Last year I started an ambitious project on the first day of October, called 31 Days of Halloween. The goal was to write a blog each day during the month of October about some creative activity that could be shared with the children in your lives. I think I quit after Day 17, or something like that. The reason was that I received news that my Dad had been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. After I got that phone call, I quit blogging. There were other blogs after that time, all of different topics, but I left my Halloween Blogging project unfinished.
Now, Dad is doing pretty well. Surprisingly well. And of course, life just happens, you know. I couldn’t have predicted it, and I found I couldn’t work through it in my blog. However, it has been a year. And, in the back of my mind, I have been considering doing my 31 Days of Halloween project again. Apparently I don’t have enough on my plate or something like that. Today, I’m feeling pretty sick–my joints hurt, my stomach is upset, I’m tired. But I thought that maybe a little writing is the way to get through this day, which has already worn me out even though it is only 9 am. I wandered over here to my WordPress login, not sure what I would say in my post, but just decided to wing it.
What to do today, that is creative, fun, and related to autumn, I ask myself. What can I say to the folks who might chance upon this blog and love to do creative things with their kiddos, or grandkiddos, or student-kiddos? The leaves are still on the trees here, but I can catch tinges of color on the edges. The sumac is rosy red. The weather here is….well, they say it’s warm, but I’m currently chilling a bit, so I can’t comment honestly. Even Soda Pop is feeling under the weather right now–he seems to have a touch of something in his tummy, too. A vet visit may be in order. But that doesn’t change the fact that I am dog-tired and my stomach is either really hungry or really NOT hungry.
So, today, I’m going to do a little cop-out. Not a big one, but a cop-out nonetheless. All my blogs from last October are still here. They are still good. Here are photos from a few of them.
Check them out today. Pick something out that you want to do by yourself or with a child and do it. I have a list of things I want to blog about THIS October, but no energy to complete the projects today. Writing projects, art projects, illustrating projects, writing your own stories…..And they are coming.
Right after I nap a bit…..
Tracy Lovett is an artist, author, illustrator, photographer, wife, mom, and all around creative gal trying to spread the message that creativity is one of our most important qualities. She uses her books, photographs, and writings to encourage others to just take the chance and be creative. This BLOG is about her creative journey into all her creative endeavors, including writing for children and adults, art and illustration, photography and photo-illustration, and book-building from beginning to end. There may be other “sidetrips” that can’t be predicted–so hop in and enjoy the ride! You may learn more about Tracy here. You may follow her on Facebook here. You may purchase her book “I Hate Halloween” here!