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 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 325

I got into bed a little late last night and did; Guided Meditation 1 Hour “The Healing Temple.”  It’s probably not my finest idea doing a 1 hour guide when I go to bed late. When it ended, I checked the time and it was just after 2 am. I fell asleep and woke just before 7 am because Homer dog wanted to go out. I guess I’m just going through one of those periods where I don’t get a lot of sleep.

Soon as hubby buzzed off to work, I started a day of art-ing. I worked on two watercolour paintings at the same time, so I would give each proper time to dry. I’m pretty sure I still didn’t do that. Sometimes my trying to ‘fix’ something, ends up being an even bigger headache because I don’t wait. I have no patience. UGH!!

Both of the paintings are from the same Youtube channel; Paint with DAVID. The first one I started was a winter landscape. I very loosely followed the tutorial and made some changes to the foreground because, to me, it looked like it should be water. I’m really enjoying these winter scenes.

The second one was a simple and easy landscape. Again, I loosely followed the guide and made some colour changes. I also couldn’t quiet get what the ‘road/path’ was doing and made a huge mess. It would seem that I just like doing paintings with wooden fences in them at the moment.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him in the park with Rosie and Douglas dog. They’re going for a walk to celebrate Walking the Dog day. Douglas tried to bury his bone. It was a colourful day.

By the time all the art-ing was done, all I wanted was a nap. So that’s what I did. While I feel inspired right now, the weekend starts for us tomorrow and I have to do mythics in WoW, so I can’t imagine this feeling will last. I wish all things would just be right in my world again.

I finished the day with French and Norwegian. I had some trouble with the last lot of words I learned in French. I should have spent more time practising those when I learned them. I’m sure I’ll get them eventually. My Norwegian practice was pretty good. I sometimes get confused with what word should come first. For example; Hun heter Astrid. I often mix up the first two words.

I hope your weekend is filled with smiles, fun, relaxing, friends and everything that your heart desires. If that’s not something I can have, it’s something I hope for you.


Day 323

I went to bed early last night and did GUIDED SLEEP MEDITATION for Healing. I woke a couple of times through the night but it wasn’t a bad sleep. I woke about 6 am and decided to stay up so I could spend the morning with hubby instead of sleeping.

I did French and Norwegian practice before 7 am. It was a great time to practice. There were no distractions and I was getting more right than normal. I can’t imagine getting up that early on purpose to practice though.

Then it was onto art-ing. I can happily say, I did a watercolour. I loosely followed; A Simple Winter Watercolour.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him spoiling Douglas dog for Love Your Pet Day. He gave Douglas a bubble bath in the sunshine and had a surprise bone waiting on his towel.

Once done with the art-ing I did some housework and a workout. It was a nice way to finish the day.

I hope your day is filled with creativity, happiness and good friends.


Day 322

I listened to Pain Relief & Healing GUIDED MEDITATION “The Cleansing Pool for my meditation last night. It wasn’t a good night’s sleep. I ended up getting about 4 1/2 hours sleep. I was pretty zombie all day.

I started the day with French and Norwegian. It was a good practice for both. Then I spent most of the day working on Puddles. For characters I’ve now been drawing for 50 days, today was really hard work. I just couldn’t get anything right. While I spent a fair amount of time Puddles procrastinating, I sang. I feel too critical of myself at the moment to get a recording I like.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him at the local Ice Cream Shop sharing a big bowl of mint chocolate ice cream with Douglas dog. Even though it was Chocolate Mint Day all Arthur could think about was Rosie.

There’s not much more to tell.

I hope your day is filled with sunshine, smiles and a big bowl of ice cream. (If you’re into it.) Take care.


Day 321

Last night I listened to; Sleep Hypnosis for Pain Management with Relaxing Binaural Music. It wasn’t technically meditation but I’m always interested in finding new pain management for my chronic pain. I’m not sure if it was just the simple suggestion of being hypnotised but when it got to that part (after far too much talking and a mini history lesson) I couldn’t feel the pain. I fell asleep sometime during it all and when it ended, the pain returned and I woke up. It was an interesting experience. I’ll return to meditating tonight so I can get a good sleep. I’m feeling mentally exhausted.

I have been struggling with my mental health over the last few weeks. My inner dialogue is screaming that no one cares about me. Which is obviously untrue. There are a number of people who care about me but that hasn’t stopped the noise. I feel hopeless and like everything I’m trying to do is a waste of time. I frequently find myself saying things like ‘it would just be better if I was dead.’ It’s a dark place. One that I have dealt with many, many times. I will deal with it again. It’s just so hard.

Let’s move on to anything else!! I started the day with a workout! A workout!!!! It was so hot and humid and I knew it would be a struggle. I pushed through. My 30 minute workout actually took 30 minutes.

For my art-ing I Puddled and I wrote a paragraph length story. I had stumbled upon The Sunday Whirl – Wordle 443. It’s a list of words that you put in a story. I’ve seen people doing these for some time now and finally decided to participate. The prompt list can be found here.

Anna had taken a wrong TURN and now she was LOST. She had driven too FAR down an old dirt road and it had LEFT her feeling uneasy. The lights of the city LIMIT were now a distant memory. Anna pulled the car over to the SIDE of the road and got out. This was the wrong MOVE. An unnerving man SLYLY emerged from the thick scrub. The man held an axe by his side that dripped with BLOOD. He gasped for AIR. “I didn’t do it!” he stammered, trying to put her at EASE before collapsing to the ground. Anna didn’t know how to FEEL. Was she in danger or was he?

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him at a wine tasting with Rosie for National Drink Wine Day. It was a special day. They held hands for the first time.

After the Puddles, I did French and Norwegian practice. I will start a new topic in French next week because I think it’s been a few weeks since my last one. I won’t progress as quickly with Norwegian though. I am remembering a few more words like; god = good, morgen = morning, kveld = evening, katt – cat, barn = children, heter = name, hva = what, velkommen = welcome, en mann = a man. Those are the ones that first spring to mind. Not bad for a couple of days.

In the afternoon I knew I should attempt a watercolour but the idea of being bad at it was giving me such intense anxiety I had to take a nap. When I woke up, Homer dog gave me lots of snuggles. He always knows when I’m not feeling my best. It helped.

As I sat down to write a post we could hear a storm in the distance. Hubby (a complete weather nerd) got on his weather app to see what was up. There was a huge storm front headed our way. It was providing quiet the light show in the distance and after about 15 minutes of recording, I finally got a great shot. It’s only a few seconds long and I slowed the video down so you could actually see it. Wow!!! The storm barely hit us. It went either side of our house and out to see. There was only one crack of thunder that sounded like it was above us.

I am looking forward to having a better day tomorrow. I hope that your day is filled with all the things that make you happy. Enjoy the little things.


Day 319

Hei og velkommen. Hubby and I ended up going to bed late last night because we were watching art videos on Youtube by Jazza. It got hubby feeling all art-spired. That’s exciting. I still meditated and I used a guide I hadn’t heard before; Guided Sleep Meditation: The Haven of Peace (Extended Version) Dark Screen. It was so watery. So relaxing.

We ended up waking late and had a very relaxed Sunday. I Puddled while hubby got rid of the tree that had fallen in the storm last week.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him spending the day with his Nana Dot and Douglas dog, his family. They were baking up lots of tasty treats to celebrate National Bake for Family Fun Month. They had lots of fun and ended up with a months worth of baked goods.

The Puddles adventure pretty much took up the entire afternoon. I still finished the day with language learning.

When I logged into Duolingo I was still on the Norwegian lessons, so I thought, why not? My brain really wants me to say the words with a French accent. Switching between the two isn’t easy but I’m only new to doing it, so that makes sense. When I do my French practice, I still feel very confident with it. I almost feel like I’m doing better at it when I start with Norwegian. My brain is packed!!

It was a chill day. I needed a chill Sunday. I hope your Sunday is everything you need it to be. Take care.


Day 318

Today was a bit of a different day of creative. I spent the first few hours of the day singing. I was so close to having a recording that I would share. It was really enjoyable. I like having a good voice day.

I have had a watercolour painting light week and that has bothered me. I’ve really been slacking with the art-ing. So instead of looking for a photo for inspiration, I jumped on Youtube to find something easy I could follow. I chose; Easy Watercolour for Beginners. I really like the sky and the rock face. The things I don’t like about the painting, I already know how I could do them differently. It was a good learning experience.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him getting a dancing lesson from a lovely hippopotamus ballerina for World Hippo Day. He wasn’t very good at it but he had lots of fun.

That was about it for the day. Before I sign off today, I do want to address something I read earlier this morning. I am not saying this to cause offence and if you are offended by anything I say, I am very sorry.

I grew up dealing with emotional abuse and sexual abuse and the only reason I got through those things is because I had unconditional love and support from my mum. Needless to say when I see a parent being slandered for being a good parent, I get a little triggered. Once again, please don’t be offended by my rant.

For those who don’t want to read my rant, thanks for reading the post up until now. I really appreciate the time and interest you take in my posts. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend coming up. May it be filled with family, creativity, relaxing, fun and all the things that make you smile.



Before the day had even begun, I was triggered. Why? you may ask. I was casually clicking round the internet and saw a post about Charlize Theron who had posted a photo of her adopted transgender child (quiet some time ago but I just found it today). The comments that followed were outrageous. What right do people have to judge?

If you can boldly claim that it’s child abuse and a child isn’t wise enough to know if they are transgender or not, please have a conversation with any transgender adult. It’s not common that they say it’s something that happened later in life. It’s VERY common to hear that they felt that way from the time they were little but didn’t think it was okay and didn’t know they could do anything about it. I can guarantee that people making these bold statements are ruled by their own fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of something they can’t ‘fix’.

How are these attitudes any different to the Australian settlers who stole aboriginal children from their families to be raised by white families because ‘they know better’. We realise the mistakes that were made then and we continue to do the same thing in 2020.

I am so tired of the judgements. I am so tired of the angst. Our world doesn’t need to be fuelled by negativity and constantly bashing other people. I don’t understand how people think they are helping when they are saying such hurtful things. If her transgender child reads those comments saying how wrong it is, that child will be hurt and even more confused. Is it really okay to hurt someone else’s child? A child that you don’t even personally know. A child you have never had a conversation with.

To Charlize Theron; I applaud you for being a good parent. I thank you for not dumping the prejudices of the world on your precious children. I am inspired by the way you support, encourage, uplift and love your children for who they are.

Anyone that sees it as less than what it is, which is a supportive parent, is not seeing the picture clearly. If you want to live like it’s 1840 then you can take this one to the bank; If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.


Day 317

I listened to Pain Relief & Healing GUIDED MEDITATION “The Cleansing Pool for my meditation last night. It was so relaxing. I fell asleep before it ended but woke soon as it did. I guess I wasn’t ready for it to be over. I quickly fell asleep again and woke at a normal time.

Another humid day was afoot and I struggled, again, to start the day. It wasn’t until about 11 am that I started working on today’s Puddles. I worked up the first sketch pretty quick and then stared at it. It seemed to have so many details and I wasn’t sure it would even look like what it was supposed to. Hmmmmmm.

While Puddles procrastinating I logged onto Duolingo to get my French practice done. Once on the website, instead of working on French, I started the Norwegian course. I had planned on starting this at the beginning of next year but after watching The Ash Lad – In the Hall of the Mountain King, for the third time, I was compelled to try. (It sounds easier than French.) I know that I won’t be picking this up quickly and I will still be giving the majority of language learning time to French but my third language is now underway.

After the language practice I got back to Puddles. Because it was so detailed I decided to do a full digital colour. It seemed to take so much longer. Hours after I started, I called it done and took a nap.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him on a date with Rosie for Valentine’s Day. They went to the local amusement park and rode on the Ferris Wheel to celebrate Ferris Wheel Day. They had a lovely time.

It wasn’t a productive day. Oh well. I’ll try again tomorrow. I hope your day is filled with a big helping of happiness and creativity.


Day 316

I meditated last night using one of my favourite guides; GUIDED SLEEP MEDITATION for Healing, and promptly fell asleep. I don’t remember taking the ear buds out and I had a pretty good sleep on a humid night. When morning rolled around, I turned over and went back to sleep. I got up just as hubby was leaving and really didn’t want to start the day.

I was slow to the art-ing and finished the day with French. Not my finest of days. I just haven’t felt very good mentally or physically and sometimes I can’t push through it. I wish I’d spent the day in bed.

I’ve really been wanting to try a few boat scenes for my watercolour. I chose a simple sailboat to reference. I don’t think I even finished it. I painted for a while and then… I was done. Not really happy with this attempt. I should probably have stuck to land and painted another lighthouse.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him celebrating Jell-o week in the strangest of ways. He made a giant jell-o and climbed inside. Douglas sat and watched curiously.

While reading up on Jell-o Week, I read a great quote about jell-o…

The official report of Dick Solomon, the High Commander of the troops in 3rd Rock from the Sun, described how to deal with an unsuspecting serving of Jello:
“What To Do When You Encounter Jell-O:
1. Never let it see you’re afraid. Jell-O loves this.
2. Smile. Say you are a friend, you come in peace.
3. Reason with it.
4. Offer it a gift.
5. Find out what it wants.
6. Let it see you have no weapons.
7. If it continues to jiggle menacingly, Stab it to death with a kitchen knife and throw it in the sink.”

I hope that your day is filled with good decisions, good friends and good food. Enjoy your day.