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!

Ringing in the New Year

Dear Friends,

Can you believe that another year is coming to a close?! 2015 has been a year of great struggle and great accomplishment in my own life. Without going into too much detail, I will say that it takes years to recover from abuse. That said, I am the happiest that I have been in a long, long time. I feel very grateful for those who have lifted me up and given me confidence to move forward with my life.

Now, my latest millinery pin.

I am surprised at how many hats I have sold in the shop! In fact, hats are some of the best sellers! Ladies love them. A flower on a hat is especially pretty.

Along those lines, I was thrilled to find this amazing hat rack for the shop. It seems to be just as vintage. as some of the hats in the shop.

This pretty vintage pin is another recent find. Oooooh, I sure had to wear it at least once. You know. To test it.

Finally, I want to wish everyone a wonderful and prosperous 2016!! May all of our dreams come true!

Enjoy this day!

Lynn