Day 315

I meditated before sleep last night and had a pretty good night. I even managed to get out of bed on time. With the aide of a cup of coffee, I got straight to my French practice. Not much to report. I remembered some things, others I didn’t.

I followed that up by getting today’s Puddles done. Then spent the rest of the day in a cleaning haze. I managed a late afternoon doodle just so I could say I’d done some sort of art-ing.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him enjoying some plum pudding for dessert. It’s the perfect way to end Plum Pudding Day.

For my 10 minute doodle (I have no idea how long I doodled for) I am up to the letter ‘G’ for inspiration. I tried to draw a giraffe but its head was way too big. So I switched plans and decided to sketch a gate instead.

Although today was housework heavy and light on the art, it was a really satisfying day. I have a few ‘spring clean’ type jobs that I need to finish off this week and I can’t wait. I seriously enjoy cleaning (but don’t tell me that.)

I hope your day has made you smile.


Day 314

I didn’t listen to meditation when I went to bed last night. I was so tired I thought I’d fall asleep instantly. I was very unsettled and it took me too long to fall asleep. I missed meditation. I then had terrible dreams and ended up sleeping in.

The bad dreams really stuck with me all day. I guess they were how I’ve been feeling but seeing it happening in the dream made it all feel so much worse and so much more real. I’ve really been getting wrapped up in my own world lately and I’ve almost stopped communicating with the outside world. The most I’m really doing is replying to comments on here (and it’s been taking me days … I’m sorry!) The loneliness really stings.

It took me a while to get into the day but eventually I Puddled, doodled, watercoloured, Frenched and took a photo of our little rescued succulent for the creative stuff.

For today’s watercolour, I took inspiration from the Yaquina Head Lighthouse at Newport Oregon.

For my 10 minute doodle, that took 15 minutes, I drew fingers.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him at the city skate park, wearing a white t-shirt and grinding the rails for White T-Shirt Day. He thought the white t-shirt made him look like a skater. I think he fit in very well.

We replanted this little succulent in July 2019. This is the first time I’ve seen it in months. It was hidden behind some other pot plants. It’s grown so much!! See the planting photos here.

While I haven’t really felt like doing the day, I did get some things done. I spent some time outside in the sun and I spent some time cleaning the kitchen. It wasn’t a wasted day.

I hope your day has been filled with sunshine and smiles.


Day 309

I chose a short meditation last night and I’m pretty sure I fell asleep before the end. Again I don’t really remember when I took the ear buds out. I woke to cuddles from Homer dog. Soon as hubby goes to the shower (and stops telling Homer to stay out of the bedroom), Homer bounds up onto the bed for cuddles.

We’re expecting rain over the next few days, so the morning was humid. I don’t like humidity. I’ve become okay with the heat but the humidity really drains my energy. Not helpful for 7.30 am. I mulled over a cup of coffee and went to art-ing the second hubby buzzed off to work.

I thought a return to line and wash watercolour might be fun. I’d been browsing lighthouse photos on Unsplash and found a lighthouse in Hamaroy, Norway that really piqued my interest. Overall it was a good practice. I really need to put more thought into the colours before I start. The poor lighthouse may have got a bit overworked. I also need to be more patient and let the paper dry in between layers.

It was then time for a 10 minute doodle. I’d been thinking of words that start with the letter C but I hadn’t settled on what to draw. Once again, I just picked up the pencil, started the timer and drew a car…. badly.

So after that failed attempt (which will never see the light of day,) I reset the timer and started again. CUPCAKE. I have drawn them a handful of times already so I knew I would at least be on the right track with this doodle. 10 minutes later (or maybe 20) I had a cupcake doodle. Now I want to eat a cupcake.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him out on a dinner date with Rosie. They are trying to eat some strawberry yogurt with chopsticks for National Chopstick Day and National Yogurt Day. Arthur wasn’t sure the two celebrations would work together but he wanted to impress Miss Rosie.

Once I’d got done with the art-ing I wasn’t sure if I should nap (I didn’t), workout (I didn’t), or French (I did! J’ai fait!). Then with the last hour before hubby would get home, I did some housework.

Before I wrap up this post, I had nominated Hannah @ Quiet Water Craft for the Sunshine Blogger Award and she has joined in the fun. Hannah decided to do an open invitation for her nominations (which I think is a great idea) and I really wanted to answer the questions too. So let’s do it.

1. What did you want to be when you grew up? At first I wanted to be a lawyer because I loved being on the debate team but I didn’t want to finish high school because I was being bullied. When I left, I wanted to do photography but my parents couldn’t afford to buy me the equipment.

2. What did you end up doing, and do you enjoy it? I worked in various offices as reception/admin. I worked at a radio station as an announcer and voice over in commercials. I worked as a live in nanny a couple of times too. Some were enjoyable but I never found anything I really loved.

3. What has been your favourite moment of 2020 so far? There hasn’t been a stand out moment yet.

4. What are you looking forward to this year? Getting fitter, learning more French, doing all the art-ing, seeing what my Arthur Puddles blog will look like by December 31. My friend, the pally, coming back to WoW. Most importantly, I can’t wait til wifey comes home.

5. If money were no object, what new skill would you learn? If I was smart enough, I’d get a law degree. Most likely I would take art classes or cooking classes in France.

6. Have you ever tried starting an Etsy shop? I haven’t. Maybe it’s something for my future.

7. What did you last dream about? I generally only remember my dreams for a very short time after I wake up. I have a lot of dreams about weather disasters and zombies.

8. Do you believe dreams have certain meanings? I know that I’ve had prophetic dreams which definitely says they have meaning.

9. What superstitions do you hold, if any? I remember when I was little I broke a mirror and thought I’d have 8 years bad luck. As an adult, I don’t think I’m superstitious or I’m really superstitious and just don’t realise it.

10. In conversation, do you prefer speaking or listening? There is something about me that makes people feel very comfortable, so I’ve become a very good listener. Given the right opportunity though, I’m very chatty and passionate about my opinions, whether they are right or wrong.

11. Do you ever feel like a ‘proper’ grown-up? Not even close. I’m more like a really smart 4 year old. I can do what is asked of me but I definitely need a nap by 3 pm.

It feels like a pretty full day and I finished it with a smile. I hope your day has been productive, satisfying and positive.


Day 308

Last night I did Pain Relief & Healing GUIDED MEDITATION “The Cleansing Pool”. I fell asleep before it ended and don’t even remember taking the ear buds out. I have some vague memory of them yanking from my ears when I turned over. It was a good sleep but when Homer dog woke me up, I wasn’t ready to be the day.

I didn’t do much while sipping coffee and when hubby left for work I still couldn’t get started. It was at that point I had to do a workout or go back to bed. I worked out. Well, I half worked out. I got through half of it, felt light headed and went back to bed.

When I woke up the second time, I still felt tired. I’m not sick anymore and I’ve been getting sleep, so why was the sleepy chasing me all day? I reluctantly got to art-ing but I art-ed.

Watercolour felt scary again today. I really don’t know why. So I opted for something I thought would be simple. I sorta made a mess of it. Oh well. I followed (sorta) this video on Youtube; How to Make Tree in Watercolours Easy Demo for Beginners.

For my 10 minute doodle today, I obsessed over as many B words as I could. Balloons seemed too simple. Baboons seemed…. who even knows what a baboon looks like? While I couldn’t decide I picked a time on the clock, picked up my pencil and waited to begin. When the clock ticked over my first thought was BRIDGE. That’s a B word I could draw. Not really. Ugh! I need to add looking at bridges to my to do list. There’s a boat, birds and bodies on half a bridge. Not terrible for 10 minutes. That took the whole time, so no colour today.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him pretending to be a weatherperson for National Weatherperson Day. He made all the signs himself and set it up on the wall in his living room.

I finished the day with a good French lessons of ‘Shopping’ words and 10 minutes of smiling for no reason. I definitely need the extra smiles.

I hope your day has been filled with creativity and smiles. Happy hump day.


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.

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.


Day 274

I got into bed a little bit late last night and I sort of forgot that I was going do nighttime meditation and wasn’t prepared for it at all. I had the blankets pulled up around my ears and I was ready for sleep when I remembered. I very quickly grabbed my phone, found one of the videos I’d half checked out through the day and did it. It isn’t specifically for sleeping but it had sounds of the ocean so it was very very relaxing. Soon as it was done I instantly fell asleep. I even had nice dreams. I listened to Guided Meditation – Blissful Deep Relaxation.

Homer dog woke me up this morning but that was okay because it meant I could do an early morning workout before hubby got up. I was about half way through when hubby woke. I feel like it’s been a decade since I last worked out. Felt great.

For today’s art-ing and learning I did a number of things.

I loosely followed a coloured pencil tutorial on Youtube; Draw with Coloured Pencils Part 4 – Landscapes. It was a speed walk through, so I made it a speed colouring. I also got a bit distracted and stopped following what he was doing. I used Crayola Blend & Shade pencils.

I signed up with Skillshare so I could check out a couple of the free lessons available. I browsed through some of the free classes and found one on Growing Your Creativity. The whole thing took about 40 minutes. I think the biggest take away for me was the ‘Letting go of Fear’ section. I need to FOCUS on the consequences of success rather than failure, STOP telling myself that I’m not creative and RESPOND to the negative thoughts positively. I haven’t done the exercises from the lessons, even though it would have given me the chance to make another list. I do love a good list.

While I was watching Growing Your Creativity I started to doodle. I was inspired by the shape of the instructors hair and the gap in her teeth. The sketch looks nothing like the instructor though. The quote underneath was something from the lesson. I used ink and coloured pencils.

I found two other free lessons that I would like to watch. One is on writing, one is on watercolour. I still haven’t broken out my watercolour paints. I know the time is near.

Today in The Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him working on his New Years Resolution list. It gives us a sneak peak at what things he may be getting up to over the next few months.

All the art-ing and learning, plus some housework and lunch took me through til about 4 pm. Then I worked on French. I was feeling pretty tired so I’m not sure I got much out of it. Although, I only made three mistakes overall so I can’t complain. I managed to get the second round of lessons finished. So I feel this week will be learning, next week will be practising.

I finished the day with smiling for no reason and some singing. That was my day. It feels full. I hope you’ve had a fulfilling day sprinkled with extra smiles.


Day 260

When I woke this morning the smell of smoke was strong. When I looked out the window you could see an obvious smoke haze. When I looked out the backdoor at the neighbourhood you couldn’t see past a few houses because of the smoke haze. Now, before anyone gets worried, I am no where near the fires that are burning but the evidence of them is strong. Today was set to be hot.

Once hubby had melted off to work, I got straight to working out. Thankfully the heat hadn’t sparked up too much and I got through it easily. I followed it up with a cold shower, the first of the season. I’m the only one in the house that can handle a 100% cold water shower even in the midst of summer. They are very refreshing.

Then it was time to art. Today was a special day of art-ing because it’s wifey’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WIFEY!!!!! You mean the world to me.

By the time I’d finished birthday art, the day was very very hot (38C / 100F) so I did a whole lot of nothing.

I hope your day has been filled with sunshine, love and cake.


Day 258

I woke up just after 6 am and figured I’d get up. The morning was a bit of a blur. I think I watched Youtube videos. Let’s just say I didn’t do a thing until hubby left for work. Then it was time to workout. I got straight to it and worked out hard. I was a little slower than normal but I am sure I worked muscles I didn’t even know existed. Ow!

Then it was time to start art-ing. I had sketched an eye a couple of days ago but finally got round to colouring it. I didn’t use a reference for the eye, I just wanted to see what I could come up with.

After I was done with the eye, I still wanted to try another Art for Kids Hub video. I chose How To Draw A Christmas Palm Tree. This felt much closer to a Christmas down under.

Then I started work on a watercolour sketch. I got about 75% of it done then I was all art-ed out. I’ll finish it sometime during the week.

I then worked on French. I didn’t start new words today but had a really great practice run. I really need to get back to doing French first thing in the morning. I seemed to pick up so much more and I think I even pay closer attention.

Duolingo emailed me an update of my French learning in 2019. I have used Duolingo for 166 days and have completed 1,499 lessons. I have spent over 100 hours learning 5,247 words.

I can’t believe I’ve learned that many words. When I think about the words I know I can barely get to 30. I’m thinking that might be what Duolingo thinks I should have learned. It’d be very interesting to see a list of those words. Either way, I have been pretty dedicated to this learning and I feel pretty proud of myself.

I finished the day catching up with a friend and some singing. Both were very enjoyable.

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


Day 257

I slept in a little bit. Well I should say, I tossed and turned until about 8.30 am, with brief interludes of sleep. It really wouldn’t have made much difference if I got up or if I had of kept pretending to be asleep, I didn’t do much with the day. Hubby was the hero of the day and did some housework.

I visited Art for Kids Hub so that I could say I did something. I chose How to Draw An Ice Skater. I’ve really been enjoying these easy cartoon sketches. They’re definitely helping build some ideas for the Penguin Project.

I tried to do a little more drawing but I find it very hard to concentrate when hubby is home.

So yesterday I didn’t write anything and it felt weird. I knew I couldn’t write how I was feeling because I knew it was irrational and I really didn’t want anyone to worry.

Yesterday I was doing the normal Sunday WoW thing and once again it was missing something. It was different to the last few weeks, in that, I had a couple of ‘new friends’ (friends of a friend) join us. That made for some easy dungeons but by the third dungeon, one of the guys kept calling me on all the mistakes I was making. I knew that it was tongue in cheek and he really didn’t mean anything by it but it sucked nonetheless.

I was annoyed at myself for letting nothing turn into something and then to let it really affect my mood. Of course that made the whole thing feel worse. The smallest things can sometimes flip the depression switch and a harmless comment can turn into hours of obsessive thinking and days of sadness.

I’m just going to try and stay as distracted as possible this week. I don’t know how to deal with my head right now.

I hope the upcoming weeks is filled with happiness, family, good times and creativity.


Day 255

The day started with lots of pats for Homer dog. I’m sure I enjoy it way more than he does. Followed by a little heated discussion over cricket. Hubby really enjoys sport, especially cricket and AFL. I’m not a fan. So I probably give him a little too much ribbing about how terrible it is and how we shouldn’t watch it. It’s a wonder he loves me sometimes.

Once hubby had fled to work, I worked out. I was looking forward to it and it was over before I even realised. This is also the last day of the workout week. I held up much better than I did last week.

Then it was time to try my new pencils. I got a pack of Crayola Signature blend and shade coloured pencils. There are 50 colours in the pack and I feel spoiled for choice. I’d watched a video of someone reviewing them and they looked good for blending and you could get some very rich colours from them.

So I head on over to Art for Kids Hub to choose today’s inspiration. I went with How to Draw a Winter Princess. Seeing we’re not far out from Xmas, I thought I’d try and stick to Christmas themed guides.

Although this doesn’t really represent a Christmas down under. There is no snow, no warm jackets and the only rosy cheeks you end up with is from a sunburn. I would love to experience a wintery Christmas. Feel free to share your favourite winter Christmas moments.

After that I thought I’d just try some flowers. I referred to the 12 Easy Flowers sketch I did a few days ago, picked the foxglove and gave it a try. I laid the pencil down quiet soft at first but I really am addicted to intense colour and just kept going…and going…and going. When I finally stopped, I had a rather cute lil sketch but I wasn’t overly happy with it. I didn’t want such hard lines around the flowers. Definitely looking forward to creating more art with these pencils.

I really wanted to be lazy for the rest of the day so I got French out of the way. Maybe it was because I really wanted to get it over and done with but it was un fantastique practice. Most runs were near perfect. Again, I made silly mistakes like typos. My fingers sometimes move faster than my brain.

I finished the day with a nap. Who doesn’t love a good nap?

I hope your day has been fun-filled, creative and relaxing. You’re a fantastic person.