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 255

The day started with lots of pats for Homer dog. I’m sure I enjoy it way more than he does. Followed by a little heated discussion over cricket. Hubby really enjoys sport, especially cricket and AFL. I’m not a fan. So I probably give him a little too much ribbing about how terrible it is and how we shouldn’t watch it. It’s a wonder he loves me sometimes.

Once hubby had fled to work, I worked out. I was looking forward to it and it was over before I even realised. This is also the last day of the workout week. I held up much better than I did last week.

Then it was time to try my new pencils. I got a pack of Crayola Signature blend and shade coloured pencils. There are 50 colours in the pack and I feel spoiled for choice. I’d watched a video of someone reviewing them and they looked good for blending and you could get some very rich colours from them.

So I head on over to Art for Kids Hub to choose today’s inspiration. I went with How to Draw a Winter Princess. Seeing we’re not far out from Xmas, I thought I’d try and stick to Christmas themed guides.

Although this doesn’t really represent a Christmas down under. There is no snow, no warm jackets and the only rosy cheeks you end up with is from a sunburn. I would love to experience a wintery Christmas. Feel free to share your favourite winter Christmas moments.

After that I thought I’d just try some flowers. I referred to the 12 Easy Flowers sketch I did a few days ago, picked the foxglove and gave it a try. I laid the pencil down quiet soft at first but I really am addicted to intense colour and just kept going…and going…and going. When I finally stopped, I had a rather cute lil sketch but I wasn’t overly happy with it. I didn’t want such hard lines around the flowers. Definitely looking forward to creating more art with these pencils.

I really wanted to be lazy for the rest of the day so I got French out of the way. Maybe it was because I really wanted to get it over and done with but it was un fantastique practice. Most runs were near perfect. Again, I made silly mistakes like typos. My fingers sometimes move faster than my brain.

I finished the day with a nap. Who doesn’t love a good nap?

I hope your day has been fun-filled, creative and relaxing. You’re a fantastic person.


Day 247

It was a normal start to the day. Hubby left at 8.30 am and I worked out. I’m not sure how much energy I have left for working out this week but apparently I will do it anyway.

I was recommended a video on Youtube; Twelve Easy Flower Doodles. The word ‘easy’ lit up like a neon sign. That’s about the level of art-ing for me today. I’m either really off my game or they aren’t as easy as the title would have you believe. I’ve never really liked roses (after I spent one Valentine’s Day working at a florist, removing thorns from roses. OUCH!) and I found the rose the hardest of all the flowers.

I checked my Pinterest feed for art-spiration and found some pins on sketching trees. I just liked the look of them. Check out; Best Tree Drawing Tutorial Sketch Ideas.

By the time I’d done fiddling with the plant sketches, it was a hot afternoon and time for French. It was a fairly good run. I paid closer attention and was getting about 18 right. Sometimes more.

I finished the day with housework. It was too hot for housework.

I hope your day has been filled with laughter, family and kindness.


Day 162

Hubby tip-toed off to work early and I had a glorious sleep in. I got out of bed just after 9 am and took my sweet time getting to the day.

First on the agenda was a French lesson. I spent about 30 minutes learning simple words. This topic is adding new things like my, his, happy, intelligent, amusing but a lot of the words are ones I’ve already learned. J’aime ce sujet.

Next it was time to do the Doodlewash – September 2019 prompt; 7. Flowers. I found a reference picture from Bright Craft – 25 Flower Drawings & Information Ideas. I was enjoying some conversation and finished the sketch before I had even noticed.

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

I spent the bulk of the afternoon working on a weekly food plan. It’s going to be a very healthy and variety filled week in the kitchen.

I started doing a food plan at the beginning of the year so I could increase our healthy food intake while decreasing how much we spend. It worked. The past few months I’ve been slacking off because it usually takes a couple of hours and I want to spend that time doing other things. It felt good getting back on the healthy food track.

I had some fantastic and encouraging conversation with wifey today. We talked about how long it takes for something to become a habit. There’s many ideas on the matter; from 3 weeks to months. I’ve passed the 3 week mark on a number of things and passed the 4 month point on others.

Looking back I don’t remember a point where I thought this is a habit now. The thing I remember is feeling proud of myself for doing things consistently. I impressed myself. Before I started I wasn’t sure if I could. Then suddenly, I had.

I think the important thing when trying to form a new habit is to set yourself some realistic goals. For example; doing the ‘new thing’ three times a week for a month. By proving to yourself that you can do it, it makes it much easier to keep doing it, then you have yourself a habit. It also makes you want to achieve more in other areas. At least, that is what happened for me.

I’ve had another successful day of working on my happy list. Tomorrow I will start work on a new knitting project. Even though winter and the AFL football season is over, I’m going to knit hubby a pair of fingerless gloves in his teams colours. Seeing I’m in a wordy mood, I might also work on my About Me page. There’s an interesting-ish story coming, I promise.

If you’ve made it this far, you are a trooper. Thanks for reading the post and thank you for your support. I hope your world is filled with smiles, love and creativity. You’re an amazing person.


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.