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I recently moved to Sacramento, Ca–which might as well be New York, NY or Los Angeles, Ca as far as I am concerned. In the words of Mr J. Cougar Mellencamp, “I was born in a small town.”I have always lived in a small town. Except now, I live in a big city-town.

Admittedly, I was pretty nervous about the move, not sure that I would handle the transition well. But, I moved, I’m here now, and guess what? It’s not so bad. Its actually really pretty kinda’ great. I live in a cute little old house, on a quiet little old street–and it is not that much different than life back in the small town.

And the best part, the river is right behind my house. Right behind it. A hop, skip, and a jump away. Miles and miles of bike trail, too. Something that was very hard to come by in the country. People aren’t nearly as accommodating if you are trying to ride your bike in the foothills. So even though we are in the city, a short walk along our quiet street, and it feels like I am back home.

The hubby and I took one of these walks just yesterday, and what a perfect fall day it was. We even brought the beast with us (our dog, Sable).


It is usually a popular fishing spot, but signs were up posting no fishing till the year ends. Apparently it is spawning season. It was amazing to see that Salmon swimming up stream and jumping out of the water! I felt like we were whale-watching!


It was a no-makeup kind of day. Nice to let my skin breathe ๐Ÿ™‚


Sable goes crazy for the water,

and is relentless about getting a stick thrown to her. . .


. . .and then she found a huge rock that she had to have.

It kept her busy for about ten minutes.


She is annoying but she is pretty cute.

Some ducks were also enjoying the lovely fall day.IMG_3186

and some kayakers,


and another bird. . . I believe it to be a blurry bird of some sort.


and another bird. . .





And on the way out, we saw this cute little fellow.



He’s so cute!

When we got home I went to work making some pieces with the fall river colors fresh in my mind.

Here’s what I came up with:

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first this pair of hoops, with Labradorite, Adventurine, and Czech glass in shades of yellows, green, and gray. I think that the colors mimic the stones, water, and fall foliage pretty well. You can view them in my Etsy Shop here: River in the Fall Hoops

And then this pair of dangles.


You can check them out here: River in the Fall Dangles

So it was a pretty good day. I am thankful for that river spot, it is helping me to fit in here, to feel safe, to feel home. I think this country mouse is gonna make it after all ๐Ÿ™‚