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!
Lynn

After-Christmas Sales, and Now We Watch for Spring!

Okay, okay, so it is barely winter. I know we cannot really even see spring on the horizon yet, but it is just the way I am. As soon as Christmas is over, I begin thinking about the coming springtime and plans for the garden. But first, let’s talk about Christmas. I had a delightful time with family. There was a lot of food, as always, and I am very thankful for that. I know there are many who do not have plenty; there are many who do not even have enough.

My beautiful mama with her great-granddaughter.

Prior to Christmas, my sweet mama (http://hennypennylane.blogspot.com) came to visit. We went to see my grandchildren, her great-grandchildren. What a special treat that as soon as the baby saw mama she put out her arms to her. She knew a sweet angel when she saw one!

Um, amazing cat pin. That’s all.

I found this amazing little wooden cat pin recently at The Durham Rescue Mission store. I loved wearing this to visit my grandchildren! Especially the baby girl loved it. I have seven grands, by the way, two biologic and five steps, but my oh my, they are all such lovely, wonderful children, and I love them all!

Cutting up with grandbaby!

My sweet little A, which should stand for “angel-baby,” loved cutting up with grandma in front of the iPad!

Amazing hat, for when I am in the mood for dreadlocks.

After Christmas, looking at the ornaments on sale at Morgan Imports in Durham, I spent some time with my maybe-someday-mother-in-law, a delightful energetic friend whose company I enjoy. The goal now is to get her together with my own sweet mom. I think we’d all have fun out shopping for a day! At any rate, I did not expect to fall in love with a hat while we were out shopping, but this hat feels like it has dreadlocks attached! And I have always secretly loved dreadlocks.

Beautiful ornament purchased at Morgan Imports’ after-Christmas sale.
I love this retro-looking sun face ornament, purchased from Morgan Imports.
OMGOSH. Beans cooked on the grill.

During the Christmas weekend, Jason and I spent some time with his family. I felt it was a complete necessity to get a picture of this rustic cast-iron pot that had been outside on the grill. Would you look at these beans! Oh, they were good.

Now, finally, Jason and I love to play music together and we love making videos. For Christmas I surprised him with a drone — the Breeze 4K (my Amazon affiliate link). We have been wanting more creative ways to video our music. Yesterday we took the Breeze outside for her maiden launch! Then we took her inside to check out what she could do inside. What fun! Look at Mars’ ears.  So far, the Breeze has been an excellent choice for us. Soon we hope to share some more official reviews of the Breeze.  Here is a tiny clip of what we did inside. Believe me, there is more video planned to follow this!  NOTE:  We returned the Breeze 4K and upgraded to a DJI Phantom 4 because the Breeze kept losing signal.  I think the Breeze is a great selfie drone for low altitudes and indoors, but we constantly lost signal each time we went outside and flew above a certain altitude (not very high).

Breeze Launch from Lynn Hasty on Vimeo.

The view from above: playing with the Breeze 4K drone.

 

Stay tuned!

Enjoy this day.

Christmas Tree Party and a Few Guitar Christmas Ornaments

Once Thanksgiving is done, it seems a good time to pull out lights, the tree, and boxes of ornaments.  We decided to cook a big pot of spaghetti and have Jason’s mom come over to his house and help us with the tree.  It was such a treat to look at every carefully wrapped ornament.  Jason has a large collection of ornaments.  I have not so many.  In fact, during the many moves I have been through since my divorce, I lost a precious box of ornaments.

One of the most fun things we would do each Christmas with our homeschool group was an ornament exchange.  Each mom would make a batch of ornaments to represent one of the Five in a Row books we had studied.  With a dozen moms in the group, each mom would come home with a variety of ornaments from the exchange.  They were so beautiful!  Looking at them was a reminder of our books, our outings and fieldtrips, and our friendships.  Alas, my collection is gone forever.

As an aside, I am working on an article about what I have been through because of the divorce.  Stay tuned.  But for now, let’s be present tense and moving forward.

Here, enjoy a few ornaments!  I purchased a few of my own this year to add to our collection together.  Two of the guitar Christmas tree ornaments are newly purchased by me to add to our collection, but Jason had many guitar ornaments of his own already!  I just love them!  (The zebra and guitar are two separate ornaments.)

Enjoy this day!

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