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

Steampunk Cat Christmas Cards!

Oh my goodness cat lovers!  Look at the Christmas Cards I ordered from Amazon.

M6554XSG Christmas Steampunk Cats: 10 Assorted Christmas Note Cards Featuring Fashionable Felines Dressed Up in All Their Victorian Steampunk Finery, w/White Envelopes.

Video here: PLEASE WATCH. THEY ARE AWESOME!

Enjoy this day.
Lynn

PS — that is my Amazon affiliate link, should you order.

Happy Flag Day!

In honor of Flag Day, June 14, I would like to say HAPPY FLAG DAY! (It is also my firstborn’s birthday.) I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some vintage photos I found recently of school children showing off their United States flags. Oh, if only names and date and location had been written on the backs of these!

I am thinking these photos are from the early 1910s, based on their clothing and the fact that the flag with 48 stars was adopted in 1912. There are so many of you who are more knowledgeable at this stuff, please feel free to offer any thoughts about these photos!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Happy Easter: Vintage Easter Photos

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!

Family postcard from the early 1900s (my children’s paternal great-grandmother).
“One who claims that he knows about it, Tells me the earth is a vale of sin, But I and the bees and the flowers doubt it, And think it’s a world worth living in.” Family postcard from the early 1900s (my children’s paternal great-grandmother).
Family postcard from the early 1900s (my children’s paternal great-grandmother).
Family in prayer. 1878
Want a lozenge, Fido? 1878
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Phil: II. 5
Little girl at the garden gate.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn