Day 274

I got into bed a little bit late last night and I sort of forgot that I was going do nighttime meditation and wasn’t prepared for it at all. I had the blankets pulled up around my ears and I was ready for sleep when I remembered. I very quickly grabbed my phone, found one of the videos I’d half checked out through the day and did it. It isn’t specifically for sleeping but it had sounds of the ocean so it was very very relaxing. Soon as it was done I instantly fell asleep. I even had nice dreams. I listened to Guided Meditation – Blissful Deep Relaxation.

Homer dog woke me up this morning but that was okay because it meant I could do an early morning workout before hubby got up. I was about half way through when hubby woke. I feel like it’s been a decade since I last worked out. Felt great.

For today’s art-ing and learning I did a number of things.

I loosely followed a coloured pencil tutorial on Youtube; Draw with Coloured Pencils Part 4 – Landscapes. It was a speed walk through, so I made it a speed colouring. I also got a bit distracted and stopped following what he was doing. I used Crayola Blend & Shade pencils.

I signed up with Skillshare so I could check out a couple of the free lessons available. I browsed through some of the free classes and found one on Growing Your Creativity. The whole thing took about 40 minutes. I think the biggest take away for me was the ‘Letting go of Fear’ section. I need to FOCUS on the consequences of success rather than failure, STOP telling myself that I’m not creative and RESPOND to the negative thoughts positively. I haven’t done the exercises from the lessons, even though it would have given me the chance to make another list. I do love a good list.

While I was watching Growing Your Creativity I started to doodle. I was inspired by the shape of the instructors hair and the gap in her teeth. The sketch looks nothing like the instructor though. The quote underneath was something from the lesson. I used ink and coloured pencils.

I found two other free lessons that I would like to watch. One is on writing, one is on watercolour. I still haven’t broken out my watercolour paints. I know the time is near.

Today in The Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him working on his New Years Resolution list. It gives us a sneak peak at what things he may be getting up to over the next few months.

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All the art-ing and learning, plus some housework and lunch took me through til about 4 pm. Then I worked on French. I was feeling pretty tired so I’m not sure I got much out of it. Although, I only made three mistakes overall so I can’t complain. I managed to get the second round of lessons finished. So I feel this week will be learning, next week will be practising.

I finished the day with smiling for no reason and some singing. That was my day. It feels full. I hope you’ve had a fulfilling day sprinkled with extra smiles.

Tilly

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.

Tilly

Day 258

I woke up just after 6 am and figured I’d get up. The morning was a bit of a blur. I think I watched Youtube videos. Let’s just say I didn’t do a thing until hubby left for work. Then it was time to workout. I got straight to it and worked out hard. I was a little slower than normal but I am sure I worked muscles I didn’t even know existed. Ow!

Then it was time to start art-ing. I had sketched an eye a couple of days ago but finally got round to colouring it. I didn’t use a reference for the eye, I just wanted to see what I could come up with.

After I was done with the eye, I still wanted to try another Art for Kids Hub video. I chose How To Draw A Christmas Palm Tree. This felt much closer to a Christmas down under.

Then I started work on a watercolour sketch. I got about 75% of it done then I was all art-ed out. I’ll finish it sometime during the week.

I then worked on French. I didn’t start new words today but had a really great practice run. I really need to get back to doing French first thing in the morning. I seemed to pick up so much more and I think I even pay closer attention.

Duolingo emailed me an update of my French learning in 2019. I have used Duolingo for 166 days and have completed 1,499 lessons. I have spent over 100 hours learning 5,247 words.

I can’t believe I’ve learned that many words. When I think about the words I know I can barely get to 30. I’m thinking that might be what Duolingo thinks I should have learned. It’d be very interesting to see a list of those words. Either way, I have been pretty dedicated to this learning and I feel pretty proud of myself.

I finished the day catching up with a friend and some singing. Both were very enjoyable.

I hope your day has been filled with things that make you smile.

Tilly

Day 257

I slept in a little bit. Well I should say, I tossed and turned until about 8.30 am, with brief interludes of sleep. It really wouldn’t have made much difference if I got up or if I had of kept pretending to be asleep, I didn’t do much with the day. Hubby was the hero of the day and did some housework.

I visited Art for Kids Hub so that I could say I did something. I chose How to Draw An Ice Skater. I’ve really been enjoying these easy cartoon sketches. They’re definitely helping build some ideas for the Penguin Project.

I tried to do a little more drawing but I find it very hard to concentrate when hubby is home.

So yesterday I didn’t write anything and it felt weird. I knew I couldn’t write how I was feeling because I knew it was irrational and I really didn’t want anyone to worry.

Yesterday I was doing the normal Sunday WoW thing and once again it was missing something. It was different to the last few weeks, in that, I had a couple of ‘new friends’ (friends of a friend) join us. That made for some easy dungeons but by the third dungeon, one of the guys kept calling me on all the mistakes I was making. I knew that it was tongue in cheek and he really didn’t mean anything by it but it sucked nonetheless.

I was annoyed at myself for letting nothing turn into something and then to let it really affect my mood. Of course that made the whole thing feel worse. The smallest things can sometimes flip the depression switch and a harmless comment can turn into hours of obsessive thinking and days of sadness.

I’m just going to try and stay as distracted as possible this week. I don’t know how to deal with my head right now.

I hope the upcoming weeks is filled with happiness, family, good times and creativity.

Tilly