Day 345

I listened to healing meditation before sleep last night. It was a nice sleep but not enough because Homer dog woke me up early. I tried to get back to sleep but as soon as hubby had jumped in the shower, Homer was waking me up again. Not for any reason, just because he wanted to wake me up. He’s fun like that.

My back isn’t feeling much better and a day of art-ing probably hasn’t helped. I just couldn’t go another day without pulling out the watercolours. I found some inspiration on Youtube; Simple Watercolour Landscape Painting. I watched the whole thing through once, then paused it on the finished version and did what I wanted.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him, Rosie and Douglas dog having some fun ice-skating. They didn’t need skates but they did need their earmuffs to celebrate National Earmuff Day.

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I finished the day with an excellent practice of French and Norwegian. I think it might be getting close to a new topic in each, although I won’t start them both on the same week.

I hope your week has been filled with good health, good friends and an abundance of creativity. Stay safe.

Tilly

Day 338

I got to bed before midnight again. I’m enjoying this new habit. I did another new meditation guide; Rapid Healing While You Sleep. I enjoyed it but I know I fell asleep long before I should have. That’s okay though, as long as I’m getting sleep. I woke just after 6 am and tried to go back to sleep but tossed and turned until I got up just before 7 am.

I powered through French and Norwegian over a cup of coffee. This was my best day at Norwegian. I got at least 18 out of 20 questions right each time. French on the other hand was horrible. I struggled through the practice and wished I had just continued on my magical Norwegian journey.

When hubby shuffled off to work, I worked out. It was rather humid and I took my sweet time doing the workout. I did it though. YAY!

When it came time to do the art-ing I started with another ‘person’ watercolour. After a couple hours of painting, I had nothing to show. Eep! What was supposed to be a female in the woods, turned into a very 90s looking male… in the woods. As a painting of a 90s male, it was pretty good. I had some good texture on the clothing and the skin was shadowed well.

I still had a lot of paint leftover so I thought I’d try a winter landscape; Watercolour Snow Melt. About half way through I was sorta over the whole painting experience, so I called it done. It didn’t look done. I took a couple of photos and really liked a cropped version of it. There were lots of nice painting elements today but just not a whole piece.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him and Rosie celebrating National Dress in Blue Day. Arthur felt like the Captain of a ship, so they went out on the harbour in a rowboat.

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The art-ing took up the whole day. Although I did manage to get about 45 minutes of singing practice in before hubby got home. It was a pretty good day.

I hope your day has been bright, colourful and filled with all the things you enjoy.

Tilly

Day 337

I tried a meditation guide made by Progressive Hypnosis; HEAL while you SLEEP ★ Your Cells are Listening Guided Meditation Focused on Healing. I must have found it relaxing because I fell asleep half way through. I’d like to give it another go and get a little more out of it. I woke up late, another sign the meditation was good.

When I got out of bad I had a crazy bad pain across the back of my shoulders, so I didn’t bother with a workout. I’ll pick that up again tomorrow. So with that not on the agenda, I got to art-ing.

I wanted to practice painting another scene with people in it in the most casual way possible (which is why it’s kind of terrible.) I was interested in seeing how I could build up the colours. This was my reference (which it looks nothing like.. at all…not even a little bit!)

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him having a relaxing day at home. He’s decided to catch up on some gaming with his sidekick Mr Soda and Mr Cheese Doodles. He’s also celebrating Cheese Doodle Day.

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That little bit of art seemed to take up my whole day. While I worked on art, I listened/watched a whole heap of art-ing videos on Youtube. I finished the day with some French. Today wasn’t a complete waste but it sorta feels like it.

I hope your day has been filled with colour, creativity and happiness.

Tilly

Day 336

I got to bed before midnight last night. Woo hoo!! See what I mean about the fact I do the things I should…when there is a list. I added an earlier bedtime to my Happy List and two nights in a row, I’ve had an earlier night. If I was a Sim, my happiness would have increased by at least 2 points. When I went to bed I thought I’d try listening to an 8 hour meditation. It seems after about 45 minutes I turned it off. Earbuds all night was not a good plan.

I woke around 7 am. It was cool and dark which made the morning a little harder to start. Apparently I can’t have it too hot and bright or too cold and dark. I’m like the Goldilocks of mornings. It all has to be just right for me to get into the day. I got through Norwegian before hubby buzzed off to work.

Once hubby had started his day, I officially started mine with a workout. For my Youtube video sidekick I decided to watch some TED talks on child abuse/trauma and how it affects you.

When I was growing up someone said to me that growing up with domestic violence and abuse was like living in a war zone. I never really understood why it would be comparable but after watching; The effect of trauma on the brain and how it affects behaviours by John Rigg, it made more sense. Growing up with abuse leaves you in a constant state of being on alert as people are when they are deployed for war. You’re always waiting for something to happen. My brains response to the abuse I went through is very similar to those that have been to war.

I then made the silly mistake of reading comments except today, it wasn’t so silly. Some of the comments raised some things I didn’t even know were a thing. Like, I’d heard of the ‘Flight or Fight’ response (which John Rigg spoke about in his talk) but apparently there are two other ‘F’ related responses. They are ‘Freeze and Fawn.’ I searched Google to find out the meanings.

  • To fight is to confront the threat aggressively.
  • Flight means you run from the danger.
  • When you freeze, you find yourself unable to move or act against the threat.
  • You may find yourself hiding from the danger. Fawn is the response of complying with the attacker to save yourself.

This really got me confused. When I was watching the Ted talk I could identify with what he was saying about ‘fight or flight’ responses in relation to my own childhood abuse. When I read the meaning of the other two my first thought was they are both ‘flight’ responses. They are just different ways of removing yourself from the situation. Then I pondered more over both meanings and yes, they are separate and I can identify with both responses.

I got to chatting to wifey about it and she did some quick Google searches to find out more about it too. This was the first time she’d heard of the ‘freeze and fawn’ response. She linked me to; Fight Flight Freeze: How To Recognise It And What To Do When It Happens. It was interesting to read that I have physical reactions from each of the categories, simultaneously. My body can’t even work out what is the best response and goes for all of them.

So where to from here? This is a topic I need to learn more about. Thankfully I have the ability to hear the opinions of hundreds of healthcare professionals from around the world. I can see a lot of TED talks in my future. Of course I’ll take each with a grain of salt but I figure it’s a great place to start.

After some great conversation with wifey, I stared some art-ing. For my watercolour I was going to follow a video on Youtube but I didn’t want to waste more time looking for something. I had a search on Unsplash still open with photos of Poland, so I took inspiration from the first one that caught my eye; a couple sitting by a body of water. The one thing that I took away from this practice was that I actually enjoyed painting the people.

Today’s Puddles is a special one. When I first started drawing the penguin character, long before I had even come up with a concept for the Arthur Puddles blog, my good friend ‘The Pally’ was inspired by my art-ing and drew a penguin character of his own. I thought it was fantastic.

When I started putting together the holiday list for the Puddles cartoon, there was a day that I thought would be perfect to use ‘The Pally’s’ penguin sketch. Today is the day. I’m really happy with how this turned out. I drew Arthur digitally over the other penguin. The background was drawn with an ink pen and coloured digitally (as all the Puddles cartoons are now made.)

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him giving Private Penguin a big hug for Hug a G.I day. Douglas dog had been practising how to salute all week. They had a great day at the army base.

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The art-ing took up almost the whole day. I finished the day with some light housework. It was a pretty good day.

I hope your day has been filled with all the things that make you smile.

Tilly

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.

Tilly

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.

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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.

Tilly

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.

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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.

Tilly