Day 144

I woke up around 7 am just like normal, even though it’s the weekend. I didn’t bother going back to bed because I just had to know where wifey was. With my fingers crossed, I sat down at the computer to see if her first flight left on time. Success!

Next I checked my mail to see a message from wifey’s mum, and found more good news; wifey was safely on her way to LAX. A couple of hours later and I was chatting to wifey while she waited for 7 hours at LAX. At the time of writing this post, wifey is now 3 1/2 hours into her trip into Sydney, Australia. She is almost home. (11 hours away from landing.) Huzzah!!

I may have cheated on today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 prompts; 10. Clock + 25. Lighthouse, by doing the drawing yesterday. Interestingly when I Googled both words, I found that a lot of lighthouses actually do have clocks on them. Until yesterday, I had no idea that was a thing. I took reference from this German Lighthouse.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

Quick question for people who sketch on paper: Do you take photos of your work or do you use a scanner to get it onto your computer?

I spent my morning as I normally do, running dungeons in WoW. It was pretty fun and a great way to keep myself occupied while waiting for wifey.

Hubby was the true hero of the afternoon. He got lots of housework done. Thing are looking pretty nice for wifeys arrival.

My afternoon was spent groaning about how much pain I’m in. This is the worst pain I’ve had in many months. I have a new knee pain from working out but mostly it’s the same old chronic pain I’ve dealt with for the last 8 years. Even walking has been hard for me today. Ouch.

I did stop complaining long enough to work on French. I finished the new word group today. Still can’t work out the student/studying thing. I will spend the next week doing practice runs.

I hope this week brings you new experiences, new ideas and someone special to put a smile on your face. I think you’re fantastic by the way.



Day 143

I woke up just before 7 am and curled up on the sofa with a coffee. It was a strong coffee and just the fuel I needed to nudge me towards French practice. I’m still working through the new group of words and for the most part it’s smooth. Ironically anything that has to do with the words ‘study’ or ‘studying’ is where I have the most trouble.

Hubby hopped off to work and I started on today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 prompts; 9. Airplane + 24. Desert. I’m not going to lie, I really wanted the second prompt to be dessert, so I could draw a picture of someone on a plane, eating ice cream. That wasn’t to be. So I took reference from this plane and then added some cacti for that … desert feel.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

With one drawing down, I started work on tomorrows sketch. I have a pretty full morning and didn’t want to feel rushed with the drawing. Actually, my whole day will be pretty busy. The morning will be my usual ‘WoW gaming’ morning and then the afternoon will be getting the house ready for wifey.

It’s about 7 pm now and wifey will be heading to the airport in a few hours for her first flight. I’m filled with anxiety that something will go wrong again. Her first two flights will happen while I’m sleeping and will have no way of knowing until morning if it’s all gone smoothly. I feel it’s going to be another sleepless night.

There wasn’t much more to tell from my day. You may have noticed I didn’t workout today. Mentally, I feel terrible about missing a day and I never thought I’d hear myself say that about working out. Physically, my body is very glad to have three days off. It’s fatigued and pained. Thank you, Stress!

I hope you’re having a weekend filled with blessed moments, smiles and creativity. May the next week, actually, may the next month be a stress free zone in your world. You deserve it.

Happy weekend.


Day 142

It was such a slow start to the day after a pretty sleepless night. I went to bed just after midnight and woke up at exactly 4.45 am. That would have been the time hubby was leaving for the airport if wifey’s first attempt at the trip had of worked. I think because I knew she should be here today; I felt sulky.

Hubby wandered off to work and I…. sat here doing nothing. I really couldn’t get my day started. Eventually I showered and picked up a pencil for today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 drawing prompts; 8. Birds + 23. Pets.

I was lucky that these two prompts worked together well and took inspiration from yesterday’s train drawing. I imagined a girl sitting on a suitcase, with pets, waiting for a train. I had the most trouble with the right foot and the face. I couldn’t work out the right perspective for either. I’m looking forward to wifey being here so I can snap some pose photos.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

With the drawing and half the day done, I decided it was time to workout. I wasn’t feeling great when I started and I was feeling worse by the time it ended. I think the stress pain has kicked in, in a big way. Muscles ache. My head aches. My soul aches. Bleh.

I gave into an afternoon nap pretty quickly and it seemed to help a little bit. I still feel pretty fatigued and apparently, I also sound it.

Until wifey gets here the only things I’m going to focus on are drawing and sleeping…..and some last minute housework.

I hope you’ve had a day filled with new experiences, new friends and an abundance of happiness.


Day 141

Homer dog woke me up just after 6 am and wanted to go out. My first reaction was; ‘It’s too early, noooooooooooo!’. That was quickly pushed aside by a; ‘let’s check where wifeys flight is at’. I let Homer out and sat down to find out.

I searched the flight and was shocked to see it hadn’t taken off. What was supposed to be a one hour flight was saying it would land in 2 1/2 hours…. except it hadn’t taken off. I was so confused. I checked the time in Atlanta to see if she’d be making her next flight, NOPE! UGH. It wasn’t long after when she messaged saying not to worry but there were plane troubles with the first plane and she wouldn’t be leaving the US today.

UGH, double UGH, triple UGH. Then a big handful of colourful words, I won’t repeat here, fell from my mouth as tears poured from my eyes like I was cartoon character.

The reality is, it won’t be that much longer and she will be here but it felt like a devastating blow delivered by the universe directly into my motivational centre.

It’s 8.30 am now and my rational brain is trying to kick into gear and guide me through my normal day, like nothing has gone wrong. My irrational brain wants to get drunk (at 8.30 am) and belt out some sort of emotional tune until she lands. I don’t feel like doing the day. I’ll let you know how that turns out……

…..almost rational brain won. I picked up my pencil and decided to work on today’s Doodlewash – August 2109 prompts; 7. Sign + 22. Trains. I took inspiration from ‘The Blue Train‘. I found this drawing super hard, even while doing the first rough sketch yesterday. It made it harder as I tried to do it through blurry eyes. I did it though. I’m proud that I picked the right path for my day.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

I’m sure it was just a build up of emotions that had gathered in my head for a grand old headache-down, so I wandered off to bed. I’m not sure I even slept or if I had long bursts of keeping my eyes shut. Either way, it happened for hours.

I got out of bed again late afternoon and figured I should probably do some of my morning things. I did French practice. I got to 200 xp points rather quickly and didn’t have as much trouble remembering the words. I think I’m cheating and just assuming I should be using ‘Ils’ and ‘Elles’, over really understanding a sentence. I’m taking a win wherever I can find one today.

Then I busted out my workout in about 22 minutes, finishing up just after hubby got home. I’m calling that a day. Three more days til wifey gets home now, the countdown continues.

I hope your day has been problem free, creative and filled with many glorious smiles.


Day 140

Today started as one of those days where I just didn’t want to start the day or continue the day or participate in the day at all. Hubby made me an extra strong coffee (by accident) and I devoured it. It gave me enough energy to start French.

The French learning was challenging this morning. I’m struggling to see how to differentiate between ‘Ils’ and ‘Elles’. Both words mean ‘they’. Plus they sound the same as ‘Il’ and ‘Elle’ (meaning ‘He’ and ‘She’). Duolingo assumes that I’m smart enough to work it out based on what else is in the sentence. Well Mr Duolingo, you my friend, are very very wrong. If I was working from a notebook, I would have flung it in the air out of frustration at the end of today’s practice. I figured my computer would not appreciate the same treatment.

Once hubby had slow shuffled off to work, I slow shuffled off to workout. I pushed myself pretty hard but I was unfocused. I’m not sure if I didn’t do enough or I end up doing too much. My body is screaming that it was too much.

Then it was time for today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 prompts; 6. Monument + 21. Grass. I needed some inspiration for the monument and found it here. I wasn’t feeling very creative today but I did the best that I could.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

Early afternoon was filled with housework. I think there was more to do than I realised. I know things don’t need to be perfect but I sorta want them to be for when wifey gets home. Two more sleeps to go. Yippee!!

I then started work on tomorrow’s sketch. With wifey coming I thought it might be a good idea to get a little ahead. I have a very basic sketch that will hopefully fill out to be something amazing.

I also napped. I support people who nap.

I hope there was something in your day that made you smile.


Day 139

7 am seemed to roll around too quickly. I reluctantly crawled out of bed and brewed over a cup of coffee. I started with French and got to learning some new words. While I was doing the work, I seemed to go well with the new words. Hours later, I can only remember a handful. I feel like by the end of the week I should have a good grasp on them though.

Next it was time to workout. Hubby had fluttered off to work and I turned my workup music up loud and busted out a 30 minute workout in 22 minutes. I was feeling a little down when I woke up so I tried to refocus with an extra powerful workout.

Then it was time for the Doodlewash – August 2019 drawing prompts; 5. Sky + 20. Fish. The first thing I thought of was a fish kite at the park. Once I’d drawn the kite, I felt that a beach scene might be more appropriate. I added some waves and palms. I used this as the kite reference.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

The afternoon was filled with some socialising. It was more than I wanted. I’m not feeling very chatty or personable. Bah humbug.

Tomorrow is another day and I hope that day is filled with magical memories, fantastic friends and sparkling sundaes for all.


Day 138

I had a little sleep in and it was lovely. Once out of bed I got straight to today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 drawing prompts; 4. Sailing + 19. Waves. (I’m doubling up on prompts so I can still finish at the end of the month.)

The concept of this drawing was easy, a boat on waves. The reality of drawing it was much harder than I expected. I took inspiration from many photos and drawings of this subject. Once I got started it all came together quickly and I feel like this drawing is something I’d like to try painting one day.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

My afternoon started with a handful of housework. Normally, in the week before wifey arrives it’s a whirlwind of catch up cleaning and generally trying not to look like we were raised by wolves in the wild. Today we looked around the house and were pleasantly surprised at how little we had to do. It’s almost like we’re adults!!

Once back at the computer I spent a couple of hours going through art blogs. I am obsessed with watercolour art at the moment. It looks so peaceful and calming, with mostly muted and soft colours. I can’t wait to get my hands on some. There are so many amazing and creative people out there. It was very inspiring.

I finished the day with 200 xp points during my French practice. Tomorrow I will start on a new bank of ‘people’ words. I’m kinda terrible at learning. I KNOW that I don’t know the stuff, that’s why I’m learning it but I still get annoyed and frustrated when I don’t know the stuff. I’ll try and leave my frustration under the bed tomorrow and have at it with a good attitude.

I’ve been blogging for a while now but haven’t really dived into a lot of the finer details about my life. I feel like I’m wanting to share some of my past and how I’m working on feeling better about it. It seems it has been unfolding in my mind for a few weeks now. I’m gaining some clarity on my behaviours. This week I’m going to try writing down how I’m feeling. Also, I’ll try and finish my ‘About Me’ page. It has been ignored for a little too long. Oops.

I hope you’ve had an inspiring day.