I guess I have always been an artist. I guess that’s who I am at heart. Somehow maybe my art had to hide for a lot of my life because I was afraid that I could not lead an artistic life. While I always felt encouraged by my mother, I don’t think I ever believed growing up that someone could truly be an artist. I mean, I knew that someone made art, but I never considered that it was actual, normal, average people with either talent or drive or both.
Then I married into a repressive situation where truly NOTHING was doable. Many things I thought would be wise or fun or healthy or educational or viable were deemed impossible by my mate. They were said to be things that people did in magazines or whatever, and they were often stupid things.
These days I live such an artistic life, it feels odd to NOT be doing something expressive. I feel like I am where I should have been all along.
Maybe instead of “Art is life, life is art,” I should say “Art is MY life, MY life is art. “
Good morning! I’m just hopeless, I suppose, at keeping up with this blog lately. Excuses, excuses!! But let me tell you, retiring from somewhere is busy. Whew! Yes, I left my position at the hospital where I have worked for the last 10 years. I am changing course, not quite midstream, as I am getting close to what I feel is my “real” retirement age; however, I am making big changes at a time when I did not expect to do so. There has been a lot of paperwork. A lot of emotion from this change has got me cleaning house, purging possessions that I am sick of moving around (pretty soon I will be down to not much of anything except paper goods for A Bit of Birdsong, my guitar, and necessities), and looking for something new to do for a job.
Anyway, I saw my sweet mama over the weekend. In case any of you are not aware, her blog is called Henny Penny Lane. It’s a wonderful blog! I asked her if I could make a video of her lovely sewing room. I thought you all might like it!
Below is the sweet picture my mom included in her recent post about this same video. This is me and my sister from a few years ago. I was happy to see this picture again! I love it so!
Thank you for stopping in! Thank you all for the comments about my sweet children and my getting to see them. They sure make my heart sing!!
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.