I found the Lounge about 4 years ago when I was researching my first fur felt hat. After lurking for a while I joined and just when I started to post my dad started having health problems. Sad to say we lost him in 2007. Being the oldest child and closest geographically to my mom I took on the maintenance of her home as well as mine.
Just when I got a handle on my new responsibilities my mom went in to the local hospital to have surgery on her back. This was to allow her to travel and enjoy life more. We did not realize until it was too late that there is quite a bit of turmoil in the health care system here and due to apathy, incompetence and greed she died in the hospital. What an ordeal!
We then had to settle the estate. With some of my inheritance as a nice downpayment my wife and I just finished building a lake home in my parents honor at an old resort (being sold off as condos) that we had gone to for thirty years for one week every summer. We made lemonade out of lemons.
The place turned out FANTASTIC and will be passed down to our kids and will hopefully be enjoyed by many generations.
I tell you this not to evoke sympathy but to let everyone know that through it all it really helped coming here for a little escape from the nightmare of the past three years. I love hats and the golden era like many here do but it is the positive well mannered people here that makes this place great. Bet you didn't realize how just being yourselves can make such a positive impact on others!
Anyway thanks for the welcome. I am looking forward to getting into my new routine where I will have more time for posting!
Hi everyone, I'm Jen... Another lurker who finally joined! Mostly a 40s lover, but can swing a decade either way
I love love love knitting and sewing my own clothes, film noir and swing (just recently started going to a few 40s dance events round my way in England so trying to learn some steps!). Thoroughly enjoying The Lounge, it's completely inspiring!