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    Hunting Topaz in Mason

    There’s no denying the Texas Hill Country is gorgeous. In my latest article for Texas Co-op Power magazine, I returned to Mason, Texas—where my husband’s family is from—to explore topaz, the official state gem. Did you know Mason County is the only county in Texas where you can find topaz? For us, the real prize in Mason is visiting family, dining together at the many quaint restaurants, and fishing in the Llano River, but there are many opportunities to obtain the official state gem when you’re in town. >> Read the story in the May 2020 issue here << Let’s stay connected!For news, insider exclusives, occasional recipes, and book recommendations,…

  • Face Masks

    Making Face Masks

    My Grandma Judy gave me my sewing machine when I was in junior high and I’m still sewing on that Singer today–one of my favorite hobbies. My friend is a nurse in the infectious disease unit at one of our main hospitals here in Arizona and they are asking for cloth mask donations for use throughout the hospital. I made a bunch of face masks and my neighbors all threw in some pizza cash for the hospital personnel. I am so grateful for our community here. Many hospitals are accepting donations–you can find out what they need by going to their website or calling. I used a pattern by Jess with OklaRoots for…