Day 332

Last night I tried a Guided Meditation for Natural Healing Sleep by Michael Sealey. I just can’t get into his guides. It went for an hour and I can’t remember any of it. It was a pretty bad nights sleep. I remember taking the earbuds out around 2 am. Then Homer dog woke me around 4 am to go outside and it took me forever to fall asleep again. I got out of bed around 8 am.

It wasn’t my best day. I Puddled. I languaged. I can’t believe that February will be over in a couple of hours. This has not been the glorious start to the year that I had envisioned. The weekend is starting for us and I’m going to come up with a plan of action for March that I can start on Tuesday. I have got to do better.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him opening a bottle of champagne for Rosie. They’re celebrating Open a Bottle Day at the beach. Rosie thought it was very funny when the champagne sprayed everywhere.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Enjoy the little things.


Day 331

It was another late night, somewhere around 1 am. My phone was almost flat (that’s what I use to listen to the meditation guides), so I picked a 20 minute one; Pain Relief & Healing GUIDED MEDITATION “The Cleansing Pool”. I got through it without the phone giving up (it was at 2% when the guide finished.) I quickly fell asleep and even got to sleep in. Hubby closed the bedroom door when he got up so Homer dog just had to lay outside waiting instead of waking me up for snuggles.

I felt pretty good and encouraged to start the day. Not long after hubby had twirled off to work, I started a Puddles. Then I got sidetracked. Then the day was almost over!! I finished the day with a mouthful of French and Norwegian.

For watercolour practice today I took inspiration from a landscape on Unsplash.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him and Douglas dog learning how to be a tooth fairy.

I hope your day has been sprinkled with smiles, compliments and something magical. I think you look great in that smile. You should wear it more often.


Day 330

I really need to get to bed earlier. I’ve been mildly obsessed with playing The Sims 4. My obsession started when I watched Youtube personality, Jazza, make a video about how he made his sim paint non-stop. The game looked pretty good so I got it.

Anyway, when I finally got to bed I meditated; GUIDED SLEEP MEDITATION for Healing, and had a nice sleep. I probably would have slept in if Homer dog didn’t bounce up onto the bed for snuggles.

It was a cool and darkish morning. I am hoping that yesterday was the final Summer hurrah for the weather. I am more than ready for Autumn to begin. Of course, my morning was still blissfully lazy and took quiet some time to get started. The first thing I did was some singing. I figured it was creative but still gave me a little more procrastination time.

For my watercolour painting today I wandered away from winter scenes and found; Simple Watercolour Landscape Painting Using Only One Brush! by Karen Rice. This is probably one of my worst practices so far. I really don’t pay enough attention to the videos.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him reading some fairy tales to a polar bear cub for International Polar Bear day.

Since I’ve started learning Norwegian, I have more than doubled my language learning time. I wasn’t exactly slacking off with French but I wasn’t giving it as much attention as I should have. I would do the minimum required and not much more. Now I just can’t get enough of either language. Today was a good practice.

I actually did a meal plan! *GASP* I have been so terrible at planning lately, well, at everything lately. I guess the upside of being bad at something is there is room for improvement. It’s not the fanciest of meal plans but it should be delicious. We tried the taquitos last week and they are a new favourite. So much flavour and so cheap to make. We will add a lot of extra veggies to the Autumn Beef Casserole so we can have it again on Tuesday night. (I used the French words for days of the week for practice.)

Chicken Ceasar Salad : Thursday / Jeudi
Buffalo Chickpea Taquitos : Friday / Vendredi
Beef Burger : Saturday / Samedi
Grilled Pesto Chicken with Bacon, Potato and Pea Hash : Sunday / Dimanche
Autumn Beef Casserole with Herb Dumplings: Monday / Lundi

Once I’d done all that, I only had enough time for a little housework before hubby got home. Glad the end of the day is here. Really looking forward to getting to bed on time.

I hope your day has been filled with goodness, kindness, and adventures.


Day 329

When I woke just after 7 am, meditation was a distant memory and I was tired. I gulped down a coffee and thought about what to do with my day. It was about 27C / 80F at that point, so I figured not much would get done.

Soon as hubby skipped off to work, I did French and Norwegian. I continued with the new group of ‘People’ words in French. I’m still not remembering many of them. It’s including the numbers 11 – 13. I can honestly say I don’t remember learning 1 -10 but I am guessing I did. Eep! My Norwegian practice went the same as most days. Some things I remember, some things I don’t.

Then the Puddles saga began. I wrote up half a year’s worth of prompts last year and I picked what I thought would be the easiest holidays. For a lot of them I had ideas soon as I read them. I thought today’s topic would be easier than it was. This was my third attempt at a drawing. The whole process took about 5 hours.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him in the backyard with his friend Melody Mermaid. They are celebrating ‘Tell a Fairy Tale day’. Melody has lots of stories. Douglas dog enjoyed the stories too.

I hope your day has been splashed with kindness, creativity and good friends.


Day 328

I got to bed a bit too late and did Guided Sleep Meditation “The Healing Spring”. This guide is focused on relaxation and helping insomnia. I fell asleep pretty quickly but still only got about 6 hours.

I haven’t been getting enough sleep over the last few weeks and it’s really making mornings difficult. I’ve never been a morning person in the first place and now with the ever present tiredness, I’m enjoying them even less. I am proud of myself though, I’ve actually been eating breakfast!!

Once hubby had fluttered off to work, I got a quick shower and tried to start the art-ing. I sat. I stared. I pondered. Oh Puddles. It literally took hours to come up with a concept (after desperately trying to find a new holiday), it took hours to finish and when I was done, I wasn’t satisfied. There was only one way to fix it… try another art project that I couldn’t do! I’d say it was a facepalm but it was more like a headdesk.

For my watercolour practice I kept on with the Winter theme. I either want Winter so badly, it’s the only thing I can stand painting OR because there are so many white breaks, I feel like it’ll be easier. I chose another guide from Paint with DAVID; A Snowy Winter Landscape. There was so much black and very very very dark green in this piece, I just couldn’t trust myself to do it right. I added, I washed. I added, I washed. I’m pretty sure I made the paper cry.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him celebrating Mardi Gras. Arthur, Rosie and Douglas dog went to visit his dance teacher, Missy Hippopotamus. They got dressed up and did a Mardi Gras parade in her driveway. It was a sparkly day.

I started a new topic in French. It’s another ‘People’ topic and so far it’s just added a few extra words…which I can’t remember and they were so easy. My short term memory is the worst. I also did a little Norwegian. Some words are sticking, others aren’t. I get confused by the order of some things. I had the same problem when I started French. Practice helps.

It didn’t feel like a very productive day. I’m sick of feels.

I hope you’ve had a fantastic start to the week. Good luck if you’re starting a new project or job. Take care.


Day 327

Last night I did GUIDED SLEEP MEDITATION for Healing and didn’t fall asleep until after it ended. My mind has been feeling very scattered and I’m finding it hard to turn it off at the end of the day. Luckily the meditation leaves me feeling relaxed no matter what and I ended up having a fairly good night’s sleep.

The day was pretty casual. I did French and Norwegian in the morning. I then procrastinated through the middle of the day because I wasn’t sure how to do today’s Puddles. I Puddled. Then the day was almost over. I had some laughs with a friend. ate an incredibly delicious dinner (see picture) and whipped up my story for The Sunday Whirl: Wordle 444.

BBQ Pork Steamed Buns, Rice, Hoisin & Garlic Roasted Veg, Chicken Red Curry

The Sunday Whirl: Wordle 444

“It’s MINE!” Astrid shouted and grabbed at the SPEAR that laid amongst the pile of wood. “It’s not safe anymore. Not when they want to BITE you.” Her voice trailed off as she scanned the shadows that enclosed them. The stunned onlooker turned GREEN.

“When… when who wants to bite you?” The stranger stuttered.

Astrid clutched the spear tighter. “It was their DESIGN. To make them walk the LINE. To have full control and turn them into a super force.”

“You’re not telling me anything. Who wants to bite you?” The stranger knew that Astrid was far from FINE but her lack of detail was becoming infuriating. “Who!?!?”

Astrid stared blankly and continued her confused rambling. “They would LACE their food with a powerful toxin. Some would react poorly and be gone without a TRACE. Others would RELISH the experience and be desperate for the hunt.”

The sound of a branch snapping stopped the conversation dead and a CHILD staggered from the darkness. The small boy stood there with his head tilted to the side. His jaw widened and cracked as his gaze intensified on Astrid and the stranger.

“The CHASE has begun,” the boy screeched into the night.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him learning how to be a bartender for World Bartender Day. He mixed up a drink for Rosie at the Palm Bar. It’s a cute little pop up bar on the beach.

A relaxed weekend is coming to an end. My only goal for this week is to do better than last week. I hope your week is filled with triumphs, smiles, good news and wonderful memories. Take care.


Day 326

I listened to a new meditation guide by The Honest Guys; GUIDED SLEEP MEDITATION The Cave of Serenity. Earth Grounding. It definitely helped my sleep and I got a nice 7 hours. I woke filled with dread though because I knew the day would have me doing something I didn’t want to.

I sipped a cup of coffee and jumped straight into practising languages. Hubby was awake so I let him listen to the Norwegian practice. He had fun picking up a few words. We’ve been fans of the Norwegian comedy duo, Ylvis, for years so we’ve often talked about learning.

Once 10.30 am rolled around I knew it was time for what I’d been dreading. I logged on to WoW to do dungeons with my friend. I had last Sunday off because I told him I was ‘sick’. So he asked how I was feeling and I answered honestly; I didn’t feel that good still. Then he asked if I had the flu. I didn’t know how to reply. I wasn’t ‘sick’ sick, I’ve just been feeling really mentally unwell and finding it hard to be around people… very hard. I was so ashamed of the real answer but I told him anyway.

Then we started the day as normal and did the dungeons. For the whole day I felt so ashamed that I was depressed. Why would I even tell someone that? It’s hard enough living with depression but feeling like I can’t talk about it because I’m ashamed….doesn’t help. This is also why I have trouble having friends. I feel like I’m doing my best at pushing the only friend I have away too. Ugh!!

That all wrapped up around 2 pm and it was time to Puddles. That was the only art-ing I managed. After I had done that, I jumped into bed for a nap to try and reset my brain. I’m not sure it did that. If anything, it gave me more alone time to think before I dozed off. Not helpful.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him taking a break from the holiday celebrations and catching up on his laundry. Douglas dog didn’t take the day off and dived into the bag of dog biscuits to celebrate International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. What a mouthful!!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy the little things.