Day 154

The morning started at 7 am and I was okay with that. My head is still feeling stuffy but I am feeling better than yesterday. I sipped coffee and jumped into French practice. I feel confident that I can start some new words next week. I still have issues with the student/studying thing but I know where the problem is and I just need to think it through more.

The next thing on the creative agenda was the final sketch from the Doodlewash – August 2019 challenge. I used three prompts; 15. Cycle + 30. Clothes + 31. Suitcase. My first idea was to sketch someone riding a bicycle, with open suitcase on the back and clothes flying out. Too hard.

So I settled on sketching a bike against a fence, with suitcases on the back and a washing line with clothes. Success. This has been such a fun challenge. If you’re interested in this month’s Doodlewash challenge, click here.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

The midday blues seemed to settle and my afternoon was filled with a nap. When I woke my mood wasn’t any better and I only got more annoyed as the evening went on. I’m still in a terrible mood. I think I’m feeling this way because I’m just over being sick. Who has time to be sick?

I hope you’ve had a wonderfully creative day, filled with smiles and good feels.


Day 153

I still haven’t been sleeping well and when 7 am rolled around, I think I had been laying awake for over an hour. I don’t know. I got out of bed, sipped coffee and got into French. It was a decent practice run.

I am not going to return to working out until this cough has passed. So instead I started my day with drawing. I tried to return to the Doodlewash – August 2019 challenge.

The prompts I was working with are; 14. Sunglasses + 29. Driving. I chose to draw a girl leaving town in a convertible. I didn’t reference any pictures in particular (which is very obvious) and I realised there are a number of things I don’t know how to draw. I feel too exhausted to care about how bad the drawing is.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

I was going to spend the afternoon doing more drawings but got sidetracked watching Stranger Things.

I’m happy I did some things today. Tomorrow I will do more things and hopefully do them better.

I hope your day has been filled with creative and calm things.


Day 148

I woke just after 7 am and took my sweet time getting out of bed. Once I did, I sat down at the computer with a cup of coffee, opened Duolingo to start my French practice, then proceeded to do nothing but sip coffee.

Hubby waltzed off to work and I almost got to my workout on time. Wifey and I chatted for a little before she went back to bed. She has been waking a little too early while trying to get used to our timezone. I worked out quietly and got through it in about 24 minutes. My heart rate was strangely low at the end of it.

Then I was determined to get two sketches done. I started with yesterday’s Doodlewash – August 2019 drawing prompts; 13. Trees + 28. Flowers. I didn’t want to draw a whole garden so I asked Mr Google for some advice. The cherry blossom tree was a common answer and that’s what I decided to draw. It’s an overcast and rainy day, so I found it hard to get a good photo.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

I then spent the afternoon working on today’s sketch but I haven’t even come close to finishing. I’m still having a lot of trouble getting the right perspective on it. I’ll try again tomorrow. I think my failed sketch attempt has left me feeling a little flat. Bleh.

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


Day 147

It was a pretty good nights sleep and I crawled out of bed just after 7 am because Homer dog never stops staring at me until I’m up.

I sat down on the sofa with a cup of coffee and had casual conversation… again. I really enjoy this start to my day but I do miss getting French out of the way first thing. If only I could have casual conversation in French, I’d be set.

Hubby strolled off to work and wifey and I sat and chatted while thinking about working out. Well, I was thinking about working out. It took some time to get started but when we did, it was another great workout.

Then it was time to work on today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 sketch prompts; 12. Insects + 27. Mountains. I decided to draw an insect close up and a mountain range in the background. I referenced this insect photo and the basic shape of the mountains from this mountain drawing tutorial.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

I fell short of my goals for today but that’s okay. I know I’ll be able to get my schedule back on track soon. I’m just enjoying the extra smiles from long conversations with wifey.

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


Day 146

I first woke at 5 am but managed to drift back to sleep until 7 am. I could feel the buzz in the house, the family awake and starting the day, and the cute little Homer dog staring at me until I opened my eyes. I reluctantly got out of bed and curled up on the sofa with coffee as normal.

I didn’t dive into the day. I thought about doing French but ended up having casual conversation with the family instead. When hubby jumped off to work, wifey and I got to working out.

Today was the first day I have worked out in front of somebody. Not only did I do that, but I directed wifey through my workout. She almost kept up with me. The pace was a bit slower than normal but my muscles are screaming at me louder than normal, so it was a very solid workout. I also got an extra buzz from being able to do this with wifey. She enjoyed the workout and will join me every day.

Next I procrastinated over yesterdays Doodlewash – August 2019 prompts; 11. Sun + 26. Cruise. I had been looking forward to this topic because I love to go on cruises. Hubby and I have been on two New Zealand and two South Pacific cruises. I referenced photos I had taken during our trip.

Two days and five attempts later, I finally finished something I could share. Although I haven’t drawn a ‘sun’, it is implied by the shadow the ship has created.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

The drawing took up most of my day. The afternoon was filled with some relaxing and my French practice.

I didn’t stuff as much into my day as I wanted to but that just means I have the opportunity to excel tomorrow.

I hope you’re excelling in all things you are trying. If you’re not, I hope you’re having fun doing it. That’s the most important part.


Day 144

I woke up around 7 am just like normal, even though it’s the weekend. I didn’t bother going back to bed because I just had to know where wifey was. With my fingers crossed, I sat down at the computer to see if her first flight left on time. Success!

Next I checked my mail to see a message from wifey’s mum, and found more good news; wifey was safely on her way to LAX. A couple of hours later and I was chatting to wifey while she waited for 7 hours at LAX. At the time of writing this post, wifey is now 3 1/2 hours into her trip into Sydney, Australia. She is almost home. (11 hours away from landing.) Huzzah!!

I may have cheated on today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 prompts; 10. Clock + 25. Lighthouse, by doing the drawing yesterday. Interestingly when I Googled both words, I found that a lot of lighthouses actually do have clocks on them. Until yesterday, I had no idea that was a thing. I took reference from this German Lighthouse.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

Quick question for people who sketch on paper: Do you take photos of your work or do you use a scanner to get it onto your computer?

I spent my morning as I normally do, running dungeons in WoW. It was pretty fun and a great way to keep myself occupied while waiting for wifey.

Hubby was the true hero of the afternoon. He got lots of housework done. Thing are looking pretty nice for wifeys arrival.

My afternoon was spent groaning about how much pain I’m in. This is the worst pain I’ve had in many months. I have a new knee pain from working out but mostly it’s the same old chronic pain I’ve dealt with for the last 8 years. Even walking has been hard for me today. Ouch.

I did stop complaining long enough to work on French. I finished the new word group today. Still can’t work out the student/studying thing. I will spend the next week doing practice runs.

I hope this week brings you new experiences, new ideas and someone special to put a smile on your face. I think you’re fantastic by the way.


Day 143

I woke up just before 7 am and curled up on the sofa with a coffee. It was a strong coffee and just the fuel I needed to nudge me towards French practice. I’m still working through the new group of words and for the most part it’s smooth. Ironically anything that has to do with the words ‘study’ or ‘studying’ is where I have the most trouble.

Hubby hopped off to work and I started on today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 prompts; 9. Airplane + 24. Desert. I’m not going to lie, I really wanted the second prompt to be dessert, so I could draw a picture of someone on a plane, eating ice cream. That wasn’t to be. So I took reference from this plane and then added some cacti for that … desert feel.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

With one drawing down, I started work on tomorrows sketch. I have a pretty full morning and didn’t want to feel rushed with the drawing. Actually, my whole day will be pretty busy. The morning will be my usual ‘WoW gaming’ morning and then the afternoon will be getting the house ready for wifey.

It’s about 7 pm now and wifey will be heading to the airport in a few hours for her first flight. I’m filled with anxiety that something will go wrong again. Her first two flights will happen while I’m sleeping and will have no way of knowing until morning if it’s all gone smoothly. I feel it’s going to be another sleepless night.

There wasn’t much more to tell from my day. You may have noticed I didn’t workout today. Mentally, I feel terrible about missing a day and I never thought I’d hear myself say that about working out. Physically, my body is very glad to have three days off. It’s fatigued and pained. Thank you, Stress!

I hope you’re having a weekend filled with blessed moments, smiles and creativity. May the next week, actually, may the next month be a stress free zone in your world. You deserve it.

Happy weekend.


Day 142

It was such a slow start to the day after a pretty sleepless night. I went to bed just after midnight and woke up at exactly 4.45 am. That would have been the time hubby was leaving for the airport if wifey’s first attempt at the trip had of worked. I think because I knew she should be here today; I felt sulky.

Hubby wandered off to work and I…. sat here doing nothing. I really couldn’t get my day started. Eventually I showered and picked up a pencil for today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 drawing prompts; 8. Birds + 23. Pets.

I was lucky that these two prompts worked together well and took inspiration from yesterday’s train drawing. I imagined a girl sitting on a suitcase, with pets, waiting for a train. I had the most trouble with the right foot and the face. I couldn’t work out the right perspective for either. I’m looking forward to wifey being here so I can snap some pose photos.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

With the drawing and half the day done, I decided it was time to workout. I wasn’t feeling great when I started and I was feeling worse by the time it ended. I think the stress pain has kicked in, in a big way. Muscles ache. My head aches. My soul aches. Bleh.

I gave into an afternoon nap pretty quickly and it seemed to help a little bit. I still feel pretty fatigued and apparently, I also sound it.

Until wifey gets here the only things I’m going to focus on are drawing and sleeping…..and some last minute housework.

I hope you’ve had a day filled with new experiences, new friends and an abundance of happiness.


Day 141

Homer dog woke me up just after 6 am and wanted to go out. My first reaction was; ‘It’s too early, noooooooooooo!’. That was quickly pushed aside by a; ‘let’s check where wifeys flight is at’. I let Homer out and sat down to find out.

I searched the flight and was shocked to see it hadn’t taken off. What was supposed to be a one hour flight was saying it would land in 2 1/2 hours…. except it hadn’t taken off. I was so confused. I checked the time in Atlanta to see if she’d be making her next flight, NOPE! UGH. It wasn’t long after when she messaged saying not to worry but there were plane troubles with the first plane and she wouldn’t be leaving the US today.

UGH, double UGH, triple UGH. Then a big handful of colourful words, I won’t repeat here, fell from my mouth as tears poured from my eyes like I was cartoon character.

The reality is, it won’t be that much longer and she will be here but it felt like a devastating blow delivered by the universe directly into my motivational centre.

It’s 8.30 am now and my rational brain is trying to kick into gear and guide me through my normal day, like nothing has gone wrong. My irrational brain wants to get drunk (at 8.30 am) and belt out some sort of emotional tune until she lands. I don’t feel like doing the day. I’ll let you know how that turns out……

…..almost rational brain won. I picked up my pencil and decided to work on today’s Doodlewash – August 2109 prompts; 7. Sign + 22. Trains. I took inspiration from ‘The Blue Train‘. I found this drawing super hard, even while doing the first rough sketch yesterday. It made it harder as I tried to do it through blurry eyes. I did it though. I’m proud that I picked the right path for my day.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

I’m sure it was just a build up of emotions that had gathered in my head for a grand old headache-down, so I wandered off to bed. I’m not sure I even slept or if I had long bursts of keeping my eyes shut. Either way, it happened for hours.

I got out of bed again late afternoon and figured I should probably do some of my morning things. I did French practice. I got to 200 xp points rather quickly and didn’t have as much trouble remembering the words. I think I’m cheating and just assuming I should be using ‘Ils’ and ‘Elles’, over really understanding a sentence. I’m taking a win wherever I can find one today.

Then I busted out my workout in about 22 minutes, finishing up just after hubby got home. I’m calling that a day. Three more days til wifey gets home now, the countdown continues.

I hope your day has been problem free, creative and filled with many glorious smiles.


Day 140

Today started as one of those days where I just didn’t want to start the day or continue the day or participate in the day at all. Hubby made me an extra strong coffee (by accident) and I devoured it. It gave me enough energy to start French.

The French learning was challenging this morning. I’m struggling to see how to differentiate between ‘Ils’ and ‘Elles’. Both words mean ‘they’. Plus they sound the same as ‘Il’ and ‘Elle’ (meaning ‘He’ and ‘She’). Duolingo assumes that I’m smart enough to work it out based on what else is in the sentence. Well Mr Duolingo, you my friend, are very very wrong. If I was working from a notebook, I would have flung it in the air out of frustration at the end of today’s practice. I figured my computer would not appreciate the same treatment.

Once hubby had slow shuffled off to work, I slow shuffled off to workout. I pushed myself pretty hard but I was unfocused. I’m not sure if I didn’t do enough or I end up doing too much. My body is screaming that it was too much.

Then it was time for today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 prompts; 6. Monument + 21. Grass. I needed some inspiration for the monument and found it here. I wasn’t feeling very creative today but I did the best that I could.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

Early afternoon was filled with housework. I think there was more to do than I realised. I know things don’t need to be perfect but I sorta want them to be for when wifey gets home. Two more sleeps to go. Yippee!!

I then started work on tomorrow’s sketch. With wifey coming I thought it might be a good idea to get a little ahead. I have a very basic sketch that will hopefully fill out to be something amazing.

I also napped. I support people who nap.

I hope there was something in your day that made you smile.