So, I blew off my local art group meeting last week, simply because I couldn’t pull it together to gather supplies and drive ten minutes. It’s that time of year.

The period between Halloween and Christmas is always brutal for me. I love Halloween so much that I continue to design products right up until the end of October—and then, November 1st, I realize I’ve done nothing about Christmas, at the very time when people who like to make things are ready to tackle it for real. Yes, there are a lot of folks who start buying Christmas things in July, and every year, when those orders start coming in, I think gee, I should be planning new Christmas things. But then, I look at the calendar, and see October, and all thoughts of Christmas go right out of my head. I admit it: I have the attention span of a four year old.

Anyway, we are now smack in the middle of the scramble to catch up, and make Christmas things. I have so many projects going right now, I’m running out of horizontal work space. I have things going in my office, studio, dining room, kitchen and living room. I had to move furniture around in the office this week so I have more room to work. My house looks like a bomb went off in it. A big, glittery, red and green Christmas bomb…

Meanwhile, we’re experiencing yet another wave of Indian summer. The weather is unseasonably warm. I have little weedlings sprouting up in every corner of the garden. I had to take an afternoon off this week to mow the backyard, which should have gone dormant by now. Next week, it’s the front yard, which is also infested with tiny weed sprouts. It’s crazy.

I am determined to finish my book for The Sketchbook Project by Christmas. We have two more fourth Friday art journaling sessions scheduled at my local group—one is the day after Thanksgiving, and one is two days before Christmas. I’m thinking both meetings will be small and quiet, so I’ll be able to get a lot of work done. I’m SO close—three sets of unworked pages, and a few more that just need lettering and a little finishing. I can do this!