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“I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.” ~Steven Wright
It’s a bit of a random thought day. It seems that every day is some sort of holiday, so I took a look to see what obscure event I might be missing this week. So…who knew May 3 is Martin Z. Mollusk Day and just WHO is Martin Z. Mollusk?
It appears that M.Z.M. is a famous hermit crab from Ocean City. For more than 37 years he has been appearing on the beach in Ocean City on May 3. Why is this significant, you may ask? Because if he sees his shadow summer will come one week early, of course I knew that. Or maybe I was thinking about a groundhog with similar duties in February named Phil? If memory serves correctly, his record was pretty poor this year since many areas around the country had snowstorms this week. Maybe Martin does better; after all, he is quite old. He also has a 100% accuracy record, gets annual physicals and lives in an assisted living Crustacean Condo. To learn more about Martin Z. Mollusk and the special activities planned for May 3, check out the Ocean City, NJ website .
The whimsy associated with Martin Z. Mollusk Day carries through in the Zentangle Inspired Art pieces I am sharing today. I had a great time at Tangle University, learning quite a few fun techniques from my fellow CZT’s. Meredith Yuhas taught tangled gardens on toned paper and Marie Browning shared a fun technique with Tombow markers in a workshop she called Dr. Seuss’ Garden. Sandy Steen Bartholomew sponsored a contest that challenged CZT’s to use images from her book, Tangled Fashionista. Since my new skills were top of mind, I used them to finish 2 entries for Sandy’s contest. Wonder of wonders, I was a runner up with my Fairy Garden. I hope you enjoy the results of my little flight of fancy.