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Judy G.
I was raised in South Florida back in the years when it was a peaceful and wonderfully safe place to live. We lived a mile from the beach and could ride our bikes over the intercoastal bridge right to the best beach around. All my years of growing up I was a competitive swimmer and belonged to AAU. I granduated from Florida State University with a BS degree in nursing. I am recently retired but I'm thinking of going back to work to support my hobbies.
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Sunday, May 27, 2012


We are here in Franklin, NC, and having a ball.  We went ruby mining at 2 different places yesterday and got filthy dirty digging in the dirt and getting all that muddy sluice water all over us.  I tell you, my finger nails are orange all around the edges!  I had the misfortune to be stuck right next to Cade, who, after going through 6 "Rainbow" buckets, got bored and started playing with the screened trays.  He got me soaked with yucky water.  We did end up going to another mine and had better luck there, because we cheated and payed for buckets that were seeded with gems already.  I found quite a few rubies and sapphires, and my daughter mostly found emeralds.  Today Laura (my daughter) and I went to a gem cutter to decide what jewelry we wanted made out of our treasures.  I ended up ordering two rings - one emerald and one garnet.  My biggest ruby was not of cuttable quality, so I'll keep it uncut, I guess.  It was fun anyway.  Today is officially Cade's 7th birthday, so he's been flying high.  We have to go back to the real world tomorrow.


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