She (me) was last heard from somewhere in Texas!
My trip was wonderful, and I plan to share some of the best experiences.
But, as soon as I got back, an unexpected event just knocked me right out of my life routine. My Mom got pneumonia (she is recovering nicely), and I moved in with her to be Nurse Cratchett for the past week and a half.
So nothing has been normal as far as scheduling goes.
But, things are lightening up, my Sis came to town to give me some breaks and a chance to consider some of the interesting things I want to pursue in 2013.
The photo above is an interesting thing.
When I set off for Texas, I knew I would be traveling through some familiar (and uninteresting) territory.
So, I challenged myself to find one interesting thing in each small town I drove through.
Believe it or not, there are small towns where I failed to find anything at all. But, there were some treasures along the way.
The town of Ft. Sumner, NM is a place I have previously found less than interesting even though they have a claim to fame – hosting Billy the Kid’s gravesite.
But, this time, because I was searching, I found several murals on buildings in town that are painted by local artists (although I couldn’t find the names of the local artists).
I loved this dog, who seemed to be sniffing out interesting things in unlikely places – just as I was doing along this lonely highway.
And, I am always doing that on the web highways and byways as well – which are never lonely!
Social Media . . .
Have you ever been more sick of hearing about anything in your life?
As a person with an online presence that is important to my livelihood, however, I have had to spend a lot of time figuring out whether I need to to have Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, etc. as a part of my “brand”.
I do have a Twitter account and can see no point to it. From my perspective, it is just another link source, and I care nothing for anything that anyone can say in 140 characters.
Facebook is also a completely foreign concept to me. Although I enjoy seeing family pictures of my nieces, nephews, their kids, etc., and it reminds me of birthdays, I would no more share my daily thoughts in that type of forum than fly to the moon.
I do have a Facebook page and post a link to my blog posts there for the sake of some friends and family who enjoy the blog.
But I rarely check the page, and when I do, I often get information that is sad (old and dear friends passing), or intensely irritating (old, dear friends who have fallen off some political cliff and can’t stop ranting).
I rarely watch television news, and I filter the news I get through my iPad to only my areas of interest (no murder, Hollywood, or politics). When I spend my precious time reading, I want to come away having gained something valuable.
Much of my reading for entertainment used to come from art and crafts magazines and books.
These days, it is very rare to find anything inspirational in those publications because they are all catering to one style.
But, here comes the positive part (I can’t keep whining) . . .
Awhile ago, a good friend turned me on to Pinterest.
Because it had pretty pictures, I joined up, even though I didn’t really understand what was going on.
Some time has passed.
I LOVE PINTEREST!!!!!!
Therein, I have found all that is missing from the art publications.
It’s a treasury of beauty and wonderful ideas on all the subjects that interest me most – art, photography, gardening, home decor, etc. I have even gathered some recipes! And I don’t like to cook!
For those who have spent the last few years under a rock, Pinterest is a place for you to save those inspirations you come across online – in a place where you can easily find them – on your own set of virtual bulletin boards. A bulletin board can be kept all to yourself, or you can share your boards with “friends”. Your boards can have themes.
You can also follow the boards of others – friends or not.
Every time I log in, there are pages of things my “friends” found interesting enough to post to their boards – all the newest additions to the boards I “follow”.
It’s so exciting – like years ago, when I ventured into a Texas Art Supply store and found a whole room of art books I had not seen before! New and different – got to love it!
I learn new things and get new ideas every time I visit Pinterest.
SO . . .
I have decided that Pinterest will be my “social media” place to be. It is there, on my boards that I will share all the things I come across that never make it to my blog because they have to wait until I have time to post.
I will also have boards with links to my blog posts, workshops, workbooks, videos, and everything else I do, so everything will be organized in one place.
So, I invite you, dear friends, to come and join me on Pinterest, and follow the boards that you find interesting.
You do not have to make boards of your own, but I bet you will end up doing that.
You have my permission to pin anything from this blog on your Pinterest Boards as long as the pin links back to my blog post.
And, you have permission to Re-Pin from my boards to yours.
As creative people, you will love the ideas, the inspiration, the learning, and the wonderful, visual environment.
Yes, there is a danger of spending too much time there, but I would never call it “wasting time” because there is no better way to spend your time than learning and feeling the joy of creative inspiration!