      To locate items easily you can search using CIJ or ChristmasinJuly in Etsy search, found at    I'm using the CIJ tag on my items, but some shops are using the longer tag.
     Another easy way to find sale items is the Etsy On Sale site, which is at

       In addition to the sale, the CIJ Team is planning 10 days of activities on their Blog.

July 1st – Welcome To Etsy Christmas In July 2017 – #EtsyCIJ 2017
July 2nd – CIJ Team & Wandarrah Team Cross Promotion
July 3rd – CIJ Team Leaders: Feature
July 4th – #CIJPopUpMarket #1: International Shops
July 5th – #CIJParty
July 6th – #CIJPopUpMarket #2: USA Shops
July 7th – #CIJPopUpMarket #3
July 8th – #CIJPopUpMarket #4
July 9th – CIJ Team Members: Best Photos From the #CIJLovesJuly Photo Challenge
July 10th – Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2017 To All, And To All A Good Night! – #EtsyCIJ 2017

      Desert Dabbler is one of the shops in the July 6 Pop Up Market.  Very exciting!  I'm not sure what to expect, but it will be an adventure.   I hope you'll stop by.

     The sale runs until July 10.   Happy shopping!