Journaling on…

It’s Saturday! Just wanted to drop in and say hello and good morning. I am sure the day will fly! I am busy working in my Etsy shop today. I love working with old papers. When I had the retail shop, Sidetracked, I realized again how much I love old books and paper. Anyway, all this paper makes me so happy.

Here are a few pictures, old and new, for you to enjoy. I am loving looking back on old pictures. My children and I are all healing from everything we’ve been through. (It takes a long time.)  I love my babies so much, and to me they will always be my babies! I am the only one, actually, who can get away with calling my big man Daniel, “Pooh Bear.” You know he loves it.

But, uh, does he look like a Pooh Bear?

This man loves to fish!

As a side note, and this may break your heart like it broke mine, the beautiful old house where I raised my babies, it was so neglected during the 7 years after I left, it had to be destroyed by the new owners. There is a new house where the old one was. I won’t go into details, of course, because the high road is a safe place to walk, but suffice it to say that the house is a pretty good picture of the way the kids and I were cared for, in my humble opinion. I take from that place the wonderful memories of holding and rocking babies, rope swings, a glorious cottage garden that drew neighbors and strangers in, and lots of cooking, some tears, lots of prayers, and finally release.

On to other news…

Fairy garden.

Always try to have a little fairy dust in your life, including a tiny black cat in a tiny blue chair amid ferns and foliage.

Back in the day; sweet old living room.

Oh, remind me to tell you a ghost story about the old house! It is actually quite amazing.

Enjoy this day!

Lynn

Everyday Clothes: Romantic Feminine Dress

Yesterday I posted about a very dramatic, eveningwear outfit.  Today I thought I would post photos of what I would normally wear day to day.  I love this long vintage (made in USA) rayon skirt, which I wash in cold water on gentle cycle and hang to dry, even though it says “dry clean only.”  The gauzy top is modern; the lace long-sleeve undershirt is modern.

Long rayon skirt, gauzy top, lace undershirt.

I wanted to also use this post to talk about a recent birthday gift I received from Jason’s sister. It is an inverted windproof umbrella! I have become very dependent on this umbrella in the recent rain. I had never seen an umbrella like this before! I opens backwards from how umbrellas usually open. When it closes, it folds up instead of down, trapping any water drops inside the umbrella, so water does not run all over you when you get in your car. The design allows you to shake the water out later; or, when you next open your umbrella, the water will run off (not on you) like regular rain off an open umbrella. (Please note, the link is my Amazon affiliate link.)

The April rain has me thinking about gardening! This morning I came across a photo of the old garden.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Walk With Me…

Ahhhh, remember the days when I used to take you on garden walks? Well, I got a quick photo the other day of the old garden. Brace yourselves.

Renovation of the old house spills into the garden.

I mourn for several reasons. It is very real that my garden is no longer mine, but I am not sure I can ever stop saying “my garden.” I am also happy for several reasons. It is delightful that someone purchased this home and is finally going to save it from collapse. Believe me, it was on its way at the rate it was being neglected, and please understand that I was a mirror of the home — the state I was in. I was being cared for about as well as the home was.  Oh, I cleaned and kept the house full of love, but there were things and people needing attention and it just was not happening.  I don’t want to belabor this sorrowful fact, but it does seem to need clarification when I talk about the state of the house.  A marriage is not made of one person.  Anger does not fix problems.  I have heard from people who are involved with the house now that part of the home was being held up by a “stick.”  I used to worry about things I was seeing in our home, but when I brought it up I was met with anger.  It was “NOT A PROBLEM!!”  What could I do?  I was being held up by a tiny stick as well.  It is a wonder I did not cave before I finally got out of the dark place I was living in, literally and emotionally.  I am only now realizing just how sick and mentally exhausted I was upon leaving.

That said, I am now the happiest I have ever been. I love studying something new, playing music (did another open mic the other night!), house hunting, my dear Jason and the garden we are planning together, and the list goes on. In fact, Jason and I went to Chuy’s last night to enjoy a meal and to talk.

Have you been to Chuy’s? Oh my goodness gracious! I love the way it is decorated. It is a Mexican restaurant chain that was started in Austin, Texas. Look at the photos and you will see what I mean…

Yum!
Tribute to Elvis.

In other news, I am heading into the weekend having spent some free time shopping for the shop this week. Tomorrow is the day I open Sidetracked!  My happy place!  I am working hard to finish all school work for the week. Monday will start a new chapter in our textbook. Sigh. I am a bit behind this week, I admit.  Anyway, I had a lot of fun out shopping for the shop. I also wire-wrapped a few more stones. I saw an inspiring sign while out shopping. I spent some of my study time at Foster’s Market in Durham, another yummy place to just relax and take in some quiet time.  So life this week has been as crazy as this paragraph just sounded!  A bit of shopping, a bit of studying, a bit of shopping, studying, working…

Be Your Beautiful Self
The little garden area in front of Foster’s Market.
The little garden area in front of Foster’s Market.
The little garden area in front of Foster’s Market.
More wire-wrapped stones. Kambaba Jasper and Dalmation Jasper.

I better close here.  Much more to do before the week ends!

Enjoy this day.

Lynn