Day 188

I crawled out of bed around 10.30 am, sat down on the sofa and sighed. I was clearly not feeling the day. In fact, everything in me just wanted to give up. I know I’ve made progress but there is still such a long way to go and some days, that feels overwhelming.

After about an hour of hopeless staring, I knew I had to get to art-ing. I had done a rough sketch for the Inktober prompt; 7. Enchanted yesterday and it was time to do the ink part. I created this design with a little inspiration from a ‘love potion’ bottle on Pinterest. I always wanted to do spells when I was a teenager. I was never that enchanting.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Inktober 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

Next I worked on the Doodlewash prompt; 5. Barn. I had noticed a theme to the ones I’ve already done and that theme is food. (I know you wouldn’t eat the fish I sketched but you can eat fish.) So I am setting myself a new challenge within the challenge and going to do all the prompts about food.

With that in mind I did a Google search for ‘food + barn’. I eventually happened upon a photo of a fruit topped dessert which you can get at The Foodbarn. Bingo! It is somewhat barn related and it’s what I chose to do. Just between you and me, if you’re ever in South Africa it looks like a wonderful place to eat at.

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

There wasn’t much day left once I’d finished the art-ing, so I just did some tidying and cleaning. Now my craft area and computer area feel much more organised. Hopefully it’ll help me refocus. I can do it!!!

I finished the day with a brief French revision. I will start a new topic tomorrow. I’m also going to try harder tomorrow. At the point where I want to stop or give up, I will do one more thing.

We are finishing the day by watching; Jerry Spinger: The Opera.

I hope you’re having a wonderful day and feeling good about yourself. You’re magnificent and special. The world is a better place for having you in it. Smile. =)


Day 187

I woke just after 7 am and I really wanted to go back to sleep. I tried but my brain had already started ticking and I was keen on starting some art. I’m a few days behind in the Doodlewash event and one day behind in the Inktober event.

For the Doodlewash – October 2019 prompt; 4. Ice, I decided to do ice cream because yum! I found a colourful reference and tried. I particularly like the wafer and the strawberry ice cream. Another thing I will try drawing again.

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

For the Inktober 2019 prompt; 6. Husky, I decided to draw a Hillman Husky. My original idea was to draw a husky dog but wifey helped me find a non dog reference. I had no idea how to tackle a dog in ink.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Inktober 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

I spent the afternoon looking for some reference pictures for my next few challenge prompts and I worked on the next Inktober sketch but it’s not finished yet.

The new week starts tomorrow and that means a new Happy List. Although I have ignored writing for many weeks now, I still keep it on the list. I have things I want to write but no discipline in this area.

New to the list this week is playing my piano. I started learning to play piano when I was four. It’s always been something I loved but over the last 10 years (and not having my piano), I just lost the urge. Today hubby and wifey finally pulled my electric piano out of storage. Fingers crossed it still works.

Happy List for the week ending 13 October 2019

  1. Teach wifey to knit
  2. Plant seeds
  3. Knit, 2 days
  4. Draw with Ink, 5 days
  5. Watercolour, 5 days
  6. Write, 2 days
  7. Guitar / Sing / Piano, 3 days
  8. Watch 1 world movie
  9. Massage legs, 2 days
  10. Drink 2 bottles of water, 5 days

I hope your week is creative, inspired, happy, healthy and filled with things you love. You’re a shining star on a dark night. =)


Day 185

When I woke up it was dark and I thought I had plenty of sleep time left. I did not. It was 7 am and time to start the day. I stared vaguely until hubby had disappeared off to work and then it was time to work out.

I remember not wanting to workout and pouting my way through the 30 minutes of doing it. I’m always proud of myself for working out when I don’t want to. I thought this would be the hardest change to make and it’s been one of the easier things (although you wouldn’t know it from all my complaining.)

Then I sat down to work on the Doodlewash – October 2019 prompt; 3. Fish. I found a pretty reference picture and did my best. I don’t think I’m being patient enough in between using the water and applying a new colour. I’m also not sure if I use enough or too much water. Confusing. I like how the fish turned out though.

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

I also did the Inktober 2019 prompt; 5. Build. I didn’t use a reference picture. I’m still a little shy with ink and didn’t add as much detail or shading as I feel it needed. I’m sure I’ll get more confident.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Inktober 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

I finished the day with French. The timed practice runs went smoothly and I’m wondering if I should start on a new set of words on Tuesday or if I should practice what I already know for another week.

Tomorrow is the first day of the weekend for hubby and we will relax. Hopefully we’ll get some seeds planted this weekend. I don’t want to miss out on all the lovely spring weather.

Bonne Journée . Que tous tes voeux se réalisent. (Have a good day. May all your wishes come true.)


Day 184

It’s the evening and I’m tired. So tired I don’t remember when the day started. I know around 8.30 am it was about 30 degrees (86 degrees Fahrenheit) and we worked out. I am not looking forward to working out during Summer but I’m oh so proud of myself for doing it today. It was a pretty solid workout and I groaned a lot.

I did the Doodlewash – October 2019 prompt; 2. Snack. With it being such a warm day I went for a refreshing snack suited to a Summer-esque day; watermelon. I didn’t use a reference.

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

I also did the Inktober 2019 prompt; 3. Frozen. Again, I didn’t use a reference and just went for something casual, fun and summery.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Inktober 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

Also on the productivity plate was knitting, singing and French. I dabbled in a little of all of them and it was a pretty enjoyable experience.

I finished the day by finishing the weekly meal plan. There’s a couple of repeats because they’re delicious and I want them again. Everyone is happy with that decision.

Healthy Beef Mince Thai Noodle Salad : Monday
Ricotta and Spinach Gnocchi Bake : Tuesday
Corn and Chorizo Zucchini Slice : Wednesday
Japanese Chicken Noodle Stir-fry : Thursday
Vegetarian Chilli Beans : Friday
Shopping / Chicken & Haloumi Burgers : Saturday
Lamb Meatball Tagine : Sunday

Thankfully the day is over and the countdown until bedtime has started. I’m hoping for 8 hours sleep tonight. Wish me luck.

I hope you’ve had a sunshine-filled day with a dash of watermelony goodness. (I just had to use the word watermelony, I’ve been saying it all day.) Your smile shines bright like the sun, you should do it more. =)


Day 182

5.30 am was the start of the day and I object. It was far too early to be awake but I knew there was no way I would get back to sleep. I sat. I stared. I contemplated Inktober and Doodlewash (but not long enough to realise I could have done them together.) Then I played WoW until about 9 am when i knew I had to be the day.

It was time for a workout and my body said, I OBJECT. (Today is proudly sponsored by the words… I object.) Everything was aching before I had even started, so I started anyways. There were almost tears but I fought on like a champ and we got through the work out in 24 minutes.

The first stop on the creative train was the Doodlewash – October 2019 prompt; 1. Onions. I found a picture of red onions to reference. I used watercolour pencils.

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

The next stop was the Inktober 2019 prompt; 1. Ring. I have already seen some aaaaamazing sketches for this prompt. Some people have used the prompt in ways I couldn’t even imagine. I was feeling intimidated by working with ink, so I went for something very simple. A ring of flowers… that may or may not be wreath like. It’s a ring, I swear.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Inktober 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

The last stop on the sketching train was the Inktober prompt; 2. Mindless. I really didn’t know where to go with this prompt but had an urge to do a zombie. When I finally Googled ‘mindless zombie, I found there was a NPC in WoW with the same name. So, I did that.

The sketching took up a big chunk of the day. Once I was done, I was done. My early morning had caught up with me and I had to crawl back into bed for a nap. It sure was a lovely nap followed by an equally lovely dinner.

Japanese Chicken Noodle Stir-Fry

Tomorrow I’ll hopefully get caught up on this month’s challenges, get some guitar practice in and write a food plan for the upcoming week.

I hope you have had a delicious day filled with things to nourish your mind, body and soul.