So yesterday, I wove the tales of a Springtime one year ago. Like ancient religons of old, a year bygone was the benchmark of moving forward, of measuring progress, and tallying things yet to be done. AND Today, I promised a few BIG NEWS UPDATES....
In true Virgo fashion, the idea of recording things in an orderly fashion is the only way in which I can move forward and, like those ancient customs, I can appreciate how far I've come. And apparently, it's still going at breakneck speed!
I had initially envisioned slowly taking you on my meandering journey through last year; painting languid stories about coppery summer and blustery fall. Regaling you with stories of working at an urban farm, of a never-ending Halloween festival, of getting ready for winter, of harvesting honey.
But, there are so MANY insanely wonderful things happening ALL. AT. ONCE (within the past week, actually!), that I'm afraid I'll have to abandon my jaunt down memory lane at the moment, for fear that I won't be able to keep track of everything happening at the present time.
So forgive me folks, as I detour into the current state of events:
Firstly--you may remember my little romantic post about Valentine's Day between me and the sweetheart..
It's a lovely white gold engraved piece with sweet amethyst stone center!
I am so happy I could cry!
Or, apparently, mug for the camera! Can you tell I'm having a bit too much fun showing off this precious new treasure?
No idea when the wedding's happening, I'm afraid. Not that it necessarily matters; we've been two entwined elderly trees, our branches and roots encircling one another for SEVEN years. While I would love a marriage before we're to be ushered down the aisle using canes or rolled in wheelchairs, our current problem is both a lack of proper funds and also a lack of time.
Yes, I know, it sounds flippant to say that one is too busy to actually get married, but if you saw the crazy projects I am about to embark on, you'll quickly see what I mean. And I do aim to tell you that bit of news in a moment..but NEXT:
Apparently the bee-charming that I do has got me into some sort of "trouble"; I am featured in a new documentary about the importance of bees, and colony collapse disorder, called "Queen of The Sun"!
To say I am excited and honored cannot begin to express how thoroughly happy I am to be associated with this film. Tag Siegel, who also created "The Truth about Farmer Jon" is a sensitive visionary and he has made a film any beekeeper would be proud of. You can see what I am talking about in the Trailer (AND you can see ME in the trailer at the 2:07 mark, with the bee swarm!).
And more beekeeping mayhem is on the horizon, by the way. If you don't know, when I'm not performing, dollmaking, working with animals, beekeeping, and NOT sleeping, I also run a radio show and a website about farming (see, I told you, no sleeping whatsoever happens! Just more projects). One of my writers, the amazing and equally diverse Maggie Howe, herbalist and wool spinner extraordinaire of Prairieland Herbs invited me to come and teach an ORGANIC BEEKEEPING class at her farm in IOWA. From there, after several inquiries on both of our parts, it has snowballed into teaching two separate classes throughout IOWA, along with a cooking class, selling all my woodware and art at their monthly art festival, and even going wayyyy back to my roots by teaching a Middle Eastern Dance class!
Which seemed like my original goals when I started this blog...the whole idea of the horse drawn carriage was to go through the hills, meadows, and metropolises of this amazing, odd, heartbreaking, and fascinating country known as The United States, to meet people, and to teach them all of those strange, odd, twisted, enchanged skills I had picked up, many of them old fashioned skills.
Yes, I was doing just that in Iowa, except there would be airfare involved. But it's a start. And it's an inspiration, because if I could make that sort of fun magic happen, I could do this in a horse drawn cart. What had happened was I let ole fear win this battle. Like so many of us, I started doubting, and started getting afraid of taking risks. Which is funny, because MUCH of my life has been so unconventional up until THIS POINT, and it hasn't been a bad journey so far.
Note: I didn't say it was a journey filled with security, tons of money, or free of a few meltdowns--but that's the thing with risk, you have to be willing to face the consequences, bravely, because sometimes risk is NOT easy, or glamorous, or rewarding. If you can fearlessly stand by your own convictions, even if it's tough, for years, or it goes heinously wrong, then you can achieve many things. Note, again: there is a difference between risk and sheer foolishness. If you smartly risk something, you must research what you need to be PREPARED to take the risk, and be willing to smartly maneuver around it. Foolishness is jumping headlong simply because a thing looks attractive, with no idea of the pros, cons, or work required to do that thing...
SO--having said that, I HAVE YET ANOTHER BIG ANNOUNCEMENT tomorrow---mwahahaha (can you tell I like keeping people in suspense?)