Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase – 22nd Street

We have been looking forward to the annual Tucson Gem Show ever since we moved here from California! Our family enjoys looking at rocks, which you can read about in this post about our 2015 visit to the Petrified Forest. In particular, our second oldest is a rock hound and knows quite a bit about rocks, gems, and minerals since he has some books all about them. It would not surprise me at all if he grows up to be a geologist.

About a month ago, every time we drove to church on Sundays, we saw some tents going up right off of the I-10 and wondered what they were for. We realized a few weeks ago that they were part of the Annual Tucson Gem Show that takes place in Tucson every year. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show here is actually made up of multiple shows, I think over 50, with the main show taking place February 13 to February 16 at the Tucson Convention Center. So it’s almost like the Showcase is a preview of the Show that runs for 2 weeks.

The Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase on 22nd Street is only one of the 50 shows going on from February 1 to February 16. It was a great place for us to start though and we spent almost 5 hours there!

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This Week on the Homestead. 01/19/20 – 01/25/20

This week I happened to go to a really nice Ace Hardware in Tucson. It felt a lot like an old fashioned hardware store. When I walked inside, I could hear the chirping of baby chicks. I spent quite a bit of time looking at them and admiring them. Seeing them really got me wanting to get my coop up and running.

baby chicks
These are some of the chicks I saw this week.

I had already started to draw out my plan for the coop last week. I finished up my ideas so I could start to buy the wood. I bought enough pieces on Friday to show the outline of the coop area.

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Booster Bricks Mega Mystery Box

The kids’ Booster Bricks Mega Mystery box came in today. I am going to say right off that I don’t think I would buy either the mega minifigure pack or the mega mystery box again. Maybe each box (cost: $44) really does have pieces worth over $100, but when your kids are kind of disappointed at the assortment they received, you think there must be a better way to get bulk LEGO pieces (Ebay maybe?) It IS a mystery box so you don’t really know what you’re going to get. If I do buy from Booster Bricks again, it’s more likely to be during their flash deals when I know what kind of pieces I’m buying.

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