I am heading to Charlotte tomorrow for a wild and crazy art weekend! And one of the little perks of the long drive northward is the delightful glimpse of fall I'll experience with cooler temperatures and perhaps a golden leaf or two. Hooray! There is nothing quite like a sub 60 degree evening to make this transplanted midwesterner smile.
No matter how old I am or how much further south I live, fall is always exciting. It makes me think of college campuses, sweaters, brisk air, and a change of scenery. Even if nothing new is actually happening around me (here in the hot Florida sun), inside I feel re-invigorated.
Fall makes me want to learn something new - whether I take a class, pick up a book on quantum mechanics or watch a documentary on raising micro-pigs (is there such a film?), something about the back-to-school season wakes up my lazy summer brain and starts a craving for intellectual stimulation and knowledge. So I've signed up for an art workshop next week to stretch my creative self and also pulled out an anthology of plays by John B. Keane which I've been saving since I returned from Listowel. Ahhhhh. Delightful.
Gobnat (whose name is the Irish form of 'Abigail' and means "brings joy' is pure happiness and delight! She was the perfect companion for a fall (ish) day in the studio. She will have all the other characters in there singing kumbaya by the end of the day.