Day 136

The day started around 6 am. I sat on the sofa, stared at the computer and nothing happened. 30 minutes later I opened Duolingo for today’s French practice. I was averaging between 16 – 18 correct each round. I was able to reach 200 xp points in under 30 minutes.

Once hubby had cartwheeled off to work (he didn’t but he should have,) I started my workout. With my playlist turned up loud, I busted through the workout in 20 minutes. That’s a new record. Even though I was going faster, I don’t feel like it was any less of a workout. Also a few hours later, I didn’t feel as body fatigued as I felt earlier in the week.

Next it was time for today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 topic; 2. Shoes + 17. Food. I decided to draw a picnic scene, with waterfall and the cityscape in the background. At first I was going to draw a pair of shoes that had been left on the picnic blanket but it didn’t seem to fill the space well. So I added someone wearing shoes instead.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

Half my day was taken up with this drawing, it was an epic attempt. Once it was done (once I put the pencil down and forced myself to not pick it back up), I spent a couple of hours singing. I tried singing a couple of new songs. The biggest problem is, I barely know the songs. Learning them is on my to do list for next week.

I topped off the day with a glorious nap. When I can relax and not feel guilty about napping, they sure do help.

I hope your day has been filled with delicious food, relaxing and encouraging words. You’re a magnificent person, with so much to offer the world. Keep smiling.

Happy weekend.



Day 134

My sleep last night was fairly decent and I felt encouraged about starting my morning. I dragged my heels over a cup of coffee then dived into French. It was a mix of really achieving and disastrously bad practice runs.

By the time I had to workout, I was ready to push myself hard again and hopefully fight off the French blues. It was another great workout that has left my muscles feeling used. Hopefully the pain won’t get too overwhelming today.

Then it was time for the last drawing challenge topic; a congratulations banner. I mean, I get it but yawn-tastic. I found a cute banner and made my version of it. I was also inspired by the way yesterdays drawing looked.

This was an interesting draw. I found it impossible to create the same pattern above and below. I think they are similar enough that it still looks like a flowing piece.

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

I spent hours singing during the afternoon and spent a lil time with wifey. There’s just over one week until she gets back here. Everyone is excited, including Homer dog. Every time I say wifey is coming home; Homer starts barking and looking at the bedroom. (That’s where wifeys come from according to him.)

I hope you’ve had a wonderful day filled with singing, smiles and sandwiches. Congratulations to anyone who has achieved today!!


Day 118

Bonjour! Bienvenue.

My day started as hubby’s alarm went off. I was tempted to turn over and go back to sleep but I made a commitment to myself to get more done this week. I threw the covers off, dived into a cup of coffee and started my French lesson.

With the optimism of a new day, I started a new group of French words, that turned my little French world upside down. This group of lessons has introduced the word ‘nous’, which means we. Whenever you use that word, the words that follow seem to change from the ones you would use with ‘I’, ‘You’, ‘He/She’. They’re similar but longer. I know the clue lies in those extra letters (which might be the same?) but it’s all confusing and Mr Duolingo isn’t really explaining it.

Okay, so French was a little disappointing. No worries! It was time to workout. A nice hard workout would shake off the disappointment. Wrong. My body decided it would have a fatigued sort of day. Within the first two sets of reps I knew this would be a long, hard event. By the last two sets, tears streamed down my cheeks as I wondered why it was like that. I’ve been doing this workout for over 3 months and today it felt like the first day. Mega UGH!

Then the sunshine broke through the clouds and I just forgot about the workout, grabbed my camera, my drawing of sunshine and went to hopefully capture something share worthy. Enjoy!

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

When I showed the drawing to wifey she said that she loved it so much, she would totally get it as a tattoo. I’m feeling pretty good about that. Not everyone may like the drawing but I know it’s made someone smile and that’s awesome.

Today’s drawing challenge topic; a saying. It took me a minute or two to work out what direction I wanted to go but then I saw a quote on Pinterest and thought it seemed fitting.

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

I also did some singing today but still nothing share worthy. There was also a little socialising too. Plus a nap. I stuffed as much into my day as I possibly could.

So today starts a new Happy List and I can hear you screaming… ‘But Tilly! Where is last weeks list? Did you even happy?’. Thanks for your concern. I did happy last week. We all did. I just never got round to updating it. The updates are updated now though and a new list begins.

This week I’ve got a couple of new goals. One is to research some coastal arts and crafts and decor ideas. I feel like it’s the theme I want for my house, seeing we’re about a 5 minute drive to the beach.

The other new goal is to comment more on blog posts I read. I come across a lot of posts that are highly comment worthy but sometimes my social anxiety creeps in and I can’t find the right words to say what I want to say. That’s just silly. I want to encourage people as much as people have been encouraging me.

I hope your day has been filled with creativity and sunshine. Good luck if you’re starting a new project this week.


Day 114

It was a slow morning. I spent too long sipping coffee and browsing info about the next season of Masterchef. The next thing I know, hubby was off to work and I had to workout.

It was a great workout. I was listening to music at the time and kept forgetting what rep I was up to. So I worked out more than I should have but still finished under 30 minutes. I’m still feeling it in my muscles and I like it.

I have really been enjoying singing this week so I did a little of that. I recorded a couple of songs and actually saved them because they weren’t terrible. I wish I could record something I’d like to share. I’m just so crazy critical of how I sound.

Next I drew a quick cacti sketch for painting. I liked a lot of the elements from my cacti work last week and took inspiration from my painting and drawing to make a new art work. I didn’t get round to painting though. I felt conflicted because I want to paint cacti BUT I also wanted to do another French painting before the Tour de France ends. I browsed photos from Paris, then decided to do my French lessons instead.

I had so much fun with French today. The words flowed. I did 30 minutes. The extra practice must be helping. I’ll keep it up.

Then an unexpected message popped up from a friend and after feeling like I had overshared with them through the week, I was happy to know they wanted to talk again. We got deep. I haven’t felt this comfortable talking to someone in a very long time. I’m enjoying having someone I can share with.

By the afternoon I was ready for a nap. Before I did, I decided to do a little writing and added more to my story. The words flowed. It’s been a very free flowing sort of day for words.

Then I indulged in my third nap for the week. I’m really enjoying getting a little extra sleep and it hasn’t been affecting my sleep at night, so it really is extra.

When I woke, I finally got round to today’s drawing topic; a line drawing. So the first thing I thought of was drawing a lion line drawing. It was too much fun to say. I found a great reference picture and got this drawing done in about 20 minutes.

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

I’m hoping that I can wake up early tomorrow and get started on the creative straight away. I would like to get French and drawing out of the way before hubby goes to work, then a little early painting. Who wants to bet I end up being social instead?

I hope you’re having a week full of good memories and delicious food.


Day 113

The day started just after 5.30 am. Hubby had to start work early and I wanted to get up to keep him company. Once he’d left for work I did a little singing. I’ve had the song ‘California Numb‘ by Cloves, stuck in my head. Mainly the line; ‘I don’t like my fate, or how I’m turning out. I am in over my head’. That has been on repeat in my head all day.

I got to my workout earlier hoping that it would distract me. I was slow and unfocused. I got through it but not a day I am proud of.

After that I was feeling too tired to focus and decided to head back to bed to try and sleep away the feels. Sleeping was so lovely.

I woke and got some housework out of the way. Then it was on to French. My mood was still rather flat and in some ways I just went into auto pilot and got a lot right. I didn’t bother with flirty words, I feel my flirt fuse has fizzled out.

Today’s drawing challenge topic; stars in the sky. This felt like a difficult draw using only grey pencil. I had no concept of how to draw a star either. I really can’t focus today.

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

I hope my focus returns to me. This week is sure becoming a week that I’m not proud of. If I haven’t said it yet, UGH!

I hope your week is free from awkward moments and bad feels. May smiles and joy be abundant for you and your family.


Day 90

Hubby was back to work today and life continued on as planned. I got my French lesson out of the way before hubby had even left. I started on a new group of ‘travel’ words. Even though a lot of words are very similar to English, I fear I don’t remember a single one.

Soon as hubby was on his way to work, I worked out. It was nice.

I then moved onto the creatives. Seeing I have been making a commitment to drawing daily, I thought it’d be a great time to start a drawing challenge. I saved the 40 Day Drawing Challenge on  Pinterest months ago. I had to draw a bird or birds. I haven’t had much luck with bird attempts in the past, so I decided to stick to drawing only one.

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

Writing was a bit of a challenge today. I probably wrote about 5 minutes from the first 20 minutes of sitting here. I flipped between the two stories I’m working on and neither really felt right. I pushed on for an amount of time that I felt was comfortably 20 minutes of writing then decided to sing.

Singing was fun. I use the website SingSnap for all my karaoke fun. I have been refining my favourites list by just… singing the songs. If I don’t want to sing it, it’s off the list. I sang, I recorded and while listening to the playbacks, I worked on one of my stories. My singing was inspiring me to write. It was a weird feeling but I got more writing done. That made me feel good.

A new week of The Happy List has just started. I have given myself a slightly easier week by extending deadlines and removing a couple of repetitions. I still feel the creative is pretty heavy which will help keep me focused or distracted or both.

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

Day 10: What is your guilty pleasure?

Alright, stop! Collaborate and listen.

Yes! If you know what I just did there, you already know why this is my guilty pleasure.

I cannot count the number of times that I have busted out the first verse of that song in reply to what someone has said. Which brings me to a very good point; nobody knows the second verse of that song. If you do, can we be best friends?

My goal for this week; just keep powering through. Good luck and good power to those needing a little boost this week.


Day 85

I woke up just after 6 am and tried to get back to sleep but it didn’t work. I gave in to being awake and got up just after 6.30 am. It was still dark. I thought it might be a nice time to get some writing done but that didn’t happen. I did do an early French revision. I think my brain felt sharper and I got through each level much faster. I’ll start a new group of words next Tuesday.

After hubby had left for work I did my workout. I pushed hard and I have continued to feel it all day. I think I’m still clenching some of the muscles in question. Sleep will be a welcomed body relaxant.

Painting and Knitting WIP

I decided to draw first. I took inspiration from another photo from Akaroa. I drew it straight onto a canvas, so I can paint it. There is a lot of detail in the lighthouse and the boat which is quiet intimidating but I’ll attempt it over the next two days.

Then I started my writing practice and nothing happened. I tried to write the next paragraph and…. nothing happened. Uh oh! It has all been flowing so nicely for over a week and today the well was dry. I figured I’d start a second writing project but after three short paragraphs, I was also stumped. This ordeal was about 20 minutes long, so I called it a day.

I moved onto knitting. My new method for keeping track worked like a charm. I always knew what I was supposed to be knitting. Sadly, I made lots of weird little mistakes that mean it looks a bit odd in a few places. I am going to continue though. I’m hoping that by the time it’s stitched together and has a hand stuffed in it, it will look fine. We’ll just say it looks fine.

Lastly I spent some time singing before hubby got home. I wish I was a more consistent singer. I guess practice would help with that.

I feel like I didn’t do much with my day but I did all the things I needed to. I’ll give myself a break tomorrow because it’s my birthday.

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

Day 5: What are your favourite comfort foods and why?

The first would have to be lasagne. This was the first dish I learned to cook. It’s taken me many years to come to my current recipe. The meat sauce is slow cooked for 4 hours and is packed full of veggies. Although you’d never notice because it still tastes so meaty.

Next would have to be a gnocchi topped chicken, mushroom and leek pie. The filling is so light and creamy and the gnocchi gives it the hearty feeling you’re looking for with comfort food.

The next is roasted chicken with a southern spice rub and potato salad with apple. The spice rub is smokey and spicy and warms your soul. The potato salad brings much need freshness and relief from the spice.

Now depending on the type of comfort I need, I could simply enjoy a handful of M&Ms… just because.

Did you know you look really good when you smile? I hope you’re having a magical week.