Oh My Dear Goodness

I feel a bit like Piglet.  (Mama, do you know what I mean?)  In a panic.  In a rush.  More to do than I can do!  I have been working many hours out of town lately.  It has been a real challenge.  If I did not love my job so much, and all that they offer me, I think I would have “give out” by now.

In addition to work, I have been extremely busy closing the shop down.  It took months and months (years) to stock it up to where it is now, so tearing it down has been a process.  I have had several large and very successful sales, thanks to my sweet customers.  I have moved out about 400-500 items during recent sales.  Now I am boxing up, bagging up, donating, storing, all in preparation for my little private studio/workshop.

Then there’s Etsy.  Ahhh, Etsy.  I have been really focusing on my Etsy shop.  Peeps, it’s a good and happy thing.  Just busy, busy, busy!

Here is a treasure I found recently. For my garden.

The real thing. Heavy as lead. Beautiful detail. Not plastic. 7 dollars. Lucky me.

Enjoy this day.
Lynn

Miami University class of 1868

I want to share a really cool story. You know I occasionally buy old photos for the shop. Recently I acquired a stack of photos that included quite a few from the mid to late 1800s.  As I went through the stack I noticed that some photos had the same photographer’s logo. I began to put those to the side.  Fortunately, some of these had writing on the backs. A little Google work and my Ancestry.com account connected me to one man related to TWO of these students.  You see, these are all classmates from the 1868 class of Miami University.  It was the sweet words written about A.L McLain on the back of his photo that unlocked the Miami University mystery.

Joseph Matthews Hibben; Dr. James Lafonts McLain; Alvan Leander McLain (died young of consumption); George Robinson; Daniel Addison McMillan; ? Brown; Federick J Picard; James Clinton Boatman.

I know several of you will really appreciate this post! At least a few of us spend significant time trying to preserve old photos!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

A Few Things

Just dropping in with a few lines. Looking forward to live music tonight, a surprise from my sweetie! Off work. All the birdbaths are all scrubbed clean and filled. The hummingbirds have fresh food. The tomatoes from the garden are fine. I continue to work on closing down the shop and transitioning to a private studio. I think a Friday nap may be in order. Or wait…I have time to go shopping! The Steelbender is prepping for a lesson anyway.

Oh, and I am still working on family history.  Pictured is one of my McNeill ancestors: Thomas McNeill born in 1849, my great-great-grandfather.  His wife was Martha Jane. ❤

Roma tomatoes from the container garden.
Love from Mars.
I love the little Bambies that come around.
Sweet planter in the Etsy shop.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Mountain Air

A recent trip to Boone, North Carolina.

Life is sweet. It’s short. It’s busy. I am on the road a lot lately. My children are all grown up. How did that happen? I have struggles. I have joy. They have struggles. They have joy. I guess I will be in the ding-dang “eclipse traffic” tomorrow. I’m glad I will be inside when it happens and not looking at it. I know there are people who want to travel to see it. I guess that’s not me. Singing in the wedding went well. I had a great day in the shop yesterday. My sweetie just bought us Tex Mex at Chuys and now we are riding. Well I am riding. He is driving. We hope to practice tonight. Maybe some day I will see my dream of having an RV with him and traveling around playing gigs at coffee shops and restaurants. And there is nothing wrong with busking. 😉

That is my diary-ous efflux for now.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn