Beautiful, Beautiful Spring

Which way shall I turn?  A window plant?  A cat?  A walk in the park?  Working in my garden spot at Jason’s?  I think I need spring, the earth, plants, and a good soaking water of newly planted flowers, the kind that leaves the air smelling like dirt and promise.  That is what I need.  I need spring!

Here are some photos of recent activity.  On Monday I took the day off work to celebrate my birthday!  Happy Birthday to me!  Jason took me out to eat.  On Tuesday night we went to see The Steve Miller band.  Let me tell you, Steve Miller hasn’t lost a thing!  He was great!  Even today, Jason is preparing the yard so that I can get there and play in the flowers on my time off.  I am so needing spring.  More than ever in my life.  Here’s to spring!

Azalea in bloom.
DPAC the evening of Steve Miller concert.
Pretty little miss statue, sits near my desk.
Favorite vintage postcard of my collection, complete with letter home from soldier.
Yummy Angus Barn dessert, after birthday dinner with Jason.
Tiny little patch of phlox in bloom.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Happy New Year!! (Are New Year’s Resolutions Necessary?)

Of course, it’s not necessary to have a New Year’s resolution, but I love the thought of a clean slate.  It’s why I love the thought of every day being new, and with the power of prayer and love from God, we are given the opportunity to keep trying and to do a better job each day.

Beautiful 1911 New Year’s postcard.
New Year Greetings Victorian postcard.
FROM: “New Years Greetings. Margaret. 113 1st Street” TO: “Miss Zoe Turner. Lundington, Mich”

I have a thing for old papers and postcards. I cannot just look at one and be done with it. I’m always drawn into looking up the names. I found a census with Zoe Turner, indeed in Mason County, Michigan, which is where Ludington is. Now, I realize it may not be the same Zoe, but this “miss” Zoe, born in 1896, would have been 13 the year this postcard was sent; and with the pretty girl on the postcard, I bet the card went to a young miss. Be still my heart. To think of those old times, it does something to me. I love the long dresses. I love the chivalry, the hard work, how close people were to plants and nature, and yet I am so thankful for the progress and privilege we have now.

I actually began this post yesterday, the 1st, but I did not get to finish before Jason and I went to an open house for a couple we think so much of! He’s a fellow guitar player; she’s a great friend.  They married this past summer and wanted all their friends to see the home they have created together.  It was stunning!  Not huge or extravagant, but a beautiful, clean, fresh, organized picture of the two of them together now.  This was hers, that was his, they picked this together, she picked out that, he picked out this…  You get the picture.  You could feel the love and respect in that relationship.

The night before that, New Year’s Eve, Jason played in Clayton at a place called Manning’s where the food is fabulous! And the music’s not bad either!

Tornado Blues Band, 12/13/2016

I decided to do my hair in some curls for the open house. For New Year’s Eve, I had my hair in a messy up-do, but there had to have been a bobby pin out of place. On the hour-long drive there, I began to have that bobby-pin-pressing-on-my-skull headache. I knew there was no way I could stand it for 7 hours. Down the hair went. At that point, my hair was a hairspray-infiltrated crinkly mess, but it seemed to work out okay.

Curling iron curls.

Getting back to resolutions, I have made a few. Nothing major or sweeping, but:
1 — To not carry the weight of the world on my shoulders, the weight of thinking I am responsible for every bad thing that happened to me and my precious children over the past few years.
2 — To count my blessings every day, and there are so many! Focus on the positive!
3 — To never lose sight of the importance of time in prayer.
4 — To live in confidence and not in fear.

Okay. I am off to work in the dining room. I bought a baker’s rack the other day at Goodwill, and I am so excited for what it is going to do to improve storage issues!  I will share pics when done.

Enjoy this day!

My Christmas Toy: Page Turner Butterfly Pedal

Hey there, and thanks for stopping in! I guess I am officially into music and guitar mode when all I want for Christmas is something to help me play better.  Actually, this gift was a surprise to me from Jason, but I could not have been more excited. It is the PageFlip Butterfly Bluetooth Page Turner Pedal. (affiliate link)

This pedal will let you scroll to the bottom of a page on your android or iPad or tablet, or whatever you have it paired to.  It will let you flip to the next song.  It is great for hands-free page turning.  Ever try to scroll while singing and thinking and holding your guitar with both hands while making chords and strumming?  Yeah, this pedal is great!

We paired it with my iPad (where my music is) last night and tried it out for the first time. The Butterfly is a brand new model.  We are learning all we can and will share information about it.  Jason has the Cicada version.  Look for more posts here about music, recording, and video technology.  I realize everyone is not interested in it, but some are.

Amelia rests.
A view of sunset from the Breeze 4K drone.

Here we are heading into Friday evening. I look forward to being in my shop tomorrow. It is cold outside here, so it’s all I can do to even think about gardening or getting outside today. But my mind keeps spinning pretty webs around pictures in my mind, wrapping them up to remember what I want to do this spring.  I am so thankful for today!  Each and every day is a gift.

I hope everyone has an awesome Friday and Saturday!

Enjoy this day!

Gluten-Free Cornbread Muffins, and Baby It’s Cold Outside!

For those of you who have not heard any of my guitar-playing progress, I have put a link to my YouTube account in my left sidebar.  I don’t really have a lot on there, but I do have a few things.  My only original song there now is a song called Chemical Vessel, a song about prescription drugs.  It is interesting how a song takes shape.  The words “chemical vessel” came to mind first, and then the rest of the song just emerged.

I used to post on YouTube every week, my “weekly progress video.”  Some of you may remember that.  I did that for about a year.  At this point, I have removed a lot of those old videos.  I still have week number one and my one-year progress video posted.  I guess Chemical Vessel was sort of a 2-1/2 year progress video.  I hope to post a three-year progress video posted around February.

I just asked Siri how cold it is outside.  She said, “Brrrrr!  It’s 30 degrees outside!”  It feels so cold!  I know that many of you have colder temperatures where you are, but 30 indeed feels very cold to me!  I like 50s to 70s, please. 😉  I warmed up today on my lunch break by making some gluten-free cornbread muffins.  They went very well with some deviled eggs I made!

Gluten-Free Cornbread Muffins

1 cup yellow cornmeal plain
1 cup GF all purpose flour
1 TBSP sugar
1 tsp salt
1 TBSP baking powder
2 eggs
2 TBSP oil
1-1/4 cups milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients. In separate bowl, beat eggs, oil and milk. Then mix all ingredients together and pour into greased muffin pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes. About 8 large muffins. Yummy served warm with real butter!

I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour

I am off to do some shopping this evening.

Enjoy this day!

Songwriting for Healing and More

More old photos…

I sure remember tea parties and homeschooling with this sweet crew!

I remember baking with this little munchkin!

Those photos were taken in the summer of 2008! My, how times flies. Now they are all out working and independent. It is just hard to believe! Their oldest brother is not pictured here. He was already out working at that time.  I continue to take my very emotional but necessary trip down memory lane by way of photo organization.

Currently,…

Music is such a part of my life. I find the more I listen, the more I want to listen. I’ve always loved writing, so songwriting seems a natural part of the healing process, or at least it has been for me. I would love to share another one of my original songs soon. Maybe Jason and I can record it and share it by way of a YouTube video. I think you might like it. I like it a lot, but perhaps it is because I relate to the words and the reasons I wrote it.  Which takes us right back to the topic of songwriting and writing in general to help deal with tough emotions.  No wonder I journaled all those years!

Photo from a recent gig of Jason’s. I cheer them on!
Holding my new baby, 2009 Guild guitar.

I am absolutely loving my new (to me) Guild guitar. Oh my goodness, does she ever sound good! She inspires me to practice even more!  I am working on a set list that includes quite a few original songs.  The goal is to play out in public, for money, next year.  Not that it is about the money, but if you don’t book gigs, you don’t really play, and getting paid is usually part of the process.  Even if it is just a hat laid out for tips!

Heavier strings on this new guitar mean deeper calluses! My fingers are sore all over again!

Things I love these days…

A new lamp shade.
Amelia looking at me through the window. She is a plus-size model, a beautiful fluff ball!
Mars being his cheesy red self in front of the camera.
My current little spice rack, waiting for something a bit bigger, maybe older, and with style and character!

Update on the juicer…

 

I am still loving my Breville juicer. I like that it has fewer pieces than my old one. The pulp is contained in the same compartment as where the juice is actually spun out. I like that a lot. One less item to clean. The plastic, while sturdy, seems to me to be the type that might break if I dropped it from a decent height. I am not going to try that! So far I have been washing all pieces on the top rack in the dishwasher and they are doing great. Makes great juice and the pulp is DRY! Here is the link to the original post: http://www.amothersjournal.com/breville-juicer-compact-juice-fountain-700-watt/

Enjoy this day!