About Me

Vet Life

I graduated from Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. I was the Guide (now called Expert) to Veterinary Medicine on About.com for 16 years. I retired from about.com in March of 2015.

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Regular Life

I am happily married and the mom of two fab kids – a son and a daughter. We live out in the rolling wheat fields on a little farm, but aren’t farmers. Just like living out here.

barred-rockGlass Rooster Bead


I have them. I love them. The cat in the sidebar is Herman Roosevelt Quinn and sweet Sophie. Sweet memories.

And, as many of you know, I love chickens! I love them in real life and I love making chicken beads. I have several photos of my pets – dogs, cats, chickens and geese all over this site, Instagram, a few on Pinterest, and my TwitPic photo page.

Art Life

I have a life-long love and fascination (some would say obsession) with glass and beads. Now that I am a grownup, I have my own flaming propane-oxygen torch to melt glass rods and make my own beads. I love it. Making beads is mesmerizing for me. You can view samples of my work and learn more about the bead making process (called lampworking or flameworking) on my glass bead site and art Facebook page.

In February 2010, I learned to knit, thanks to a friend in NYC who said “just go on YouTube – you can learn to knit!” So I did. And now I finally get what is so addicting about yarns. The colors, the textures, how they feel when you knit with them.

Mr Blanca shows off
Mr. Blanca – best rooster ever. RIP