Monthly Archives: August 2009

Day 2 in Indonesia – Borobudor Temple (IMAGE HEAVY)

This is actually the second full day in Indonesia. We visited the
Borobudur Buddhist Temple. It is one of the 7 wonders of the world. It
is simply amazing and words cannot describe what it was like to
actually be there. This is very image heavy, but should be worth it.

This images is one of the temple. It is so big that I can’t even get the whole thing in the picture.

Pictures
of the detailed carvings on the temple. They are amazing and actually
tell various stories about the times and different values.

Pictures of Riley and her new found friend Amelia

My
Friend Jim (The other white dude) is being eaten by the dragon. Andra
is trying to pull him free, while Riley and Amelia attack from behind
to free their friend and dad. Wink

This is a picture of the “working” Buddhist temple. The one we are visiting is no longer used for worshiping.

There are 72 of these little bells at the top of the temple. There is a Buddha in each one of them.

Coming back down for the next leg of our trip

August 2009 Class Schedule

As promised, here is my August 2009 class schedule. If there is something you would like to see offered, please let me know. Also, these are mostly night and weekend classes, I do have some days open for classes as well. Just call me and we can set something up.

August 2009 Schedule

Location Date Time Class Cost
Beads ‘N More
8/8
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Creative Earrings
$38**
Columbus JMAG
8/10
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Columbus Guild Meeting
Free
NEO JMAG
8/12
6:00 – 8:00 pm
North East Ohio Guild Meeting
Free
Embellish
8/13
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Creative Earrings
$45
Embellish
8/18
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Making Metal Beads
$65
Norton
8/20
10:00 – 3:00 pm
Basic Soldering
$105
Norton
8/20
3:30 – 6:00 pm
Piercing and Riveting
$55
Norton
8/20
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Lily Pendant and Viney Cone Earrings
$55
Norton
8/21
10:00 – 3:00 pm
Bezel Set Ring
$115
Norton
8/21
3:30 – 8:00 pm
Bezel Set Pendant
$100
Beads ‘N More
8/22
1:30 – 4:30pm
Beaded and Wire Wave Cuff
$45**
Embellish
8/26
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Woven Wire Pendant
$65
Beads ‘N More
8/27
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Viking Knit Bracelet
$45**
Norton
8/28
10:00 – 12:30 pm
Open Studio
$65**

** Some materials not included. Please see the class description for details.

Payment
must be received in full to guarantee your space. All materials and use
of tools are included in the class fee, unless otherwise noted.

A Breast Cancer Survivor and other news

So you may have noticed that I have been gone for a long time. Well let me tell you, that last few months have been crazy. Just before my family and I took our trip to Indonesia we learned that my mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. You hear about people having breast cancer all the time, but it shouldn’t ever happen to anyone you know and care about…. let alone your mom. Well, as I have just pointed out, that is exactly what happened. It was frightening to know that you could lose someone you love so easily. I have been through some awful losses and I am not quite ready to go through that with my parents. But then again, when are we ever truly ready?

Shortly after returning from Indonesia, my girls and I packed our bags and headed to Utah so we could be with my mom and help her out as she recovered. It turns out, she is so resilient she could have probably done without us. Although I would like to think that she enjoyed our company. It was really difficult to keep the house clean and I felt bad about that, but I think my parents actually didn’t mind as much and even enjoyed listening to the giggles and bickering of my little ones.

I have always had a lot of respect for my mother, but watching her as she went through the surgery and process of removing the cancer has opened my eyes and I have even more respect for her and all people that go through this process. It isn’t painless and it isn’t pretty. I am simply amazed at the grace in which my mom handled everything. I am so grateful that my work and home situation is such that I was able to be with her as she went through all of this.

My family and I deeply appreciate the prayers and positive thoughts from all of those of you that knew about our situation. I got a flood of concerned emails and calls from many of you when you saw that my July classes had been canceled.

I am glad to say that they believe my mother is cancer free and doesn’t even need chemo and most likely won’t need radiation. What a blessing that is. We have heard awful stories of chemo and I am so grateful that she will not need to go through any of that.

So thank you again for the prayers and healing thoughts.

With all that said, I am now back in Ohio and things are getting on a roll. My class schedule has been posted for August and I am going to start working on the September schedule soon. If there is something you would like to see offered, please let me know and I will get it on the schedule. You can see the current class schedule on my website: http://www.melissamuir.com/classes.htm. I will also get it posted here on the blog when I return home tonight from our youth activity.

I will be adding more pictures of our Indonesia trip also. I know you have been waiting a long time to see them. But it is coming I promise. I will also be addressing my website and online store within the next couple of weeks. I have many new items I will be adding and old ones that I will be removing. So if there is something in the store you would like to have, now is the time to buy it.

Until later tonight, or tomorrow morning, have a good evening.