Some weeks I seem to be able to stay on track, keep up with the family schedule, and get everything done on time. Other weeks, not so much. This week for example. We got a dog this past weekend, and now I find myself going for long walks a few times a day (which is a good thing!), and looking over my shoulder while I’m trying to work to make sure she isn’t getting into trouble.
She’s a beautiful girl, part German Shepherd and part Rottweiler. Of course, did I ever think we would have a dog??? Absolutely not! We love dogs but we are at a stage in life where we weren’t sure we had time to “babysit” one more thing . . . dog . . . kid . . . whatever. But the girls have been wanting a dog for a long time, so we took a trip to the Humane Society and we met her. Dad and the girls decided to name her “Reagan” (the shelter called her “Raven” but they didn’t like that, so “Reagan” seemed pretty close) . . . as in “President Reagan.” She is really good but busy, so I have to watch her all day long.
This week will definitely be different than my weeks have been in the past. But that’s OK, because the girls are excited and doing a great job taking care of her (when they are here), and as it turns out, our Dad is also quite fond of her. So there you go. We need to get her to the doggie school just down the road from us, but she really does quite well already. So at the minute all is well. I’m working here at my desk and Reagan is napping beside me.
As the year comes to a close, I wanted to wrap up my 2018 art / junk / calendar journal that I’ve been working on. I did it! Which I have to admit is quite an accomplishment. That’s because I’ve started an annual calendar journal for the past several years but never finished. Of course, I finished out the year of “life,” but somewhere around April or May I got distracted and just never got back to finishing up in previous years.
I think it actually started when I would get behind on a bunch of other projects following the “winter misery” which shows up every year around February or March. One year it turned into bronchitis and then what the dr. called “walking pneumonia” (whatever that means, I just know I was really, really sick for a really, really long time!). So by April I was so far behind on everything that I guess I just gave up on my “fun” project of creating pretty art journal pages.
This year, 2018, I decided to try again. But – I still had the journal I started in 2016 that I never finished. And I really liked the cover, so I decided to rename it “2018” and keep going. Waste not, want not, my mama always used to say. So I just printed out a number “8” and glued it on top of the number “6” on the cover and voila! It was ready to go. There were actually a few pages in it that I really liked too, so I just updated them a bit and promised myself that I would try really hard to finish it this year. And I did!
Here are a few pictures of the journal, along with a few images of the December pages. I’m planning to do a page here on my blog about my “Journal Journey 2018” and post pictures of the other pages. But for now, I’m just happy to have this one finished and I’m ready to get started on my Art / Junk / Calendar Journal for 2019.
Have you ever created an art journal? I actually use the calendar pages that I create each month for my blogs. I print them out and use them as a “starter” to give me ideas and color schemes for each month’s pages. I even created one fold-out page for the month of May. It is all in shades of yellow and purple, and I have a poem that I wrote on one side of the page and a few other fun things on the other pages, along with the calendar.
One of my favorite things to create for my art / junk journals is little pockets, envelopes, and tiny books that I can tuck into the pockets or add to the binding. Then, I can write my poetry or thoughts, kind of like an old-fashioned diary, inside where if anyone would ever REALLY want to read my writing, they would have to go looking for it.
Gotta run – I just might have to take Reagan for a walk again before too long. It’s cold out there today, but it is really good to get out and move around for a while. I would love to see your art or junk journals. They really are a lot of fun!