Day 387

I didn’t get a very good sleep last night. Homers new wake up time seems to be about 6.30 am. Which wouldn’t be terrible if I went to bed on time. I did not go to bed on time last night. Nights have been a bit hard on me. Morning was also hard on me. I know I had a restless night sleep, one nightmare and my overactive brain was overactive.

Once hubby had disappeared to work and Homer disappeared into his daily sleeping spot, I briefly considered going back to sleep. A few minutes later I was in the living room and I was working on a Puddles. In my catch up effort I managed to get… *drumrolls* four Puddles drawn, inked and coloured. OH MY!!!

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him getting creative for National Craft Month. He worked on a scrapbook page about the time he was in The Wizard of Oz. Douglas dog ate his bone happily.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him dreaming of the time he took a walk in the park. That was the best way he could celebrate Take a Walk in the Park Day while in lockdown. Douglas dog was dreaming of the bone he left in the park.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him and Douglas dog dressed up as working crayons for National Crayon Day. They set up a video chat with Rosie and entertained her by drawing a mural on a sheet they hung on the wall.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him observing a 5 minute silence, while holding a 5 wick candle in honour of Childhelp National Day of Hope. Arthur is joining the fight against child abuse.

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By the time I got through the Puddles it was just after 3 pm. I had planned on using Jazza’s Arty Games (I downloaded it!!) for some drawing inspiration. I had a brief look at some challenges and it looks like it’s going to be so much fun to draw such random prompts. I also have a watercolour video open in another tab. I wanted to other art but I also wanted to get a little afternoon rest.

Hubby will be home tomorrow because of ANZAC day. I’m still going to do my best to get some more Puddles done. I might even challenge hubby to a drawing competition with the help of Jazza’s Arty Games.

I hope your day has been filled with sunshine, smiles and something sweet. I know that times are tough for everyone right now and you gotta grab on to any little light. Stay strong, stay safe and stay home.

Tilly

Day 384 – Day 385

Day 384 – 21 April 2020

As usual when I make grand plans for my week, life throws obstacles in my way that sometimes I find hard to overcome. This week was no different, although this emotional hurdle was most unexpected.

Someone I thought was a friend, isn’t. I still can’t really process what’s happened and I am desperately trying not to blame myself. The real problem is that when I am hurt by someone, I want to detach myself from everything that reminds me of them. In this case it means my computer. UGH! The computer I need to blog, art and knit! I have to follow those knitting recipes very closely.

Basically, I spent the day in bed crying and when I wasn’t sobbing wildly and wondering why no one will be my friend for longer than a few months, wifey read to me. She’s my hero. Years ago wifey would often read to me until I fell asleep. I find it very comforting and I love listening to her voice. I’m glad we have started this habit up again. I just wish we had of started this under better circumstances.

Not much more to the day, sadly.

Day 385 – 22 April 2020

Wifey read to me until I fell asleep last night, that was very comforting. I had pretty okay dreams too (first time in weeks). I woke up around 8 am and I felt good-ish-esque. Homer dog was overjoyed that I was finally awake and gave me many, many morning kisses and snuggles.

I wasn’t overly keen on starting the day and opted for some sleepy Youtube watching. Some of my fave channels had posted over night, so I was content.

Around 11 am I got out of bed for a reason I can no longer remember and sat down at my computer. That was a bit hard. I really had an urge to sing though, so I poured out my emotions into a handful of songs.

I figured while I was up I should probably get a bunch of Puddle cells drawn and write down what each day would be, so I can achieve my goal of more than 7 Puddles finished this week. I have about 14 cells drawn up, I think. I’m secretly hoping I can get them all drawn in pencil by the end of the day. I’ll let you know how that turns out tomorrow.

Before heading back to bed for Puddles drawing, I practised French and Norwegian. I keep forgetting that I started a new topic in French and always jump straight into a timed practice run. I’m not familiar enough with the new words to be doing a timed practice. It takes too long to work out what the words are. Some I hadn’t even learned yet. I only made that mistake once and then continued my lesson on ‘City 2’ words. The only thing I can solidly remember is; La voiture est derriere le bus. I think I just really like the word ‘derriere’.

I also started a new topic in Norwegian. It will be days before I remember more than; mannen.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him taking Douglas dog on a ride around the backyard in a little red wagon for National Little Red Wagon Day. Arthur was having so much fun he didn’t notice the UFO hovering off in the distance.

I spent about 20 minutes listening to this very short meditation guide but it was powerful and it made me feel better. If you are offended by swear words, I do not recommend this meditation.

I hope that your day has been filled with relaxing, creativity, productivity or anything that just made you feel good. Stay strong, stay safe and stay indoors. Please and thank you.

Tilly

Day 373 – Day 379

Day 373 – 10 April 2020

I felt great when I woke up. Hubby was home for the Easter break and I enjoyed the idea of having company through the day. I knew I wouldn’t do normal day things, which made me feel a little anxious seeing I’ve not had a ‘normal day’ in a month.

I ended up spending the day playing WoW and enjoying some delicious food that hubby cooked. It was a really relaxing day, mostly. There was one point towards the end of the day when I got way too stressed playing WoW. I knew it was something silly to be getting stressed over but I just couldn’t stop the internal rise of frustration and anger.

I did my best to talk myself down off the emotional ledge, tried to do some ‘meditation’ breathing to get myself calm and it seemed to work. So, what I mean by ‘meditation’ breathing is; often when you’re listening to a meditation guide they will talk you through a breathing in for so many counts, holding your breath, then exhaling for longer than you took in breath. This tells your brain to calm down. While it’s not advised to take ‘deep breaths’ to calm down, the type of breathing I have just explained is very helpful.

I’ve often thought that I don’t breathe the right way and am most likely not getting enough air. As it turns out, I’m pretty on point. I breathe through my nose and those breaths make my belly expand. I exhale through my nose and I don’t make a sound while doing it. This is the best way to breathe.

The area I need to improve on is my posture. I tend to hunch over my computer. My workspace is a coffee table, my work seat is a lounge chair with the back support at a slight reclined angle, so it doesn’t help me sit up straight. The way that I sit could mean that I am not breathing properly and I am putting unnecessary pressure on some organs. I am adding ‘correcting posture’ to my 40 List. I feel this is an important one.

Day 374 – 11 April 2020

After yesterday’s indulgent day, I opted for another. Although, this was a little foolish in hindsight. Even though I was feeling good all day, I didn’t give myself many breaks from a long day of playing WoW and by the late evening my heart rate was up above the average. It wasn’t at alarming or ‘get me to the hospital’ rates but as my heart rate has been residing in the ‘normal for my age group’ range for sometime (before all this nonsense began,) I don’t feel great when it’s not in that range, especially if I’m not working out.

Day 375 – 12 April 2020

When I woke up, my heart rate was still high…and it didn’t come down. I know (thanks to too many recent Google searches) that your heart rate tends to go up in the hours before you wake. It will most likely go up through the day, then start to come down in the evening. Things like the temperature, eating, stress or activity can make it go up.

So if you wake up feeling hot (which I often do because I’m always freezing when I get into bed) it’s likely your heart rate will be higher than the norm. I did some breathing exercises, splashed my face with cold water (another thing I read that can help calm your farm) and stayed in bed. It didn’t come down so I knew that it was going to be another bed day.

I didn’t do my usual mythical Sunday stuff and just stayed in bed all day. By the evening my heart rate had returned to normal. If anything, it was now below my ‘normal.’

Day 376 – 13 April 2020

I didn’t really want to do much today. I just wanted to keep as chill as possible and make sure my heart rate was going okay. I can happily report that it was a normal day for my heart. Hubby and I indulged in a day of Youtube watching. I got a little rest in the afternoon but then stayed up until a normal bedtime. I enjoy feeling normal.

If you need some Youtube inspiration, check out these channels:

How To Cook That
This channel is run by Australian Ann Reardon, with appearances from her husband. Ann has a food science degree and creates amazing desserts that seem impossible BUT she tells you how to make them. There are videos on chocolate work, fixing cake disasters, creating giant chocolate bars, cakes without fondant and more. She also debunks videos from channels like 5 Minute Crafts and So Yummy by testing the ‘life hacks’ and explaining how and why they can’t work.

Chris Klemens
This channel is just a bi-weekly vlog of Chris doing… stuff. He’s over the top but it’s all part of his charm and makes him even more compelling to watch. You will find casual videos like thrift shopping, food shopping, trying fast food, trying 5 minute crafts and a lot filmed while he is high on marijuana (which is legal where he lives.) While it sounds outlandish the one thing I really like about Chris is that he gives back to the community and always dedicates his videos to a ’cause’ or ‘charity’ that is in need of support.

You Suck at Cooking
This channel appears to be demonstrating how to make recipes from the cookbook ‘You Suck at Cooking’ in a comical way. There is some great production value and you can learn lots of new cooking terms like ‘wang jangler’. It’s very lighthearted but still informative.

While I was disappointed that I didn’t get a post up today, I did say that I would talk about my new ‘gratefulness’ project. I first read about this project on the Squirmy and Grubs – Community Posts page.

Shane has been keeping a journal of one thing each day that made him smile. This seemed like such a great idea. So every Monday I will post the previous weeks things that made me smile. I will keep the collection of things that made me smile here; It Made Me Smile.


13 April 2020: When I was in bed resting in the afternoon and Homer dog bounced up onto the bed to give me lots of kisses and then settled down next to me for pats and snuggles. (He never does that in the afternoon.)

12 April 2020: When my heart rate finally came down to a normal level.

11 April 2020: When I heard black beans being called ‘masculine blueberries.’ It was in a cooking video called ‘Panic Fried Black Beans and Rice’ by the You Suck at Cooking Youtube Channel.

10 April 2020: Knowing that hubby would be home with me for the next four days. It’s nice to have company, plus he made delicious bacon and eggs for breakfast.

9 April 2020: When I watched a video of a man rescuing a baby deer that couldn’t walk. He helped it to get better, then returned it to the wild. The deer found its family and a year later it was happy, healthy and still with its family. Check it out here.

8 April 2020: When my friend ‘The Pally’ called me the second I said I hadn’t had the best day.

7 April 2020: When I read the list of things that made Shane smile from the past week, on the Squirmy and Grubs Youtube Channel. He has been keeping a daily log of things that make him smile for the past five years. It was an exercise in conscious gratefulness.


Day 377 – 14 April 2020

My heart rate was normal when I woke up and that made me happy. Although I was still feeling pretty tired so I went back to sleep. I woke up around lunchtime and thought I might try doing some of my day.

I started with a yummy lunch. Then got on to drawing a Puddles. This was a really hard one and once I was done with the rough sketch, I wanted hubby to see it before I inked it, to see if I had gone in the right direction. Of course, hubby was still hours away from getting home from work, so I decided to move onto something else productive.

I wrote this catch up post but obviously didn’t post it because I didn’t have any art-ing to post with it. Seeing they’re very wordy posts at the moment, I feel like I should at least give people the option of just staring at a cute penguin cartoon instead of reading my blah blah. (Any way you choose to support me is wonderful and I appreciate it.)

I finished the afternoon with some French and Norwegian. I even started a new topic in French. I’m sure I should be practising the stuff I already know, seeing I’ve barely done any in the past five weeks but…new stuff, new stuff, new stuff! La voiture est derriere le bus.

I’m really getting the knitting bug back so I think I’m going to start on a beanie for myself for winter AND finally finish the gloves I started last year for hubby. Hubby did point out that seeing football season has been postponed that I still have time to finish them off before he really needs them. He doesn’t want them for winter, no. He wants them for the start of footy season seeing they’re in this footy club colours.

It was a pretty good day. It feels nice to be back doing the life improving things. It’s been a slow start to the year but I AM going to make progress.

Day 378 – 15 April 2020

After four hours sleep, Homer woke me to go out. I struggled to get back to sleep and guess what? I had a high heart rate again. That made me feel stressed because I was looking forward to doing ANYTHING out of bed. So of course, my heart rate remained stubbornly high. The one thing today confirmed is that I need to make sure I’m getting plenty of rest and staying stress free. Two things I’ve struggled with for as long as I can remember.

I stayed in bed for most of the day. By the afternoon I had finally calmed down, relaxed, rested and was feeling back to normal.

Day 379 – 16 April 2020

I woke after about 7 hours sleep and was feeling fine. My heart rate was normal and it continued to be that way all day. I started the day with some casual gaming. After lunch I worked on a Puddles, French and Norwegian. I think I’ve found the ‘recipe’ that I want to use for a beanie knitting project and will start that in the next few days.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him being inspired by Chris Ulmer @ Special Books by Special Kids. Arthur took a plate of fresh strawberries to celebrate National Florida Strawberry Day to his new friends house. Arthur’s new friend, Anna, has Down Syndrome and taught him all about her condition on World Down Syndrome Day.

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For the most part, I should be able to get back to daily posting. I just need to make sure I give myself enough break times and probably (definitely) should work on ‘work’ things first before I spend time playing games. I know I will get back into great and productive habits again.

I hope that you and your families are staying strong and healthy during the Covid crisis. Don’t forget to reach out to those around you to make sure they’re doing okay. Stay safe.

Tilly

Day 368 – Day 372

Day 368 – 5 April 2020

Today was mythic Sunday. I spent the morning in WoW doing dungeons. I was very nervous about doing it because when I did it the previous week, I got really stressed and had the head rushes and erratic heart rate again. We stuck to doing easy things for the most part. The one hard dungeon we did was terrible but not my fault, so I stayed as relaxed as I could.

I took a nap in the afternoon and was surprised to see my friend, The Pally, in WoW when I woke up. I felt like I was still dreaming. It had been months since he’d played. It was a great finish to the day.

Day 369 – 6 April 2020

Today was another rest day, which I was allowing myself to have, in the hopes that I could get back to something of a normal routine on Tuesday. I played WoW. I was focused on getting a new character to level 65. I achieved. It was a good day.

Day 370 – 7 April 2020

I got up around a normal time and sat down in front of the computer. I told myself that I could play WoW for a little bit but then I’d have to get to doing some normal day stuff. Unfortunately, I kept moving the finish line and before I knew it, I had spent the entire day in WoW. I think that knowing I had not done what I should have, combined with my overwhelming desire to level quickly, I ended up feeling quiet stressed.

By the time I got into bed the familiar head rushes and erratic heart rate were back. I screwed up. Having now been through these feelings more than once, I remained as calm as possible and got to sleep as quickly as I could.

Day 371 – 8 April 2020

Guess what I did today? Yep! I spent the day in bed. Thanks to my self imposed stress I spent the day with an elevated heart rate and complete exhaustion. I spent more hours asleep than I did awake. It’s such a miserable feeling.

Day 372 – 9 April 2020

I have spent most of the day in bed. Thankfully I have been feeling better but really didn’t want to push myself. It is now more than obvious that any amount of stress triggers the erratic heart rate and complete exhaustion. The only thing that helps is bed rest. I need to learn some new coping techniques and fast.

Hubby is home for the next four days because of Easter. I probably won’t get much done (week five of not getting much done. BLEH!) It’s really hard to push myself back into my normal routine. Some part of me is reluctant because I often put too much stress on myself to get things done which will inevitably lead to bed rest. Getting the balance right will be hard.

Today I started with a little French and Norwegian. I am happy to say that after having a month off learning languages, I still remember things. I had a good practice run of both languages. I wasn’t feeling overly focused and know that I did make a couple of mistakes because of that but I was generally getting 18/20 during each timed practice run.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him spending the day as a frog for World Frog Day. It was a good day at the pond and Arthur loved making a new friend.

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Seeing I have done a few little normal day type things, I’m going to call it at 3 pm and just get my relax on. I am starting a new ‘being grateful’ project and I will do my first post about it on Monday.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Easter. Most countries are still advising to social distance during this time, which I know will be hard for a lot of people. Stay strong and know that the sooner we do what we’re asked, the sooner we will return to life as we like it. Take care.

Tilly

Day 359 – 367

Happy One Year Blogiversary to me. Thanks to everyone who has followed my journey so far, stuck with me through the hard times and offered advice, feedback, well wishes and likes. I know I am not alone in my struggles and the support I’ve had over the last year is priceless. I hope you will continue following my journey through the upcoming years.

Day 359 – 27 March 2020

I felt okay when I woke up but didn’t really want to push myself too hard. I thought I’d start the day with some casual WoW playing. 13 hours later I logged off and went to bed. I got totally consumed levelling a new character. WoW was doing double levelling experience so it was very quick. It wasn’t really the best way to spend the day but it was enjoyable and as I always say; you have to enjoy the little things.

Day 360 – 28 March 2020

I ended up waking up around lunchtime. Getting extra sleep at the moment is high on my to do list. I’m still not feeling great and my heart rate is still being more erratic than I’m comfortable with. I know I should probably go to see a doctor but there are a couple of things that are really stopping me.

Obviously the first hurdle to visiting a doctor is my agoraphobia. (This is so hard for me to talk about.) I haven’t left the house in over two years, possibly three. Before that I had mostly stayed in for about four or five years.

Four years ago, when my dad was dying from cancer, I came home and acted like I was normal. That was a very stressful time because not only did I have to care for someone who had abused me for 25+ years, I had to stop paying attention to how I felt or I wouldn’t have been able to leave the house.

Once my father passed away, I didn’t leave the house much after that. I went to the airport a couple of times to pick up wifey, a Christmas shopping trip with wifey and that’s about it. Each event felt more and more stressful.

I am worried that something bad will happen to me if I leave the house. I’m worried (even though hubby is a pretty good driver) that I’ll end up in a car accident. I’m worried a stranger will be mean, hurtful or violent towards me. I’m worried something bad will happen to the house if I’m not there. Worry, anxiety and stress are overwhelming and that’s just thinking about leaving. The reality of leaving is so much worse.

The second obstacle is my fear of people. I’ve spent a lot of my life being judged, being told I’m not good enough, being told that I am doing everything wrong. Having a stranger (Doctor) doing that to me is too overwhelming. I know I will shut down and still not do what I have to.

The third obstacle is the Covid-19 virus. While this is such an issue, I don’t want to go to a Doctors office or the hospital. I don’t want to put myself at risk of catching it. My immune system doesn’t handle sickness and especially not one of this magnitude.

Wow, I wasn’t really expecting all that to come out. I was just going to talk about my levelling for another day in WoW. With my levelling obsession in full swing, I spent the rest of the day levelling my character to max and getting her geared enough for Sunday mythics.

There wasn’t time at the end of the day to do a post so I figured I would get caught up (again) on Sunday.

Day 361 – 29 March 2020

My mythical Sunday started earlier than normal, which I was happy about. I’ve been playing WoW with a healer friend for 3 years and it has been enjoyable for the most part. We jumped straight into a hard dungeon and I got super stressed, super quickly. BAM!!! The same feeling from two weeks prior started again. My head started feeling light, my heart rate accelerated and I just felt off. After two easier dungeons I had to call it a day and get back in bed.

I spent the day in bed and of course there was no chance of an update.

Day 362 – 30 March 2020

I spent Monday in bed. I just didn’t want to push myself at all. I continued my diet of Youtube videos and naps. When it was time to sleep, I tried a Guided Healing Meditation; Cell and Nerve Healing. I was able to get through it without it causing any weird feelings and it got my heart rate down to a healthy rate after about 16 minutes. The guide goes for 47 minutes.

Day 363 – 31 March 2020

It was another uneventful rest day. I binged on Youtube videos and only got up when hubby was home. It was a long day in bed because hubby had to do overtime again. We’re very thankful he’s been getting a little extra work during a time when so many people are unable to work.

During one of my naps I had some pretty bad dreams about my dad. I just couldn’t shake the bad feels after that. There has been a string of bad dreams over the last few days. Not my usual weather dreams either. I would take a tornado dream over the ones I’ve been having any day.

The highlight of the day was my friend, The Pally, getting in touch. He’s been busy working hard and we’d gone a few weeks without talking. I sometimes feel like our friendship is a burden on him. While I’m always there to listen and support him however I can, I don’t feel like I have much to offer. Most of the time I don’t understand why anyone likes me.

Day 364 – 1 April 2020

It was another day mostly in bed. Hubby had to finish off the overtime from the previous night, so he was home late-ish again. Even though I’ve still been able to chat with wifey on Discord, it’s been crazy lonely with hubby getting home so late. I’m thankful that I have two people who love me and I was even more thankful that my friend, The Pally, got in touch with me again.

Day 365 – 2 April 2020

There wasn’t much to today but I decided to work on a Puddles. I drew up about six days worth of cells, grabbed my supplies and worked from bed. It almost feels like the universe decided I wasn’t isolated enough and just wanted me to share the struggles of everyone else. It worked. I feel more isolated and I’m definitely struggling more. Not having my art, language learning or even simple comments from wonderful people from all over the globe has kind of hit me hard.

Puddles will be playing catch up for a while. We’re going back a few weeks for today’s.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him, Rosie and Douglas dog celebrating St Patrick’s Day. Arthur was waiting for Rosie in a pot of gold (chocolate) coins at the end of a rainbow. Rosie served up some frothy green drinks. Even though they couldn’t go out, they had fun celebrating at home.

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Day 366 – 3 April 2020

The first thing I did was grabbed my Puddles sketch book and tried to mentally plan out a few to draw. I was successful. In between napping and Youtube I managed to get three drawn. It was a nice day and I was glad to get out of bed when hubby got him. I stayed as relaxed as I could and we had a lot of laughs watching photo slideshows on Youtube about how people are dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. You can check them out on the DAILY HUMOR channel.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him celebrating National Button Week in the most peculiar way. He found inspiration in a song written by Sia. The song is called Buttons. He had a lot of fun recreating scenes from the video clip.

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Day 367 – 4 April 2020

Today has been a hard day. I’m not sure if it’s because I really wanted to get an update done, get a bunch of Puddles finished or because it’s officially my one year blogiversary and I don’t think it’s been an overly successful year. I’ve felt pretty stressed all day which is the opposite of what I am trying to do at the moment.

Because of the extra stress I’ve been feeling today I haven’t really done much. I spent the morning on Youtube, followed by a sweet little nap. In the afternoon I got up to work on this update and colouring the Puddles. It took me a good 6 hours to get it all done.

The weekend starts for hubby tomorrow, so I will take another two days of resting without guilt. On Tuesday I am going to try harder to get back into a normal routine. I may still need more break times than I’d like but I know that if I can start working on my goals again, it will at least improve my mental health.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him at a local farm feeding some chickens on Poultry Day.

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If you’ve read this whole post, you are my hero! Thank you. I hope you are keeping healthy, entertained and happy during the Covid-19 crisis. I know how hard it is and I’m sending you all the love and light I can. Stay safe.

Tilly

Day 358

WordPress has had a makeover. How fresh in a time of crisis. I wish I could have a makeover. I am feeling terrible. I woke just after hubby but stayed in bed. By about 9 am I was feeling ready to go back to sleep. I don’t remember when I went back to sleep but I did.

I woke in the afternoon and really wanted to stay in bed. I should have. I got up and spent a few hours slowly working on a Puddles. It was good in theory but the colour process…oh the colour process. I guess I just didn’t think it through well enough and with all the detail of the bamboo it didn’t come out as clean as I would have liked. I just don’t like it. Let’s not talk about it.

So with the Arthur Puddles cartoon, as you have probably picked up, they are to celebrate a National or International Day. Even though I had a whole lot of time off, I am going to continue with the same theme and still draw the days that have passed. I have been a bit conflicted if I should draw Arthur social distancing and self isolating. He’s a penguin (and a cartoon) so technically he doesn’t really need to. As a sign of solidarity for the crisis (and for future generations that may stumble upon the cartoon) I thought it might be interesting transferring his world to his house. With all that said, I’ll probably keep drawing him doing outside things until the time that Australia went into a semi lock down on the 24th.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him visiting a Giant Panda for National Panda Day to find out if he’s doing okay. Arthur is very caring.

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I am defiantly unhappy today but it is what it is. I very much have things to be thankful for and, I still am. I’m just unhappy. Fingers crossed I’ll get a good sleep tonight.

Oh, you also may have noticed in my update yesterday (or just in the tags for the concise version) that I haven’t mentioned meditation. I haven’t been able to do it. I don’t know why either. I have tried a couple of times but it’s made me feel sick, almost like sea-sick? Maybe not. Not sure I’ve been sea-sick. Whatever it is, it just hasn’t worked for me. Last night I tried to just picture one of the meditation guides I used to listen to and I fell asleep pretty quick. I miss it. That’s not the only thing I’m missing at the moment.

I hope that you are staying happy and healthy. Enjoy the little things because that’s all we have right now. (Takes own advice!)

Tilly

Day 346

It was another night of healing meditation before sleep last night. I hope that this meditation is having a positive affect on my health. If nothing else, it’s definitely helping me to sleep better. After hubby got up this morning, he closed the door so Homer dog wouldn’t wake me. I slept in. It felt good.

That was about the end of the feeling good for the day. My back was crazy sore when I got up but thankfully through the day it started feeling a bit better. I will put that down to the fact that I channelled my inner potato and did nothing on the couch all day. Well, I Puddled and did some French and Norwegian practice.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him learning about butterflies on National Learn About Butterflies Day.

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The weekend is here and it’s time to relax (I started early.) I hope everyone has a relaxing, stay-at-home type weekend. Stay safe and healthy and stock up on that toilet paper when you can!!

Tilly

Day 343

I tried to listen to my daily healing meditation before sleep last night but my phone kept going to a black screen and Youtube would stop playing. When I woke this morning and checked the phone, the guide had stopped at 11 minutes. I missed my meditation and definitely felt worse for wear this morning.

Sometimes I just act like things aren’t wrong because I don’t want them to be wrong. So if I ignore them, they don’t exist, right? Last week I pulled something in my back when I was working out. I ignored it and worked out the following day. The last few days have been really painful and with a looming head cold, I’m feeling pretty wrecked.

So my day didn’t really consist of much. More sleep, a Puddles, a fantastic practice of French and Norwegian and a handful of dishes (I can’t stand having a messy kitchen.) Not a bad attempt at a day.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him building a dog house for Douglas dog. This is the first time Arthur has tried to build something. He didn’t even know what half the tools did. It was an interesting way to spend National Tool Worship Day.

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I learned two things about myself today…
1. I don’t know what tools in a toolbox look like.
2. I don’t like corn tortillas.

I hope your day has been filled with happiness, knowledge and all the things you enjoy. Take care.

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 339

I got to bed just after midnight and did  HEAL while you SLEEP ★ Your Cells are Listening Guided Meditation Focused on Healing. I got more from it this time but still fell asleep before it ended and barely remembered it this morning. I feel like I’m in less pain though. Maybe it’s working? I ended up waking up late.

I crawled out of bed around 8 am and got to chatting with hubby. We reminisced over some music compilation cassette tapes that we both had when we were teenagers; 100% Hits. It was an Australian compilation series of what was in the charts at the time. It started in 1991 and went for much longer than I thought. I had all of them up to 100% Hits Volume 15. Hubby and I wanted to relive the tunes from our teens so I jumped on Youtube in hope. I got lucky. A user by the name of Darrin Hyde had uploaded a number of them, if not all of them. That’s exactly what we’ll be listening to all weekend.

Once hubby scurried off to work, I worked out. My lower back was feeling yesterdays workout but I pushed through. I did the 30 minute workout in 27 minutes. It was a good effort.

Then it was onto the art-ing. I spent an hour or so trying to edit a background from the Puddles series (redrawing it would have been sooooo much quicker.) Then just as I was getting ready to do the sketching part, my discord messages to wifey stopped going through. So we ended up chatting on voice instead. Five hours later, I had whipped up a Puddles but the day was almost over. I can’t complain though. I love spending time with wifey.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him playing Cereal Waterfall with Douglas Dog. The aim of the game is to pour the milk into the bowl until it creates a waterfall out of the bowl, over the table and into the waiting mouth below. They had so much fun on National Cereal Day.

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By the time wifey had zombie-shuffled off to bed, my day was almost over. I finished with a face full of French and Norwegian. This new French topic is really kicking my booty. I’m not going to give up, of course. I’ll just need a lot more focused practice with French next week.

Tomorrow is the first day of the weekend for hubby, so he’ll have a feet up sort of day. I’ll spend the morning Puddling and the afternoon WoW’ing. I’m not really looking forward to the WoW’ing. I need a Paladin!!! You know who you are.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend whether you are relaxing, being super productive and everything in between. Stay safe.

Tilly