Day 281

So I’m really doing bad at 2020. Last night I was going to get into bed at midnight so I’d have hopes of a normal start to the day. I got into bed at about 1.30 am, didn’t listen to any meditation and had a pretty horrible sleep. I tossed, I turned, I snuggled under blankets, I threw them off as the humidity swaddled me instead. I woke up just after 10 am. Only three hours behind schedule. Eep! Let’s move on to more pleasant things.

I water coloured! I told you I would. I started by taping my paper to a backing. I wasn’t really planning on using the whole canvas anyway but I did want to see if a ‘masking tape’ hack I read actually worked. It did. You can view the info here: How to Prevent Artist’s Tape from Damaging Your Paper.

So after a little encouragement from tiffanyarpdaleo I decided to try painting the poppies from a few days ago. I redrew them onto my watercolour paper and just went for it. I used red, orange, green, yellow and blue. I’m still not using enough water. All the videos I’ve been watching are much wetter. I think if I was working on a desk I’d feel more confident about using a lot of water. I mostly do my art in my lap, balanced on a Chocolate cookbook!

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him taking a big bite from an apricot still hanging on the tree for National Apricot Day. He just couldn’t wait for this tasty treat. What a cheeky little penguin.

I finished the day with some Puddles rough drafts and a mouthful of French. It was a pretty good practice run and it was using some words I haven’t done in a while. I feel like, deep down, I know a lot more French words than I give myself credit for, I just don’t know how to use them.

My day wasn’t as full as it should have been and I missed out on a number of things I should have done. Feeling very disappointed with myself.

I hope you’re having a fantastical day filled with fun, family and fresh fruit.


Day 279

Oops I did it again. I forgot to post about the 30 day; New Year, New You Challenge yesterday. Luckily I remembered about 11.30 pm and plastered a smile on my face because the goal was to smile more. That is one of the things I’ve had on my happy list for a while now and it actually does make you feel good. Try it.

For my bedtime meditation last night I tried; Fall asleep fast guided meditation, A sleep hypnosis. This didn’t work for me at all. The only reason I fell asleep at the end of it is because it was after 1 am and I was already tired.

The first thing I did when I woke up was a workout. It felt so unpleasant. We had a little rain overnight but only enough to make it humid. I pushed through anyway.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him excited to be the owner of a hula bobble head for National Bobble Head Day.

The morning was spent creating the meal plan for the week. One of the meals was moved from last week and there are three vegetarian meals again. I’m going to have to spend some time finding some new vegetarian recipes. I also like to add a meal that produces a leftover meal from Monday night’s meal, so we can have a quick and healthy meal when hubby gets home from shopping.

Zucchini, Chilli and Ricotta Frittata a Wraps : Tuesday
Green Curry Chicken & Veg : Wednesday
Cheesy Vegie-Ball Subs : Thursday
Savoury Mince and Potato Wedges : Friday
Steak + Spinach salad : Saturday
Veggie Pizzas : Sunday
Chicken Kiev Pasta Bake : Monday

I haven’t linked the spinach salad or veggie pizzas because both meals are recipes of our own. But if you want a rough idea; the spinach salad has baby spinach, cooked red onion and feta dressed with balsamic vinegar. The salad is also good with grilled eggplant, grilled capsicum and baby tomatoes. (I don’t eat raw tomato.) The veggie pizza has onion, mushroom, red capsicum, baby spinach, red chilli, pineapple, feta, pizza cheese, tomato sauce on Lebanese bread.

The mid part of the day was unproductive. I really want to blame hubby for being home and distracting me but really it was just I wasn’t disciplined enough to do things. Although I did get my French practice done and it was another top day of timed practice runs.

During the afternoon I went to Skillshare to watch a watercolour class called Painting a Watercolour Poppy: Explore 3 Watercolour Styles. I followed along with the poppy study, doing each sketch quickly in pen as the instructor did. I then watched how she would paint the petals, middle and leaves. That felt intimidating and I didn’t want to try. I then watched the first video which demonstrated loose painterly style. I will do the watercolour tasks soon.

I spent the rest of the afternoon looking for easier art lessons on Skillshare. I think I saved about 10 different lessons from drawing to watercolour. That should keep me busy for the rest of the week.

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