The Prettiest Flowers: Babies, Columbine, Solomon’s Seal, Sedum

There are pretty flowers, and then, there are pretty flowers!  I used to say my children were the flowers in my garden of life.  Daniel was my “thorny rose.”  Joseph was a sweet reliable old-fashioned phlox.  John Thomas was a shy little “Johnny jump-up.”  Michaela was a beautiful morning glory, riding on the backs of her brothers.  If my children were flowers, certainly my grandbabies are as well!

My little granddaughter. Who can resist this wispy hair and these big eyes?
My grandson. “Beautiful, beautiful boy,” as John Lennon said.

I planted some more flowers in Jason’s yard. The deer came and had a feast with the clematis, but I have a couple of cages to cover it, and hopefully I can nurture it back to life! It is pretty even with the ground right now.  So far, other new plants remain untouched by the deer and growing!

Columbine.
Solomon’s seal.
Some iris bulbs planted last fall have come up beautifully this spring!

Sedums.

I am off to study some this evening. I recently purchased an old cash register drawer. I have cleaned that up this evening and have to drop it off at the shop. (Yes, the shop will be closing by September, but I could NOT resist!) It will end up in my private studio at some point. I promise some pictures soon! I really need to clean up Miss Ellie (my Element)! Ever since I opened up the shop, Miss Ellie stays sort of messy!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

After-Christmas Sales, and Now We Watch for Spring!

Okay, okay, so it is barely winter. I know we cannot really even see spring on the horizon yet, but it is just the way I am. As soon as Christmas is over, I begin thinking about the coming springtime and plans for the garden. But first, let’s talk about Christmas. I had a delightful time with family. There was a lot of food, as always, and I am very thankful for that. I know there are many who do not have plenty; there are many who do not even have enough.

My beautiful mama with her great-granddaughter.

Prior to Christmas, my sweet mama (http://hennypennylane.blogspot.com) came to visit. We went to see my grandchildren, her great-grandchildren. What a special treat that as soon as the baby saw mama she put out her arms to her. She knew a sweet angel when she saw one!

Um, amazing cat pin. That’s all.

I found this amazing little wooden cat pin recently at The Durham Rescue Mission store. I loved wearing this to visit my grandchildren! Especially the baby girl loved it. I have seven grands, by the way, two biologic and five steps, but my oh my, they are all such lovely, wonderful children, and I love them all!

Cutting up with grandbaby!

My sweet little A, which should stand for “angel-baby,” loved cutting up with grandma in front of the iPad!

Amazing hat, for when I am in the mood for dreadlocks.

After Christmas, looking at the ornaments on sale at Morgan Imports in Durham, I spent some time with my maybe-someday-mother-in-law, a delightful energetic friend whose company I enjoy. The goal now is to get her together with my own sweet mom. I think we’d all have fun out shopping for a day! At any rate, I did not expect to fall in love with a hat while we were out shopping, but this hat feels like it has dreadlocks attached! And I have always secretly loved dreadlocks.

Beautiful ornament purchased at Morgan Imports’ after-Christmas sale.
I love this retro-looking sun face ornament, purchased from Morgan Imports.
OMGOSH. Beans cooked on the grill.

During the Christmas weekend, Jason and I spent some time with his family. I felt it was a complete necessity to get a picture of this rustic cast-iron pot that had been outside on the grill. Would you look at these beans! Oh, they were good.

Now, finally, Jason and I love to play music together and we love making videos. For Christmas I surprised him with a drone — the Breeze 4K (my Amazon affiliate link). We have been wanting more creative ways to video our music. Yesterday we took the Breeze outside for her maiden launch! Then we took her inside to check out what she could do inside. What fun! Look at Mars’ ears.  So far, the Breeze has been an excellent choice for us. Soon we hope to share some more official reviews of the Breeze.  Here is a tiny clip of what we did inside. Believe me, there is more video planned to follow this!  NOTE:  We returned the Breeze 4K and upgraded to a DJI Phantom 4 because the Breeze kept losing signal.  I think the Breeze is a great selfie drone for low altitudes and indoors, but we constantly lost signal each time we went outside and flew above a certain altitude (not very high).

Breeze Launch from Lynn Hasty on Vimeo.

The view from above: playing with the Breeze 4K drone.

 

Stay tuned!

Enjoy this day.

Several Things Today, This Beautiful Sunday

This morning it is beautifully light around the blinds. Feels like promise and hope. Light is so wonderful, so necessary to do work, for those of us who work by sight and with our hands. I love the promise of a new day.

Gather Victoria

First of all, a marvelous website. A treasure of a find. This site has stirring photos and a wealth of information on gathering, harvesting, traditions, and more. I have only started to delve into this site: Gather Victoria. You might need a cup of tea before sitting down to browse this one. I will be placing a link to Gather Victoria on my page “Interesting Stuff from Around the Web.”

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Photo from GatherVictora.com

Grandchildren

They grow so quickly. I see them and just want to squeeze them with joy and delight, but they sure do love their mama and daddy. They certainly know me as their grandma, or “mawmaw” as Grandson L likes to proclaim loudly, but the littlest would prefer I not scoop her up and keep her from her mama’s arms, and that is a sweet, sweet love between a mama and baby.

I love this picture, capturing the personality of Princess A as she watches a movie. She and her brother closest in age both love Frozen. Would not surprise me if that was what she was watching. I did not really even look at the movie. I looked at A. She balanced her wobbly self at the couch edge and wondered, is grandma going to scoop me up again? Yes!

Princess A
Princess A

You can see that A wants down, but she is not crying. She is familiar with me and feels safe, but her inclination is just go ahead and pass me to mama, please.

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You can see Little Princes A wanting to move on to more familiar arms. So darling. That said, as they get older, they want to be with “mawmaw,” and I love that!

Meanwhile, daddy was holding Grandson G.

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I am so thankful for my children! We have all come such a long way! I am very thankful to God, that He allowed me to know through the years that they would grow quickly; that He put in my heart a love for them to give them time and attention and to tell them about Him. We all still have a long road of healing. But we are getting there!

Enjoy this day!

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It Feels So Right

Dear Friends,

I am in shock at how good this feels! For so long I have tried to blog on the iPad, with wavering success. It becomes so cumbersome to try and get pictures published, I give up. Really, the design and layout and template functions are hard to work with. I give up. But over the past week, Jason has transferred literally thousands of photos from CDs and thumb drives onto an external storage drive for my use! I am using his desktop to blog right now, but I am so very hopeful that soon I can purchase a Macbook or Mac Air with a keyboard! On this big screen, I can see everything! I am able to drag photos from here to there. With a mouse!

Going down memory lane this evening, I found this.

 Christmas 2007

From Christmas 2007. My princess of the universe looks so tiny! That was nearly 9 years ago. She is now 18. I was carrying on, pushing as hard as I could for the life I wanted for myself and my children. It was a lonely road, but I loved (love) my children so dearly and so much! They were a very bright fire that kept me going. Daniel is in this photo as well. What a hard few years, as things got worse. If I had known that only a few years down the road from this I’d finally implode and leave my home, I may have cried. But I might have felt overwhelming hope. Unless you have walked in the shoes of despair and loneliness and grief and, dare I say, abuse, you will never know the ache to be somewhere other than where you are!

 Christmas 2007

I walked with my mom around their pond. My sister was probably somewhere nearby. I always love going out and looking at plants. Taking pictures. I was probably thinking of my work day the following day. And lesson plans! And food! It was Christmastime, after all, and my mom always has a spread of delicious food for the holidays.

Fast forward…

 

Grandma Lynn with Addie and Leighton

Life is so different now.  So full.  I think most of my discontent, when it is present, comes from agonizing over what things should be.  I have to remind myself that for me, this is what things should be.  I am exactly where I should be.  I am healing and being a parent and a grandmother, making the best choices I can day by day.

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I could post so much more right now, but I will stop. It is getting late, and I have not even had dinner yet! I won’t even tell you how late it is, because most people don’t eat this late! I also would like to pick up the Martin and strum a bit. And tomorrow will, Lord willing, be another day in my sweet caboose, Sidetracked, so I better get off of here. I do want to share just one more photos. A scan from the shop today. This one is by William Shew. You can google him to find out more, but seems he read about photography in the early part of the 1800s, took off to learn about it, his brothers in tow, studied under Morse, and finally ended up in San Francisco with a photography studio. He was obviously very good at what he did.
 

William Shew photo circa 1870

Isn’t she just lovely!  I would love to know her name, but it is a mystery.  She knows her name.  God knows her name.  Ah well.  I love old photos!

Enjoy this day,
Lynn

Because It Is Good To Smile

I just love this little sweet face.

Addie. 5 months. She is so sweet! She is very quiet, and when you speak to her she sometimes turns her little face away like she is really shy. She and her brother Grey remind me so much of my Joe when he was little, though Addie looks a lot like her mama.

Stay tuned for pictures of some amazing vintage hats that I purchased today from an estate.

Enjoy this day.