Catching Up

I do not even know where to start.  I wanted to do regular small posts, but this past month or so has been a busy, busy chain of events.  (For example, I started this post about a week ago.)

First, there are so many wonderful things that have kept me busy, I have nothing but great feelings about it all.

I have put a lot of work into cleaning up and building my Etsy shop into my favorite thing: old paper. And my YouTube channel is growing as I add more tutorials and videos for Etsy shop items and as I showcase more journals.  (Yes, I have started making some of my own journals.)

Some of you old friends who have been with me here at AMJ for a long time may like that video — an old journal reading about when the children were little.

I am not going to bore you all with a long-winded monologue about every little detail, but the highlights of November and December for me were that:

  • Jason and I became engaged
  • I had a brain MRA
  • I was told I had a cerebral aneurysm (my dad and grandfather both died from ruptured cerebral aneurysm)
  • a consult with a neurosurgeon began to prepare me for a major open brain surgery
  • I had a cranial angiogram to confirm the aneurysm (that test is no joke!)
  • I found out that, at least for now, I do NOT have a cerebral aneurysm, but rather a small dilatation on my middle cerebral artery
  • I will have a follow-up MRA in six months
  • I am still spending 2 hours a day in traffic as I prepare for a totally new job with all new responsibilities (thank heavens I will soon be back home working)
  • We celebrated Thanksgiving
  • We celebrated Christmas
  • I have been putting in a lot of hours to build my Etsy shop and YouTube (ephemera! be still my heart!)
  • I hosted a dinner gathering in December

Is it any wonder that I have not posted in awhile?  That said, I want to share some photos from it all.

Amelia continues to entertain us.
I loved spending Christmas Day with some of my family. My third son, John, and big Eli wanting some food.
A bit of ephemera ready for the shop.
Holiday gathering with friends and music.
I have thought long and hard about what my dad went through. If only he had had a surgery to clip his aneurysm before it ruptured.
Christmas at mom’s. Me and my step-dad.

I must close for now. It is Saturday morning, and boy do the weekends fly! Jason and I are going out to window shop this afternoon. He LOVES watches, so I think we will just have fun looking at all the G-shocks and other watches out there. I also have a lot to do for A Bit of Birdsong. And, alas, the Christmas tree HAS to come down today. Yes. Christmas is over, peeps.

Enjoy this day!

10 thoughts on “Catching Up”

  1. Dear sweet cousin, I am so happy that you are doing well. I am so happy that you have found your happy and I pray no one ever takes it away. Please keep check on your health I want you to be with us a very long time. Love you dear cousin.

    1. Hi Vicki! Thank you so much. I appreciate your prayers very much. I love you as well and I feel the same way about you! Love you sweet cousin!

  2. Dear Lynn, what a scare! Can you share what prompted you to seek out help and what symptoms you had that led to having the brain MRA? All the other items on your list sound heartwarming and fun! Congrats again on your engagement! Love Terry Glad you are getting to come home to work, that is a blessing!

    1. Hi Terry! Sorry I did not get back to your comment right away. The past couple of days have been so hectic with the snow and trying to get set up to work remotely from home! Sigh. I am happy, but just busy. I don’t even remember what called me away from answering your comment! Of course, yes, I have a family member who is on the same branch of our family tree, if you will. She had been having headaches and was diagnosed with a cerebral aneurysm. Thankfully she has been successfully treated. However, her neurosurgeon said that all of us on this branch, with these close relatives having had aneurysms, need to be screened. My primary care doctor immediately ordered an MRA. So that is what started it. I am due to have another MRA in six months. Thank you! Love and hugs, Lynn

  3. Oh wow, I just congratulated you on another post, and then read this. I’m so glad that all is well and you plan to stay on top of your health. 🐻 hugs!

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