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.

It Feels Like I Have Been Gone Forever

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.

To show you guitar sizes. My new guitar is an AS size. Smaller than the dreadnaught size of the Guild. More slender in the center. Overall, a more comfortable guitar for my body size. Lesson learned.

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!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn