Friday, February 18, 2011

Sweet Sixty Two

I created this collage yesterday, in honor of my birthday today.  I never had a Sweet 16 when I was a teenager, so I'm having myself a virtual Sweet 62 right here online -- if you're reading this post, consider yourself part of the festivities!

Being sixty two makes me an elder, in my mind.  In all the best possible ways.  I certainly don't feel old, and I don't consider myself old.  But I've been around the block enough times to feel wizened about much of life...

and hopefully about the making of art, as well.  Or the making of MY art, anyway, which I'm not sure can be categorized as any one thing in particular.  Which is cool -- no part of me needs to be categorized.  I am who and what I am, I make the art I make, all of it my individual expression of the Spirit within each of us.

I have the day off work today, giving me a 5-day weekend.  As always, I have big creative plans for these days.  I like to have more on my to-do list than I'm usually able to complete, because it keeps me moving forward.  I'm hoping to finish the last two Fortuna quilts -- one sky, one trees -- and then move on to blocking out the next series.  Those will be wholecloth, or nearly so, the fabric itself being front and center. 

An astrological note about today, February 18.  This day is the cusp between Aquarius and Pisces.  In newspaper-type horoscopes, Aquarius often goes through February 19.  But the actual cusp is the 18th.  As with any other cuspal day, whether you are one sign or the other depends on the year and the time of day you were born and where you were born.  Until I was in my 30s, I thought I was an Aquarius, because all the popular literature said I was, being born on February 18th.   But I never resonated with being an Aquarius.

Then I learned that I am a Pisces, and largely so because I was born at 5:35 pm on February 18 in 1949, in Los Angeles.  I'm actually just over the line, by five minutes of one degree.  But I'm a Pisces just the same, which is what I've always felt I was.  I've met and known a lot of people over the years who were also born on February 18 -- some Pisceans, some Aquarians.  Interesting, isn't it!

16 comments:

Fulvia said...

Happy Birthday, Connie Rose!

Nora said...

I've already congratulated you over on facebook, but I'll congratulate you again. Happy Birthday to your wizened soul! Isn't it a wonderful thing to have? I know I wouldn't trade mine for anything.

The collage is very lovely and I love the colors it is in.

Nora said...

P.S.You should have said you were forty and twenty something.

Sandy said...

Happy birthday youngster. It is nice to reach an age where we do what we want.

geni said...

A very sweet and happy birthday, Connie!

Meg in Nelson said...

Have a splendid 5-day weekend, Connie.

Jan said...

Well, how nice to have your true nature confirmed. And happy birthday again and again! It's worth repeating!

And hooray for Social Security!

xo,
Jan

Wax Beach Artist said...

Happy Birthday! I am blowing a curling paper horn (lol I can't think of what those are called!). Wheee-heeee! Party down!

Carol said...

A belated happy birthday, I hope your day was wonderful

Chris Gray said...

....enjoy being whatever age you feel! :-)

x Chris

maggi said...

A belated happy birthday fellow Pisces. It's great to be of an age where you can do whatever you want and feel however you want.

Marijke said...

I feeling THE Same, torn between virgo and scales ( that ' 's not THE right word is it)
Marijke

Alice said...

A vey happy birthday, Connie! You are now entering into the best, most creative part of your life. Enjoy it.

Emma said...

Hope you had a fabulous day, Happy Birthday!

Judy Alexander said...

Happy belated b-day Connie. Hope you had a wonderful day!

margaret said...

SUCH a good age ... ask me how I know ...
Enjoy your year!