So hi! Last we saw our intrepid blogger, she was trying to hide from the big Black Dog and affirming that although she was in the lowest of low places, the moon was still visible in her sky. Welcome to the XianeLand roller coaster, where all the rides are free and filled with unexpected turns!
And in miraculous segues, this is my in to tell you that I went to the Cleveland County Fair last night – free admission night, otherwise known as “suicide night” as MrWhite claims, because the carnies are still testing out the rides before the fair officially opens. Ha! I went with Ms. Snitches and MrWhite, of course, and we ate fair food – always an interesting challenge as a veg-head – and rode rides… we even managed to see a few animals, including one of my beloved GOATS. There were no petting/feeding goats or sheep to be had yet, but we plan to go back and pet and feed. It was a good evening of childlike fun that I needed badly.
Fairs and carnivals fill my eyes with flashy colours and sensory overload, which is really important to my Artist Self. Another important adventure recently was my Artist’s Date, which was a much-needed hike on the Broad River Greenway paths. I have photos to upload, which I will post as soon as I get off my rump to do so. The greenery stimulates my primitive brain-parts, brings out a sense of wonder and joy that takes over my whole soul while I walk along the paths there. The water also speaks to that deep inner self, soothing and lulling me into productive trains of thought. I love the Greenway SO MUCH. I could kick myself for not hiking there more, but I recognize that motivation is the casualty of depression, not something to beat myself up over at all.
I managed to espy not one but TWO great blue herons – one standing so still on a rock in the river that at first I thought it was a branch! The second I caught glimpse of as it flew, lesuirely, downriver to parts unknown. I also saw deer tracks, beaver marks on trees, peeper frogs, dragonflies that glittered in the sun, and a million specimens of fungi. Some smelled BAD. Some were brilliant red. All were lovely in their woodsy splendour.
I left with a light heart and tired legs – I count that as an Artist Date success!
As for a creative goals… this week I’d like to – in between getting ready for Craft Attack! – work on new label ideas for my products. And this month’s goal – work on an idea that I have for a new review/tips blog type thing. For the year? Integrate my writing and my products together so that when people read my blog, they’re interested in what else I do – and when they try my products, they’ll be enticed to find out what I think about green living.
Hmm, I think I’m on to something here.