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.
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.
I am truly shocked that I have not posted in TWO WEEKS. That does not even seem possible! Every day I have wanted to post, but every day has been consumed with things to take care of and I never made it to the blog. Then I would feel like it just wouldn’t be enough to drop in and post one photo. So much has happened. Consider this the catch-up post!
My right elbow has continued to give me major grief. The pain is intense at times. As much as I love the new Guild guitar, I have vowed not to pick it up again. I know I can sell it for a handsome price, but we may keep it for a studio guitar. That said, it’s always fun to shop for something new! I found a beautiful, and beautiful-sounding 2005 Martin 000c-16rgte.
Stay tuned for garden photos and more. Jason and I have been working on our respective family histories and we have had fun touring a few cemeteries. We have spread mulch, planted and reworked some areas of “Lynnwood.” Our cats, both at my apartment and at his house, entertain us all the time! In fact, Mars asked to be in my header photo today. I have lots to share. Just cannot seem to get here, but here’s to doing better!
The weekend was a whirlwind of busy-ness. It started with a Friday walk on the Hillsborough River Walk. We just missed the rain, getting our steps in before the drops started falling! Jason and I admired again the amazing man-made stickwork structure by artist Patrick Doughtery.
I was in my sweet little shop Sidetracked on Saturday. I love meeting my customers. I had a new customer from Raleigh who found me on line. She and her husband stopped in and we had a nice visit. Of course, the kitties (all four of them) keep life interesting and sweet.
Jason and I did a lot of garden work over the weekend, which was evidenced by my Fitbit blowing up with steps. I managed a quick stop by The Scrap Exchange where I saw some beautiful quilt tops. I passed them by without purchasing, but I did take a few pictures.
Last night it was raining, but that did not stop Jason and me from going to Home Depot to search for some things we needed. Of course we ended up in the lawn and garden section. It was raining out, so we could not get to most of the plants without getting soaked. I know the plants were loving the rain! We did get photos of a few plants that we might be able to put into our gardens. We have a lot of deer who like to visit and eat the plants, so we are slowly composing a list of plants that the deer won’t eat! That said, I have read and heard that deer will eat anything if they get hungry enough. So far we have had success with:
In the background of all of our daily activities, the kitties make everything more cheery. Amelia snuggles up to me when I am resting on the couch in the evenings. Vlad stretches confidently while I am working.
I found an amazing iron bed frame that is going to make a great flower BED. Not sure where it will end up, but for now it is heading up some plants that were sweetly given to me by Henny Penny. And a potted yew that had been at the shop for a year needed to come home and get repotted. It was nearly completely root bound.
Okay. I know cats don’t belong on kitchen counters. It is not a kitty place. However, anyone who has cats and knows cats, well, um, cats go where they want to. It is why we regularly brush our kitties and why we keep Clorox Clean-Up in the kitchen to keep counters disinfected. Of course, our kitties are routinely shooed away from the counters; however, when the bubbles come out of the Dawn dishwashing container, it’s game on.
How can you not love a big, curious, sweet, bubble-loving tuxedo cat named Vladimir?