While we’re on the subject of jewelry, here’s a picture I took of our wedding rings last time I was on the Coast. I don’t wear mine anymore but MDW still wears hers occasionally (in case you haven’t read the Wedding Story, we replaced her rings for our 10th anniversary, and I don’t wear any jewelry not even a watch).
I’ll show you the picture then I’ll tell you the story…
Our wedding was a DIY affair as I mentioned in that post I just linked to, and part of the DIY aspect was going to a jeweler in the Town and Country Village in SJ and picking rings. As it happened he didn’t have anything we liked, but he did have a big book of designs and we found one that we liked (and he was cheap). We wanted matching rings so the design had to lend itself to that.
The original design was not meant to have a gem, rather there was a carved flower (you can almost make out bits of it in the gold ring), but he said he could put a gem in there somehow, unfortunately he wasn’t a very good jeweler (that’s why mine looks like shit). But it gets worse, we came to live in Australia the week after we were married and two weeks after that, MDW’s stone fell out while we were at the beach, if you’re a bit slow, let me make it easy for you…a ruby (the original stone) about the size of a match head plus a sandy beach equals "so long Mr Ruby, hello ring with a hole in it".
The good news is that when we went back to the States to live a few years later, the jeweler was still in business (yeah I know, unbelievable) and he put a diamond, not for free, but at least he only charged what he paid for the gem and no labor, (but he didn’t refund the cost of the ruby). Well what do you know, I got a whole post out of that. But wait there’s more!
And now for something completely different…..
This is really a totally different post but I’ll just post it here. It’s an update on the Bobby (the stray). He is looking a lot better and his coat is starting to get a bit of a shine to it. As you can see he seems to be settling in quite well, this is where he hangs out while I’m on the computer so he can keep an eye on me…
Ok, now this is funny! Bentley isn’t all that pleased with the new situation, or to put it more bluntly, he doesn’t like the new guy. They’ve had a few fights so far but I just let them go at it, they have to establish the beta dog (I’m the alpha). Bentley wins all the time (its strange, for a such placid dog he really doesn’t take any shit from other dogs) and the fights are getting shorter all the time with Bobby submitting quicker.
I could do a "what is happening here" deal but I won’t, I’ll tell you.
Having low fences hasn’t been an issue up until now because neither Buddy nor Bentley can jump, not so for Bobby, Border Collies are renowned for it. He jumps over it all the time (sometimes he clears it without even touching it). But here’s where it gets funny, if Bentley is in the yard when Bobby is outside, he won’t let him back in, which is what’s happening in the photo, that’s Bentley chasing after Bobby who is trying to get back in the yard. Bentley positions himself where Bobby is trying to jump back over the fence and fakes him out. It’s really funny to watch.
**Bonus points if you know where the pop culture reference in red comes from.
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