Day 260

When I woke this morning the smell of smoke was strong. When I looked out the window you could see an obvious smoke haze. When I looked out the backdoor at the neighbourhood you couldn’t see past a few houses because of the smoke haze. Now, before anyone gets worried, I am no where near the fires that are burning but the evidence of them is strong. Today was set to be hot.

Once hubby had melted off to work, I got straight to working out. Thankfully the heat hadn’t sparked up too much and I got through it easily. I followed it up with a cold shower, the first of the season. I’m the only one in the house that can handle a 100% cold water shower even in the midst of summer. They are very refreshing.

Then it was time to art. Today was a special day of art-ing because it’s wifey’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WIFEY!!!!! You mean the world to me.

By the time I’d finished birthday art, the day was very very hot (38C / 100F) so I did a whole lot of nothing.

I hope your day has been filled with sunshine, love and cake.


Day 86

It’s my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to…. except, I don’t want to. I’ve had a fantastic day. I woke up around 7 am and rolled out of bed. It felt early for a birthday wake up but because it was my birthday, I could get hubby to make me a coffee before he did anything else.

Once he was off to work, I worked out. WHAT? This is the first time in 38 years that I have worked out on my birthday. I have never even worked out the day before or after my birthday. In fact, I’m not even sure I’ve worked out in the months surrounding my birthday. It was a great work out. I pushed hard but not too hard.

First thing I did after that was my French revision. I got through it with only a handful of mistakes. Then it was on to writing and it must have been a birthday miracle because my words were back. I had no trouble working on my story. I did about 30 minutes of writing.

I spent a few hours in WoW with a friend. He paid for my sub, so I kinda thought I should. We had lots of laughs as always. It was a nice way to pass the day.

By early afternoon I was ready for lunch and getting back into a pile of creative. After a bowl of leftover pasta I started drawing. I drew another picture that I’d like to paint and it wasn’t from Akaroa. Gasp!! It’s true. I’m going to cast my creative vision a little further than Akaroa. I still have some issues getting the right perspective but I think it was a pretty good attempt.

Before dinner I started work on my knitting. It’s going pretty well. I’ve been keeping track of what I’m up to and it’s noticeable. The double moss stitch is finally looking straight and neat. Woo!

Seeing it was my birthday dinner, we had a delicious cheese platter, with roasted veggies, pickled onions, cabanossi and crackers. I washed it down with a couple of glasses of white wine. The only thing that would have made tonight perfect is if wifey was here enjoying it with us.

Tomorrow will be my last chance to paint before the weeks end. I already have a harbour shot of Akaroa drawn, so that’s what I’ll attempt.

Today was a good day.

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

Day 6: What is your zodiac sign and does it fit your personality?

It most certainly does and what a great question for my birthday. I have already answered about being the ‘Cancer’ sign in my last writing challenge, so be ready to be copy and pasted, hard.

‘There are a number of things that I can identify with; being intuitive and being able to read people’s emotions, being passionate and loyal, being creative and resilient, tuned to nature and drawn to the water to name a few. ‘


Day 69

Tuesday morning is a hard morning in our house. Hubby doesn’t want to let go of the weekend and is often grumpy. Today was no different, even though it’s his birthday. In fact, because it was his birthday, he wanted to reject the morning even more. I was feeling flat by the time he left for work.

I dragged myself through a workout. I’ve been feeling overly tired and drained for a few days. My chronic pain has been painful. The workout took about 6 minutes longer than normal. At least I got it done.

I spent a lot of the day knitting. I’ve made some good ground on the fingerless glove. I bet I could have this one finished by the end of tomorrow. Both stitches are feeling a bit better and I’m not having the same tension issues as when I started. Improving is improving.

My French refresher went really good. I only made a couple of mistakes. I might almost be ready to learn some new things.

We didn’t do anything exciting for hubby’s birthday. I don’t know if it’s because we’ve been together for 15 years or because we’re ‘middle aged’ but we just don’t make the same big deal that we used to.

Instead, hubby cooked us a delicious steak and chips dinner and we followed that with birthday donuts. Simple but very us.