Day 323

I went to bed early last night and did GUIDED SLEEP MEDITATION for Healing. I woke a couple of times through the night but it wasn’t a bad sleep. I woke about 6 am and decided to stay up so I could spend the morning with hubby instead of sleeping.

I did French and Norwegian practice before 7 am. It was a great time to practice. There were no distractions and I was getting more right than normal. I can’t imagine getting up that early on purpose to practice though.

Then it was onto art-ing. I can happily say, I did a watercolour. I loosely followed; A Simple Winter Watercolour.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him spoiling Douglas dog for Love Your Pet Day. He gave Douglas a bubble bath in the sunshine and had a surprise bone waiting on his towel.

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Once done with the art-ing I did some housework and a workout. It was a nice way to finish the day.

I hope your day is filled with creativity, happiness and good friends.

Tilly

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.

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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.

Tilly

Day 302

I got to bed late again last night, still meditated, and woke up late this morning. Hubby had already left before I woke. I have no idea how he ninja’ed out of the house. On a normal day, Homer would have been barking at the window but not today. Homer has been really respectful of my morning sleep-ins.

Because I woke up late and it was hot, I got straight into art-ing. I wanted to try a couple of line and wash watercolours. The first one I attempted was; Pen and Watercolour Wash Buildings Landscape Painting by Saifi Artstuff.

I then tried a small house in a field; Tiny Farm in Line and Wash by Nil Rocha.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him enjoying croissants at La Boulangerie with his friend Rosie and his puppy dog Arthur for National Croissant Day.

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I finished the day with some French practice, housework and half a workout. I started to get light headed during the workout so I had to stop. At least I got some if it done. I think it was just too hot and humid in the house by then.

I hope your day has been filled with happiness and light.

Tilly

Day 301

I went to bed late last night and listened to a 15 minute meditation. I don’t remember which one it was. I fell asleep quickly and had a rather lovely sleep.

I got up just a little after hubby and was pretty ready to start the day after a little complaining to wifey about not wanting to start the day. She gave me a nudge in the right direction.

So when hubby left for work, I worked out!! This is the first time in weeks that I’ve worked out. I took it much slower than normal because I was worried about getting light headed but I didn’t seem to have any problems. It was good getting back into it.

After the workout I had a French practice. It was one of my better ones. I only got a handful of things wrong. Then it was on to the art-ing.

I tried a simple watercolour of popsicles with inspiration from Super Easy Watercolour Popsicle Pattern. I used new paper and it wrinkled. I knew that it wouldn’t be as good as what I had been using but seeing it’s watercolour paper, I thought it’d do a bit better than it did. I’ll use it to practice single items and leave the better paper for landscapes.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him having a nap with his puppy, Douglas, after working on a puzzle for National Puzzle Day. It was hard and they didn’t get far. The snack of choice was corn chips because it’s National Corn Chip day.

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I am a bit late with my Happy List this week but at least I’ve got it done and I’ve already done some things from it. Woo! Go me.

  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’m pretty happy with today. I got more done than I have been including some cleaning. I hope your day has put a smile on your face. Happy hump day.

Tilly

Day 282

Last night I got to bed on time and I did a new meditation; Guided Sleep Meditation “The Healing Spring” insomnia, relaxation (Guided Healing). I really enjoyed the imagery and found it very relaxing.

Homer dog helped me wake up on time-ish today. I was grateful as it was already too humid and unpleasant. So the first thing I did was worked out. I was pretty slow. The humidity really makes it feel so much harder. I can’t wait until Summer is over.

Even though I got up early, my morning wasn’t a normal work day. Instead of jumping into arts and learning, I spent some time with wifey. With our schedules we don’t get much time together. Her mornings start sometime during my late evening and I’m either eating dinner or tired and ready for bed. Then while she’s relaxing in the evening, I’m trying to get my day started with art-ing and learning. Today was nice. We just chilled and played some WoW.

Today would have been perfect beach weather. Instead of going to the beach, I did a beach watercolour. I had watched; Watercolour Beach Tutorial For Beginners | Easy Watercolour Ideas, a few days ago and was inspired. So I tried it on my own without referencing the video again today. I am pretty happy with how it turned out but I still need to use more water!!

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him appreciating his houseplants because it’s Houseplant Appreciation Day. He loves being surrounded by his interesting and colourful indoor garden.

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After a little aimless staring it was time for French. The timed practice runs were filled with words from the ‘Office’ category. It’s been so long since I’ve worked with these words I was instantly worried I wouldn’t get any right. I surprised myself and had a very good practice run. The words popped back into my head like popcorn!

I finished the day by looking at watercolour videos on Youtube. Every time I browse them I end up with four of five more bookmarked to try at a later date. Hubby will be at work tomorrow, I wonder if I’ll be more productive.

I hope your day has been bright, shiny, creative and filled with smiles.

Tilly

Day 280

I went to bed a little late and did Guided Meditation – Blissful Deep Relaxation. I went back to one that I enjoyed instead of trying to find another new one. I really want one with the sounds of the ocean, healing and relaxing. Not asking for much, right? It was enjoyable and relaxing and I had a pretty okay sleep.

So this morning I worked out the problem with hubby being on vacation. It’s not that he’s distracting, it’s just that our day is not structured. When he goes to work he wakes at 7 am, I usually do too. Now we’ve been sleeping in, I’m not really starting my day until around 10 am, which instantly puts me behind and makes me feel less motivated to get things done. Oops, I used the M word. I have avoided discipline like the plague and that’s my bad. I gotta do better.

Hubby had to pop to the shops so I did my workout. It was humid again and everything in me didn’t want to do it. I pushed myself though and burned through it about 2 minutes quicker.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him practising snorkelling in his bubble bath for National Bubble Bath Day. One day he’ll go snorkelling in the ocean.

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The next step on the creative ladder was a trip to Skillshare. I watched one watercolour lesson but she kept saying that I understood how to do multiple washes, which I do not, and the angle it was filmed at made it very confusing for my poor brain. I didn’t even attempt it. It did make it rather clear that I need some very very basic beginner lessons on the matter.

I then watched Magical Watercolor: Basic Techniques. This is a free class which goes over the basics: Materials, Water and Pigment, Filling, Gradients, Edges, Softening, Textures, Lighting and Colour Mixing. I didn’t test any of the things from the video I just sat there clutching my tray of watercolour paints.

I followed it up with watching a couple of random ‘How To’ videos on Youtube, still clutching my paints, still not painting. I wish it was National Hug Your Paints Day, because then my day would have at least made sense. Tomorrow I WILL watercolour. I said it, so now I have to. Thanks for being there to keep me on track.

The last few days of art-ing have been getting me down so by the afternoon I decided to do something off my happy list…. NAP TIME!! Hooray for a good nap. If you haven’t indulged in a nap this year put it on your to do list. You will thank yourself.

I hope your day has been everything you wanted it to be. Stay strong.

Tilly

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.

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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.

Tilly