Day 119

I woke up around 6.30 am and zombie shuffled out of bed. I didn’t have the best sleep and it seemed to be affecting my mood, I felt miserable. I struggled to hold back tears and I most definitely didn’t want to go about my day. I’m not sure why I was feeling that way either.

I sulked my way through a cup of coffee and reluctantly started my French lessons. I got through a lot of the new words, remembering some, very forgetting others, still wildly confused about a handful of them. I spent about 30 minutes working on it.

Hubby left for work and I got to working out. It wasn’t as hard as yesterday but still not as easy as I am expecting. My muscles sure need a good talking to. I got through it with no tears and it felt like a good workout.

Half of me wanted to crawl back into bed at that point. The other half of me pointed at the blank canvas that has been sitting on the table for a week and demanded I do something with it. The demanding side won and I finally got round to take two of the cacti.

For progress pictures and more info visit…
Cacti in an Orange Planter on Three Peas, One Pod

My afternoon was filled with housework and socialising. It’s been years since I’ve done this much socialising. I’m finding it rather draining. By the time I sat down to go on a comment spree with the blogs I follow, I had run out of words. I feel like a failure not being able to make a simple comment on something that I like. I will try again tomorrow.

There are still so many creative things that I haven’t had the chance to get to this week. I hope I can get a much more positive start to my day tomorrow so I can fit in another task or two.

I hope your day has been filled with wonderful conversation, glorious creations and something sweet.


Day 108

I woke up around 5.30 am and couldn’t get back to sleep. That wasn’t the start I wanted for the day. It’s taking every bit of energy I have at the moment to keep powering through life…and today I had barely recharged.

By 6.30 am I was crying my way through French. Things that should be easy to remember, aren’t. It made me question just how good I can be at learning when I’ve had memory problems for so long. Why don’t I know the difference between ‘ma’ and ‘mon’ or ‘sa’ and ‘son’. I mean, looking at those now, I feel like I should 100% know what they are and when to use them, NOPE.

Today’s drawing challenge topic; cupcakes. This is a delicious topic and one that shouldn’t be too hard. I’ve been eating cupcakes all my life. Cupcakes sure have gotten fancy and I first tried drawing a ‘mermaid cupcake’. The cupcake was too big and I had no room for the mermaid tail. I scrapped that and decided on some dark chocolate cupcakes with raspberries instead.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
40 Day Drawing Challenge on Three Peas, One Pod

Next, I set up my paints and tried to get creative. I went for a simpler painting than the landscapes I’ve been tackling, at least, that’s what I originally thought. My inspiration can be found here.

While I enjoyed painting the plants, I really should have made them bigger. There wasn’t enough colour for me to keep the plants so small. I’m not happy with it. I’m going to try again next week and give it more of my own flair. (If i can find some flair.)

I tried.

That was about all I could muster up for the day. I’m feeling a little under the weather. A couple of days of taking it easy should help.

30 Day Blog Challenge – All my answers will be posted here.

Day 28: What is something/someone you miss?

The thing I miss the most is my mum. She passed away not long after my 21st birthday. I needed her then and I still need her now. It hurts too much to even think about today.


Day 93

I woke up, sipped coffee and did my French lesson. So proud that I got it out of the way so early this morning. I have the most trouble remembering the French word for ‘you are going’, ‘I am going’ or ‘he/she is going’. Other than that, I think I’m getting on top of the ‘travel’ words.

After a quick argument, hubby left for work. It was a silly argument. The type of argument one has after 15 years of being together. Although it was the fuel I needed to bust through my workout. I pushed so hard it made me hurt and I still hurt.

For my painting task this week, I took inspiration from the upcoming Tour de France, which starts in Brussels on June 6. I painted the Parc du Cinquantenaire. I knew this was going to be hard but it seemed easier than the buildings in the city. I found this wonderful photo and made my version of it.

For the progress pictures, please visit…
Parc du Cinquantenaire on Three Peas, One Pod

Today’s drawing task; trees. I thought this would be easy and searched for a Cherry Blossom tree. The pretty pink flowers are so delightful, I thought it’d be a joy to draw. It wasn’t. After about 10 minutes of trying, I searched for something else. I found this tutorial on drawing a tree. Although my tree looks nothing like the one in the tutorial, I drew tree.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
40 Day Drawing Challenge on Three Peas, One Pod

My day was taken up with these tasks and I didn’t even think of writing, knitting or doing housework. Tomorrow is another day.

30 Day Blog Challenge – All my answers will be posted here.

Day 13: Where would you like to visit/live one day?

I would like to live somewhere in the countryside in France, on a farm, with goats in pyjamas. I’d settle for Akaroa, New Zealand. It’s got a French vibe, just like me. I’d also like to live somewhere with snow.

I’d like to visit anywhere I can get to by cruise ship or river boat. A floating hotel is my ideal way of visiting new places.

I’m looking forward to the end of the week, I don’t know why.


Day 87

I wasn’t happy with my creative today. Some of it worked. Some of it didn’t. Some of it is unfinished.

I started the day a little before 7 am and got my French revision done. I’m feeling confident about moving on to new words.

After hubby left for work, I got my workout done. It was the last one for the week and I did more than I had to. Now I’m officially old I kept forgetting what I was up to, so did things twice.

Then I moved onto writing. I did a word check on my first story and I’ve written about 6,500 words. My second story only has 650 words, so that was the one I worked on. I’ve had this story, or series of stories, in mind for sometime. I’m aiming for about 2500 words for the story. Almost there. Woo! Writing will be on hold until Tuesday.

I then spent some time singing. I would record a song and while listening to the playback, I started drawing. It was a really nice mix of arts.

I dragged my feet for an hour, avoiding painting like it was a spider. I went outside and took some photos of the celery and leek.

Then I finally got a picture for this weeks  Let’s do 52 – 52 Week Photography : Movement. This tap needs to be fixed. If it’s not turned off really tight there is a slow drip, drip, drip. I set out to capture the drip for a ‘movement’ photo and 15 minutes later I had this shot. 

Full-sized picture on Flickr

Then it was time to paint. I got myself set up and painted the sky. I like painting the sky. Then the first row of trees that would line the mountain top. That’s where it got hard. I started to paint thick tree coverage and it didn’t work. I then spent at least an hour trying to layer the paints. Eventually I gave up and moved to the lower half of the picture.

The ocean was the easiest part to paint. I kept it the same as my other Akaroa paintings. Moving on to the boat was a challenge. I don’t think I was waiting long enough for paint to dry before trying to make the next layer. I like the wires, windows, blue accent and yellow on the boat.

By the time I got to the lighthouse I was fed up with my progress. I smacked some of the paint on, left all of the drawing underneath and called it a day. I might try and fix it, it might just be a Frankenstein. I feel like I’ve taken two steps back with this painting.

Unfinished art is unfinished.

30 Day Blog Challenge – All my answers will be posted here.

Day 7: What were your favourite childhood toys?

Barbie is at the top of that list. I would get at least two barbies for my birthday and Christmas. I also had an assortment of accessories like mansion, caravan, camp set, TV studio, shops and pool. I still have the collection and often think of getting them out to play.

I also loved Lego. My favourite set was a pirate set with pirate, boat, island, shark, treasure chest and gold coins. I remember playing with them one time and the shark had managed to get to the treasure chest and ate all the gold coins. (I stuffed the gold coins in it’s mouth.) The shark never returned the coins.

Lastly, I had a Cabbage Patch Kid doll called Tom. He had curly brown hair and I adored him, When I was a teenager I donated him to charity. I have always regretted doing that.

Tomorrow is a rest day, with no big creative plans. I might do a little knitting if the feeling takes me.

Happy weekend!


Day 84

Oh what a day! I don’t feel like I’ve stopped and it still keeps going. Having a full happy list doesn’t leave me much time but the feeling of achievement is real and it’s real good.

As soon as hubby left for work, I started my workout. I got through it pretty easy. One or two more weeks and I’ll have to add another 15 minutes. I think the biggest hurdle is that my brain wants to tell me that 45 minutes of exercise is a lot of time where I could be doing other things. I know that to reap the benefits of working out, I will need to increase it once or twice more.

Once my workout was done, I got straight to my writing. I only set myself a 20 minute goal and I like to get it out of the way early. It was another easy day, with free flowing words and a developing story line. I will need to do some editing soon, flesh out the characters a little more.

I was really happy with how my drawing of the Akaroa sidewalk went yesterday, I decided that today was the day to try and paint it.

The biggest issue I had was trying to create a ‘brown’ colour. I asked Mr Google and he gave me a number of suggestions, that when tried, all looked grey. In the end I mixed gold and black. It seems like an inconsistent way to get brown but for this painting it has worked nicely.

For the progress shots; Sidewalk, Akaroa, New Zealand

After hours of painting, I got to a little housework and an early French revision.

30 Day Blog Challenge – All my answers will be posted here.

Day 4: Discuss your views on religion?

I believe there is a God. I think each religion has part of the story but no one has put that story together yet, which is okay, because God loves us anyway.

I think that earth is both ‘heaven’ and ‘hell’. How you live your life will determine how you spend your next life. If you live a good and helpful life, you will be born into a ‘heaven’ situation. If you live a bad life, you come back into a ‘hell’ situation.

The spirit world exists and it’s just people waiting for their return to earth. Some will never make it back to earth. If they are good they’re angels. If they’re mischievous or troublemakers, they’re demons.

I grew up a Catholic and spent a number of years as a born-again Christian, but neither gave me the same peace as the above thought has. I know that when the time comes, my God will welcome me home.

I started work on my gloves last night, only a couple of rows, so I’ll try and get a few more added to it before bed. I’m really looking forward to a long nights sleep.


Day 80

The day has gone so fast. I woke up when hubby did and then I sat huddled under a blanket, struggling to wake up. Soon as hubby left for work, I threw the blanket off and got to my workout. I think I pushed even harder today because I knew it was the last workout of the week.

I got my paint stuff out and then decided to write instead. I knew that painting could take up most of my day and I didn’t want to forget my writing practice. Once again the words flowed freely. I had planned on writing for about 20 minutes and ended up going for about an hour.

Soon as I stopped writing, I chose a picture to paint and started painting after a quick little drawing. I picked another picture from my shore trip to Akaroa. This one was just after we got off the tender boat and were walking along the jetty to the shore.

This painting was a lot harder than I thought it would be. It was great practice at creating thick tree cover. I also mixed my sky and ocean colours on the canvas by applying a few colours to the paintbrush at the same time.

For progress photos, please view Akaroa, New Zealand, Hillside

After painting, I sang for about 30 minutes before hubby got home. Hubby and I chatted about the day and I started a new knitting project. I’m going to make myself some pink gloves. I also got in about 30 minutes of French revision before dinner. I did some timed practices and got them all finished in time. That felt good.

Tomorrow is a rest day. I wish it was a day that I was spending in bed. This week has made me pretty tired. Tomorrow will also be my last gaming day for a little while. I’ve really been enjoying all the new stuff that I’ve been doing and really need an extra day to get things done.

Good luck if you’re in the midst of life changes. May your decisions lead you to a brighter future filled with smiles and love.


Day 79

Before I start talking about my day, I’m going to share the painting that I painted yesterday. I took it outside to get a photo in the sunlight. I think it helped a little bit.

This was my first time painting a sailboat. It’s based on a photo I took in Akaroa, New Zealand. For progress pictures and more information, please visit my site: Three Peas, One Pod.

More pictures on: Three Peas, One Pod

I got up on time today. Amazing! I guess that’s the result of being in bed before midnight. I’ll have to try doing that again tonight.

Soon as hubby left for work, I worked out. It was another good workout. Feeling it in my muscles tonight.

I spent a big part of the day with wifey on Discord. Things have gotten a little less hectic for her and we’ve been able to spend some time together. It’s wonderful. I miss her so much. Once I had e-tucked her into bed for the night, I started working on the daily things from my Happy List.

I’d been avoiding the dishes for a few days, so I finally got those out of the way then I spent a good 30 minutes writing. Even when I don’t think I’ll have the words, they just seem to flow. After that I did some little easy drawings from 30 Cool & Easy Things to Draw to Get Better at Art. I finished up the day with 30 minutes of French revision. I’ll probably stick to the revision until next week, just so I can be sure I’m on top of it all.

To see how to draw these things, go to:
30 Cool & Easy Things to Draw to Get Better at Art

Tomorrow will be my last chance to paint before the end of the week and the wrap up of the happy list, so that’s what I’ll do. I’ve really enjoyed the week of creativity, although I think I had a little too much on my creative plate.

Next week will be another creative feast.


Day 78

Hubby left for work at 6.30 am and that’s when I crawled out of bed. I was hoping to spend a little time with wifey before I got about my day but she was napping. I fiddled with a few mindless mobile games and felt the sads creeping upon me. Instead of wallowing in it, I got to my workout and really pushed myself, squeezed muscles and made sure that if it could be worked out, that it was.

Once that was done I thought I’d take advantage of the nice morning light and get some painting done. I set up my paints, sat down to leave wifey a message and got distracted with singing. I sang a few songs and enjoyed the music so much I made an Indie playlist that I could listen to while painting.

Check out my Indie Vibes playlist on Youtube.

From about 10 am until 5 pm, I was painting. The painting was based on a picture I took many years ago when we were in Akaroa, New Zealand. We were on a 14 day cruise around New Zealand and that is one of the shore days. It’s one of my favourite shore days. You have to take a little boat from the cruise ship to the shore. There is also an amazing restaurant there called Bully Hayes. I hope to get back there one day.

I’ll post all the painting stuff tomorrow. I finished so late it was impossible to get a good photo with the light I have available. Hopefully I can get a great shot of it tomorrow. I’m proud of this painting.

I do have something to share today, my ‘out a window’ photo for this weeks  Let’s Do 52 – 52 Week Photo Challenge. Being that I don’t leave the house, what windows I have to get a shot out of are limited. The backyard doesn’t have a lot in it to take pictures, the front yard has even less. I didn’t think a picture of the neighbours house was really worthy either.

Yesterday, we had a visit from a White-faced Heron. They like to forage for bugs. It’s not the first time we’ve seen one of these birds. He was prowling around the greenhouse when I captured the picture through the back window.

It was so hard to get the shot. I had limited room, had to zoom in as far as my camera would go and then of course, the heron had to be in the shot. I snapped a handful of shots but this one was my favourite. It’s kind of mysterious and the shadows are lovely.

Seeing most of my day was taken up with painting, I didn’t get much else done. I can say that I did do some drawing, not a lot but it happened. I practised drawing the sailboat before trying to paint it.

I did get in 30 minutes of French. I finished the ‘people’ topic. I’m not sure I’m ready to move on to new things, so looks like it’ll be back to the practice level for a couple of days. I did remember more words today and I think I’ve worked out when to use ‘a’ or ‘en’ (the French word for ‘in’, just missing an accent or two). Practice, practice, practice.

I didn’t get round to writing practice today, so I’m going to do a bit of a ‘get to know me’ type questionnaire. You can find the ‘Dig a Little Deeper’ questions here. I’ll do half tonight and half another night this week. If you’re game, enjoy.

  1. Do you prefer writing with black or blue pen? I’ll say blue pen only because I’m using a blue pen at the moment and I like it.
  2. Would you prefer to live in the country or the city? In the country, for sure. If I’m going to be surrounded by something, I’d prefer it to be peace and quiet, nature and stars.
  3. If you could learn a new skill, what would it be? I’m learning lots of new things already, so I’m not sure what the next one would or should be, yet.
  4. Do you drink your tea or coffee with sugar? I drink coffee with sugar.
  5. Do you prefer baths or showers? I’d say showers. It’s nice to wash the day away, instead of soaking in it. Plus, I’ve never lived anywhere with a bath that accommodates my long legs.
  6. If you could be a mythical creature, which would you choose? Mermaid. I love the ocean. I feel like it would be such a peaceful life.
  7. Do you prefer reading paper or electronic books? I don’t really like reading. I have the attention span of a flea with a bad attention span. Although, I like when wifey reads me books and she does it on an electronic device, sooooo…. electronic.
  8. What is your favourite item of clothing? Black or dark blue skinny jeans. It took me many years to want to wear them and now you can’t get me out of them.
  9. Do you like your name? Would you ever change it? I don’t like my name. I will most likely change it.
  10. Who is a mentor to you? I don’t have a mentor.
  11. Would you ever want to be famous? If so, what for? I’ve always wanted to be famous. A famous singer or photographer. I’d settle for any sort of creative medium fame.
  12. Are you a restless sleeper? Sometimes. I’m definitely more restless when I’m in pain.
  13. Do you consider yourself a romantic? I’m unconventionally romantic.
  14. Which element best represents you? Definitely one of them.
  15. Who do you want to be closer to? Wifey. She lives too far away.
  16. Do you miss someone at the moment? I always miss my mum.
  17. Tell us about an early childhood memory. I really don’t remember a lot of my childhood. I’ve manged to block most of it out because of all the bad things I lived through. The few fleeting memories I have, aren’t really that nice. Others are just memories of photos. I really don’t have an answer.
  18. What is the strangest thing you have eaten? I know it’s not that wild but when I was young, I used to love eating Lamb’s Fry. (Lamb livers.) My granddad would fry them and put them in a bacon gravy. I would eat them cold on a sandwich, with tomato sauce.
  19. What can you see outside your bedroom window? The neighbours house across the street. I wish we had some trees or a window box with flowers.
  20. What are you most thankful for? I’m thankful that I own my own home.
  21. Do you like spicy food? Yes but not too spicy.
  22. Have you ever met someone famous? Low level famous, definitely. I got Arj Barker to sign my boobs one year at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
  23. Do you keep a diary or journal? I feel like this blog is a diary, so yes.
  24. Do you prefer a pen or pencil? I prefer a keyboard. Whoever wrote these questions has a strange obsession with old fashioned writing tools.
  25. What is your star sign? Cancer

If you read all this, you are my favourite! I hope you have the best week.


Day 64

The day started early and it started after 4 hours sleep. Hubby had an early start and I got up to keep him company. Once he’d wandered off to work I started my morning, early!

I got straight into my workout. I enjoyed it. I worked pretty hard, probably more than I should of because I forgot how many reps I’d done, so had to do more, just to be sure.

After that I tried to do some more purl knitting practice. Two failed attempts later and I put down the knitting needles and did some singing. That lasted a couple of hours and just before midday I decided to do some painting.

I have been collecting pictures of palm trees, knowing that I’d try painting them one day and today was that day.

The first painting I tried was a silhouette of a palm tree.

The second was a palm leaf.

It was a great experience working out how to layer colours. One thing I noticed is I’m very heavy handed. I was able to get a couple of very thin neat lines but most were followed with an ‘oops’. For more pictures and information, please visit Three Peas, One Pod.

Once I had put my paints away and took at least 100 photos of them, I got a little housework done and put my feet up. It’s been a lovely full day of creativity.

I finished the day with a French lesson, well a French refresher. For the next few days I’ll just keep doing the practice lessons, until I feel completely sure how to use the ‘apelles words. Hubby has been learning over my shoulder. He’s been helping me to remember what words get used for the feminine and the masculine. It would be great to know why a pizza is female.

I’m going to try and find some painting or writing challenges soon, just to help me stay focused creatively. If I have to rely on my brain, we could just see a never ending supply of palm trees and flamingos.


Day 62

Hubby and I had a terrible nights sleep. Around 3 am there was a huge thunder rumbling that made the windows shake and pulled me from a deep sleep. Then came the rain and more rain and then some more rain.

Normally I enjoy sleeping with the sound of trickling rain but this was a downpour and we have a few holes in the roof. If a downpour comes down in the wrong direction, our living room ceiling gets wet and drips through a hole that my dad must have drilled to release water. We were both worried that this extreme weather would bring down the ceiling.

Every time I dozed off, I quickly woke, praying that the rain would ease down. It finally did and I finally got back to sleep, poor hubby didn’t.

The morning felt extra hard and extra cold but nothing a workout and shower couldn’t fix. Even the workout felt a little harder than it has been. I almost gave up half way through but that’s just not who I am now. Go, go, go!

More pictures on…
Three Peas One Pod

I finally got my paints out today and went about painting a flamingo. It was really dark in the living room, so I illuminated the table with a flashlight on my phone. I spent a little while drawing a rough picture, then started painting. I wasn’t entirely sure how to layer the colours but it’s pink and resembles a flamingo. I think that means I win. The only thing it was missing is some detailed feathers.

I also did 30 minutes of French. That’s now 7 days of learning French. It’s pretty exciting. I’ve been wanting to do this since I was a teenager. I had a little trouble remembering some of the greetings today but I think that’s just because I’m tired.

I didn’t get to knitting today but the weather has reminded me that I really should. My last knitting practice is sitting on the table under my wrists as I type, keeping them warm. I need to learn how to make gloves.

Here’s Day 29 of the writing challenge. If you’d like to see the full challenge details, click here. All 30 days will be posted here.

Day 29: What are your goals for the next 30 days.

More of everything that I have been doing.
1. Double daily workout
2. Paint
3. Knit from a pattern and finish it
4. Draw
5. Keep learning French
6. Add more to my short story
7. Create recipes for a food blog
8. Get more sleep
9. Don’t leave photo challenge pics to the last minute
10. Be more social online

I think 10 dedicated goals is enough. Of course that won’t stop me from achieving other things. 

Good luck to all those starting a project this week. May the creative flow through you and create smiles in all you do.