Friday, September 22, 2017

This Week

It’s Friday! Time for another post filled with random thoughts and trivial babbling. Because that’s what we like best around here.

First, house news. The spare bedroom/art room downstairs is done; washed, painted, new flooring, ceiling fan, blinds, wall plates, switch covers, outlets and all that fun stuff. Today the most amazing man in the world who also happens to be the handiest will hammer in the quarter rounds, add new hardware to the doors and put back the shelving in the closet. It’s amazing how much work is involved in one little room.

We’ve got the front room left and that’s it for major overhauls. Once that’s completed, we’ll fi-na-lly be able to unpack everything and put it in its place. And we’ll even be able to add a dining table in our dining area that we’ve been using as a TV room. (I’m taking photos as we renovate that I will share in the future.)

We’re almost there. YAY US!

Next…drawing! I am still doing it every day and loving every minute. And I’m thankful to all the people out there, especially the YouTubers who generously share their expertise and encourage people to learn new things. I’ve been following along on these step by step drawing lessons for weeks and all the practice is paying off. I’ve noticed in the past few days that I no longer need to watch the entire video. I freeze the screen and draw what I see. *squee* My goal is to eventually venture off on my own. For now I’m perfectly happy learning from others. Here are some of my latest drawings.

Speaking of drawing, it brings back memories of when my older daughter was 3 or 4. We used to watch a show called Pappyland; an American half-hour children's television series where there was dancing and singing and the teaching of life lessons. But the main focus of the program was about drawing. The camera was positioned directly above Pappy’s paper as he drew, and children (even older ones like me) were able to follow along and create the images he did. Well, my daughter and I, and often a neighbourhood kid or two, would be all set with our pencils and crayons and juice boxes and snacks each weekday morning, and we’d draw along with Pappy. It was so much fun! And you’d be right if you guessed that ours was the most popular home in the neighbourhood with kids. So you see, this isn’t my first attempt at trying to get beyond stick figures. Have you heard of this show? Here’s a video of one episode:

This is getting much too long, so I’m going to stop here. You’re welcome.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Have fun. Be well.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone. I hope you enjoyed the weekend. Our weather has been pretty amazing lately. It looks like summer has finally found us. What's nice is that it's warm during the day and cool at night. You couldn't ask for better. I hope that this is the start of what will prove to be an amazing autumn season.

We are continuing to be busy around here. Today the most amazing man in the world is going to start laying down new flooring in the downstairs spare bedroom/art room. And I'll be painting quarter rounds to be installed later this week. Things are moving along nicely and we're excited that most of our indoor work is completed. Next spring, outdoor stuff...including lots of gardening! Can't wait. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Shall we get to the funny stuff? Here we go...

Wishing you all a great day ahead!

Friday, September 15, 2017

This Week

It’s been a really busy week for us. We finished painting the bedroom downstairs from top to bottom and it looks beautiful. The most amazing man in the world will install new flooring soon and we’ll be good to go. This will be a spare bedroom but it will also be my photography/art room. Right underneath the window I will add a long folding table that I will use to take images on for my other blog and it’ll also be used for artwork.

Speaking of artwork, I’m drawing every day and having way more fun with it than I ever imagined. I’m starting to get more and more comfortable with each image that I work on, and now I’m colouring all of them in. Here are a few of my latest attempts to get beyond stick figures.

This time of year I think about my kids when they were little and feel my heartstrings being tugged. I love this period of my life, but when I hear the school buses going by in the morning, I miss those days when I was a young mom. Wouldn’t it be fun if we could visit earlier periods of our lives? Go back for a day or two and do all those things all over again? And then zip back to the present? It would certainly ease that nostalgic ache.

And speaking of kids, you know what my younger daughter did this summer? Last month, she and her boyfriend went to Portugal for two weeks and they had the most incredible time! Talk about an amazing experience for these two young people. She shared some photos and it looks like a beautiful place. I’m so glad baby girl did this. It’s something she’ll never forget. Traveling teaches you so much about the world. Have any of you ever been to Portugal? I’d love to go  there (and to a thousand other places) one day.

A few weeks ago I bumped into a display of espresso cups in a store and sent a few crashing to the floor. I was mortified! In all my years I’ve never broken anything in any store and this was a horrifying experience. I offered to pay for whatever had broken but the sales lady wouldn’t accept. She said not to worry about it. I worried about it for the next week. Have you ever accidentally broken anything in a store?

I recently ran across a moving tune that I’m going to share with you. It’s sung by American reggae singer Matisyahu and it’s called “One Day”. It expresses hope for an end to violence, and a new era of peace and understanding. A world where we can all live together in harmony, and celebrate and embrace all the beautiful diversity on this planet. Is that too much to ask for? And why haven’t we gotten there yet? Sometimes this world tires me right down to my very soul. *sigh*

Anyhow, I’ll include the song below for you to listen to when you have time. And I’ll also wish you all a wonderful weekend!