Twenty-twenty has been a world of little color, what with our staying indoors and being more inactive and more isolated than ever before and so we all strive to find new ways to color our worlds with life and laughter, renewing our spirits so we can continue forth in our day-to-day life.

For me, I decided I would start writing again. It has been difficult to find any semblance of continuity in that goal, however. Partially it has been the low energy that is intermeshed with the depression of not spending time with my friends and loved ones. I mean, let’s be honest here, isolation and depression can make it difficult to accomplish much of anything.

I’ve also found it very difficult to adjust to the new WordPress creation mode. I’ve had to spend a lot of time, literally hours on multiple occasions, chatting with the WordPress help gurus. They are great, they really are patient and helpful. Yet again, let’s be honest, when it takes half a day to create a blog post and have it appear as you’d like it to instead of half an hour as it had in the past, that kind of frustration is a killjoy to the creative juices that once flowed like a powerful waterfall over a great cliff and now seem to be pooling in a log jam of “technical difficulties.”

Anyways, this post is not supposed to be about my WordPress angst, it is instead, about the joy of color. I have a friend who I spoke to on the phone today, a friend who I haven’t seen since February because I worry about her safety (not from me but from COVID-19). Her name is Venus and on the 31st she will have her 89th birthday! She loves colors. When I first met her I had asked her what her favorite color was and she said “the rainbow is my favorite color.” In other words, she loves them all, though she especially loves the rainbow because it represents God’s promise never to flood the earth again and she is one of the most humble and passionate — an odd combination, I know — lovers of Jesus Christ and all that he has done.

Now that I am slowly returning to blogging here at Memee’s Musings I thought I might re-take-up the Color Your World challenge in honor of my lovely friend Venus. The challenge is simple and adjustable to each individual’s desire. Each year a calendar of colors is presented and the individual blogger creates a post inspired by the particular color.

In 2016, I did two blog posts featuring multiple days worth of colors. I had a brand new camera and this was the excuse to get out and learn to use it, perfect timing! I titled my first challenge post 120 Days of Crayola Colors which featured the colors of Almond, Antique Brass, Apricot, and Aquamarine. The second was entitled Color Your World (take 2) which featured Asparagus Green, Atomic Tangerine, and Banana Mania! What great names for colors, don’t you think? Sadly, I did not do more than the two posts in the challenge. I hope to do better this time!

I had fun going out in my community or wandering through the house looking for the colors to photograph, and then creating what to my eyes were dynamic collages, probably because they trigger an emotion or thought or memory in my own mind. And so I am eager to begin this journey again.

Although there is not much value in these posts, at a time like this when the world is filled with too many words and too much feeling, something that is visually stimulating and can bring joy may actually help to heal our minds and spirits keeping us from going off course, tumbling off the Cliffs of Insanity.* And so I hope that I will make time to do several blog posts from the Color Your World challenge. As I strive to color my world with this activity I hope my posts from it will color your world with the same positivity as I know I’ll again gain from it!

If you’d like to join in the fun and “get inspired by the weekly color” here is the link for the 2020 color calendar.

As you may have noticed in 2016 the colors were in alphabetical order beginning with the “A”s, slowly and surely, year by year, this challenge is making its way through the entire alphabet. To let you see how far this challenge has come here is my first color collage of 2020:

Memee at 15 years old — Orange! — my son’s favorite ice cream topping

Last week was Neon Orange! To view all of the creative blogs that were inspired by that exciting color you can find the list of links listed here.

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