I should have gone out for a hike today. Anywhere. It's the last day of September, it's beautiful outside, and I need the exercise. I need to get out my camera and feed my creativity. Enjoy the glorious season of autumn. But it's been a week. A week of unexpected, challenging responsibilities, the loss of a dear family pet, and the resulting sadness, frustration, and brain fog that comes from all of that. I've had to put my passion for TheParkNextDoor on hold a lot this year, for various reasons, and, honestly, some days that just makes me crabby and depressed.
No matter how I try, I can't seem to take this mission to the next level - which is simply to share with more people the beauty of all the green spaces in Wisconsin, and maybe cover some of the expenses of doing so by selling some prints on my Fine Art America site. I keep plugging on. Trying to at least get out occasionally to a familiar park, or sneak in a new one. But, I'm not gonna lie, it has been more of a challenge this year than I would like.
I've dedicated a good portion of my remaining energy this past summer to cultivating the garden in our backyard. And I have been gifted with some surprises that have managed to sustain me on days where I am weary of things. I had doubts that I could grow anything from seed, and it turns out, happily, that I can. So, I'm going to put that in the win column. Even if I did make plenty of mistakes.
A nature lover, bird watcher, wildlife fan, amateur photographer, humane gardener, traveler, and singer of songs. I've been keeping closer to home these days, and truly discovering the beauty that lies in TheParkNextDoor.