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 340

It was another night of  HEAL while you SLEEP ★ Your Cells are Listening Guided Meditation Focused on Healing for my meditation. I’m really enjoying this guide. I have been sleeping much deeper and feeling a little better when I wake. I slept in! We didn’t get out of bed til after 11 am.

I worked on Puddles for a bit before spending the afternoon doing mythic dungeons in WoW. Whenever I did something victorious in the game, I would whisper, ‘International Women’s Day’. I’m pretty sure that’s how you’re supposed to celebrate it.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him and Douglas dog bringing Rosie some lunch. She was very excited to see them. They were going to spend the day celebrating International Women’s Day but Rosie got called into work. Arthur loved the view from her office.

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I finished the day with French and Norwegian. Not much to report. It was a fair practice.

I hope your weekend is relaxing, fun and you are surrounded by people that make you smile. Stay safe.

Tilly

Day 333

I got to bed a bit too late again (big surprise) and I did Guided Sleep Meditation “The Healing Spring”. It was really enjoyable meditation and I fell asleep quickly when it ended. Then Homer dog woke me at 5 am and 7.30 am to go outside. I hope this isn’t going to be a regular routine for him now he’s an old man dog. If it does become a habit, I’m going to need a new sleep routine.

I stayed up after the second wake up from Homer dog. It was hard. I complained a lot to wifey. She told me to go back to bed but I didn’t. I can be so stubborn at times. I’m glad that I didn’t go back to bed though, I got to catch up with a friend. He’s the part that’s been missing from my Sundays for months now. I think it helped me get into the right head space for the day. I laughed a lot….. A LOT!!

I spent a few hours in WoW doing dungeons. It wasn’t a bad time but I was pretty bad as a player. I think because I haven’t been playing lately, I’m getting a little behind the gear curve. Once that was over, I Puddled.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him and Douglas dog protecting a horse for National Horse Protection Day. They dressed up like secret agents.

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So today was really a day of relaxation for hubby and I. I even finished the day with a little nap before a face full of languages. Tomorrow is plan making time, wish me luck!!

I hope your weekend is full of relaxing, inspiration and smiles.

Tilly

Day 312

It was another simple Sunday. I played WoW, I Puddled, I Frenched and that was it. It wasn’t the greatest Sunday but it sure wasn’t the worst.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him eating pizza with his Grandma Dot for National Pizza Day. This was a nice surprise for Arthur. Pizza is his favourite.

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I hope you’re having a ‘fantastisk’ weekend! Eat, drink and be merry.

Tilly

Day 305

I got to bed late again and meditated. It wasn’t a very good nights sleep. It was too hot and I knew I had to wake up earlier to do dungeons in WoW. I haven’t really been enjoying this part of my week but the person I do dungeons with has been paying my subscription, so I will still play for him.

So there really wasn’t much to my day, but that’s okay because it’s Sunday. I played WoW through the morning, Puddled, Frenched and then took a nap until the cool breeze brought some much needed relief to a four day heatwave.

Before I share today’s Puddles, I really wanted to post about my Sunshine Blogger Award nominations.


In the last week I have been nominated for two Sunshine Blogger awards on my, Adventures of Arthur Puddles, blog. I’m so thrilled that people have been enjoying this simple cartoon. I would like to thank Matt @ aprolificpotpourri and Beate @ linienspiel for the nomination and the constant support. Please check out their blogs and share some love.

Sunshine Blogger Award – Thing to Do

• Answer 11 questions the blogger asked you.

• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your blog post.

• Nominate 11 new bloggers & their blogs. Leave a comment on their blog to let them know they received the award and ask your nominees 11 new questions.

Questions from: Matt @ aprolificpotpourri

1. What is funny enough to make you laugh so hard to tears? My friend, the pally. No matter what mood I’m in, he can always make me laugh my face off.

2. Where do you find your inspiration? Online mostly. Youtube, Pinterest and Unsplash are my top three sites for inspiration.

3. Does money bring happiness ? I don’t think money technically brings happiness but having money allows you to do things that bring happiness and takes away the stress of paying bills. It improves life, that’s for sure.

4. Do you have any regrets in life ? I have a lot of regrets. I wish I had of finished school, become a lawyer and argued my way into an early retirement.

5. Do you prefer to create in silence or are you listening to music and if you are what would be your top 3 songs? I usually have the TV playing in the background.

6. What is one thing about you that no one knows? Ummm, is there even such a thing? My hubby knows everything about me.

7. Do you blog for fun, as an outlet or for profit ? If none of these than, what ? I started blogging to keep myself accountable while trying to make some big life changes. It’s more fun on days where I have something to write about.

8. Is there a particular person in your family you are or were most close to ? I was very close with my mum. I miss her.

9. What is the most unique place you ever visited ? I’m not sure what qualifies as a unique place. I’m going to say New Zealand though, because that country is so amazing. I’d live there if I could.

10. If you were locked in a grocery store overnight, would the temptation to eat something be strong enough that you would break down eat something and pay for it the next day ? Eat nothing ? Eat something without paying ? The rebel in me would want to eat and not pay. I’d probably only do that in a zombie apocalypse though.

11. If there was an opportunity to meet in person would you take it or are you more comfortable expressing the “online” version of you via the internet ? I’m perfectly okay with being online.

Questions from: Beate @ linienspiel

 1. If You Could transform yourself, would what you rather be: a plant or an animal? I’d be an animal. I’m not sure what type though. Maybe a bear? or an elephant?

2. What’s your morning routine? I struggle out of bed and wait for hubby to put a coffee in my hands. Then I click on random things online until hubby leaves for work. Then I start my day.

3. Do you prefer the mountains or the sea? I am lucky that I live close to both. If I only had one though, I would take the sea. I love the sound of the ocean. I also love a good sea breeze at the end of a long hot day.

4. Imagine if you changed your first name, what would your name be? I’ve wanted to change my name for a while now. I want to change my name to my mums middle name.

5. What’s embarrassed you lately? I can’t think of something specific but I can only assume I did it in a dungeon while playing WoW.

6. What was the last thing you laughed at? The pally. I’m thankful I got to speak to him today, I was in need of a good laugh.

7. Do you prefer spaghetti or pizza? This is a tough question. They are both so fantastic and versatile. There are so many different flavour combinations for both. I don’t want to decide so I’ll say ….. spaghetti on pizza.

8. What would you most like to abolish? Internet trolls.

9. What magic would you rather have? Being invisible, flying, being able to talk to animals? Invisible. I would have no problems leaving the house then.

10. Your three favourite movies? Deadpool 2, Warcraft, Split.

11. What do you value more when blogging: followers, likes or, or comments? I think each shows that somebody cares about what I am posting and I find that very valuable. I really appreciate all the support I get.

My Nominations:

I’ve felt very conflicted about this part. I know that some people don’t like to be given awards and I don’t want to offend anyone (especially if they have it on their blog that they don’t want one and I have never noticed.) I do want to nominate some bloggers who I really admire though.

So if you have found your name on the list, feel free to participate in the Sunshine Blogger Award.

  1. MJ Seal Art
  2. Placid Painting
  3. Tiffany Arp-Daleo Contemporary Art
  4. View from the Back
  5. Jo Fox – Adventures in Art
  6. Quiet Water Craft
  7. Blind Wilderness
  8. Na Rysunku…
  9. bongdoogle doodles
  10. Noedrawings
  11. On Being and Becoming

My Questions:

  1. What is your favourite day of the week and why?
  2. Would you prefer to be a superhero or super villain?
  3. What is on your favourite sandwich?
  4. Do you speak a second language? If no, would you like to learn one?
  5. When was the last time you went to the zoo?
  6. Do you want to be famous?
  7. Would you rather have vegetables or fruit?
  8. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  9. What is your favourite art medium?
  10. Why did you start blogging?
  11. What advice do you have for new bloggers?

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him watching the movie Groundhog Day with his friend Rosie for Groundhog Day. Arthur didn’t realise Groundhog day is a real thing. He thought it was just a day to celebrate the movie.

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I hope your day has been filled with sunshine and smiles. Enjoy the little things.

Tilly

Day 291

Last night I fell asleep to GUIDED SLEEP MEDITATION for Healing again. I’m pretty sure I didn’t even make it half way through before falling asleep. Meditating before sleeping has been helping me to sleep better.

Today was a day of dungeons in WoW. It was missing something but it wasn’t a bad day.

We’ve been seeing a little rain over the last few days. The smell of smoke has finally disappeared. Today it has been raining very lightly for most of the day. I took a picture of one of the frangipani plants in the backyard. It’s so nice seeing the little rain droplets.

In today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles we find him talking on his tin can phone which he made to celebrate Tin Can Day. He was chatting about the sailing while enjoying a big bucket of popcorn for National Popcorn Day.

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I hope your day has been splashed with things that make you smile. Happy Weekend.

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 277

I tried a different meditation guide last night; Deep Sleep Induction. I don’t really remember much of it but I did get about 7 hours sleep, so I’m going to call it a success!

Today is the first day of the weekend for us and it’s always a day of relaxing for hubby and a day of WoW for me. My Sunday is still missing something. While it wasn’t a bad day, it really wasn’t a good day either BUT today’s 30 day; New Year, New You Challenge is to ‘think about the positives’ so I will focus on the good parts.

One good part is today’s Adventures of Arthur Puddles. We find him taking his first ‘flight’ with the help of some sweet little red birds for National Bird Day.

The creator of Inktober will be emailing a weekly prompt to help keep up the inking skills. I’ll be adding the prompt to one day’s adventure each week. This week’s prompt is ‘flight’. It fit in so perfectly with today’s Puddles plan.

I spent most of the day playing WoW. It was just a healer friend and me for most of it, with a couple of other friends joining for one dungeon. The hardest part of WoW today was being constantly bugged for a ‘selfie’ through one of the dungeons. I generally don’t cross my real life with my gaming life. Lately I have been more open but it still makes me feel very uncomfortable.

Once that was all wrapped up I got a face full of French. I did much better today and remembered how to spell ‘dejeuner’. (You can tell I typed it because it doesn’t have the accent!!)

I didn’t mention yesterday’s 30 day; New Year, New You Challenge because….wait for it…. I forgot! Luckily I messaged someone special so I achieved yesterday’s goal.

I hope you’ve had an outstanding weekend filled with sunshine, fun and friends.

Tilly