Day 325

I got into bed a little late last night and did; Guided Meditation 1 Hour “The Healing Temple.”  It’s probably not my finest idea doing a 1 hour guide when I go to bed late. When it ended, I checked the time and it was just after 2 am. I fell asleep and woke just before 7 am because Homer dog wanted to go out. I guess I’m just going through one of those periods where I don’t get a lot of sleep.

Soon as hubby buzzed off to work, I started a day of art-ing. I worked on two watercolour paintings at the same time, so I would give each proper time to dry. I’m pretty sure I still didn’t do that. Sometimes my trying to ‘fix’ something, ends up being an even bigger headache because I don’t wait. I have no patience. UGH!!

Both of the paintings are from the same Youtube channel; Paint with DAVID. The first one I started was a winter landscape. I very loosely followed the tutorial and made some changes to the foreground because, to me, it looked like it should be water. I’m really enjoying these winter scenes.

The second one was a simple and easy landscape. Again, I loosely followed the guide and made some colour changes. I also couldn’t quiet get what the ‘road/path’ was doing and made a huge mess. It would seem that I just like doing paintings with wooden fences in them at the moment.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him in the park with Rosie and Douglas dog. They’re going for a walk to celebrate Walking the Dog day. Douglas tried to bury his bone. It was a colourful day.

By the time all the art-ing was done, all I wanted was a nap. So that’s what I did. While I feel inspired right now, the weekend starts for us tomorrow and I have to do mythics in WoW, so I can’t imagine this feeling will last. I wish all things would just be right in my world again.

I finished the day with French and Norwegian. I had some trouble with the last lot of words I learned in French. I should have spent more time practising those when I learned them. I’m sure I’ll get them eventually. My Norwegian practice was pretty good. I sometimes get confused with what word should come first. For example; Hun heter Astrid. I often mix up the first two words.

I hope your weekend is filled with smiles, fun, relaxing, friends and everything that your heart desires. If that’s not something I can have, it’s something I hope for you.


Day 324

Before I get started on today’s post, I want to answer one of life’s big questions; Which came first, the chicken or the egg? With the help of a new promotion at Coles Supermarkets, I now know that the chicken came first. (That’s the one I opened first.)

In our house when hubby makes a bad joke he calls it a ‘dad joke.’ When I make a bad joke it’s called ‘being whimsical’. It was the most exciting part of my day.

Last night I tried a different meditation guide; Guided Meditation 1 Hour “The Healing Temple.” It must have been good because I slept so deeply I don’t remember it. I wasn’t ready to wake up when morning came and struggled. I had breakfast, showered and then went back to bed.

It was just after 1 pm when I got out of bed again. I really wanted to go straight back but instead I got my creative on. I Puddled, I sang and I practised French and Norwegian.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him reminiscing over some cards that he keeps safely in a shoe box under the bed. He was glad he could join in the Card Reading Day fun. Douglas was fast asleep with his new bone.

This week has gone really fast and I haven’t really been doing that good at it. Although if I take a look back at what I was like this time last year, my day would have just been playing games online. This time last year I didn’t even know I could draw and now I’m drawing a daily cartoon. Even my bad days now are better than before.

I hope your week has been productive, creative and filled with smiles. Good luck getting everything wrapped up before the weekend. You can do it.


Day 323

I went to bed early last night and did GUIDED SLEEP MEDITATION for Healing. I woke a couple of times through the night but it wasn’t a bad sleep. I woke about 6 am and decided to stay up so I could spend the morning with hubby instead of sleeping.

I did French and Norwegian practice before 7 am. It was a great time to practice. There were no distractions and I was getting more right than normal. I can’t imagine getting up that early on purpose to practice though.

Then it was onto art-ing. I can happily say, I did a watercolour. I loosely followed; A Simple Winter Watercolour.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him spoiling Douglas dog for Love Your Pet Day. He gave Douglas a bubble bath in the sunshine and had a surprise bone waiting on his towel.

Once done with the art-ing I did some housework and a workout. It was a nice way to finish the day.

I hope your day is filled with creativity, happiness and good friends.


Day 322

I listened to Pain Relief & Healing GUIDED MEDITATION “The Cleansing Pool for my meditation last night. It wasn’t a good night’s sleep. I ended up getting about 4 1/2 hours sleep. I was pretty zombie all day.

I started the day with French and Norwegian. It was a good practice for both. Then I spent most of the day working on Puddles. For characters I’ve now been drawing for 50 days, today was really hard work. I just couldn’t get anything right. While I spent a fair amount of time Puddles procrastinating, I sang. I feel too critical of myself at the moment to get a recording I like.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him at the local Ice Cream Shop sharing a big bowl of mint chocolate ice cream with Douglas dog. Even though it was Chocolate Mint Day all Arthur could think about was Rosie.

There’s not much more to tell.

I hope your day is filled with sunshine, smiles and a big bowl of ice cream. (If you’re into it.) Take care.


Day 321

Last night I listened to; Sleep Hypnosis for Pain Management with Relaxing Binaural Music. It wasn’t technically meditation but I’m always interested in finding new pain management for my chronic pain. I’m not sure if it was just the simple suggestion of being hypnotised but when it got to that part (after far too much talking and a mini history lesson) I couldn’t feel the pain. I fell asleep sometime during it all and when it ended, the pain returned and I woke up. It was an interesting experience. I’ll return to meditating tonight so I can get a good sleep. I’m feeling mentally exhausted.

I have been struggling with my mental health over the last few weeks. My inner dialogue is screaming that no one cares about me. Which is obviously untrue. There are a number of people who care about me but that hasn’t stopped the noise. I feel hopeless and like everything I’m trying to do is a waste of time. I frequently find myself saying things like ‘it would just be better if I was dead.’ It’s a dark place. One that I have dealt with many, many times. I will deal with it again. It’s just so hard.

Let’s move on to anything else!! I started the day with a workout! A workout!!!! It was so hot and humid and I knew it would be a struggle. I pushed through. My 30 minute workout actually took 30 minutes.

For my art-ing I Puddled and I wrote a paragraph length story. I had stumbled upon The Sunday Whirl – Wordle 443. It’s a list of words that you put in a story. I’ve seen people doing these for some time now and finally decided to participate. The prompt list can be found here.

Anna had taken a wrong TURN and now she was LOST. She had driven too FAR down an old dirt road and it had LEFT her feeling uneasy. The lights of the city LIMIT were now a distant memory. Anna pulled the car over to the SIDE of the road and got out. This was the wrong MOVE. An unnerving man SLYLY emerged from the thick scrub. The man held an axe by his side that dripped with BLOOD. He gasped for AIR. “I didn’t do it!” he stammered, trying to put her at EASE before collapsing to the ground. Anna didn’t know how to FEEL. Was she in danger or was he?

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him at a wine tasting with Rosie for National Drink Wine Day. It was a special day. They held hands for the first time.

After the Puddles, I did French and Norwegian practice. I will start a new topic in French next week because I think it’s been a few weeks since my last one. I won’t progress as quickly with Norwegian though. I am remembering a few more words like; god = good, morgen = morning, kveld = evening, katt – cat, barn = children, heter = name, hva = what, velkommen = welcome, en mann = a man. Those are the ones that first spring to mind. Not bad for a couple of days.

In the afternoon I knew I should attempt a watercolour but the idea of being bad at it was giving me such intense anxiety I had to take a nap. When I woke up, Homer dog gave me lots of snuggles. He always knows when I’m not feeling my best. It helped.

As I sat down to write a post we could hear a storm in the distance. Hubby (a complete weather nerd) got on his weather app to see what was up. There was a huge storm front headed our way. It was providing quiet the light show in the distance and after about 15 minutes of recording, I finally got a great shot. It’s only a few seconds long and I slowed the video down so you could actually see it. Wow!!! The storm barely hit us. It went either side of our house and out to see. There was only one crack of thunder that sounded like it was above us.

I am looking forward to having a better day tomorrow. I hope that your day is filled with all the things that make you happy. Enjoy the little things.


Day 320

I went to bed filled with anxiety last night and no matter how hard I tried to focus on meditation, my mind kept wandering to the worries. I was worried I’d said something silly to a friend. I was worried about Homer dog who had a trip to the vet coming up.

Homer dog has been feeling a bit poorly and grumpy all week. So hubby took him to the vet this morning to get a check-up. Good news, he was in fairly good health. He did have a bit of a butt gland problem but it wasn’t serious. The vet said he was looking youthful for an 11 year old dog. When Homer got home he was in great spirits and wanted to go out again.

I spent the day doing my Puddle cartoon and working on French and Norwegian. I just can’t get enough. I’m sure that it’ll take me three times as long to learn Norwegian and probably take me longer to learn new topics in French but I’m having fun. That’s the main thing.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him doing a random act of kindness for Random Acts of Kindness Day. Arthur and Douglas dog are helping a family of ducks get across the road to the pond.

Every time I say I’m going to have a busy week, I end up having an uninspired week. So let’s just see what tomorrow will bring.

I hope your week is filled with inspiration, productivity, success and most importantly happiness and smiles. Take care.


Day 319

Hei og velkommen. Hubby and I ended up going to bed late last night because we were watching art videos on Youtube by Jazza. It got hubby feeling all art-spired. That’s exciting. I still meditated and I used a guide I hadn’t heard before; Guided Sleep Meditation: The Haven of Peace (Extended Version) Dark Screen. It was so watery. So relaxing.

We ended up waking late and had a very relaxed Sunday. I Puddled while hubby got rid of the tree that had fallen in the storm last week.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him spending the day with his Nana Dot and Douglas dog, his family. They were baking up lots of tasty treats to celebrate National Bake for Family Fun Month. They had lots of fun and ended up with a months worth of baked goods.

The Puddles adventure pretty much took up the entire afternoon. I still finished the day with language learning.

When I logged into Duolingo I was still on the Norwegian lessons, so I thought, why not? My brain really wants me to say the words with a French accent. Switching between the two isn’t easy but I’m only new to doing it, so that makes sense. When I do my French practice, I still feel very confident with it. I almost feel like I’m doing better at it when I start with Norwegian. My brain is packed!!

It was a chill day. I needed a chill Sunday. I hope your Sunday is everything you need it to be. Take care.