Friday, February 26, 2010

Invincible Summer

Walking out to Hillcrest Cottage's mailbox this week (and, btw, walking to the mailbox is one of my favorite things to do because I Still Love Mail) I dreamed of the day soon when I could hear the flip flop of my shoes and feel the warmth of the sun instead of the sting of icy air!

Albert Camus, French author of strange fiction, expressed my feelings well:

In the midst of winter
I finally discovered that
there was in me
an invincible summer.

I was visiting with my high school girl friends this past Wednesday, and we all confessed to one another,

"I'm in a funk."

Diagnosis: SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Seriously, I am not one to slap 'disorders' and 'acrostics' on everything that could be wrong. But, I'm a believer in SAD. It happens to people in Alaska...and it is happening to us people here in Arkansas.

I think our SAD problem stems from entering a colder than usual winter on the heels of an extremely rainy fall (It must have rained every day from September through mid-November). We Arkansans got cheated out of the season which normally gives us the greatest joy! Fall is always a great relief to the hot August temps. Everyone in Arkansas loves autumn.

I looked at my art collection and realized how much this 'invincible summer' affects my creative expressions.

A Handmade Wallet:
A Fun Hook:
A Framed Piece:
A Painting:

There's lots more in the studio with summer themes. It seems that summer's slower pace is good for my creative soul. the midst of winter...

Here's to Summer!


  1. I spend most of the year whining about the heat... and yet I know exactly what you mean. I am *not* a fan of hot weather, but I am certainly a fan of sunshine! And I know that SAD is a real deal.

    I love your sunny, summery artwork! Hang in there Bev - summer will come! And spring before it, with it's pretty flowers lifting their heads up to greet you :)

  2. It has been a long grey winter here, too - far too cold, damp and dull. I can't wait for spring and some sunshine!

    Pomona x

  3. My geriatric dogs love the sunshine. I love the long days of summer, but age has caused me to dread the oppressive heat and humidity.

    But, I love the idea of summer -- and all the wonderful childhood memories associated with slurping out of water hoses and riding bikes around the neighborhood until the mosquitos came out. Then came memories of watching my kids chase around at dusk to catch fireflies, and how sweet their sweaty little heads smelled when they ran over and flopped in my lap to show me their treasures.

    You're right -- summer's not so bad after all!