Wednesday, February 09, 2011

One Flower Wednesdays

With Valentine's Day next week I thought I would get an early start. 

Still lots of snow but the weather is warming up, -12C today, and sunny.

I am still trying to get used to the cold after being away for most of January to Arizona. Spent  2 weeks in Yuma going back and forth to Mexico for dental work, eye glasses and hearing aides. My husband and I both got some dental work done in Algodones, Mexico. I can't believe how much money we saved. I got 8 silver filling replaced with white ones, 2 bridges and 2 more white fillings for less than I spent on 1 root canal and crown a couple of years ago. The tooth cracked and had to be pulled so it was a waste of money in the first place.

My husband finally admitted to hearing loss and to my surprise had a hearing test while I was in the dentist chair. He came away with 2 hearing aides, also for 1/3 the price at home. He stuck them on and has had no problems, they are over the ear type with little tubes sitting in the ear and he
says how good it is to hear again. He has high frequency hearing loss so he couldn't hear me Ha Ha. It sure is nice not having the TV loud and he even turns it down now instead of up. I also realized how much stress not being able to hear had caused him, he is more relaxed not having to strain to hear.

While we were in Arizona we started stopping along the road to search for rocks in the desert. We found some very interesting and different ones.

Also took in the Quartzite POW WOW, a huge rock and gem show. There were so many rocks I even lost interest after 1/3 of the way through, although I did find more beads and rocks to buy. While in Laughlin, Nevada we found another rock and gem sale which was being held in the RV park across the road from the Avi Resort & Casino we were staying in. I found a wonder lady selling findings and more interesting beads at a reasonable price. Now I have to get busy and make some pendants.  There was a couple there from Saskatchewan who will be selling at the

Calgary Rock and Lapidary Club Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show ... Sunday, May 8, 2011 10 am - 5 pm. West Hillhurst Arena 1940 - 6 Avenue NW, Calgary, Alberta.

Hope to see them there.

What a nice place the resort was, we've never gambled but broke down and spent a few dollars and I do mean a few. I cashed in when I doubled my $1.00 much to my husband's amusement. I walked away with a whopping  $3.50 profit. I am afraid they lost money on us, gave us both a free breakfast buffet and the room was only $21.60 including taxes. It made a good base to explore the surrounding area.Well enough of my travelogue, maybe more pictures next time, I'm cutting up some cotton pajama bottoms to make a quilt and have to get back at it.


Just One More Thing said...

I had to laugh when you said your husband finally admitted to hearing loss. When my husband and I were first married (30 yrs. ago) I made him get a hearing test because he never heard me when I talked to him. The outcome: he heard, but didn't listen!! Men!!

ps Your flowers are lovely!!

merumo said...

I didn't know you were in Arizona! Well, Yuma is a little far away from we are thought. I've heard about how much we can save to get the medical and dental work done in Mexico, and sounds like it is the truth. Glad you are happy with it and your hubby is able to hear you better now. And beside, your red blooms are gorgeous!!

Gerda Hartman said...

Four lovely happy flowers. Very nice colours.

ria vogelzang said...

You made some great flowers; especially the one with the hearts.... ;))
Good for you to have your dental work etc. done so cheap! I have a friend who always go to Romania (where her family lives)to do her dental work there, it is so much cheaper she says.
Hope the weather will soon warm up for you; overhere it already feels like spring, with a little sunshine. It is a bit early, so we'll have to wait and see if it stays that way......
Enjoy your day!

PJ said...

I love your flowers. I've just read back over several posts, and I see you often do theme flowers to fit is with the season, holidays, or travel. What a great idea. In answer to a couple of questions that you have posed. It takes me about 45 minutes per flower, and I think 11 stitches to a side is about right with what I do.

Karen said...

Wonderful Valentine flowers! Some savings on medical bills and beautiful rocks. It is -10C here today, but the sun is shining.

Raewyn said...

Wow what an interesting time you have had - and great to be able to save a lot of money getting the 'health things' done. Your flowers are very pretty, happy and cheerful in red.

Narelle said...

Lovely flowers, especially the heart fabric perfect for valentines.

Dolly Cloth said...

great hexagon garden

Wendy said...

Very pretty Valentine Flowers!