Day 315

I meditated before sleep last night and had a pretty good night. I even managed to get out of bed on time. With the aide of a cup of coffee, I got straight to my French practice. Not much to report. I remembered some things, others I didn’t.

I followed that up by getting today’s Puddles done. Then spent the rest of the day in a cleaning haze. I managed a late afternoon doodle just so I could say I’d done some sort of art-ing.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him enjoying some plum pudding for dessert. It’s the perfect way to end Plum Pudding Day.

For my 10 minute doodle (I have no idea how long I doodled for) I am up to the letter ‘G’ for inspiration. I tried to draw a giraffe but its head was way too big. So I switched plans and decided to sketch a gate instead.

Although today was housework heavy and light on the art, it was a really satisfying day. I have a few ‘spring clean’ type jobs that I need to finish off this week and I can’t wait. I seriously enjoy cleaning (but don’t tell me that.)

I hope your day has made you smile.


Day 314

I didn’t listen to meditation when I went to bed last night. I was so tired I thought I’d fall asleep instantly. I was very unsettled and it took me too long to fall asleep. I missed meditation. I then had terrible dreams and ended up sleeping in.

The bad dreams really stuck with me all day. I guess they were how I’ve been feeling but seeing it happening in the dream made it all feel so much worse and so much more real. I’ve really been getting wrapped up in my own world lately and I’ve almost stopped communicating with the outside world. The most I’m really doing is replying to comments on here (and it’s been taking me days … I’m sorry!) The loneliness really stings.

It took me a while to get into the day but eventually I Puddled, doodled, watercoloured, Frenched and took a photo of our little rescued succulent for the creative stuff.

For today’s watercolour, I took inspiration from the Yaquina Head Lighthouse at Newport Oregon.

For my 10 minute doodle, that took 15 minutes, I drew fingers.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him at the city skate park, wearing a white t-shirt and grinding the rails for White T-Shirt Day. He thought the white t-shirt made him look like a skater. I think he fit in very well.

We replanted this little succulent in July 2019. This is the first time I’ve seen it in months. It was hidden behind some other pot plants. It’s grown so much!! See the planting photos here.

While I haven’t really felt like doing the day, I did get some things done. I spent some time outside in the sun and I spent some time cleaning the kitchen. It wasn’t a wasted day.

I hope your day has been filled with sunshine and smiles.


Day 313

Yesterday morning hubby got up in the roof to do what he could for the leaks. We had a rain heavy day forecast. It was a success. He plugged the holes enough, placed some buckets strategically and we didn’t see a drip or wet patch on the ceiling all day. It was lucky, we ended up getting 100 mm of rain.

During the night the weather didn’t ease up, it got worse. In some parts of New South Wales it was the worst storms they’ve had in 30 years. There were very strong winds and another 70 mm of rain for us. Luckily we had no flooding. We did lose one of the trees in the back yard though.

The frangipani plants survived the night okay, although some flowers did fall off.

We put the fallen flowers into a glass of water. It’s made the living room smell lovely.

It was a pretty humid day (thanks to all the rain) so I didn’t really get a lot done. I doodled and I Puddled.

My 10 minute doodle was inspired by the letter ‘E’. I had an idea for an Easter Egg. It didn’t really turn out how I thought it would.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him singing in the….sun with his umbrella for National Umbrella Day. He’s enjoying being outside now the rain has passed.

Hubby is back to work tomorrow and I’m going to have an art and learning filled week. I was pretty happy with how many watercolour practices I did last week, so I’ll aim for more this week.

I hope your week is filled with creativity, productivity and all the things that make you smile. You should smile more, it looks good on you. Take care.


Day 310

I listened to A Fairy Blessing & Healing Meditation last night. This was a little harder to follow and I’m sure I fell asleep before the end. I had a rather good sleep and even slept in until Homer dog escaped the watchful eye of hubby. It was another fluffy snuggle morning.

Hubby has been really anxious about all the rain forecast because we have some holes in our roof and a ceiling that will end up dripping if we get too much. He’s been up into and on the roof in the last 24 hours trying to fix what he can. His anxiety really screwed me up today. It put me on edge all day and every last drip I heard had me looking at the ceiling, waiting for disaster to strike.

Disaster didn’t strike but by the late afternoon the ceiling was dripping steadily, in a way that made the water shoot out like it was coming out of a sprinkler. I covered everything in towels, moved anything that shouldn’t get wet out of the way and hoped. UGH!!!

I wasn’t keen on doing much today but still did a whole heap of art-ing. I worked on two watercolour paintings at the same time so I would give them both time enough to dry. I’m still too impatient. I doodled and I Puddled.

I also did French but it was horrible practice. Luckily I’m still going through the lessons for this new level. I need more lessons. Double UGH!

I was inspired by yesterday’s lighthouse painting. I found another lighthouse photo to try. This time the lighthouse can be found in Cornwall, UK.

Still inspired by yesterday’s lighthouse, I headed back to Norway for inspiration. I found this lovely white house, with mountains in the background, in Hovden, Norway.

For today’s doodle I drew donuts. I probably should have done a self portrait seeing I was ‘distracted’ all day. I almost like these donuts.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him having fun with bubble gum for National Bubble Gum day. It was messy.

Even though it was an art productive day, the day just felt too stressful and I feel a whole world of UGH. I wish it was time for bed.

I hope your tomorrow is filled with happiness, smiles, sunshine and creativity. Have a great day.


Day 309

I chose a short meditation last night and I’m pretty sure I fell asleep before the end. Again I don’t really remember when I took the ear buds out. I woke to cuddles from Homer dog. Soon as hubby goes to the shower (and stops telling Homer to stay out of the bedroom), Homer bounds up onto the bed for cuddles.

We’re expecting rain over the next few days, so the morning was humid. I don’t like humidity. I’ve become okay with the heat but the humidity really drains my energy. Not helpful for 7.30 am. I mulled over a cup of coffee and went to art-ing the second hubby buzzed off to work.

I thought a return to line and wash watercolour might be fun. I’d been browsing lighthouse photos on Unsplash and found a lighthouse in Hamaroy, Norway that really piqued my interest. Overall it was a good practice. I really need to put more thought into the colours before I start. The poor lighthouse may have got a bit overworked. I also need to be more patient and let the paper dry in between layers.

It was then time for a 10 minute doodle. I’d been thinking of words that start with the letter C but I hadn’t settled on what to draw. Once again, I just picked up the pencil, started the timer and drew a car…. badly.

So after that failed attempt (which will never see the light of day,) I reset the timer and started again. CUPCAKE. I have drawn them a handful of times already so I knew I would at least be on the right track with this doodle. 10 minutes later (or maybe 20) I had a cupcake doodle. Now I want to eat a cupcake.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him out on a dinner date with Rosie. They are trying to eat some strawberry yogurt with chopsticks for National Chopstick Day and National Yogurt Day. Arthur wasn’t sure the two celebrations would work together but he wanted to impress Miss Rosie.

Once I’d got done with the art-ing I wasn’t sure if I should nap (I didn’t), workout (I didn’t), or French (I did! J’ai fait!). Then with the last hour before hubby would get home, I did some housework.

Before I wrap up this post, I had nominated Hannah @ Quiet Water Craft for the Sunshine Blogger Award and she has joined in the fun. Hannah decided to do an open invitation for her nominations (which I think is a great idea) and I really wanted to answer the questions too. So let’s do it.

1. What did you want to be when you grew up? At first I wanted to be a lawyer because I loved being on the debate team but I didn’t want to finish high school because I was being bullied. When I left, I wanted to do photography but my parents couldn’t afford to buy me the equipment.

2. What did you end up doing, and do you enjoy it? I worked in various offices as reception/admin. I worked at a radio station as an announcer and voice over in commercials. I worked as a live in nanny a couple of times too. Some were enjoyable but I never found anything I really loved.

3. What has been your favourite moment of 2020 so far? There hasn’t been a stand out moment yet.

4. What are you looking forward to this year? Getting fitter, learning more French, doing all the art-ing, seeing what my Arthur Puddles blog will look like by December 31. My friend, the pally, coming back to WoW. Most importantly, I can’t wait til wifey comes home.

5. If money were no object, what new skill would you learn? If I was smart enough, I’d get a law degree. Most likely I would take art classes or cooking classes in France.

6. Have you ever tried starting an Etsy shop? I haven’t. Maybe it’s something for my future.

7. What did you last dream about? I generally only remember my dreams for a very short time after I wake up. I have a lot of dreams about weather disasters and zombies.

8. Do you believe dreams have certain meanings? I know that I’ve had prophetic dreams which definitely says they have meaning.

9. What superstitions do you hold, if any? I remember when I was little I broke a mirror and thought I’d have 8 years bad luck. As an adult, I don’t think I’m superstitious or I’m really superstitious and just don’t realise it.

10. In conversation, do you prefer speaking or listening? There is something about me that makes people feel very comfortable, so I’ve become a very good listener. Given the right opportunity though, I’m very chatty and passionate about my opinions, whether they are right or wrong.

11. Do you ever feel like a ‘proper’ grown-up? Not even close. I’m more like a really smart 4 year old. I can do what is asked of me but I definitely need a nap by 3 pm.

It feels like a pretty full day and I finished it with a smile. I hope your day has been productive, satisfying and positive.


Day 308

Last night I did Pain Relief & Healing GUIDED MEDITATION “The Cleansing Pool”. I fell asleep before it ended and don’t even remember taking the ear buds out. I have some vague memory of them yanking from my ears when I turned over. It was a good sleep but when Homer dog woke me up, I wasn’t ready to be the day.

I didn’t do much while sipping coffee and when hubby left for work I still couldn’t get started. It was at that point I had to do a workout or go back to bed. I worked out. Well, I half worked out. I got through half of it, felt light headed and went back to bed.

When I woke up the second time, I still felt tired. I’m not sick anymore and I’ve been getting sleep, so why was the sleepy chasing me all day? I reluctantly got to art-ing but I art-ed.

Watercolour felt scary again today. I really don’t know why. So I opted for something I thought would be simple. I sorta made a mess of it. Oh well. I followed (sorta) this video on Youtube; How to Make Tree in Watercolours Easy Demo for Beginners.

For my 10 minute doodle today, I obsessed over as many B words as I could. Balloons seemed too simple. Baboons seemed…. who even knows what a baboon looks like? While I couldn’t decide I picked a time on the clock, picked up my pencil and waited to begin. When the clock ticked over my first thought was BRIDGE. That’s a B word I could draw. Not really. Ugh! I need to add looking at bridges to my to do list. There’s a boat, birds and bodies on half a bridge. Not terrible for 10 minutes. That took the whole time, so no colour today.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him pretending to be a weatherperson for National Weatherperson Day. He made all the signs himself and set it up on the wall in his living room.

I finished the day with a good French lessons of ‘Shopping’ words and 10 minutes of smiling for no reason. I definitely need the extra smiles.

I hope your day has been filled with creativity and smiles. Happy hump day.


Day 307

January has been a hard month. The weather and my health were big factors to a slightly unproductive month. There are two new habits I’ve developed though; nightly meditation and the Puddles cartoon. Last night I did Pain Relief & Healing GUIDED MEDITATION “The Cleansing Pool”. This has been my go to for the last few nights.

I wanted to sleep in but Homer dog had other ideas for me. The last couple of weeks he has let me sleep in but this morning he bounced up onto the bed for snuggles and plays. Luckily he’s adorable and it’s one of the nicer things to wake up to.

Once out of bed I got straight into French. I even started a new group of words; ‘Shopping’. So far the words have been about clothes, cost and the number eight, nine and ten. It’s the first day, so I have no idea what any of them are. Maybe dress is la robe, purse/bag is le sac and okay, that’s all I can remember.

I have watched this Youtube video, 5 min Easy Watercolor | Rowing boat, a number of times but felt very intimidated by the initial sketch. There were a lot of lines that needed to go the right way and my brain likes to draw them the wrong way. I tried anyway.

Hubby and I have been pretty unorganised the last few weeks and my normal meal planning went out the window. We’ve still been eating well, just, not planned. I whipped up a quick list. It should be a delicious week, with two vegetarian meals.

Chicken Kiev + Salad : Tuesday
Hoisin Pork with Fried Rice : Wednesday
Chicken Thai Red Curry : Thursday
Vegetarian Chilli Beans : Friday
Fish Burgers : Saturday
Corned Beef + Salad : Sunday
Zucchini, Chilli and Ricotta Frittata : Monday

I always put off doodling because I never know what to draw. I have decided that I will just cycle through the alphabet until doodling feels more natural. For the letter A, I decided to draw an apple. I will complete these daily doodles in 10 minutes.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him waiting for the mail carrier to arrive. He has left a cupcake in the mailbox to say thank you for Thank a Mail Carrier Day.

I haven’t been doing great at my Happy List the last few weeks and I have been less happy. I’m keeping the list the same as it was last week. I think it’s a good balance of creative and self care. Wish me luck.

  1. Meditate – 5 days
  2. 10 minute doodle – 5 days
  3. Watercolour – 3 days
  4. Sing – 2 days
  5. Write meal plan
  6. Use face mask – 1 day
  7. Eat breakfast – 4 days
  8. Be in bed before midnight – 3 days
  9. Workout – 5 days
  10. Smile for no reason for 10 minutes – 5 days

I hope your week has an abundance of smiles, creativity and love. Big hugs for anyone going through a rough time at the moment.


Day 293

I listened to a new meditation guide last night; GUIDED SLEEP MEDITATION – The Cottage in the Snow. I found this one very hard to focus on and then the sounds of a crackling fire kept triggering flashes of light while I had my eyes closed. It wasn’t relaxing at all. I went back to one of my favourites; GUIDED SLEEP MEDITATION for Healing, I focused and fell asleep once the talking stopped.

I woke up late, which was a little disappointing but I’m really enjoying getting sleep so it didn’t worry me too much.

I started a new group of words in French. They are ‘Habit’ words. It seems I’m now learning about watching TV and the different days of the week. As usual I can’t recall any of them yet but feel pretty confident when I can see the words that I know what they are.

Watercolour still scares me… a lot. So I just had to pick something to do and start. I chose Watercolour Sunset Tutorial for Beginners. I didn’t listen to it, just watched what was being done. I also didn’t have a ‘pink’ paint so I just made something sorta close.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him sharing a milkshake with a grey squirrel for Squirrel Appreciation Day.

I whipped up a meal plan towards the end of the day. I didn’t want to. I hoped that if I left it long enough the magical meal plan faeries would take care of it for me…but it seems I AM the meal plan fairy. There’s a couple of vegetarian meals and we’re trying out some ‘stir-fry shots‘ and ‘curry paste shots‘ for a couple of meals. You just add meat and veg and dinner is done.

Zucchini, Chilli and Ricotta Frittata : Wednesday
Chicken Thai Red Curry + Stir Fry Veg : Thursday
Veggie Burgers : Friday
Cauliflower Pizza Bake : Saturday
Hoisin Pork with Fried Rice : Sunday
Spaghetti Bolognese : Monday

I finished the day with 10 minutes of doodling and 10 minutes of smiling for no reason. I didn’t do them at the same time. I still find doodling to be so unnatural. I never have any idea what to draw which is why I drew flowers. I was using ultra fine point sharpies, it was my first time using them.

I hope your day has been filled with beautiful things, yummy things and things that make you smile.


Day 269

The morning started just after 6 am and I worked out. When I first woke I knew it was early and I tried to go back to sleep but then I remembered how much I enjoyed the early workout yesterday, so I did it again. It was another solid workout but didn’t offer up much energy.

The morning was a bit on the lazy side. I was going to sing but ended up catching up with a friend instead. While I chatted with him, I was trying to work on some lists but didn’t get very far. My brain was feeling mighty defiant today.

I eventually pulled out my pen and 10 minute doodled….well, 16 minute doodled. That was my day of art. My inspiration was the song Oblivion by Macy Gray.

In the hot afternoon I took a nap in front of the air cooler.

Today has been a weirdly rough day on my brain. I’m almost organised for 2020 or at least, I know that I can get it done by the beginning of the year. I’m struggling to name a penguin but who hasn’t been there at least once in their life?

I just can’t wait til the New Year starts. I hope you’ve had a spectacular day. Smile, it looks good on you.