Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Getting ready to pack for Phoenix today. We leave tomorrow. Throwing jeans and shirts in a suitcase is not a problem but choosing which beads to take is a BIG problem. If I take too many the car might not climb the hills. If I don't take enough...... oh, the horror!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Phoenix/Scottsdale the saga continues

After a couple of changes in Coop's knee surgery schedule we are set to go again. We leave here Wednesday Sept. 30. We will take two days to drive so we won't be beaten to a pulp when we arrive. Sam is going with us so he will have to stop for potty breaks. Sam will spend some time in the Petsmart PetsHotel while we are there. If you haven't boarded your pet there check it out. Sam loves to go there and play with the other dogs. Coop will have surgery Monday the 2nd. He is supposed to stay in town for three weeks after surgery. He will have physical therapy, etc. He will probably be in the hospital three days. They won't let him out until he is totally able to care for himself.

Three weeks in a hotel.... eeeeeekkkkk. We are staying at the Courtyard (Marriott) which is so close you can almost spit to the hospital. It's brand new and beautiful but it's still a hotel. We will have a full kitchen and sitting room. Do those people think I plan on cooking??? I will be taking pounds of beads and my laptop. Those two things just may save what little sanity I have left! And of course there are many, many bead stores nearby. Maybe this isn't going to be too bad after all!!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Phoenix/Scottsdale Bead Stores

Can you imagine how hard it is to be in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and not have time to go to a single bead store? There are tons of bead stores. We were there two days with no time for play. Coop was at Mayo Clinic getting ready to have his knee replacement surgery. Both his knees were injured playing college football. That totally free education is costing him dearly now. Thank goodness there are good doctors that can fix him. We will be back in Arizona in a few weeks and I'll have lots of extra time to play. Watch out bead stores, here comes Suzanne!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

El Desfile de Los Ninos

Just got back from watching El Desfile de Los Ninos (The Children's Pet Parade) and it is really a hoot! Furry, four-legged pirates, bees and super-heroes were seen in the parade. The pet parade featured costumed kids with animals of all sizes. Chickens, cats, kittens, ducks and dogs were dressed-up in outfits ranging from cowboys to ladybugs. Some kids had little wagons with fish tanks and gerbil cages. My favorite "float" was a shopping cart with cardboard on each side painted to look like a stage coach. The "horses" were hitched to the cart but they were two beautiful Labradors! One entry had every character in The Wizard of Oz with the dogs dressed like the flying monkeys. There were cages chickens and two roosters that were on the owners' shoulders. I have no idea how they stayed on. The cute part of this parade is seeing the imagination of the kids translated into costumes. There were dogs from the tiniest Chihuahuas to enormous Great Danes. I don't know how those tiny dogs could keep up but they all did. The dogs were having a grand time and the only sound I heard from them was from one Bloodhound who bayed as he walked. A big percentage of the crowd brought their dogs. Of course Sam had to go. He was so good I couldn't believe it. He sat and watched the entire parade and didn't make a sound.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Web site hell.....

I feel as though I've been living in web site hell for the past couple of weeks. My host moved the files to a larger database. My site didn't make the move very well. I had no sites for a few days. After doing a tap dance on some heads they got my sites running. Well, at times they were running. I have not had e-mail for at least 10 days. More tap dancing.... and more.....and more and still no e-mail. I pulled the plug on them this afternoon and signed on with another host. I've been uploading web site files all afternoon. YEA! suzannecooper.com is up and running! I'm uploading bead-patterns-24-7 now. After that one is finished I'm going to the house and collapse! Wait.... I'll have a wee drink and then collapse.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


I listed some patterns on my Etsy site today. It has been so long since I listed something I forgot how to do it! http://snipurl.com/ro8la

Monday, September 7, 2009

Marcus Amerman beadwork

Marcus Amerman has a photo of his Indian Market entry on his web site. It is a10 x 26 inch rendering of Buffalo Bill, Brave Chief, Knife Chief, Young Chief, American Horse, Rocky Bear, Flies Above, and Long Wolf inspired by the historic photo of the same. The piece contains nearly 118 colors in the over 120,000 beads.

My lovely picnic....yuck!

Coop and I have been married a long, long time. I'm not saying how long but I'll give you a hint. Benjamin Franklin was a guest at our wedding. Bennie Baby (that's what I called him) was a great dancer. I digress. OK, you've got the picture. A long marriage that just may have lasted ONE DAY TOO LONG.

Yesterday Coop decided we should drive up the mountain to the base of the ski area and have a picnic somewhere on our way up. I have never been a fan of picnics and that is putting it politely but like a good wife I agreed to go. We packed our lunch and headed up the mountain. It's only 16 miles from my house to the base of Ski Santa Fe area. The catch is that Santa Fe is at 7260 feet above sea level and the base of the ski area is at 10,350 feet. That means we climbed 3090 feet on a road that was switch backs all the way. Thank goodness there was no road to the top of the ski area or that fool would have driven to the top which is at 12,075 feet.

Do you have any idea how many people were camping in the National Forest yesterday? I don't either but I do know that every picnic table and camping space was occupied. Duh.... this is Labor Day weekend. We ended up eating our lunch while sitting on a ROCK. This was not my idea of fine dining.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sig's trip

Just looked at Sig's web site about their trip to China, Tibet, Yangtze River and Cambodia. Wow! Take a peek.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

No longer sad.....

A couple of weeks ago I was sad because a local bead store was closing. Good news! A local beader has rented the space and will be opening in three weeks or so. It will be called "The Beading Heart of Santa Fe." As if that wasn't enough to make me happy there is a new store open next door to my favorite place for breakfast. It's called "Ritual Adornments." The best way to start a day is to eat a breakfast burrito with green chile at Tia Sophia's and go next door and look at beads!