Mel’s Monday Musings: April 29, 2019

Hey, y’all! How are you? What’s going on in your life? Anything new or interesting?

I spent the day yesterday by this river. Chilly weather, but such a gorgeous place!

Since I last wrote, we have discovered that in addition to myriad birds, our three squirrel friends, and the bunny under the shed, our yard is home to an inquisitive chipmunk (I’d never seen one up close before! I bless whoever put the “grill area” on our deck that includes a flat space right by my desk window where I can leave seeds for visitors), and a groundhog!

Groundhog? Whistle-pig? Woodchuck? Land beaver? Whatever you call it, they’re awfully cute to observe. The one in my yard is helping me with the task of removing old, dried straw and sticks, taking great bundles in its mouth to line a nest somewhere nearby.

We’ve decided to use galvanized steel raised beds, chicken wire, and garden netting to discourage our residents from coming after the vegetables we’ll plant in the far back — if any of them get through all of that, I figure they deserve the food! We’ll also continue to leave appropriate offerings here and there in a different area for them. I try to be equitable…this patch of green is home for all of us.

Back in 2017 (aka The Shittiest Year Ever), I lost my Etsy shop — for practical reasons, I couldn’t justify keeping it open. Nobody wanted what I was making…at least, not enough to offset the costs and the associated ass-pains with running a shop. I was pretty upset, but it made sense at the time.

Now, it’s 2019 and I’m baaaaack. I started a little Etsy shop with digital prints of my art, but I’ve also recently joined Society6 (I’m in love! So easy to set up and use!) and am in the process of getting set up on Zazzle (less love there so far). It’s still going to be paltry income, I know, but this time I’m determined to see it through and to carve out this space for myself and for my art.

I’m doing it without some of the support I would’ve had prior to 2017, which makes it an acutely painful joy at times…but I’ll take it. Check out my stuff sometime if you like! (And feel free to leave links in the comments to your own work, fellow creatives. I love looking, and I support artists whenever I can. Maybe I should run mini-features on some of you?)

Anyway…I guess that’s about all the news that is news. Spent most of yesterday by the river, and it wove itself into my dreams last night. Ahhh.

Your turn! 🙂