Day 119

I woke up around 6.30 am and zombie shuffled out of bed. I didn’t have the best sleep and it seemed to be affecting my mood, I felt miserable. I struggled to hold back tears and I most definitely didn’t want to go about my day. I’m not sure why I was feeling that way either.

I sulked my way through a cup of coffee and reluctantly started my French lessons. I got through a lot of the new words, remembering some, very forgetting others, still wildly confused about a handful of them. I spent about 30 minutes working on it.

Hubby left for work and I got to working out. It wasn’t as hard as yesterday but still not as easy as I am expecting. My muscles sure need a good talking to. I got through it with no tears and it felt like a good workout.

Half of me wanted to crawl back into bed at that point. The other half of me pointed at the blank canvas that has been sitting on the table for a week and demanded I do something with it. The demanding side won and I finally got round to take two of the cacti.

For progress pictures and more info visit…
Cacti in an Orange Planter on Three Peas, One Pod

My afternoon was filled with housework and socialising. It’s been years since I’ve done this much socialising. I’m finding it rather draining. By the time I sat down to go on a comment spree with the blogs I follow, I had run out of words. I feel like a failure not being able to make a simple comment on something that I like. I will try again tomorrow.

There are still so many creative things that I haven’t had the chance to get to this week. I hope I can get a much more positive start to my day tomorrow so I can fit in another task or two.

I hope your day has been filled with wonderful conversation, glorious creations and something sweet.


Day 87

I wasn’t happy with my creative today. Some of it worked. Some of it didn’t. Some of it is unfinished.

I started the day a little before 7 am and got my French revision done. I’m feeling confident about moving on to new words.

After hubby left for work, I got my workout done. It was the last one for the week and I did more than I had to. Now I’m officially old I kept forgetting what I was up to, so did things twice.

Then I moved onto writing. I did a word check on my first story and I’ve written about 6,500 words. My second story only has 650 words, so that was the one I worked on. I’ve had this story, or series of stories, in mind for sometime. I’m aiming for about 2500 words for the story. Almost there. Woo! Writing will be on hold until Tuesday.

I then spent some time singing. I would record a song and while listening to the playback, I started drawing. It was a really nice mix of arts.

I dragged my feet for an hour, avoiding painting like it was a spider. I went outside and took some photos of the celery and leek.

Then I finally got a picture for this weeks  Let’s do 52 – 52 Week Photography : Movement. This tap needs to be fixed. If it’s not turned off really tight there is a slow drip, drip, drip. I set out to capture the drip for a ‘movement’ photo and 15 minutes later I had this shot. 

Full-sized picture on Flickr

Then it was time to paint. I got myself set up and painted the sky. I like painting the sky. Then the first row of trees that would line the mountain top. That’s where it got hard. I started to paint thick tree coverage and it didn’t work. I then spent at least an hour trying to layer the paints. Eventually I gave up and moved to the lower half of the picture.

The ocean was the easiest part to paint. I kept it the same as my other Akaroa paintings. Moving on to the boat was a challenge. I don’t think I was waiting long enough for paint to dry before trying to make the next layer. I like the wires, windows, blue accent and yellow on the boat.

By the time I got to the lighthouse I was fed up with my progress. I smacked some of the paint on, left all of the drawing underneath and called it a day. I might try and fix it, it might just be a Frankenstein. I feel like I’ve taken two steps back with this painting.

Unfinished art is unfinished.

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Day 7: What were your favourite childhood toys?

Barbie is at the top of that list. I would get at least two barbies for my birthday and Christmas. I also had an assortment of accessories like mansion, caravan, camp set, TV studio, shops and pool. I still have the collection and often think of getting them out to play.

I also loved Lego. My favourite set was a pirate set with pirate, boat, island, shark, treasure chest and gold coins. I remember playing with them one time and the shark had managed to get to the treasure chest and ate all the gold coins. (I stuffed the gold coins in it’s mouth.) The shark never returned the coins.

Lastly, I had a Cabbage Patch Kid doll called Tom. He had curly brown hair and I adored him, When I was a teenager I donated him to charity. I have always regretted doing that.

Tomorrow is a rest day, with no big creative plans. I might do a little knitting if the feeling takes me.

Happy weekend!


Day 84

Oh what a day! I don’t feel like I’ve stopped and it still keeps going. Having a full happy list doesn’t leave me much time but the feeling of achievement is real and it’s real good.

As soon as hubby left for work, I started my workout. I got through it pretty easy. One or two more weeks and I’ll have to add another 15 minutes. I think the biggest hurdle is that my brain wants to tell me that 45 minutes of exercise is a lot of time where I could be doing other things. I know that to reap the benefits of working out, I will need to increase it once or twice more.

Once my workout was done, I got straight to my writing. I only set myself a 20 minute goal and I like to get it out of the way early. It was another easy day, with free flowing words and a developing story line. I will need to do some editing soon, flesh out the characters a little more.

I was really happy with how my drawing of the Akaroa sidewalk went yesterday, I decided that today was the day to try and paint it.

The biggest issue I had was trying to create a ‘brown’ colour. I asked Mr Google and he gave me a number of suggestions, that when tried, all looked grey. In the end I mixed gold and black. It seems like an inconsistent way to get brown but for this painting it has worked nicely.

For the progress shots; Sidewalk, Akaroa, New Zealand

After hours of painting, I got to a little housework and an early French revision.

30 Day Blog Challenge – All my answers will be posted here.

Day 4: Discuss your views on religion?

I believe there is a God. I think each religion has part of the story but no one has put that story together yet, which is okay, because God loves us anyway.

I think that earth is both ‘heaven’ and ‘hell’. How you live your life will determine how you spend your next life. If you live a good and helpful life, you will be born into a ‘heaven’ situation. If you live a bad life, you come back into a ‘hell’ situation.

The spirit world exists and it’s just people waiting for their return to earth. Some will never make it back to earth. If they are good they’re angels. If they’re mischievous or troublemakers, they’re demons.

I grew up a Catholic and spent a number of years as a born-again Christian, but neither gave me the same peace as the above thought has. I know that when the time comes, my God will welcome me home.

I started work on my gloves last night, only a couple of rows, so I’ll try and get a few more added to it before bed. I’m really looking forward to a long nights sleep.


Day 80

The day has gone so fast. I woke up when hubby did and then I sat huddled under a blanket, struggling to wake up. Soon as hubby left for work, I threw the blanket off and got to my workout. I think I pushed even harder today because I knew it was the last workout of the week.

I got my paint stuff out and then decided to write instead. I knew that painting could take up most of my day and I didn’t want to forget my writing practice. Once again the words flowed freely. I had planned on writing for about 20 minutes and ended up going for about an hour.

Soon as I stopped writing, I chose a picture to paint and started painting after a quick little drawing. I picked another picture from my shore trip to Akaroa. This one was just after we got off the tender boat and were walking along the jetty to the shore.

This painting was a lot harder than I thought it would be. It was great practice at creating thick tree cover. I also mixed my sky and ocean colours on the canvas by applying a few colours to the paintbrush at the same time.

For progress photos, please view Akaroa, New Zealand, Hillside

After painting, I sang for about 30 minutes before hubby got home. Hubby and I chatted about the day and I started a new knitting project. I’m going to make myself some pink gloves. I also got in about 30 minutes of French revision before dinner. I did some timed practices and got them all finished in time. That felt good.

Tomorrow is a rest day. I wish it was a day that I was spending in bed. This week has made me pretty tired. Tomorrow will also be my last gaming day for a little while. I’ve really been enjoying all the new stuff that I’ve been doing and really need an extra day to get things done.

Good luck if you’re in the midst of life changes. May your decisions lead you to a brighter future filled with smiles and love.


Day 79

Before I start talking about my day, I’m going to share the painting that I painted yesterday. I took it outside to get a photo in the sunlight. I think it helped a little bit.

This was my first time painting a sailboat. It’s based on a photo I took in Akaroa, New Zealand. For progress pictures and more information, please visit my site: Three Peas, One Pod.

More pictures on: Three Peas, One Pod

I got up on time today. Amazing! I guess that’s the result of being in bed before midnight. I’ll have to try doing that again tonight.

Soon as hubby left for work, I worked out. It was another good workout. Feeling it in my muscles tonight.

I spent a big part of the day with wifey on Discord. Things have gotten a little less hectic for her and we’ve been able to spend some time together. It’s wonderful. I miss her so much. Once I had e-tucked her into bed for the night, I started working on the daily things from my Happy List.

I’d been avoiding the dishes for a few days, so I finally got those out of the way then I spent a good 30 minutes writing. Even when I don’t think I’ll have the words, they just seem to flow. After that I did some little easy drawings from 30 Cool & Easy Things to Draw to Get Better at Art. I finished up the day with 30 minutes of French revision. I’ll probably stick to the revision until next week, just so I can be sure I’m on top of it all.

To see how to draw these things, go to:
30 Cool & Easy Things to Draw to Get Better at Art

Tomorrow will be my last chance to paint before the end of the week and the wrap up of the happy list, so that’s what I’ll do. I’ve really enjoyed the week of creativity, although I think I had a little too much on my creative plate.

Next week will be another creative feast.


Day 64

The day started early and it started after 4 hours sleep. Hubby had an early start and I got up to keep him company. Once he’d wandered off to work I started my morning, early!

I got straight into my workout. I enjoyed it. I worked pretty hard, probably more than I should of because I forgot how many reps I’d done, so had to do more, just to be sure.

After that I tried to do some more purl knitting practice. Two failed attempts later and I put down the knitting needles and did some singing. That lasted a couple of hours and just before midday I decided to do some painting.

I have been collecting pictures of palm trees, knowing that I’d try painting them one day and today was that day.

The first painting I tried was a silhouette of a palm tree.

The second was a palm leaf.

It was a great experience working out how to layer colours. One thing I noticed is I’m very heavy handed. I was able to get a couple of very thin neat lines but most were followed with an ‘oops’. For more pictures and information, please visit Three Peas, One Pod.

Once I had put my paints away and took at least 100 photos of them, I got a little housework done and put my feet up. It’s been a lovely full day of creativity.

I finished the day with a French lesson, well a French refresher. For the next few days I’ll just keep doing the practice lessons, until I feel completely sure how to use the ‘apelles words. Hubby has been learning over my shoulder. He’s been helping me to remember what words get used for the feminine and the masculine. It would be great to know why a pizza is female.

I’m going to try and find some painting or writing challenges soon, just to help me stay focused creatively. If I have to rely on my brain, we could just see a never ending supply of palm trees and flamingos.


Day 42

Oh my! What a productive day.

I started the day with meditation with hubby, then did my double workout. I pushed myself hard and fast again and felt pretty exhausted by the end of it. Recovery time was much quicker than normal. I must be making progress!

My first attempt at Acrylic Painting
To see the Ray Grimes demonstration of this Landscape

By lunchtime I had started to watch some painting videos from Ray Grimes. You can check out his Youtube channel here. I picked one of the landscape paintings to try and recreate.

A couple of hours later, I had a painted canvas and a painted me.

I’d love to try painting again tomorrow but the one thing I did learn was my lounge room is far too dark to paint. A lot of little things I got wrong with this attempt happened because I couldn’t see the change in paint colour. It all looks so much more green under dull lamp light.

Here’s Day 9 of the writing challenge. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 9: Post some words of wisdom that speak to you

The number one reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten. – Mac Miller*

Since starting my journey of improvement, this one has had a constant place in the back of my mind. Whenever I start to feel discouraged about the 2+ years I still have to go, I try and put focus onto how much I have already changed, even in the last 42 days.


*NOTE: I can’t remember where I first saw this quote. After Googling its origin, it seems it’s a quote from Mac Miller. If this isn’t the case, please let me know.