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 54

Married Life: 13 Years
[I’m in the living room, hubby is in the kitchen making lunch]
Me: [shouts] Can you go pee for me? I couldn’t be bothered
Hubby: I’m already doing it

These are the conversations you have when you’re 15 years into a relationship. I’d go so far as to say, that’s about 80% of the conversations you have at that point. It’s a mix of dad jokes and a drunk in a comedy club but it works.

I can’t say that hubby and I were productive today. The one thing we’ve become good at is encouraging each others laziness. Even with the accountability of blogging, I still shoved discipline off a cliff and chilled. My hands were too cold for activities. Excuse slam dunk.

We have a few house projects that we really really want to get started, so this week I’ll write a schedule. We’re working on two timelines, spring and wifey coming home. (They’ll happen around the same time anyway.) If I could get a world-wide encouragement chant for next weekend, that would be appreciated.

For your relaxing ear pleasure, I’ve worked on this chill play list all week. I’m really loving the Indie sounds at the moment. There seems to be a 50’s reboot happening and it’s glorious. Weirdly, that really makes me want to bake.

Top 10 Songs You Need To Hear
1. Aldous Harding – The Barrel
2. The Raconteurs – Now That You’re Gone
3. Mac DeMarco – Nobody
4. Okey Dokey – Whose Heart
5. Easy Life – Nightmares
6. Moon Taxi – All Day, All Night
7. Riscas – Panic Like Tom
8. Fruit Bats – Humbug Mountain Song
9. Architecture in Helsinki – Frenchy I’m Falling
10. Arlie – Didya Think

So while I was a lady of luxury (laziness) I spent a nice portion of the day finding wonderfully creative blogs on WordPress. Everything from writing, arts and crafts, baking, painting and more. As usual it was inspiring.

The one real take away was reading a very candid blog, GABFRAB, and how honest the writing is (or maybe it’s all made up but it has inspired a surge of honesty nonetheless). I want to be more honest.

Over the years I’ve become incredibly introverted. I don’t care to share information about myself or my family. I keep my opinions closely guarded. When I give information, it’s only a little bit, enough to suit the conversation, definitely nothing more. So from now on, there will be more me on the page. I won’t be ashamed of who I am and my opinions.

This week I’m going to be more organised, work on a new knitting project, paint at least once, continue my workout routine, spend time encouraging people and be more open. Good luck to everyone this week. I hope you get everything accomplished that you set out to do.

Here’s Day 21 of the writing challenge. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 21: What 3 lessons do you want your children to learn from you?
Please note: I do not have children but if I did, this would be what I want them to learn.

  1. If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. This was something that we were taught growing up and something that has long been forgotten on the internet journey. There is never a good reason to make somebody feel bad with your words. Bullying is not okay.
  2. How someone lives their life, is none of your business. If you don’t like the way someone behaves, remove yourself from their world. Your opinion on how someone should live, is just that. It’s an opinion. People should have the right to live their life as they see fit. It’s not our place to judge.
  3. Make the world better, one smile at a time. The world is full of stress, sadness, pain, anger and anxiety. Some people feel or face that every day. If you can say something to put a smile on someone’s face, then you are making the world a better place. Compliment people. Encourage people. Listen to people. You will learn, grow and fill your own world with smiles. It’s a winning situation for everyone.


Day 27

It’s almost one month since I started this journey. In some ways I’m happy with the progress I’m making, in other ways, I’m disappointed at myself for not being more determined.

I feel like I’ve got a great morning routine and I get a lot done. I work out, get housework done and usually still manage to fit a little something creative in there too.

Once the afternoon comes, so does a very flat mood. I’m really not sure why I find it so hard to keep doing things. It is going to take a lot of effort to change these habits. Sometimes it feels like I don’t have the mental energy for it but I know I have to keep pushing.

Today, for example, I spent all afternoon wanting to vacuum but worried it would make my pain feel worse. That made me feel like I was letting myself down, letting hubby down, letting wifey down (even if she’s in the US) and then I just felt flat.

I think in the afternoons I should try adding some meditation and most definitely some arts and crafts, when the stuff finally gets here. Hopefully a creative release will help get the smiles flowing.

Trying again tomorrow.


Inspiration from Ivan Ooze…

Day 20

Started the day with a workout. I think I actually missed it over the weekend. I might try and do 7 days this week. I’ll see how my body likes that idea by the end of the week.

I’ve been living with chronic pain in my arms and legs for over eight years. Sometimes it affects my shoulders, neck and back too. I know that working out will help strengthen my body. I’m looking forward to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel but the tunnel sure does feel long.

Although it’s not much, I have finally ordered some knitting supplies and painting supplies. Hopefully they’ll be here sometime this week and I can get underway. Creative is close and it’s exciting.

My brain keeps ticking over with all the creative projects I want to start. Tomorrow I’ll try working on some writing stuff. Make a list. I think I like lists a little too much. After living so unorganised for so long, it’s gotta be helpful, right?