I just wanted to drop in and wish everyone a Happy Easter! It has been a beautiful day here today. The shop was fun, but I think lots of people are traveling. Traffic into the shop was light. Here are a few more vintage and antique images for Easter!
Of course, it’s not necessary to have a New Year’s resolution, but I love the thought of a clean slate. It’s why I love the thought of every day being new, and with the power of prayer and love from God, we are given the opportunity to keep trying and to do a better job each day.
I have a thing for old papers and postcards. I cannot just look at one and be done with it. I’m always drawn into looking up the names. I found a census with Zoe Turner, indeed in Mason County, Michigan, which is where Ludington is. Now, I realize it may not be the same Zoe, but this “miss” Zoe, born in 1896, would have been 13 the year this postcard was sent; and with the pretty girl on the postcard, I bet the card went to a young miss. Be still my heart. To think of those old times, it does something to me. I love the long dresses. I love the chivalry, the hard work, how close people were to plants and nature, and yet I am so thankful for the progress and privilege we have now.
I actually began this post yesterday, the 1st, but I did not get to finish before Jason and I went to an open house for a couple we think so much of! He’s a fellow guitar player; she’s a great friend. They married this past summer and wanted all their friends to see the home they have created together. It was stunning! Not huge or extravagant, but a beautiful, clean, fresh, organized picture of the two of them together now. This was hers, that was his, they picked this together, she picked out that, he picked out this… You get the picture. You could feel the love and respect in that relationship.
The night before that, New Year’s Eve, Jason played in Clayton at a place called Manning’s where the food is fabulous! And the music’s not bad either!
I decided to do my hair in some curls for the open house. For New Year’s Eve, I had my hair in a messy up-do, but there had to have been a bobby pin out of place. On the hour-long drive there, I began to have that bobby-pin-pressing-on-my-skull headache. I knew there was no way I could stand it for 7 hours. Down the hair went. At that point, my hair was a hairspray-infiltrated crinkly mess, but it seemed to work out okay.
Getting back to resolutions, I have made a few. Nothing major or sweeping, but:
1 — To not carry the weight of the world on my shoulders, the weight of thinking I am responsible for every bad thing that happened to me and my precious children over the past few years.
2 — To count my blessings every day, and there are so many! Focus on the positive!
3 — To never lose sight of the importance of time in prayer.
4 — To live in confidence and not in fear.
Okay. I am off to work in the dining room. I bought a baker’s rack the other day at Goodwill, and I am so excited for what it is going to do to improve storage issues! I will share pics when done.
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.
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!
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!
My sweet little A, which should stand for “angel-baby,” loved cutting up with grandma in front of the iPad!
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.
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).
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.)