Day 400 – Day 412

Day 400 – 7 May 2020 to Day 411 – 18 May 2020

Day 400 came with a truckload of depression and I gave up.

Firstly, I have really been struggling with my depression for weeks leading up to Day 400. One of the main reasons was losing a friend. I’m not sure why things changed between us but one day he just stopped caring. This was the first friend I’d had in over 10 years. I had shared more with him than I had anyone else (outside of hubby and wifey.) This situation really hurt my self confidence. It’s made me doubt a lot of things about myself and about the way people feel about me. (Poor hubby and wifey are now suffering through all my insecurities.)

Secondly, I have been pretty hard on myself during this journey. While I have learned, grown and seen changes in myself I know there are a lot of things that I haven’t done. I know there are a lot of things I haven’t attempted doing and I know that I’m running out of time. So yeah, I got really down as Day 400 wagged its finger in my face.

So what did I do during those 11 days? I spent a couple of days ignoring things. Then I spent a handful of days in bed with a head cold. There was about five days where my computer was missing because it had to go visit the computer doctor. I was defeated. I was sulky. I was not living my best life. The only thing that I have kept up with is writing a meal plan. I am loving keto recipes (low carb recipes.)

I’m not going to beat myself up for all the things I didn’t do during this time. That time is gone and it’s time to focus on the next step. I really want to embrace taking life one day at a time.


Day 412 – 19 May 2020

It’s the first day of the work week for hubby, so today was ‘GO’ day for me. I got to bed just before midnight last night, listened to a healing meditation and got a fairly decent sleep. It was enough to help me undertake a normal day. I’ve got some hard work ahead of me to get a normal routine back on track. So far, we’re in May and I’ve spent all year struggling. Ugh.

First thing on the agenda was French. I refreshed some old lessons and realised the last two sets of lessons are fairly unknown to my brain, so I’ll just focus on French only until I feel back on track. It was a good practice, even if I didn’t remember as much as I would have liked.

Next I did some singing practice. Now that wifey and I are back in Secondlife, I’m pondering doing some live singing performances. When I was about 18 I did a few different live performances with a couple of different bands, so this is not uncommon ground. I’ve also had a love affair with karaoke on Cruise Ships. Plus, I sang with the Piano Bar singer on our first cruise, a number of times. That is definitely a highlight of my singing career. So anyway, long story short, I’m going to put a lot more effort into practice now.

While I was listening to the playbacks of my recordings, I inked five Puddles I had drawn over the last couple of weeks. I wish I had of done more work on that but it is what it is. I’ll get caught up with it eventually.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him watching some bats outside the living room window. It’s International Bat Appreciation Day. Arthur does appreciate them!

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him at home (because of the Covid 19 lockdown.) Douglas dog decided to go for a quick walk around town. We find him visiting the Record Store for National Record Store Day. The store was closed though (because of the Covid 19 lockdown.)

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him playing with Douglas dog in the backyard to celebrate Canine Fitness Month. Arthur bought Douglas some fun obstacle course items and a frisbee. Douglas had a lot of fun and a lot of exercise.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him and Douglas dog on a video chat with Rosie. It’s National Look Alike Day and they both wanted to look like Rosie, so they’re all wearing matching hair bows. Rosie misses spending time with them.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him pretending to work in a library for National Library Workers Day. He really wanted to go to the local library but they’re closed at the moment. Douglas dog is still exhausted from the workout a couple of days ago.

I felt like I was on the go all day but it was just a normal day. I Frenched. I art-ed. I house-worked. I did more today than I have been doing, so I will call today a win.

It’s the start of the week, so that means a new Happy List. I’m still determined to actually do everything on the last one. So let’s try again!!

  1. Do more than 7 Puddles this week
  2. Start knitting a beanie
  3. Finish knitting hubbys gloves
  4. Nap/rest at least 2 hours every day
  5. Workout 2 times
  6. Meditate 3 times
  7. Watercolour paint
  8. Find some new, low carb recipes
  9. Use ‘Jazzas Arty Games’
  10. Smile for 10 minutes, for no reason, 5 days

I hope today’s post finds you in good health and good spirits. If no one has asked you lately; How are you going? Are you coping with the Covid crisis okay? Take care of yourself. Stay safe, stay creative and stay at home (until you’re told you can go out!)

Tilly

Day 396 – Day 398

Day 396 – 3 May 2020

I didn’t get out of bed until about 11 am. It was another terrible night’s sleep. I spent a little time with wifey and then went back to bed in the afternoon. This is most definitely a feet-up type of weekend.

Sunday was missing something and I guess it always will be.

Day 397 – 4 May 2020

I woke up around 9 am and rolled out of bed. I didn’t really have plans for the day. Hubby had to go and do some yard work for someone he works with. I spent the morning with wifey and by the time she was off to bed, hubby was home. I continued the day of laziness… I mean blissful relaxation.

The highlight of the day was enjoying this week’s Keto dessert: Keto Cheesecake Stuffed Brownies. The photo below was taken by me. The recipe was not written by me.

Keto Cheesecake Stuffed Brownies

Day 398 – 5 May 2020

I went to bed early last night and listened to a deep healing meditation guide. I’ve been using this for a few days. I actually had a decent sleep. There were a few iffy dreams but it has been one of the better sleeps I’ve had in a while. I bounced out of bed at 7 am and sketched my first Puddles not long after.

I thought I was on track for having an art-tastic day but it didn’t turn out that way. Wifey and I are trying to get our schedules to match up better so we can spend time together. If it works out, wifey should be online for most of my day, which is fantastic!! It also means I’m going to have to develop some pretty mean multi-tasking skills. Today, during that time, I was only able to ink the Puddles I’d drawn earlier. It’s a work in progress.

I’m not sure why but by the time I’d had lunch I was feeling pretty flat. Most of me wanted to spend the rest of the day in bed but the little part of me that didn’t forced me to do some more art-ing. I sketched four more Puddles and inked three of them. None of them have been coloured yet. Tomorrow will be a big day!!

I spent a little time trying to do some ‘short story’ type writing but after a handful of attempts and spending more time using the backspace button than any other, I gave up.

Hubby got home a little bit early so I ended the days activities and enjoyed his company.

As it’s the start of another week, it’s time to review how I did with last week’s Happy List and get a new one underway.

Things I Got Done..
1. I did 11 Puddles and my goal was 7.
2. I rested every afternoon for a few hours before hubby got home.
3. I meditated every night. Each guide is a minimum of 1 hour.
4. I watercoloured.
5. I found new low carb recipes and added them to the meal plan.
6. I used Jazza’s Arty Games’ once.
7. I smiled for 10 minutes, for no reason, daily.

Things I Didn’t Do..
1. I have two knitting projects I would like to get done and didn’t start on either of them. I’m really having a hard time getting back into knitting.
2. Workouts. I really enjoyed my daily workouts until I hurt my back. I just keep coming up with excuses why I’m not doing it now. I’m lacking discipline in a big way.

I thought that I had a much worse week, so I’m really glad I decided to do an update on how I went. I feel a bit more confident that I can get my list done. So let’s try for another week of the same Happy List.

  1. Do more than 7 Puddles this week
  2. Start knitting a beanie
  3. Finish knitting one of hubbys gloves
  4. Nap/rest at least 2 hours every day
  5. Workout 2 times
  6. Meditate 3 times
  7. Watercolour paint
  8. Find some new, low carb recipes
  9. Use ‘Jazzas Arty Games’
  10. Smile for 10 minutes, for no reason, 5 days

Week four of the gratefulness project;  It Made Me Smile. This hasn’t been my best week at all. I haven’t really had a lot of smiles this week. I couldn’t think of a time I smiled on Tuesday or on Sunday. I need to pay more attention to the smiles on bad days.

4 May 2020: When I tasted this week’s keto dessert. It’s so decadent and luscious. It makes me smile when I just think about how yummy it was.

3 May 2020: [I don’t remember anything that made me smile today.]

2 May 2020: When I finished my watercolour painting. I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to paint anything good since it had been months since my last practice.

1 May 2020: When I was doing the dishes. The afternoon sun was sparkling through the window, the water was keeping my hands warm and I just enjoyed getting my kitchen clean.

30 April 2020: When I had to get a blanket in the middle of the day because I was cold. So long Summer, so long!!!

29 April 2020: When I did some art-ing that wasn’t Puddles related.

28 April 2020: [I don’t remember anything that made me smile today.]


I feel pretty okay with how the day turned out. I’m looking forward to getting more done tomorrow. I hope your day has filled you with smiles. Good luck if you’re starting a new project this week. I bet you’ll do great!! Stay creative, stay safe and stay at home.

Tilly

Day 388 – Day 391

Day 388 – 25 April 2020

I got to sleep late. This has become a common thread again because I simply don’t want to sleep. I know I need the rest but the idea of being in bed, in the dark with my thoughts has been overwhelming. While I’m trying not to dwell on the events of the week I’m still missing someone that I just shouldn’t be anymore.

I tried to distract myself by making a return to the virtual world; Secondlife. This was where wifey and I met. I hadn’t played for about 2 years but I thought it would be something different and at the very least, I could play dress ups with my avatar. (It’s like I’m 8 years old again with one great barbie and 100s of outfits and dream houses!!)

I was a bit nervous about getting back in there because I’d left suddenly and without explanation. I knew I had let people down (or at least that’s how I felt) and I wasn’t sure anyone that I used to know would even want to talk to me again. On my second day of logging in I was greeted with a very excited message from a friend. It made my day. Not only did someone miss me but they were actually happy that I was back…two years later.

I have really needed the distraction but I know I should be using some of my angst fuel to be catching up on Puddles, getting a face full of different languages or to make happy little trees with my paint brush. Try, try and try again. That’s all I can do.

Day 389 – 26 April 2020

Another restless nights sleep meant I crawled out of bed around 11 am. I enjoyed that one night where I didn’t dream at all. It was another lazy day and by the end of it, I felt guilty. I tried to tell myself all day that I was really just relaxing but I’ve definitely been a bit of a procrastination monster lately.

The highlight of the day was eating a Pesto Grilled Chicken burger with cream cheese and baby spinach. Plus a side of appleslaw. This was something we came up with when we were out of cabbage. In place of cabbage, we use apple. It’s a delicious mix of apple, carrot, onion, grated cheese and coleslaw dressing.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him in a fort with Douglas dog and they are reading some books by Dr Seuss for International Children’s Book Day.

Day 390 – 27 April 2020

It was the last day of the weekend and I soaked in every last part of it…while doing nothing else. It was an enjoyable day but I am now trying to mentally prepare for a new and a more productive week.

Last week I set a creative and self care heavy Happy List.
The things I got done…
– I did 7 Puddles
– I meditated more than 3 times
– I found some low carb recipes and we’ve already tried them
– Downloaded Jazza’s Arty Games
– Smiled for no reason

Things I didn’t do…
– Knitting
– Workout
– Watercolour Paint

Keto Frappuccino Slice

I am repeating the Happy List this week.

  1. Do more than 7 Puddles this week
  2. Start knitting a beanie
  3. Finish knitting one of hubby’s gloves
  4. Nap/rest at least 2 hours every day
  5. Workout 2 times
  6. Meditate 3 times
  7. Watercolour paint
  8. Find some new, low carb recipes
  9. Use ‘Jazzas Arty Games’ to make any type of art
  10. Smile for 10 minutes, for no reason, 5 days

Three weeks into the gratefulness project; ‘It Made Me Smile’. I haven’t been a bundle of smiles this week. I’m looking forward to an easy week of smiles.

27 April 2020: When I heard there were only two new cases of Covid-19 in NSW overnight.

26 April 2020: When I reconnected with another friend from 2 years ago. He reminded me that being quirky is a good thing.

25 April 2020: When someone I hadn’t spoken to for 2 years was incredibly excited to chat with me again. It made me feel good that I had such a positive impact on someone.

24 April 2020: When I watched the #leftoverchallenge video that was created by the ‘You Suck at Cooking’ channel. I want a bag of wispy crusticles.

23 April 2020: When I deided to smile for no reason. I just didn’t muster up a smile in more conventional ways.

22 April 2020: When I read and replied to the comments left on my blog. It’s so nice to know that there are good, caring and kind people out there who are willing to help, encourage and support a complete stranger.

21 April 2020: Even though nothing in me wanted to smile and I was sure nothing could make me smile, wifey read Johnathan Livingston Seagull to me and I smiled.


In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him and Douglas dog in the backyard looking for a rainbow on National Find a Rainbow Day. Douglas found a bone and Arthur found the rainbow he had left in the garden after St Patrick’s Day. They had fun in the sun.

Day 391 – 28 April 2020

It was another bad nights sleep. I know it’ll right itself eventually but this in between time is really hard on me. I listened to a hypnosis pain relief guide as I was falling asleep. It helped me relax through some pain I was having but after I woke up around 3 am, I put a meditation guide for better sleep on. I think that added up to about 5 hours of guides.

When morning came I didn’t want to get up. I flirted with the idea of more sleep but it was the start of the week and I wanted to start doing things. I worked on three Puddles. I sketched, I inked, I coloured. That took longer than I wanted.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him sharing a wedge of cheese with the sweet little rat that lives in the walls because it’s World Rat Day. This is the first time Arthur has been so close to a rat. They’re friends now.

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Once done with the Puddling, I got straight into French and Norwegian. The French practice was pretty good. I feel pretty confident if I was listening to someone speak French, I could pick up on what they’re saying (well at least with what I’ve learned so far) but without prompts, I would struggle to put a sentence together. I guess that’s the only problem with not having someone to have French conversations with. The same will happen with Norwegian, I’m sure. As long as I can understand movies from both countries at some point, I’ll call it a win.

I finished the day with some housework and I spent some time with wifey. I had planned on doing more art/crafting but time was not on my side.

I hope you are doing well. Stay creative, stay safe and stay inside. Take care.

Tilly

Day 382 – Day 383

Day 382 – 19 April 2020

I had a pretty terrible sleep and didn’t really want to participate in Sunday. I wasn’t going to let my friend down again though, so I logged in WoW for a morning of mythical goodness. Luckily we didn’t do anything too hard so I got to feel pretty chill. Wifey even joined us for some dungeons which was great. She was amazing, as usual. I wish she would do that with me more often.

I have been feeling a bit flat for the last few days. I want to say that I don’t know why because that’s easier to deal with than knowing why. For the longest time I’ve really only had a couple of people in my life. I haven’t had many ‘friends’. I’m really missing having friends.

A lot of you out there would be feeling what that feels like because of the Covid-19 lockdown. That’s been my every day life for years. The problem with that is I don’t really know how to make friends while still stuck in my little agoraphobia bubble. I find it hard to talk about myself and small talk kind of makes me feel awkward so I don’t know where to start.

Day 383 – 20 April 2020

I had a horrible nights sleep again. I kept having dreams about someone I’m missing which only makes me miss them more. Then Homer decided to wake me at 7 am, 8.30 am and 10 am. Homer really wanted me to be awake today. At 10 am I gave up on trying to sleep grabbed a shower and then got into colouring a Puddles.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him stocking up on fresh produce for the lockdown. Instead of heading to the local supermarket he went down to a local farm to support them on National Ag Day.

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It’s the second week of the ‘It Made Me Smile’ project and I have learned something; I don’t smile every day or at the very least, I’m not aware of all the times I smile. I need to be much more mindful of recording when I do have something that makes me smile. I did manage to get a list together though.

20 April 2020: When hubby and I purposely shouted wrong answers at the TV while watching ‘The Chase – UK’, trying to come up with the funniest answers we could. It was even better when there was a question about musicals and we both shouted ‘Cats’. That was not the right answer.

19 April 2020: When wifey did some mythic dungeons with us AND when hubby got the kitchen almost completely clean.

18 April 2020: When hubby cooked steak for dinner. It was perfect. He’s the best at cooking steak.

17 April 2020: When I spent some time with my friend ‘The Pally’. I don’t know how he can make me laugh even when I don’t feel like it but that is most definitely his superhero power.

16 April 2020: When I got to spend some time with wifey.

15 April 2020: When I watched Fish Mascot Eats Worker. I can’t explain it, you just have to see it. Thanks Youtube for this recommendation.

14 April 2020: When I wrote my latest catch up post. I talked about things I’d learned, Youtube Channels I enjoy and because I hadn’t thought I was going to do it, I felt proud that I got it done (even though I didn’t get it posted.)


Oh, before I got out of bed this morning I watched a handful of Youtube videos. One of them was from Struthless. He made a video called ‘How to Get Motivated During a Crisis’. He gave some really great ideas about getting to things, if that’s what you want to do during this time. He also pointed out that if you don’t want to be productive, that’s cool too. Definitely worth a watch if you need some inspiration.


I will watch it a couple more times this week I’m sure. I need a gentle nudge (forceful shove) to get back into the swing of things. One thing I have done is created an easier ‘Happy List’ to try and get me back on track and keep my overactive imagination focused on more positive things.

  1. Do more than 7 Puddles this week
  2. Start knitting a beanie
  3. Finish knitting one of hubbys gloves
  4. Nap/rest at least 2 hours every day
  5. Workout 2 times
  6. Meditate 3 times
  7. Watercolour paint
  8. Find some new, low carb recipes
  9. Download and use ‘Jazzas Arty Games’
  10. Smile for 10 minutes, for no reason, 5 days

While the weekend hasn’t been the peak of productivity for me, it’s felt more like a normal weekend and I’ve made normal preparations for the week. Wish me luck.

I hope your week is filled with productivity if that’s what you choose or blissful relaxing. No matter what, remember to smile at least once a day. It looks good on you. Take care and stay safe.

Tilly

Day 341

I almost got through the entire meditation guide last night before falling asleep. It was a decent sleep and I woke feeling pretty good around 7 am. Hubby had to go to work for a couple of hours, so it wasn’t really a weekend day….. for him. Apparently I took full advantage of the weekend and didn’t get much done.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him and Douglas dog gift wrapping a vintage Barbie doll. Arthur thought Rosie would love to celebrate National Barbie Day with a piece of history.

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This weeks meal plan features two vegetarian meals. The stew will be for two night’s.

Chicken Caesar Salad : Thursday
Buffalo Chickpea Taquitos : Friday
Chicken and Haloumi Burgers : Saturday
Ricotta & Spinach Gnocchi Bake : Sunday
Beef and Mushroom Stew : Monday / Tuesday

It’s the start of a new Happy List week. The goals are the same as last week. Last week I did fairly good… sort of okay… I did some stuff… not much. Eep! I worked out 4/5 times, did the water drinking, did the watercolouring, I sang twice and I was in bed on time. I know there were bouts of smiling for no reason but didn’t really time them. I’m sure I can do better this week.

  1. Workout, 5 days
  2. Drink 2 bottles of water, 5 days
  3. Watercolour, 3 days
  4. Do art lesson/’how to’, 3 days
  5. Other art-ing, 3 days
  6. Sing, 2 days
  7. Knit, 2 days
  8. Self care and pampering, 2 days
  9. Be in bed by midnight, 4 days
  10. Smile for 10 minutes, for no reason, 5 days

I hope this week is filled full of goodness, success and bouts of uncontrollable smiling. Have fun and take care.

Tilly

Day 334

I probably got to bed late last night and I did Guided Sleep Meditation “The Healing Spring”. I must have had it on auto-play because I woke up around 3 am and I was still listening to meditation guides. Homer dog gave me a peaceful night and didn’t wake me up until about 8.30 am.

I started the day with French and Norwegian. It was a good practice on both. I’m still working on the new ‘People’ words in French. I have done this much slower than normal even though I’ve been practising more. I’m not sure how that works.

Then it was onto finding a holiday for my Puddles cartoon. Once I learned what it was about, I really wanted to do a tribute piece for ‘Will Eisner Week‘. So I did a quick Google image search and found the perfect piece. It’s the cover of a book which you can find on amazon: Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration: 1917-2017. This was such a fun piece to create.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him recreating the cover of Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration: 1917-2017 to celebrate Will Eisner Week.

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I put together a meal plan for the week. I’m going to make this a regular Monday habit. This week only has one vegetarian meal. Oops!

Chicken Caesar Salad : Wednesday
Chilli Mushroom and Bean Mince : Thursday
Buffalo Chickpea Taquitos : Friday
Fish Burgers : Saturday
One-Skillet Sausage, Peppers, Potatoes and Onions : Sunday
Chicken, Chorizo and Tomato Penne : Monday

I’m going to keep the same ‘Happy List’ each week for March. I am happier when I do certain things and apparently I need a list to tell me to do them.

  1. Workout, 5 days
  2. Drink 2 bottles of water, 5 days
  3. Watercolour, 3 days
  4. Do art lesson/’how to’, 3 days
  5. Other art-ing, 3 days
  6. Sing, 2 days
  7. Knit, 2 days
  8. Self care and pampering, 2 days
  9. Be in bed by midnight, 4 days
  10. Smile for 10 minutes, for no reason, 5 days

So I think I’m pretty prepped for the upcoming week. I’ll try and stick to a daily schedule of languages, workout, Puddles, other art-ing and then whatever else I may need to get done in the day. Sounds like a busy and fulfilling week.

I hope you have a productive, inspired and creative week. Do all the things that make you smile or just smile for no reason.

Tilly

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.

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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.

Tilly

Day 301

I went to bed late last night and listened to a 15 minute meditation. I don’t remember which one it was. I fell asleep quickly and had a rather lovely sleep.

I got up just a little after hubby and was pretty ready to start the day after a little complaining to wifey about not wanting to start the day. She gave me a nudge in the right direction.

So when hubby left for work, I worked out!! This is the first time in weeks that I’ve worked out. I took it much slower than normal because I was worried about getting light headed but I didn’t seem to have any problems. It was good getting back into it.

After the workout I had a French practice. It was one of my better ones. I only got a handful of things wrong. Then it was on to the art-ing.

I tried a simple watercolour of popsicles with inspiration from Super Easy Watercolour Popsicle Pattern. I used new paper and it wrinkled. I knew that it wouldn’t be as good as what I had been using but seeing it’s watercolour paper, I thought it’d do a bit better than it did. I’ll use it to practice single items and leave the better paper for landscapes.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him having a nap with his puppy, Douglas, after working on a puzzle for National Puzzle Day. It was hard and they didn’t get far. The snack of choice was corn chips because it’s National Corn Chip day.

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I am a bit late with my Happy List this week but at least I’ve got it done and I’ve already done some things from it. Woo! Go me.

  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’m pretty happy with today. I got more done than I have been including some cleaning. I hope your day has put a smile on your face. Happy hump day.

Tilly

Day 292

I think I listened to a different meditation last night and fell asleep very quickly. It’s all a bit of a blur. I’ve been getting to bed a bit too late and getting relaxed too quickly. Being relaxed and getting sleep is definitely not a bad thing, I just want to be a little more in the meditation before passing out.

Today is the last day of the weekend and hubby will not be bouncing off to work tomorrow. He has another week off. The way his schedule works out and by working on Saturday still, he’s ended up with three weeks off. We’ve both decided on a more productive week. I feel like whatever this sickness was that has been following me all week has eased up enough for me to get back to a normal schedule.

New week means a new happy list. It’s sorta like a to do list but a list of things that would make me feel happier if I got them done. I’m focusing mainly on art-ing, learning and self care. I’m going to win this week.

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

I then indulged in a day of relaxing with a little Puddles adventure et un petit Francais. While I indulged hubby went to get me a couple of art supplies including some new Sharpies. It’s nice to have a handful of new colours.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him having a picnic in the park with his friend Rosie for Penguin Awareness Day. They made a sign so everybody would know that they are penguins. They’re sharing a cheese sandwich because it’s National Cheese Lovers Day.

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Good luck if you’re starting a new project this week. You’ll do amazing. I hope your week is filled with creativity and smiles.

Tilly

Day 272

It’s New Years Eve. Woo hoo! I’m really looking forward to jumping into the New Year. Before I do, I’d like to take a quick look back at 2019.

On March 4, I started this blog. I created the blog as a way of keeping myself accountable as I strive to achieve 40 goals by the time I turn 40.

The first 10 goals are health based and I have chipped away at a number of them. I have been working out 5 days a week for months and have continued to improve my diet and water intake. Next year I plan on doubling those efforts. More veg, more fruit, more water and longer, harder workouts. There has been more smiles and good feels too.

I was developing a pretty solid meditation routine but I stopped a few months in. I will make a return to meditating but most likely opt for a nighttime guide, so I can try and get better sleep. I want to learn to calm my brain too.

I have been more online social. It’s hard to be any other kind of social while I’m still not leaving the house. I have done things far outside of my comfort zone though like joining Discord channels with multiple people. I will continue the baby steps until I’m comfortable to step outside again.

The next 10 goals are house based and there wasn’t much progress in this area. We’ve tried growing a couple of veggies during winter but nothing has been successful. I’m kind of glad that we didn’t go ahead with a garden this past spring because we’re now heavily in drought and we most likely would have lost it all anyway. Fingers crossed for some rain before Spring 2020 when I am determined to get the garden started.

As for house renovations, cleaning, organising, we have definitely made some ground but no where near enough. Not sure how to get more focused in this area but it is going to take the support of hubby and wifey to pull it off.

Goals 20 to 40 are more creative and learning based. I have started my art journey by dabbling with pencil, watercolour pencils, acrylic paint, charcoal and ink. I took part in many Doodlewash challenges and Inktober. I am still trying to find my feet in the art world and workout what I would like to focus on. I plan on taking many art classes in 2020.

I started learning French on Duolingo. I used Duolingo for 166 days and completed 1,499 lessons. I spent over 100 hours learning 5,247 words.

While I don’t have a lot to show for my writing, I spent a good couple of months working on some short stories.


Some of my favourite things I discovered in 2019…

Songs: Shakey Graves – Dearly Departed, Randa – Rockbottom, Johnny Utah – Honey Pie, Billie Eilish – Bad Guy, Cloves – California Numb, Tones and I – Dance Monkey, Allen Stone – Unaware
Movies: Split, Taken, Avengers: Endgame, Resolution, Hold Your Breath
TV Shows: The Good Place, 911, The Good Doctor, 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown,
New Recipes: Indian Peanutty Noodles, Kung Pao Chicken, Cauliflower Pizza Bake, Thai Beef Mince in Cos Lettuce Cups,
Youtube Channels: Good Mythical Morning, InformOverload, First We Feast
Art Channels:  Art for Kids Hub, Chloe Rose Art, Jazza, Poppen Atelier / Doll Art Studio, Ray Grimes Art, Fine Art-Tips
Bloggers: MJ Seal Art, Quiet Water Craft , Decor Craft Design, Elaine’s Blog, Placid Painting, Tiffany Arp-Daleo Contemporary Art, The Alchemist’s Studio, Our Little Red House, Paul Militaru, LLUÍS BUSSÉ


My favourite self made art from 2019….


In the New Year I will be setting a monthly goal list of 10 things (it seems to be the magic number for lists.) I will also be doing a weekly ‘Happy List’. It’s like a to-do list but more focused on things that will make me feel happier if I do them. I know I will be happier if I am consistently learning and practising skills, so they will always feature heavily.

JANUARY GOALS

  1. Do one hour art class 5 days a week
  2. Eat breakfast daily
  3. Daily French
  4. Daily Penguin
  5. Write one short story
  6. Learn something new
  7. Make art wall in living room
  8. Rearrange living room and set up an art area
  9. Get the back bedroom cleared out to be painted
  10. Do the 30 day; New Year, New You Challenge

HAPPY LIST – WEEK ONE

  1. Meditate – 5 days
  2. 10 minute doodle – 5 days
  3. Watercolour – 2 days
  4. Sing – 3 Days
  5. Paint – 1 Day
  6. Write – 2 Days
  7. Find belly dancing guide
  8. Find a nighttime mediation guide
  9. Find out about Patreon
  10. Smile for no reason for 10 minutes – 5 days

MEAL PLAN – WEEK ONE

Thursday: Vegetarian Chilli Beans
Friday: Healthier One-Pan Chicken Stroganoff
Saturday: Cheesy Vegie-Ball Subs
Sunday: Thai Beef Mince in Cos Lettuce Cups
Monday: Zucchini, Chilli and Ricotta Frittata


I would like to thank everyone who has followed, liked and commented on my blog. It has been very encouraging and helped me a lot to stay focused. You are an amazing blogging community for constantly uplifting and inspiring.

I hope you all have a very safe and magical New Years Eve. I hope that no matter where you are or who you’re with, that you smile. A New Year is about to begin and this is your year to make dreams come true. Good luck with dreams and goals in 2020. If you need encouragement, you know where to find me.

*BIG SMILES AND HUGS FOR ALL*

Tilly

It was 38 degrees today. This was what the sky looked like at 4 pm with the smoke haze.